Blog – Fri 11th March 2022

Chesterton Sixth Form

The Chesterton Sixth Form leadership team have had a great week meeting over 100 prospective sixth form students whose applications met our A-Level entry requirements, as part of our welcome events and guidance meetings. The candidates have been extremely impressive, and it’s been great to discuss their thoughts about course combinations, our exciting enrichment programmes, university preparation plans and much more! All interviewees will hear from us in writing regarding their offers by the end of March.


Year 8 Creative Writing Workshops

On Tuesday 8th March, all Year 8 students had an exciting opportunity to take part in a free creative writing workshop. This was led by Norwich-based writer and teacher, Elizabeth Lewis Williams, Writer in Residence at the British Antarctic Survey, and supported by Jennifer Williams from the Cambridge Festival.

Elizabeth spoke passionately about the Antarctic and shared interesting and inspiring material with the students, such as sound recordings and images from the British Antarctic Survey’s archive. The penguin noises were particularly popular and surprising! Elizabeth led the students to work collaboratively to create pieces of writing which represented different voices and views on the Antarctic, and the students have come up with some brilliantly diverse and creative pieces.

If students wish to share their work as part of the Cambridge Festival, please email it (typed, not a photo please) to Mrs Phillips: %20">.

Alternatively, if students want to develop what they were working on, they could take it to the Year 8 and 9 Creative Writing Club to get some more input. The club meets every Friday lunchtime in A14.

Elizabeth and Jenny were really impressed by the engagement and creativity of Chesterton students, so a big thank you and well done to Year 8. The feedback from students and staff was also overwhelmingly positive: the event was “really different and interesting”. We hope to collaborate on similar projects in the future.

Families with students in any year group may also be interested in the many and varied events of the Cambridge Festival: or to visit Deception Island A replica Antarctic Hut that will be installed in central Cambridge as part of the Festival programme. A visit to the hut is an immersive experience, and includes a film and poetry installation, based on Elizabeth’s father’s experiences in Antarctica and her research in the British Antarctic Survey’s archive.

Thank you and well done to Elizabeth and Jenny, and all the staff involved at school who went above and beyond to make the day possible.


Theatre Production: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Corkscrew Theatre, a company that works closely with our school, is performing a new production of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness. A brilliant play based in a single room where three hostages work out how to survive. It is funny, a little heart-breaking and ultimately uplifting.

The play is being performed at the Corpus Playroom, St Edward’s Passage, from Tuesday 29th March – Saturday 2nd April 2022 and features ex-Chesterton student Will Males.  The play contains some strong language and is recommended for ages 12 and over.  Tickets are available from


Year 11 Parent Event

As part of our support programme for Year 11, we would like to invite Year 11 parents and carers to join us at Chesterton on Thursday 17th March for an event to support parents in how they can help their child through the revision and exam process. During the event we will be highlighting the support on offer at school in the lead up to the exam period, as well as some advice about how to support students at home in terms of their preparation but also their wellbeing.

We look forward to welcoming you on 17th March.  Please arrive from 5.45pm for a 6pm start. The event will be based in the Auditorium and is scheduled to finish by 7pm.


Comic Relief: Red Nose Day

On Friday 18th March, the school will be taking part in the Comic Relief fundraising appeal of Red Nose Day. Please see below information from Comic Relief’s website about where the money raised goes:

All year round, the money donated to Comic Relief works hard to support some incredible projects making a change to people’s lives across the UK and around the world. In fact, over the past two years, Comic Relief funding has helped to support
11.7 million people, including:

  • more than 750,000 people in the UK experiencing financial and material poverty to access advice and support;
  • more than 29,000 people who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse to access safe accommodation and specialist services;
  • more than 46,000 children and young people in the UK, and more than 8.1 million internationally.

There are multiple ways in which students can get involved on Friday 18th. Students will be taking part in a non-uniform day and you can donate your £1 (or whatever is affordable to you) via Parentmail.

From Tuesday 15th March, students will be able to buy Red Noses for £2 to support the movement. On Friday there will be a special quiz, with the winning forms winning raffle tickets with the chance to win a range of prizes. During break-time there will also be an opportunity for students to buy raffle tickets for £1.


Reward Events This Term

We will be celebrating our students’ success this term for achieving 50 and 75 ABPs on the dates below. The students should be extremely proud of their achievements so far this academic term:

50 ABPs:

  • Monday 28th March (p5&6) – Years 7 & 8 (invite only!)
  • Tuesday 29th March (p5&6) – Years 9,10 & 11 (invite only!)

75 ABPs: 

  • Friday 25th March (p6) – invite only!


Year 11 Event Operations CPR

The Year 11 Events Operations class participated in a workshop called ‘Hearts Matter’, delivered by Magpas Air Ambulance. All the students involved immersed themselves into the practical training course and understood the importance of learning and confidently performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on a baby, young child, adolescent
and adult.


Year 7 Design Challenge Day

On Friday 4th March, 60 Year 7 pupils worked with architects from the Cambridge Association of Architects (CAA) and Architecture students from the University of Cambridge, where students learnt fundamental design skills, which allowed them to be creative. The pupils collaborated throughout the day and created a structure which they believed would transform the Dip on site at Chesterton.


Chesterton Lecture: Paramedics

On Monday 14th March from 15:10-16:00, Joe Bordoni will be presenting a face-to-face lecture on the school site. This lecture will be a talk about the paramedic profession.

The lecture will take place in E15. Joe will discuss working for the London ambulance service, a day in the life of a paramedic and a career as a paramedic.

If this is something your child/children are interested in, then please can you reply to Mrs Hawkins at: .


Vacancies at Chesterton

At Chesterton we currently have two vacancies which are crucial to the running of the school:

  • A vacancy for a cleaner offering 15 hours a week ensuring the school environment is clean and healthy for students, staff and visitors.
  • A vacancy for Network Manager to manage and further develop Chesterton’s integral IT system including:
  • the fleet of staff laptops
  • standalone workstations in computer labs and support staff offices
  • and of course the 1000 iPads used by students

We would be grateful if you could share the attached adverts with anyone in your network who you think might be interested or who might have connections they could share more widely with.


Music News

We are now in the final preparations for the West Road Concert on 24th March. If you have not yet bought tickets via Parentmail, please don’t delay, as they are almost sold out. Ticket purchasing is now open to anyone who might want to come along and there is no restriction on the number of tickets that can be purchased. It promises to be a lively musical evening featuring all our music ensembles and some solo items.

We are looking forward to taking the Junior Choir to the Music for Youth regional festival in Cambridge on 31st March. This event is during the school day; more details will soon follow to Junior Choir parents.


Drama News

Chesterton Youth Theatre’s GCSE Ensemble opened their production of ‘1984’ on Thursday evening and performed with stunning commitment, notwithstanding a technical failure which held up the start of the production but was eventually fixed. Quite ironic considering that ‘1984’ is all about the power of screens!

The Atrium Auditorium was buzzing with students, parents and members of the community who simply wanted to see ‘the best theatre in Cambridge’ (as one remarked). At the end of the show, there was a marked silence and sobriety about the audience because of the story that the actors had shared. Not an easy one to hear, but ‘thank you’ to all who came, and thank you to the GCSE actors and technical team for choosing to do this, giving up so much time, energy and passion to make such an impact.

Our message was simple: to perform this political satire so as to guard against the kind of world depicted in ‘1984’ . Never has that been more important. We look forward to our final night tonight. It is almost sold-out, but there are a handful of tickets left so if you are keen to see it, email and you could still have the chance!

George Orwell, the author of the novel ‘1984’, also wrote ‘Animal Farm’ as many readers of this blog will know. A couple of weeks prior to the production, Drama students from Years 9 to 11 went to see a dramatization of this book at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, directed by Robert Icke. The production inventively implemented puppetry to represent the animals and fused this with technical, cinematic effects to ensure the allegorical aspects of the novel did not go unnoticed. Its visuals were astonishing, and we all found it hard not to cry when Boxer was taken away. The party of students were great ambassadors for Chesterton in their trip to the theatre: let’s hope it’s the first of many after Covid restrictions.

On Monday this week (which seems like an age away after all the other Drama activities) two practitioners from National Youth Theatre (NYT) came to work with a group of over 30 Chesterton Youth Theatre members from Years 9 up to former students. They all took part in a 3-hour workshop which required them to be creative as well as skilful, incorporating physical theatre, improvisation and atmospheric song. The students then auditioned to the NYT panel face-to-face, performing a monologue, and in some cases, receiving feedback and direction on how to perform it differently again. The actors involved seemed to be elated by the experience; one said ‘I never realised a direction like the one I was given could work, but it transformed my speech!’ The NYT offices have meanwhile emailed Chesterton to say just how impressed they were by the students here, and also our facilities and ethos. We will wait to see if any of the group are lucky enough to be offered a place in the company (we currently have four NYT members in the student body) but more importantly than that, every single one of the group showed themselves to be worthy of such an honour, learning in a vertical context and being so brave with performing alone. It was definitely a day to remember and another reason to feel proud of the quality of actors at Chesterton.

Finally, students in Years 7 and 8 should be aware that Drama Club is starting again next Friday 18th March, run by Ms Marston and Mr Ware with a little help from some Year 9 friends. It will be in the Atrium Theatre from 3.15 – 4.45pm. All are welcome – so why not give it a try? Maybe one day you’ll be that person who strikes it lucky in an NYT audition or wows the audience in a play like ‘1984’….



Equiano House

It has been another great week for Equiano House. To mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday some of our student groups came up with different ways of recognising and thanking the women in their lives for all their help and support. From that we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the inspirational women and girls who make up our Chesterton Community. From students to staff to parents, you are all truly valued members of our community and we thank you for everything you do.

Year 7 participated in a PSHE dropdown day on Wednesday called “My Life” when they had sessions on different aspects of growing up to help them navigate our modern world as they get older.

On Tuesday Year 8 took part in a creative writing workshop where they learned techniques to help them invent interesting characters and stories and how to convey this to a reading audience. The students seemed to really enjoy the workshop and we are excited to read what they come up with next!

As well as International Women’s Day, this week is also National Careers week and so many of our lessons have included information about relevant careers in each subject. We are hoping this gives our students some inspiration as to what path they may want to take later
in life.

Congratulations to Ceana and Flo who have been announced as runners-up in last week’s World Book Day competition. Don’t forget to head over to the library to collect your prizes!

Lastly a reminder to our Year 11 students: don’t forget to order your leaver’s hoodie! All the information you need can be found in the Weekly Notices slides.

Have a great weekend!


Cavendish House

What would you like to be when you grow up? That was the question often posed to this author when he was at school, and this is what Cavendish (and other) students have been asked to think about this week as the school observed National Careers Week. Students have been given information by teachers about careers in different subject areas. (Note that if you want to become Prime Minister, then study Classics!)

Our Year 7 students also enjoyed their PSHE day on Wednesday. Year 11 students have been having interviews and meetings with potential sixth form colleges – good luck to them!

Cavendish student shout-outs this week go to Iyad, Thomas, Ben, Kader, Eliot, Viola, Alice and Jackson, all in Year 10, who perform as part of the GCSE Drama class production of George Orwell’s 1984 on Thursday and Friday. Break a leg, and remember that ‘Big Brother is watching you!’

That’s all from us at Cavendish. Don’t forget to be awesome!


Hill House

On Wednesday, Year 7 students had a PSHE session on the topic of ‘My Life’. Hill students got stuck into a range of topics, such as developing social skills, the importance of diversity and building resilience.

In form time Hill students had an assembly on International Woman’s Day. They learnt about the importance of this day and how to be aware and challenge social inequalities.

We hope that students are looking forward to next Friday, which is Red Nose Day. Students can wear non-school uniform (please donate a £1 via Parentmail). There will be a wide range of Beat-the-Teacher activities in the Auditorium at breaktime. Bring some money to challenge your teachers and win a range of prizes – we look forward to seeing all Hill students there.

Finally, we congratulate the following Year 9 Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Quinn, Lili, Viola, Imigon and Joey  – keep up what you are doing this half term!


Fawcett House

Well done Fawcett students for another excellent week of learning! Fantastic work for Fawcett 5 who have the most Above and Beyond Points in our House.

Year 7s had their PSHE dropdown day on Wednesday on “My Life” when they worked on building their resilience and how to be safe online, alongside other important skills.

Well done to Rachel in Fawcett 9 for 1st place in the World Book Day competition (as well as runner-up Imogen in Fawcett 8).

In our assembly this week we celebrated International Women’s Day.

As always, if you have any concerns please get in touch with Mr Firth, Miss Malik or Miss Walton.


Robinson House

Hello Robinson House, hoping you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup.

We are in first place on the House points competition with 7458 points which is 128 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those ABPs rolling in!

In form time this week we have been discussing future career possibilities as part of Careers Week. We have also celebrated International Women’s Day.

Finally, please join us in wishing Matan, Isaac, Deen, Jimmy and Christopher 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.