Week ending May 2nd

  • I start the blog with some exciting personal news for two of our members of staff: Andrew Cornick and Louise Alderton became engaged over the weekend and it was announced at staff briefing on Monday, much to their embarrassment! We offer them our congratulations.
  • Congratulations also go to staff who have recently been successful in some exciting internal appointments. Clare Hargraves has been appointed to the senior leadership team as Assistant Head with responsibility for Maths and Computing and Dr Kath Hutchinson has been appointed to the extended senior leadership team as Director of CPD (continuing professional development). Kath will remain as Head of the Humanities Faculty but will also lead on staff training and development. We are very excited about both appointments and the additional contributions that will be brought to the school.
  • Another of our Reading for Pleasure events happened this week, with the library hosting an author visit by Alex Scarrow the author of the Time Riders’ series. He gave a lively presentation packed with humour about how he became an author and how his ideas developed for his books, followed by two workshops for interested students who had signed up to participate. The most common remark from students who attended was that “it was amazing!” He signed his books for students, joined in photographs and if students chose to join his Twitter that day, then he promised he would join and follow theirs. I was delighted on a visit to the library after school yesterday to see a Y7 student starting to write the first chapter of his book, having been inspired by some of Alex Scarrow’s ideas.
  • Forty two Year 9 students are continuing to work towards their Skill, Physical and Volunteering sections for their Bronze DofE award. Students are volunteering in our community at some very worthwhile causes including the EACH charity, with The Girl Guides/Boy Scouts as well as helping our local primary school and libraries. Next week the compulsory afterschool sessions are starting, to help students prepare for the expeditions (dates to be confirmed imminently). The first session will be looking at vital first aid skills which every person should feel confident in, to deal with emergencies correctly. It is an incredibly worthwhile award to pursue and I am glad that we have been able to introduce this for our students.
  • Year 9 French students are planning a French fashion show next week.  They will be walking the catwalk in the Farnsworth Hall with a Year 9 audience and the whole show will be scripted and presented in French.  The students are very excited by the whole idea of the show and are looking forward to dressing up and using their French for real! Many of the developments we have been working on this year in schemes of learning have been about creating exciting, engaging real-life experiences for students and this is a great example.
  • We are part of the CB4 Aspire group which is a group of feeder primaries and local secondary schools. As part of this group we are hosting a Numeracy Forum, where primary and secondary teachers can come together to share expertise and ensure that subject matter is delivered in a similar way to avoid confusion for students. We had the first CB4 Maths forum this week, attended by 6 Primary schools, and it was decided that the group would work together to come up with a common calculations’ policy, sharing best practice and creating a post SATs transition scheme of work for Year 6.
  • Our artist in residence Melissa Murray Williams is working hard and we had our first taste of stone carving this week. She has created a wordpress blog now and would like to share it with the school community. Please do log on and see what she is doing in school: http://mpmchesterton.wordpress.com.
  • Year 11 student Jack Kerwin has invited the Danish Ambassador to come in to school on Wednesday 7th May at 3.30pm. Jack has had considerable success at getting prestigious visitors into school. He is very keen to make this a community event so if you would like to attend, please do come into school at the end of the day on Wednesday and reception will tell you where the event will be held.
  • Nikki Phillips is celebrating the ninth successful year of running her handwriting club, where students during lunchtime can develop this very important skill. Nikki says that the club makes the students more confident and successful in their school life. She is also available to any student who can’t make the lunchtime sessions after school in the library , on any day to help or advise.
  • As part of our preparations for Year 10 students and their mock exams, next week – on Thursday and Friday – Year 10 students who are off target will be attending progress meetings with either Heads of Faculty or Heads of House. If a student is off target in 1 or 2 subjects they will meet the relevant Heads of Faculty/Subject for 5 minute appointments. If a student is off target in 3 or more subjects they will meet with their Head of House for 10 minutes. The aim of the meetings is to help them create a personalised programme about how they can improve their performance for the forthcoming exams. We did this with Y11 this year, post mocks, and found it to be very successful and we hope that by bringing this forward it will be even more supportive for students.
  • A date for your diaries: the Great Chesterton Celebration and Proms in the Park Event will be happening on Thursday 26th June between 5-7pm.  The Year 7s will be displaying the work they have created over the year in Design and Technology for their parents/carers to see and enjoy.  There will be food products for sale, made by the students.  Parents/carers are encouraged to bring a picnic, drinks and a picnic blanket so they can enjoy the musical event that will start at 6pm when students from all years will be performing.  This whole event will take place on the grass area behind the DT block (weather permitting).

 

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