Week ending 23rd September
- We were delighted to see so many new faces at the PTA AGM on Tuesday. If you did miss the meeting please do feel free to attend future events. The school is incredibly appreciative of the fundraising work undertaken, which supports work in faculties, and last year raised enough to support the purchase of a climbing wall for our sports’ centre. The PTA raise funds by running a series of events throughout the year, the first of which will be the PTA Quiz; always an enjoyable event with lots of healthy competition!
- The quiz will be held on October 14th. Tickets are £5 adult / £3 for children and will include a cheese platter supper. Doors will open at 7pm with the quiz to start at 7.30pm.The maximum team size is eight. Tables should be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lots of sporting news this week:
- Rugby and hockey have really taken off at the start of this term! More than 120 students represented the college this week, with some outstanding performances throughout Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 (Year 7 will start their competitive matches next week). All of the students will also have an opportunity to take part in the forthcoming district schools’ tournaments. The outstanding performance of all the fixtures this week, was Sully Din who ran in five tries in his Year 8 rugby match.
- Sully was part of the Year 8 team; the team had a stunning 40-0 victory over Impington Village College on Wednesday. Fullback Sully scored five tries for the Double Blues with a display of running that would make England coaches weep with joy! James Fife, Takunda Tsatsa and a borrowed Year 9 reserve, Maurits Boek, also piled over the white paint for a try each. Alongside the super passing and running, Year 8 also doled out a master class in tackling, rucking and pulling together a mighty scrum led by hooker Alex Barker.
- A great evening of competitive hockey was had at Impington on Wednesday evening. The girls were superb in their performance, teamwork and behaviour. The u16 lost 3-0 (with no keeper!), the Year 9s held off to a draw with Iriade named player of the match and the Year 7s were closely defeated 3-2 with Sadie as player of the match. Well done to all who played and we look forward to the fixtures next week.
- Thank you to all 18 students that helped out at the Cambridge 10k run. The run’s organiser was incredibly impressed with their professional and motivational approach.
- This week we have been joined by 12 colleagues from the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network and the Cambridge Partnership as they begin their teacher training. We are delighted to support them as they begin their journey into the teaching profession.
- Rolf Purvis and Dr Kath Hutchinson attended the inaugural meeting of the High Performing Schools’ Pioneer Group. As you will recall from earlier blogs we have been asked to join an elite group of ten schools, some international and some private, to work with Professor Deborah Eyre on developing a programme focused on creating an environment for high performance for all students. As we work on the programme we will share more details.
- On Thursday evening we were pleased to see so many Year 9 and 10 parents at the “How to help your child” evening. Next week’s evening will also be on Thursday and will be for Year 7 and Year 8 parents; the event will provide guidance on curriculum content and how to usefully help your child with activities at home.
- Our International Parents’ Group has started with English lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays and the singing group on Fridays at 12.30. New parents are very welcome.
- The drama department is soon to embark upon ‘Strictly Chesterton: The Talent Factor’, a show which picks up where ‘Chesterton’s Got Talent’ left off. Do look out for details…
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott