- I was really pleased to see so many parents and students at our Y11 Revision Evening this week. There was standing room only in the hall for the initial presentation and then there were a number of workshops about subject specific revision and using the Ipad to revise. We will be uploading the materials from the event on our website. Please note there is also the password protected Chesterton revision site which has a range of materials for effective revision. Please do use those resources!
- Over half term the IT parent drop in sessions were well received by parents who came and received support on issues such as: Parentmail access, iPad security and the Parents’ Evening Booking System. We will run more of these in future holidays, please look out for future dates.
- You will remember that a number of Chesterton students were involved in the “Nine Pianos” premiere. Please look on our Facebook page to see a photo from their performance at the Cambridge Corn Exchange last week. At the front of the photo is concert pianist Freddy Kempf, composer of the piece and the conductor from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst back right is Thomas Mattin, from Year 7, who played the Grade 6 part.
- Emily Yr7 and Rory Yr11 are travelling to Belgium on Friday to play for the England U14 and U16 Korfball teams.
- We have a new club starting next week – computer science for Year 8/9 girls. Its being run by a STEM Ambassador volunteer after school on Tuesdays: first one is next week, 11th November
- A globe-trotting trio of Cambridge scouts, who also happen to be Chesterton students, will be rolling up their sleeves this Saturday to wash as many cars as possible in a drive to raise funds for their trip to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in summer 2015.Nick Crowley, Reid Jameson Potts and Charlie Wayne will have soapy sponges and chamois leathers at the ready at Chesterton Sports Centre. They are among a troop of thirty-six young boys and girls selected to represent Cambridgeshire County Scouts at the popular international event, taking place in Kirara-hama, Japan in 2015. The trio will be part of the UK contingent of 4,000 Scouts and Guides who will be attending the camp along with tens of thousands of young people from at least 78 nations. For ten days they will all live together under canvas and take part in a packed programme of activities. The Jamboree, which is held every four years, will coincide with the week when Japan marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The theme of the jamboree is ‘Wa’ meaning harmony, unity, friendship and peace. The boys have already been doing a variety of fundraising activities including baking cakes to sell at school, bag-packing at local stores and taking part in sponsored events, with other plans in the pipeline in the coming months. The car wash will take place between 9am and 3pm in our Sports’ Centre car park this Saturday November 8th.
- Morgain Murray Williams, Head of Art, took a group of seventeen Artsaward bronze students to the Fitzwilliam museum this week. They had an excellent day exploring the collections and considering how we learn from museums and how to read and analyse artwork. The students also spent time in the education department’s art studio working on practical work and they drew very original self-portraits inspired by the museum’s armour collection. Students were also able to visit the excellent ‘Silent Partners’ exhibition and spent time reviewing this exhibition as part of their Artsaward work.
- The Matheson Trust for the Study of Comparative Religion will be hosting a lecture in the college. We are delighted to welcome Prof. Harry Oldmeadow on Thursday December 4th between 5:00–6:30pm in The Apex. The study and teaching of religion raises many difficult questions. Join us on the evening to engage in dialogue with a world authority on the key issues in current religious debate. This event is open to the public.
- Chesterton Community College is upgrading all its food services with the support of our new Chef, Spencer Norman. This half-term we are now officially running our own in-house provision and we have already seen a significant increase in the numbers of students choosing to eat in the canteen. We believe that appreciating and preparing delicious food from basic ingredients is a key life skill for all our students. We would like to encourage all parents to try the great food prepared by our new Chef and his food team will be catering for many of our school events. Please note that the revenues generated by our food team will be used to modernise our catering services and to support a programme to develop a passion for good food amongst our students. Our school Chef and Food Academy UK would also like to invite all our budding chefs (12-16 years) to a school cooking competition on the 4th December from 3.30-5.00pm. Students will need to prepare one main dish with the ingredients provided. The two winners of this competition will be able to enter the Future Chef Competition. The Future Chef competition is the only national cooking competition for young people aged 12-16 and is supported by the top restaurants and hotels in the UK. The prizes for the winners of the final competition in London are fantastic. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- More than 100 students have represented the college rugby teams. The teams finished 1st, 3rd, 3rd and 5th respectively in the Cambridge district schools competitions (involving 16 local schools). Most importantly, more than 10 new students have joined a local rugby club as a direct result of their enjoyment at school. The basketball season begins next week………
- On Monday November 10th I will be in the audience at the Science Museum in London with David Timney, Steve Hinshelwood, Nick Dawson and Pete Hill as we wait to hear whether we have been successful in this year’s Rolls Royce Science Prize. Being a finalist is an amazing achievement and especially in this anniversary year of the award. Keep your fingers crossed that all the hard work from the teachers and students involved is rewarded.
- National Langar week aims to raise awareness for UK’s hungry
With near one million people using food banks in the UK in 2013, Langar Week is hoping to raise awareness of its cause.
National Langar week is a celebration of the 700 year old Langar system. Started by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, Langar translates as free kitchen. Every single Sikh temple has a langar where anyone, no matter of race, faith, gender or social status, can come together to eat. Langar was introduced to the Oxford dictionary in 2008 but has yet to reach the wider public consciousness. Nearly one million people used food banks in the UK in 2013. Langar Week is hoping to raise awareness of its cause and the solace it can offer those struggling in the capital and around the country.