Week ending September 18th

  • We will be sending out an additional ParentMail, but we would like to take this opportunity to share with parents that we have been shortlisted for the next stage in the sponsor selection process for the new Darwin Green School. On Tuesday September 29th at 7.30pm there will be a public meeting where all the potential sponsors will present. This will be held in the council chamber at Shire Hall and we would welcome parents attending.
  • Six students received their trophy this week for winning the Swavesey Science Challenge. They also received a £200 cheque for student resources in the science department. Helen Greenaway from Swavesey Village College presented the trophy on behalf of sponsors Napp Pharmaceuticals. Congratulations again to: Amy Xu, Shaopeng Lu, Izzy Godfrey, Oliver Montes, Madeena Sorkhabi and Scott Lewin for representing the school so well.
  • On Saturday three R.E. teachers from Chesterton visited Cambridge Mosque Open Day.  Dr Hutchinson, Miss Palmer and Mr Dover had a tour of the Mawson Road mosque and were able to ask lots of questions.  They observed salat (formal prayers) and were treated to some lovely mint tea. They were made to feel very welcome, saw a number of former and current Chesterton students and all learned about the faith.  The department hopes to take some students to visit soon.
  • Congratulations to Dr Hutchinson who has been awarded a scholarship with versal.com to run alongside the Farmington Fellowship, she is currently engaged with. Versal enables teachers to structure and produce online courses with interactive content. This supports students shaping their own learning by giving them access to a range of carefully selected course materials. They can then select their own route of enquiry, using the materials and interactives to guide them. We are sure to see some really exciting materials developed as a consequence of this work.
  • As mentioned last week we were delighted to host Sophie Wilson: an esteemed Broadcom fellow and Distinguished Engineer; a Fellow of the Royal Society; a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society. Sophie was responsible for the BBC Microcomputer; designing the Acorn System 1 and co-designed the ARM processer which powers Acorn’s computers. We currently have four female students, formerly of Chesterton, now at Hills Road studying computing; that is more than the number of students currently studying A-level computing in Northern Ireland!
  • Just a reminder about safe cycling. As a school we take cycling safety very seriously: with frequent assemblies and cycling proficiency courses. However, it is important messages are reinforced at home so please do talk with your children about safe cycling.
  • It was great to see so many parents at the Y7 Parent Information Evening this week. Parents had the opportunity to hear how they could support their child with English, Maths and Science. They also heard presentations about the Ipads students will be receiving after half-term and about our new reporting system which replaces national curriculum levels and also provides more detailed written reports.
  • This Thursday there will be a Y10 Parent Information Evening which will provide guidance about how to help your child make the best start to their new GCSE courses. This is a very important evening and will provide information from core subjects; guidance about our wealth of revision resources and also about controlled assessments and their importance for GCSE success. Please do come along.
  • On Tuesday at 7.30pm we will be holding the PTA AGM. Do come and join us, as we are always looking for new members to join our community.

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