Week ending 29th January

  • Three hundred students made the annual trek to the sports hall in order to watch the Year 11 basketball team take on the staff!  There was a really high standard of performance (from the Year 11’s!) and we were wowed with a slam dunk from Jorge Lopes.  The staff finished in second place!
  • The under-16 girls and under 14 boys’ basketball teams have both progressed to the District Schools’ Basketball final; we wish them luck!
  • In an Olympic year, it is fantastic to be welcoming our future Olympians. Two hundred Year 2 pupils from our feeder primary schools descended on our Sports’ Centre, to take part in a sports’ multi-skills festival this week. They were ably supported by our Year 9 Sports’ leaders; it was a very impressive event.
  • Congratulations to the following runners who performed extremely well in the County Cross Country Championship last weekend:  Mia Mathur, Christian Kielinger, Priscillia Ayeni and Julia Sacha
  • Leo Castiglioni has recently been selected for the Northampton Saints’ Rugby Academy; our congratulations go to him. We are particularly pleased as he was introduced to rugby at Chesterton when he arrived in Year 7, nearly five years ago.
  • This Friday we host our second Burns’ Night, after the success of last year’s PTA event. All the traditional readings and piping in off the haggis will be in evidence, as will lots of dancing. There may still be a few tickets left…….
  • We are pleased that our ESOL classes are filling up and that ten members are attending the Burns Night event at Chesterton. The informal coffee mornings are also proving popular on Tuesday mornings. The art project in partnership with Kettle’s Yard starts next week for our learners.
  • This week, before our regular Monday Faculty meetings, all the staff met to share the excellent work they have been doing developing literacy skills amongst the students. Every faculty shared how they had been developing resources and approaches to ensure students have all the literacy skills they need to cope with subject specialist vocabulary and the varied writing demands of each subject. It was very interesting to see the excellent approaches staff are using.
  • This week’s library event is “Book Buzz”. A very exciting initiative where every Year 7 student receives a book of their choice to take home; I know they are all very excited. The library is always a busy and thriving environment. I am always delighted to see how enthusiastically the resource is used by our students and the excellent range of books on offer.
  • The summer exam timetable is now posted on the Exams Information page of the college web site. Candidates will be given individual timetables after half-term.
  • As part of our Year 8 Artsaward Explore project the Year 8 Create group spent a wonderful morning at the Fitzwilliam Museum. They explored the Impressionist galleries and produced their own Impressionist painting in the museum’s art studio. It was fantastic to see the students painting at their easels. The group is now looking forward to a visit from the Zoology museum to study specimens through drawing and will be visiting the Fitzwilliam next month to spend more time in the galleries exploring the painting collections.
  • Year 7 Create groups have also been enjoying their Artsward Discover project. They too have been inspired by the zoology museum collection and are working with an animator, Sam Williams, to create their own animations based on the specimens they have studied.
  • At this week’s Parent Forum we had two presentations. One from Gary Harper, sharing the new updated curriculum pages and the other from Andy Cornick sharing an update on our new reporting system. Gary shared how we had responded to parent feedback about how they found the varying pages difficult to navigate and whilst everyone accepted the wealth of material available it was often difficult to access. Gary has worked with Heads of Faculty to create a common format which is much more accessible. Parents at the forum were very positive about the development. Andy shared how we had responded to parent feedback about the new reporting system and how we had refined the wording of some statements; removed the colour coding and had managed to round up the gradings of the different assessment foci to provide a clearer picture of a student’s performance. Again parents were very positive about our responsiveness to feedback. We do take the comments we receive very seriously.

 

 

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