Week ending 12th February

  • You will have noticed that the safeguarding changes to the site have continued this week and will do so over half-term. We have added clearer markings to keep pedestrians safe; created a new path to our sports’ centre and will be adding gates to a number of our entrances. All of these changes are to keep our students safe and we will be sharing further details when the work is complete, in assemblies with students and via Parentmail.
  • Dr Hutchinson and Miss Palmer represented UK teachers at a meeting at Homerton College this week. They had been asked to speak to Philip Colligan (Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy and CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation) about how technology can support the effective application of pedagogy and how new pedagogy can support the better use of technology. They were selected to take part in this event as a result of the research project they have been conducting about using iPads in the classrooms at Chesterton. This research has been sponsored by the Farmington Institute at the University of Oxford.
  • A new edition of our electronic journal, Spotlight, can be found on the website (http://chestertoncc.net/life-at-chesterton/spotlight/) with highlights of student work from across the college.
  • Three basketball teams from Chesterton competed in their respective district basketball tournament finals this week; an excellent achievement for one school!  All narrowly missed out on the trophy, but played some excellent basketball along the way. Please see the photos on our Facebook page.
  • The college football and netball seasons start immediately after the half term holiday. It has been great to see more than 150 students training in preparation for the games; we wish them luck.
  • The Year 11 netball team will perform in front of a noisy crowd this week, as they take on the staff team in an opener for their own netball season. Hopefully a better result for the staff, when compared to the recent basketball match!
  • On Tuesday our feeder primary schools attended a tag rugby competition, which resulted in some high quality performances and an enjoyable afternoon for all. Our Year 9 sports’ leaders were fantastic out in the field and were congratulated by all staff for their excellent leadership qualities.
  • This week our four sports’ ambassadors from Year 9 attended the annual training course at Swavesey Village College, where they were able to enhance their leadership skills for the forthcoming sporting festivals.
  • A special thank you to the Year 9 boys: Jack Tunnacliffe, Ollie Montes, Maxim Braunschweiler and Thomas Williams, for refereeing Mayfield Primary’s football match against Kings Hedges.
  • The Music Faculty hosted this term’s Tea-time concert. The standard of performance was superb and delighted the audience. Please do look out for these events in the future, as is it wonderful to see so many talented students performing.
  • Cambridge Arts Theatre generously welcomed two of our Year 11 Drama students for a backstage tour, ahead of their technical GCSE exam later this month. The technical manager took time out ahead of a final dress rehearsal to explain props’ tables, masking and infra-red stage manager screens, among other trade secrets.
  • Our GCSE Drama Company of 2016 would like to invite anyone interested in theatre to attend their forthcoming performance examinations:
  • Wednesday 24th February at 4pm in the Farnsworth Hall: ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ by Bertolt Brecht.
  • Wednesday 24th February at 5.25pm in the Drama Studio: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare.
  • Thursday 25th February at 4pm in the Farnsworth Hall: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare.
  • Thursday 25th February at 5.25pm in the Drama Studio: ‘The Early Hours’ (original work).
  • Each performance lasts 45 minutes and is a free event. If you would like to come, please email smarston@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk to reserve a seat (no latecomers will be admitted). The student actors have been working extremely hard throughout the rehearsal process; each play promises to be a highly-charged, poignant and polished piece of theatre. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • It just remains for me to wish everyone an enjoyable half-term.

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