Week ending 6th October

  • On Wednesday all students in Years 7 -10 took part in a year group specific study skills day.   The day helped students to: develop transferable skills to help them learn and study more efficiently, as well as developing strategies for active revision.  Each year group also visited a careers fair, set up in school, designed to expose students to a broad range of careers and to help set their studies in context. It was a very productive day and students were very positive with their feedback.
  • Year 11 students were involved in a post-16 day, providing them with support for their college applications.
  • 35 students from Year 8 – 11 attended a performance of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ on Wednesday evening at Cambridge Corn Exchange. It is a testament to these students’ love of theatre and culture that they took time out to watch this touring production “just for fun”. The production brought Austen’s classic novel to life using a revolve stage, and an ensemble of actors who deftly balanced period dances with amplified delivery of the exquisitely written dialogue. Two of the students were introduced to celebrity Matthew Kelly after the performance, who played Mr Bennett with endearing and witty ease: a trip worth making!
  • Exams will start again, this November, for Year 11 with their mocks. The invigilator team has some vacancies. If you would like a behind-the-scenes experience of helping running these, and again in May-June, please get in touch with nvonschreiber@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk if you are interested in the role.
  • Congratulations to the PE department which has been awarded the School Games’ Mark. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme, launched in 2012, to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
  • The international choir will be starting on Wednesday October 12th 5-6pm in the music block. The choir is for staff, parents and friends of Chesterton.
  • A report from the recent Y8 rugby match against Cottenham: the first quarter saw a slow start for Chesterton, with Cottenham taking the lead and then pressing home their advantage in the second. The third quarter saw Chesterton step up their game, with Paolo Cicolecchia setting up the play and Euan Shanahan breaking through a tough defensive line to score the first try. Chesterton then unleashed Nathan ‘the Bullet’ Bouqueniaux, who scored a further two, so the boys won the quarter 3-1. Chesterton’s spirits were up and they were confident they could claw back Cottenham’s early lead. The fourth quarter was played hard and fast as neither team wanted to concede. Gregor Harrison made the top tackle of the match, bringing down a Cottenham giant. However, the combined efforts of the indomitable scrum – especially front row Takunda Tsatsa, Sean Elliot and James Fife – weren’t enough to turn the tide and win the match. Well done though for demonstrating great sportsmanship, team spirit and superb rugby: you did the school proud!
  • Student Maxim Kouznetsov has been writing some reports on school activities and he recently reported on an event at The Castle School: “Chesterton Samba Band performed for the first time this year at the 10th Anniversary party of the Castle School. This school is for children of all ages with special educational needs. The Chesterton students performed three times; two of those performances saw the students parade round the spacious school playground. In the final performance, some of the Castle School students, staff and parents joined in as well! The cheerful sound of the samba band gave the celebration a wonderful atmosphere. All in all, a truly joyful and moving experience!”
  • On Thursday we host our annual open evening and as ever I am sure it will be a great success with large numbers of parents and potential students; more details will follow next week.
  • The parents/staff choir starts on Wednesday 12th October. All welcome and no experience needed. Rehearsals are from 5.00-6.00pm in the music department.
  • Don’t forget the PTA quiz on October 14th; just a handful of tables left…

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