Week ending 13th February

  • Sam Myers (yr7) and Jordan Wood (yr11) both represented Cambridgeshire Schools in the Anglian cross country championships held in Ipswich last Saturday. Running against teams from Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire they both ran extremely well with Sam finishing in 23rd place in the minor boys’ race and Jordan finishing in 8th place in the Intermediate boys race (both in fields of over 60 runners). The minor boys don’t run in the England schools championships next month, but Jordan has been selected as part of the Cambridgeshire team in the Intermediate boys’ race.
  • On Wednesday, our Thespian Theatre Club saw the spectacular “Treasure Island” at the National Theatre. Students from all year groups, along with some parents and friends, went by coach after school, on what for most was their first ever visit to the National. The set and special effects were amazing and the cast was highly entertaining. Another theatre trip will now be arranged, perhaps to a West End musical – all welcome, invitations via Parentmail.
  • Artsaward bronze and silver students had the opportunity to work with visiting public artist Zoe Chamberlain this week. The workshop was part of the Cambridge Housing Framework project, ‘Thresholds’, which is funded by Cambridge City Council and Keepmoat homes. It involves a number of housing development sites in Cambridge including Water Lane in Chesterton. Zoe Chamberlain is working with glass artist Louise Watson along with school students from around the city to generate motif designs for the glass doors and balconies of the new housing. During the workshop students started to develop ideas using words and abstract designs based on the idea of home, they then developed these into etchings and relief prints. Students had a wonderful day exploring their ideas and learning new printmaking techniques. This was a fabulous opportunity to contribute to a local community project and we look forward to seeing some of the designs professionally realised when the housing is built.
  • Year 7 students mounted an exhibition of their Humanities ‘pizza project’ as part of this week’s Wicked Wednesday. The project was a cross-curricular piece of homework based on Venice. Their teachers have reported that lots of the work was exceptional – do have a look at the Facebook page to see some photos of the event.
  • From recent parent feedback, I thought it would be good to update you about our responses. The parent feedback is in bold and our response is in italics:
  • Can you produce more videos to help us access information? We produced videos showing how to use Edmodo, Parentmail and Parents Evening Booking.  These are on the College website under the ‘Links’ tab. I’m not sure exactly who to contact when I have questions. The information on the website on the ‘Information’ tab now explains who to contact in different circumstances.  It would be useful to ‘know’ the key Y7 staff better. We will invite key staff to the next ‘Meet the Year 7 Tutors’ event we run. I would like to hear more often about how my child is doing at school. We have renewed efforts to email parents about their child’s achievements and our developing our Chesterton Reporting System. We are always very pleased to be able to respond to your feedback and will continue to develop work on the points raised above.
  • I’d like to know more about what my child is doing at school. A group of teachers has begun to use the video function on student iPads to ‘talk’ to parents, for example, showing where to find information on what students are studying. I think the letters I get could be quicker and easier to read. We have begun looking at the letters we send to try and make them shorter and to the point.
  • There will be another parent IT support session over half term. It will be on Thursday between 12 & 2pm in the Resource Centre. This is an opportunity to address any queries relating to Chesterton systems such as: Parentmail, the parents’ evening booking system or iPads.
  • As part of our Y11 revision programme we have started running a series of Friday lectures during tutor time. These are for the whole year group and are focused on key revision tips for every subject. Assistant Head Donna Young presented the inaugural lecture last week for English and Ewen Chamberlain will be focused on Maths this week. We hope students will find these useful.
  • Shortly we will be launching on-line booking for our Y11 Easter holiday revision programme. Please look out for details, as these holiday revision sessions are incredibly useful and were very well attended last year.
  • With the Chinese New Year of the goat coming, Cambridge Eastern Education and Development Society (CEEDS) is holding a ‘Chinese Culture Day’ at the Cambridge Leys School this Saturday 14th February at 11.30am. This aims to bring together Chinese cultural elements through demonstration and workshops focused on language, calligraphy, painting, kung fu etc. This event is free to all local pupils aged 11-18 and parents are also welcome to attend. Please see the event page here: http://www.cam-ceeds.org/2015chineseday/.
  • A key date for the diary: Friday March 6th will be the PTA Quiz Night. It always sells out incredibly quickly, so do look out for ticket details coming soon.
  • It just remains for me to wish everyone a happy half-term holiday.

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