Week Ending 8th March 2019

Week Ending 8th March 2019

The builders are continuing to progress well on their current areas of work – having finished the most of the preparatory works, paving is now starting to go down out at the very front of the school and we are hoping that this will be complete by the end of next week. Walking around the inside of the new building we can see flooring going down, the kitchen installation underway and the wall finishes being completed as the builders are keeping well to the schedule.

The Easter Holiday revision timetable has been shared with parents via parentmail and year 11 via Edmodo. Sessions can be booked via the parent evening booking system. Sessions are led by subject teachers and are a great way for students to vary their revision studies.

Robinson students have been rewarded a fantastic number of above and beyond points so far this term; collectively the house has received 2724 points! This is indicative of students’ excellent behaviour around the college site and shows how students are willing to go the extra mile to be helpful, courteous members of our community. Well done all!

Last week we welcomed many primary school students who were taking part in a tag rugby competition. This week we hosted a primary High 5s netball tournament, with our Year 8 netballers officiating.

To coincide with LGBT History Month, for the next two weeks students will be using their tutor time PSHE sessions to look into the history of LGBTQ+ rights, discrimination, and how we can work to promote tolerance and equality in our society. Supported by a week of assemblies run by Miss Martinelli and the Chesterton Pride Community, students will have the chance to consider the damaging impact of stereotypes, to learn about ongoing prejudices in the UK and around the world, to reflect on the often overlooked contributions made by iconic members of the LGBTQ+ community throughout history, and to share ideas about our responsibilities in promoting British values of inclusion and equality.

Table tennis and badminton success! Two badminton teams from Year 8 and 9, and two table tennis teams from Year 7, enjoyed success in the district school competition which took place this week. Showing an excellent standard of play, both table tennis teams were unbeaten throughout the tournament and will now represent the Cambridge district in the forthcoming county competition in March; watch this space! The girls’ and boys’ badminton teams played consistently and combined a number of wins with some losses; finally finishing in 3rd position on the night.

House competitions have continued into the second half of the spring term where the activities have been in support of the Chesterton Architecture Festival. Last week, students earned points for their house by attempting to make solid structures out of spaghetti (it got quite messy) and this week they made structures out of straw and masking tape to balance an orange for 20 seconds! There were some fantastic efforts all round and all students involved enjoyed this fun introduction into the world of architecture. Fawcett walked away with the victory by making the structure in the fastest time possible, Equiano won a prize for most innovative design and commiserations to Hill who failed as their orange only lasted 19 seconds on top of their structure! The final competition to support the Chesterton Architecture Festival will take place next Wednesday. A couple of Friday quizzes have also been focusing on Architecture across the world – some forms have found the questions rather challenging!

Well done to Winston in Year 8 for coming runner up in the Access Art #beacreativeproducer animation competition. His was work was showcased on Thursday at the project launch at the Cambridge Junction which he attended with Miss Woods and Mrs Chamberlain. The #BeACreativeProducer project is a nationwide initiative which encourages teenagers to work collaboratively, or alone, to create film and animations about the things they care about and so helps young people develop their voice. The project also helps teenagers balance their experience of the digital and physical world to feed their creativity. If anyone would like to find out more or enter the next competition please visit www.beacreativeproducer.org

We are nearly half way through our architecture festival with more exciting events arranged by Cambridge Association of Architects to come. After much fun last week creating earthquake proof structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows, this week’s house competition continues our architectural theme with the gravity and structure challenge. Next week, representatives from Wilmott Dixon will be coming in to school to challenge students to see how much ‘Bang they can build for their Buck’ out on the Bateson Road playground and students from Year 9 and 10 will have their turn to create designs for the Wynn Williams Gardens when they take part in the design workshop run by our team of visiting architects. It’s not too late for entries into the Eye Spy picture challenge, (entry forms available to students in the library) and, if you haven’t had a chance yet, don’t forget to pop in to reception to view ‘Site in Sight’, our GCSE photography exhibition linked to the festival, on display until 15th March.

A reminder that the website is currently available at http://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/

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Mrs Lucy Scott