Week ending 16th December
- We are still aiming for a 1000. To reach this point you may wish to forward the petition link to friends, family and on social networks. I’m sure we can reach a 1000 if we try…
- Ten students from Years 8 and 9 had a special treat this week as a reward for their commitment shown to reading. Heffers bookshop is kindly supporting us with our aim, which is that all of our students will enjoy reading for pleasure and in turn reap the benefits that reading brings. Each student received a £10 voucher from Heffers and spent a fun morning in the shop making their own book selection. We then treated them to hot chocolate and cake before returning to school. We hope to make this a special reward event towards the end of every term and all students will have the chance to be part of the next group of ten. Mrs Ellison would be delighted to help with anyone needing suggestions for reading over the holidays.
- This week saw our remarkable Y11 art exhibition: some stunning work on display.
- Students, staff and families enjoyed our annual Christmas carol service at St Johns. The college chapel is a beautiful venue in which to enjoy the student musical performances and readings; it is a real highlight of Chesterton’s festive season.
- 48 Chesterton Students were fortunate enough to travel to Twickenham Stadium last Thursday to watch the 135th Varsity Rugby Match between Cambridge University and Oxford University. After six previous defeats in a row, the students were able to witness a rare Cambridge win where they triumphed 23-18. The students acted responsibly throughout the day and represented the school brilliantly amongst plenty of other supporting schools. It was a great day out for all students and staff involved. Many thanks to Mr Lee, Paul Casciato and Lucio Cicolecchia for their help.
- More sporting news:
- Basketball – county cup: the under 16 boys’ team competed in a thrilling county cup quarter-final, against The Perse this week. Despite going behind by 16 points in the first quarter, the team managed to get itself back in to the game by half time. The remainder of the game saw both teams reclaiming and then losing the lead; eventually the final whistle was blown with Chesterton winning 46-45!
- Basketball – district fixture: the under 14 girls continue to impress with their exciting brand of basketball. Despite playing this week against a much taller Comberton team, the girls played a more effective technical game – eventually winning 38-28.
- Annual Staff v Student Basketball Match 2016: the staff team achieved a ‘first’, by winning the annual basketball match against the Year 11 ‘dream-team’! This was a game watched by approximately 300 noisy Year 7, 10 and 11 students. It was also a ‘game of two halves’ with the staff team winning both! Eventually, the score was 33-27. Soon to follow………… netball, football and dodgeball!
- Year 7 Drama Club gave a creatively rich, seasonally poetic and delightfully energized performance on Thursday lunch time of ‘The Real Magic of Christmas’. Four groups presented improvised scenes based on this title, and the whole group then used choral speaking and movement to dramatize the poem ‘A Visit From Saint Nicholas’ by Clement Clarke Moore. The work was shared with Ms Scott and other staff members, and judged by over 30 students of GCSE drama via voting slips. The winning group – Group 4 – performed an emotionally stirring piece, with actors Martha Rodgers, Maria Ramjee and Adam Spencer being awarded Actors of the Term. It was a lovely way of concluding the term’s extra-curricular work in Drama
- Some Year 11 GCSE Drama students created a film to help refugees receive top-up phone credit, a service provided by the Charity Phone Credit for Refugees and Displaced People. The students used their skills to present instructions in a dynamic, friendly, clear and engaging way on a video edited by Sofia Stickley, to ensure that vulnerable young people needing to make contact with family can do so. Thanks to the parents of Ailwyn and Carmelle Ellis for offering this opportunity to the Department, and let’s hope that it helps this important cause.
- Mr Dobson is continuing his progress as an artist using camera and microscope to capture the beauty hidden in tiny places. One of his pieces has been selected to be shown at an exhibition in the “hot numbers coffee” café on Gywdir Street; it is for sale, on display now and for the next month. See www.themicroscopeman.com for more details.
- Year 10 Mentor Meetings are coming to an end. Year 9 will begin their meetings in January. These meetings will be focused on options.
- This week each house had an assembly to celebrate a successful term. The tutor groups with the most good news points, least number of bad news point and with the best attendance all received prizes.
- This week also saw Year 11 mock results’ day: students were visibly excited at the prospect of receiving their results. We are full of admiration for all the hard work of the students.
- We are expanding our offer for various groups to be able to hire some of our facilities for community and commercial use. Apart from easing the booking procedures we have updated our prices so if you are interested in booking a space with us or would like to know more, please contact our reception at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 576110. We will be also updating our website with detailed descriptions of what we can offer, so stay tuned as more news are to follow.
- It just remains for me to wish everyone an enjoyable and peaceful holiday.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott