Week ending October 17th

 

  • This week saw the BIG audition for Chesterton’s Got Talent 2014.   From singers to circus performers and musicians to dancers the standard of talent was incredible.  Several hours of auditions revealed that Chesterton really does have talent!  Now the difficult task begins of choosing just 10 acts to go through to live grand final in December.  Finalists will be announced just before half term. Watch this space…..
  • A ‘Sportivate’ grant has been used to help year 10 students to take up golf during their regular PE lessons. On Monday, a cohort of students had their first lesson from a golf professional based at the Cambridge driving range on Milton Road. Budding Ryder Cup competitors in the making, no doubt!
  • We held our post-16 information evening this week. It was a busy event and hopefully useful for both parents and students. We appreciate this is a challenging process for families and we try to provide as much support as we can with applications and the provision of useful information. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you need any guidance about post-16 provision.
  • Young pianists from Cambridgeshire will perform at Cambridge Corn Exchange alongside world renowned pianist Freddy Kempf at his recital on Tuesday 28 October 2014.They will perform for the first time a new composition by Nicholas Paul Simpson scored for the highly unusual combination of nine pianos. The piece has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire Music in partnership with Cambridge Corn Exchange. It is structured around the idea of a mentor guiding pianists on a musical journey from novice to master. Student parts are graded in difficulty from one to eight and the ninth part, the role of mentor, is played by Freddy. Each pianist will lead a short section as the journey progresses. ‘Nine Pianos’ will also serve as an educational tool. A recording with all parts played by Freddy will be available, as a download, in multiple versions each with one of the parts missing. In this way students at different stages can play the missing part along with the recording. Freddy Kempf is 2014/15 artist in residence at Cambridge Corn Exchange. His recital on 28 October will feature sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. We are delighted that there will be students from Chesterton Community College participating in this event.
  • A date for diaries is the 4th November when we will be holding a Y11Parent Information Evening from 5.30pm. The purpose of the evening is to look at how to support your child with revision. We have structured the event so there are many practical tips and opportunities to talk with staff; please do come along.
  • As part of the revision process, leading to the mock exams, we have been running a number of revision sessions and this week’s was created by Richard Kirkby. He provided training for all Year 11 students about how to use two apps: Book Creator and Explain Everything, which are incredibly powerful for creating personalised revision guides. We have provided these apps for all Year 11 students, so please do ask your child about them and there will be a tutorial about how to use these on the information evening as well.
  • A final reminder that Chesterton Community College is holding a Family Learning Festival from 10am to 12pm on Saturday 18 October in the Sports Hall. There are many free fun activities for all our community families and many prizes to be won.  The mayor will be here, as well as a fire engine and fire fighters.  There will be prizes for the many competitions on the day. We look forward to seeing you.

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