Week ending 8th January

  • It was great to welcome everyone back after the holiday, looking really well rested and ready for a busy term.
  • Our training day focused on sharing strategies for lesson planning. We had some excellent presentations from seven members of our staff: Louise Cornick, Lorna Adams, Anita Dawson, Clare Terrington, Nick Dawson, Caroline Heaney and Jo Howe. Following the presentations staff worked in departments to produce some outstanding lesson planning; coming together at the end of the day to share their ideas. It was a very productive day.
  • We are pleased to announce that after nearly half of our Year 10 students showed an initial interest in the programme, 38 committed individuals have been offered a place on The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award programme run by the school. In order to gain a place students had to write a letter explaining why this award is important to them and how they intend to achieve it.  Over the next 6-9 months the students will be learning new skills; volunteering with local groups and taking part in new physical activities.  It is the beginning of an exciting challenge where students will develop a range of life skills focussing on communication, teamwork, organisation and decision making.  We wish our 38 students luck with their adventures.
  • This week we have been joined by eleven new trainee teachers who will spend between six weeks and five months with us completing their teacher training.  We are delighted to support them in this early stage of their teaching career. We have also been joined by three trainee teachers from the University of Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey. They will be with us on Wednesdays and Thursdays for three weeks, as part of an exchange programme with the University of Cambridge, to experience teacher training in the UK. We wish all our new colleagues well in their training.
  • As part of the ongoing exciting developments within Chesterton, the Design and Technology department will be rebranding itself with the new title ‘Design Department’.  This coincides with the development of new courses and with Product Design being the current focus for GCSE; the title fits perfectly with what students have on offer.  In addition to this, there will be further curriculum developments to look forward to resulting from the school’s new build plans, all of which will enhance pupil experiences in the future and bring our design provision truly into the 21st century.
  • We invite parents who speak English as another language to attend our free English lessons on Friday January 15th from 9.30am-12.15pm at Chesterton. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents, take part in lessons we offer for beginners, intermediate level and advanced and find out more about our other classes: English for Work and English for Au Pairs. If you would like to attend, please contact Sarah Adams.
  • We host a regular 15 min forum every Wednesday after school, where teachers share their good ideas. This week’s session was run by Becky Palmer and it was about how to run a guided mock. A guided mock is where a teacher talks the students through the exam paper, modelling answers and then allowing them a timed response to each question after having seen the model. We used this approach very successfully last year. For example, in the Ethics’ guided mock student grades were on average 2 grades higher. We will continue the programme this year and will also film some examples for the revision website, so students can use them for their personal revision. Parents can also watch to gain additional knowledge about the structure of papers and what makes a model answer.
  • Next week, on Thursday, we have our Y9 Options’ Evening. We look forward to seeing you there.

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