Week Ending 29th March

After our initial excitement last week at the start of our expansion project, we have now seen our Reception move to the end classroom on the main corridor (please remember to turn right when you come up the driveway to the school to visit Reception) and have also bid farewell to our staff car park which is well and truly a building site as we watch the builders dig trenches and break up the car park surface a little more each day.

As we move into the Easter holidays the builders will start to refurbish some internal areas for us, starting with Art (which becomes new Science labs) and our Farnsworth Hall (which will become our new library). When we return from our Easter break the project will well and truly be in full swing!

Last week’s West Road Music Showcase was a triumph. We had excellent performances from all ensembles and it was great to see the variety of musical styles on offer at Chesterton. Thank you to everyone who participated and a particular well done to all our inspiring soloists. Music clubs will resume as normal after Easter.

Congratulations to the students involved in the Cambridge Youth Opera production at the Fitzwilliam College Auditorium. The performance was of a high standard performance, with superb singing on display. It was clearly a culmination of much hard work; well done to all involved.

This half term we have once again hosted a delegation of Headteachers from Delhi, India as part of their Professional Development tour to Cambridge. As part of the programme, delivered by the University of Cambridge, the delegates spent three days at Chesterton taking part in talks, lesson visits and Teachmeets with a view to gathering ideas to take back to their own schools. We look forward to welcoming more delegates in June and July this year.

A full programme of Easter revision classes is running from Tuesday 3rd – Friday 13th April to support Year 11 students with their GCSE revision. Families can book places for the classes using the Parent Evening Booking system and the full schedule is available on Edmodo and via Parentmail.

As their time at Chesterton is coming to nearing the end, Year 11 students have started to actively fundraise for their ‘Prom’. On Thursday they will be holding a Bake sale in the Farnsworth Hall at break and in the weeks after Easter Film and Quiz nights (they are allowing students to choose the film via a poll on Edmodo). Details for these events will follow after Easter. Year 11 students will be receiving their Leaver Hoodie this week; they may wear them instead of their school jumpers after Easter.

On Friday 23rd the U13 girls took part in an annual indoor cricket tournament. The event took place at The Perse and Chesterton were grouped with North Cambridge Academy, St Bede’s and The Perse. The girls played extremely well and won their games against North Cambridge Academy and St Bede’s. In the match against The Perse the girls bowled and fielded brilliantly but The Perse’s batting won over ours. The girls finished second in their

group with a play-off match against Linton for third and fourth; Chesterton came fourth. An excellent day for all. We are looking forward to the summer season.

Ben Dobson has been in the news again with his microscope art. Here Mr Dobson is in a short film made by BBC Cambridgeshire http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-cambridgeshire-43545598/cambridge-science-teacher-turns-microscope-images-into-art Ben was also in Metro, the London based free paper see: https://www.metro.news/thats-a-bit-hairy-close-up-on-insects/991095/. He was also interviewed on the “Georgey tonight” radio program at around 9.40pm on Monday 26th March.

ESOL café: we are delighted that we have enrolled over 70 local parents and residents this term and have been able to offer: English for Au Pairs; English for Women and all our regular daytime and evening classes. Next term we will be introducing an IELTS exam evening class. Our term ended with a games morning and 25 members attending our end of term lunch last week.

Our next event is our free open day and lessons on Friday 27th April from 9.30am. Please contact: www.esolcafe.co.uk

Wembley – England v Italy

Almost 100 staff and students from Chesterton joined 80000 other supporters in watching England versus Italy at Wembley! The score was 1-1, after Italy equalized with a late penalty, but regardless of the score it was fantastic to be able to watch the game in our national stadium.

It just remains for me to wish everyone a restful holiday.

The PTA provide wonderful support to school, often raising much appreciate additional funds. Please do consider usinghttp://chestertonpta.easysearch.org.uk/ for internet searches which contribute to their efforts. Did you also know that throughhttps://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/chestertonpta/ you can raise funds when making your usual online purchases (Amazon, John Lewis, Boots, Next, for example) at no additional cost you? Thank you for your support.

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