Week Ending 2nd March

  • Year 11 students were working right up until the Friday evening that began half-term, when they performed extracts from a range of classic plays as part of their GCSE Drama. The visiting Examiner, who watched the work alongside a supportive audience from the community, was not able to ‘give anything away’ in terms of her assessment of the work, but she commented to the Centre that they were “clearly an extremely dedicated Cohort” and enquired if Chesterton was a private school! We hope this augers well for the students and their grades and, regardless, Ms Marston would like to congratulate each one of the students on their outstanding commitment and compelling performances, of which she, for one, will treasure the memory.


  • The Drama Department would like to invite you to come and see ‘Twisted…’ – Charles Dickens’s classic story of ‘Oliver Twist’ adapted for and performed by Chesterton Youth Theatre. It takes place at Chesterton on Tuesday 27th March at 9.30am (for invited primary schools only) with its first public performance at 7pm that evening. There will be a further two public performances on Wednesday 28th March at 4.15pm and 7.45pm.  ‘Twisted…’ is a vibrant, ensemble-style rendition of this ultimately hopeful tale, and aims to present the ‘Parish Boy’s Progress’ through inventive, physical techniques and exciting variants upon the novel’s plot. The gifted cast of seventy students from Chesterton Youth Theatre includes experienced and debut actors from Years 7 – 10. Twist himself will be played by a Year 11 member of National Youth Theatre and any profits from the production’s ticket sales will go towards a tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in which he and other older CYT members are taking part this summer. The performers have also taken responsibility for the music, set, props and costuming of the production to create a ‘total theatre’ spectacle. We are determined to maximise the artistic possibilities within the Farnsworth Hall, before this cherished space is closed for renovation. The production runs at approximately 2.5 hours, including interval, and there are 130 available seats per performance. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first served basis and can be booked via www.parentpay.com or via the Finance Office; they cost £8 (£6 for students). The production promises to be a searing theatrical experience – we hope to see you there!


  • Fundraising for the VR kit is going well. We have raised £750 so far, so just short of £1k; this will be doubled by a further promised donation and Microsoft have given £1500. Please do feel free to donate.


  • This week, the Year 7 boys’ table tennis team won the first District School competition of the year.  There were some very competitive games, with some excellent table tennis talent on show from both of the Chesterton teams.  The teams have progressed to the County School competition, which takes place later in the year.  Congratulations to: Matthew Doel, Diego Toderi, Ben Millerchip, Louis Johnston, Joszef Nemeth, Charlie Tomlinson, Dallas Rogers, Jamie Sills and Luca Guissani.


  • Six Year 10 Students, and Mrs Carter, attended a careers in publishing event on 1 March; the event was organised to celebrate World Book Day with Cambridge University Press and was attended by six Cambridge schools.  The event explored: the different careers at CUP; advice on interview tips and qualities employers seek in prospective employees. At the end of the morning, each school group made a brief presentation.


  • There will be a Healthy Relationship group running this half term for Years 8 and 9 every Tuesday (1:25pm-2:15pm). This will be led by Hannah Currington, our Early Intervention Worker. The group will focus on supporting students with: managing sleeping/eating; confidence/self-esteem; anger management; self-care; peer pressure and risk taking. Please send an e-mail to lrooker@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk if you would like your child to be considered for this group.


  •  There will also be a student drop in for all year groups on Thursday 12th March during lunchtime in A7. This is an opportunity for students to be able to seek support and advice on a range of issues and will be advertised to students via Daily Notices.


  • Year 11 Ethics Students are participating in a day of workshops to prepare for the May exams.  We are delighted that speakers from the Cambridge Foodbank and The Cambridge Street Pastors are joining us to explain their work in the local community.  We are also pleased that a group of students and colleagues from Downham Market Academy (part of our Multi-academy Trust) are joining us for the day.


  • Year 9 have two Personal and Social Education (PSE) related events in the coming weeks. On Tuesday 13th March we are hosting ‘Chelsea’s Choice’ a theatre production about a girl who becomes involved in an unhealthy and unsafe relationship.  This has been funded by the Cambridge City Safety Partnership.  The rest of the day students have workshops on personal safety: in relationships, online and in relation to drugs and alcohol, including a talk from staff from Centre 33, a local support agency.


  • The second day is the Year 9 Crime and Safety Awareness Day on Monday 19th March.  This is run by the national organisation “Prison Me? No Way!” and funded for Chesterton by the local charity the Radley Trust.  Each session is led by experts and they include life in prison, a talk from an ex-prisoner now working in education, gangs and knife crime, emergency first aid and safety on the railways.  This day has taken place annually at Chesterton for some time and student feedback is always really positive.


  • An amazing 12,465 “Above and Beyond Points” have been awarded to Chesterton students so far this year. A total of 557 students have unlocked their Level 1 prize to win a free cookie from the canteen and 38 have achieved the very valuable “queue jump pass” by unlocking Level 2. Hill House are in the lead at the moment with an impressive 3288 Above and Beyond Points but it’s all still to play for as the other Houses are not far behind. Students have been going above and beyond in their lessons, extra-curricular activities and around the school site in order to achieve these points and should be very proud of their achievements. Heads of House will be distributing the next round of prizes in the upcoming weeks. Well done everyone.


  • Our Year 11 Geographers are wrapping up warm and battling the elements this week to complete their final piece of fieldwork.  Student are working in groups to collect data in the city centre before returning to the warmth of school for a focussed write-up.  All fieldwork will be assessed in their Paper 3 exam this summer.


  • For International Women’s Day next Thursday our Year 8 and 9 Latin classes will focus on women in Roman times.


  • The ESOL group visited Kettles Yard on Tuesday and had an interesting and enjoyable visit. New parents are welcome to join our classes for three weeks or attend our coffee morning every Tuesday in the Sports Centre cafe from 12.30-1pm.Contact Sarah for more details: sadams@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk

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