- An early reminder for an important diary date. On the afternoon of Thursday 25th June we will be holding a “Whole School Open Afternoon”. This year it is slightly different as we are including all year groups and not just Years 7 and 8. On the afternoon students will sit down with their parents, look through and discuss the work they have completed so far this year. This is a really exciting opportunity and is always a really well attended event. We will also be hosting a House Fun Afternoon, where we will set up a range of activities which students and their parents can take part in and ‘earn’ points for their houses. Refreshments will also be available. This will take place from 3.15 – 5.00pm and will lead into the DT/Music event “Proms in the Park”.
- We are delighted to announce that three Chesterton students – Jed Upjohn, Anna Marie Federle and Elizabeth Blackwell – were successful in being shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Young Musicians’ programme. This is intended for ‘exceptionally talented’ musicians, and gaining a place is very competitive, so it was quite an achievement to be called to the second, full-day, audition last month. Elizabeth has been awarded a full place on the AYM programme as a guitarist and songwriter; she will hold the place until she is 18. Jed Upjohn was also successful, gaining a place on the AYM apprentice scheme, a year-long programme run along the same lines as the full programme, and intended to prepare him to re-audition for a full place next year.
- Our Y9 Sports’ leaders were involved in the football league afternoons in our local feeder primaries this week. There were some very close results overall, with two of the sections being decided on goal difference and the girls’ competition in particular being exceptionally close. The following are the confirmed placings and there is a photo of the sports’ leaders on our Facebook page.
- Milton Road 13 points
- Arbury 8 points
- Mayfield 5 points
- Milton Road 14 points
- Mayfield 6 points, +5 goal difference
- Arbury 6 points, -15 goal difference
- Mayfield 9 points, +2 goal difference
- Arbury, 9 points, -1 goal difference
- Mayfield, 8 points
- The rugby world cup takes place in our very own country this year! This has inspired a fantastic link with Cambridge Rugby Club. The intention is to enable all girls in the current year 6 (Chesterton feeder schools), to experience tag rugby in their primary school, before launching contact rugby with the girls when they arrive at Chesterton in September. There will subsequently be an inter-school tournament organised during the world cup, in the hope that a large number of girls will be inspired to take up the game on a regular basis. Watch this space.
- The Chesterton Charity Committee had their inaugural meeting this Wednesday. This follows on from the We Act planning day last week. Eleven students from years 8-10 attended. They are really excited and motivated about their plans: which so far include a bake sale and a non-uniform day (tbc). Another group of students have been planning some work on diversity issues and are working on a Year 9 assembly on this theme.
- Last Friday a group of year 9 students worked with artist Zoe Chamberlain and Dr Katie Morton form the CEDAR research unit. They explored physical activities which will help shape the design of an ‘active landscape’ within the new housing development on the site of the old Milton Road football ground. This involved planning physical activity routines and mapping them out on the playground floor using street chalk, spray paint and stencils. The students enjoyed exploring these ideas, trying out their routines and bringing public art and exercise together in a new way.
- Twenty-one students have just returned from Uzès in the south of France where they stayed for a week with their exchange partners. Our students visited historical sites in Avignon and Nîmes as well as the famous aqueduct at the Pont du Gard. The highlight, of course, was attending lessons in our partner school! Our students have returned happy and very confident in French! Year 8 students are now invited to put their names forward for next year’s exchanges to France and Germany. Please contact Ms Patterson for further details. Photos are on our Facebook page.
- The summer 2015 exam season got off to a good start this week, with 100% attendance in the first two exams. Year 10 are also planning for their exams in June, collecting timetables from the Exams Office if they need fresh copies.
- Year 11 GCSE Art students will be exhibiting their artwork on May 21st in the Art Department from 5-7pm. They would be delighted if friends and family could join them in celebrating all their hard work.
- On Wednesday we had our first Maths Puzzle day for realising potential students. This helps develop their resilience and enthusiasm for Maths and we had prize winners in each year. Years 7, 8 and 9 all tackled several problems working in Teams of 6. The puzzles really engaged the students and ranged from route maps to piping systems. Their teamwork skills were pleasing to behold. Please see some of the pictures on Facebook. Thanks to the PTA for financing it!
- An interesting statistic: only 245 female students took Computer Science A level in 2013 (latest figures available) in the whole of the UK. Chesterton has (at least) three girls who have opted to take Computer Science at Hills. So, Chesterton is responsible for over 1.2% of all female students taking A level Computer Science in the Country. We will endeavour to keep increasing the figure!
- The PTA will be holding their termly meeting on Tuesday May 12th at 7.30pm in the library; please do come along.