Week Ending 19th May
- The art and photography summer exhibition is in the process of being readied for the exhibition evening on Thursday 25th May, 6-8pm. The work is looking amazing! We are excited to be able to hold a silent auction this year so that family, friends and staff can bid on art work they would like to purchase. Please do come along and celebrate the wonderful work.
- Four of Chesterton’s drama students in Year 10 have won places in the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. This is an incredible achievement, considering that only around 10 per cent of applicants gain places each year; there are approximately 5000 young actors aged between 14 and 22 who annually audition and 2017 has – according to the NYT’s website – been the most competitive crop ever! The students: Ben Binks; Olivia Blydenstein; Sofia Cicolecchia and Ioanna Fokas all worked tremendously hard to prepare for the auditions, which involved participating in a workshop and performing a monologue to a panel in London. They will now attend an actors’ training course in the summer, to graduate as fully fledged members of the highly prestigious Company; alumni include Daniel Day Lewis and Helen Mirren, and, moreover, current members include Josh Bailey and Etienne Currah in Year 11! We are absolutely thrilled for these immensely talented, thoughtful and courageous individuals; they give so much to the Chesterton Youth Theatre and they reflect the spirit of this dedicated ensemble in every sense.
- Auditions for the Summer Showcase have taken place at the College in the past week and it is delightful to see how many new faces, as well as current members of Chesterton Youth Theatre, have wanted to become part of this production which will be performed in the last week of the summer term. More information about the event will be available shortly; meanwhile, it is immensely exciting to begin rehearsals with the 50 – strong cast of actors from Years 7, 8 and 9, who will be presenting a repertoire of theatrical extracts from “Jane Eyre” to “High School Musical.” The core part of Chesterton Youth Theatre’s work this year has of course been NT Connections: a review of their recent performance of Patrick Marber’s “The School Film”, at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton, is available to read in the link below. The 10 youth theatre companies selected from 260 across Britain to perform at the Royal National Theatre at the end of June have yet to be announced, but it is so touching to receive such affirmation of the students’ work, regardless of the outcome. We know the playwright himself is also delighted by it!
- On Tuesday we welcomed 180 Year 1 students from Mayfield, Arbury and Milton Road to participate in a tennis festival. The Chesterton sports leaders were outstanding as usual, as they led the groups and organised the activities.
- Tutor groups will be learning about politics and the General Election for the next two weeks. They will study the political system, parties and how votes are cast. For many students this builds on the citizenship morning in Year 7 Worldly Wednesday which focused on Parliament and Government.
- The computing department had a visit from local IT entrepreneur: Andy Harker, founder of local computer company RealVNC. He visited the school as part of “Speakers For School”, founded by Robert Preston; the sole purpose of which is to encourage high achievers into state schools to inspire our young people. Andy came in and spoke for about an hour and opened up the floor to a Q and A session. Feedback from the event was very positive and the event was over-subscribed.
- This week’s Chesterton lecture was delivered by Cameron Petrie who focused on the archaeology of climate change; the lecture was very well received by students. Next week we have two lectures, focused on science: Kathryn Knight talking about blue skies biology and Dr Omarjee talking about his cancer research.
- This week we had our final teatime concert of the year. There were a number of performers offering a range of styles and instruments. They all performed with great confidence. We look forward to the series resuming in the Autumn term.
- Mrs Andrews (after her woeful performance in the Bake Off!) took a group of Year 8 students, with Mr Quayle, to see the “Abolition of Slavery and Thomas Clarkson” exhibition at St John’s College. The students really enjoyed examining the priceless historical sources. Not only were they able to examine historical sources, they were also afforded the chance to walk around the college and learn about local history.
- Our ESOL classes and activities, for parents who speak English as an additional language, are going very well. Please contact Sarah Adams if you would like to know more about our free Reading Group; Singing Class and lessons. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Year 11 exams have started in earnest this week. Students have been exemplary with their attendance, attitude and levels of preparation. We wish them well.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott