Week ending 24th June

  • We were incredibly pleased to welcome so many parents to our Open Afternoon yesterday. The school was filled with parents looking at feedback books and gaining a real sense of all the great work students have completed during the year. There were so many positive comments from parents and it was a hugely enjoyable afternoon. Thank you taking the time to come into school.
  • Today is a whole school training day where faculties will be developing their schemes of learning and thereby ensuring we continue to provide students with excellent experiences in lessons. We will also be welcoming new staff, who will be joining us from September, for an induction day. Yet again, despite the huge national issues with teacher recruitment, we are incredibly pleased to have been able to recruit high calibre subject specialists to our posts.
  • Below are some sporting updates from our sports’ leader work in primary schools and teams; you will also find photos on our Facebook page:
  • In June:
  • 70 Year 7 students participated as leaders for the farm yard reception festival. From four different feeder primary schools, 210 reception students descended upon Chesterton for a morning of farmyard activity. Thank you to all the leaders, you were superb.
  • 18 Year 7 girls took part in their first cricket tournament at Coton. The girls played extremely well and were grouped with some tough competition. Congratulations on your participation.
  • 50 Year 8 girls helped to successfully lead at the Year 5 rounders’ festival at Chesterton. From four of our feeder primary schools 210 students participated in the enjoyable event. Thank you to all the leaders: the primary schools were extremely impressed by the leadership skills displayed.
  • 12 students from Year 9 led at the Castle School sports’ day. Despite the typically British summer the event continued! The leaders were fantastic and The Castle School were very pleased with the delivery of the event.
  • You can also see photos on our Facebook page of our pantomime performers who have been wowing the local primaries! 14 Year 8 actors have been performing to three local primary schools this week as part of a Pantomime Festival developed from work undertaken in drama lessons. Over 100 pupils from King’s Hedges, St. Luke’s and Mayfield Schools have enjoyed visiting our drama studio and engaging in moments of audience participation in two different versions of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’, mini-productions which have been devised and directed entirely by the Chesterton students. It has been a real pleasure to welcome the Year 5 and 6 pupils and conduct theatre warm-ups with them working alongside the Year 8 performers, who have been described as ‘inspirational’ by a guest teacher!
  • Ten Year 9 and 10 actors performed brilliantly at the Junction Theatre last Saturday as part of the Fusion Festival. Their piece – ‘Random Clutter’ – was both inventive and moving to behold, and Festival Organisers described the work as “stunning”. Well done and thank you to all those involved who set the mark for Chesterton Youth Theatre outside of the College perimeters, alongside professional artists and two other schools from the region.
  • A dozen students from the College will be performing at Willowbanks Residential Complex for the Elderly on Friday 24th June as part of a Garden Party organised by Chesterton parent, Rebecca Bradley. Individuals from each year group will be presenting solo material that brings together classical and contemporary genres from the disciplines of dance, drama and music. The residents are in for a rare artistic treat!
  • Last week many of our Year 8 students participated in work shadowing. This involved spending the day with their parent/carer or a family friend as part of the work related learning programme, discovering what life in the workplace is like. We had very positive feedback from students and parents, all enjoying and gaining insight into the world of work.
  • On Monday morning our library book group, who have been shadowing the CILIP Carnegie book prize, braved the pouring rain to visit The Perse school. The group had a very enjoyable morning, joining with students from The Perse and Netherhall, to discuss and judge the thought provoking books shortlisted for the highly acclaimed Carnegie Medal. As ever they didn’t agree wholeheartedly with the official judging panel but the winning book, ‘One’ by Sarah Crossan, came very close to the top of the school list. The official judging panel said “It was deeply moving and beautifully observed – the sort of book that stays with the reader long after the final page.” A perfectly crafted verse novel, written about conjoined twins. It explores the sensitive issues of identity, love, friendship, relationships and soulmates. Our group voted for “Lies We Tell Ourselves” written by Robin Talley as its favourite book. This title won the Amnesty CILIP Honour prize which is a new award in partnership with the Carnegie Medal. The judging panel said “The best books are more than plot and character; they give children the empathy and confidence to stand up and shape their world for the better. This book was the story of two black girls who trail-blazed integration within schools in racist 1950’s America. It is a breath-taking exploration of discrimination.” All the shortlisted Carnegie books are available to borrow from the library.
  • Our congratulations go to our SENCO, Lynsey Rooker, who has just gained her MEd in Special Educational Needs and Disability.

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