Week Ending 4th May

As our exciting expansion works continue this week the builders remain on target for the delivery of our brand new building next year.  The builders met with governors this week to update them on what was happening as well as to answer their questions.  We are also working closely with them to provide careers’ events for our students and plan in opportunities for the students to safely observe some of the building works.

Last week our Junior UKMT (Maths) team, consisting of Joseph Rodgers, Sophie Lyne, Lisa He and Julia Volovich took part in the regional finals at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, here in Cambridge; the team came second out of 32 teams.  As a consequence, the team has been invited to take part in the National Final in London on Monday June 18th.  This is the first time a Maths Team from Chesterton CC has finished so highly in the regional event and the first time we have been asked to participate in the National final. Congratulations to all involved!

As a result of the Connecting Classrooms Project run by the British Council two students and Mrs Carter have received an invitation to attend a special event at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 21st May. Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, is hosting this Parliamentary Reception to celebrate Global Citizenship Education in the UK. The event aims to raise parliamentary awareness and support for global learning and the role of youth leadership as key aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 4 in the UK.  They have been asked to showcase the learning as a result of the Connecting Classrooms Project at the reception and participate in a brief co-presentation to the audience. There will be around 50 attendees, drawn from MPs, participating schools, NGOs, civil society, academia and educators. This a very exciting opportunity and we look forward to share more about the event once it has taken place.

We started off big this year: over 30 students from all years signed up for our very own Chesterton Bake Off. The first round saw pupils baking cakes where the theme was their Houses. Biscuit week followed, and it was a great success, with students being very creative on the topic of ‘Cambridge’. From bikes to colleges to Professor Hawking to punting – all made an appearance. The technical challenge was a lot of fun and the meringues made on that day were nearing perfection. This week was the semi-final and the theme was ‘Family’. Some very enthusiastic students baked and brought from home their favourite tray-bake cake. In two weeks’ time we are holding the Great Final and students are asked to bake any cake of their choice. (Must be based on a Chesterton/House memory and no bigger than four tiers.) One difference from last year was that this time around judges were not only teachers but also students, administrative, maintenance and cleaning staff. All are invited to join us again on May 15th after school.

The house competitions have been running all year and, along with above and beyond points collected by students, the race for the house award is very close. The current house standings are:

1st Hill

2nd Equiano

3rd Cavendish

4th Robinson

 

Well done so far Hill House, however, all is still to play for with the weekly competitions and of course Sports’ Day still to come.

The House Council are looking at ‘success in the classroom’ and discussing their preferred ways to be shown exactly how to succeed. They have had some really interesting feedback sessions with form groups and look forward to their next meeting with Miss Saliba.

Our Year 7s enjoyed a great morning with local author Julian Sedgwick. They really enjoyed his talk and were highly impressed with the sword juggling! We have his books in the library for pupils to borrow and they have all proved to be very popular! We look forward to welcoming him back soon.

We are looking forward to welcoming artist Jon Bates from Blight Society to Chesterton. He has been commissioned to paint a large mural in the Bateson Road playground. The image chosen is a painting by former student Miranda Binfield-Gonzales to honour her excellent artwork. Students will be exploring the themes of the artwork and concepts of public art during tutor time activities over the next few weeks. Jon will be painting the mural on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 8th May so please do encourage your child to take a look and talk to Jon during break and lunchtimes. Jon will also be working with some Year 10 Art students on Thursday 10th May to support their GCSE art work.

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