Week ending October 10th
- All students and English teachers have taken part in the national Unknown Soldier project this half-term. On platform one of Paddington Station, in London, there is a statue of an unknown solider; he’s reading a letter and on the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war – in this year crowded with official remembrance and ceremony – the English faculty have asked students and staff to pause, take a moment or two, and write that letter. We have used these letters to create a new kind of war memorial – one made only of words – and you can see a photo of this on our Facebook page. Alternatively please do come into school to look at the memorial.
- Ex-pupil Rok Fong came back to talk to the college’s Astronomy class this week. He was talking about his experiences whilst attending Space School over the summer holiday. It sounds like it was an amazing experience and there are photos on our Facebook page.
- We have great deal of sporting news to share with you this week. Our congratulations go to Tomer Pollard in year nine, as he has recently been selected for the Northampton Saints Rugby Academy. He joins fellow students Jake Herrington (Year 9) and Leonardo Castiglioni (Year 10) in the team.
- The new year seven rugby and hockey teams have made an excellent start to their time at Chesterton; both teams are unbeaten so far and will soon participate in the Cambridge District Schools’ Tournament.
- The PE department sportspeople of the month for October are Ellie Connor and Luca Talone (Year 8). Ellie has been selected for the county netball development squad. Luca plays tennis at county level and has qualified for competitions which include visiting international players. Both have an excellent sporting attitude and participate actively in sports clubs at Chesterton.
- Forty students in year eleven were able to experience the new Badminton England national initiative. A professional badminton coach visited lessons to deliver an introductory session of ‘Badminton Smash Up’. This is a contemporary initiative designed to get more young people into sport.
- We would be delighted if you can join us to celebrate the work of local young people, including many Chesterton students, who have contributed to the Thresholds: Worlds Within exhibition, part of the Curating Cambridge Festival. The celebration will be held on Thursday 23rd October, 5.30 – 6.30 pm, at The Museum of Cambridge, Castle Hill, Cambridge. Hidden amongst the collection of bygones at the Museum of Cambridge is an exhibition of tunnel-book ‘dioramas’, carefully constructed from photographs, drawings and collage. These miniature worlds, made by students from schools around the city, represent personal thoughts about their homes, reflecting the different social and cultural backgrounds of the communities within the neighbourhoods of Cherry Hinton, East Barnwell, Arbury and Kings Hedges. The project is produced by Artist Zoё Chamberlain and the artworks have been made and curated by a team of students from Chesterton, The North Cambridge Academy, St Bedes, Netherhall and Coleridge schools.
- You may have seen in this week’s Cambridge Evening News a feature on the new ITV drama series “Grantchester” which had a photo of the extras which included Josh Bailey and Ben Rowland (Year 9) and former CCC student Rosa Wayne. Josh and Ben were appearing as choirboys. Sadly, none of the children made the final cut (except a glimpse of Rosa on a bench as our hero cycled past!); a hard lesson learned about editing and directors! However, Josh did do a great interview on the Dotty McLeod breakfast show for BBC Radio Cambs about the experience of filming on Grantchester. The highs and lows of the thespian life!
- Our Year 7 and 8 Future Scientists Workshop Series is launched shortly. The Science Faculty are pleased to announce the first in a series of afterschool workshops open to students in years seven and eight interested in Science. All students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided from 3:10 in the Apex with presentations beginning at 3:30 for approximately 45 minutes. Students interested should join the Future Scientist Club Edmodo group code uihufj. The programme is as follows:
- 23 October: Why animals behave the way they do? Presented by Ben Shaw who is a third year Cambridge PhD Developmental Biology student who is always excited about his fluorescent zebrafish!
- 13 November: Conduct your own mini-clinical trial : find if your medicine works! A double bill by two large Cambridge organisations that help schools, Napps Pharmaceuticals and the Babraham Institute.
- 27 November: How genes make us who we are. Presented by Jonathan Lawson who is a final year Cambridge PhD Genetics student and also a star at the Cambridge science festival.
- Please don’t forget our Family Learning Festival on Saturday October 18th between 10 am – 12pm. It is an opportunity to learn together with your child and enjoy some fun activities. The event is open to all the Chesterton community. We look forward to seeing you there.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott