Week ending January 9th
- Happy New Year and welcome back to the start of the Spring Term. It has been an incredibly smooth start with students and staff returning refreshed and excited about the prospect of the new term. It was a pleasure to walk round on Monday during first lesson and see how focused students were with their learning.
- The Christmas season extends a little longer for our Y7 students, as today they get the opportunity to attend the pantomime. Always a great deal of fun and a great way for them to finish the first week back.
- We have our Y9 Options’ Evening this week; always a time of great excitement and trepidation, as both students and parents aim to make good choices that will lead to success in the future. The context this year is that there are many exam changes which parents do need to be aware of; as a school we are confident that we can offer excellent advice and guidance which will ensure exam success. The Year 9 Options’ Booklet is now available on the web site (in the Information section). We look forward to welcoming you next week.
- For some Y11 students real exams have already started with the BTEC and Cambridge Nationals’ exams. Students have been working hard with their teachers and we wish them every success.
- We will again be holding a Y11 Study Skills’ Day; this time on January 21st. The aim of the day is to bring together the guidance students have been receiving about effective revision strategies and help them plan their revision. The day this year is being led by Richard Kirkby and there will be a strong focus on how to use technology to support revision. We will share the resources we use with students on the website, so parents can also help at home.
- This Monday we held our annual Senior Leadership Team planning day, looking at the school improvement plan. We will be working on the outcomes during January and I’ll share updates in the blog.
- We have a very exciting role which has just been advertised. As a school we are seeking a new Assistant Head to join the senior team, who will be focused on leading the science department. The interviews will be held at the end of January.
- Meetings were held this week with the developer Crest Nicholson who, as part of their development of the Cambridge City Football ground, will be providing the school and local community with a pavilion located on our school playing field. This will be a great asset for the school and community; it will hopefully be built by early in the next academic year.
- The PTA Burns Night Supper and Ceilidh will take place 30 January 2015, 7-11pm, in the Rex Freeman for the supper and the Farnsworth Hall for the ceilidh. This event is open to all in the community: students, parents, staff, family and friends of the college. In family Scottish ceilidhs, the entertainment is often provided by the guests! So, twenty six members of Chesterton Community College staff have kindly volunteered to: play jazz; pipe the Haggis in; cook a Burns supper; serve in the bar; sing in a band; recite Burns’ poems; lead community singing; lead a Zhumba session to Scottish tunes; lead a street dance session to Scottish tunes; play Scottish folk music and MC the whole event. Bruce Godfrey, a former parent, will lead the dancing with his professional ceilidh band, the Ivel Valley Band, for the final part of the evening. Tickets are available through Parentpay or from the Finance office. Please do come and join us.
- There is a Parent Forum next week on Tuesday in the library, from 5pm – 6pm. We look forward to welcoming you.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott