Week Ending 9th June
- Students took part in the Chesterton election on Thursday. This gave students a great insight into democracy in the United Kingdom. Only students who had registered before Tuesday were eligible to vote. 73% of students in Y7-10 voted for one of the candidates standing in Cambridge with Daniel Zeichner, of the Labour Party, running out as the clear winner. Results in full: Zeichner, Labour – 331; Huppert, Lib Dem – 121; Tuckwood, Greens – 68; Hayward, Conservative – 35 and Garrett, Rebooting Democracy – 9.
- We mentioned before Easter that we have launched a new and re-vamped reward system: the new “Above and Beyond Points System” is now well underway. For those of you who didn’t know good news has changed. We want students to thrive and exhibit an outstanding attitude to learning in all aspects of school life, in doing so, and upon achieving a certain levels of points, students will then be able to “unlock a perks for points system” where they can access different levels of rewards. The system has been launched across the whole school and staff are working hard to send regular rewards to deserving students. To facilitate this we have allocated some protected time during every faculty meeting to give all staff the opportunity to send their “Above and Beyond Points”.
- Since we launched the new system 850 students have received at least one point and over 4000 points have been awarded. This is fantastic! On achieving their points and getting to a certain level students then unlock a reward/perk. On getting to level 1, which is 10 points, students are able to access Fun Food Fortnight. This takes place every week 2 Tuesday in the canteen and Mr Norman has been creating a special treat for these students, including knickerbocker glories and indulgent sticky chocolate cakes. So far 77 students have unlocked this first perk. If students achieve level 2, 30 points, they then get awarded a 2 week queue jump pass for the canteen which we have to say they are very excited about. Our Year 11 students, whilst working incredibly hard for their exams, have been trying to achieve 15 points as this then entitles them to a free ticket to their prom and we are so delighted that 166 students have managed to secure their free ticket. Well done to you all!
- The culmination of the new system and the ultimate prize is to win a seat on the coach to the rewards trip taking place at the end of the summer term. We are running a trip to Hunstanton on Thursday 13th July and all students have the potential to go on this trip as every time a student achieves 10 points their name goes into the prize draw to win a seat on the coach. Very exciting!
- The ideas for the current rewards came from the students but if you have any ideas of rewards we could offer then please contact Miss Lehane: email@example.com.
- On Monday our International reading group, shadowing the Carnegie Scheme, interviewed Ruta Sepetys via skype. Ruta is the author of one of the eight shortlisted books competing for the celebrated award this year and is considered a master of historical fiction. Her book, Salt to the Sea, tells the story of four young people from ‘different lands’, enduring ‘tragedy, lies and war during World War II. The members of the group, who have also come from ‘different lands'(Germany, Poland, Hungary, Israel, China, Italy, Venezuela, Ghana and Spain) read the book and prepared some well thought out questions for a virtual interview: the interviewee being in the United States and the students at school in Cambridge. The mood of the conference and the rapport created between readers and author was truly something to behold.
- Next week Year 7’s will be moving up to the Vertical Tutor groups and students will be completing a range of fun getting to know you activities. We are creating a new tutor group for each house to ensure we can keep tutor group numbers small and maintain a high quality level of support.
- This week Chesterton hosted a joint moderation for Arts award Bronze with three other Arts award centres. This was a very successful day with all centres receiving much positive feedback from the moderator. Chesterton Arts award students met with the moderator to discuss their experiences; they represented the school wonderfully and were impressive in their articulation of the value of Arts award and what they have learnt. I am delighted to announce that all 14 Year 9 students who followed the award passed; it is a fantastic recognition of the hard work they have all put in and the independent time they have dedicated to Arts award.
- In tutor time this week we are reminding students of the observance of Ramadan: its meaning and importance for Muslims. We are considering the impact for those in our community who are fasting at this time. During the fast, we have nominated spaces for students who are fasting to sit quietly at lunchtimes, away from those who are eating.
- Dates for diaries: our open afternoon on June 22nd which is followed by our pre-planning consultation event. We look forward to seeing you at both.
- Thank you for the responses I have had so far regarding recitals – if you are interested please do email me for more details. A reminder Parentmail went out this week.
- Ben Dobson and Lucy Blake will be hosting an exhibition at Chesterton in The Apex over the weekends of 8th/9th, 15th/16th July, 9am – 6pm. Mr Dobson will be showing his microscopy photography; Ms Blake her ceramics and photography. Mr Dobson currently has a piece at Chill Café #2 which is situated on the ground floor of the new IBIS hotel.The exhibition at Chill Café #2 shows a single work from twenty or so artists taking part in Cambridge Open Studios this year. See www.themicroscopeman.com or https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/ for more details.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott