- On Tuesday 20th February storyteller Jamie Crawford will be visiting the school to run workshops with Year 8 pupils. As well as being great fun these workshops can help to bring stories to life; engage readers and writers; transform speaking and listening skills and instil a lifelong love of reading and stories. There will be four workshops throughout the day and students can sign up for these in the Library. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so students are encouraged to speak to Mrs Shield in the Library as soon as possible if they are interested.
- We are delighted to be able to offer a fantastic opportunity to a limited number of students. Starting after half term (Wednesdays 4 pm – 5 pm. Initially for 6 weeks. Deadline to register: Wednesday 7th of February. Cost – £15) to join our new exciting after school Bodywork dance club and make magic happen for real. Bodywork outreach was set up to involve as many young people in Performing Arts as possible from the City and the surrounding areas. Bodywork teachers currently work with over 500 young people every week teaching a variety of dance classes from Ballet to Street, Contemporary and Jazz. They create bespoke plans and after school clubs for schools. This is also showcased at their Annual Outreach Show in February; the children have a chance to perform on the stage for parents and teachers to watch. The majority of their teachers have worked in the industry professionally. When choosing to register, please be sure that your son/daughter is able to attend and it does not clash with any other activities they wish to participate in. Once places have been allocated, refunds will no longer be possible.
- Members of the ‘KS4 EAL Literature Club’ were accompanied by Ms Maffei and Ms Bigglestone to experience a vibrant reinvention of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Removed from its original Italian setting of Verona, Cambridge University’s The Marlowe Society (responsible for launching the careers of some of Britain’s greatest actors) transported the famous romantic tragedy to the fiery streets of Spain where, reminiscent of Federico Garcia Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’, a large ensemble brought violence and passion interweaved to the backdrop of Fiesta time!Reflecting after the show, the students said that it had helped them to understand the nuances of the drama between the conflicting families in a way in which the written word had previously not done so. Other comments included, “Really engaging”, “I felt closer to the story”, and “It has helped me do my homework this week, so I know that it will help me in my exam!” Watch this space for more reports of inspiration and explanation in this recently established club!
- Last week we welcomed nearly 180 Year 2 students from Arbury, Mayfield and Milton Road primary schools for a multi skill festival. The Year 8 sport leaders did a great job organising the activities and making sure our young visitors had a fun filled morning.
- Our Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students were lucky enough on Wednesday to be welcomed into the City’s ‘Jamie’s Italian’ restaurant, owned by Jamie Oliver himself. The students were excellent and were given access to nearly all areas to explore and learn from the staff. Students started the visit listening to a short talk about menu planning, the importance of good service, knowledge of dishes, allergens and food provenance. A highlight was then to be allowed to use one of the restaurants two pasta machines to make spaghetti, spatzle and linguine. The group then split into two to cook alongside one of the chefs and taste the fruits of their labour, along with “the world’s best salami”! They all agreed it was an invaluable opportunity and can’t wait to go back and visit again.
- Mr (Ben) Dobson will be showing his Microscope Art at King’s College, Cambridge from 19th Feb – March 8th. If you would like to come to the “Beauty is more intense in tiny places” exhibition or the private view of the exhibition at King’s College on Monday Feb 19th 5.30 – 7.30pm then please let Mr Dobson know via email@example.com.
- As Year 11 are now fully focused on exams, we are looking to appoint new prefects to take over from our Year 11 prefects. Prefects undertake various roles and responsibilities around the school, both during the school day and at extra-curricular events. This is the perfect role for students in Year 8, 9 and 10 who would like to take on extra responsibility, extend their experience and provide themselves with opportunities which will support their applications to college, university and work. Prefect application forms are available at reception and the deadline for applications is Friday 23rd Feb
- This week we have been joined by 29 students and 3 teachers from Yuyuantan School in Beijing, China. The group will be with us until the end of this half term. The programme is being sponsored by the Education Board of Beijing with the aim that the Chinese participants can have an opportunity to see the creative and engaging learning that takes place in Chesterton’s classrooms. Thank you to the 29 families across years 8 and 9 that are hosting the our young visitors. The Mayor of Cambridge visited our school on Wednesday to formally welcome the group to Cambridge and Chesterton and he congratulated the young people from both schools on their commitment and bravery to working in partnership and concluded the future of the two countries was safe in their hands!
On Wednesday 31st Jan year 11 took part in a revision skills day during which they took part in a variety of workshops covering all aspects of revision including: stress management, healthy eating, memory techniques and top revision activities. Years 7-10 took part in a study skills day which involved a variety of sessions focusing on how we learn. The year groups developed strategies to help them enjoy and get the most out of their studies as well as remember and retain information.
- I am delighted to announce that we will be trialling a new revision technique with Year 11 this year.
Parents/carers will receive an email every day between now and the end of the summer examination period. This message will include revision questions in a range of subjects for them to ask their child. The following subjects will be involved in the first instance: Geography, History, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). Each subject’s questions should take between 1-5 minutes for you to discuss with your child.
The daily email question is a new technique that we are introducing for 2018 and we will be formally evaluating its success. If you participate in the trial then we would welcome your comments about the programme – its structure, the questions, how it is working (or not!) for you and your child. We will be conducting some formal surveys to collect information. In addition, please do feel free to email Dr Hutchinson at any point over the coming months to share your feedback. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org