Blog – Fri 11th February 2022
Blog – Fri 11th February 2022
Next week the school is closed for the half-term break.
School will reopen on Monday 21st February when it will be week 1 on the school timetable.
This week is Children’s Mental Health week and the theme is ‘Growing Together’. There are a vast range of resources on the newsletter for this half term – it includes lots of helpful tips, signposts and videos to support you, your children and family as well a reminder on our wellbeing referral form for parents.
Mrs Butler will be handing the wellbeing flag over to Mrs Hawkins whilst she is on maternity leave, so if you have any wellbeing questions or suggestions for our next newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hawkins on
On the first Monday back after the half-term holidays (21st January 2022, 15:10-16:00) Nicholas Postgate will be presenting a face-to-face lecture on the school site. This lecture will be: ‘The first cities and the first writing – archaeology in the Iraq desert’. The lecture will take place in E15, and during this lecture, Nicholas will talk about:
‘the modern world would not be the same without cities and writing. Out in the desert of south Iraq are huge ancient cities abandoned more than 4000 years ago. I’ll show some pictures of my archaeological dig at one of them. One of the most important things found there is the world’s earliest library, so I also want to show how cuneiform writing began before the alphabet was invented, and give you a chance to be a scribe yourself (stylus provided).’
Many thanks to all of you who joined us for our PTA meeting on Tuesday 8th February where we welcomed Matteo Ruggiano as our new Chair. Huge thanks to Nick Beech for being such a marvellous Chair for the past two years and cheering us along through these unprecedented and challenging times.
We were delighted to be joined by Hector, an extremely enterprising Year 11 student who has taken it upon himself to restore some old music electronics to full function for the benefit of the whole school. He asked the PTA to contribute £75 for spare parts which we all unanimously supported. Go, Hector!
We also launched our very own Enthuse page from which donations can easily be collected for the PTA. We hope that Enthuse will enable us to support valuable projects around the school and fund teachers’ requests for equipment. You can now easily donate either by monthly Direct Debit or as a one-off payment as well as set up your own fundraising campaigns. Please do check it out !
Finally, save the date: The evening of 1st July 2022 and our very first Chesterton Community College Festival. The long-awaited event where we can finally all meet socially and have a good old boogie, share some amazing food and conversation, and hopefully have a laugh too!
Please do get involved!
- We enjoyed a Teatime Concert in the Music Department on Tuesday after school. Thank you to the students from Years 7 to 10 who performed so well. There was a super variety of vocal, piano, woodwind, string and percussion performances. It was great to be able to welcome families and friends to watch the concert too.
- Year 7 and 8 Choir are learning the song ‘Can You Hear Me?’ by Bob Chilcott and we were delighted to welcome Mrs Hubbard-Young to our rehearsal this week to teach the sign language that can be used to accompany the choruses of the song. There are over 50 members of Year 7 and 8 Choir, but new members are always welcome! Students should come along on a Monday at 8.10am to M1 if they are interested. We sing a variety of songs from different styles and genres.
- Preparations are continuing for the West Road Concert on 24th March and letters have gone home this week with students taking part. If your child has not brought home a letter then please ensure they collect one at their next rehearsal. Tickets will be available initially only for families of those students taking part before being released to all, and will be on Parentmail from Monday 21st February.
- Year 10 and 11 GCSE musicians will be going on a trip to watch the musical Wicked in the West End in April. We are really excited to be running this visit for the first time since 2019 as it is always hugely enjoyable and informative and supports the study of one of our set works at GCSE. A Parentmail has been sent this week to give further details.
- We have also sent out details of an exciting choral opportunity for Years 8-11 who attend a school choir. This is to take part in a residential choral course in July, the Gabrieli Roar! Project. Students will work as part of a large SATB youth choir, together with a professional conductor and orchestra, culminating in a concert in Ely Cathedral. If your child would be interested in taking part in this residential visit and does not currently attend a school choir, please contact Miss Wilson. We are very keen to take a Chesterton party to take part in this prestigious project.
- Finally are running a competition to look for a design to go on the front cover of the West Road Concert programme. The theme is ‘Music at Chesterton’ and we hope to have many entries to choose from. Interested students should see the details on their year group Team or on Weekly Notices in order to know what to include. The closing date for entries is
Friday 4th March.
Year 8 Girls’ Football – Score update
We left you in suspense last week by reporting that the Year 8 girls’ football team was locked into a 2-2 thriller, at the time when information for the blog was submitted. We’re really pleased to say that a match-winning performance from Alessandra helped the team to a 3-2 victory against our friends at Swavesey Village College. It’s the Year 7 girls’ team against Swavesey next!
Under-16 Boys’ Basketball
The successful under-16 boys’ basketball team played the proverbial ‘game of two halves’ in their rematch against The Perse this week. The end result was a 50-40 victory – behind the victory there were many twists and turns along the way. Chesterton launched into an impressive 19-point lead after the first quarter, which was sustained throughout the second quarter. The second half was far more evenly matched, and in fact our opponents came to within 6 points of the Chesterton score at one stage in the fourth quarter. In the end we were happy to close out the win by 10 points, with excellent performances from Louis, Muhammad, Abraham, Dallas, Nicholas, Dejun, Kaan, Tye, Joe and Szymon on his impressive debut for the team
Year 9 Sports Leaders
The sports leadership academy at Chesterton is certainly back in action this year, after a quiet year of Covid restrictions. The latest challenge for 11 of our Year 9 students was to officiate at the county primary schools’ hockey competition at Netherhall School. Well done to these students who made their whistles heard throughout the day: Carrie, Max, Avalon, Fergus, Lara, Otis, Naomi, Eleanor, Haanya, Viola and Leona.
Great Britain Basketball Development Camp
Congratulations to Lilijana who has been invited to attend the Great Britain Basketball Development Camp over a number of days during the half-term break in Colchester. We look forward to finding out where her basketball journey takes her.
Local Performance of “An Inspector Calls”
In October, Cambridge Arts Theatre is showing a multi-award-winning National Theatre production of J. B. Priestley’s classic play, “An Inspector Calls”. This is a set text for GCSE English Literature which students will study in Year 11, and we thought that there might be families (particularly of students currently in Years 9 and 10) who may wish to book tickets to see the show. Because it is a local performance, we will not be arranging a school trip, but we would really recommend the show: it is an excellent theatre production and helpful in students’ appreciation of the text. Details can be found on the Arts Theatre website:
This week class 8N concluded their series of lessons on the Trojan War with an investigation into Bronze Age arms and armour. We then put this knowledge into practice and made hoplite shields!
Year 9 PSHE Day
On Tuesday 8th February Year 9 took part in a series of sessions about ‘Safe Relationships’ for their PSHE day. Feedback from students was very positive and they enjoyed the opportunity to talk and engage with the topics.
Reading in Years 7 and 8
Thanks for all the positive feedback from Year 7 and 8 students and parents about the reading map, “The Chesterton Express”. We really hope this will support students in their reading choices and we look forward to hearing how everyone is getting on. We know some students are hoping to complete a genre line, whilst another student has challenged himself to work through the zone 5 books!
Another initiative to support reading in Years 7 and 8 is new reading recommendation pages on their year group Teams. We know that peer recommendations are a powerful tool in supporting reading choices, so we are incentivising leaving reading recommendations – read an article, autobiography, whatever, in any subject, and leave a recommendation on the year group Team, and you receive an ABP. In turn, students who are stuck for what to read next can have a look at that page to get some ideas.
The Years 7 and 8 Book Club had a wonderfully divided reaction to our half-term read, “Pax” and have now moved on to new novels. Students should drop in on Monday break in the library if you have any book suggestions or want to try reading with us.
Year 8 should also have now received their class reader, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” ready to start reading in place of traditional homework tasks. More details went out via Parentmail.
Years 9 to 11 and Staff Virtual Book Club
This book club is coming to the end of our half term focusing on Jane Austen. Despite some surprise arguments in favour of “Persuasion”, “Pride and Prejudice” was the predictable winner of people’s favourite Austen novel to read (or watch). Next half term we will start a new author – do send in your suggestions!
Author Event – Postponed
Unfortunately, because of some technical issues, we had to postpone the author event planned for Tuesday 8th. Many thanks to the students who turned up for their positive attitude and interest. We will reschedule just as soon as we can, along with planning other events with Young Adult book authors.
It is the last week before the half-term holiday! We go into the holiday with 6430 Above and Beyond Points and are currently sitting in 3rd place! Will we be able to catch Fawcett and Robinson next half term? What a great start to the new year from all the students in Equiano! A special well done has to go to our Equiano students Anantha, Callum, Eric, Edmund, Valo, Harleen and Victor who have achieved a huge 75 ABPs and who are invited to a celebration on Friday; well done and we hope you enjoy the celebrations!
On Tuesday it was the turn of Year 9 to have their first PSHE dropdown day of 2022. They were finding out about Safe Relationships. Sessions included Peer Pressure, E-Safety and Relationships in the media – all really important to help our students stay safe and recognise healthy and unhealthy behaviours in their relationships with others.
Year 11 History students are travelling to Spitalfields on Friday to analyse the impact of migration on an urban environment. We are sure this will be an interesting trip and we look forward to hearing all about it after the holiday.
Friday 11th is a non-uniform day for students to raise money for Diamond Blackfan Anaemia Charity and more information can be found on Parentmail.
Have a great half-term break from everyone in Equiano!
Here is your end-of-half-term blog post, Cavendish! We are very proud of our Cavendish students so far this year, who have achieved great things in and out of class. This has been a busy time for Year 11, many of whom have now finished the content of their GCSE courses and are now fully focussed on preparing for upcoming mock exams and the real thing in the Summer. Year 11 students have also been busy applying for their next steps after leaving Chesterton.
Many of our students also took part in trips this week, including an evening at the theatre to see an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm with the GCSE Drama cohort, and a much-anticipated Year 11 History trip to Spitalfields. We hope you have an enjoyable and restful half-term break.
That’s all from us at Cavendish – don’t forget to be awesome!
We’ve reached the final week of this half term, congratulations! It’s been a really busy term, and this final week has been no different. Year 9 had their second PSHE day of the year, on the topic of Healthy Relationships. Hill students learnt about the influence of media in portraying relationships, and how that could affect expectations from relationships, and a range of other topics such as peer pressure and being safe online.
On Friday, Year 11s studying History took the train down to London to visit Spitalfields, to study the effects of migration on this borough of London.
We want to wish all Hill students a very restful half-term, and look forward to welcoming you back afterwards. Finally, we wish to congratulate the following Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Amy, Lucy, Alex, Rebecca and Gaby – keep it up next half term!
As this half term draws to a close, we want to congratulate all Fawcett students for their hard work so far. A special mention to all of those celebrating their 75 Above and Beyond Points milestone this week with a rewards event – well done to Zara, Nicolas, Rosa, Thomas, Amy and Borys in Year 7. There will be more reward events next half term so keep earning those ABPs as we still need to work to close the gap with Robinson which stands at less than 100 points now!
This week in PSHE we were talking about the stigmas surrounding mental health and how to tackle those, and where to go for support. We learnt about Empowering Choices in our assembly and on Friday we had a non-uniform day to raise money for the Diamond Blackfan Anaemia charity.
Have a great half-term break, Fawcett students, and get some well-earned rest for the next half term ahead!
Hello Robinson House, we hope you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup. We are in first place on the House points competition with 6738 points which is 92 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those ABPs rolling in!
In form time this week we have been discussing mental health and how important it is in our daily lives.
Finally, please join us in wishing Alexander, Theo and Sonny a very happy birthday this week. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat. Have a lovely weekend.