Week Ending 20th April

As we start the new term it really is all systems go on our expansion project!  We have sadly now waved goodbye to our Farnsworth Hall, which has served us well over the years for performances, assemblies and other events. The build team are now renovating the space, which will become our new library, and the old library will create additional classrooms.

We are also seeing our student toilets in the Technology block starting to be overhauled and new toilets being worked on in the main building.  And all the time that this is happening the team are also working tirelessly to stage-by-stage build our brand new build in the heart of the school.  The services and foundations are being worked on as we speak!

Chesterton Community College has recently been successful in gaining the British Council’s Foundation International School Award Certificate. They awarding body were impressed with Chesterton’s International links with schools in Nepal, China, India and the Netherlands. Here is what the assessor had to say:

“The motivation and reason behind this application from Chesterton Community College is clear and the details provided meet the criteria for the International School Award. You have created meaningful links with schools in China and Nepal and your involvement in the Connecting Classrooms programme has clearly helped you in the implementation of an international curriculum in your school. Your Sustainable Environments project is particularly well devised in that it addresses a current environmental issue, teaching students in both locations to reflect on themes such as composting. At the same time, staff have worked together to develop schemes of work. The work that you covered here has a positive impact on the local community, which maximises the effect of work covered. You also show, in this application, the number of visiting teachers that you have welcomed into your college from different parts of the world, such as The Netherlands and India. This provides a multitude of experiences and opportunities for your students and is an effective way to begin to explore internationalism in your setting.”

On Thursday 26th April we will welcome local author Julian Sedgwick to talk to our Year 7 students about his books and writing. It is hoped this visit will inspire, excite and enthuse our young writers and readers. Heffers bookshop will also be here with a selection of Julian’s books for sale for £6 each which Julian can sign for students at break.

Our first knock out Chess Tournament was a great success and was won by Julia Volovich. Well done to everyone who took part! It was lovely to see our students practising hard, with players from all years enjoying the game together. The sign up for this term’s tournament is in the Library.

The school were very fortunate to be visited by the school nursing team in Cambridgeshire, to promote their new mental health service ‘ChatHealth’ for 13-19 year olds. The event was very successful and was attended by a large number of students. ChatHealth is a secure NHS approved text messaging service which is run by our school nursing team in the Cambridgeshire Healthy Child Programme. From 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday ChatHealth has experienced clinicians online waiting to answer and deal with any messages from young people. Any messages outside this time frame receive an automated response letting young people know when they will receive a reply or who to contact to get immediate help. An animation has been created to help explain ChatHealth – please view or search YouTube for: “chathealth cambs” or use this link: http://bit.ly/chathealth-cambs for further information on how this service could support you child.

ESOL open day and free lessons for all on Friday 27th April 9.30am. Please email for further details: Sadams@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk

During the last two terms, all staff have taking part in an initiative called Wow Projects. The aim for this initiative is to create moments within Schemes of Learning that inspire and captivate students to see subjects in a different way. Each member of staff has planned a lesson during the autumn and spring term and has delivered it to a range of groups. Once the lesson has been delivered it is built into the scheme of learning for other teachers to use for future lessons.

When planning the lessons, staff are asked to think about what it was that inspired, motivated, excited them about their subject that made them want to teach others. Staff then needed to use their ideas to was different, something that students wouldn’t normally see in school. The aim was to make the lesson an experience which students would remember and ignite an interest for the subject. Over the two terms we have had live Owls shipped in to be part of a Harry Potter lessons, a classroom converted into Diagon Alley, guest speakers, a range of incredible experiments, trips, cross curricular links, etc…

To see some examples of the lessons that create a lesson that have taken place, please click on the link below:

http://chestertoncc.net/wow-lessons/

Also added to the page

http://chestertoncc.net/the-chesterton-classroom-environment/

 

 

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