- On Monday Richard Kirkby, our Director of eLearning, met with several educational leaders from Cambridge University Museums. They toured the school, talked with teachers and students and discussed our use of technology to extend learning. We are discussing building partnerships to not only assist their offer to wider education but also provide opportunities for our students to benefit from the world leading expertise and wonderful artefacts on our doorstep.
- The tickets for the PTA event on Friday 11 March are selling fast so please make sure you book your place as soon as possible. There are many great prices to be won throughout the night, great music and we are lucky to have Chocolat Chocolat mixing three flavours of chocolate especially for us for the event! Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are £5.00 adults, £3.00 students. A silent auction is also available on line – VIEW HERE – on the PTA section as well as a great raffle too. Price of the ticket includes cheese and biscuits but wine, beer and soft drinks will be sold throughout the evening. This is a one-off event and one not to miss! All proceeds will be going to the PTA who are specifically fund raising for the climbing wall.
- On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day and had a very enjoyable day. It was a non-school uniform and dressing up day for everyone. Staff renamed their classrooms with fictitious place names taken from books. This caused quite a frenzy of students guessing the book titles from the classroom place names, being awarded raffle tickets for correct answers and then bringing their tickets to the library for the opportunity to be entered in to a prize draw. There were special activities in the library during lunchtime too for students to join in with. During form time students received their World Book Day vouchers and also joined in with a special book quiz. There will be announcements and prizes awarded on Monday for the lucky students with their lucky winning raffle tickets, the best staff costume, the best student costume and the winning form from the book quiz too.
- On Wednesday a group of nine Y10, triple science GCSE students travelled to the Babraham Institute, accompanied by Dr Ilesh Bidd, to attend their 22nd annual Schools’ Day; when the Institute opens its research campus doors to students and teachers alike. This is an opportunity for 150 secondary (Yr10/11) and sixth-form students to meet scientists, take part in projects in scientific laboratories and learn more about careers in science. Working alongside the researchers, the students had a chance to see what it is like to work in a laboratory and how the work of the Babraham Institute relates to the science they are learning about in school. It was an exhilarating morning where the students took part in one of six different research projects ranging from visualisation of chromatin in a cell nucleus, looking at their own cheek cells, to using molecular biology to study signalling enzymes. The students found the visit to be a very positive experience, describing it as: “….. truly informative, ….allowed me to see how scientific research is carried out…..really interesting…. encouraged me to consider Science as a career…..”
- Members of Chesterton Singers gave a performance as part of a McKenzie society concert on Tuesday evening of this week.
- A number of Year 11 students from Chesterton received awards this week, at the prestigious Roy Burrell Awards. The awards evening is very much like the BBC Sports’ Personality of the Year Award. It recognises excellence, commitment and positive attitudes in sport across all Cambridge district schools; the minimum achievement level is county representation or equivalent. Photos on our Facebook page.
- Congratulations to the following:
|Bella Pellegrini||Ballet/modern dance|
|Rhai Anne Etienne||Dance/Athletics|
|Eilidh Clague||Rolley hockey|
|Amy Ozakpinar||Rolley hockey/football|
|Mia Stavroulakis||Horse riding|
|Harry Anderson Chapman||Football|
|Jude Rowland||Korfball/roller hockey|
|Darcy Quinn-Sekyi||Rolley hockey|
- We send our best wishes to Nik Hazell, a former Chesterton student, who will be in the Oxford crew in the Boat Race.
- Don’t forget the PTA Meeting on Tuesday in the library at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome and there will be a presentation from Suzy Marston outlining her exciting plans for Drama at Chesterton.