Week ending June 27th

  • Anita Langdale, our Head of Music, took three music groups to the Chesterton Festival on Saturday (ceilidh band, jazz band and samba band). It was a great event and the students represented the college extremely well with their excellent performances. It is always good to have students involved in community events that celebrate the whole of Chesterton and not just the school. There are a couple of photos on the Cambridge Evening News website; please see the link below.  http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/SLIDESHOW-Crowds-descend-on-Chesterton-for-community-festival-20140622113933.htm
  • As you will be aware all of our Y7 students study Latin and last week we had the pleasure of a visit from the Classics Department of the Faculty of Education to our Year 7 Wicked Wednesday. Starting with an inspiring retelling of the story of the Trojan War, students were tasked with helping Odysseus return from the war to his much beloved wife.  Fighting off attacks from the Cyclops, the lure of the Sirens and escaping the pull Whirlpools and using a range of creative artistic techniques to reimagine the story, our brave students safely delivered Odysseus home to Ithaca by the end of a very engaging and enjoyable session.
  • It is always great to be able to celebrate the success of former students and we are delighted to be able to congratulate ex-pupil Kieran Wood (brother of Jordan in yr10) who is now the English under 20 Champion at 3000m, following his win at Bedford on Saturday. Well done Kieran!
  • You may remember me mentioning our recent artist in residence, the link below will take you to the post on Access Arts website which documents the day year eight students spent with visiting artist Anne Harild.   http://www.accessart.org.uk/vivid-young-creatives-anne-harild-chesterton-community-college-cambridge/
  • This week there has been a definite Proms’ theme in school. On Thursday the DT and Music departments combined to create a “Proms in the park” event which allowed Y7 students to showcase both their musical talents and their technology skills by catering for the event and producing all the promotional materials. It was great to see so many students and parents enjoying the relaxed atmosphere at the event and fortunately the weather remained beautiful.
  • Also this week the Y11 prom will be happening tonight, more details will be in next week’s blog and there will be photos on our Facebook page. There is a great sense of anticipation about the event and I am really looking forward to seeing Y11 in their finery.
  • We are keen to provide an enhanced service for the whole Chesterton community and provide an excellent and accessible provision to create positive partnerships with families, businesses, educational and cultural organisations. With these aims in mind, we are seeking to fundraise and find individuals with skills and time for specific projects. Therefore, we have created the post of Community Development Co-ordinator and have appointed Sue Spencer. She welcomes ideas, suggestions and offers of help to achieve these aims. Please contact her on sspencer@chesterton.cambs.sch.ukif you are keen to raise funds for Chesterton and its broader community; to ensure that the college can be a real hub for the community.
  • This week the CILIP Carnegie Book Award 2014 was announced. It is a prestigious book prize awarded each year to the writer of an outstanding book for children and young people. A group of six Chesterton students (Rachel , Rebecca Cook, Josephine, Emily, Rockand Ben) volunteered to shadow the process, meeting weekly, reading all the shortlisted books, discussing and analysing their pro’s and con’s over juice and cake! To mark the announcement we had our own celebration in the library. I was delighted to be able to announce the winner to the group, which was “The Bunker Diary” by Kevin Brooks. The group was led this year by Miss Hillman, an English PGCE student, who was supported by Ms Bigglestone from the English department and Mrs Ellison from the library. For your interest the other short listed books included: “Liar &Spy” by Rebecca Stead, “Ghost Hawk” by Susan Cooper, “Rooftoppers” by Katherine Rundell, “The Wall” by William Sutcliffe, “The Child’s Elephant” by Rachel Campbell-Johnston, “Blood Family” by Anne Fine and “All The Truth That’s In Me” by Julie Berry. They are all available in the school library.
  • As part of the the enrichment day today Year 7 and 8 students rolled their jersey sleeves up and engaged in a full and busy day based on Le tour. Photos show students participating in bike maintenance and cycle safety sessions in DT, time trials and hill climbs in PE, learning about the route and geographical points of interest with MFL and Humanities; creating wonderful works of art based on le tour.
  • Year 9 students spent the day preparing themselves to start their KS4 courses next year. Next time you see a year 9 students enjoy their response if you say “I feel good”! Encouraging students to feel good and positive about their work and achievements was a focus for the day.

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