Week Ending 29th September
- We are delighted to be offering students in Years 8 and 9 the opportunity to take part in an exchange programme with a school in Beijing, China. The prestigious programme is being part funded by the Beijing Education Board and is only offered to a small number of specially selected UK schools. Chesterton families will host Chinese students at the end of January 2018 and the Chesterton party will visit Beijing in May half term. During their stay in China students will have the opportunity to visit iconic sites such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City as well as attend Chinese school and take lessons in Chinese Calligraphy, Painting and Kung Fu. A letter with full details has been sent via email and can also be found by students on the Edmodo Whole School Notice page. We hope this will be the first of many exchanges with our new partners in Beijing.
- Marion Caldwell gave us a wonderful piano recital on Wednesday focusing on music by women composers. Marion spoke about the difficulty women have faced getting their music into the public domain and left us all with a great deal to take away. Thank you to all who came and we look forward to our next recital: Tuesday 3rd October, given by Mijung Kim. As always the recital begins at 3.30pm in M1 and refreshments will be provided.
- Extra-curricular music clubs are well under way, however, we still welcome new members so please encourage your child to attend. Highlights include: orchestra; Year 7 choir; Samba band and guitar and ukulele group. Further information can be found on the school website and around the music department.
- Year 9 Geography Untaught has begun again this term (5b in the Apex): all Year 9s welcome to this extra-curricular opportunity! Students are exploring a range of current and (possible) future geographical issues that they would normally only have the pleasure of studying in such depth at A level. Before Christmas we are looking at four topics. Through academic journals, TED talks, news articles and our own research, we will first look at “Longing for land”. Around the world, city planners are responding to the challenge of urbanisation by developing innovative methods to manage the need for more space in some of our most densely populated cities… but is urbanisation on this scale sustainable?
- We had our first Artsaward bronze meeting this week. Year 9 students interested in doing more art activities in their spare time were invited. During the award they will be attending an art event, researching an artist, producing their own artwork, sharing their skills and presenting their work in a sketchbook portfolio. If there are any Year 9 students interested there is still time to sign up. Please see Mrs Murray Williams in E2 next Tuesday lunchtime.
- Tuesdays have been enlivened by our house competitions, where students can participate in fun activities to earn house points. This week we had more than 80 students eating marshmallows in a competitive manner and last Tuesday’s “flying a paper plane” was very popular too. Coming soon we will have: Halloween and Christmas quizzes; Sudoku; spot the difference; hit the target with a ball; TV show bingo and “how many crackers can you eat for your House?” All light hearted ways of getting into the house spirit!
- The German Exchange is enjoying its week in Heidelberg; all is well with the students and we look forward to having more details in the blog next week.
- It was a pleasure to welcome parents to our “How to help your child” evenings this week. We hope you found them useful and that the information provided will help you support the work which is happening in school.
- A reminder again about Open Evening next week on October 5th: please do encourage any friends you have who may be considering secondary school places.
- ESOL lessons have started and there are several Chesterton parents who attend. Next week we are starting: English in the Evening (Tuesday); Just Read (Thursday); English for Au Pairs (Friday 1-2pm) and Russian Language and Culture. Contact the Sports Centre or Sarah Adams for more details Sadams@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk
- Our Y11 post-16 day will be on Wednesday 4th October. Year 11 will be off timetable and getting to grips with their UCAS Progress applications, as well as thinking about their futures when they leave Chesterton. We have two outside speakers joining us to give talks on Personal Finance and Apprenticeships. This marks the start of the post-16 journey!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott