Week ending 20th January

  • Thank you to all the parents who came along to support the presentation of our petition this week. Mateja Jamnik gave a superb and impassioned speech which we are sure had an impact upon the committee.
  • Please note this meeting organised by feeder primary and Chesterton parents:
  • “Open Public Meeting about the Future Plans for Chesterton on 24 January 2017 at Milton Road Primary School from 19:30 till 21:00. Key decision makers from the council will be attending the meeting, sharing their views, and answering questions. Councillors Jocelynne Scutt, Lucy Nethsingha, Ian Manning, Zoe Moghadas are confirmed to attend. They need to see that a significant number of parents are concerned. A poor turnout may well indicate a lack of concern – we must act now!”
  • Some sporting news. Basketball : all of our teams are playing an entertaining brand of basketball, but two teams have played outstandingly well and progressed to the final of the respective county cup competitions (under 14 and under 16 boys).The under 14 team won convincingly at Comberton Village College in the semi-final last week (37-21).  The under 16 team hosted Cottenham Village College in the semi-final this week, and won 47-29.  As with all the Chesterton teams, it’s been great to see a really high level of participation and sportsmanship.  Watch this space!
  • This week artist Jon Glyde-Bates from “blight society” has been working in school. He painted a mural on the outside of the design block. He was commissioned to recreate former student Rhiannon Laslett’s GCSE art exam piece. This piece depicts students stepping into their futures and has been accurately copied using free hand spray painting. Students were able to watch Jon at work and talk to him about his techniques. Jon also led a day workshop for 12 Year 11 students. They learnt how to create a hand drawn stencil working form their own photographs.
  • The above was generously funded by the PTA. Their fundraising activities have a significant impact on the school so please do support events such as the forthcoming ceilidh and do use “Easysearch” as your default search engine: you can select Chesterton and the PTA receives a donation each time you search or shop.
  • Please join me in congratulating Carrie Carter, from the Geography department, for the recent publication of her paper in the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms Critical Thinking Course, in partnership with the Geographical Association.
  • A range of assemblies are taking place at the moment which include the following topics: “Progress”; “The importance of good attendance” and “Who are we?” During tutor time students have all been working on options for the future with the vertical groups and Year 7 have been focused on mental health.
  • The Youth Worker Team from locality will be offering drop-in sessions to Year 10’s and 11’s to discuss concerns, options for future, exams etc; starting this Tuesday at lunchtime. This will then continue fortnightly with a drop-in for Year 9’s being planned.
  • On Wednesday, during tutor time, all students will be taking a “Time To Change” survey relating to mental health and tackling the stigma. This is a follow up survey to the tutor time activities held on Mental Health in the Autumn term.
  • CAT4 tests for selected Year 9 students will be taking place on 30th January and 6th February. Students will be notified of the date and time they are to attend, next week, during tutor time.
  • Year 9 all have their Pathways forms to complete. Please return these by the 10th February and do get in touch if you have any further questions.
  • Data collection sheets must be returned to school next week. Updated contact details are vital. If there is an emergency in school we must be able to contact parents and carers.
  • Do have a look at the Cambridge Evening News website where this week Chesterton’s ESOL provision is featured and Chesterton ranks highly in Cambridgeshire’s Top 10 of state and private schools for GCSE performance.

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