Week Ending 16th March

Next week we begin the first stage of our exciting expansion project! As a large part of the project involves converting an unattractive staff car park into a beautiful new building, the first part of our project will involve moving the college Reception. From Monday the college Reception will move to classroom B6: this is right at the end of the building on the right-hand-side, as you come up the driveway, and access to the college will be through these gates (that lead to the Drama block).

The builders will then start by transforming our Art block in order to build brand new Art workshops and Science labs. They will shortly begin converting the Farnsworth Hall into a new Library in order to create additional classrooms within our existing Library.

It is an exciting time for the college to finally see the start of the project that we have been working on for so long and we look forward to its completion next summer. Please be assured that we are working tirelessly to ensure that every one of our students still continues to receive the outstanding education that OFSTED recognised last year.

There will be a weekly build update in each blog.

The music department’s Music Showcase at West Road is fast approaching and tickets are selling very well. The final date to purchase tickets on ParentPay is Tuesday 20th March. Tickets are priced at £7.00 for adults, £3.50 for concessions (OAP/students) and children under 16 are free. Any tickets not collected prior to the concert date will be placed on the door for collection. Please do come and support the concert, it promises to be an exciting evening of musical entertainment.

The students in each year who currently have the highest number of Above and Beyond Points are: Amisha Akther (7.6, Cavendish), Maria Ramjee (Year 8, Rob1), Alice Day (Year 9, Hil3), Didar Hussain (Year 10, Cav7) and Charlotte Brown (Year 11, Hil2). Students are continuing to work hard in lessons and extra-curricular activities to gain points and win prizes.

We had the first day of our Chesterton Bake Off this week. 23 students baked cakes and the theme was their House. In the coming weeks, the theme will be Cambridge and they will be making biscuits. Photos can be found on our Facebook page.

As part of a recently introduced scheme of learning to prepare students for the new challenging English Language GCSE, students in Ms Bigglestone’s Year 9 English class this week got creative making key-rings out of Tagua Nuts: an eco-friendly resource from the rain-forests of South America.  It forms part of a unit where students focus on how rhetorical communication (persuasive language) is used in the ‘real world’ to solicit support and elicit donations for charitable causes; skills also transferable in to the corporate world, or Media and Advertising.  Ms Bigglestone first introduced the students to ‘The Mashi Foundation’, a UK registered charity that works with children living in poverty in Ecuador; they then enjoyed some hands-on ‘crafting’, resulting in a beautiful and unique key-ring which they could take home with them.  The key-rings are just one of a number of items ‘sold’ on behalf of ‘Mashi’ to raise money for the foundation in order for it to carry out its vital work. For more information, please go to http://www.mashifoundation.org/

Year 11 Netball Tournament Finalists! After a fantastic five years of netball at Chesterton, the Year 11 team equaled its best result by progressing unbeaten to the final of the district school tournament.  Congratulations to the girls: they played their part in a very competitive final.

District Schools Football Cup Competition. The Year 11 football team has qualified for the quarter final of the district school cup competition.  The quality of football has clearly shown progress and the team fought hard to win a tough game via extra time and penalties: two great penalty saves from Jason Cutting and a winning penalty from Ben Reeves.

The Year 9 football team eased through to the quarter final of the district school cup competition.  The team has a great deal of talent and could go much further if they continue to play the same way.  The latest round saw them win comfortably (4-1).

Year 11 students had a revision day for their Ethics Christianity exam on Friday 9th March.  We were delighted to welcome a class of students from Downham Market Academy, our partner trust school, with their teachers.  We also welcomed speakers from both the Cambridge City Foodbank and the Cambridge Street Pastors.  Students heard about their work in our city and how Christian faith inspires them to volunteer to help others.

On Tuesday 13th Year 9 had a PSE day on the theme of safe relationships.  They saw a performance of ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ a hard-hitting drama about exploitation and grooming.  Workshops during the day focused on online safety; safe relationships and where to get help and drugs and alcohol. Thank you to Centre 33, The Kite Trust and Cambridge Community Safety Partnership for their contributions.

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Library with World Book Day fun and our very enjoyable Reading Evening. We had a full library and some inspirational readings, songs and drama! A huge thank you to all pupils and staff who took part.

Chesterton Fiction Challenge has come to an end and we have had hundreds of entries; great reading in all years! The Winners will be notified at the beginning of next week and we will arrange a visit to Heffers to spend the prize Book Tokens. Many of the entries will be displayed in the Library as the students have written some amazing reviews.

We also launched our support of the Design a National Book Token Competition, where pupils are asked to design the cover of a book token, with wonderful prizes for both the students and schools. Entry slips can be found in the Library and the competition runs until the Easter Holidays.

On Thursday 26th April the author Julian Sedgwick will be visiting school to talk to our Year 7s about his books and his life as an author. It is hoped this visit will inspire, excite and emphasise the value of reading. Heffers have offered some of Julian’s books at a discounted rate of £6 each for our students. These are available to purchase on ParentPay if you are interested. Hopefully Julian will be available to sign the books in the Library at break.

The District Team will be running a six week parenting workshop at Coleridge Community College starting on 21st March 2018 from 6pm-7:30pm. The workshops aim to support parents with communicating with their teens and managing their behaviour. Please contact Eve Taylor with any queries on 07786309999 or alternatively e-mail eve.taylor@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. A further Parentmail will be sent out with the details.

This week, 30 year 7 and 8 students took part in a design workshop with the CAmbridge Association of Architects as part of our Architecture Festival. Now, a group of our older students will have a turn to work with the team to vision their ideas. Students will be working as real architects do, surveying the school grounds and making proposals for their architectural vision, finishing off with a presentation to their Client, Mrs Scott and Mr Russell. It was so empowering for our younger members of the school to have their ideas listened to as well as it being a fun and informative day. Thanks to the CAA for organising such an inspiring workshop programme, which I’m sure the older students will get much out of it when they have their turn this Friday. The final event will be a talk by members of the CAA , happening on Wednesday, 7-8pm in the library. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

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