Week ending 18th November

  • School today is filled with spots and activity for Children In Need. Students have created inventive stalls to raise money for this charitable day and it is great to see such enthusiasm. House prefects led assemblies about this charity event, in order to raise awareness, so hopefully we will raise lots of money to contribute to this nationwide event.
  • Last night we held our Awards Evening for last year’s Year 11 students who, as a cohort, achieved GCSE results in the top 5% of the country. It was a pleasure to welcome them back to school and celebrate their incredible hard work and success. We were delighted to have guest speaker John Wills, CEO of Power2inspire, providing a motivational address to students.
  • Climbing wall update: after a fantastic amount of fundraising from the PTA, we are able to apply to Sport England for further funding for the climbing wall at Chesterton.  The provisional design for the wall is on our Facebook page. Sport England has just announced that it is introducing a new funding structure and will take applications from January 2017, with a view to providing grants from April 2017; watch this space!
  • Chesterton has entered a team into the STEM Student Challenge. The Microsoft STEM Student Challenge aims to help UK students see the connection between STEM subjects they study in school and how those subjects could lead them to be the next generation of technology heroes. We’ll keep you posted about how we get on.
  • Our coffee morning with Michaela, our Early Intervention Family Worker, will be taking place in the library from 8:30am-10:30am next Wednesday 23rd November. There is a parents’ group for those with children who self-harm. Contact needs to be made with Kathy Murphy ((01223 699136) if interested.
  • For PSHE, vertical tutor groups are starting a five week project exploring the topic of mental health in tutor time and Year 7 are continuing with a focus on study skills.
  • On Monday and Tuesday of this week our Photography Year 11 students started to sit their mock exams. The exam is a total of ten hours, during which students edit a range of their photography work and mount it. The students have produced some incredible work, which will be up on display on the 15th December during an end of year exhibition in The Apex. If you want a sneak preview of the work, please head to our Facebook page.
  • Year 7s and 8s who participated in the Arts Award last year have been receiving their certificates over the last week. Congratulations to those who participated, they all passed and are being awarded with a beautiful certificate.

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