Blog – Fri 12th November 2021
On Thursday 11th November the school community came together to mark Armistice Day. The Last Post was played by Matej, followed by a period of silence and Sam completed the event with a reading of the poem The Fallen.
This year the British Legion is marking 100 years since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together.
Wearing of the poppy, two-minute silence, Armistice Day, the service for the Unknown Warrior and the march-past at the Cenotaph are traditions that millions participate in every year.
This year we are marking the day, and paying our respects, by displaying 300 hand-knitted poppies around the Chesterton site. The idea was one that begun as a lockdown project. The poppies are all individual and kept Mrs Askham, Mrs Williams (and their mums) creative when we were isolating in our homes during the Covid lockdowns over the past two years.
Year 7 Pantomime Trip
We are excited to be giving Year 7 students the opportunity to visit the Cambridge Arts Theatre to watch Aladdin. On December 6th students will walk down to the theatre to watch the Pantomime and then return to school during the school day. We are hoping that a majority of the students are able to come and many have already signed up.
A letter has gone to parents/carers on Parentmail where you are able to pay for the trip.
The deadline is Sunday 14th November.
This week students in Years 7-10 took part in a three-day enrichment programme, delivered by an external company called ‘Wise Up’. The days were a huge success, as our students developed a range of personal skills in a fun, competitive environment away from the classroom. All students participated a wide range of activities such as: catapult building; timed activities; bushcraft; orienteering. The students made significant progress over the three days and were a credit to themselves and the school community! We would like to thank all the Chesterton staff, who enthusiastically encouraged our students to build upon their resilience, develop their team work and communication during the three days.
On Monday 15th November 15:10-16:00, Marcos Martinon-Torres will be presenting a face-to-face lecture on school site. This lecture will be on: ‘Archaeological mysteries: the case of the golden teens’.
The lecture will take place in E18, and during this lecture, Marcos will talk about how 2500 years ago, gold ornaments were buried in a huge tomb in a remote area of Central Asia. Who were they? What do we know about their lives? Why were they buried together? Archaeologists and scientists are beginning to offer answers, and ask new questions, about these and other spectacular finds from Kazakhstan and currently on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
If this is something your child/children are interested in, then please can you reply to Mrs Hawkins at:
The weather has become autumnal, so it must be the cross-country season! Your child has the opportunity to take part in the district schools competition in Cambridg, on Tuesday 7th December – the PE Department will be taking teams of students from Chesterton. In preparation for this, there will be trials during PE lessons over the next two weeks in the form of inter-house competitions. If your child is already keen to take part, it would be really helpful if parents could let the PE Department know, by email:
If any Year 7-10s were inspired by the orienteering Enrichment activity, why not try the following event this Saturday 13th November at Trumpington Meadows? It is part of a series aimed at beginners and is a great way of finding out more about the sport. Adults are also welcome. Details of how to enter can be found here:
New Year 7 & 8 Book Club
There is a new book club for Years 7 and 8, meeting Monday break times in the library. Just turn up if you want to get involved or find out more. There will be biscuits!
Christmas Fair: Seeking donations
For the last four years, your PTA and Chesterton school have jointly run a fun Christmas fair on the last day of term for the children. Every year the ‘Last Minute Presents’ table is hugely popular as students can pick up nice things for someone special – a parent, carer, grandparent, sibling, friend – for between 50p and £5. The PTA volunteers wrap any present for free so that the student can bring them home ready to go under the tree.
Please contribute items for the sale now.
To keep the prices low, and make it affordable for all, we rely on parental donations for the present stall.
Donations should be a gift in great condition (unopened and unused), ideally still with labels and one that you also wouldn’t mind receiving at Christmas!
In years past the children have been able to choose from a wide variety of items, for example:
- Chocolates and edible treats
- Beauty products and toiletries, including nice things for men
- Homewares in general; scented candles, for example, are always popular
- Fashion items and accessories, scarves and costume jewellery
- Games, puzzles and toys for children
- Books, DVDs
- Stationery items
If you have present-wrapping materials to donate, we would love to have them. We would be grateful for donations of the following Christmas-themed wrapping materials:
- Wrapping paper
- Tags (stickers)
- Present bags
- Tissue paper (any colour)
All contributions can be left by your child from now until Friday 10th December at the school reception for the attention of the PTA.
Children in Need 2021 – Friday 19th November
We are delighted that once again we are able to support this extremely worthwhile cause. From Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th November we will be holding fundraising events: during morning break each morning there will be a stall selling Children in Need merchandise. We have a selection of ‘ears’ and wristbands along with some Covid-secure games and a raffle to win a giant Pudsey – students will need a small amount of money to purchase these items or play the games.
On Friday 19th we will hold a Non-Uniform Day with a suggested donation of £1 per student, payable via Parentmail. To boost our fundraising the canteen will be hosting a ‘Pudsey Pizza Party’ at lunchtime for all year groups, where there will be a meal deal priced at £4 to include pizza, Pudsey cookie and a drink, with the £1 surcharge donated to Children in Need. Additional items will be priced individually and will taken at source from students accounts.
We look forward to a fun day next Friday and hope that you are able to support us with our fundraising.
What an amazing week Equiano have had. For the first three days of the week all of our students in Years 7-10 took part in Enrichment which focused on team work and motivation. The resilience that our students showed really impressed us as they completed every task and never gave up. Although these activities were fun, the skills that they learned will help them in school and everyday life situations.
Our Year 11 students have continued working hard with their mock exams and had revision sessions too where they have been putting in lots of effort.
On Thursday all students took part in a two-minute silence for Remembrance Day and Equiano students did this very respectfully.
Finally to end the week our students took part in the weekly quiz during tutor time where all tutor groups are competing against each other for the main victory.
What a fun-filled week for Cavendish! Years 7-10 enjoyed three days of Enrichment this week which included: Orienteering and Bushcraft, The Hub Challenge (team building), Catapult and Time Attack. It was great to see students enjoying a range of activities outside of the classroom and showing resilience, teamwork and motivation across the three days. Thank you to all staff who helped with the running of Enrichment and a special shout out to Mrs Hawkins for organising the event!
Year 11 continue to work hard across their mock exams and are coming to the end of their second week: keep up the hard work!
On Thursday 11th November we observed a two-minute silence for Armistice Day to mark the end of the First World War and to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom. Students heard the Last Post as well as a reading to end the silence.
Chesterton Lectures have started back again this term. This week’s lecture was delivered by Marcos Martinon-Torres and was titled ‘Archaeological Mysteries: The Case of the Golden Teens’ – it sounded like a fascinating talk and a brilliant opportunity for our students.
We urge students to continue to check Whole School Weekly Notices (via Teams) for information on upcoming school trips and extracurricular opportunities.
Enjoy your weekend and see you next week.
Hill students have been participating in Enrichment this week, challenging themselves to a series of different activities out on the field. Overall enjoying the nice weather and a break from routine, it has been great to see students building their teamwork and communication skills over the last few days.
Our Year 11 Hill students are still working through their mocks and spending their down time working on their post-16 applications and revision.
The big news this week is that all students will be able to take part in the Children in Need charity next week where we raise money for children across the UK – on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week students will be able to take part in buying merchandise, Guess the Sweet competitions, a raffle and a meal deal in the canteen where all proceeds are going to this worthy charity.
The whole school enjoyed three full days of Enrichment this week: completing team-building activities like bush crafting, orienteering, catapults and the hub challenge. It was incredible to see all Fawcett students (and form tutors!) working together, overcoming obstacles and having fun. Thank you very much to Mrs Hawkins and all members of staff who helped to make these three days possible.
During these few days, our Year 11s continued to make a dent in their exam timetable – only one week to go! We are especially proud of our Year 11 Fawcett students for completing independent revision when not in exams this week. Mr Firth, Mr Butler and Mrs Parkinson are here to support you in your final week of exams if you need anything additional for both revision strategies and wellbeing support.
As we look ahead to next week, we hope that Fawcett students continue to be punctual, continue working together and continue the positive attitude as we return to normal lessons.
What a week it has been at the school. It was fantastic seeing you in a different environment and joining in with the three days of Enrichment activities. You all did fantastically and really did make the most of the opportunities presented to you, well done! In other news, Year 9s have been presented an assembly regarding starting the Duke of Edinburgh. Again a fantastic program that sets you apart from the crowd and is something that colleges, universities and the workplace view with high regard. So let’s see as many of you sign up as possible.
Looking at our form groups so far this year, Robinson 1 is leading the way with Above and Beyond Points with a whopping 583. Robinson 6 has had the best behaviour. And attendance, which includes lateness, is most impressive in Robinson 3. Well done to you all. Finally, we would like to wish a very happy birthday to Tadhg, Alana and Gabriel. Remember to nip into the Robinson office for a birthday treat.