Week Ending 9th November
This week the builders have just completed our new bike racks. We can now accommodate over 1000 student and staff bikes, giving every cyclist on site the opportunity to store their bike in a proper rack. The main new build seems to be completely clad now around the external walls and the electricians are starting to run the first sets of electrical cables inside the building. The roof is now on too and we are expecting the internal walls to start going up very soon.
You may have been in the library over the last couple of days and noticed some incredible painting taking place! Two artists, Kate Kelly and her assistant Sophie, will be working over the next three weeks to transform the new library walls by painting portraits of some legendary authors including the likes of Zadie Smith, Phillip Pullman (Dark Materials Trilogy) & Neil Gaiman (Coraline & Stardust). Please do head to the library to see the transformation taking place and the artists hard at work!
Six Year 10 students visited Langdon House care home as part of YOPEY Befrienders. This scheme is where young people help to tackle the loneliness of elderly people by visiting a care home and talking with the residents. Their first visit involved a training session on dementia and this then followed a meeting with residents, some of whom have early stages of dementia. The students will attend the care home on a weekly basis meeting residents and talking with them. The students showed an extremely high level of maturity on their first visit and are looking forward to the challenges ahead.
A new opportunity has arisen for Year 8 and 9 drama actors. Ms Marston will
be holding an audition workshop on Wednesday 14th November from 3.15 – 4.30pm, which
anyone from these two year groups can attend. We will explore some exercises together and look at three different published scripts, with a view to finding the most inspiring one to perform as a polished production. The play chosen will be modern, dynamic and thought-provoking. The Wednesday session will run a couple more times this term, once the play has been selected and roles cast, and then rehearsals will run every week at this time after Christmas. The performance will take place at the start of April. More details are on Edmodo or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. She hopes to see new faces as well as experienced Chesterton performers; a balance of male and female actors; and students who are keen to create something remarkable!
Girls’ rugby festival. More than 40 girls from Chesterton took part in the Cambridge District Rugby Festival this week, hosted by Shelford Rugby Club. The girls took part in joint coaching workshops on Tuesday morning, along with the students from 14 other schools. Lunch was eaten together in the clubhouse, followed by a tournament throughout the afternoon; all supported by the local RFU coaches/referees and female players from Hills Road and Long Road sixth forms. An excellent day, topped off with some outstanding individual and team performances. We look forward to seeing many of the girls take the next step in joining one of the local clubs.
Congratulations to Zoe, former Y11 student who gained an outstanding GCSE art result, who was recently commissioned to make a sculpture using the redundant plastic straws at Newmarket Racecourse. The commission was to highlight the organisation’s drive to become more eco-friendly. The sculpture will be toured around a number of racecourses across the country.
We will be holding a non-uniform day next Friday 16th November, to raise funds for Children in Need; suggested donation is £1 or an amount you can afford. Alongside this we will be raising money with a bake sale during break and both lunchtimes; donations of cakes, cookies and tray bakes would be very gratefully received. Students to bring baked contributions to the Rex Freeman Hall before registration on the morning of Friday 16th November.
This year we will also be getting into the Pudsey spirit by sending personalised Pudsey cookies to each other. For a donation of £1 students will be given a tag where they can write the name of their recipient and personalised message, this will be attached to a Pudsey cookie and delivered on Friday 16th November. Students can place orders in the library at break and lunch, last orders will be taken on Wednesday 14th November. Stalls will also be held at lunch and break time. We are asking students to come up with stall ideas such as: guess the sweets in the jar, guess the name of the teddy, face painting and lots more. ‘Penny Wars’ will return at break time, students always enjoy this popular game placing copper coins in the House jars and sabotaging others with silver coins.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott