Week ending 4th July

  • I thought it would be interesting to start with news of former Chesterton students. You may have heard of Nick Mulvey, after his recent performance at Glastonbury. He studied music at Chesterton and world music at SOWAS and hasn’t put his guitar down since.  His music was recently played on: ‘Made in Chelsea’ but his appearance last Saturday is probably his most important so far
  • Our current musicians are as active as ever. At the weekend there was a performance of “Carmina Burana” with Choir2000 and orchestra, at West Road. Chesterton singers supplied the ragazzi chorus and also joined in other choruses. Carola and Anne Marie and Alex were in the orchestra. Chesterton once again supporting the musical life of Cambridge.
  • News of other students, this time our mathematicians: two of our Year 8 students, James and Aaron, recently went through to the second round of the Junior UK Maths Challenge. They sat a second 2 hour paper and the results were: Aaron 12/60 – receives a participation certificate and James 39/60 – receives a distinction, Gold Award and Prize. James is in the top 50 students in the country for Year 7 and 8, out of 245,000 students who sat the original test.
  • The event which marked the final moments of the current Year 11 in school was this year’s prom. It was amazing to see so many members of our local community and younger students coming along to see the arrival of the students in some amazing vehicles, ranging from a mobility scooter, to a VW camper van, to a charabanc and a limo; all very impressive. The students looked wonderful and very different from how they’ve looked in school, being barely recognisable in some cases. I sincerely hope the students enjoyed the evening.
  • You may have also seen in the Cambridge Evening News that a group of drama students are visiting and will perform a play for us based on recollections those who fought in the Second World War on July 21st. Mr Kelly is calling on War veterans to get in touch to watch the play and take part in a question and answer session. Email nkelly@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk for more information.
  • Sports’ day was the big event of this week and it certainly was remarkable. We had two days of beautiful sunshine and the whole school participating in one of the widest ranges of events I have ever seen at a sports’ day. All the traditional athletic events were there, but these were supplemented by some excellent events such as a climbing wall; ultimate Frisbee; dance and boules. Having such a wide variety of events meant that all students could participate which was great to see. Congratulation to Cavendish for running out the eventual winners!
  • This week Year 11 student Lydia organised a conference for our teaching staff and teachers from other local schools. The Speak Up conference was organised by Lydia and a group of other young people; its aim was to get across the views and ideas that young people have about teaching and learning today. The event was very well attended and provided a really interesting student perspective on the world of education.]
  • Julie Godfrey reported that this week she was involved in The Castle Schools sports day: “We had 12 of our year 7 pupils and 5 year 9 pupils acting as sports leaders for the day. They were an absolute credit to our school. They got stuck in with the Castle pupils and were amazing – I had several moments today that reminded me why we all do what we do – 3 of the year 7’s running with a 5 year old who has severe special needs and him high 5’ing them when he finished, two of the year 9’s pushing pupils who are unable to support themselves round on their specially adapted bikes, 2 other year 7’s holding pupils hands as they were unsure about taking part in an event – magical moments. So many adults came up to me and commented on the fact that they had made the sports day come alive for their pupils”.
  • The Year 10 children’s play, learning and development students have, following ‘Child Safety week’, been learning about prevention of accidents for children and how to look after children following accidents and incidents occurring. As part of this, students have talked about how to control substances hazardous to health and some were brave enough to complete the ‘bitrex test’. Bitrex is the world’s bitterest taste (which is completely safe). Students discussed whether adding Bitrex to household cleaning products could save children’s lives. Thankfully for these students the only thing which gets rid of the foul taste is milk chocolate!
  • It just remains for me to wish everyone an enjoyable weekend with the Tour de France, as it makes its descent on Cambridge.

 

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