Week Ending 2nd November
Although much of the progress on our new building seems invisible, the builders are still busily at work. The most noticeable change is that the roof is starting to go on over the building, but the rest of the works are internal. The builders have recently completed the new external bike racks and will be working over the next week or two in the bike shed to add additional capacity which will take our bike racks to over 1000!
The Chesterton Lecture Series launches this Friday and is an exciting opportunity for students to hear talks on a range of fascinating topics from parents, teachers and members of the Chesterton community. Lectures will take place every Friday, 3.15 – 3.45pm in the Apex. Additional information is on the daily notices. All students are very welcome and encouraged to come along – refreshments will be provided! Please see Miss Evans with any questions.
I have previously written how delighted we are to be recognised as a High Performance Learning or World Class School and our journey is continuing this academic year. A Teaching and Learning focus since the September has been on “Intellectual Playfulness”. We want Chesterton students to leave us with high quality soft skills as well as their academic grades. These changes may be simple – instead of copying the 5 pillars of Islam or the Ten Commandments from a text book in RE, students could be asked ‘What would your pillars or commandments be?’, or ‘What do you think the Pillars or Commandments are?’ and in so doing we are allowing them to creatively explore ideas alongside consolidating the core curriculum content. We hope the outcome of “Intellectual Playfulness” is that when students leave us at the end of Year 11 they are creative problem solvers and are able think outside the box. You may also be aware that we are focusing on memory and recall throughout the whole year, so do keep your eye peeled for homeworks and activities designed to consolidate this skill.
National Poetry Day poetry competition 2018 results are in: lots of entries from across the school, with an impressive range of images and ideas exploring this year’s theme of ‘Change’.
The winners are: Y7 = Michel, with ‘Change?’. Y8 = Miranda, with ‘Marriage, Bonds, and Change’. Y9 = Joseph, with ‘Immortality’. Y11 = Thomas, with ‘Change’.
All winning poems have been published to Chesterton’s poetry competition website: https://cccpoetry.github.io/Poetry2018/ (laptop or pc, not mobile).
Students in Years 8-11 were hard at work towards the end of last term taking photos of their feedback book work, collating them in Edmodo and messaging them home. Please do check your Edmodo notifications for these messages and note that to have received them, you need to have attached your parent account to your child’s using their Parent Code. If you can see homework, you have already done this. Sharing the progress made in feedback books throughout the year on Edmodo and via the Open Afternoon in July are important parts of our assessment and reporting to parents. This use of Edmodo replaces Seesaw, in response to feedback that parents would like us to utilise fewer platforms.
House competitions continue this term with Robinson in first place closely followed by Fawcett and Hill! Competition activities include a Harry Potter Quiz, charades and a theme song guessing game. Students have really enjoyed this break time activity, which happens every Wednesday, where they are all trying to earn points for their house.
On Thursday 8th November we will celebrating the outstanding achievements of last year’s Year 11 in our annual Awards Evening. We are all incredibly proud of everything they have achieved and it promises to be an enjoyable evening of celebration. In addition, we are lucky enough to have Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory University of Cambridge, as our guest speaker.
We are looking forward to launching our mentoring scheme with Milton Road Primary School this half term, in which Year 9 subject ambassadors from Chesterton will run workshops with Year 5 students in preparation for their transition to Chesterton. More updates to follow later in the term!
Maths problem of the week!
[Kangaroo Grey 2018 Q4]
Which number should replace the symbol * in the equation 2 × 18 × 14 = 6 × * × 7 to make it correct?
Last week’s answer was a) 2 + 0 + 1 + 3
Students in Equiano have been spending recent tutor times thinking about road safety. With the clocks going backwards there is greater danger on the roads. Many of our students wear cycling helmets and use lights, but a significant majority continue to cycle in the dark without safety equipment. Students have been challenged to justify why they do not wear a cycling helmet and use lights.
Equiano students continue to be set high standards with regards attendance and outstanding behaviour at all times. Most Equiano form groups are above the college target of 97% attendance, and students in Equiano.4 have a very impressive combined attendance of 98.99%. Students in Equiano 9 have been the most successful gaining above and beyond points (ABP), comfortably leading other form groups with a combined total of 162 ABPs. Finally, Equiano.6 is the form mostly likely to contain a future University Challenge competitor, leading the Friday quiz competition with 89 points out a maximum 100 points.
The basketball season has started!
The college basketball season started this week with an assured 52-42 win for the under 16 boys team. The game was played at Chesterton against the CATS international school. Basketball matches continue for girls and boys until the half term holiday in February.
Year 8 hockey semi-final
The year 8 hockey team was one of 18 teams competing in the Cambridge schools district tournament on Tuesday. In some very cold weather, the girls played exceptionally well to reach the semi-final – a great way to end the hockey season, before the netball and basketball seasons begin. Well done to all the girls involved.
Year 7 district schools rugby winners!
The year 7 team saved their best rugby for the final fixtures of the year, as they progressed to the final of the annual district tournament. Outstanding team work, great tackling and intelligent running were the key factors in our performance. In the end, the final was abandoned due to poor weather – Chesterton shared first place.
The second round of the House Bake Off took place this week, students were asked to bake 12 biscuits with a Halloween theme. There were some amazing creations, as always! We had almond fingers, peanut butter spiders and we even had some lovely savoury biscuits and homemade chutney! Huge well done to all those taking part, they have all been awarded house points for each round they take part in and above and beyond points.
Our first round of cookie vouchers have been handed out this week, this is for the students that have reached level one in our rewards system. Level one means our students have earned 15 above and beyond points this year, which is fantastic. Huge congratulations to all those that have reached level one already!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott