Week Ending 5th October
- Year 11 students will be receiving invitations this week for their post-16 preparation evening on Thursday 12th October. The invite is extended to parents and carers too and a Parentmail will be sent later in the week with more information. It is an excellent opportunity to meet post-16 providers, find about apprenticeships or talk about employment pathways. There will be a presentation for Y11 parents/carers on the process itself so you know how to support your child. We look forward to seeing you there!
- Under 16 girls’ hockey final: the under 16 girls’ hockey team played outstandingly well to progress to the District School Hockey Cup Final. On the way to the final, our team faced strong opposition from three other local schools but combined great organization with a very determined approach, to overcome some great individual displays from our opponents. The final takes place next week – watch this space!
- 40 students from Years 10 and 11 went to the ADC theatre on Wednesday evening to see Cambridge University students and graduates perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The students were given an exclusive Q and A session after the performance in which they asked the cast about their interpretation of this iconic, classical play. Jude Skeet Hodgson – who played Lysander in Chesterton’s 2016 production – intelligently asked why the production was set in a nightclub with shiny, candy coloured aesthetics and a dance floor which came to represent the magical woods. All the students showed complete professionalism at the Theatre and the America touring Company described them as ‘an amazing audience’.
- A group of actors from Year 11 and some former students from Chesterton Youth Theatre and their parents will be meeting this weekend to discuss the possibility of touring an original piece of theatre to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. This very exciting prospect is one which would truly raise the profile of the Company whilst the new theatre at the College is being built. Suzy Marston and Nicola Von Schreiber are leading the project which has the working title of TLC, a play loosely based on the story of Troilus and Cressida. Please do be in touch with either of them if you have any ideas or suggestions for how to move forward with fundraising! It would be wonderful to generate a community of support behind the courageous, young actors and this ambitious initiative!
- The rehearsals for Chesterton Youth Theatre’s ‘Twisted’ have got off to a flying start with 80 students from years 7 – 10 coming together to stage this alternative version of Dickens’s best known work. The company is meeting on Sundays and Mondays to put together an extended piece of theatre that aims to involve dance and film as well as characterisations that are rounded and charged. So far, Caiden Sherlock as Poor Joe in Year 8 and Sami Hori as Charley Bates in Year 9 stand out in playing members of Fagin’s gang we are unlikely to forget in a hurry. With two puppeteers evoking Bullseye, Sikes’s dog, this ensemble piece promises to be full to the brim with imagination. Make sure you leave the last week of term in Easter free to come and see it!
- Year 9 German exchange Schrieshein: 33 students from Year 9 have just returned from the annual German exchange near Cambridge’s twin town of Heidelberg. Students had the opportunity to improve their German and experience life in a German family and school first hand. Highlights included: a tour of the town of Heidelberg and its world famous castle; a trip to the zoo; a day trip to the picturesque cathedral city of Speyer and a morning at the Technical museum and the IMAX cinema. Students also had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Schriesheim and to ask a number of questions about local and national life. Mrs Wolf, Mrs Lang and Mrs Williams would like to thank all the Chesterton parents who are supporting this year’s exchange and of course the 33 students for their enthusiasm, their endeavour to speak German and their excellent manners throughout the week. Several members of the public said they were a credit to our school and we fully agree. We are looking forward to the return visit of our German exchange partners next Wednesday.
- A reminder that next Tuesday, October 10th at 6.30pm in the Apex, there is a meeting for all parents of Year 11 students coming to Berlin in October half term. We will go through all the exciting details of the trip and will collect students’ travel documents. Please bring passports and EHIC cards along on the evening.
- This week we had our first house council meeting; the focus of the meeting was about challenge in lessons: how to provide it and then support students to access challenging material. Representatives from the house council will gather together the outcomes of the meeting and meet with the senior leadership team to share any ideas from the student body which can be implemented.
- Following last year’s very successful student wellbeing day we are trialling a staff wellbeing programme as part of our professional development offer this term. There are four timetabled opportunities, every fortnight, for staff to participate in and reduce their stress levels and focus on their own wellbeing. So far we have played boules over a lunchtime, been for a brisk walk around the playing fields and done some mindfulness colouring. Other events scheduled for the term include the opportunity for staff to come together to form a samba band, a session where people will share their favourite poems and short stories, yoga, short concerts and a chance to decorate biscuits and make chocolates in the run-up to Christmas. Thank you to the students who suggested that we introduce this programme for staff; it is already making a difference to our levels of wellbeing!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott