Week Ending 24th November
- We would like to say a massive ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who supported our fundraising on Friday for Children In Need: we raised £1417.57. Our thanks go to all our students, staff and parents who baked for us; the students had Sweet Treats galore at break time! Students thoroughly enjoyed the annual game of ‘Penny Wars’ and we can officially confirm that Equiano was the winning house. We even had our very own Pudsey Bear in school; Mrs. Moore, from the attendance office, dressed as Pudsey for the day.
- On the evening of Wednesday November 8th, 29 Year 11 students performed self-directed monologues from 28 different published plays and 4 group scenes from the texts set by Edexcel for the new GCSE Drama specification. Family and friends attended the extended and varied evening, and many audience members commented to Ms Marston on the “amazing” standard set by those performing. The monologues ranged from classical tragedy (including Shakespeare’s Cleopatra) to modern comedy (such Frayn’s ‘Noises Off’); the work was politically and passionately charged, touching on issues such as the Israel/Palestine conflict and adoption. The students should feel very proud of their independent artistic choices and the receptivity they showed towards the guidance they received from Max Digby Carpenter and Barnie Hakarta, an actor and gap-year student who came to work with them on the day. They all showed the potential to succeed with their actual examination performances which will take place in February next year, and it will be very exciting to start working on these pieces after the mocks. Meanwhile, the Cohort can look forward to going to see the critically acclaimed ‘People, Places and Things’ at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on Friday this week, a trip which the College is subsidizing in order to place these students in the best possible position for evaluating theatre in their written exam. A former student of Ms Marston’s, Caitlin Clark, who is Marketing Manager at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, has kindly arranged for 28 members of the group to sit on the stage at no extra cost! This innovative staging concept will doubtlessly enrich their experience of this thought-provoking piece.
- Meanwhile, Year 10 GCSE drama students are rehearsing very intensively towards two performances of ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly on Monday 11th December. Their 90 minute production, which begins at 6pm and then again at 8pm, is hoping to take Chesterton Youth Theatre to new dramatic heights, in more ways than one! This promenade version of Kelly’s 2008 cult play, which is now part of syllabuses for both GCSE drama and English, moves through 9 spaces at the College, and aims to manipulate the role of the audience in a way which is mimetic of this theme in the text, and of its funny, cloying, cut-throat characters. The plot revolves around a gang of delinquent teenagers, who become “heroes” as a result of the disappearance of their bullied “mate”, Amy. Its twists and mysteries are both unnervingly gripping and darkly comic. Tickets are free, and have already been fully reserved for the 8pm performance, but if you would like to come to the 6pm Show, please email email@example.com as soon as possible (there are a few tickets still available for this). Audience members should wear warm coats and comfy shoes, and should be warned that this piece of theatre is not for the fainthearted!
- The college basketball season is underway, with all teams hopeful of achieving something great again this year. The under 14 girls played their part in a 33-29 thriller on Wednesday evening. There were some excellent performances and great determination to hang on for the win.
- The under 16 boys increasingly performed as a team this week. The collective effort was reflected in the result: 79-18!
- The inter-house cross country competitions have recently taken place on the college field. The weather was kind throughout and we were therefore rewarded with some fantastic individual performances (below). A number of students will represent the college in the district schools competition on 5th December. Year 7 winners: Julia Volovich and Elvis Ferguson; Year 8 winners: Eduardo Camacho and Maria Ramjee; Year 9 winners: Connie Cafferkey and Ali Reza Abbas-Hashemi.
- This week in science club we had a special visitor from the University of Cambridge who brought some liquid nitrogen in to show the pupils! Liquid nitrogen is at -196 degrees centigrade so very, very cold; if you were to put your hand in, it would freeze! Instead, we used it to make instant ice cream. We mixed all the ingredients in a bowl before slowly adding in the liquid nitrogen and stirring rapidly. All the students got to try some of the ice cream; it was delicious! We also smashed some flowers and bananas in the playground, before pouring the liquid nitrogen onto warm washing up liquid and producing lots of vapour and bubbles! Science club runs every Wednesday from 3:15-4:00 and is open to pupils in Year 7, 8 or 9.
- Tickets for the St John’s Carol Service are now available via ParentPay. The service takes place on Thursday 7th December at 7pm and tickets are priced at £7.00 for adults, £3.50 for concessions (OAP/students) and free to children under 16. Look forward to welcoming you at St John’s.
- On Friday 15th December, our last day of term, we will be holding a Festive Fair in the Farnsworth Hall for the students to enjoy. We are asking students to come up with ideas for stalls such as: cake stalls, guess the sweets in the jar, guess the name of teddy, face painting, Henna and lots more. The PTA are organising a chocolate tombola, last minute gift stall and a festive photo booth. All money raised will go to the PTA which does such a great job in raising money for equipment and activities for everyone at school.
- Thank you to everyone who has donated to our clothing and bedding collection to support those desperately in need in Calais. The final collection day is Monday 27th November if you have any of the items below please bring them to the school reception by the end of day on Monday 27th November:
- Emergency blankets and ponchos
- Blankets/sleeping bags
- Men’s small/medium boxers
- Men’s small/medium waterproof jackets
- Men’s small/medium waterproof trousers
- Men’s small/medium jeans/joggers
- UK 6;7;8;9/ EU 40;41;42;43 winter boots
- Tarpaulin (at least 2m by 2.5m)
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott