Week Ending 15th December

  • Physical Education – Autumn Term Awards: the PE department presented its Autumn term awards this week, to six lucky students in Key Stage Three! The awards recognised outstanding sporting attitudes with commitment to extra-curricular sport at Chesterton. It was a very difficult task for the PE staff to choose only six students. However, the following students were presented with an Amazon gift voucher, plus one month’s free membership for the college fitness suite:

 

  • Victor Dwumah; Erisa Jashari; Toby Hargreaves; Anahita Ghafourpour-Langaroudi; Harry Smith and Alice Day

 

  • Physical Education on Instagram: the PE department has launched its Instagram account this week; this is a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with recent news, information, video and photos. Follow us on pechesterton

 

  • This week Year 10 students had a visit from Alter Ego Theatre Company with a presentation called ‘Money Matters’. The actors gave us an entertaining and educational performance about personal finance literacy followed by a useful question and answer workshop. This was presented and funded by the Cambridge City Council and the Young Peoples’ Participation Service supported by other local agencies. Further work on Personal Finance will take place in tutor time in the summer term.

 

  • On Monday evening, a cast of 30 from the Year 10 GCSE Drama group presented Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’ as a promenade performance within the College grounds. They performed two performances back-to-back and throughout the process have dedicated themselves to serve the text as best they can. Notwithstanding some last minute changes to the piece put in place as a result of freezing weather conditions and safety concerns, the following comments are highlights of some of the astounding feedback the Company have received:

 

  • “A phenomenal show last night. Honestly the best work I’ve seen at Chesterton. Its use of space and raw site-specificity were outstanding, and the company’s relationship with the text really shone through. Ensemble dynamism and a focus on high-concept seem to be inevitable in CYT’s work, but the cast lifted this to a new level.” – Josh, a former student and NYT actor

 

  • “A truly unnerving and memorable performance. I found the promenade structure worked brilliantly to create a sense of disorientation that felt like I was right in the mindset of febrile adolescent collusion which the play captures so chillingly. The use of the bike-shed space was particularly nightmarish…The cast were remarkable in their concentration and lucidity. The quality of their working as an ensemble is something of which to be extremely proud.” – Hero, a Cambridge University lecturer

 

  • “It felt to me like one of those theatrical events Peter Brook describes as “holy” — a secular but spiritual experience which changed me and felt both deeply personal and truly communal.” – Sam, freelance theatre director

 

  • “When I got home, I had to jump up and down for five minutes. When I woke up in the morning, I thought ‘Was it a dream?’ and then I thought ‘No, it’s real! It’s a dream come true’…” – Maya Maria, a participating student for whom this was her first public performance.

 

  • “Outstanding…JUST WOW.” – Michaela, teacher

 

  • Suzy Marston, Head of Drama, would like to commend the cast for their unmatched professionalism and collaborative spirit, as well as Daniel Scott-Warren, Luca Studwell and Etienne Currah for their skilful support. Lastly, she would like to thank Barnie Hakata for his inspirational acting coaching, and Nicola Von Schreiber for her expert stage management of the event. It is vital that the difficult and rigorous extra work that goes into performances like this – as rich as it is in enjoyment and love – is never taken for granted.

 

  • Today we have our PTA Festive Fair: an exciting new venture for the PTA involving various stalls from each of our tutor groups; an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping!

 

  • Once again this year our Year 7 students will visit the Cambridge Pantomime in January; added excitement this time, is that they will be able to see three of our students who are appearing: Amy Kimberly, Bill Stanley and Ciara Ahern.

 

  • Mr Dobson’s microscope art has been recognised by the major art magazine Aesthetica who invited him to be included in the Artist’s directory see http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/profile/ben-dobson/. Aesthetica sells 340,000 copies. You can see Mr Dobson’s art work at www.themicroscopeman.com

 

  • We are delighted to report that yesterday, planning was granted for our new build –  http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/chesterton-community-college-massive-expansion-14040255

 

  • It just remains for me to wish everyone a happy and restful holiday.

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