Week ending December 5th

  • On Tuesday a group of students went to the annual Microsoft Research’s “Think Computer Science”conference. It provided students with a glimpse into what computer scientists will be working on in the decades to come. Among the projects are a cure to cancer and a halt to animal extinction; a truly fascinating event for students to attend.
  • The Community Book Group met during a talk by Helen Macdonald when she discussed her highly acclaimed book ‘H is for Hawk’ at the Cambridge Literary Festival in the beautiful, wood panelled Winstanley Lecture Theatre at Trinity College. A double treat, as she was introduced by Robert Macfarlane, her friend! She is definitely breaking literary convention. The next book group meeting will be on Wednesday 14 January in the Library at 5.15. The group will discuss ‘Pereira Maintains’ by Antonio Tabucchi and any other books you have read, over a glass of wine. All welcome!
  • The Matheson Trust, an educational charity promoting an in-depth approach to interfaith and comparative religion studies, hosted a visit this week in The Apex of a renowned scholar on these matters, Prof. Harry Oldmeadow. He is an excellent communicator and the event was a lecture-cum-conversation with RE teachers and interested public.
  • “Chesterton’s Got Talent” is hotting up with the mentors working hard to support their talented performers. I can regularly see meetings being held in school with students working on their acts and listening to the wise advice from their mentors. Get hold of those tickets, for this ever popular event.
  • We held our full FGB this week; please do read the ParentMail version of the leadership team report, which was one of the agenda items at the meeting. We are currently looking for community governors and often try to look for useful expertise that will add to the range of skills already on the governing body. If you are interested and have experience in the following fields: legal, human resources, building or planning, please do contact me or our Chair of Governors Simon Peyton Jones.
  • The PTA Craft Fayre is happening tonight and if you are reading this at home on Friday evening it isn’t too late to pop along to school and buy some last minute Christmas gifts. The PTA support for the school is invaluable, so it is great to be able to combine a fun evening with support for the school.
  • The Y11 mock exams finished this week and we’d like to congratulate the students for their hard work and commitment. Teachers are currently in the midst of marking these long papers to provide detailed feedback to students and also ensure they have all their marks for the mock results’ day on December 17th.
  • It was good to see so many parents at the Y9 parents’ evening last night as we were able to have lots of useful discussions about options. There will be a full options’ evening on January 15th at 7pm and there we will provide detailed updates about the new more challenging exams in English Language, English Literature and Maths and how this has prompted us to offer three rather than four options for students, to ensure that students will be able to achieve at their very best. There is still a very broad curriculum offer, of which Chesterton is very proud, with the twilight provision of sociology, Latin and languages still as popular as ever.
  • Tickets went on sale for Chesterton’s annual carol service this week and you are warmly invited to join us.  If you would like to purchase tickets they will be on sale from the finance hatch at the end of each school day.  Adults £6.50, Concessions £4.50, Children free. Due to the popularity of the event we have moved to a slightly larger venue, so please note the carol service will be held at St John’s Chapel this year on Tuesday 16 December 7:30.
  • There will be a Parent Forum next Tuesday in the library at 5pm – everyone is very welcome.
  • I am delighted to announce that we have a winner for our in-school heat of Poetry By Heart, a prestigious poetry recitation competition for students in years 10 – 13.  Ruby in Equiano 1 will be representing Chesterton at the regional finals in early 2015.

 

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