Week ending Nov 14th
- As you will already be aware from the website we were delighted to win second prize (£5,000) this week in the Rolls Royce Science prize. This is the tenth year of this highly prestigious competition and, from two thousand finalists, we were awarded second prize at an awards’ ceremony held in the Science Museum in London on Monday evening. Our project focused on animatronics and was a project led by female students who then mentored male students. It provided cross-curricular opportunities, with the DT department, and has now been embedded in the curriculum for other students to experience. Well done to project lead Dave Timney and his team: a remarkable achievement. Please look out for articles in The Telegraph and Cambridge Evening News.
- On Thursday those students who made it onto the 2013-2014 faculty honours boards were joined by their families for an assembly; acknowledging their achievements and taking a moment to celebrate. Following a short talk our young people, and their guests, were invited to tour the school and have their pictures taken in front of the boards. Enjoying their moment in the lime light, if a little embarrassed by the attention. The boards are a long lasting display of the ongoing dedication our students demonstrate every day to realise their potential and make the most of the opportunities they are given. Please take a look at the boards when you are next in school. I look forward to seeing who will be nominated for the honour next year.
- It always good to hear news of former students and at the Honours’ Celebration I was delighted to speak to the mother of Jasmine Drewery, a former Chesterton student, who proudly informed me that Jasmine had presented to all prospective parents visiting Hill’s Road at the recent open evenings. Jasmine spoke six times to an audience of five hundred on each occasion and to quote Mum: “….did us and Chesterton proud. She said very clearly and proudly on each occasion that she had been a student at Chesterton Community College.” It is great to see that strong link with Hills Road which is a post-16 destination for so many of our students.
- The week ended with the great charity activities linked to Children In Need (please look at photos on our Facebook page). The hall was filled with stalls and there were some amazing costumes from students and staff. It was great fun, all in a very worthy cause.
- Our Computing department is going from strength to strength under the leadership of Neil Kelly and I am always impressed when I visit any of our computing lessons and see the high level of programming that students are engaged in. These activities don’t just happen in lessons, but are also now being offered as extra-curricular opportunities with new IT clubs starting next week. These include: Python Programming for Years 7 and 8 on Monday; Python programming with raspberry pi’s for girls on Tuesday; Java programming on conventional PCs Thursday and coming soon: Sonic Pi – making music on your raspberry pi. All clubs run in B15 from 3:05pm; just turn up and house points will be awarded to all participants.
- As you will be aware we are, as ever, working hard on our revision programmes for students and this year trying to incorporate the iPad and electronic resources. Kath Hutchinson has been at the forefront on this and has created an RPSE textbook which is now available. To access the resource you have to open iBooks and search the store: ‘GCSE Religious Studies AQA(B) Elderly and Death’; then download for free. All Y11 students are covering the RPSE course so please do take the time to download this invaluable resource.
- Next Thursday we will be holding our annual Y11 Awards’ Evening which is an excellent evening where we can welcome back former students and celebrate their success. We look forward to seeing everyone again.