Week ending May 16th

  • This week Chesterton had its very own fashion show and as usual it was no ordinary event: it was held entirely in French, allowing Year 9 French students to showcase their fluency. The clothes, language, commentaries, photography, filming, music and staging were all managed by the students and there were prizes for the best performances in the show!  I really enjoyed the section I watched and can commend both the language proficiency and the sartorial elegance.
  • Our congratulations go to Jake Herrington, in Year 8, who has just been selected for the Northampton Saints’ Rugby Academy. A future sporting star in the making, no doubt.
  • This week Chesterton hosted seven other schools for a Year 8 and 10 athletics’ match. It was a great opportunity for the students to compete in all the athletics’ events covered in their lessons.  The event was also organised by Year 8 and 9 sports leaders from Chesterton. It was very successful and it all took place in brilliant sunshine; the perfect weather for athletics.
  • We held another of our open afternoons this week for Year 7 students and families, providing an opportunity for students to share the work they have completed in their feedback books. I have really enjoyed overhearing the conversations about the work and seeing how delighted students have been with their parents’ reactions to what they have achieved.
  • Our Year 9 enterprise students were selling their hand made products in the Cambridge market square this week. The students sourced fair trade products and made their own candles, tote bags and jewellery. They attracted lots of attention, even in the rain and were visited by the Lord Mayor who admired their entrepreneurial spirit.
  • On Tuesday evening we had our PTA meeting, with a really interesting presentation from Pete Watts about the developments with the house system and vertical tutoring. It was great to be able to share the progress that has been made and some of the issues which have come along which we have been able to deal with. On the evening the PTA also publicised their forthcoming band night which will be held on July 4th in school and promises to be a great event.
  • Another band night is happening this Friday evening, which has been organised by the Year 11 prom committee to raise additional funds for the Y11 prom. As  a school we fund the prom as a reward for the hard work of Y11, but this year’s committee have some very special plans and have organised a band night to support these.
  • Please look out for a ParentMail which has a video attached outlining some of the thinking behind how we are using i-pads in lessons. It is quite a long video clip but provides considerable context to why we are working as we are in school and the thought which goes into our planning of any new development. We hope you will enjoy watching it.
  • Today we are visited by our Rolls Royce mentor, due to our position as finalist in the Rolls Royce science prize. This is a highly prestigious competition and the work that is going on in school, led by Dave Timney, is very impressive with students working on robotics. The role of the mentor is to help guide the project, using his “real world” technical expertise. The students are delighted to have this real life perspective on what they are doing.
  • My weekly mention for Year 11 as they continue with exams. I have been pleased to hear comments from staff and invigilators about their level of focus and general good spirits. We continue to wish them well and offer every support we can.
  • Our congratulations go to Dave Goodlet, our site officer, on the arrival of his second grandchild Murray. A very welcome addition to the extended Chesterton family.

 

 

 

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