Blog – Fri 13th November 2020
On Wednesday 11th November, Chesterton came together to commemorate Remembrance Day. This looked a little bit different this year: the Last Post, 2 minutes’ silence and reading of ‘For the Fallen’ took place over Zoom and the event was live streamed into students’ classrooms.
Thank you to Billy and Matej for their moving rendition and to Laurie for his powerful reading.
This week Mr Quayle and Mr Ware from the History department interviewed Robert Bartlett CBE. Robert Bartlett is Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Year 7 classes will see the interview as part of their history lessons this half term.
Year 9 Zoom Pantomime
The drama department are inviting year 9 students to spread some cheer this festive season by taking part in The Wizard of Oz, a virtual pantomime. More details are attached to this blog.
Children in Need
Today, Friday 13th November, we have been raising money for the Children in Need appeal, thank you for everyone’s support.
We are looking forward to our ‘virtual’ Christmas Carol Concert and now need families to take part from home in recording the carols! Please see the ParentMail sent out on Tuesday for further information. We hope this will be an enjoyable activity for many families to take part in whilst at home during the lockdown weekends. If you have any queries please email Miss Wilson.
We are really pleased to confirm that the KS3 PE curriculum remains broad and balanced, within national guidelines. Students can currently be seen on the basketball court, the netball court, on the trampolines, in the fitness suite and the ultimate frisbee pitches! You can see all the action via the PE Twitter account: @pechesterton
Minibus test success
The PE department is looking forward to returning to a full programme of inter-school sports fixtures, as soon as the national guidelines allow – the PE staff are preparing for this by completing/updating their minibus driving qualifications – congratulations to Mr Firth, who managed to pass his test, just before the second lockdown!
We offer a range of support in school for students that are struggling with wellbeing, however sometimes students prefer to receive support outside of school so that it is in their home environment and ‘own’ time. We don’t mind when our students access support, the most important thing is that they do. In case your child is wanting support at home, here are some useful links to support programmes that can be accessed online:
JHD counselling are currently offering free online sessions, these can be on zoom or over the phone. Just complete this form and someone will reach out: https://mailchi.mp/snow-camp/i-want-to-chat
Kooth is another, free, fantastic counselling service online. It allows students to ‘chat’ through their worries. No commitments are needed and it can be accessed anytime the student needs it: www.kooth.com
Chathealth is an NHS run service that is there to provide advice and support via text. Students just need to text 07480635443.
Don’t forget that you if you need any in-school advice or support, please email email@example.com or our wellbeing team firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any ideas to add to our wellbeing provision, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Butler with ideas.
We are really excited to welcome YMCA to our school, they will be working as our in house counselling service. They will provide a huge range of support for the school community including individual counselling sessions, therapy sessions, group sessions and parent support. Our counsellor, Marc, will be working with us for the full year and will be based in school one and a half days a week.
If you are doing any shopping in the coming weeks there are three ways we can raise money for school at the same time. If you could shop via any of these three routes money will automatically go to the school PTA without any extra expense to you.
If you are shopping on Amazon please start at smile.amazon.co.uk On your first visit, you can designate “Chesterton Community College Parent & Teacher Association” as your chosen charity – and they’ll donate a portion of every qualifying purchase to the PTA.
If you are shopping more generally online please start at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ or download the easy fundraising app. Again on your first visit you can select Chesterton PTA as your charity. You can access most major online stores via the link or app and a portion of your purchase(s) is donated to the PTA.
Please download the Co-op app or visit https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/49727 to become a member. Once you are a member you can select Chesterton PTA as your charity then every time you buy online or in a shop and show your membership card a donation will be made to the PTA.
Face coverings in the corridors and indoor communal spaces are now mandatory in all secondary schools in England (unless a person is exempt). We would be grateful if parents could help remind students to bring their mask or covering to school.
This week students in Equiano have been busy collecting more Above and Beyond Points. Well done to Carys and Gioele in Year 9 who have achieved 48 points each, the highest in Equiano house. Our students took part in a silence for Remembrance Day as well as other activities – thank you to all of our students for being so kind and respectful. Good luck again to our Year 11s who are completing their mock exams. Finally a reminder to please wear your face masks in the corridors and communal areas to help keep everyone safe. Thank you.
We continue to be very proud of how Cavendish students have adapted to the changes at school. They continue to impress us with their hard work and dedication to their studies. Huge congratulations to Sama (year 7) who has achieved an almighty 46 above and beyond points since the start of term- well done Sama! Year 11 students are well underway with their mock exams and we are wishing them the best of luck. On Wednesday the school marked Remembrance Day with a virtual commemoration and two minutes silence. Thank you to those involved with making this happen.
Another positive week for Hill students. The house team are so proud of how all Hill students have adapted and continue to show excellent behaviour an attitude around school. Don’t forget to come and find Mr Selby, Mrs Williams or Miss Blanchard if you are feeling a little unsure. This week Hill students have been taking part in a number of activities to raise money for Children in Need, they have taken part in activities such as guess the name of
the Pudsey and a teacher baby photo quiz. It has been fantastic to see students engaged and helping raise money for a fantastic cause. On another note Hill students have had a great start in collecting above and beyond points, we have 9 students who are now on 30 or more ABPS which is a fantastic achievement. Top honours go to Eisha (yr 7) and Adrian (yr 9). Well done!
Thank you to all members of Fawcett this week for participating in the Remembrance Day assembly. A very special mention to Laurie (Yr 10) for doing a reading for the whole school – it was very moving!
On Friday we celebrate Children in Need and we are very grateful to all the members of Fawcett house who participated in all the exciting activities hosted by Miss Blanchard this week. The money is going to a well deserving cause and it was wonderful to see so much participation across Fawcett house (both staff and students!). We wish the best of luck to the Fawcett Year 11s moving into their third week of mocks we know you will be very successful. Finally, as a house our ABPs are slowly increasing so we are challenging all Fawcett students to get at least 1 ABP this week. Keep being positive and continue the great work you have put in this half term so far!
A reminder to all that the Robinson office has now changed position. Ms Chibbaro and Miss Martinelli can be found in their new office, which is in the corridor next to the Rex Freeman, on the way to the B Room.
A happy birthday this week to our Robinson Students Allana, Tadhg, Gabriel, Max. Remember to stop by the Robinson Head of House office during a break or lunch time to receive a small birthday treat!
Also, a congratulations to year 11 for completing their set of maths mocks and now moving onto their other subjects. Your hard work is paying off!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott