Week ending 4th December

  • Our congratulations go to Dr Hutchinson and her remarkable online publishing achievments. She currently has 3 books in the top 100 free textbooks on the iBookstore this week. Her Ethics book was top of the charts. Amazing!
  • This week we say goodbye to our colleagues from the Cambridge Faculty of Education PGCE course.  Nine trainee teachers have been training in departments across the school this term and they have made excellent contributions to all aspects of school life.  We wish them well as they move to their second teaching placement after Christmas and we look forward to welcoming a new cohort who will train with us between January and June 2016.
  • Please note that we are holding parent governor elections and the voting for this will be online; you will receive notification. The role of parent governor is a very important one and involves a great deal of commitment from those involved. Please do participate in the voting process and read the personal statements from the candidates.
  • On Wednesday evening in the library we had a lovely celebration: “Reading for Pleasure”. We had a seasonal element to our evening of reading with a lovely Christmas tree, very kindly donated to us from Dobbies’ Garden Centre in Bar Hill. We began to decorate the tree during the evening by asking our students, their families, friends and staff members to write their own suggestions for ‘Good Reads’ on to gift tags, which they then placed on the tree. Students and staff will continue to make their suggestions and decorate the tree as the end of term approaches. As always we had a huge variety of fantastic readings, with an opportunity to socialise over refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies.  It was a very enjoyable festive atmosphere.
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council has been looking for new members for its Youth Council.  Following an advert in our school notices, Charlotte Brown in Year 9 has been chosen to represent young people in the district.  Congratulations to Charlotte. Speaking with her she was clearly very excited after her first meeting and is looking forward to being able to put forward the views of young people on key decisions being made by the council.
  • Chesterton Singers are performing in a festive Advent concert with Choir 2000 at Histon Baptist Church this Saturday (5 December) 7:30pm.  Tickets are available on the door.
  • ESOL cafe parents have been chosen to take part in a partnership art project with Kettle’s Yard. It’s for our international parents and aims to use their experiences of moving to Cambridge to make a film. Parents from Chesterton are warmly invited to come to our information meeting on Friday December 11th at St. Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton at 10am. The event and follow up course in 2016 is free!
  • The current round of Stimulus Tuition from University of Cambridge undergraduates has just completed with their term end, this week.  If any year 11’s would like to be considered for lunchtime or after school tuition in the Spring term, and they are not currently enrolled on an existing intervention plan, then they should e-mail Mr Kelly.
  • Any Year 8 or Year 9 students interested in participating in an Engineering project should e-mail Mr Kelly: ideally in a group of six, or less.  This is a ten week commitment, starting in January. It will involve working with a mentor from industry for about an hour a week; a visit to their mentor’s company and a one day visit to a host company for the judging of the final projects.  Last year a team of Year 9s from Chesterton won the ‘Most innovative Prize’ award.  Let’s do even better this year and win the main competition!
  • It was great to see so many parents at the Y9 consultation evening. We received many positive comments about our new style reports. We will be collating the survey completed on the evening about the new reporting and assessment system and responding to any feedback.
  • Congratulations go to Jessie Lewis in Year 10: the first student in Year 10, with the new target setting system this year, to have her potential grade increased. As the grades are incredibly challenging and aspirational this is a remarkable achievement. As part of the target setting protocol students who do this will meet with the Headteacher and receive a letter home.
  • Dates for diaries in the final two weeks of term are: the premiere of “The Bully Plays” this coming Thursday and the carol concert at St Johns on Tuesday December 15th. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • We would like to thank everyone who is working with us and supporting our changes to traffic on the site. Parents have been very supportive of the new drop-off arrangements and the change of access during the day. We are very appreciative of this, as it is helping us with our safeguarding of students. Thank you.

 

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