Week Ending 8th June

Only three weeks away! PTA quiz on Friday June 22: BOOK NOW! Plenty of tickets are still available for the Chesterton PTA Midsummer Quiz Night on Friday, June 22. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

This half term, we are delighted that Cambridge United Community Trust is leading Year 8 students in a six week programme focused on resilience and mental health training.  Each class has a 50 minute weekly workshop delivered by the Cambridge United team.  Resources have been written with Centre 33, the local youth support service, and draw on examples and experiences from Cambridge United players and staff.

Year 11 continue their phenomenal 100% attendance of exams. Year 10 will be joining in from Monday 11th with their mock fortnight, following in the footsteps of their admirable role models.

This May half term 55 Year 9 and 10 students along with teachers: Miss Palmer, Dr Aullybux, Mr Barber, Miss King and Mrs Carter, went to Iceland for an amazing ‘awe and wonder’ Geography Trip.  After getting up at 2am, everyone arrived in Iceland safely to meet their tour guide, Petur, at Keflavik Airport. He took the group to see where the Eurasian and North American plates are moving apart; a geothermal power station and views of the coast from Reykjanes peninsular.  They then went to Reykjavik for a tour of the city, lunch and a stop on the way to the guest house for a swim in a geothermal outdoor swimming pool. The group soon learnt Petur’s catch phrase, which students adopted as their own, ‘Jæja’ pronounced ‘Yah Yah’ a word that can mean absolutely anything.

Day 2 – students explored a Lava Centre Exhibition and Cinema: a new interactive museum. Followed by a trip to the South Coast exploring the basalt columns and an eroded arch in a headland. On to the Solhimajokull glacier to see how it has rapidly retreated and to three amazing waterfalls one of which, Seljalandsfoss, they were able to walk behind.

Day 3 included a boat trip Heimaey Island with some hiking up Eldfell Volcano and a trip to the Eldfell Museum, exploring the 1973 eruption which destroyed a lot of Heimaey. They finished off the day at another geothermal pool with everyone enjoying the slides and even some students brave enough to take a plunge into the ice baths!

Day 4 took the group to the fantastic fault guided waterfall, Gullfoss, and on to the erupting Geysir for lunch. The afternoon was spent at Fontana Spa for some rest and relaxation, enjoying the natural steam rooms and pools. On the way to Reykjavik for the last night, they stopped at Þingvellir National Park to see the rifting Eurasian and North American Plates. Students were delighted that they finished off the final evening with a Pizza Party.                                                                                                                                                           Three students had their birthdays during the trip: Chloe and CJ had ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to them in Icelandic by the tour guide, Petur, whilst Jonnie had a birthday greeting from the pilot on the flight back! Student behaviour and attitudes were exemplary and even the guide was impressed and commented on how great they were.

On Friday 25th May, twenty eight Year 8 and 9 students, along with three staff, left Cambridge to spend half-term in Beijing, China.  This was the inaugural school exchange visit to Yuyuantan High School.  Students stayed with their exchange partners in their homes experiencing everyday life and learning the cultures and customs of Chinese people; all finding it very different to their own lives.  Both students and staff spent three days in Yuyuantan High school, learning the art of calligraphy, paper cutting and painting silk fans. Students had the opportunity to go to lessons with their partners, eat lunch each day in the canteen and watch a performance by the Beijing Opera (some also took part).  The highlight of the week for everyone was a visit to the ‘Forbidden City’ followed by the ‘Great Wall of China’; students and staff were all in awe of this magnificent sight, stretching in all directions as far as the eye could see. Students had the opportunity to walk a small part of the wall.  Yuyuantan High school gave the Chesterton party an amazing send off, showing great hospitality and kindness.  Friendships have been made for life between our students and theirs, with all hoping to return at some point in the future and with memories to last a lifetime.  We look forward to welcoming Yuyuantan High School to Chesterton in 2019.

 

There was some outstanding athletics action this week, as Chesterton hosted its annual athletics match for visiting schools from the Cambridge district.  In addition to the usual high level of performance, it was fantastic to see year 9 sports leaders organising all the field events, and taking charge of the finishing line – there are too many to name, but they were noticeably outstanding.  It was also encouraging to see Chesterton teams finish in first or second position overall.

 

The library has been packed up and put into storage as the development of our school continues. Huge thanks to the Year 7 and 8 pupils who volunteered to help pack all the books into 260 boxes in the 2 days before half-term – I couldn’t have done it without you! A reduced Library is now up and working in the Apex and will continue to promote literacy, provide support to students in their work and revision and all library-based clubs will continue as before.

Our Summer term chess tournament was won by Oliver White. Congratulations and well done everyone who took part – again it was lovely to see so many pupils enjoying the game in the Library. A new tournament will run next term and pupils can sign up from September.

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