Week ending 20th November

  • On Friday 13th November our students participated in a wide range of activities for Children In Need. Students were encouraged to come to school in fancy dress, wearing either something spotty or as a Super Hero. In the morning students and staff participated in a special edition of our Friday quiz, answering questions relating to ‘Bear Facts’. At both break and lunchtimes we held our fundraising Fair organised by our school prefects. Students had a variety of ‘Fairground’ games to play, including ‘Splat the Rat’, ‘Hook a Duck’, ‘Tombola’,  ‘Photo Booth’, ‘Guess Number of Sweets’; to name but a few, as well as Chesterton’s Biggest ever Bake Sale & Guess Pudsey’s weight.  Alongside the fair, we held our annual ‘Penny Wars’, where students were encouraged to place their copper coins to not only raise money for charity but to also gain points for their House. They enjoyed sabotaging other houses with silver coins, great fun was had by all.   Our fundraising day raised a magnificent £1659.18 for Children In Need, a massive thank you to everyone who contributed.
  •  Two weeks ago our 30 Year 11s in the Extension Maths Class sat the Senior UK Maths Challenge (normally sat by Sixth Form students).Fifteen students achieved a Bronze award; three students gained a Silver and one student attained a Gold.  The three silver students were Sophie Peng (score 67), Tolu Ojo (score 75), Louis Clarke (score 80) and Jenny Son (score 97).  Jenny has qualified to participate in the next round, oddly called the Pink Kangaroo, on 27th November. Well done to all participants.
  • 7.2 (Mrs Cornick’s form) won the first week of the spelling bee (and a lot of chocolate!). Which form will win next week with the science words? Year 7s need to work hard to defend the honour of their form!
  • We were delighted to welcome all the Year 4 students from our feeder primaries for a dance festival this week. The festival was based on the theme of Minions and students were taught the dance steps in small groups by a group of our Year 9 students. The students showed outstanding leadership skills and really enthused the groups they were working with. The morning culminated by bringing all the students together to dance as a group which filled our sports’ hall; it was lovely to see.
  • This week we were delighted to host a visit from Rosemary Prince, who works in the Regional Commissioner’s office. We shared information about our school results; our teacher professional development programme; our use of Ipads and our curriculum offer, followed by a tour of lessons. She clearly enjoyed her visit.
  • Next week we will be starting our mock exams for Year 11 students. We wish them luck and we do urge parents to support and use the extensive resources on the revision website.
  • It was the first PTA meeting this week with our new Chairs, Secretary and Treasurer. The meeting was very interesting and looked at fundraising ideas for the year which include: selling Christmas puddings; a wine tasting evening; a Burns Night and a Name That Tune style quiz which sounds especially exciting. The PTA have set themselves a challenging goal with the twenty thousand match funding for the climbing wall. If their events run as expected, with the other fundraising which has already happened, we feel that we may indeed reach that goal. So please do keep an eye out for the PTA events and support them, as the prospect of a climbing wall which can be used by both the school and community is very exciting.
  • Just a reminder that next Friday there is a disaggregated training day and school will be closed. Teachers have been involved in a range of extended training after school of between six to nine hours, in place of the day, and they have had the chance to choose from a menu of eight courses ranging from developing a mastery curriculum to supporting EAL learners, delivered by in-house experts.
  • A date for diaries: there is a concert of vocal and instrumental music hosted by the Chesterton Singers and Cantiamo choirs together with some instrumental soloists this Sunday (22 Nov) at 7:30 at St Giles Church in Cambridge.  Tickets are available on the door to anyone who would like to attend.

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