Week ending 25th November

  • Above is our petition link – please do sign. This is our one opportunity to get the facilities that students deserve and have the capacity to provide places for the children in our catchment. It takes a minute…

 

  • GCSE drama students attended the highly acclaimed production of “Harrogate” at Cambridge’s Junction on 16th November. This challenging new play by Al Smith is produced by the world famous Royal Court Theatre in London, and 21 of the students who saw it followed the trip by attending an extra-curricular, free workshop led by the Head of Education at the Court. The students were superb both in their conduct at the theatre and in their creative, feminist, sensitive and intellectualised responses during the practical session, which explored the play’s tripartite structure and controversial themes. The lead actor, Nigel Lindsay, congratulated the Head of Drama on the exceptional maturity and theatrical passion that the students exhibited.
  • Year 11 made a great start to their mock exam fortnight – punctual and well prepared. Well done!
  • On Tuesday evening we held a parent workshop on eSafety.  Our Director of eLearning went through topics such as current trends in eSafety; what we do as a school to educate our young people and gave ideas on what parents can do to try and protect children outside of school.
  • Our International Evening was held on Thursday in the Farnsworth Hall featuring the staff and parent choir, international buffet and dancing.
  • There will be another parent coffee morning on 7th December, 8:30am -10:30am, in the library. All parents welcome to have a chat, share any concerns around parenting issues.
  • Our wellbeing tree, in reception, is filling up with wellbeing thoughts and ideas for good mental health.
  • Years 8-11 are continuing work in their Buddy Groups on Mental Welfare.  They have discussed a swimming pool blob-image: ask your child for more details!
  • Year 7 have started a new topic of Building Relationships: helping explore friends and family issues.
  • Year 7 Worldly Wednesday this week: forms took part in a range of activities and workshops. One class went to Amey Recycling Centre; three classes looked at local history and special places in ‘Our Cambridge’ and visited Great Saint Mary’s Church and Kings College Chapel; another group spent the morning learning about the plague and the final topic was religious festivals and celebrations.
  • We had an exciting Tuesday break time in the library this week. We saw all our Year 7 students receive their Bookbuzz books.  We arranged a special morning break for the Year 7 students to enjoy whilst they collected their chosen books. They were able to read and relax with juice and a mid-morning snack. For those students who had trouble selecting just one book from the Bookbuzz list please be reassured we have library copies of all the titles for students to borrow in the usual way. We are also looking forward to welcoming many of you to our special seasonal reading event in the library being held on Tuesday 6 December. Anyone still wishing to come along, tickets can be collected from the library.
  • A typical sporting Wednesday at Chesterton; again, it was fantastic to see the level of participation and performance:
  • The under 14 boys’ basketball team maintained its 100% record by winning 74-41.
  • The under 16 boys have the same 100% record after winning 70-40 in their most recent game
  • The under 14 girls narrowly lost 32-30 in their first game of the season.
  • The Year 7 & 8 girls’ netball practice attracted nearly 40 participants; preparing for the season which starts in February
  • Only the day before, we took three Year 7 & 8 football teams to the under 13 district schools tournament; outnumbering all other schools by at least one team.  One of our teams finished in third position, followed closely by the other two.
  • Year 8 rugby team co-captains Paolo Cicolecchia and Max Casciato have been selected for the elite Developing Player Programme run by Aviva premiership rugby club Northampton Saints. The club is home of England Captain Dylan Hartley and other international rugby stars like England’s Luther Burrell, Courtney Lawes, Welsh back George North and France’s Louis Picamoles. Thanks are due to the Chesterton PE leaders Mr. Humphries and Mr Lee for excellent coaching and nominating the boys to take part in the gruelling three-day assessment for the programme.
  • Year 9 received their first progress update of the year on Thursday. This provides parents and students with a summary of what they have achieved this term and whether they are on track to realise their potential. The Progress Update can be used along with the personalised feedback in your child’s feedback books (available through SeeSaw) to understand what they can do and what they need to do to improve. We also encourage you to contact the class teacher directly if you require more information to help support your child at home.
  • You are warmly invited to attend the college’s annual Christmas Carol Service, taking place on Wednesday 14th December at 7.00pm in St John’s College Cambridge. There will be a mixture of music and readings alongside traditional congregational carols. Tickets for the carol service go on sale on Monday 28th November and are priced at £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for concessions (student/OAP) and free for children (aged 16 and under).

 

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