- Year 11 GCSE Drama students – after working incredibly hard for the past six weeks, and particularly intensively last weekend at their Drama Retreat in Burwell House – will soon be presenting their GCSE examination plays to the public and a Visiting Examiner. These take place as follows:
- Wednesday 22nd February 2017
7pm: ‘Punk Rock’ by Simon Stephens in the Farnsworth Hall (suitable for Year 8 +)
8pm: ‘Rhinoceros’ by Eugene Ionesco in the Drama Studio
Thursday 23rd February
7pm: ‘After the End’ by Dennis Kelly in the Drama Studio (suitable for Year 9 +)
8pm: ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles in the Farnsworth Hall
- Each play lasts 30 minutes and involves 6 actors. All the pieces are a response to the stimulus brief set by Edexcel (the exam board): ‘Looking forward/ looking back’. If you would like attend one or more of the performances, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which performance(s) you wish to see and how many seats you would like to reserve. The performances are all free, and it is essential that you are arrive at least five minutes early so that the audience can be assembled before the Visiting Examiner takes her place (no latecomers will be admitted). Tickets are likely to be in great demand so please make your reservation early in order to avoid disappointment, and assume you have a seat unless you are emailed to say otherwise. The quality of this theatrical work promises to be outstanding, and it is hard to imagine a cohort of students showing more commitment than this one has to date. We wish them the very best of luck in their final rehearsals and of course the performances themselves.
- The U/14 boys’ basketball team continued their superb season by bringing home some silverware on Tuesday night after winning the District Final tournament at Long Road Sixth Form! The boys played extremely well against good opposition and their conduct on and off the court has been fantastic all season. They beat Linton in the semi-final 20-8, before overcoming Parkside Federation 29-20 in a thrilling encounter which was decided in overtime! A special mention must go to Panagiotis Kostantopoulos who fired an incredible three 3 pointers in overtime! Well done to the other members of the team: Nicolo Del Maestro, Giovanni Pellegrini, Connor Young, Dan Kroese, Dujana Gacis, Ali-Reza Abbas-Hashemi, Felix Werdmuller, Ilyas Abouelouafi, Jonny Potter.
- In addition to our under-14 boys’ basketball success this week, it was excellent to see the under-14 girls’ team participating in the Cambridge District School Basketball finals. The girls played some of the best basketball of the evening and at some points were scoring baskets at will; in the end, the team was narrowly beaten by one basket and some extremely tall opponents! Fortunately we have the luxury of having all the same girls available to play in the same tournament next year.
- The Year 9 indoor rowing team qualified spectacularly last week, for the county schools competition in March: watch this space.
- Two Chesterton students received a scholarship with Rob Roy Rowing Club last summer – Tomoaki Hori and Kos Kostov. Both boys took part in a college initiative to find potential rowers who had not experienced the sport before. Both students have since committed time and effort to training and their reward is an opportunity to compete for a place in the Eastern region team, along with Dylan and Oliver Montes (both Chesterton students).
- The opportunity to take part in the 2017 initiative will be extended to Year 8 students later this year: more information on request.
- Girls’ cricket has recently been introduced to Chesterton, with an opportunity to train with an ECB coach and to compete in local and regional competitions. In our first indoor competition, the Year 8 girls’ team played some exceptional cricket to finish as the county runner up; this position secures more fully-funded training for another half term and qualification for a regional outdoor competition in the summer!
- Thanks to Mr Dobson, the photography department has acquired equipment so that we can now produce microscopic images. It is still rare to have the opportunity to use this equipment, so it is very exciting! Year 11s have jumped at this opportunity and have started taking photographs of all sorts of things, including human skin, hair and plant cells! Feel free to head over to the school Twitter to see some of the images for yourself.
- Over the course of last week, and this week, we have hosted 30 Principals from Delhi, India. The Principals have been on a ten day professional development visit to the UK funded by the Delhi Education department. Over the course of the ten days the Principals have spent time with us in school observing lessons and also time at Downing College attending seminars and workshops delivered by University staff, Chesterton staff and other external speakers. The Principals leave the UK at the end of this week feeling energised and engaged with lots of ideas to take back to their schools in Delhi.
- On Friday, over 300 students took part in a ‘Google Expedition’. As an expeditions pioneer partner school we were able to secure a visit from Miss Google. She brought 60 Virtual Reality Headsets and mobile phones with her and trained our teachers in how to lead an expedition. We visited The 7 Wonders of the World, The Solar System, The Human Digestive System and Auditory System, The Kruger National Park, and Ireland’s Ancient East, just to name a few of our destinations! Visitors from the University of Cambridge observed some of the lessons and were ‘blown away’ by the experience, commenting on how innovative the Chesterton teachers were in leading their classes on expeditions.
- We would love to be able to offer the experience to other students, including those at our partner primary schools. If you have an old smartphone at home that you are no longer using, please would you consider donating it to us for this project? Please drop off equipment (phone plus charger) at reception.
- Please note that Michaela Edwards, our Early Intervention Family Worker, will be attending all parents’ evenings if you have any concerns about your child. She will be based in A7.
- It just remains for me to wish everyone a restful half-term.