- The Year 9 and 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh participants enjoyed their first training day together last Friday; looking ahead to the next stage of the award. Participants discussed problems which might occur during the expedition and importantly learnt how to deal with First Aid and emergency situations, safely, as they arise. Students touched on camp-craft and dodged the rain, during a short dry window, to familiarise themselves with setting up camp and cooking using stoves. They are looking forward to the next training day in June when they will be focusing on OS Maps, navigation and route planning for the expeditions in September and October. Participants continue to work on their physical, skill and volunteering sections and are gaining new skills, pushing themselves physically and helping others within our community.
- Thursday night the Art and Design faculty showcased their wonderful year 11 GCSE work. Art, Photography and Product Design work was on display for family and friends to view. It was a wonderful positive event and a real opportunity to celebrate the hard work put in by the students. The standard of work was extremely high: several students were awarded by being selected for the Chesterton Display award, where their artwork will be photographed and reproduced for permanent display around the school. We also held our first silent auction allowing staff, family and friends to bid on art work they would like to purchase. Many bids were placed and we will be helping students to negotiate the ‘art market’ after half term.
- Aldeburgh Young Musicians encouraged Jed Upjohn and Elizabeth Blackwell, in Year 11, to apply for the ‘Sound and Music Summer School’, held at The Purcell School for Young Musicians during the summer holidays. This is a week-long residential course for young composers (aged 14-18) who want to create new and original music under the guidance of some of the most talented tutors and professional musicians in the UK today. After a highly competitive application process, which involved the submission of both a written score and a recording of a piece of music that each had written, they have both been offered places on the ‘Writing for the Voice’ strand of the course. The participants will be influenced by genres from classical to folk, electronica to pop, with theatrical ideas, unusual text-setting, body percussion, beatboxing and improvisation thrown into the mix.
- Students will be taking part in the Chesterton election on Thursday 8th June. This is to give students the opportunity to better understand democracy in the United Kingdom. Students need to register to vote via the whole school notice page on Edmodo. They will then have the opportunity to vote in our Chesterton election for one of the candidates standing as Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on the same day the rest of the country goes to the polls. Results will be announced on the Friday morning.
- Sponsored Swim – The Cambridge Samaritans: nearly 50 students from key stage three took part in the sponsored swim last Friday! The atmosphere was outstanding, as all attempted to swim as many lengths as possible in 45 minutes. There were some outstanding achievements, not least from Jacob Lawrence and Amelia Dembczynska who completed in excess of 125 lengths. All money raised will go towards The Cambridge Samaritans.
- Sporting Champions: every half term, the PE staff nominate students to be ‘Sporting Champions’. In achieving this award, students have shown outstanding attitudes in PE, plus a level of achievement in one or more of the following: outstanding commitment to extra-curricular clubs at Chesterton; outstanding sporting achievement outside school and consistent outstanding achievement in PE lessons.
- Congratulations to the following students: Amy Kimberley; Eduardo Camacho; Sully Din; Taya Fleming; Nico Chapelot; Carmelle Ellis; Chloe Lestienne and Theo Dwumah for being recognized as a sporting champion.
- Athletics success: two students have been selected to take part in the County schools athletics competition, this weekend. Congratulations to Thomas Williams (hammer, 200m, relay) and Emily Howland (100m, long jump, relay).
- ESOL Reading group – meet the author. Sarah Adams would like to invite you to come and meet the author of the ESOL reading group study text “Frozen Pizza and other slices of life” by Antoinette Moses. The event will take place in the school library on Thursday June 8th at 6.30pm.You are also welcome to join the Reading Group on a regular basis, (Thursday 6.30pm – Chesterton Sports Centre Café) or come along to the singing group (Friday 12.30-1pm). There will also be our ESOL family party on Friday 30th June at 7pm.
- Year 10 students, Anna Emmerson and Louise Smyth, have decided to donate 30cm of their hair to The Little Princess Trust; a charity providing real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses. They bravely cut each other’s hair and posted it to the charity last Sunday.
- We said a formal goodbye to our Year 11 students this Friday (noting that we will see them again for all the scheduled revision sessions and exams!). Our leavers’ picnic is always an emotional event as we say goodbye to students who have grown up with us. They have been a remarkable year group: devoting time to the life of the school, working hard and enjoying each other’s company. We wish them well in the summer and beyond!
- This week our Year 10 GCSE Musicians gave a recital in M1. They organised this themselves and have kindly offered to give any money raised to the mental health charity SANE. Thank you to the students for their hard work.
- Please see below details and links to support networks for students and their families relating to mental health:
www.keep-your-head.com – A new young people’s mental health website for young people, parents/carers, teachers and other professionals. It is a central point for good quality information on keeping well, self-help and support services. The website covers a range of issues including stress, bullying, self-harm and what to do in a mental health crisis.
www.kooth.com – This is a free online counselling service providing information and support for people aged between 11 and 24 years. Young people can book counselling as regular structured sessions with an assigned counsellor, or use the ‘drop in service’ online and have a text based conversation with a trained counsellor. The service is available 12noon-10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm on weekends, 365 days a year. To find out more about the Kooth service please contact the Integration and Participation Officer Tom Robson on firstname.lastname@example.org/ 07949 818144 or visit www.kooth.com.
Shelf-Help – This scheme provides recommended expert endorsed books about mental health for 13-18 year-olds through libraries. The books provide high-quality information, support and advice on a wide-range of mental health issues. Topics include: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, bullying and exams. Collections are available through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Libraries’ book list: www.readingwell.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/young-people-s-mental-health.
Mental Health Crisis Support – You can now access mental health crisis support by dialing 111 and selecting option 2. The service is available to anyone, of any age, currently living in
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in mental health crisis. Individuals may call themselves or others can call on behalf of someone in crisis. For more information please visit: http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/mental-health-crisis.htm.
- In tutor time, after half term, we will be raising awareness that students and other members of our community will be fasting. The Muslim observance of Ramadan is starting during the half term break and many of our students will continue fasting when they return to school.
- It just remains for me to wish everyone a peaceful and restful half-term break.