Week Ending 29th June

Well, the new build is getting very exciting now!  The steel frame has arrived this week and is being assembled as we speak, enabling us to visualise exactly what are new building is going to look like.

The first students to step out onto the building site this week – kitted out in hard hats, safety gloves and hi-viz jackets – were treated as honoured guests, to their delight. This will be an ongoing sign-up lunchtime opportunity to walk in the changing landscape and learn about all that goes into our new build.

We are also expecting to start moving into our new library space from next week as the first refurbishment areas are due to be handed back to us at the end of this week.

A small ensemble of dedicated Chesterton actors from Year 9 performed at the Fusion Theatre Festival at the Junction Theatre last Saturday. The group were stunning to behold, not only because of their vocal and physical talent, but because of the sharply stylish and cleverly choric direction they were given by actor-in-residence, Rhoni Cash, who has been rehearsing with the students on Mondays after school this term. The Festival organizers, who are professional performers themselves, fed back to us on how “truly amazing” our students were on stage. They performed in a play which involved scenes performed by students from four different schools in the region, and Chesterton brought the piece to its climax with fearless command. The play, ‘Up Rising’ by Rich Rusk, tackled the subject of climate change, and it was emotionally stirring, witty and thought-provoking in the way it presented the possible future, with much of Cambridge under water. The experience showed how important it is for young people to engage with environmental issues, and indeed, how vital it is for the whole of society that they engage with the arts.

113 Year 10 Geography students have taken part in a fieldtrip to Winteron-on-Sea. Whilst at the coast the students collected data about the sand dunes and also looked at the sea defences in the area. The students benefited from fantastic weather and worked exceptionally well during the day.

Some Enrichment week highlights, with more to follow next week:

“Play-in-a-day” has brought together budding creative talent from across all four year groups, to create short pieces of theatre based on a careful selection of lines from Shakespeare, orchestral tracks and intriguing props. The students have collaborated brilliantly, and performed with courage and commitment.  On the first day, the “Festival” was won by a team led by Max Casciato, whose drama was both gripping and tragic. Actors-in-residence Sam Plumb and Rhoni Cash, and Head of Drama, Suzy Marston, have loved working together with such enthusiastic and imaginative students.  The drama studio has been buzzing with games, improvisation, structuring, devising and ultimately performances of original work!

Wednesday saw the first of three golf days for the enrichment programme. The day started at the driving range where students learnt a range of skills and techniques that would support them later in the day. After a short break, it was time to master the putting green where students learnt to read the greens and adjust their putting accordingly. After lunch, it was time to put their skills to the test with a 9 hole par 3 competition! It was an amazing day, full of fun competitions and challenges; it was enjoyed by all.

The music department are busy getting ready for their final concert on the year ‘Last Night of the Proms’. This will take place in the Wynne Williams Gardens outside the music block at 6.30pm. It is quite an informal concert and parents and families are warmly invited to bring a picnic, flags to wave and wear red, white and blue. Audience participation will be required! Tickets are free but please register how many you need via the form on ParentMail. Let’s hope for a lovely summer evening!

26 students, accompanied by Miss Briggs, Miss Terrington and Mr Soni took the bus to Ely for a day of crafts and culture. The day began with a visit to Ely Cathedral’s stained glass museum and the students were given a tour and asked to collect inspiration for their own own piece of stained glass. We then moved to the workshop room and began the painting. There were some beautiful stained glass creations and the students can collect these from Miss Briggs next week. After a lovely picnic on the green, it was time to climb the West End and Octagon towers. 300 steps later and rather jelly-like legs, we all reached the top and the views over Cambridgeshire were exquisite! A great day was had by all.

Students that took part in the African drumming and dance enrichment day with visitors Ali and Seneke from Batafon Arts had a very enjoyable day culminating in a great performance.  We would like to thank Ali and Seneke for being such inspiring workshop leaders.

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