Week Ending 1st December
- On Wednesday we had our first tea-time concert of the year. We had a large number of performers and the standard was extremely high. Many of the students performing are preparing for Associated Board music exams so we wish them well with these.
- On Saturday Chesterton Singers enjoyed a successful concert at St Andrew’s Church in Chesterton. The group performed the challenging Britten Ceremony of Carols and a range of lighter repertoire. The concert was well attended despite the heating having broken! Thank you to all who supported the concert and the singers themselves.
- This week the Year 7 choir performed with the Graduate Orchestra of Cambridge at West Road Concert Hall. The orchestra performed a concert arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker which features the beautiful Snowflake movement for orchestra and children’s choir. This was a very exciting about this opportunity and enabled us to get into the festive spirit.
- The college’s annual Carol Service takes place on Thursday 7th December at 7pm. Tickets are still available via ParentPay. Students have been working very hard to prepare for the service and we have a range of festive music to share with you. I look forward to seeing you at St John’s.
- Chesterton students experience university women’s basketball: more than 30 girls from Chesterton took up the opportunity to watch a university women’s basketball match this week. The opportunity was provided by Miss Palacios, who organised for the girls to attend the match between Bedford University and Anglia Ruskin University, at the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre. There were some excellent individual performances for both teams but, despite the increased support for ARU from our girls, Bedford was ultimately victorious. Let’s hope that the game was an inspiration for our girls to achieve great things for the college team!
- Basketball winning streak continues…the under 16 boys’ basketball team continued its winning streak in the match against The Perse School this week. Both teams were well organised, skillful and determined; this contributed to an entertaining game. Chesterton increasingly built upon an early lead with some ‘fast break’ basketball and an effective zone defence to eventually win the game 39-22.
- We have an Early Intervention Family Worker, Hannah Currington, who will be available to take calls from parents to discuss strategies to support children with their education and development. Hannah can be contacted between 08:30hrs and 16:00 hrs but a particular ‘phone in’ initiative has been arranged through Chesterton Community College to publicise her services. Hannah has a wealth of knowledge about developing parenting skills to help manage routines, anxiety, poor behaviour in children and much more. On Tuesday, 28th November 2017, Hannah will be available on her mobile – 07795 284118 – between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm, standing by to take any calls. She will be delighted to have the opportunity to offer any support and guidance you may need.
- A stress management workshop has been arranged for Year 10 and 11 to help manage pre/post exam stress on Thursday 30/11/2017, first lunch in the Apex. This is an optional session and all key stage four students are very welcome to attend.
- On December 12th there will be our usual half-termly parent forum, in the library from 5-6pm. Richard Auffret will be presenting about a single point of entry for parents to our various on-line communications, which is something which a number of parents have requested.
- 180 Year 4 students visited us on Thursday morning for a dance festival. As always, our Year 9 sport leaders did a fantastic job in ensuring they all had a great time!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott