If you come to the school the very first thing you will see now is the steel frame for our new building, which looks very impressive. The builders have been working hard to install this in good time and it really does give a sense of what our new building will look like.
We have taken possession of the old Farnsworth Hall this week and are now setting it up as our new library, ready to open properly in September, along with the adjacent classroom. As part of their induction this week, we have also hosted tours around the building site for our new Year 7 students who join us in September.
This week we welcome Lee Perry, who joins the senior team as Assistant Head with oversight of Maths. Rhiannon Evans also joins the senior team as a temporary Assistant Head.
Hana Bierman, Year 11, is one of two UK students selected to attend the international school United World College UWC in Costa Rica, where she will study the IB with around 200 other students from 100 different countries. The UWC movement of schools consists of 17 colleges around the world that use education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future: https://www.uwc.org
Jonny Potter and Gracie Lewis were in the Netherlands last weekend playing for the England U15 korfball team at the European Korfball Four championships. Both played exceptionally well and helped England to finish in the bronze medal position. Congratulations to both players.
80 students ventured out from Cambridge on the guided busway to visit RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes. The weather was fantastic, with huge numbers of bees, dragonflies and damselflies as well as a great selection of British wildflowers. The lakes were host to large numbers of ducks, geese, terns, oystercatchers, grebes, herons, coots and many other species. The highlight was on Thursday when a rare bittern was spotted; there are approximately 80 nesting pairs in the whole of the UK. Students then visited the historic market town of St Ives. This took in the statue of Oliver Cromwell, the free church, the chapel bridge and the Victoria memorial. Mr Gilliver attempted to emulate a history teacher with moderate success! The tour finished off with a stop at the Norris museum, before returning to Cambridge of the guided bus. It was a great three days for all.
Chesterton was selected to host a Speakers for Schools talk to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. Our guest speaker was Dr Tim Wreghitt OBE, a virologist from Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a lifetime of experience working with epidemics, vaccination programs and organ transplants. 140 Year 9 students attended the talk, which was followed by a very interesting question and answer session. The best questions were from Aziz Banaga, who won a book on growing low allergy plants.
Year 11 student Joss Sion will be giving a piano recital in the music department on Wednesday 11th July at 3.45pm to mark the end of his time at Chesterton. Those of you that have heard Joss perform before will remember what a fabulous musician he is. Joss would be delighted to see students, parents and staff at the recital. It is free admittance and the programme promises to be excellent.
This summer, the First Language department supported more than 40 students taking a GCSE exam in their first language. If your child will be in Y10 or Y11 next academic year and speaks another language, Ms Alfaro would be very happy to support them too. More than 30 languages are available.
We are very excited to confirm that from September, other than French, Spanish and German, the MFL department will be offering Italian, Arabic, Bengali and Urdu lessons to those who would like to study these languages towards a GCSE qualification. These lessons will be happening after school, meaning that there will be no clashes with the subjects which are timetabled during the school day.
Peter Brook inspired ‘Happening’ is taking place this Friday at 3.30pm in the area surrounding the drama studio at Chesterton. The Year 10 students of GCSE Drama will be leading this ‘happening’, in response to their exploration of stimuli such as the song ‘Vincent’ about Van Gogh, as well as his painting ‘Wheatfield with Crows’, both art works which can be linked to the theme of stigma. The ‘Happening’ will last 30 minutes. If you are able to come, you are very welcome to attend. It will be a cultural experience that should make you ask questions, both about how we define theatre and how we live our lives.
The highly-skilled Year 8 Pantomime Company are performing an original version of ‘Aladdin’, directed by Rhoni Cash, to an audience of St Luke’s Primary School children this Friday at 1.30pm. The pantomime is also being shared with parents at 4pm on Thursday 19th July, as part of the rehearsal session the students have attended this term. The performance is 30 minutes and is free. There are strictly only 50 tickets and 30 of these are going to the performers’ parents, but if you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat. It looks like the work of a genie-us (ha ha ha ha).
We had nearly 60 students participating in the Footgolf games during the Enrichment Day this year.
The Winners of the Enrichment Day 2018 – Footgolf competition.
– Oliver – year 9 – 69 points
– Hanif – year 10 – 74 points
– Joel – year 10 – 81 points
…and a special prize for “Hole-in-one”
– Ulas – year 9
Congratulations to all Participants!!!
Good luck next year – Mr Lipinski, Mr Alam, Mr Bray
A big thank you to all of the staff who helped run and promote the extracurricular programme this year. Your help was invaluable and these clubs would not proceed without you. The extracurricular programme this year was a huge success with many new clubs being introduced and launched; this was particularly evident in the increased pupil’s attendance. With all of your continued support, the programme will continue to improve and grow next year.