Week Ending 13th July

As the builders continue to complete the impressive steel frame for our new building we are deep into planning conversations for the summer works schedule.  This will include finishing our four new teaching spaces from within the old library, the creation and refurbishment of a number of office spaces, the handover of some brand new student toilets and improved cycle parking. Whilst it’s a steel frame today, by the time students return in September the new building will look and feel much more like a real building.

We were delighted this week to be recommended to receive High Performance Learning Award status. This award is a recognition that Chesterton is a beacon globally of outstanding teaching and learning and that are pupils are well prepared for life in the modern world.

Following a rich career in education from headships to government advisory roles HPL is Professor Deborah Eyre’s distillation of the most common and meaningful factors in the world’s most successful education systems.  This Award represents recognition that we provide a rich education experience to all those who fall within our catchment, through a rich and diverse curriculum. We are delighted to be joining the ranks of esteemed HPL schools and colleges around the world.

All GCSE art students enjoyed a visit to the ‘Do I have to draw you a picture?’ exhibition at the Heong gallery, Downing College. It was an excellent morning which allowed students to explore alternative formats for artwork including using text to convey a message and meaning. Students came away inspired to use these ideas for their Propaganda projects.

The Last Night of the Proms concert last Wednesday was a great success. It was lovely to see families sharing a picnic, enjoying the music and basking in the glorious evening sunshine. It was a very fitting way to finish what has been an excellent year of music making. Thank you to all involved for making it a lovely occasion.

20 Year 8 students visited Milton Road primary school this week to start a mentoring programme with their Year 5 students. This will involve Chesterton students working with Milton Road students on projects linked to different areas of our curriculum. We look forward to working with Milton Road next year and welcoming Milton Road students to Chesterton to display their work.

The final day of term will see the PTA student summer fair being held on the Bateson Road playground in the morning. All students will have an opportunity to visit the fair during lessons.  Students have already signed up to run a variety of stalls, if any more students would like to run a stall they should see Mr Gordon.

This week also saw our Year 11 prom. It was a slight variation on previous years due to our building work, with students driving through the Bateson Road in the wide array of vehicles which are hired for the event. Parents and staff were there to support and it was an enjoyable evening for students to say farewell to their school.

On Thursday 35 Year 9 students attended the Opportunities Ahead Careers fair at Quay Mill Hotel organised by Form the Future (an organisation that supports and prepares young people for their future careers). They were able to visit a wide range of different companies and discuss the types of jobs that they have within the companies. Students also participated in an interview skills workshop gaining valuable skills to be confident with interviews in the future. Some students even took up the opportunity to gain one to one careers advice with a careers advisor. The students enjoyed the event and now feel they have a clearer idea of the local labour market, the jobs and career types available around Cambridge.

Sports Day – A Robinson ‘Hat Trick’
The whole of year 7, 8, 9 and 10 took part in the annual sports day on Tuesday.  All of the following events took place, with an emphasis on the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence:
Triathlon, athletics, dance, wheelchair basketball, badminton, football, netball, ultimate Frisbee, boule and of course tug-of-war!
It was another great performance from Robinson House as it became the sports day winner for the third year in a row.  The new house, Fawcett made its mark by finishing in second place.

Try Rowing!
Our year 8 ‘Try Rowing! Initiative’ came to an end this week, as 12 students put their new skills to the test, in an inter-school boat race – this was the culmination of five weeks hard work, and it was amazing to see the level of progress.  We were also treated to a performance from some of last year’s participants, who have since joined a rowing club.

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