Week ending June 20th
- A highlight of this week was the Y6 Sportsfest; an opportunity for all the Year 6 students who will be attending Chesterton next year to participate in a day long sports’ festival. Students were competing in their houses for the first time and participated in a wide variety of sporting activities. The atmosphere during the event was lovely, with students clearly enjoying themselves and enjoying the interactions with the Y10 sports’ leaders who helped run the event. We could actually hear cheering across on the school site, from the sports’ field, which shows just how enthusiastic everyone was about this first taste of life at Chesterton. Further induction events will be held next week, for both students and parents, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our community.
- As part of the Year 6’s academic introduction to Chesterton students have been visiting us in primary groups to complete cognitive ability tests. These are tests which measure academic potential. We feel these will help give us a very full picture of the whole child, so we can use this to inform our planning and students can receive a personalised experience from day one of Year 7. We are grateful to our feeder primaries for helping us to make this happen.
- More sporting news this week: as a result of its performance in the Cambridge district tournament, the Year 7 netball team has qualified for the county school games; taking place in St Ives on Friday 27th June. Good luck to all involved.
- Chesterton has won the Cambridge school games’ league again, for the second year running! This is a year-long league competition which includes participation across all year groups and in sports as varied as golf, tennis, table tennis, badminton and more.
- Students throughout Years 7-10 are warming up for a two-day festival of sport on 1st and 2nd July – Sports day 2014! Events will include triathlon, pentathlon, climbing, athletics, wheelchair basketball, dance, athletics and much more. I’m really looking forward to my first experience of this event, as I’ve heard such great things about it so we hope for great weather too.
- The French Exchange has just returned from a very hot visit to the south of France. Ms Patterson and Ms Heaney took 27 Year 9 students to Uzes from 10-17 June and all came back speaking excellent French and looking tanned! Students stayed with their French partners and went into school, as well as visiting the famous sights of the region: the Pont du Gard aqueduct, the Roman amphitheatre at Nimes and the papal palace at Avignon with its famous bridge. I gather it was an unforgettable trip for the students and many firm friendships were cemented. We look forward to an equally successful trip next year, with the French visitors coming to Cambridge again in March 2015.
- 101 Year 8 students had a fantastic time in the Peak District. On Monday we walked through Dovedale and finished off with either a climb up Thorpe Cloud or a paddle in the cold river. Tuesday was adventure activities. Students had the chance to take part in weaselling, abseiling, rock climbing canoeing high ropes and caving. The students were excellent and really tried, even in activities they found difficult. The final day was Alton Towers which was enjoyed by students and staff!
- We had a visiting artist, Anne Harlid, in school; she is working with access Art on a project with Anglia Ruskin, aimed to increase student contact with real artists and encourage further study of the subject. Students had a great time exploring architecture around the school and making sculptural structures and animations based on their drawings. The feedback from students and parents was very positive; it was a very inspirational day. The students’ videos will be on display at a special event for all participating schools at the Anglia Ruskin gallery in July. We will keep you informed about the event.
- A quick plug for the PTA band night on July 4th. Tickets are now on sale and I am assured it will be a great event, so well worth the price of a ticket.
- Visit to the Botanical Gardens with the International Parents’ GroupESOL café/Just Talk! international parents group would like to invite parents to join us on Friday July 4th.We will leave Chesterton at 12.45 and most of us are going by bus.We are taking some picnic lunch to share.Please contact Sarah Adams for more firstname.lastname@example.org
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott