Week ending 15th July

* We were delighted this week to welcome Lord Knight, Chief Education Adviser for the TES, and Tim Oates, Director of Assessment, Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, to see the excellent work happening in Chesterton related to e-learning. Both visitors have a great deal of knowledge and experience about the use of technology in schools and so we were delighted when they asked to visit, having heard about our work with iPads, and during their visit were incredibly impressed with what they saw.

* There are just a few remaining tickets left for Chesterton Youth Theatre’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Wednesday 20th July at 4pm (the matinee) and 7.30pm (the evening performance). The first performance on Tuesday 19th July is now sold out. Tickets can be purchased from Mrs Von Schreiber in the Exams Office from 8am – 4pm until the date of performance, costing £7.50 for adults and £5 for students (cash or cheques acceptable). Don’t miss what promises to be a truly spectacular theatrical event.

* Chesterton Youth Theatre gave another “stunning” (Menagerie Theatre Company) performance at the Junction Theatre on Sunday 10th July as part of the Hotbed Theatre Festival. Ryan McMahon, Year 11, won first prize for his satirical one-page play ‘If It’s True’ and Rosie Green, Year 10, took third place for her stirring piece entitled ‘Stalker’. The ensemble of Chesterton performers was both professional and courageous in its execution of a range of new mini-dramas. Steve Waters, nationally renowned playwright, whose own piece ‘The Play About Calais’ was being showcased as part of the Festival, wrote to congratulate the director, describing the students as a “superb group of young actors”.

* Six of our KS3 students, Sophie Lyne, Billy Kibble, Minnie Govett, Joel Hargreaves, Ioanna Fokas and Peter Nethsingha attended the annual Swavesey Science Challenge competing with 18 other schools in the area. This year’s theme was based on Tim Peake’s mission on the International Space Station. The physics, chemistry and biology based tasks required the teams to build a rocket propelled with water and air pressure, boil an egg using heat from an exothermic chemical reaction and analysing different samples containing Vitamin C. They will be judged on how well they worked scientifically, their organisation skills, teamwork and safety. A final task was a science related quiz. The students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we all wait excitedly for the result which will be announced next week.

* It was a pleasure this week to welcome Jeff Rich, former drummer from Status Quo, to provide a drumming workshop for our students. The students were entertained by his skill, knowledge and enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

* Our senior citizen lunch club enjoyed their final roast dinner of the academic year. Talking with them they have really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the school and share lunch with our students. If you are aware of any other members of our community who would like to join this lunch club please do let us know.

* If you have some time this Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th please come to Fulbourn and look at the art that is being exhibited. Along with Mr Dobson’s microscope art (www.themicroscopeman.com) at Fulbourn Manor, CB21 5RJ, there are many other artists exhibiting in six locations around the lovely Fulbourn Village.

* A date for diaries will be our first car boot sale on August 6th, from 10-2 with sellers arriving at 9.30am. Food will be on sale at the event provided by our very own chef Spencer Norman; well worth a visit!

* And finally, fingers crossed for glorious sunshine throughout today as we make our third attempt at sports’ day; details to follow next week…

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