Week ending July 18th
- The primary school sports’ days this week were the final events for our sports leaders this year, bringing their work with our feeder primary schools to an exciting culmination. The events that have taken place this year are: six primary school festivals; six primary school cluster fixture events; two events at The Castle School; The Cambridge Youth Games and a term’s work for our KS4 SLUK leaders teaching PE lessons. Throughout the course of the year all year groups have had the opportunity to be involved and this means that there have been just over 150 pupils from across the school involved. At all events comments have been made to Julie Godfrey, who has led this work, about the calibre of our sports leaders and Sports Leaders UK now want to work with us to showcase what we do! A massive well done to all the students involved!
- The Swavesey Science Challenge is a science event held over a week each year by Swavesey VC and sponsored by NAPP Pharmaceuticals. Two students from years 7, 8 and 9, six in total, were given different scientific practical challenges. In addition to problem solving with lab equipment the students were given a quiz to complete. This year the topic was digestion and students had to assess the role of pH in digestion and calculate the energy value of different foods. Chesterton students were competing against students from St. Ivo School, Parkside and Sawston VC and came joint top on the day with Sawston VC. Overall there were seventeen schools competing and Chesterton came a very respectable joint fifth. Well done and many thanks to Liddy Woodford and Alex Wilkinson, year 7; Owen Parsons and Milo Chapman, year 8; Diana Dourou and Javier Chico, year 9.
- House competitions have been continuing till the very end of term and Robinson were victorious in the final tutor time House competition of the year and proved that simple design trumps scientific engineering in the rubber band competition!
- Equiano, this year’s leading house, enjoyed an afternoon of activities as their reward for their success this year. An array of fairground stalls had been set up and students could enjoy playing different activities, such as a bucking bronco and eating candy floss. The atmosphere was lovely and relaxed with the entire house socialising together.
- All Year 10 students participated in a series of workshops to prepare for their RPSE (GCSE Religious Ethics) mock exam, which they sat in the afternoon. Students had a variety of workshops on the topics they had studied including crime, drug abuse, elderly and death; plus some sessions on exam strategies. Students said it was: “Very helpful. It allowed people to remember points they had forgotten form the topics.” “The range of workshops was useful – having a Kahoot computer quiz was fun.” We have found these workshop sessions prior to exams really supportive for students and will continue to do as part of our exam preparation.
- On our Facebook page you will see some example of art work our students have created with visiting artist Zoe Chamberlain, on a photography project based on where they live. Students used their photos to create personal dioramas, the work produced will be on display in an exhibition in the Autumn as part of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas.
- Community Club have organised an event at Jesus Green tomorrow afternoon to celebrate the continuous cultural and social exchange that the members of our international club have achieved during this academic year through taking an active role in school life. The event will take place immediately after the school day and will finish at 4.45pm. Students from fifteen different countries, England included, will have a picnic together and take part in various outdoor activities. We will say goodbye to the students who are going back to their home countries and will present them with their Community Club Friendship Certificates.
- It was the exhibition evening, this week, at the Anglia Ruskin gallery for the AccessArt project that some of our year 8 students worked on with artist Anne Harild. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to share the work they produced with their family and friends.
- It was a delight to attend the opening night of our school production “Oliver”. I was very impressed with the quality of the acting and production, with some exceptional performances from KS3 students in the lead roles. If you didn’t get a ticket, make sure you book early for next year!
- On Monday evening the GCSE DT show showcased controlled assessment work from our Y11 students. There was some superb work on show: beautiful dresses from textiles; exciting menu developments from food and handmade lamps, ipod docks and storage from product design. We have some very talented students and they should be very proud of what they have produced.
- Julie Martin and Lynsey Rooker ran our first mentor training session, for volunteers who will be working with us in September mentoring some of our Y7 students to ease the transition process. We were delighted that members of our local community are willing to give up their time to work with students. The mentors come all have very different life experiences to offer and having met them all I am sure they will be a real asset to the school. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please do contact me as there are still spaces on the programme available.
- The week ended with students running a charity staff car wash. A number of students were keen to support the charity Muslim Aid and have organised the car wash and a non-uniform day to raise funds.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott