Week ending 4th April
- On Monday, the politics club was visited by a guest speaker, Nick Clarke, the former county council leader and Conservative member. He gave a five minute overview of politics from his perspective and then answered questions asked by students for the remaining forty minutes. It was an engaging and relaxed talk, with topics from gun laws to the threat of UKIP. There were many students there, a mixture of all years from 8-11. Nick Clarke said in his blog: “Some people think that youngsters are disengaged from politics. Not a bit of it. The classroom was full and this was after school had finished. The questions were thoughtful, well presented and in the main tougher than I used to face in the council chamber. I left thinking communities will be safe in the hands of young people like these.”
- Shirley Oliver and Nicola Von Schreiber attended a two day First Aid refresher course last week. This is to keep their First Aider at Work certification up to date. Our First Aid rota has eight members of staff who are very committed to caring for any children who require assistance. Both members of staff commented on how great the St John’s Ambulance course was, where they practised everything from putting on plasters to CPR. Chesterton has three defibrillators (one in the Sports Centre and two in reception) which they practised using.
- This week the Joe Herrington Memorial Rugby Match was held and I am including the report we received from Joe’s father: “What a great evening, a perfect way to remember Joe. A hard fought rugby match between his school friends and his club friends. Respect must be given to the Chesterton lads for their grit and determination against the power, speed and skill of the Cambridge boys. I don’t think the outcome was ever in doubt but the “Old Boys” stuck at it and were rewarded with a couple of tries. The spirit that these matches are played in is a testament to the boys that compete, it’s a true friendly match. The clap tunnels after the match proved that. Well done to all the lads involved, they are all a credit to the “youth” of today and Daniela and I are proud to know them all and are proud that Joe called them mates. We also raised £360 for Joe’s memorial fund.” Having only been in the school since September I am very aware of the fond memory everyone has for Joe and his legacy lives on in school.
- Look out for information about a Bengali Celebration the 7M and 8M Key Skills’ groups will be running in the near future. The groups have been studying Bangladesh in Key Skills and as a culmination of their studies we will be inviting members of the Bengali community in to see a dance the students have choreographed, share food, share language skills and view 7M and 8M projects and art work.
- The Year 7 RE Wicked Wednesday has been linking religious belief and the environment. This week the last two forms acted out and sang stories about the environment. They planted their seeds, which they are taking home to nurture. Seed planting kits were kindly donated by NIAB Innovation Farm.
- We were delighted this week to host the “We Sing” event which involved our local feeder primaries; North Cambridge Academy and the Castle Special School. The event involved a day of singing workshops hosted by music professionals and culminated in a vocal performance from each school, including our own Y7 students. We had three hundred students in the Farnsworth Hall, ranging from Year 2 to Year 7; it was a delight to see, as all the performances were amazing. Our thanks go to Anita Langdale for all her organisation of the event.
- Y11 revision sessions will be running throughout next week, to help support students with their revision. We hope you will support us in encouraging your child to attend. Also please do look at the ParentMail about useful revision students could be doing over the holiday. This is a crucial period of time to consolidate learning before the exams.
- It only remains for me to wish everyone a very happy holiday. We are in the process of quite a lot of refurbishment at the moment in the school with lots of painting, cleaning and some structural work happening. It will be really exciting for us all to return refreshed, after the break, to a similarly refreshed building.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott