Week Ending 23rd June

  • On Thursday we held our Whole School Open Afternoon for parents and carers of students from Years 7-10. The afternoon was a great success with almost 400 parents attending, which is fantastic. The event gave parents and carers the opportunity to come into the school during the school day; sit with their child and discuss the work they have completed so far this academic year. Students were given the chance to display their feedback books which showcase their best and pristine work. These books do not get taken home so it was a great opportunity for the students to be able to ‘show off’ all they have achieved. We would like to thank you for taking the time to attend and for making it such a success. Don’t worry if you didn’t get the chance to come this year, the event will run again next year!

 

  • This week ends with a training day for all staff, focused on updating schemes of learning for next year with staff working in their departmental teams. The day will end with sessions on Mindfulness/Meditation and Yoga, as part of a focus on staff wellbeing. There will be a day focusing on Wellbeing for students on Friday 30th June which will include things like: Bubble Therapy, Mindful Writing and keeping physically healthy.

 

  • Last week, six Year 8 and three Year 7 students participated in the follow-on Kangaroo Round of the UK Maths Challenge.  They qualified by finishing in the top 5000 of students in the country; a great achievement when over 250,000 took part.  If this were not impressive enough, a further three students participated in the UK Maths Olympiad (including one guest visitor from Year 6 who is joining Chesterton next year).  To reach the Olympiad round, students had to finish in the top 1200 of students in the country.  Earlier this year, Tom Vamos in Year 10 entered the Intermediate Olympiad and, as a consequence, he has been invited to a week-long Maths course at the University of Leeds this summer.  Good luck to our Year 7s and 8s and let’s hope they can match Tom’s achievement.

 

  • Additionally, 140 Year 7 and Year 8 students took part in a pilot project: the UK Algorithm Challenge.  If it proves successful, then it will be rolled out nationally next year to run alongside the UK Maths Challenge.

 

  • This week Year 9 and 10 students have been introduced to the Ollie Feast Trust. The Ollie Feast Trust is offering a four day activity programme between the 24th and 27th of July. The programme includes a range of activities from kayaking to fencing; a sit down lunch every day; a motivational speaker and a t-shirt, all for free. However, there are limited places: students just need to collect a letter, parents complete the permission slip and hand it back in.

 

  • Thank you very much to the Muslim students who invited members of staff to share Iftar with them. A group of staff attended the Mill Road Mosque (on Mawson Road) this Thursday. Those who attended were delighted to share this special occasion with our community and are honoured to have been invited.

 

  • Congratulations to Anil Soni and Jo Burroughes who have just been presented with their Level 4 award from AIM Awards in counselling: Approaches to working with Depression (QCF).

 

  • A number of music students have taken part in a performance master class led by professional musician Charlie Penn. Students performed repertoire they will be showcasing at St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton on Friday 30th June, 12.30pm. Charlie offered students constructive advice on how to engage an audience when performing and bring out the character of the music. In order to see the impact of the master class, and if you are free, do try to attend the recital next week.

 

  • Linked to recitals we have been delighted by the response from parents who are willing to perform in our recital programme. It looks like we will have a full programme for the first half of the Autumn term and slightly beyond. It’s wonderful to have such a talented and willing parent body. Thank you to all those who have offered to perform; it looks like a very engaging programme.

 

  • There will be an ESOL party at Chesterton on Friday June 30th from 7pm. Tickets are available from Sarah Adams: sadams@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

  • Please note Summer School English lessons start in July at Chesterton, again please contact Sarah if you would like more information.

 

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