Week Ending 30th June
- Our week ended with our “Wellbeing Day”, to promote physical and mental wellbeing. The day itself involved a variety of activities, including: boule, mindful writing and workshops on healthy eating. Staff also had sessions on wellbeing on our training day, including: “The Art Of Meditation” led by our very own Brian New and a yoga session led by Lucy Crowe.
- On Monday 3rd July Year 10 Drama Students will be performing original work based on the stimulus ‘Freedom and Confinement’ as a significant part of their GCSE Drama course. Performances begin at 6.30pm in the Drama Studio at Chesterton. There are five groups in total: each performance will last 25 minutes, running through to 9.30pm. Between each piece there will be short intervals, allowing audience members to come in and out of the space, so the audience can vary. There are 30 students performing in total; they will be supported by a group of Year 11 students, who will be running sound and lights. The students all went to see ‘DNA’ in London last Friday evening, performed by the National Youth Theatre, and they conducted themselves impeccably on this visit. Their commitment to the subject is tremendous, so please do come along and see their work if you are interested in innovative and stylistic theatre. This exceptionally talented cohort need an audience to succeed with this performance examination; audience response will help them evaluate over the summer! To guarantee a seat for the occasion, please email email@example.com.
- Tickets are now on sale for ‘The Summer Showcase’. This will be performed by 100 wonderful actor-singer-dancers from Years 7 – 11 in Chesterton’s Farnsworth Hall on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th July 2017 at 7.30pm, with a shortened matinee performance on 20th July at 4.15pm. Tickets are available from the Finance Office (costing £7 and £5) and are likely to sell out fast. Ensure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a spectacular and heart-warming theatre experience! More information can be found in the letter recently distributed on Parentmail to all, or you can email the director on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Olympic Cup Champions: almost 100 athletes from Years 7-10 took part in the annual ‘Olympic Cup’ this week. The event took place at the University track; the venue certainly inspired our students to perform well, as Chesterton finished first over all. The excellent team performance was matched with some outstanding individual performances, for example: Eduardo Camacho (Year 7) equaled the 800m school record in 2 minutes and 31 seconds! Molly Rogers (Year 8) equaled the high jump school record (1.40m). The Olympic Cup can be seen in the trophy cabinet in our Sports’ Centre.
- Year 8 sports’ leaders: it was a pleasure to watch 25 sport leaders from Chesterton, taking the lead at the annual Olympic Cup athletics event this week. They were a great advert for the school as they officiated individual events and coordinated the results; a number of staff commented on how effective and efficient they were. Congratulations to all involved.
- Students from years 7, 8 and 9 have been involved in Enrichment activities this week.
- Year 7 were involved in an engineering competition with the help of a visiting STEM ambassador. They successfully designed and built prototype machines to help with a space mission. On Tuesday Year 7 embarked on a very wet trip to Wicken Fen: they were guided through a selection of ecology activities and found a lot of interesting insects and pond life; particular highlights included newts and big blue dragonfly. Wednesday was the Real Game. Students discovered more information about different career options and discussed their dream life for the future; also considering how their career would help to shape and fund their lifestyle in the future.
- Year 8 worked through a rotation of activities. Students made models, painted scenes and wrote story boards in order to then produce excellent stop motion animations. This was done with the help of the Art department and a visiting expert from Anglia Ruskin. In PE, students had the opportunity to try wheelchair basketball; participate in problem solving and team building activities. The drama department took students through a series of workshops leading to the students producing their own piece for “Chesterton’s Got Talent” at the end of the day.
- Year 9 were involved in activities exploring finance and problem solving. On Wednesday all students took part in an enterprise activity to make, package and pitch their own soap products. The quality of what was produced was really astounding and all students were proud of their efforts.
- On Monday morning 132 Year 8 students and 12 members of staff set off for Shrewsbury in Shropshire for three days of activities; they arrived to glorious sunshine. After settling into their accommodation, students were taken to various activities. Over the three days students have: kayaked; built buggies; climbed ropes; played a Laser Maze game; played a game of Giant Cluedo (ask us about Harry Hot Dog and Kelly Ketchup) and have learnt the skills of archery and fencing. On the last evening students were treated to a disco. Sadly in the pouring rain, students took part in their last activity before heading back to Cambridge. All students had an amazing time!
- Year 9 students spent a fantastic couple of days exploring the Somme battlefields in France as part of their enrichment week. They visited the Lochnagar Crater: a stark reminder of the devastation caused during the war; Albert town centre and the Somme 1916 Museum; the preserved trenches and stunning memorial at Vimy Ridge and the 13th century cathedral in Amiens. Students also laid a wreath on behalf of the Chesterton community at the incredibly moving Thiepval monument to the missing. The group enjoyed fantastic weather, learned lots about World War One and sampled life in two different French towns. All the staff involved would like to thank students for coming; it was a real pleasure!
- Mr Kelly had the pleasure to escort twenty Chesterton students to make up the 100 from across East Anglia last weekend for this year’s FXP (Future Experience Points) Festival: a games concept and development competition, themed this year on the single word “Super”.The Festival, hosted at Cambridge Regional College (CRC), gives young people an exciting hands-on games development experience and insight into what careers in the creative digital industry offer. There were six prizes up for grabs – 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for each activity went to students from Chesterton; winning backpacks of goodies and a half day visit to local gaming company Jagex were amongst the prizes. Our Year 10 team produced a technically excellent game but were not in the prize zone: next year gentlemen! This is the second year we have entered the competition and it is proving to be incredibly popular with the students. Both the Year 9 and 10 students have said they would like to set up “GameMaker” lunchtime clubs next year to encourage younger students to take part in the future. See Mr Kelly if you are interested!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott