Week ending 11th March

  • Auditions for the summer’s full-scale production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ will take place throughout next week. Ms Marston is hoping to form a fifty-strong Company comprised of passionate performers and dedicated backstage crew.  All students from Years 7 – 11 should feel encouraged to attend the auditions (details are on Edmodo) and more information about the production will follow in the summer term.
  • Year 7 Actors took part in an in-house competitive Drama Festival on Thursday evening in which five original short plays were performed to an audience of parents and friends, and a panel of four judges. The plays were all based on the stimulus word ‘Stranded’ and the premise of William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’. The winning group for the best overall performance was the Blue Group; the most creative piece was judged to be the Green Group. Meanwhile Heather Lomas took the award for Best Actress and Max Casciato for Best Actor; both were delighted to receive trophies, and the whole company of 32 talented performers acted with incredible courage and panache. It is hoped that the Festival will become a much anticipated Chesterton tradition!
  • On Thursday a group of Year 11 students took part in a LAUNCH workshop led by motivational speaker Andrew Bernard.  The workshop equipped students with the tools to approach the exam season with passion and drive and to set the GCSE exams in the context of their longer term goals.
  • We were delighted to hold our Year 11 study day and parent revision event this week. Students had sessions delivered on mindfulness, coping with stress and general exam organisation. They also participated in a careers’ fair in the afternoon to help support both motivation and envisioning of the future. In the evening parents attended to get general advice about how to support through the exam period and even participated in a piece of drama, to help understand how to deal with those difficult conversations about when revision should be happening!
  • On Friday Year 9 participated in a PSE day with the theme of personal safety.  Students saw a presentation called Chelsea’s Choice – a hard-hitting drama about child exploitation and grooming based on true cases.  Another of the workshops explored the true case of Breck Bednar; using the Murder Games documentary resources from the BBC. Students had plenty of opportunity to share their ideas using the Padlet app on their iPads. In addition specialist speakers led a workshop to improve drugs and alcohol safety and another workshop was led by the local charity SexYOUality about gender stereotypes and discrimination.  Students said the day had been thought provoking and at times challenging, but very useful.
  • Chesterton Singers gave another successful concert on Mothering Sunday and you can look forward to hearing more of them at our annual West Road concert on Thursday; always an excellent event.
  • As part of Fairtrade fortnight, eight Year 7 students attended the first Cambridgeshire Schools Fairtrade Convention at The Leys School on Wednesday. They took part in a range workshops that taught them about what Fairtrade means, the impact it can have on people’s lives and how they could get involved in making a difference in the future. As part of the convention the students made recycled footballs, sampled Fairtrade products, produced Fairtrade themed haikus, tweeted questions to tea farmers in Kenya asking them questions about their working life and the changes that had been made as a result of working for a Fairtrade company. Students also had the opportunity to meet and question Pamela, a garment factory worker from Mauritius who shared how working in a Fairtrade company had changed her life. A lot of fun was had and some of the students who attended the convention are already planning an assembly to deliver to their fellow Year 7s to spread their new found knowledge.
  • On Tuesday of this week there will be a Parent Forum from 5pm – 6pm, in the library. Please do feel free to come along.

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