Week ending July 11th
- On Friday of this week the hotly contested house competition reached its climax. All the points, for various activities throughout the year, were collated and we were able to announce that our first ever winning house is Equiano House; with Hill – second, Cavendish – third and Robinson – fourth. There have been a wide variety of ways for students to support their house: sports’ day; regular competitions and points for good news’ slips etc so everyone will have contributed to their house in some way. The winning house will be receiving a very exciting reward shortly, which I am sure will go on to inspire other houses to want to win in future years.
- Neil Kelly was contacted by a representative of Duxford Museum recently, as they are hosting a visit of students from Seattle who needed a venue to put on a performance about World War Two. The play was researched and developed in conjunction with the Northwest School’s 7th Grade Humanities Class study of WWII and the 8th Air Force. It is not a traditional play following a defined group of characters, but rather an exploration of the era through the lens of the warplane: the children and villagers whose lives were forever changed by the bombs dropped by the enemy; the women and men who built the planes; the men and women who flew them and the ad hoc communities of people from very disparate cultures created on both sides of the Atlantic to fuel and win the war. We will be having a performance of the play on July 21st and hope to be able to invite some of our local World War Two veterans along to watch the performance with our students.
- Thirty-nine Year 9 students walked just over 12k on Wednesday afternoon, as part of their training for the bronze DofE expedition next term. Pictured on our Facebook page are the before, during and after shots for Mrs Askham’s group. The sun shone and students were able to use their map reading and navigational skills. Today only a few are suffering from blisters!
- Students are currently working hard completing the final rehearsals for the Summer Production of ‘Oliver’. The show takes place at 7pm next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Farnsworth Hall. Tickets are available from the Finance Office and via ParentPay. We look forward to seeing you there.
- We were busy hosting the ABRSM in school this week, as they conducted instrumental exams for many of our talented students. I’m sure there have been some excellent results, as music is such a strength here at Chesterton.
- This week we hosted a launch for a new adult learning course that is being offered here at Chesterton. JHD counselling is a provider that offers counselling services and also trains counsellors. From this month they will be running a range of counselling courses in school during the day, evenings and a summer course. We are really pleased to be able to host this for our community and have already seen large numbers of students signing up for the courses. Our own Progress Support Workers participated in an introduction to counselling course to help support vulnerable students and that is where this relationship initially started. We hope every adult learner who takes one of the various counselling courses on offer enjoys their experience at Chesterton.
- I am very fortunate next week to be attending the Farnborough International Air Show as part of our ongoing link with Rolls Royce as finalists in the Rolls Royce science prize. I will be attending along with members of the Science and Design Technology departments who have led the student work on a robotics’ project. Next term we will discover whether we have been successful in the competition.
- We have had another success with the Rolls Royce science competition as Filo Gallo, one of our science technicians, has also been nominated for an award. The award is for a project she is working on with Clare Claughton, science technician, and Steve Hinshelwood. The project aims to implement the use of data loggers in basic and everyday science experiments by providing the students with user friendly manuals. These will contain simple instructions and pictures to help the pupils with the setup of the activity, the use of sensors and data loggers and the collection of data.