Week Ending 3rd March

  • The main conversation in school this week has inevitably been about our expansion: we are all delighted that we have the final go ahead for the 10m redevelopment of the site which will ensure all students in our catchment are able to find a place here. Wonderful news!
  • Other good news this week was that the DfE have designated Chesterton as a National Support School (NSS) and Lucy Scott as a National Leader of Education (NLE). Only 70 schools / heads nationally were selected in this round. This designation means that we will be able to work with other schools requiring support which we are very happy to do.
  • We welcomed 180 Year 4 students from our feeder primary schools for a dance festival on Tuesday morning. 40 Year 9 leaders did an excellent job teaching the dance.  In the rain after school we had nearly 20 primary Year 5s and 6s taking part in a quick sticks hockey tournament, with Year 9 girls refereeing.
  • Wednesday 1st March and Thursday 2nd March we held our annual Year 5 Taster Day for 240 primary school pupils to take part in a morning of lessons at Chesterton.  They took part in a range of subjects including art, media studies, PE, science and used the steel pans in music.
  • This week has been very exciting with lots of reading news and events. We have seen the launch of the Chesterton Reading Map where all students will be taking part in their own unique reading journey.
  • We also have students busy setting their Readathon challenges and over the next three weeks many will be keen to get ‘spotted reading’ to earn raffle tickets for our prize draw at the end of the month.
  • On Thursday we held our annual celebration in school to mark World Book Day. Another fun day with many staff and students dressing up to mark the occasion. All classrooms were renamed with fictional places taken from books and those students able to name the book were awarded raffle tickets. All students were given their £1.00 World Book Day vouchers and there were special activities in the library at lunchtime. All our students were encouraged to make badges decorated with a favourite character from a book to help ensure everyone was thinking about books and reading. It was a really busy and happy day!
  • Tickets are now on sale for Chesterton Youth Theatre’s exciting new production, ‘The School Film’ by Patrick Marber, which is part of the National Theatre’s prestigious festival of theatre: ‘Connections 2017’, in which – over the coming weeks – 300 youth theatres across Britain will be performing new plays by world-class playwrights. Chesterton’s NT Connections production will take place on the following dates and times:
  • Friday 24th March at 7pm: CYT’s preview performance to an invited audience only in the Farnsworth Hall
  • Thursday 30th March at 7pm: Two performances of the play in the Farnsworth Hall, one version by a Year 7 cast, followed by CYT’s version. There will be a 15 interval with drinks and refreshments to purchase in between these performances, which take place in the Farnsworth Hall.
  • Friday 31st March at 7pm: CYT’s final home performance in the Farnsworth Hall, adjudicated by a director from the National Theatre. Refreshments will be available after the performance, when performers will be speaking to the NT Director.
  • Saturday 22nd April at 3pm: CYT’s participation in ‘Field of Play’, an outdoor community event at Mitcham’s Park, in which a long extract of the play will be performed. Just come along!
  • Saturday 29th April at 11.45am: CYT’s performance at the Underground Studio, a theatre which is part of the Royal & Derngate Theatres in Northampton. For tickets, call the Box Office on 01604 624811 or book via the website  https://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/connections-2017/.
  • Tickets for the performances at Chesterton on 30th and 31st March can be purchased via Parentpay. A letter with more details about the production and with an attached ticket form has just been sent via Parentmail so please do check this. If you have any further queries, please email smarston@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk. We very much hope you will be able to attend what promises to be a captivating show!
  • Congratulations to Olly Dunlop and Ben Scott-Warren who are both singing on the new CD released by Jesus College Choir of music by Byrd and Britten, produced by Signum Classics and also available on Spotify and iTunes. There is some information about the CD on the college website: https://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/articles/college-choir-release-new-cd-byrd-britten
  • Unfortunately nationally more children are resorting to self-harm as a response to the pressures of growing up. Statistics show that up to 60% of parents report they feel uncomfortable discussing self-harm with their children. To help parents  the Virtual College has launched a free online course that provides information on how to sensitively talk to your child about self-harm and tactics for increasing mental resilience:https://formbuilder.virtual-college.co.uk/views/e4be5388-c49b-4948-b29c-6ab0082d146e?organisation=15323&courses=78053&digest=309C88701741DA45046C423468A63B
  • Youth Worker support is being offered to all students in Years 10 and 11, via a drop-in session during the lunch hour on Tuesdays. The next drop in will be 14th March from 12:35pm-1:25pm.
  • Drop-ins for all year groups, for the school nurse, are available every Wednesday from 1pm until 2pm.
  • Michaela Edwards, Early Intervention Worker, will be available to talk to parents/carers at all parent evenings if additional parenting support is needed.
  • Upcoming ESOL events are Reading Group: Thursday March 2nd, 6.30pm in the Box Café and Singing Group, every Friday at 12.30pm.
  • Teachers have been busy uploading the January and February feedback and assessments onto SeeSaw. Please do take a look at your child’s excellent work from the previous half term.
  • This week we have hosted 12 principals and teachers from the Haidan district in Beijing.  The visit, coordinated by the Chinese Government and the University of Cambridge was focused on creative teaching and learning.  The visitors took part in: workshops led by Chesterton staff, observed lessons, interviewed students about their experience at Chesterton and took part in a very special TeachMeet during which 20 members of staff shared classroom ideas and techniques for the visitors to take back to their schools in Haidan.
    The visit was very successful and we look forward to continuing and developing  links with our new found colleagues in China

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