Blog – Fri 15th October 2021
Chesterton Sixth Form
A reminder about the Chesterton Sixth Form Open Evening next Tuesday 19th October, between 6pm and 8pm: The evening will involve showcasing:
- our subject areas
- super-curricular and enrichment offers
- devoted sixth form spaces
- introducing students to what sixth form life here at Chesterton will be like.
There will be an opportunity to meet with subject teachers and the leadership team to ask any questions you might have about Chesterton Sixth Form.
If you would like to come along, please sign up via the link on our website, booking a ticket for each person who will attend:
Non-Uniform Day Fundraiser for Anti-Racism
Friday 22nd October is Wear Red Day. Wear Red Day is a national day of action, which encourages schools, businesses and individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help fund anti-racism education for young people and adults across the UK. To mark Wear Red Day, we are asking students to come in non-school uniform and to donate £1.
All money raised will be donated to Show Racism the Red Card. Show Racism the Red Card is an educational charity. They aim to combat racism through enabling role models, who are predominately but not exclusively footballers, to present an anti-racist message to young people and others.
We ask that students wear red to support this cause.
Online payment for donations is available on Parentmail, as well as more information. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will not be able to accept cash donations, as we have in the past, just online donations.
Sports Trips Are Back
As the Covid guidance changes, and confidence increases, we’re now really pleased to confirm that sports trips are back!
The PE Department is currently in the process of organising the following trips:
- Netball, football and basketball sports tour: Summer term
- Visit to Loughborough University School of Sports Science: April 2022
- Twickenham Rugby Stadium and National Rugby Museum Tour: December 2021
- National Basketball League play-off final at the Copper Box Arena: May 2022
- Netball national league game: March 2022
- England women’s football match at Wembley: February 2022
- ARU University basketball league match: December 2021
Following Us on Twitter @pechesterton
If you’d like to catch up on all things sport-related at Chesterton, you can see our regular updates by following us on Twitter (@pechesterton). Take a look at what’s happening in lessons, at our extracurricular clubs, our plans for returning to school sports trips and our Sports Leadership Academy (due to be set up in October/November).
Year 10 PSHE Day
On Thursday 21st October, Year 10 will be taking part in their Intimate Relationships PSHE Day. This day is a vital part of their sex and relationships education and will prepare them to make more informed choices in their personal relationships.
Year 10 will be taking part in sessions about healthy relationships, consent, the impact of the porn industry, contraception and ‘First Time, Right Time’. Three of our sessions are delivered by external experts:
- The Terrence Higgins Trust (our local sexual health service https://www.tht.org.uk/)
- The School of Sexuality Education: https://schoolofsexed.org/)
We hope the students all have a really positive and informative day that they will remember for years to come. If students wish to discuss any of the content further, then they should get in touch with their Form Tutor, Head of House, or come and chat with the PSHE Team.
Our in-house Wellbeing Team has been working hard over the last half term mentoring and supporting nearly 30 of our students. Mentoring is tailored to the individual needs of the students who are seen at least once a week by their wellbeing mentor. We have been lucky enough to be running the Wellbeing Team for nearly three years now, including during the lockdown with remote support, and it has been hugely successful in supporting our students. As a parent, if you are keen for your child to receive some support from the team then please use the referral form here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=6RhkhoHBGky_bXW7Pm1P5VFva-IS-71CjnFxyrOchb5UMFFENlNJVlAwQlhCNkE0OEZJU0Q0R0VKUy4u
NHS Mental Health Support Team
We are still so lucky to be working closely with the NHS Mental Health Support Team, which has been providing 1:1 support for our students experiencing low to moderate wellbeing needs for over a year now at Chesterton, and again, their support has been extremely successful.
After half-term they will be providing training opportunities for staff and also be starting group sessions for our students. The first group that will be running will be for our Year 11 students with a focus on coping with exams, led by Amy and Eve from the team. If you think your Year 11 child would want to attend the group (Mondays 3pm-4pm) then please contact their Head of House by Tuesday 19th October.
We enjoyed a great Teatime Concert given by Year 7 on Tuesday afternoon. There were over 20 brilliant performances including vocalists, pianists, string, woodwind and brass players, all supported by each other and by a friendly audience of fellow students and staff. It was lovely to see our Year 7s playing and singing so well and so confidently at the start of their musical careers at Chesterton. Everyone enjoyed both listening to the performances and consuming the squash and biscuits provided. Thank you to all the students and staff who supported the concert.
Our next Teatime Concert will be on Tuesday 16th November at 3.45pm and will be for
all year groups to perform. The sign-up sheet will go up on the Music Office door before half-term.
Please save the date for our carol service at St John’s College Chapel:
Thursday 9th December, 7pm. This is a big event for the Music Department and the majority of music ensembles will be involved so if your child has been involved in extra-curricular music please block it out in your diary. As well as our existing ensembles and choirs, cello group, brass group, and violin and viola group will begin shortly in preparation for this, so please keep an eye out for rehearsal times for these.
We were really pleased to see several Chesterton students beginning to work with Cambridge Youth Opera this week on their new project, The Little Black Cat. Please do see Miss Wilson if you would like to get involved with this project still.
Inter-house Above and Beyond Points Leaderboard
1st Place Robinson: 3,899
2nd Place Cavendish: 3,898
3rd Place Equiano: 3,830
4th Place Fawcett: 3,726
5th Place Hill: 3,607
Total: 18,960 ABPs
Currently the Year 11 Equiano students are continuing to write their personal statements, with their Equiano tutors supporting them and helping them through the process. Students in all year groups have been working hard to collect Above and Beyond Points (ABPs). So far 37 of our students have gained 20 or more ABPs and will therefore be receiving their Level 2 rewards this week during tutor time. Well done to Ruby who is still in first place with 33 points in total. Attendance has also improved with Equiano 4 in the lead. Keep up the good work!
Preparation is well under way for the Sixth Form Open Evening which will be happening next week: we are incredibly excited to launch Chesterton Sixth Form and it has been great to see so much interest among the Year 11 cohort. If any Year 11 students would like to find out more or have signed up for the working party, then please keep an eye on your emails or speak to Mrs Evans-Ali.
Year 11 had their Progression Evening on Thursday this week. It provided them with a brilliant opportunity to see what was on offer for them after they leave Chesterton. They also got to meet some Year 12 students and apprentices who discussed their experiences at the different provisions. Thank you to all staff for the preparation and running of the evening.
A special recognition goes to Cavendish 1 this week who have achieved a mighty 460 ABPs since the start of the academic year with Cavendish 8 close behind with 434 ABPs – keep up the hard work!
Good luck to Mr Firth, Mr Salmon and Miss Bullen-Smith for the Cambridge half-marathon which is taking place this weekend!
We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
This week the talk of the Hill House Office is the return of competitions next Wednesday, which will be in S3 during break time. Come along and play some Bingo this week to win some ABPs for yourself and your house!
There are a few exciting events coming up: for our Year 11s there is a Chesterton Sixth Form Open Evening taking place on 19th October, so please come along and see what we are offering. Year 10 Hill students will be taking part in a PSHE Day on 21st October looking at intimate relationships.
We would like to celebrate the following Year 9 students for going above and beyond in school so far this year: Quinn, Lili, Harrison, Amina and Isobel. Keep up the fantastic work!
Fawcett House continue to earn plenty of ABPs which is testament to how hard they are working this term. The house leader is Elida in Year 8 who has earned 39 ABPs. We then have Thomas, Rosa, Jay, Albert and Cari-Ann who make up the top six students with most ABPs. A massive well done to all Fawcett students as we currently have a 96% attendance record – it is great to see your dedication, resilience and punctuality so far this year.
A reminder to all Fawcett Year 11s: if you are needing any additional support during your mock exam season (1st through 19th November), please come and speak to Mr Firth, Mr Butler or Mrs Parkinson.
Hello Robinson House. This last week seems to have flown by with bustling activity. Our Year 9s have lovely new iPads. And we have seen Adrian along with several other students give impressive teatime concert performances this week which were highly enjoyable to listen to.
Next Friday 22nd October brings us the first non-school uniform day in what seems like a long time. We are raising money (donations via Parentmail) to support the charity Show Racism the Red Card. Wear red on the day, and nip in to show your Heads of House for an Above and Beyond Point.
Finally, a very happy birthday to Miles and Cyrus. Remember to grab a treat at the end of assembly.