Week ending Nov 28th

▪ Year 11 students have been working through their mock exams this week. We have been highly impressed by the sensible and focused manner with which they have approached the tests. Our external invigilators have all commented on how well prepared the students are, which is really good to hear. We hope that having this very formal experience will help with preparation for the summer. In the last week of term we will do a mock results’ day, where we will give out the mock results just as will happen in the summer. This is a way of helping students envision what they would like the real experience in the summer to be like. Well done Y11 – keep going!
▪ It was great, as ever, to see so many parents at the Y8 teacher consultation evening. Events like this are very important, so we can share ways in which you can support your child and it also provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate your child’s work in school.
▪ As usual at this time of year the music department is in the midst of preparations for all the Christmas performances. Congratulations to the Chesterton Singers and the Cantiamo! Choir who together performed a lovely concert on the evening of Sunday 23 November at St Giles Church, under the direction of Roger Bond.
▪ The French Exchange for 2015 is currently being planned. A group of students go to the South of France every year in an exciting exchange with a Collège in Uzès. The deadline for expressing an interest in the trip is Monday 1 December, so please encourage your children to go! Further details are available from Ms Patterson kpatterson@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk
▪ As always great sporting news from Chesterton. Thomas Williams, in Year 8, and Tomer Pollard, in Year 9, are the latest students to be awarded the Chesterton ‘Blue’. The award recognises outstanding attitude, commitment to extra-curricular sport and a high level of achievement outside school. Thomas has represented the county athletics’ team – also breaking the school discus record in the process! Tomer has just been selected to attend the Northampton Saints’ Rugby Academy.
▪ Georgia Blakeman is one of twenty-seven students to be selected for the County Young Coach Academy, sponsored by the Youth Sport Trust. The academy was set up this year to provide training and personal development for students already engaged in sports leadership. Georgia actively coaches gymnastics. Objectives include a raised awareness of the possibility of a career in sport and to bridge the gap between school and community provision.
▪ It may have been noticeable this month that we have had a number of male staff looking more hirsute than usual, as they raise money for Movember. If you would like to donate to the charity which raises money to prevent prostate cancer in men, please link to: http://uk.movember.com/mospace/10100433.
▪ Fundraising is also very much on the agenda for the PTA this term with the Christmas Fayre. Before going on to write more about the fayre I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the PTA who at their recent meeting used funds they had raised to support £5,000 of faculty bids. Bids included kitchen equipment to develop our catering facilities and a visiting storyteller for the library. Support like this is invaluable to a school and so if you can help the PTA please do.
▪ Two good and easy ways to support are by doing the following: use the web search engine www.chestertonpta.easysearch.org.uk. We get 0.5p every time a search is made using this search engine and a link is followed. If everybody in our school community did just two searches a day using EasySearch, we would raise an additional £7,300 each year for the PTA.
▪ If you shop online, please use www.easyfundraising.org.uk . It’s easy, just create an account and choose to support the “Chesterton PTA” cause. Log into the EasyFundraising website when you want to shop online. Then search for the online retailer you want to shop with and follow the link to their website. Many retailers are included and they will donate a percentage of the money you spend to the PTA. This is usually about 2.5%.
▪ Both are easy ways to support the PTA, without even leaving home! However it’s more fun to come to the Christmas Fayre next Friday at 5pm in school. Over the last few weeks, a number of students have been busy preparing. They have given up their lunch times to create craft packs under the guidance of Louise Pont, a parent who is a designer and teacher. They have made three types of pack ready for sale to raise funds for the PTA. Thanks to Mrs Popple, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Palmby for assisting the students. There will be many stalls there on the evening and it will be a great opportunity to purchase some early Christmas presents. We look forward to seeing you there.

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