Week ending 15th january

  • We were delighted to host a peer review visit from St Bede’s, Witchford and Netherhall this week. Schools across the county are conducting peer reviews which involve visiting one another’s schools and conducting a rigorous review of standards. This involves visiting lessons; reviewing school data; looking at books and talking to students and staff. It was a very successful visit and the feedback we received endorsed our current school self-evaluation of outstanding.
  • On Thursday we hosted our Year 9 Options’ Evening. This is always an exciting event, where students receive information about Key Stage Four and begin the process of thinking about what they would like to choose to study. Mr Auffrett, our Director of Curriculum, is leading the process and has already spoken with students in an assembly and provided support materials to aid their discussions in tutor time.
  • Humanities had the pleasure of giving prizes to Year 10 students this week in assembly.  Students were nominated by class teachers – congratulations to all 22 winners.
  • Year 7 had a PSE assembly this week about making health choices.  Students were given information about who to ask if they needed advice or help about any health or wellbeing related matters.
  • Neil Kelly took twenty-four Year 8 and Year 9 students to ARM on Wednesday morning, for the launch of the ten week Go4Set STEM Project. Chesterton is lucky enough to be able to enter four teams of six students this year, working with local companies ARM and Qualcomm.  Each team of six will have a regular meeting with their mentor from either ARM or Qualcomm. In these meetings they will come up with ideas for a new invention, whittle it down to a single idea, create a presentation and, hopefully, develop a prototype which they will present (Dragon’s Den style) to three captains of industry. These presentations will be at a one day event, around Easter time, at a location somewhere in the southeast of England.  Two trophies are up for grabs: we won one of them last year, so we have our sights set on the other one this year!
  • Jenny Son was the only student, from thirty in our Year 11 Extension Maths group, to get through to the second round of the Senior Maths Challenge just before Christmas.  This competition is normally only for sixth form students, so it was a credit to the students that they were able to participate in the first place.  For Jenny to get through to the second round is an excellent achievement.  She attained a very creditable score, correctly answering all of the questions she attempted and finishing around the middle of the second round participants.  Well done Jenny!
  • Student Investor has now been running for two and a half months and one of our Year 11 teams is doing very well indeed.  Mabo Clan are currently 13th out of 7365 teams nationally and have increased their virtual £100,000 to over £108,000 in a time of stock market turbulence.  The team consists of: George Bigwood, Kevin Cera, Lucas Blackaller-Kidd and Shay Dillon.  Well done gentlemen.  As well as being favourite for the top cash prize in school at the end of January, they are currently also eligible to go through to the regional final in London in April; here they have the chance of winning an expenses paid trip to New York, with spending money.  Only three weeks to go!
  • Mr New is delighted that all the members of his Year 10 English class have successfully corresponded with our local MP (Daniel Zeichner) about the Syria vote. Daniel wrote back to each of the students with personalised letters. Mr New is extremely proud of: Rajibul Hoque, Timothy Morley, Jakky Senthemilselvan, Shahadath Khan, Kane Stamp, Reece Wilkins, Lucas Mazzoli and Jake Herrington. He can’t wait to deliver the letters to them in his next lesson.
  • A group of Year 10 GCSE musicians, together with a selection of Year 9 students, enjoyed a workshop with musicians from Britten Sinfonia in school this week.  Together with the help of a composer, students were introduced to the compositional ideas of two composers whose work they will hear at a related lunch time concert next Tuesday. The students composed two wonderful group compositions with a variety of instruments being used from harp to soprano saxophone and bassoon!  They are looking forward to attending the lunch time concert at West Road Concert Hall next week.
  • A reminder that on Thursday we will be hosting a Year 8 Parents’ Evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

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