Those able to join us last week, for our Open Evening, had the opportunity to walk through the new build. The builders opened up the site for us, enabling us to go into the skeleton of the new entrance, dining hall and performance hall. This created a great buzz amongst students, parents, visitors and staff alike. The experience was short-lived though as the builders were back to work as usual the next day. Now that the exterior walls are starting to go up around the build our opportunities to look into the site will reduce slightly.
Two weeks ago Chesterton Community College re-launched the national Computing at Schools hub with local IT firm, ARM. Yesterday (10th October) we hosted the UK launch of the First Tech Challenge robotics competition. Representatives from twelve Cambridgeshire schools attended the event in the Rex Freeman Hall where the challenge was unveiled to the student teams. Chesterton has entered two teams of up to 15 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 into the competition, which runs until March 2019. Each team has been given Robot kits (valued at around £1,000) to build a “Lunar Rover” style robot to carry out specific tasks. The teams will work with a mentor from industry, QualComm in Chesterton’s case, over the next five months, before participating in a two day final at the Big Bang STEM event in Birmingham. The winning team will go to the USA to participate in a “World Final” in the summer. The students are very excited about the event and eager to get started. There are still some places in the teams available: especially for girls, whom we are keen to encourage into STEM projects. Contact Mr Kelly if interested.
The first round of “Bake off” started this week. Almost 20 of our dedicated students had baked a two tier cake to represent their Chesterton house. Our Heads of House judged this week’s bakes and there were a range of flavours, from orange, chocolate and even pineapple. We certainly didn’t go home hungry! Well done to all our students who took part; they have all been awarded with house points. The next round is after half term: students will be asked to bake 12 Halloween themed biscuits. Good Luck!
District rugby tournament runners-up!
The Chesterton Year 10 team progressed to the final of the Cambridge District Tournament last week; repeating what was achieved when the players were in Year 7. There was some excellent rugby played against strong opposition and, in the end, Chesterton lost in the final to a bigger team despite showing a high level of skill.
County cricket team
Two students have been selected for the Cambridgeshire cricket squad, within their age group. Congratulations to Eloise Binfield-Gonzalez (under 15 girls) and Tomas Binfield-Gonzalez (under 14 boys)
The Cambridgeshire swimming squad achieved its best-ever result in the recent ASA National County Team Championships. Congratulations to Eduardo Camacho (under 14 boys), who was a successful member of the team.
Year 11 Photography students have taken a quick trip into town during their lessons this week, we are nearly 6 weeks into their new piece of coursework and we want to ensure our students have a vast range of sceneries in their projects. Lots of our students are focusing on the new build, so not only have they managed to photograph contrasting, older buildings in the city, we have organised for them to go onto the building sit during lessons to document the build and the staff. Keep your eyes peeled on twitter for some of these exciting snaps!
This Friday the GCSE cohort of Year 10 drama students and some passionate Year 11 students are going to see ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams at the ADC Theatre. As one parent said: ‘This is my favourite play!’ It will be interesting to see if the Marlowe Society, the prestigious student company at Cambridge University, manage to do it justice. Apart from experiencing the symbolic beauty, emotional heartbreak and vivid characterisation of this family drama, it is hoped the students will develop their evaluative skills from discussing and writing about it afterwards, so that they can become both actors and critics in their own right!
‘The year 10 rugby team had their district Sevens tournament last Thursday. They played some very exciting rugby and ended up narrowly missing out to St Bede’s where we finished runners up. Well done to the students who have played this term. The year 9 rugby team also had their district tournament on Tuesday this week. After being placed in a very challenging group, we unfortunately did not make it through the group stage however still played some excellent rugby and competed valiantly in every game.’
‘House competitions continued this week – the challenge was Pictionary! Robinson and Equaino were excellent throughout and finished as joint winners. They were then closely followed by Hill and Fawcett, and then finally Cavendish. Next week, we play Chopsticks!’