Week Ending 17th March
- As part of World Book Day six of our Y10 girls, accompanied by Lauren Parker and Hannah Matthews, went to Cambridge University Press. Our Y10 representatives were: Mira Gowripal, Sarah Coret, Jade Bell, Etta Hall, Zahin Ahmed and Luna Conway. The visit was an opportunity for our students to find out about the many opportunities publishing has to offer. Cambridge University Press organised an industry focused careers carousel for students and teachers, including: apprenticeships, communications and design. All who attended said they really enjoyed and benefitted from the day.
- Year 10 participated in our own careers carousel and post-16/work related learning on Thursday 10th March. Working alongside Form the Future, we had ten local employers on site to talk about their professions and organisations. We were delighted to welcome: Hammer and Tong Productions; Deloitte; Cambs Cuisine; marketing and PR freelancer Simone Castello; AppChocolate; Arcus Global; Metro Bank; Tribus-D; Burwell Museum and Stansted Airport. We also delivered a session on post-16 and career pathways as part of year 10’s enterprise and work related learning programme.
- Callum Irving, from Year 7, last Friday saw the fruition of an extra-curricular project which he started 12 months ago. Callum was invited to visit the Winter Comfort homeless centre to present the £1000 he had fundraised through writing and producing a Minecraft themed video, “Mine Song”, on Youtube. The video has gone viral with nearly 9million views and much positive support towards the organisation. The team at Winter Comfort do an amazing job, providing daily hot cooked breakfasts, clothing donations. Cal presented his donation in the presence of the Mayor and spoke to the support staff about his desire to help those who are disadvantaged in society: “It doesn’t seem right that some people have shelter, food and warmth when other people don’t, because we are all the same underneath, we are all people, and these things are basic things that everyone needs…we all need a bit of help sometimes!”.
- The Year 11 boys’ football team progressed to the quarter finals of the district cup with a 2-0 victory over St Bede’s last Thursday. The boys battled well and played some excellent football with Dan Titchener and Theo Broomfield scoring the goals. The Year 10 team played well against Soham Village College and deserved a 4-2 victory (goals from Mo Al-Haad, Jay-Dee Kirby, Rakikul Islam). The team now progresses to the quarter final. The Year 9 team were involved in a 17 goal thriller! After drawing 4-4 during normal time, the team eventually lost 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out (Hanif Rahman maintained his position as top goal scorer).
- The netball season is underway: with some excellent results in our early fixtures, we are pleased to say that the Year 10 and 11 teams also performed well in the district tournament. The Year 11 team progressed unbeaten to the semi-final stage, where they lost a close game to the eventual winners. After finishing as runners up in previous years, the Year 10 team played some excellent netball; eventually finishing in 5th position (20 teams).
- Sporting champions: the PE department recognises effort, commitment and excellence via its ‘Sporting Champions Award’. Congratulations to the following students who were recognised this half term: Mabel Poole, Tom Macavoy, Ali Reza, Rhianna Yung, Nico Del Maestro, Lia Hopwood, Anna Emmerson and Ben Reeves.
- On Friday, The Terrance Higgins Trust visited Year 11 assembly to remind students of the health services that they offer and more specifically to raise awareness of chlamydia testing. This is a follow-up to the PSE workshops which took place earlier in the term.
- On Wednesday evening, Dr Hutchinson and Miss Palmer attended the Young People’s Safety Event at Cambridge United Football Club. The event was linked to the ‘Tough Love’ presentation our Year 9 students saw last week. The opening speaker was Lorin LaFave, The Founder of the Breck Foundation and mother of Breck Bednar; her son lost his life due to online grooming and coercive control. We hope that in the near future she will be able to visit Chesterton to present to parents, so they are informed regarding the issue of internet safety and online grooming. In addition, the Cambridge United Chairman has promised us a visit from some of the team to raise awareness of online bullying issues with our students.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott