Week ending 5th February

  • The Year 8 Enrichment offer is proving really popular. Details have gone out by both letter and Parentmail, please do make sure that you reserve your place. Details regarding Year 9 Enrichment opportunities will follow shortly.
  • Thank you to our PTA for organising another successful Burns Night. The hall was packed and the food, entertainment and dancing were excellent. Do join us next year!
  • On the first Wednesday after half term, the library will be open from 6pm – 8pm as a quiet, supervised revision space for Year 11 students. This will happen every Wednesday in the run up to exams.  A daily notice will be going out next week to students and there will be an Edmodo message too.
  • It has been an exciting time in the library recently. We have seen all our Year 7 students receive their Bookbuzz books last week and this week all our Year 8 students are receiving their Bookbuzz books too. We arranged a special morning break for the students to enjoy and by this Friday we will have had around 400 students in the library collecting their chosen books, reading and relaxing with juice and a mid-morning snack. For those students who had trouble selecting just one book from the Bookbuzz list please be reassured we have library copies of all the titles for students to borrow in the usual way. In addition on Tuesday we were thrilled to be able to invite back to the college Sonia Leong, a most highly respected Manga artist, illustrator and author. Interested students were invited to sign up for her workshops and we had a great morning, learning about Manga: how it is written and presented, plus sessions on how to draw in the Manga style. Her art work, which she completed as part of the workshops, will be on display in the library for everyone to enjoy.
  • Individual exam timetables, for Year 11 students, will be distributed by tutors at the end of this week and beginning of next. This is very important information as it contains details and times of all the exams your child will be sitting. Do keep this information safe and use it to help your child plan their revision timetable.
  • Thirty students from Years 8 – 10 have been working together every Thursday in the drama studio for the past half-term, exploring extracts from Shakespeare’s plays. The group has been led by National Youth Theatre member Josh Bailey, Year 10, who has independently directed a range of duologues and ensemble speeches with his peers; his selection ranges from the famous ‘All the world’s a stage’ (As You Like It); to Lady Anne’s monologue in Richard III.  It has been utterly uplifting to behold the vitality with which the students have approached these challenging, classical texts; their creatively innovative and brave, game-like exploration has brought Shakespeare’s language to life. There is an opportunity for parents, teachers and friends to see the students’ work next Friday 12th February at 6pm in the Farnsworth Hall. We are hugely looking forward to this ‘sharing’ and hope to see other Shakespeare enthusiasts there!
  • This weekend, thirty-six Year 11 Drama students are heading to Burwell House for a residential rehearsal retreat, in preparation for their forthcoming examination performances. Ms Marston has been directing the students in four plays that are all linked to the theme ‘Consequences’ as set by the exam board. The plays – 45 minute versions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet; Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle; and an original piece entitled The Early Hours – will be performed over two evenings at the end of February. The students will spend this weekend refining blocking and adding detail to their work-in-progress, in the beautiful surroundings of a country estate. They are very excited to be collaborating and ‘connecting’ in this way; the experience is designed to reflect that which a professional artist might undertake in order to create a piece of theatre that feels both authentic and ambitious. Details of the performance times and dates will follow next week.
  • The Year 10 sports’ leaders are coming to the end of their first term of practical sport leadership at St. Luke’s and Arbury primary schools. All students are doing exceptionally well in their leading of dance and cricket and are now ready to continue developing their skills again with work at St. Luke’s and Mayfield in dance and ball skills. Photos are on our Facebook page.
  • Congratulations to Sonja Nashchekina for achieving her “Gold” sports’ leadership award and Isobel Godfrey for achieving her “Bronze” sports’ leadership award as part of the KS3 Leadership Academy. Congratulations to all rowers across Years 7, 8 and 9 for taking part in the indoor rowing event at Parkside. One of the Year 9 teams has now qualified for the county level 3 competition at Hinchingbrooke School. The following four students were in the team which won the Year 9 competition, and will represent the college next month: Bella Fowlie, Jack Tunacliffe, Oliver Montes and Sofia Ciccolechia. Congratulations to them.  Photos are on our Facebook page.
  • The first round of the Student Investor has just ended and four teams from Chesterton are in the semi-finals.  This new round starts on February 22nd and will consist of a brand new format whereby the teams have to predict the value of stocks at the end of four consecutive weeks. The closer they get, the more points they win and the closer they get to the final and that trip to New York.
  • One hundred and twenty of our brightest and best Year 9s and 10s sat the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge this Thursday. This is a National Competition involving around 250,000 students.  The top few percent will go forward to the next round in March.
  • Our four Year 8/9 Go4Set Stem teams are now well under-way in the annual engineering competition.  Being mentored by four engineers from local firm Qualcomm (30,000 staff globally), they are working on separate projects to invent a solution to a classroom based technology problem that they have discovered.  They will produce a written report and project plan, design and build a website, produce a presentation and a prototype or working solution over the next eight weeks.  They will then spend a day in Luton at Solex to display their product and be interviewed, dragon-den style, by three captains of industry.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in a team and work on a time limited project, producing something unique at the end.
  • Last week we took delivery of about fifteen computers, monitors, cabling, etc. kindly donated from another local firm, Redgate, which will be installed in one of our computing rooms with the intention of creating a “Development Den” where serious programmers can work on software development using up-to-date software and relatively new hardware. Thank you Redgate, this is very much appreciated.
  • This half term we have nine Maths based Stimulus Students from Cambridge University.  They are coming into Chesterton at lunchtimes and (some) are staying until 4:30pm to tutor groups of Year 10 and 11 students and to work in classrooms with small groups or individuals.  Again, we are very grateful for these students giving up their free time to help our students achieve their potential.
  • This week nearly 2000 images of student work have already been added to SeeSaw.  Over 100 parents have visited the site in the week.  Do please login to check your child’s work and teacher feedback.

 

 

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