Week Ending 15th June

We have been talking lots to the builders in the last week about student visits to the build site.  We have some students who are very keen to be escorted around the site and see first-hand all the changes the builders are making and we are hoping that these tours will commence very soon.

The foundations are nearly complete for the new building and the single-storey section of the old Art block has now been completely dismantled and crushed ready for the materials to be re-used in the new building!  Good to know that the builders are recycling as much as they can!

We were delighted to be invited to share iftar with members of the local Muslim community at the Abu Bakr Mosque on Mawson Road. 15 members of staff were welcomed to the event and we would like to thank Mr Alam and Ibrahim Rahman who facilitated the visit for us.

Chesterton is proud to be working within such a multi-cultural community and our staff are keen to engage with other religious and cultural groups in our local area. If you are a member of such a group and would like to arrange a visit for members of staff, please contact Dr Hutchinson (khutchinson@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk).

Twenty six Year 8 students, accompanied by three members of the Languages Faculty, Mrs Heaney, Mr Desbois and Mrs Lang, have just returned from another successful French Exchange with the Collège Redounet in Uzès in the South of France. Our students were given a very warm welcome from their hosts and experienced a week living with a French family improving their language skills and enjoying the food. ‘Escargots ‘and ‘cuisses de grenouille’ were even on the menu for some! Chesterton students attended lessons with their partners and ate with them in the school canteen and had ample opportunity to soak up the culture and history of the region. The week got off to a flying start with a visit to the world-famous Pont du Gard and the Roman sites in the city of Nîmes, followed by a very popular trip to the Haribo museum and shop(!) and finished with an excursion to Avignon and an interactive tour of the Palais des Papes. Thank you to all participants and parents for their commitment and enthusiasm. Our students are looking forward to welcoming their exchange partners back to Cambridge at the start of term in September.

The Science department were visited this week by some Science PGCE trainees from Homerton.  They ran a session of engaging science practicals for some Y7 and 8 students. The activities included: making telescopes; investigating air pressure; the Coke and Mentos experiment; cornflour and starch experiments; Microscopy; investigating a crime scene and fizzy drink forensics.  The students involved really enjoyed the session and had the opportunity to try their hand at some fun and exciting experiments.

Rhoni Cash, our current actress-in-residence who is teaching some of our KS3 classes, is performing as ‘the jewel in the crown’ of Shakespearean heroines, Rosaline, in ‘As You Like It’, on this week at Pembroke College Gardens. More information can be found on the following web link: https://www.camdram.net/shows/2018-as-you-like-it-1

She is, meanwhile, working with a small and dedicated group of Year 9 students on a short, new play based on climate change, as part of the Fusion Theatre Festival 2018, which takes place on Saturday 23rd June at the Cambridge Junction. The students from Chesterton will perform alongside those from other schools, as well as emerging professionals. More information will follow just before the performance as to exact times, but do put this exciting event in your diary!

Rhoni also runs a Year 7 drama club on a Friday lunch time, in which a dozen or so pupils are currently thriving as actors from improvising and ‘playing’ together in a highly focused and safe environment. Anyone from Year 7 is welcome to join them at this weekly session which will run until the end of term. Rhoni’s Year 8 group of pantomime actors are developing work from a curriculum-assessed pantomime performance of ‘Aladdin’, which Rhoni has adapted for those who wish to take their work to the next level! It is hoped that in early July the group will perform the pantomime to students at local primary schools, as well as parents and friends. Again, we’ll keep you informed of performance times.

Suzy Marston, Head of Drama, is busy drafting the script for ‘TLC’ the Edinburgh Show which former students of Chesterton will be taking to the Fringe Festival this summer, under the company name of Achilles’ Heel. Brochures about the Festival are freely available from popular bookshops in Cambridge; if you turn to the first page of the Theatre section, you will see ‘Achilles’ Heel: TLC’ straight away, along with a picture of one of its actors, Year 11 student Kos Kostov! Suzy is keen to take the passion and skill of Chesterton’s alumni beyond our local platforms. If you think you might be in Edinburgh in early August, do make sure you see the show. More information can be found at the following web link:
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=TLC

Last Friday the Year 10 GCSE Music students gave a lunchtime recital at St Andrew’s Church in Chesterton. The recital was well received by the audience and all students performed to a high standard. This performance will inform their rehearsal for their final solo performance in the Autumn term.

Last Saturday the Samba Band and Jazz Band performed at the village fete in Witcham, near Ely. It was a lovely afternoon of music making and the local residents were very impressed by the performances given. We hope to be invited back next year!

On Friday 15th the Year 7 choir is participating in a collaborative concert with the Phoenix Choir in Cambridge. Local primary schools and Chesterton will fill West Road concert hall and perform a range of music centred on the theme ‘colour’. Tickets are still available via ticketsource.co.uk/phoenixchorale. It promises to be an excellent evening of choral music and the students have been working very hard to prepare for it.

The Ceilidh Band have two engagements coming up. Firstly, they will perform at Jesus Green Lido for the Summer Solstice Swim on Thursday 21st June as well as at the Chesterton Festival on Saturday 23rd June. If you are in the area, please do look out for them.

With just three weeks to go until our Year 9 trip to the WWI battlefields in Belgium, the history department are really looking forward to what is sure to be a fantastic trip. A reminder that a parent information evening is being held in the Rex Freeman Hall at 6pm on Thursday 28th June. Please remember to bring students’ passports and EHIC cards with you on the evening for collection and safe keeping prior to the trip leaving. If you have any questions regarding the trip please contact Miss Evans.

Clara Spielman’s Year 7 Latin class will be running a little stall displaying (and offering tasters of) a range of ‘Roman foods’ during one of their lunchtime lessons, on Tuesday 3rd July. The students have been, and are, studying Roman farming, trade and food, looking at finds from Pompeii.

This week, Year 9 had an assembly delivered by Tony Gearing MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of YOPEY – the Young People of the Year charity. YOPE is a scheme where young people are trained to support elderly people, particularly those living with dementia. The young people who volunteer are rewarded with amazing friendships, life lessons and a wonderful experience to put in their CV or personal statement. Any Year 9 student who would like further information should see Mr Gordon.

Congratulations go to Amelie Day, as she successfully made it in to the Under 13 county netball development squad.

Our Year 7 ‘Culture Vultures’ enjoyed an afternoon workshop with Anglian Water. They took part in the water supply challenge. This involved designing a supply network and testing it for resilience and pressure as well as working to a tight budget.

Students and staff are excited for the upcoming Enrichment Week (27th – 29th June); on Friday students will find out which of the activities they have been allocated. It promises to be an exciting three days, with students participating in a wide range of activities including: basketball training with a England Junior team coach; bird watching in Fen Drayton; stained glass making in Ely; cookery; textiles; African drumming workshop; ballet and many more.  Thank you for your parental contribution towards this year’s Enrichment, this amazing range of activities would not be possible without it. If you have not yet managed to contribute, this can still be done through ParentMail.

The current leader board for Above and Beyond points has Hill in first place followed by Cavendish, Equiano and Robinson. It is still all to play for though with only nine points separating first and second place. Watch this space for the launch of the annual rewards trip to the Seaside.

Remember the PTA quiz is on Friday June 22nd. Always an entertaining evening, tickets are still available via the PTA. Contact details on the school website!

Lucca and Max both represented Cambridge United Football Club (CUFC) in the EFL Trust U13s Futsal Cup National Final at Derby Arena on Wednesday June 13, 2018. I am pleased to say that they succeeded in winning the cup, becoming National Champions!

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