Week Ending 22nd September
- At Chesterton we all wanted to say a huge thank you to our community of parents and carers who have been so supportive of the school and have helped us on our journey to being recognised as outstanding. We are delighted with the judgement and hope you do find time to read the report in its entirety. Now it’s all about looking forward and continuing to offer the best provision we can for all of our students.
- We are very excited about our Open Evening on October 5th; always a lovely opportunity to share the great work which is happening in the school. Please do feel free to share the date with friends who may be considering school choices for their children.
- The U16 and Year 8 A and B teams were playing this week at Impington. The U16 played very well: two halves of 20 minutes with Iraide in goal for the first half and Felicity in goal for the second half; all the girls were amazing. We had several chances and performed some great breaks in play, with excellent linking and triangular passes. In the first half we played 4, 4, 2 overloading front and midfield positions which worked better than our second half where we reversed this and ended with a final score of 2-0 to Impington. Players of the match were the aforementioned Iriade and Felicity.
- For Year 8 it was the first game of the season. The girls played four quarters of 10 minutes. Unfortunately both teams lost 6-1 (a) and 3-0 (b), but the games were played in great spirit. Nina and Daria were voted player of the match and all the girls performed well with excellent sportsmanship.
- Korfball Success: a total of four Chesterton students have been selected to attend sessions with the England Korfball squad, in hope that they are then chosen to represent their country! Congratulations to Gracie Lewis, Jonny Potter, Molly Rodgers and Joseph Rodgers; we wish them luck.
- On Wednesday 27th September we welcome Marion Caldwell to give our next music recital in the series. The programme features a range of piano music by women composers and composers from outside of Europe. Marion is one of our piano teachers at Chesterton and a professional musician so we are very much looking forward to her performance. We look forward to seeing you in M1 at 3.30 on Wednesday 27th September.
- On Thursday 14th September, 20 year 11 students attended the inaugural Cambridge STEM champion conference, at the University of Cambridge. They worked in collaboration with students from London, Saudi Arabia, India and the UAE to solve problems relating to computer science, physics and engineering.
- A date for your diary is September 28th with the “How to Help Your Child” evening, for Years 8 to 11. This is an event that focuses on specific information: ensuring you are clear about what work is being covered in school and approaches for how to help your child embed their learning.
- ESOL free open day and lessons! Friday September 22nd 9.30am in the Cadet Hut. www.esolcafe.co.uk
- The Drama Department has started the year with a bang, hosting weekly lunch time performances of original 25 minute pieces by Year 11 students entitled ‘Your Move’ and ‘Witness’; students have been queuing for seats to come and watch this scintillating work. It has been touching to see young people from across all year groups offering rapturous applause to this year’s promising GCSE Cohort on three occasions so far. Next Thursday, it’s ‘Blind Power’!
- Meanwhile, auditions are afoot for the major Chesterton Youth Theatre production this year: ‘Twist’d’, an original adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. The standard of acting has been incredibly high in the castings so far, and with the final session of auditions today after school, the job of choosing only one actor for each of the 50 roles will be almost impossible, especially in the case of Nancy! Rehearsals will be taking place as of Sunday on a weekly basis from 3.15 – 5pm until the Show is performed just before Easter. Other rehearsals for the early part of the story – set in the workhouse – will take place on a Monday at the same time, from half-term onwards.
- In a less pressurized context, there has also been very high attendance from Years 8 and 9 at Drama Club, which takes place after school every Thursday 3.15 – 4.05pm. It is hoped that more and more Year 7 girls and boys especially, will feel encouraged to come along to these free, confidence-enhancing and fun sessions run by the Head of Drama. It’s so exciting to see new talent and creativity emerging from the improvisation games we play!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott