Week ending 09th October

  • Walking down the corridor yesterday I followed a group of students discussing their stock market accounts. Clearly the trial period for “Student Investor” has come to an end and the serious competition starts! All accounts are now cleared and everyone starts with a fresh £100,000 to invest in the London Stock Market (virtually!).  Teams of students, teachers and parents will battle from 9:00am on Monday 12th October until 31st January 2016 to increase their portfolio by as much as possible.  All are welcome to compete and if you have not already signed up just email Neil Kelly at nkelly@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk with your team name, receive your password, then go to www.studentinvestor.org. Go on to invest your £100,000, then sit back and reap the virtual rewards.  There is a cash prize for the top three student teams in school, with an alternative prize for the best staff/governor/parent team.  Students in Years 9 to 11 are eligible for national prizes: the ultimate prize is an expenses paid trip to New York, with spending money. Happy investing.
  • We had an incredibly well attended Parent Forum on Wednesday; thank you to all the parents who were able to come along. One question raised was when Y7 parents would receive the results of the CAT tests. We have just finished all the catch up CAT tests (for students who joined late) and will be sending them out with the AtL grades before half term and in advance of the Year 7 info evening. A further question asked was about a parent consultation for our twilight Latin provision: Mr Hunt will be contacting parents shortly to arrange to meet and update parents on progress.
  • Members of the school orchestra are going on a trip to the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge today, to see a screening of the BBC Philharmonic play as part of the BBC’s 10 pieces initiative in secondary schools.
  • Next Wednesday (14 October) sees the first Teatime Concert of the year in the main music classroom.  Students who have signed up to perform will warm up from 3:15pm with the concert beginning at 3:45pm.  There will be refreshments available in the music block foyer for any family and friends attending the concert. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • The student response to Poetry Week 2015 has been inspiring and is worthy of mention in the blog. Suzy Marston, our new Head of Drama, delivered an inspiring assembly and gave an Edmodo code to students in Equiano House; the code leads to a page set up for students and staff to post their own poetry and share favourite poems. There has been an impressive and uplifting response, with some dynamic and stirring pieces of work posted.
  • During open evening the P.E. Faculty ran a competition for the Year 6 students. Students participated in the standing broad jump, target throw, speed bounce, agility run and basketball shooting. Once they had completed all five stations they posted their completed card into the post box. On our Facebook page you can see pictures of the winners who will receive a basketball or rugby ball.
  • Rugby players from Chesterton were inspired by the rugby world cup, as they progressed to the semi final of the Cambridge District Schools tournament yesterday.  In an agonisingly close game, they lost out by one try, scored in the last minute of the game.
  • GCSE PE students from Chesterton managed to dodge the rain on Monday (just!), during a mountain biking trip to Grafham Water.  The students were being assessed as part of their GCSE course.
  • Morgain Murray Williams, Head of Art, held an initial Artsaward Bronze meeting this week for Year 9 students to find out more about the award. This was very well attended with over 30 students interested in pursuing this as an extra-curricular activity. Those who sign up will be starting work on the award next week. Last year’s students produced some outstanding work and it will be really interesting to see the work created this year.
  • Simon Peyton Jones, our Chair of Governors, and I were delighted to present at a conference this week at Cambridge Assessment organised by Tim Oates who led the work on the National Curriculum review. We were presenting about how Chesterton uses technology to enhance learning, to an audience of publishers and educational researchers. The audience was fascinated with the great work that is happening at Chesterton and we have had a number of subsequent contacts wanting to find out more about what we are doing.
  • All our Year 11 students were involved in a Post-16 preparation day this week that supported their application and decision making process for sixth-form. It was a very interesting day and walking round the groups it was evident that the Year 11 students were very engaged with the sessions.
  • A parent has asked me to pass on details about the “Feminism in London Conference” which will be held on the 24th and 25th of October at the Hilton Metropole. It is a family friendly event with a free crèche and free workshops for girls and boys aged 7-11. In addition there are sessions catering for girls aged 12-18 and panels range from body image to global policy with 150 inspiring speakers spread over the two days. Details can be found at: http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk
  • A date for your diary next week is the PTA Quiz on Friday October 16th at 7.30pm; we look forward to seeing you there.

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