Week ending 20th May

  • We were delighted last year to win the Cambridge Evening News secondary school of the year award. Nominations open for the Cambridge News Education Awards 2016. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Nominate-Cambridge-News-Education-Awards-2016/story-29288394-detail/story.html
  • Please do have a look as there are lots of categories for all aspects of school life.
  • Sporting Champions: The PE department unveiled its new ‘Sporting Champions’ this week.  Students may apply or be nominated for this award, which recognises achievement in at least two of the following four areas:
  • Excellent effort and attitude in PE lessons
  • Excellent achievement in PE lessons
  • Sustained commitment to extra-curricular sport at Chesterton
  • Representing the district, county, regional or national team for at least one sport.
  • The new Sporting Champions are: Finn Brown, Eloisa Binfield-Gonzalez, Abiram Sri Rajakumar, Hannah Allmendinger, Tomoaki Hori, Livia Brookes, Alistair Beynon and Keir Lauder. Congratulations to all!
  • Chesterton had another successful Artsaward moderation. All 27 Year 9 students, who independently completed the programme, have passed. The moderator was extremely enthusiastic and positive and will be recommending some of our students’ work to be used as examples by Artsaward.
  • Teams from Chesterton took part in the “Try Rowing! Boat Race Day” on Thursday at Milton Country Park. “Try Rowing!” is a project funded by the Oxford and Cambridge Rowing Foundation intended to introduce pupils to rowing. The project has been organised by Joanna Burch on behalf of Rob Roy Boat Club, which was asked to implement it by the Foundation. Joanna worked with Carl Humphries to select pupils in Years 8 and 9 and they have had great fun over the last four weeks learning to row. Joanna said that our students have been a joy to coach. Thursday involved two rowing relay races against pupils from Parkside Federation, followed by a medals ceremony. Our first team won, with our second team just being beaten. A key part of the programme is the award of a year’s sports scholarship to two pupils from the schools involved which will enable them to join the Rob Roy Junior Development Squad. We are expecting two of our students to hear some very good news about these scholarships shortly!
  • After a successful year as an Apprentice Aldeburgh Young Musician, and a further audition, Jed Upjohn has been offered a place as a full Aldeburgh Young Musician from September 2016.Aldeburgh Young Musicians is a distinctive Centre for Advanced Training designed to realise the artistic potential of exceptionally talented young musicians (aged 8-18) across a range of music. Forming part of Aldeburgh Music’s artist development and performance programme, AYM has gained a national reputation for pushing the boundaries of what young musicians can achieve. Huge congratulations to Jed.
  • Our congratulations also go to Butterfly Patterson who has been awarded a place at the Purcell Music School, combined with a scholarship for the duration of the course. She will be studying cello, clarinet and piano; we wish her well.
  • The Drama Department went with 26 year 10 students to see Headlong Theatre’s ‘People, Places and Things’ at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London last night. The production has received rave reviews and two Olivier Awards, and the students’ standing ovation was testament to its virtuoso central acting performance by Denise Gough. Meanwhile, the technical elements – including floor projections and illusionist techniques – were highly stimulating to them as they come to write GCSE evaluations of the Show. The front-of-house team at the West-End theatre also commented on how mature and focused the students themselves were, and it was uplifting to behold these young people amongst hundreds of older theatre goers including the likes of Simon Callow!
  • Key dates for next week are Wednesday’s Teatime Concert where students sign up to perform a variety of instrumental pieces. This will be in the Music block after school and is always hugely enjoyable; do come along.
  • On Thursday we also have the GCSE Art Exhibition in The Apex from 6pm; there is some amazing work to see!

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