Week ending May 15th

  • Our fundraising challenge has started! We are working closely with the PTA and our joint aim is to raise £15,000, to purchase a climbing wall; a facility that will be available for school and community use. Tutor groups are being set the task of coming up with different ways to raise money and we have made this into a competition. The group who raises the most money will win an amazing climbing wall party with food, drink and a disco but more importantly the opportunity to be the first group to use the new wall. We will also be holding a house colour sports’ clothing non-school uniform day on Tuesday 30th June; the Whole School Sports’ Day. Our main fundraising event will be on Thursday 9th July at break and lunch, when tutor groups will have the opportunity to set up their planned activities/stalls and raise as much money as they can. We would welcome your support in our fundraising mission. Hopefully by the end of 2015 we will have reached our target and have a climbing wall ready for use!
  • A congratulatory update to our news last week about the Aldeburgh Young Musicians’ programme as we have now heard that Annemarie Federle (Year 8) has also been awarded a full AYM place with both her instruments, French horn and piano.
  • More music related news: some members of the “Chesterton Singers” enjoyed their trip to Germany (30 April – 3 May).  This weekend sees the German choir visiting us.  There will be a joint concert from both “Chesterton Singers” and the German choir this Friday evening at St Andrew’s Church, Cherry Hinton at 7:30. This will be followed by a day of sightseeing activities such as, a guided tour of Cambridge, punting, evensong at King’s and a celebratory end of exchange party in the evening, kindly organised by Roger Bond and parent Caroline Stephens.  Thanks also go to all parents whose children have taken part in this for their support. If you would like to attend the concert in Cherry Hinton on Friday 15th, please do come along.
  • Many of our musicians have taken instrumental exams recently, we are pleased to announce many have passed with excellent marks including some merits and distinctions! Well done to them.
  • The first athletics match of the season was hosted by Chesterton this week – attended by Bottisham Village College, Cottenham Village College, Impington Village College, Soham Village College, Stephen Perse Foundation, Parkside Federation and St Bede’s School.  It was great to see fifty athletes in action from years 8 and 10.  Our team of sports leaders from Year 9 also impressed with the quality of their leadership, by taking responsibility for track and field events.  To top it all, our teams finished in either first or second position for all age groups and genders!
  • At the PTA meeting this week we were able to share updated plans for the new build and architectural drawings which really help to bring the project to life. Whilst we do have to wait for planning permission, the project is being developed in detail and it is incredibly exciting. There will be a new main hall and dining hall; the existing Farnsworth and Rex Freeman Halls will be redeveloped to provide new classroom accommodation; two courtyard spaces, replacing the area where cars currently park, will be created; entirely redeveloped Art and DT spaces, which will allow us to further enhance our curriculum offers in these subjects, are planned; developments to science and an enhanced entrance to the site are also included. As with all projects until the first spade starts digging there is never absolute certainty, but all being well we have an opportunity to bring our building completely into the twenty-first century. A ParentMail will go out shortly where there will be a link to the website showing the new plans. At forthcoming school events we will also have the plans and drawings on display.
  • The Music and DT department are busily preparing for their “Proms in The Park” event. Both departments have exciting developments planned for next year, with our Music department seeking to work more in our feeder primary schools. DT will be developing an offer for future years which will retain our traditional curriculum of food, textiles, resistant materials etc but also begin to incorporate a greater use of robotics, electronics and computer aided design.
  • If you have students in Year 9 you may be aware that the school has been working on developing a partnership with Cambridge Regional College for students who have a desire to focus their studies on a more vocational pathway. We have been working with a small number of students, their families and CRC to create a KS4 offer which whilst continuing to focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science allows for a considerably enhanced vocational offer. This offer can take many forms: engineering; digital media; fashion; mechanics; hair and beauty or be tailored to a student’s interest. We are very excited by this opportunity to develop a curriculum for a small number of students; working closely with CRC has allowed us to offer this curriculum breadth as we would not have been able to do alone. We are the first school in the city to seize this opportunity for our students and we are keen to develop the programme for future year groups. There will be curriculum information appearing on the website shortly if you would like to read about this offer further.
  • Year 11 students are working incredibly hard, over what is a very long exam period. They have been revising in school and at home; it is amazing to see them still smiling! We continue to wish them well. There will be an assembly for the year group in the last week of this half-term to allow them to share some of their memories of Chesterton.

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