Week ending March 20th 2015

  • It was an absolute delight this week to attend the West Road concert. There were outstanding performances from our secondary students and from our feeder primaries. The evening’s entertainment included a samba band, steel pans, jazz band, orchestras, recorder group and solo performances. The quality of performance was impressive, as was the enthusiasm from all the students involved. Our thanks go to everyone involved.
  • This week we welcomed our feeder primaries who are involved in the “We Sing” project. This entails primary choirs rehearsing a range of pieces and then coming to Chesterton to perform as a group. It is a joy to see.
  • Our inaugural Senior Citizen Lunch Club happened this week. Our Y7 students acted as hosts and served a roast dinner, during our own busy lunch time. Our guests were incredibly positive about the experience and really enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the school canteen. This will be a monthly event, so if you are aware of any community groups who may wish to link to the school do contact us.
  • The Cambridge Science Festival is in full swing and as ever there is a high level of involvement from our students. The following students are running a stall at the ‘Schoolzone’ as part of the festival: Yonathan Hornkohl; Rowan Isles; Robert Wade and Alexander Peake. It is open to the public so please feel free to pop along. It is at the Hauserforum on Madingley Road, on Saturday.
  • Mr Dobson took eleven Year 9 students to the Big Bang Science Fair at the Birmingham NEC on Wednesday 11th March. It was a fascinating day with stands including: Rolls Royce demonstrating models of their jet engines and the University of East Anglia’s Biology Department showing leaf cutter ants cultivating their fungal crop. There were also lots of hands on activities as you can see from the photograph on our Facebook page showing Kristian, William and Danny getting stuck into some civil engineering.
  • Our congratulations go to William Tan, in Year 9, who participated in the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama. William came first in the “Violin Solo Grade 8 and above” category. The competition was very intense and because William won in the highest level category he has been invited to play in their forthcoming Gala concert.
  • More than 35 students from Chesterton were enthusiastic supporters this week, at the Women’s Super League netball match between Manchester Thunder and Hertfordshire Mavericks.  It was a thrilling game, with Manchester finally securing the win after a very close contest throughout – more importantly it gave our students an insight into the world of elite sport.
  • All students in years 7, 8 and 9 have been participating in the popular inter house netball and football competitions this week.  It has been great to see the really high level of competition, alongside the equally high level of sporting behaviour.  The results are not finalised yet, but Equiano House is looking like the favourite!
  • The Year 9 boys’ football team will play in the county cup semi-final next week!  The team played very well in the quarter-final game last week winning comfortably, 3-1.
  • Lucy Crowe, the Artistic Director of SINCru and a parent and staff Yoga teacher at the school, has been awarded a grant to run a new collaborative dance and wellness project, ‘Respect Myself’, with Carl Humphries, our Head of PE. SIN Cru will deliver two courses simultaneously: dance sessions in bBoy dance technique and body conditioning yoga. ‘Respect Myself’ will culminate in a public showcase with video projections, in partnership with the Head of Computing, Mr Kelly, and the Sonic Pi group. The whole project will be steered by a young project worker and team of youth volunteers from the school. Congratulations to everyone involved for this successful bid. We are currently awaiting the outcomes of several other bids, so do keep your fingers crossed that we are successful.
  • The Year 9 drama group, Solla Sollew, have continued touring local primary schools this week after winning “Chesterton’s Got Talent” with their performance of “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr Seuss. Solla Sollew went to Mayfield, St. Luke’s, Arbury, Kings Hedges and the Grove. They were welcomed by all staff and students, with many laughs and warm-hearted comments.
  • Y11 revision is continuing and students in lessons are clearly working incredibly hard. This week’s revision lecture on Friday is focused on geography and online booking is still available for the Easter revision sessions.
  • Next Tuesday at 7pm there will be a Parent Forum focused on our potential new build; please do come along.

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