Week ending June 26th
More than seventy-five Year 9 students arrived back last weekend from a nine day adventure in France. It was an action-packed week with activities ranging from climbing, rafting, abseiling, to high ropes, mountain-biking and a two day descent of the Ardeche River. Really exciting stuff!
- All students are warming up for our Olympic Sports’ days next week! They’ll be applying the values of friendship, respect and excellence in sports as wide ranging as athletics, dance, climbing, triathlon, tug of war and a gladiator duel. As ever, the staff will join the fun when they take to the athletics’ track for the staff relay and 1500m plod!
- As part of the Respect Myself project, SIN Cru teachers have been working with novice street dancers in PE lessons and an extra-curricular dance club. Their work will be showcased in the SINCru Summer Show which will be a cross-arts performance piece incorporating dance, music, spoken word, rap, new technologies and visual arts. SINCru are combining the following projects into the show: We Run, Respect Myself, Shift, Watch Me Now, and they are touring with three dates:
- Friday 3rd July: 7.00pm – 8.00pm Show 1 @Arbury Primary School; 8.00pm – 9.00pm Strike Show 1 @Arbury Primary School.
- Saturday 4th July: 10.00am – 6.00pm Rehearsals @Chesterton Community College; 7.00pm – 8.00pm Show 2 @Chesterton Community College; 8.00pm – 9.00pm Strike Show 2 @Chesterton Community College.
- Sunday 5th July: 3.00pm – 4.00pm Show 3 @SIN Cru Studios, Unit 7, The Grafton Centre; 4.00pm – 5.00pm Strike Show 3 @ SIN Cru Studios, Unit 7, The Grafton Centre.
- Teachers from the Chesterton Yoga class will also be performing a choreographed piece to poetry! Something not to miss!
- Year 11 sat a total of 5,500 exam papers over the last seven weeks and over the last thirty days the revision website had 6,214 hits. Staggering statistics – well done to them all! We hope they have a wonderfully relaxing summer.
- As you can appreciate exams are a massive undertaking for schools, so we will be recruiting new invigilators next term to add to our existing team. If you are interested in joining the team please do contact our Exams’ Officer Nicola Von Schreiber.
- On Monday our Reading Manager, Heather Ellison, took a small group of Year 8 students to Netherhall School to celebrate the announcement of this year C.I.L. I. P. Carnegie Children’s Book Award. It was a lovely morning with lots of debate, discussion and sharing of views. The students volunteered to be part of the Carnegie Reading Group and have been reading the eight short listed books for the last two months. They joined together with students from Netherhall, the Perse and the Leys schools in Cambridge for the morning to meet and discuss the books further. The students also chose their own winning title before the official announcement was made at midday by C.I.L.I.P judging panel. The students winning choice was “More Than This” by Patrick Ness, this did not agree with the official winner which was announced at the end of the morning – “Buffalo Soldier” by Tanya Landman.
- It was delightful to see Y8 Sports’ Leaders helping at the Y2 Multi-Skills Festival in the Sports Hall this week. We welcomed Y2 classes from all of our feeder primaries and everyone involved really enjoyed the event.
- On Monday we hosted the “Cambridge Artsmeet”. Morgain Murray Williams and Rebecca Gardener gathered together art, music and drama teachers from across the city to share their ideas and network. It was great to see so many people and there was a real sense of thriving arts education in the city.
- The Music Department’s samba, jazz and folk bands performed last Saturday at the community event, Chesterton Festival. Performances were great despite the rain and just getting back from a fun and full-on week of enrichment activities.
- On Thursday all our music clubs hosted a summer concert in school, re-branded as “Strawberries and Cream” this year. This followed on from our Open Afternoon where we opened our doors to parents and the Mayor to celebrate Chesterton and the work our students produce. It was a great afternoon and it was lovely to see so many parents looking at their children’s work and then staying on to participate in house activities.
- On Friday we are holding a training day for all staff focused on developing teaching and learning with a focus on assessment and feedback. Linked to feedback please do look out for the Seesaw app with which teachers will be sharing your child’s work with you.
- We are delighted to announce that Oonagh Monkhouse will be joining the governing body, as a parent governor. Welcome to Oonagh.
- More than 100 athletes out of lessons on Wednesday to take part in the Jubilee Cup – the biggest schools athletic event in Cambridge. I’m very pleased to say that Chesterton were the winners for 2015! There really were some fantastic individual performances, and the great news is that we can all watch them in action again next week, as they take part in Sports day! Paul Ayeni is the fastest person ever to attend Chesterton – 11.5 secs for the 100m! Emily Howland is the fastest year 7 girl to have set foot on the Chesterton athletics track, with 13.0 secs for the 100m. Very pleased to report that not all records were broken yesterday – our very own Bex Gardner STILL holds the school hurdles record.
- Tonight we have the Year 11 prom – more details and photos to follow in next week’s blog.
- And finally, we say goodbye to Steve Erickson this week. He leaves the role of Assistant-Head at Chesterton to take on the role of Vice- Principal at Thomas Clarkson School in Wisbech. Steve has been a tremendous asset to the school, always willing to give up his time and energy to support students and helping to create the great school we have today. We wish him well and know he will do a great job in Wisbech. Good luck Steve!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott