Blog – Fri 19th March 2021
We have now completed our in-school Covid-19 testing. All students were offered 3 tests in school and across 9 days we administered 2610 tests. There were no positive results.
On Friday 19th March students are able to collect home testing kits in order to begin twice weekly home testing. No consent is needed for home testing: by collecting home testing kits and using them students and parents/carers give consent. Students will be able to collect 4 test kits, giving them 12 tests to see them through 6 weeks. Students should test themselves each week on Sunday and Wednesday late afternoon/early evening. Full guidance is given in the ParentMail dated Wednesday 17th March.
A very special thank you to the parents, family and community members who joined staff to run the in-school Covid testing. We are grateful to everyone for going through the training and giving up their evenings and for being so kind and good-humoured throughout the process.
This Friday 19th March we have been supporting Comic Relief with a non-uniform day. Donations can still be taken on ParentMail – www.parentmail.co.uk.
National Day of Reflection
On Tuesday 23rd March we will observe the National Day of Reflection in school with a minute’s silence and with yellow ribbons tied to the school gates. On the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, the National Day of Reflection is an opportunity to reflect on our collective loss, support those who have been bereaved and express hope for a brighter future. Alongside the observance in school we also encourage families to contribute to the nationwide “beacon of remembrance” by beaming phones, candles and torches into the night sky at 20:00.
There are lots of extracurricular clubs up and running with some due to start in the next couple of days. Please do check the school web page: Extracurricular – Chesterton Community College (chestertoncc.org) to find out what’s on and when individual clubs are restarting.
Badminton: Morning sessions
The PE Department started before-school sessions for the first time this week. It was great to see the first attendees enjoying some sport and hopefully feeling energised for the day ahead.
Well done to those who made it in to school for 7.40am! All students are welcome to join them at these times:
- Year 7 Thursday morning
- Year 8 Wednesday morning
- Year 9 Wednesday morning
- Year 10 Tuesday morning
- Year 11 Tuesday morning
Classical Conversations: Pecking Chickens and Political Power
On Monday 15th March the Year 10 and 11 Latin students were treated to a talk by Dr Barney Taylor from Exeter College as part of the Oxford University outreach programme. The students had been studying Roman magic and superstition as the literature component of their GCSE. Barney spoke about how complex the Romans’ views on prophecy and supernatural signs were. We learnt about how serious (or not) the Romans were about using the eating habits of chickens to aid their political decision making and students now have lots of great additional material to add into their written responses.
Year 11 Parents’ Event: How to help your child
On Tuesday we held an event for Year 11 parents offering guidance as to how parents can support their children in light of centre-assessed grades replacing GCSE exams this year.
A recording of the event can be viewed here until 31st March.
We have enjoyed welcoming students back to extracurricular music this week. Next week we will continue with all groups (except Jazz Band which will start after Easter). Please do encourage students to come along to groups whether they are existing members or would like to try something new.
We will be sharing a Spring Concert, ‘Music Through Time’, with you on the evening of Friday 26th March. This will include a variety of solo performances and also some ensemble material we have recorded since returning to school, from all year groups. If you would like to receive a link to watch the concert, please see the notice sent via ParentMail.
We currently have space for any pupils wishing to learn a brass instrument. This is a great opportunity to try something new, and there are many proven benefits of learning a musical instrument – both musical and non-musical. Please do contact Miss Wilson if you are interested or would like further information.
We are really looking forward to restarting music extra-curricular activities in person from Monday 15th March. Please see the ParentMail sent for further details; some groups will return this week, and others in the following week. It will be great to make music together in person once more.
Free School Meals: Supermarket vouchers
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals, Cambridgeshire County Council has confirmed that you will be provided with supermarket vouchers for the Easter holiday.
These vouchers, administered by Cambridgeshire County Council using an online company called Wonde (as was the case for the Christmas holiday, the first two weeks of this term and February half term) will be sent to you, either by email or text message, on
Friday 26th March.
If you don’t receive your vouchers or if you have any queries about the voucher scheme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of staff will be able to help.
It is the end of our first full week back at school and we are nothing but proud of our Equiano students. Not only have they settled back into their school routines with ease but they have also been working hard to collect Above and Beyond Points. A special well done to Amelie in Year 7 who has achieved a total of 91 points – the highest in Equiano.
This week in PSHE our students have been looking into why energy drinks are not the best option and what effects they can have on our bodies. As always students have engaged well with the topic and have contributed lots of ideas. On Tuesday students had an assembly looking at the Comic Relief Charity and then on Friday our students wore non-uniform to raise money for all of the people that the charity helps. Thank you for all your donations.
If you have any questions, please do get in touch will Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik.
What a great week for Cavendish House! We have been impressed with the way you have adapted to being back in school, following the rules, giving 100% to your lessons and keeping up the high expectations we have for our house.
There are lots of amazing opportunities to get involved with now we are back in school, so please continue to check whole-school notices for information on clubs and exciting Chesterton lectures.
Friday 19th March was Comic Relief Day at school and Chesterton students supported this by wearing non-uniform and donating to this fantastic cause.
Cavendish are now totalling a mighty 5116 ABPs for this year. Continue to go above and beyond both in and out of your lessons to help get Cavendish to the top spot.
Congratulations on finishing your first full week back at school! We are excited to see you all back and settling back into the new routines of the school day – it has been a busy but engaging start back after lockdown. New timetables, new testing routines and potentially new classes – well done to all Hill students for making it such a smooth transition.
On Friday the 19th of March we celebrated Red Nose Day with a non-uniform day to help raise money for the Comic Relief charity, which helps people all over the UK and internationally to create opportunities for those who are in need.
We would like to congratulate Quinn, Poppy, Ella, Eisha, Natasha and Chiara for consistently going above and beyond in school.
Your first full week back – congratulations Fawcett House! You should be very proud of yourselves for completing a full week of in-person learning. On Tuesday, we had an assembly for Red Nose Day in preparation for our fundraising on Friday. Thanks to all those who helped make it such a successful event.
During the last week of this half term, please try and get as many ABPs as you can so that we can move up in the House leader board.
Looking ahead to next week we have a few birthdays to shout out: Oisin, Imogen and Hollie – we hope you all have a great day when it comes around.
As always if you have any queries or concerns about the return to school or if you need any additional support, please either see Mr Firth in his office (upstairs in the Science block) or Mrs Parkinson in L13.
Well done for making it through your first full week back at school! We appreciate it is a massive change and is taking some getting used to. But it feels fantastic to see everyone again and be back in the classroom. Now we are back, let us all make sure we are arriving on time to school and arriving in lessons on time.
Well done to Devadath, Aimen, Toby, Yousif, Gabriel, Max, Laila, Henry and Charlotte who have particularly caught our eye with good work. And happy birthday to Daniil, William, Alex, Auriol and Lauren: remember to grab a treat from the Robinson Office.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott