This week the builders are finishing off the works to our old Farnsworth Hall and A classroom. We are expecting to be moving back into those spaces within the next week which is really exciting.
From next week the steel frame will be delivered and we will start to see this being constructed in the former car park. We will soon be able to see the outline of our new building.
Willmott Dixon, our builders, are kindly starting to run supervised tours of the building site during lunchtimes. Students and teachers will be able to sign up for an exciting and informative close look at the developments happening every day.
It has been an exciting week for all at Chesterton with Year 7 moving into their new tutor groups to be fully part of the house system. During tutor time this week all students have been taking part in ice breaker games to get to know each other which has seen many interesting activities taking place!
Nearly 150 students have also moved into the new house, Fawcett, meeting their new tutors and new Head of House, Ash Firth. This week has seen students have the opportunity to design the new house logo and apply for the many roles on offer in the house.
On Monday, the school Maths challenge team competed in the national final of the UKMT team maths challenge in London. This is the first time that the school has reached this stage and it is a huge achievement for the students to get this far! The team did extremely well and managed to do even better than in their regional final.
Out of 1600 teams who entered, and out of only 88 teams who reached this final, our students came 41st overall! The students really enjoyed the day and the preparations they put in in their spare time leading up to the event. They are already eyeing up the trophy for next year.
You and your families are warmly invited to the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ on Wednesday 4th July at 6.30pm. It is the Music department’s final concert of the year and they will be performing a programme of all things British (with a few American items as it is Independence Day). It will take place outside in the Wynn Williams gardens so we really hope for a good weather. You are invited to bring a picnic, a bottle of bubbles, flags to wave and dress in red, white and blue! There will also be opportunities for audience participation. If you watch the BBC Proms you’ll know the last night is always a party. It promises to be a lovely evening and it would be great to see you there. Tickets are free.
There will be some new and exciting changes to our SEN department next year. Sadly, Mrs Rooker is leaving but is pursuing a fabulous opportunity to continue her SENCO role overseas and we wish her every success with this. Miss Heggan will be leading the department as she takes on the lead SENCO role and Miss Avery will be our deputy SENCO. They will be working very closely with the current members of the SEN department. In fact, they have already started working with our local Year 6 students who have attended one of the transition sessions the SEN department are providing this year. The Year 6 students have been doing ice breaker activities, have completed a tour of the school and have been getting to know about life at Chesterton Community College. These sessions will continue to run throughout July to ensure the best possible start for our SEN students in September.
This year’s extra-curricular program is proving to be a huge success, as almost half of all pupils are participating. We have extended our program and over 95 clubs are available from which pupils can choose. In the summer term for example, a new Italian language beginner club was added to our already extensive offer of clubs; more than 20 pupils are eagerly studying a new language and further expansions are planned for September. To name a few: a Japanese language beginner club and a chess club. Additionally, in September there will be a return of the most successful clubs such as the Bodywork dance club; architecture club, and stop motion animation. At the start of next academic year we will be relaunching the Fresher’s Fair week, where all the clubs will be introduced and pupils will be encouraged to join. It is not too late to get involved in extra – curricular, please apply!
Sport leaders in action: it has been fantastic to watch a large number of sport leaders in action over the last few days! Year 7 students led the primary school ‘Farmyard Sports Festival’ last week and Year 9 leaders played a major role in The Castle School sports day on Wednesday, before taking charge of a primary school rounders’ competition on Thursday. It’s noticeable how effective they are as a group, but also great to watch their confidence develop in a short space of time.
Olympic Cup athletics: the annual district school Olympic Cup athletics match took place this week, as hundreds of athletes descended upon the track in St Ives. After winning the event last year, we were optimistic about this year’s performance and we weren’t disappointed! Of the nine schools taking part: the Year 7 boys’ team finished in first place; the Year 7 girls and 8 boys finished in second place and the Year 9 boys finished in third place. Ultimately it wasn’t possible to win the whole school event, as our Year 10s were completing their mock exams in school. Success on the track was matched by leadership off the track, as our sport leaders from Year 9 were helping to take charge of all aspects of the event throughout the day. Well done to all participants!