As we hurtle towards our half term break the building works continue on at pace. We are really pleased now to have our car park extension open as this will help to alleviate some of the pressure on parking, especially within the Sports Centre. That said, car parking is still very tight here so please try to come by alternative methods if at all possible. From next week the team will start work in the library block to create new classrooms that should be ready for September, as well as entering the final stages of the refurbishment of the old Farnsworth Hall where our new library will be setup in the coming weeks.
Twenty eight students and three members of staff are excitedly preparing for the inaugural exchange visit to Yuyuantan School in Beijing. Students and staff will be arriving in Beijing on Saturday and will spend a week: representing Chesterton Community College; staying with host families; experiencing daily Chinese life; sampling Chinese education and visiting the Great Wall and the Forbidden City amongst other places. More to follow on their return from Beijing.
On Monday Year 7 students Solenn Gill and Dejun Williamson with Miss Palmer and Mrs Carter were invited to the All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. The meeting was about Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. Solenn presented to Stephen Twigg MP, Jess McQuail (CEO Think Global), Harriet Baldwin MP (DFID Minister), Oxfam and other schools who attended the meeting. Solenn and Dejun showcased the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project on Sustainable Living. They spoke individually to a variety of guests confidently and showcased the work they have done on the Eco-house project. It was a wonderful evening with lots of interesting projects from a variety of schools. John McLaverty, the Education and Youth Advisor for Oxfam who hosted the event, was very impressed and thanked students for their hard work, creativity and commitment towards highlighting the importance of Global Citizenship Education.
Following a fantastic result at the UKMT team maths challenge, we have been invited to compete in the national team challenge final. This is an incredible achievement for the four students involved and this is the first time Chesterton has reached the national final. The team are very excited and are putting in some extra practice and training to ensure they can gain an even better result than last time. The final is in London on 18th June and we will be amongst only 88 schools that have reached the final from the whole country.
Following the excellent team challenge success, 120 of our Year 7s and 8s took part in the UKMT National Junior Maths Challenge and the results are in.
Two students have gone through to the prestigious Olympiad Round
11 students are through to the Kangaroo Round
22 students were awarded Gold certificates
33 students were awarded Silver certificates
46 students were awarded Bronze certificates
Our best year ever. The standout student was Julia Volovich in Year 7 who scored 135/135 – full marks. The first time (in living history) that a student from Chesterton has achieved this.
Our outstanding football player Kitty Barker, in Year 7, won U12 League cup and A- League Football in Cambridgeshire with her team Cambridge City. Congratulations!
The annual Art, Photography and Product design summer exhibition took place this week. As always it was a wonderful showcase and celebration of student artistic and creative talents. Lucy Scott selected several artworks for the Chesterton Display prize 2018, to be reproduced for permanent display.
We are delighted that four Year 9 students passed their Artsward bronze last week. Well done to Leonie Kunji, Nikita White, Jasmin Soltani and Simona Vrantsalieva for this impressive achievement. Students visited galleries, researched artists they admire, created their own artwork and shared their skills with others. All of which was done independently in their own time.
It has been a busy half term in the Library. Huge thanks to the team of 30 Library Helpers who so ably cover the issues desk and shelving during break and lunches.
We welcomed a visitor from Cambridge Central Library this week who was here to sign up helpers for the Summer Reading Challenge for children age 4-11. She was overwhelmed at the positive response with 15 pupils signing up to help. It’s great to see our students so willing to help in the local community. Forms are still available in the Library should anyone else wish to join in.
Our Summer Chess Challenge nears its conclusion. The final will be played this week between a Year 11 and a Year 7! Again it has been wonderful to see so many pupils enjoying the game together from so many years and different friendship groups.
It just remains for me to wish everyone a restful half-term holiday.
There are only 20 tables available for the Chesterton PTA Quiz Night; book now!
Friday, June 22 in Rex Freeman Hall. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Tim Spencer will be your quiz-master for the night with plenty of midsummer-themed, intriguing and head-scratching questions for you.
Tickets are now on sale via ParentMail: £8 for adults and £4 for students.
Drinks and other snacks to fuel your brain cells will be available to buy throughout the evening.
There will be prizes for the top-scoring student table and the top-scoring combined table.
Teams can be a mixture of parents, students, teachers or all of the above. The ideal is to have teams of 8 players. If you have a smaller group it’s not a problem, just let us know when you arrive and we’ll find you another group to form a super-team.
And the lucky students are………….
There are 12 students in year 8 who performed particularly well in the ‘Try Rowing’ challenges last week. They’ve been invited to five introductory ‘on-the-water’ sessions with Rob Roy Rowing Club, culminating in a ‘race day’ with one of our neighbouring schools. Congratulations to Hassin Rahman, Ray Magee-Valladares, Onur Ciftci, Maria Ramjee, Diogo Castro, Maddie Gordon, Callum Irving, Nina Ridgeon, Oliver Wareham, Alicia Valentine, Oskar Benham, Esther Vamos.