Week ending April 24th

  • More success for Chesterton with our focus on bid writing to provide extra opportunities for students. Anita Dawson, Head of the Music Faculty, has been awarded a grant of £2040, for a project on African drumming, dance and song for feeder primary schools from the Cambridgeshire Music Partnership.
  • Congratulations to the Year 9 boys’ football team which progressed to the final of the county cup – played in Peterborough last week.  The team played extremely well and led 1-0 until the last 15 minutes – eventually losing 1-3.  There’s always next year!
  • Year 11 Art students produced very impressive artwork during their final GCSE exam last week. Students worked incredibly hard and there are examples on our Facebook page of some of the exam artwork. More artwork can be seen at our forthcoming Art Show on May 21st 2015 5-7pm. An invitation to the show will be sent out shortly.
  • A group of 21 students are going to the south of France for a week as part of the Year 9 French Exchange on Tuesday 28 April. They will be in lessons in our partner school in Uzès and will visit the great aqueduct at the Pont du Gard. They will also see the amphitheatre at Nîmes, the papal palace and famous bridge at Avignon. They will, of course, also be speaking lots of French in their host families so they have been taking extra classes.
  • We are delighted to announce that we have strengthened our in-house catering provision with the appointment of a sous-chef who can support Spencer Norman to extend our offer even further for students. Daniel Lewis will be joining us from the Stephen Perse Foundation and is committed to our vision of providing appetising and nutritious food for all students.
  • A large number of parents and students joined us on Thursday evening to celebrate World Book Night. It was a very eclectic event with readings from our many international students, performance style readings of Dickens and Dr Seuss, staff selections and some very accomplished student poets reading their own work. It really was a delightful evening and showed that a love for literature is thriving in Chesterton.
  • The programme for Monday’s revision day for Y10 is looking fantastic. The day will feel different from a normal school day and be more like a conference experience. The aim is to support revision for mocks and provide students with a range of strategies about how to revise. The students will experience the day as being different and this should help them remember the six revision skills they will have learned / used! Students will not be in uniform and will get fed and watered throughout the day, a la conference! The primary aim of the day is ‘doing’. Students will not only leave having learned a skill, but they will have applied it to their own revision.
  • This evening we’ll be enjoying the PTA quiz. Nineteen tables have been sold, so the hall will be packed and we don’t doubt there will be a great competitive atmosphere and some amusing repartee from Mr Brown and Mr Erickson!
  • A reminder that there will be a Parent Forum in the library on April 29th at 5pm.

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