Well, it’s been an exciting week! The builders arrived on Monday morning and have been setting up their compound area and establishing the fenced off areas within which they will be working. We have also been moving our school Reception and, by the time you read this, it will be temporarily located in the end classroom of the main building. To now access the school anyone visiting will need to turn right when they come up the driveway and press the intercom on the gates.
Next week will see new trenches being dug across the old school car park in readiness for diverting the facilities which are fed across this area. As we go into the Easter holidays we will see our Art department start to be demolished; don’t worry they will have moved out of there by then! Our Farnsworth Hall will start to be refurbished to become our new library space going forward.
There are still a few tickets available for Chesterton Youth Theatre’s major production of ‘Twisted’, a dramatic retelling of ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. Tuesday is completely sold-out, but some tickets can be purchased for Wednesday 28th March (the matinee and the evening performances) via Parent-pay, and more information can be found on Parentmail. The production promises to be unforgettably moving, as well as punchy, entertaining and spectacular! It involves 70 performers from across the College, working together as a professional ensemble. Don’t miss out!!
The PTA and the Drama Department Bingo Night is this evening and we still have tickets left. Tickets for adults are £8 and students/OAP are £5. All proceeds from the evening will be shared between the Drama Department and the PTA. The drama students will use the funding to get their production to Edinburgh this summer and the PTA will use it to support a wide range of projects. The new outdoor Year 7 table tennis table, for example, the new outdoor mural going up next term and the Go4Set teams are all funded by your PTA.I f you can’t get into ParentPay to get your tickets, please email the PTA Chair directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will put you on the reservation list.
Year 10 will participate in a Career Carousel morning on Thursday 22nd March 2018. Companies and organisations such as Qualcomm, Viridian Solar, Papworth Hospital, British Antarctic Survey, Assam, A14 project, Sanger, Taylor Vinters Law, Stagework Studios, Police and Army will be visiting Chesterton to give our Year 10 students an insight into a range of careers. Year 10 choose which companies and organisations they would like to visit. On the day they will have the opportunity to participate in activities; ask questions to explore the different careers and gain an insight into the world of work.
Runner up! The Year 7 boys’ football team finished in the runner up position in the Cambridge District school tournament 2018, hosted by Chesterton. The team performed increasingly well throughout the tournament, often playing skillfully with intricate passing and long phases of possession. The defence was reassuringly calm under pressure (well done to Ben Millerchip and Lucca Guissani) and there were outstanding goals at the other end for Victor Dwumah and Henry Wilson.
Runner up! The Year 8 boys also finished as runner up in the Cambridge school tournament – again hosted by Chesterton. The midfield trio of Louis Rowsell, Ollie Myers and Tom McEvoy were dominant throughout the afternoon, providing excellent opportunities for the strikers and especially Max Henningsohn. The team was unlucky not to win the competition, eventually losing a close game against the winning school. Another great performance from the team!
On Sunday 11 students across Years 7 and 8, gave up their time to come to Bury St Edmunds to participate in the “Swimarathon”. This was in aid of supporting two charities, EACH and the youth cancer trust; students had been individually raising money to support this event. Students were split into three teams and they swam in relay style for 45 minutes. Team 1 completed 91 lengths; Team 2 94 lengths and Team 3 96 lengths; a very impressive 281 lengths in total. Students are collecting their sponsorship money this week and a final total will be calculated. Well done to all who participated.
We were delighted to receive a message from Long Road Sixth Form College this week informing us that one of our former students, Harry, had won the top award at the University of Cambridge Pharmacology Department’s Young Pharmas masterclass series. Students had to attend two practical evening sessions and a one-day event which culminated in a poster competition for the best presentation of the research conducted during the programme.