Week ending 12th December

 

  • The PTA Christmas Craft Fayre was a huge success last week. We had a large number of visitors to the event and the atmosphere was incredibly festive. Thank you to the PTA for all their efforts and energy which ensured this was such a great event. Please note there is a Burns’ Night Supper and Ceilidh on Friday January 30th in the Farnsworth Hall from 7-11pm. Everyone is welcome – tickets are £5 for students and £10 for adults and these can be purchased via Parentpay or from the Finance Office.
  • This week ends with the usually sartorially elegant staff and students of Chesterton looking a little different in their woolly Christmas jumpers, as we raise money for Save The Children. Interestingly the cold weather we’ve had all week seems to have warmed up just in time for this event; the British weather, never predictable!
  • I enjoyed taking a group of Y10 GCSE Music students, with Mrs Dawson, to the Kings’ Carol Service for schools this week. The chapel was full of school representatives from across Cambridgeshire, with students and teachers able to enjoy the beautiful singing and appreciate the more spiritual aspects of the festive season.
  • Congratulations to those students who represented the college in the Annual District Schools’ Cross Country Competition this week.  The weather conditions were suitably cold and the ground conditions muddy!  The following four students performed extremely well to qualify for the County Competition in January: Sam Myers, Milo Chapman, Joe Brunning and Jordan Wood.
  • Mr Lee organised the Varsity Rugby Match Trip this week. Fifty students from Chesterton visited the home of England rugby this week, in order to watch the annual Cambridge versus Oxford Varsity Rugby Match at Twickenham.  The 133rd match of the series produced a fantastic number of tries; most were for Oxford, as they won for the fifth year in a row! Maybe it will be a Cambridge victory next year……
  • The KS4 German and History trip to Berlin is leaving on Sunday 14 December to spend five days visiting sites of cultural and historical interest; always a very successful trip.
  • Members of form R7 held a swish night to raise money for Cambridge Foodbank and we are delighted to be able to report that their event raised £240. Thank you to everybody who donated items to sell and to all those who attended the event. We are still collecting donations for this very worthy cause. If you would like to contribute cash, please send your donation to the Finance Office in an envelope marked ‘R7 Foodbank Appeal’.
  • If you would like to donate food, please check the shopping list:  http://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/resources/documents/CCFB/ShoppinglistA4.pdf .
  • On Tuesday this week Mr Kelly took fifteen Year 10 students to West Road Concert Hall for a Further Maths Support Event.  Three TV presenters each did a forty-five minute presentation on Fractals, Golden Ratio/Fibonacci and Statistical Significance.  Over five hundred students attended and feedback from our students was very positive, with more students considering A-level Maths and Further Maths as possible future options.
  • Next Thursday we have a guest speaker from Siemens Ltd. coming in to give a talk/presentation/demonstration to the whole of Year 9 on IT as a career, followed by a Q&A.  The speaker is a senior project manager, managing IT projects around the world, and is the father of one of our Year 10 students. This kind of parent involvement is always great to have in school; please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would be interested in doing something similar.
  • Next week is an exceptionally busy final week with the Carol Service at St John’s on Tuesday and “Chesterton’s Got Talent” on Wednesday; please do purchase tickets, as both are great events to attend.
  • The Chesterton Singers, led by Roger Bond, joined forces with Choir 2000, led by Peter Britton, on Saturday night to celebrate the advent of Christmas at Histon Baptist Church.  The student choir sang two pieces: ‘A Christmas Legend’ by Percy Buck and ‘Tomorrow shall be my dancing day’ arranged by John Rutter.  It was wonderful to hear the two sounds of a young, small choir and an experienced large choir, with aptly chosen pieces, led by two amazing choirmasters.

 

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