Week ending 27th January 2017

  • Thank you to everyone who attended a packed parent meeting regarding our expansion on Tuesday at Milton Road Primary School. You will also have seen extensive local media coverage about this issue which focuses on the fact that there will be a shortfall of places for local primary children. The outcome is far from certain, so in the run-up to the council meeting on February 28th please do consider writing to your local councillor if you have not already done so.
  • On Tuesday morning we hosted 185 Year 2 students from our feeder primary schools to participate in a multi skills festival. 44 of our sports leaders from Year 8 did a fantastic job leading activities and ensuring all the students had a great time.
  • On the same day, after school, we held a Year 5 and 6 tag rugby competition, where we welcomed another 46 students from our feeder primaries. Our Year 10 rugby referees did a great job in officiating the matches.
  • Last week the U14 boys’ basketball team continued their excellent season with a convincing friendly win against Bassingbourn, on Wednesday, before competing in the District Championship preliminary round on Thursday. The boys beat Cottenham and Comberton, before winning a thrilling final game against Parkside 13-10 after being 8-2 down at half time. We have now qualified for the District Finals next month as well as being crowned County Cup Champions! A big well done to all students who have been involved!
  • County basketball final: the Under 16 basketball team performed in front of a partisan crowd of over 100 students from Huntingdon, in the county cup final, on Tuesday. The team have been committed to training throughout the year, and this showed as they led the game at half time. In the third quarter, the Chesterton players defended well but found it difficult to limit the opportunities for a particularly tall Huntingdon player. The fourth quarter was again very even. In the end we lost 29-45. The district tournament takes place next week, and gives the team another opportunity for silverware! Well done to the following: Pau Sole Vilaro, Jake Herrington, Joe Brunning, Owen Parsons, Gus Pepper, Theo Broomfield, Pepe Reyero, Zach Kreose, Danny He, James Richer, Tom Clift.
  • Our under 14 girls have reached the Cambridge district schools’ basketball final. Congratulations to the under 14 girls, who battled their way to the Cambridge schools’ basketball final, which will take place on Monday 6th February. The team progressed after winning against Bottisham (20-6) and Linton (16-14). Both games were impressive and played with outstanding sporting behaviour. The finalists are: Flora Butterworth, Heather Lomas, Lauren Robbins, Angela Sarkodie, Gracie Lewis, Christiana Sarkodie, Eloisa Binfield-Gonzalez, Molly Rodgers, Rhianna Yung, Mariko Pollard.
  • Chesterton student wins LTA leadership award: Anna Emmerson was awarded a prestigious award last week, by the Lawn Tennis Association. The young leader award recognises Anna’s excellent contribution to volunteering and leadership at the Cambridge Tennis Academy, which is based at Chesterton. Specifically, Anna has contributed an enormous amount of time and energy towards promoting tennis.
  • Several Chesterton korfballers were representing Cambridgeshire in the Youth Inter-Area Championships in Harrow at the weekend.Gracie Lewis, Joseph Rogers, Molly Rogers and Jonny Potter were in the U13 Championship winning squad.Hana Bierman and Rebbecca Brettall were in the U15 Championship winning squad and Rebbecca also played for the silver medal winning U17 squad.
  • Microsoft invited students to use their knowledge of STEM subjects, and marry it with research and creativity, to imagine and depict their vision of technology in 2037. A group of six Year 8 and 9 students took up this challenge and are working during their own time on a film to show their idea. The students were invited to Microsoft Research in Cambridge where they did a workshop and were able to visit the ‘play room’ to see what ideas for the future Microsoft are coming up with linked to tablets and AI; all are very exciting! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeMtnFjS8GY
  • This week Mr Kelly took 27 Year 8 and Year 9 students to local multi-national firm, Qualcomm, on the Business Park; they are all participating in the 10 week STEM project, Go4Set. There are three year 8 teams and one Year 9 team and each has been assigned an industry mentor, from Qualcomm, who they meet with on a weekly basis. The objective is to spend their ten weeks developing a new technical product which will be useful in an educational or wider community context. Students must produce: a detailed report; design and build a website; project manage all aspects of the project for both personnel, time and activities; put together a sophisticated display and (if possible) build their new invention. For the first time ever, we have an all-girl team with a female mentor and things are becoming very competitive. The project culminates in all of the teams going to a company called Selex, in Luton, at the end of March to take part in a competition where their efforts will be judged against 25 other teams from all over the south of England by three captains of industry: a bit like Dragon’s Den, where the students have to “pitch” their idea. Eight weeks to go to the final. In the last two years we have scooped prizes, so no pressure!
  • We are also delighted to welcome back four of our University Stimulus volunteers from last term, who help with Maths tuition during lunchtimes and after school. We also have five new volunteers starting next week, so we should be able to offer tuition to about 100 students which will be similar to the Christmas term. If you have a child in Year 9, 10 or 11 who would benefit from extra Maths tuition, then please e-mail nkelly@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk, specifying your child’s name, year, Maths Class and the days and times they are able to attend. If possible a place will be allocated and you will be notified via e-mail.
  • On Wednesday 1st Feb we have the tea-time concert in the music department at 3.45pm. Lots of students have signed up so it should be a lovely concert. All welcome and refreshments will be available.
  • On Thursday 2nd Feb a group of professional musicians from the Aldeburgh Young Musicians scheme are visiting Chesterton to lead a music workshop. This is a great opportunity for a number of KS3 students and a selection of Milton Road Primary students. We are looking forward to what promises to be a very exciting day.
  • Family worker, Michaela Edwards, will be attending all parent evenings apart from 2nd March 2017. She will be there to talk to parents who may need some parenting advice or are experiencing difficulties with their child/children.
  • Students in all year groups have completed a mental health survey in form time this week. This was a follow on from the mental health topic studied in tutor time during the Autumn term for Years 8-11.
  • Year 7 are continuing their mental wealth journals in tutor time, highlighting the importance of being mentally healthy and ways to support this.
  • Young People’s Workers started their drop in sessions for Year 10 and 11 students at lunchtime yesterday. This provision is suitable for any student in Key Stage 4, who may require additional pastoral support in school.
  • Just a reminder that our International group will be running on Fridays 12.30-1pm in the Cadet Hut. All welcome.

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