Week Ending 1st February 2019

This week we have welcomed eighteen students and three teachers from Yuyuantan School in Beijing, China. They are here for ten days on an international cultural exchange, the students are all from Years 8 and 9 and this is the first time they have left China. We are very grateful to the families who are acting as hosts whilst they are here in Cambridge. During their visit they will be taking part in various lessons including Science, Drama, Music and Latin. On Monday we introduced them to the delights of scones with cream and jam; for the majority this was the first time they had cooked. The students, families and their partners took part in a city wide treasure hunt on Sunday enabling the Chinese students to see the beautiful city we live in. Later in the week they will be visiting London and touring Kings College.

Many thanks to all staff and students who attended the first (but definitely not the last!) Chesterton Pride Community “Equali-Tea” last week. It was a huge success and it was great to see so many people there supporting our LGBTQ+ community. Congratulations to our poetry competition winner, Chloe (Equ8) and very well done to our runners up – Amelie (Cav7) and Thomas (Faw8)! All of the entries were excellent. A special thanks to parent Kimberly Chapman for the amazing cookies which were beautifully designed with pride flag colours and inspirational messages.

The next music Teatime Concert is fast approaching. This informal concert is to be held at 3.45pm on Tuesday 12th February in M1 and so far will include solo and duet items from a range of year groups. If any more students wish to perform, they should sign up on the door to M1 by next Friday.

Korfball Area Championships: congratulations to five students who successfully took part in the Korfball Area Championships last weekend, representing Cambridgeshire. Jonny, Gracie, Molly, Joseph and Luka were part of the winning Under 15 team which performed brilliantly against teams from various locations such as Kent, London and Norfolk. We are reliably informed that England Korfball coaches were suitably impressed on the day and we hope to report some national selections very soon!

This week, a number of students from year 7, 8 and 9 took part in the Cambridge Schools indoor rowing competition. There was a fantastic atmosphere as rowers competed using one of a group of ergometers linked to a virtual race screen! The aim was to row as far as possible in a specific time, in an attempt to record distances which could be compared to national target levels, and contribute towards the inter-school competition. There were great performances from all involved, and some striking performances from the following:

Lara – Year 7 winner

Zsofia – Year 7 third place

Finn – Year 7 third place

Michael – Year 8 winner

Alicia – Year 9 third place

Owing to popular demand to see the GCSE Drama Play Extracts 2019, additional performances will now take place in the drama studio prior to the examination performances on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th February. These will occur at 3.15 – 5.15pm. The examiner will not be present at these ‘open dress’ runs. We hope they will allow more staff, students, family, friends and drama enthusiasts to see this highly promising work, and it will be helpful to the students to perform in front of an audience before the real thing! Please do come along if this interests you (see last week’s blog for more information about the material).

This week during tutor time we have been looking at the school ethos. The current school ethos was created before any of our current students arrived and we have decided that it needs to be redesigned to reflect the current school community. Students have been asked to look at what the ethos means to them and redesign the ethos logo. The deadline for entries is Feb 15th and there will be a prize for the winning design.

A reminder that the website is currently available at http://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/

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Mrs Lucy Scott