Week ending 3rd February

  • On Tuesday 31st January all of our Year 11 students took part in a revision day. Throughout the day the students rotated around different stations where they learnt a variety of revision techniques and tips to aid them throughout the exam period. During the day students received their official exam timetable which allowed them to plan strategically how they would tailor their revision timetable. Sessions also focused on staying fit, healthy and motivated during the exams, along with alternative revision techniques including iPads. Students even had the opportunity to have a mock interview with a member of SLT to prepare them for college interviews and getting their first job. The day proved very successful and thank you to all staff involved.
  • Next Friday 10th February, Chesterton Youth Theatre will present ‘Brief Encounters’, an hour of monologues from a dozen gifted performers in Years 10 and 11. If you are a theatre lover, please email smarston@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk in order to reserve a seat. The performance takes place in the Drama Studio, from 6.30 – 7.30pm, and is free. The pieces selected come from classic European playwrights like Anouilh and Pirendello, as well as contemporary writers such as Duncan Macmillan; this promises to be a truly dynamic dramatic event!
  • This weekend, the Year 11 Drama Cohort are retreating to Burwell House from Friday to Sunday, in order to rehearse intensively together in preparation for their forthcoming GCSE exam. They will be responding to direction from two students at Hills Road Sixth Form College, as well as from English teacher Yannick Zobel, former student and actor Emma Von Schreiber and Head of Drama, Suzy Marston, who has been guiding them thus far. It is hoped that they will develop closer bonds as acting ‘accomplices’, at the same time as refine their work on four ambitious play adaptations: ‘Rhinoceros’ by Ionesco, ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, ‘Punk Rock’ by Simon Stephens and ‘After the End’ by Dennis Kelly. Let’s hope they have an enriching and enjoyable time!
  • This week 200 Year 9, 10 and 11s participated in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge.  This is an annual nationwide competition involving over 250,000 students.  The top 2.5% go through to the next round.
  • The Year 11 prom committee organised an extremely well attended student and staff quiz night last week to raise funds for the end of year prom. Thank you to everyone who attended: well over £250 was raised and lots of fun was had by all. Special thanks to Mr Spencer for doing an excellent job as our very own quiz master!
  • Our Year 11 boys’ basketball team are District schools’ finalists! The under 16 boys’ basketball team has progressed to the Cambridge district basketball cup final! The team has been committed to training since the start of the year and this showed in some very confident displays of basketball on the way to the district finals.  The final two tournament games, which ensured the team’s progression, took place against The Perse (25-11) and Swavesey Village College (30-6).Congratulations to the team:  Zach Kreose, Danny He, Joe Brunning, Tom Clift, Pepe Reyero, Pau Sole-Vilaro, Theo Broomfield, Jake Herrington, Owen Parsons, Gus Pepper and James Richer.
  • On Tuesday evening 19 students, from Years 7-11, went to Parkside to compete in the School Games’ indoor rowing competition. We came second in the Year 9 team event. Chesterton students also finished in the top three in eight of the individual categories.
  • This week all students started a new tutor time topic on the theme of ‘Sleep’.  The work encourages students to identify good sleep habits and realise the importance of getting enough sleep.  Good sleep habits include removing or switching off electronic devices, having a dark room that is not too hot or cold and establishing a routine for bedtime. Miss Palmer is also leading a house assembly on the topic over the next few weeks.
  • Year 11 students have had a range of workshops on a range of sexual health and safety topics.  These were well received and students either learned new information or updated their existing knowledge. Thanks to the local charity Dhiverse for supporting these workshops.
  • Mr Dover and Miss Palmer attended the Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers of R.E. last weekend, in London.  This provided a good opportunity to improve R.E. knowledge and get up-to-date on current R.E. issues.  The demands of the new 9-1 GCSE course mean there are new curriculum areas for to teach and new resources available, so support and training on these is helpful.
  • All Year 11 students have now had a tutor time led by a NCS staff member.  NCS is the National Citizenship Service, who offer a four week skills development programme over the summer break; you may have heard adverts on local radio. To find out more visit www. ncsyes.co.uk
  • PC Kate Thwaites, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, led her final House assembly this week on contemporary eSafety issues with students. Please remember that there are a number of useful eSafety resources on the College website for both parents and students, accessed via Links and then Think U Know.
  • Planning ahead for the summer exam season, we have a few spaces on the invigilator team. If you would like to find out how you might join, please get in touch with our Exams Officer, Nicola von Schreiber on 712150 x113 or nvonschreiber@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk

 

 

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