Week ending January 16th

  • Thank you to all those who attended the Options’ Evening this week. It was a very informative evening, especially about all the developments related to the new English and Maths exams. This is a really exciting time for students and we hope they have all the details they need to make an informed choice. Taster sessions will be running next week, to provide additional information for students.
  • Lots of news from the drama department for the blog:
  • This week a group of Year 8 and 9 Drama students visited the museum at Kettle’s Yard in order to explore the artefacts held there. The students are working on a project in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard which will see them create performances based on the history and life story of these artefacts.
  • On Thursday 22nd January our Year 11 GCSE Drama students will take part in a master class run by Temper Theatre Company. This will provide our students with ideas and inspiration for their final exam performance before they go on our Drama residential weekend at Burwell House.
  • Two of our Year 9 students are currently preparing for their upcoming National Youth Theatre audition which takes place in February. The Drama department wishes them all the best!
  • Every half-term representatives from the House Councils come to our early morning Senior Leadership Team, to present their student voice ideas. This week when they attended, they spoke to us about the school environment and changes they would like to see; as ever we will aim to implement those. Last half-term the focus was on Y11 and exam support and I’m delighted to say we have been able to implement all the student voice requests.
  • Jamie Oliver’s Food Academy runs a competition called Future Chef to encourage the culinary experts of tomorrow. Students are able to use a budget of up to £7.00 to cover a main and dessert dish; one is judged and the other is used for display/presentations. After in-school heats Year 7 and 8 students Anna McPherson and Tanisha Townshend went through to the regional heat, at Peterborough Regional College, competing against significantly older students. The girls’ efforts were highly commended particularly in light of their youth(!) and whilst they didn’t achieve the official first and second place, one of the judges did remark if there had been a third place it would have been won by a Chesterton student!
  • We are hosting a “Raspberry Pi” event at Chesterton Community College on Monday 19th January 9:00 until 13:30. Local company CSR have taken a Raspberry Pi, put it on a Perspex board, added a GPS, LED and Battery and produced a portable programmable device which can be programmed by the students as a pedometer, speedometer, compass, etc….in fact anything that can use two or more positions on the Earth. The school is trialling this new technology with the hope that it will be rolled out to a much wider audience later in the year: possibly as a National Project if all goes well. We will have approximately 20 Year 9 students involved.  Part of the event is to try and encourage more girls to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in their options and at A level and is being championed by STEM in Eastern England, who have committed some key speakers for the event.
  • Post Y11 mocks we have been holding some re-sits for students to help improve their performance, even further. A really interesting idea which is being piloted in some subject areas is that of a “walking-talking-mock”, where students complete a mock in exam conditions but under the guidance of their class teacher who effectively walks them through the exam. This is a technique which is proven to help students get better at timing and also help them remember information in the actual exam, by being able to recall the mock experience. Student comments about this have been overwhelmingly positive, so it is something we will definitely do more of in the future.
  • Next Wednesday we have the Y11 study day for students. Hopefully it will be a really useful day. The aim is to run the day in a conference / university style and for it to be a really positive experience for all students.
  • The summer exam timetable is now available on our website. Written GCSE exams will start on 5 May and finish on 23 June (with BTECs and Cambridge Nationals to be completed within departments).The Exams Officer is happy to answer queries about the timetable (nvonschreiber@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk).
  • Don’t forget Y7 Parents’ Evening next week – online booking has now been open for some time. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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