Week ending 27th March

  • We were delighted this week to make two great appointments to add to our sports and music offer in school. We have appointed Helen Briggs who will join our music department as a full time member of staff. Helen was recently teaching at Wells Cathedral School and studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. She has a great interest in community choirs and I’m sure she will be getting Chesterton and our feeder primaries singing; even more than we do now!
  • Lorna Adams will be joining our PE department and teaching at Chesterton and also out at our feeder primary schools. She comes with a wealth of experience and when teaching in Cambridgeshire worked at Bottisham Village College.
  • Chesterton Community College has just had its third successful year of an exchange visit with College Lou Redounet in Uzes in the south of France.  A group of 23 students and two teachers visited Cambridge from 16 to 23 March and spent their time in school and visiting the sights of Cambridge:  the colleges, including King’s, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, the churches and, of course, the shops! One of the highlights of the visit (apart from the punting!) was just being in school.  Chesterton’s strict school uniform, for children who have never had to wear one, was quite a shock!  The French students, who only study Drama in after school clubs in France, had great fun taking part in a bilingual Drama workshop.  The students were also interested to see the learning which takes place during morning ‘Tutor Time’.  ‘What is PSHE?’ one of them asked.  They were soon to find out when asked to join in with alcohol awareness work!  When asked by Chesterton students, ‘What is your favourite thing about your visit?’ the number of students answering, ‘Everything!’ was heart-warming. So it was not, ‘Goodbye’, but ‘Au revoir!’ this week for new French and English friends. The Chesterton students go to France to stay with their partners for a week at the start of May!  The students can’t wait!
  • Y10 Product Design students have made mobiles out of recycled plastic bottles and caps for their ‘client’ AmeyCespa recycling depot in Waterbeach. The aim was to raise awareness of recycling following their recent visit. During their visit they learnt that every rubbish truck costs Cambridge Council an astounding £1000 in order for AmeyCespa to process the waste and we send an average of 250 trucks to AmeyCespa per day! The mobiles are being picked up after Easter by Nick King, from AmeyCespa, and will be hung in their Education Centre so our Year 7s will see them when they visit as part of their geography curriculum.
  • English teachers Miss Bigglestone and Miss Wright have been selected by Cambridge University Press to be one of five authors on a brand new English course called “Step Up To English”.  The course is designed to be a stepping stone to the new more challenging GCSE English courses and will be available nationwide to teachers and students.  Miss Bigglestone and Miss Wright will spend the second week of the Easter holidays in Birmingham with the other authors designing and writing the course.   We are delighted to be working with Cambridge University Press on this project.
  • Chris Tague from Rolls-Royce visited the school on Wednesday running model jet engine workshops and discussing careers with some of our year 9 students in Science. Chris was the school’s mentor during the science prize project and has kept in touch with us since, offering our students a valuable insight into the world of engineering. Whilst he was here he re-presented the school with its trophy for the Rolls-Royce Science prize and this was captured by the Cambridge News’ cameras. Look out for an article next Wednesday.
  • There is an extensive revision programme running throughout the Easter holiday for Y11 students. We have had an incredibly large number of students sign up for sessions, which demonstrates how committed they are to being successful in the summer.
  • It just remains for me to wish everyone a restful and enjoyable holiday. We welcome everyone back on Tuesday April 14th. On Monday there will be a training day for all staff where we will be working with the educationalist and author Leah Kirkman about strategies to engage low attaining students.

 

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