* As part of Wicked Wednesday in the library this week, our Year 7 students were treated to a very exciting presentation and inspirational talk by Julian Sedgwick; Julian is a nationally acclaimed local author. He has written the Mysterium trilogy, The Ghosts of Shanghai and Shadow of The Yangtze. The students were entertained and enthralled by the anticipated danger of his juggling and magic skills too. There was a real buzz with students talking about Julian’s presentation and his books afterwards. Some students bought copies of his books but all his books are available in the library, although they are disappearing fast! We are really looking forward to Julian’s third book coming out next year to conclude The Ghosts of Shanghai trilogy; he told us, he’s starting it on Monday!!
* Congratulations to our very own published author Year 7 poet Aminah Rahman (winner of the Young Muslim Writer Award). Her book, containing some beautiful and thought-provoking poetry, is now proudly on display in the library.
* Mrs Chamberlain and Mrs Murray Williams took a group of Year 10 art students to the Ai WeiWei exhibition at the The Heong Gallery, Downing College. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to see and understand the work of an internationally renowned contemporary artist. The students have been studying propaganda art and learning how to communicate ideas relating to issues they feel strongly about, so they will be able to use this experience to inspire creative developments in their own GCSE work.
* This week we welcomed our new Year 7 students for a sports’ festival and an induction day. All the students participated enthusiastically in the two days and we are very excited about seeing them again in September. It was also great to see so many parents at the evening induction event and to be able to welcome them as Chesterton parents.
* Please do remember about donating second-hand uniform to the PTA before the end of term. You can do this via school before the end of term or it can be left in the porch at 28 Leys Avenue at any time. The PTA made £140 at the Year 7 evening, which is great. Remember this year the PTA raised enough for a climbing wall, so every contribution helps!
* A small ensemble of students from Years 9 – 11 will be performing at the Junction again on Sunday, this time as part of the Hotbed New Writing Theatre Festival. They will be presenting experimental, comic and daring work by young people – including their own entries to the one page play competition – from 11.30 – 12.30pm in J2. We wish them luck!
* Josh Bailey, Year 10, performed as part of the ‘We’re here because we’re here’ World War One tribute directed by Rufus Norris, which received such great national media coverage last Friday. Josh was selected to ‘perform’ as a member of National Youth Theatre and along with thousands of voices across the country – young and old – he described being part of the ghost soldier parade as ‘incredibly moving’. We are proud that Chesterton was represented in this extraordinary arts project that brought bittersweet beauty to the Country at an unsettling time.
* There are still a few tickets left for the three performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which can be purchased via parent mail. Don’t miss what promises to be a tremendously uplifting production on the 19th and 20th July!
* Whilst school remained open on Tuesday several members of the NUT were on strike protesting about the significant budget cuts in government funding for schools.
* On Monday Mr Kelly took fifteen Year 10 students to the Centre for Mathematical Sciences for a day of Maths. The event was organised by the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) which exists to promote the uptake of Maths and Further Maths at A level. There were demonstrations, talks, workshops, games and a sunny day as well!
* Amy Xu, in Year 8, took part in the Junior Maths Olympiad a few weeks ago and this week we were informed that she attained a distinction; this places her in the top 300 Year 8 mathematicians in the country. Well done Amy.
* Madison Dorzapf (Year 10) has made it to the final of the Cambridge Student of the Year competition (won last year by our very own Ben Wilkinson). There are four students in total in the final. Fingers crossed.
* Fingers crossed also for our third attempt at sports’ day which will now be next week, as a consequence of this morning’s downpours: we had one day of excellent activities yesterday and we now need the rain to not spoil the second and final day…