Week ending 09th December

  • Our petition stands at 865 and our aim is a 1000. Please do sign and forward to friends and families, in readiness for the January council meeting.
  • On Tuesday evening in the library we had a lovely celebration: “Reading for Pleasure”. We had a seasonal element to our evening of reading as we began to decorate the library Christmas tree, asking students, families, friends and staff members to write their own suggestions for ‘Good Reads’ on to gift tags which we then hung on the tree. Students and staff will continue to make their suggestions and decorate the tree further as the end of term approaches. As always we had a huge variety of fantastic readings, split into two parts, with an opportunity to socialise over refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies. It was a very enjoyable festive atmosphere.
  • Around thirty students in Year 7 have been attending a lunch time improvisation club this term, in which they have developed their skills and released their energies into drama, learning that ‘acting is re-acting’. They will be performing in a drama competition at lunch time on Thursday 15th December, which will be judged by GCSE students of Drama who have performed so compellingly themselves this term, in the two productions entitled ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ and ‘DNA’. Year 7 will present a choral poem, and will then share scenes which they have devised in small groups based on the title ‘The Real Magic Of Christmas’. We hope this event will be a rewarding and enjoyable culmination of their induction into Chesterton Youth Theatre!
  • The cast for ‘The School Film’ by Patrick Marber has now been formed and the 30 young actors are diligently rehearsing for this important production every Sunday as part of Chesterton Youth Theatre. The ensemble will present this new play in the National Theatre Connections Festival at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton in April 2017. The piece is strongly linked to Dickens’s novel ‘Great Expectations’, and depicts how deeply art – in this case, film – can impact upon a young person’s identity and aspirations. More information will follow next year…
  • The Year 7 choir sang brilliantly at Willowbank Retirement Home last Friday. There were some lovely comments from the residents who thoroughly enjoyed the performance.
  • The Year 10 GCSE musicians enjoyed Carols at Kings this week. It was great to hear the Choir of Kings College Cambridge and be part of the traditional service.
  • We are looking forward to our own carol service at St John’s College Cambridge next Wednesday. Tickets are still available to purchase on the door.
  • Congratulations to Suzanne Powell, from our History department, who has achieved the best researching practice dissertation for her MEd. Suzanne’s dissertation focused on linguistic approaches to supporting students with historical argument.
  • District cross country competition
  • On what was a bright, chilly Tuesday, our cross country teams competed against 18 other schools in the district cross country competition; over 40 students participated. There were some excellent runners in the field and we are pleased to say that Milo Chapman and Tom McAvoy qualified to represent the district team in January. The Year 7 boys’ and Year 7 girls’ teams both finished as runners up! It was also great to see ex-students continuing with their running: Jordan Wood won and Alice Kindell finished 7th in the sixth form race.
  • Girls football
  • Our under 13 girls’ football team narrowly missed out on a place in the national schools’ competition by finishing in the runner up position; missing out by one late goal in a very tense and entertaining final.
  • Basketball
  • The under 14 basketball team made it 4 wins from 4 against St Peter’s on Wednesday in the County Cup.
  • The under 16 boys’ basketball team played outstandingly well to win 62-34 in their latest fixture against another local school. The next challenge becomes more difficult, as they compete in the county cup next week. However, not until after they have played the most difficult game of the season: the annual staff v student game on Friday!
  • In January, Year 9 begin work on the pathways they can take through Years 10 and 11. In anticipation of this we will release a digital copy (on Parentmail and Edmodo) of the pathways booklet and a video guide for you look though over the Christmas holidays. Finally, a note for your diary is the “Parent Pathways Information Event” on a choice of January 11th and 12th.
  • Dates for next week: our carol service at St John’s on Wednesday; on Thursday, our parent forum, 5pm in the library, and art exhibition, in The Apex from 5-6.30pm, and also Y11 Mock Results’ Day.

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