Week ending 17th July

  • Great news: Chesterton came first in the Swavesey Science challenge; a challenging competition against twenty other schools in the area! Congratulations to our budding scientists Amy Xu, Shaopeng Lu, Izzy Godfrey, Oliver Montes, Madeena Sorkhabi and Scott Lewin.
  • Recently some Year 8 student wrote one page plays, which were entered into Menagerie’s “Cambridge Hotbed Young Writers One-Page Play”. Four of the plays entered were chosen to be performed by actors at the Junction Theatre. These were: “The Salon Chair”, by Izzy Godfrey and Liddy Woodford; “The Missing Necklace”, by Annemarie Federle and Sophie O’Sullivan; “Justice”, by Rosie Johnson and Hannah Berman; and “The Bus”, by Lucas Alburn and Josh Parker. It was an amazing night and, after an audience vote, it was revealed that “The Salon Chair” (written by Izzy Godfrey and Liddy Woodford) had come second! Well done to all of our playwrights.
  • SIN Cru, a street dance company, held three innovative, diverse and energetic summer shows in Arbury Primary School, Chesterton Community College and Unit 7 in the Grafton Centre over the first weekend of July. The events were the culmination of the Respect Myself project managed by Lucy Crowe, the Artistic Director of SINCru, and three past and present Chesterton students, in partnership with the Computer Science and PE departments. The Respect Myself project has been an amazing community development project in conjunction with the school. The purpose was to empower young people and help develop creativity, self-confidence and healthy living. The participants were encouraged to choreograph a dance piece and learn new dance moves from professional artists. What was achieved was much more! Sonic Pi created music to one of the pieces and Chesterton staff were taught challenging yogic dance moves by parents of their students. True community cohesion with participants ranging in age from 3 to 60!
  • A group of our students had their last acoustic music workshop this Wednesday with outreach staff from the Cambridge Junction. Anita Dawson and the staff from The Junction have been very impressed with the quality of musicianship from the students taking part.  The students are set to perform at ‘The Fiver Unplugged’ Wednesday 29 July at The Junction, Venue J2 7pm.  Tickets priced £6.  The event is a Folk Festival warm up show showcasing the best up and coming acoustic talent from the East of England.  Featuring, Isobel Sugden, Lena & Elsie, Grace Sarah, Robin Skinner, Nicole & Simon plus special appearances from workshop groups, such as our very own Chesterton workshop group.  Our group will perform a couple of songs with vocals, beautiful harmonies and guitar, piano and string accompaniment.
  • A number of current and ex-Chesterton students have enjoyed performing with Cambridge Youth Opera in their production of “Brundibar” this week at The Mumford Theatre in Cambridge.
  • Tim Spencer has been updating the science faculty webpage, simplifying the wealth of information that parents were finding a little hard to navigate. Please do look at the site which, for its first stage of development, now outlines simply what your child will be studying. If you have any suggestions for Tim’s future developments of the site please do email him.
  • Those of us who’ve been to see the school production of “Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” this week will have been wowed by the quality and energy of the performance; it truly was amazing. Led by Jacob Millin it was very much a student production with choreography, assistant-direction and stage design being done by students. There is still one more performance this evening, so it’s not too late to see it.
  • We will be saying a sad farewell next week to Lloyd Brown who after long service to the college will be leaving us to take up his new post as head at King Edward’s School in Kings Lynn. Lloyd has been an invaluable member of the school: joining initially in the history department and then becoming an integral part of the school leadership team. He was instrumental to all the work on the Chesterton Ethos and that work will be an enduring legacy of his time in the school. We wish him well and know he will be a great success in his new role.
  • A ParentMail went out earlier this week about the proposed new secondary school at Darwin Green. As outlined in the letter as a school we have decided to enter the bid process to hopefully become a sponsor for the new school. There is a lot of detail in the letter about our carefully considered decision and we would urge you to read the letter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • There are still a few days left of term and students and staff are still working very hard. A letter will go out on Monday, and on the website, regarding end of term arrangements.

 

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