Week Ending 31st March

  • After the holiday we are launching our newly re-vamped rewards system. Good news is changing and students are going to be working towards achieving “Above and Beyond Points”. We want students to thrive and exhibit an outstanding attitude in all aspects of school life. By doing so, and upon achieving a certain levels of points, students will then be able to unlock a “perks for points” system whereby they can access, for example, Fun Food Fortnight or a two week queue jump pass for the canteen. For Year 11 students the aim is to receive a free ticket for the Year 11 Prom. For students in Years 7 – 10 they are striving for the ultimate prize: a golden ticket. This ticket secures them a seat on the rewards’ trip coach for an exciting outing in the summer term. More information will follow next term but I hope you will agree that this is an exciting development; all the ideas for rewards have been generated by our students. At a recent parent forum we received very positive feedback from parents on these developments.
  • Year 9 German Exchange: 33 of our Year 9 students have had their German Exchange partner staying with them for the week. The German students visited the college on Friday to learn about the British school system and experience school life and some lessons here. Over the weekend they stayed with our students and the families had interesting activities planned for our guests. They will return to Germany tomorrow. Students are getting on well and we hope that, as in previous years, some of our students will develop a long and lasting friendship. A big “Thank You” for the support and hospitality of our parents.
  • Year 11 art students completed their ten hour exam last week and photography students their ten hours this week. We have been extremely impressed with their thorough preparation and amazing concentration during the exam: the artwork produced is impressive. We look forward to celebrating their work during the summer exhibition to be held on Thursday 25th May.
  • On Saturday, six students represented Chesterton at the Cambridge Science Festival School Zone.  The students were: Charlotte Chapman, Sophie Chapman, Cleo Petrie, Nathan Turner, Samaya Hone and Kacper Jednachowski.  The students did a brilliant job: talking to members of the public and students from other schools about their project, on the science of smell, which they have been working on in Science Club.
  • Last Friday Mr Kelly and Cathy Dunne took 26 Year 8 and Year 9 students to Luton for the regional final of the Go4Set project.  The students had been working on a ten week STEM project, in teams of six or seven, with their own team mentor from local firm Qualcomm.  They each compiled a very professional looking report, web site, presentation and created four new ideas which they presented to a panel of judges who were extremely impressed.  For the first time in three years of the competition, all of our students were given the Silver Crest Industry Award.  All four teams were invited to attend the Big Bang at Chelmsford, at the end of June, to display their work; at this there is the possibility of upgrading to a Gold award, if they develop their ideas further (gold awards are usually only given to sixth form students).  I would like to thank the PTA for funding the project and the four mentors from Qualcomm who gave up their time every week from the middle of January.
  • Four Year 7 boys took part in the Level 3 School Games Table Tennis competition on Thursday. Nine schools competed with superb attitude and grace in an outstanding venue; the team had an opportunity to play on one of the tables used for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Chesterton finished the day as county champions which was a superb achievement against some great schools! Congratulations to: Onur Ciftci, Tomas Binfield-Gonzalez, Oliver Gonzalez Leon and Eduardo Camacho.
  • Five Chesterton students competed on the Olympic Rowing course last Friday.  In doing so, they became Eastern Region Champions and have qualified for the national age group competition which takes place later in the summer.  A great achievement: especially when you consider that two of the crew only had their first experience of rowing in April last year, as part of a Chesterton/Rob Roy Rowing Club initiative. Well done to Tomi Hori, Kos Kostov, Oli Montes, Dylan Montes and Sam Langford (cox).
  • The Year 8 A team did exceptionally well in the Cambridge District Schools’ netball tournament this week.  The players have trained consistently this term and their efforts were clearly rewarded with a deserved position near the top of the table; eventually finishing fourth out of the twenty local schools (losing only one game by one goal, throughout the competition).
  • It hardly seems like a year ago since the inaugural Field of Play event at neighbouring Mitchams Park: the old home of Cambridge City Football Club. This year sees the second community event being held on 22nd April and it will again be brought alive by performances from Chesterton students. This year’s Field of Play is a chance for people to discover the newly completed Active Landscape, a specially designed outdoor space in the heart of Chesterton for residents and the wider community to enjoy. Designed by Mrs Chamberlain, with ideas developed in collaboration with students from Chesterton in creative workshops over the last few years, find out more about the Active Landscape at www.activelandscape.org. and www.cambridgekickstart.com.  The kickstART project has created an exciting opportunity for our students, from the art, music and drama departments, to all get involved in our neighbourhood by exploring ways of creatively responding to change and taking pride in the community. Come along to this year’s event, it is free and open to all. Field of Play: Mitchams Park, Saturday 22nd April. Gates open at 2.45pm and the event kicks off at 3.00pm.
  • It just remains for me to wish everyone an enjoyable and peaceful holiday.

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