Week Ending 28th April

  • This week saw the first round of “The Great House Bake Off”. Students were given the brief to produce a cake, no taller than two layers, which represented their House. We had some fantastic entries, with students really showing off their creativity and baking skills. The cakes were judged by our SLT, Heads and Assistant Heads of House: they were judging on texture, taste, creativity and appearance. It was VERY tricky to judge as our students went all out! However, we are excited to announce that the students through to the next round are: Cleo Petrie, Isla Chapman, Hattie Ruffell-Ward, Emily Bubb, Sofia Somma, Cara Williams, Skye Manning, Amelia Grzelak, Leanna Yung, Gabriela Coraggio , Adam Spencer, Eliza Lester, Tanzin Akinson, Maddie Smith and Aliena Herzog.

 

  • The EAL department is proud to announce the launch of the first Chesterton EAL Reading Group; the group is taking part in the CILIP Carnegie shadowing scheme. The scheme has thousands of registered reading groups across the UK and internationally: engaging thousands of young people in reading. Our group is called: “Chesterton, the EAL Adventure”. This reading project started last year in cooperation with the CPCO (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Collaborative Outreach Network). A group of our Year 10 EAL students took part in a reading club where they read and wrote reviews of classics by Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle and Jane Austen. The student commitment was excellent and therefore the project was extended: the CPCO offered Chesterton four sessions of literary training for four EAL students in Year 10 to lead the EAL Carnegie literary meetings; in addition, we were given160 complimentary copies of the eight Carnegie shortlisted books for 2017 for our EAL group to read and for the department to keep as a teaching resource.

 

  • Theo Dwumah, Tom Vamos, Giovanni Alici and Lena Solè Vilarò ( the brilliant student leaders) and another twelve motivated and talented  EAL students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 – all coming from different parts of the world and speaking English as additional language – had their first meeting on Monday. The group discussion stretched from the analysis of the author’s choice of language and the characteristics of “speculative science fiction”, to the way topics such as mental health, gender identity, right to participate in government and right to safety were approached by the author. The interaction between the students was amazing to see!

 

  • Four students from Chesterton (Oliver Montes, Kos Kostov, Tomoaki Hori and Dylan Montes) took part in the Junior Inter-Regional Rowing Regatta last weekend.  On the day, they qualified brilliantly for the ‘A’ final representing the Eastern region.  In a very competitive race, they finished in sixth position! The next big challenge will be the Junior National Championships in July: watch this space! This is especially pleasing for Rob Roy Rowing Club and Chesterton; the crew were formed as a direct result of a joint initiative which took place last summer.

 

  • This week our Year 10 music students are taking a trip to the West End to see the musical “Wicked”. One of the new set works is the famous ‘Defying Gravity’ from “Wicked” so this will be an excellent opportunity to see it live and consolidate all of the class work.

 

  • Year 10 students studying Latin are beginning to read unadapted Latin from ancient Roman authors for their GCSE set texts. They are making outstanding progress and successfully rising to the challenge.

 

  • As we move into the final term of the year, please remember that students must come to school each day with a fully charged iPad. Also, as the weather gets warmer and students spend more time outdoors, please help by reminding your child to keep their iPad safe at break and lunchtimes: in a case and in a school bag, either in a locker or out of harm’s way when in playgrounds and outside spaces.

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