Week Ending 27th April

This evening do take the time to watch Anne Marie Federle, from Year 11, in the Brass final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. It will be on Friday April 27th, BBC4, 7.30pm. Huge congratulations to Anne Marie for this incredible achievement.

Our expansion works continue: this week the team have moved into our Design corridor to begin the refurbishment of the student toilets. Meanwhile work continues on upgrading the services which will be needed when our new building is ready. Alongside this we have the refurbishment of the old Farnsworth Hall ready to become our new library.

Before the end of this half term we anticipate seeing the completion of the additional car parking area at the back of the Sports Centre car park, as well as handing back the old Farnsworth Hall as a newly refurbished library.

On Friday 20th April, the University of Cambridge Centre of Mathematical Sciences hosted a regional final of the UKMT team maths challenge; Mr Bray accompanied our team of four students. The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. They run nationwide competitions for students to participate in.

We have a lot of high achieving students here at Chesterton. The four students who were selected were; Julia Volovich (Y7), Lisa He (Y8), Joseph Rodgers (Y9) and Sophie Lyne (Y9). They excelled in all four rounds, taking home the 2nd place out of the 32 schools who attended only narrowly being beaten by Kings School.

This is an excellent achievement, considering they have beaten many private and selective schools to get that position. The first place winners then compete in the national final later this year in London. Some high scoring second place teams also get invited to compete, so fingers crossed that we might get through to the final!

Last Thursday Chesterton orchestra enjoyed an exciting conference call with Suffern Middle School in New York. Through a contact of Mrs Caldwell’s (one of our wonderful piano teachers), the orchestra spent half an hour sharing music and questions with the school and it is hoped we can continue the link. It was 3.30pm for Chesterton and 10.30am for New York. Once the Chesterton orchestra had performed to them, some of their students played to us and then we engaged in questions. Although many of the questions were music related, the American students were keen to know what food we ate in the UK, to which we replied fish and chips and cucumber sandwiches! They also wanted to know what our favourite video game was, to which an outburst of laughter came when we answered ‘Fortnight’. It is amazing what technology can do and we hope to continue the like with Suffern Middle School.

On Friday 4th May, Chesterton Community College will be holding a non-school-uniform day in support of ‘The Mashi Foundation’, a UK registered charity that works with children living in poverty in Ecuador.  The charity works in partnership with local people to enable children to access health care and education.  Mashi helps children who would not normally have the opportunity to receive such basic care. Ms Bigglestone, from our English Department, volunteers with the charity who have also previously kindly supported our Year 9 curriculum.

Year 11 students finished their Photography exam on Friday and have produced some outstanding work. Students have been producing imagery based on the theme ‘Fragments’; they have been working on it since January and have approached it in many different and exciting ways. Students have explored portraying messages such as mental health, slavery and abstract views. They have worked so hard on their exam work and we are so excited to have it on display during our annual GCSE exhibition on the 24th May in the Apex. Please do pop along if you can and keep your eyes peeled for our exhibition posters!

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