Week ending 18th march

  • We are excited to have good news from the PTA about the funds raised for the climbing wall: they have reached their £20,000 goal. The final contribution was from the music quiz and auction which raised £2,000. This is wonderful news and we would like to thank the PTA and everyone who has contributed. The next stage is the match-funding process with Sport England and then the creation of our climbing wall.
  • We held our West Road concert this week which was a tremendous success, with primary choirs, samba and virtuoso instrumental performances. Absolutely wonderful! Thank you to everyone who contributed to creating such a wonderful evening.
  • Year 9 welcomed visitors from a Seattle high school on Tuesday afternoon and became the audience for an excellent musical play telling the story of American servicemen in East Anglia during WWII. This complemented the current Year 9 history enquiry into significant ‘turning points’ of WWII in a really useful and engaging way. A lively Q&A session followed and all students seemed to really enjoy the event.
  • Dr Hutchinson presented at the Technology in Schools Symposium at Oxford University. She shared some of the ideas that she has been working on using iPads in the classroom at Chesterton. This included a lesson design incorporating aspects of flipped learning and guided group work, both of which have been key foci in this year’s CPD programme at Chesterton.
  • Year 8 & 9 took on the rowing challenge! A number of students took part this week in a joint venture with Rob Roy Rowing Club.  The club has offered an indoor rowing experience (this week), and on the water (summer term), before then providing keen students with the opportunity to take up the sport via a 12 month scholarship.  Watch this space!
  • Three of the district netball tournaments have taken place, with the u16s finishing 3rd, u15s finishing 6th and u14s finishing 4th.
  • The rowing team qualified for the level 3 county games at Hinchingbrooke. Olivia Blydenstein won her event with 1028m rowed in 4 minutes. Tom Jolley came a close 3rd in his heat, only 10m away from the winner. The rowing team won their heat by over a 130m achieving 2246m and were second over all with the winners achieving 2260m.
  • Our International Parents’ Group is celebrating its successful term with an international cake party and a performance from its singing group on Friday morning. We are pleased that many of our parents and volunteer helpers have found jobs this year and that numbers have increased to 80 since September last year. Parents who would be interested in finding out more about what we offer are welcome to contact Sarah Adams or visit our website. www.esolcafe.co.uk.
  • Some year 8s have been lucky enough to recently work with local printmaker, and CCC Parent, Jo Tunmer. The Year 8s have recently been looking at Oaxacan woodcarvings, so Jo kindly volunteered her time to show the students how to make and create Lino prints. The students explored a range of Oaxacan patterns and designed their own plate; they then went on to produce some beautiful prints. Although the students realised that Lino printing is not as easy as it looks, they thoroughly enjoyed the process and particularly liked working with Jo! You can see photos of what they have created on our Facebook page.
  • Today is ‘Sports Relief’ which is a Non Uniform Day with the theme: wear something from your favourite team or something sporty! Break time is extended to 30 minutes allowing everyone the opportunity to purchase something from our bake sale and there will be a staff v Year 11 Dodgeball game in the sports hall. An exciting day.

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