Blog – Fri 22nd October 2021

Term Dates

School closes on Friday 22nd October for the half-term break and reopens on
Monday 1st November when it will be Week 2 on the school timetable.

The school will be closed to students on Friday 26th November for a staff professional day.

The final day of the Autumn term is Thursday 16th December.


BBC Film

Over the past few weeks, Head of Drama, Suzy Marston, has enjoyed acting as ‘Casting Agent’ for the BBC in collaboration with Econ Films in their series ‘Lessons with Laureates’. A small group of students in Years 10 and 11 were selected to audition to be presenters of an episode from this educational series, for which they had to create self-tapes and showcase both their skills as communicators and their knowledge of Science.

The BBC chose Kyani from Year 11 and Ben from Year 10 as actors from this pool, and both students happily accepted their offers to become Presenters for a day! After much planning, this Thursday the filming took place, with the students chaperoned by our Associate Theatre Director, Sam Plumb.

Kyani described it as a ‘truly amazing day’ in which she and Ben interviewed Venki Ramakrishnan, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009 for his research into RNA. This distinguished figure is currently working at the MRC laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and the filming took place at a local athletics track. The two actors had to employ their improvisation skills to form questions and give natural responses to the interview. They arrived back at Chesterton by taxi just before school finished: ‘That’s a wrap’!

We are extremely proud of them for representing Chesterton in this project, and Emma at Econ Films has shown such appreciation of the quality of all the students’ self-tapes that we hope Chesterton students might be cast for films like this in the future. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing this episode.


Community Club

This week a series of House assemblies with the theme of ‘valuing difference’ was delivered to all Houses. The following members of our highly regarded Community Club helped to deliver an excellent assembly: our thanks go to Anita, Soumaya, Yasmin, Amelie, Juno, Jasmina, Kaliyah, Eric and Lua. As a team, the students have been fantastic in speaking in front of all students at Chesterton.

Their message was that difference becomes normality when we understand it, and we understand it when we acquire knowledge and experience through communicating with other students who may have different cultures, religions, languages, social backgrounds and life experiences.


Halloween Disco

On Wednesday Year 7 students enjoyed a Halloween Disco. There were some fantastic costumes and even better dance moves and a star appearance from DJ Pain (aka Mr Payne from the English Department)! Huge congratulations to the Year 10 Event Operations group (and their teacher Mr Cooper) who organised the event as part of their course and were being examined during the event on skills such as customer service and teamwork.

Look out for more events coming soon as the Year 10 students have now got the Events Management bug!


Staff News

Please join us in congratulating:

Mrs Andrews, History teacher, and family who have welcomed a baby girl last week.

Miss Bywater, PE teacher and Head of Cavendish House, who gets married this weekend.

We wish them all well for the future.


Politics Newsletter

Year 10 parents and carers now receive a biweekly politics newsletter from Mrs Baker-Williams, Head of Politics. The digest is a quick way for families to discuss current political issues and for students to develop a range of views, perspectives and ideas. Families in other year groups may also enjoy reading the newsletter and discussing the contents together:


Enrichment Days

We are looking forward to three days of enrichment for Years 710 between
Monday 8th and Wednesday 10th November. These days will see students have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities on the school site arranged by an external company. The days are planned to help students develop a range of personal skills in a fun environment away from the classroom. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the costs of the days; families can still make a donation via Parentmail and we would be very grateful for any level of financial support.



Music Department News

Our next Teatime Concert will be on Tuesday 16th November at 3.45pm and will be for all year groups to perform. Students who would like to take part should sign up on the Music office door.

The Music Department is really pleased to have been invited to give a concert at St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton, on Saturday 27th November at 4.30pm. Any students who would like to perform in this concert, either as soloists or in a group, should sign up on the Music office door.

Rehearsals for the carol service at St John’s College Chapel on Thursday 9th December will begin in earnest after half-term. It is not too late for students to join a music ensemble to be involved in the carol service: please contact Miss Wilson or Miss Teather for more information.

Some new ensembles will be starting after half-term including cello group, violin group and senior strings, as well as all existing groups continuing.

We have been very impressed with all of the hard work students have been putting into music ensembles so far this term and are really looking forward to the live performances that our next half of term will bring.


Equiano House

As the end of the first half-term break approaches, we couldn’t be more proud of our Equiano students. Their start to the school year has been exceptional with all of our students setting a great example and helping the Year 7s adapt to secondary school life. Our Year 7 students have settled in well and we can see that they feel at home in Equiano due to their great involvement in tutor times. The Halloween Disco on Wednesday had great attendance and we hope that everyone enjoyed it.

This half term students have been partaking in PSHE days, career days and meetings, also attending a number of assemblies on topics such as the harms of gaming. Students have also been taking part in weekly mindfulness sessions with the aim of reducing stress and focusing their minds; we will continue with this after the half-term break.

Well done to our top three students: Ruby, Olaf and Richard, who have the most Above and Beyond Points in Equiano. A further well done to Equiano 4 who have the most points in total and the highest attendance for this half term. We hope you have a lovely break and we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone when they come back.


Cavendish House

The Sixth Form Open Evening took place on Tuesday. It was fantastic to welcome so many visitors to the school and meet with prospective students and parents; thank you to all staff involved in making this evening a success.

Our assembly this week was on ‘Valuing Differences’ and was hosted by Ms Maffei and 15 students from the Community Club.

Year 10 took part in a PSHE day on Thursday which looked at ‘Intimate Relationships’. There was a mix of sessions throughout the day led by staff and external visitors; thank you to all staff for making the day a useful and valuable one for our students.

A huge shoutout to the Year 10 Events Team JEMO who organised a Year 7 Disco on Wednesday in the Front Courtyard. The team sold over 130 tickets for the event which is fantastic! Well done to all Cavendish students involved.

Cavendish 1 are still holding onto the top spot with a mighty 460 ABPs since the start of the academic year. Cavendish 2 are close behind with 483 ABPs – keep up the hard work!

We have made it to the end of an extremely busy half term. We hope you have a lovely, restful break and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 1st November.


Hill House

This week the talk of the Hill House office is the return of competitions next Wednesday:they will happen in S3 during break time. Come along and play some BINGO this week to win some ABPs for yourself and your house!

For our Year 11s there was a Chesterton Sixth Form Open Evening on the 19th of October, when stduents came along to see what we are offering. Year 10 Hill students took part in a PSHE day on the 21st of 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

Congratulations Fawcett on completing such a successful first half term of the year! We couldn’t be prouder of our Fawcett students for their adaptability, consistent hard work and enthusiasm.

This half term has been a busy one with students taking part in PSHE days; career events; and receiving several House assemblies on topics such as European Day of Languages, Black History Month and gaming.

Finally, a massive thank you to all our form tutors for doing such an incredible job so far this year. Mr Firth, Mr Butler and Mrs Parkinson hope that both Fawcett form tutors and students have a lovely restful half-term holiday – it is very well deserved!


Robinson House

We have made it to the first holiday of the academic year and with Cavendish in close pursuit, we find ourselves top of the Above and Beyond Points leader board on course to win the House competition this year!

Having spoken to many of you and your teachers, this half term has evidently been a fantastic environment of learning, hard work and positive attitude. Most year groups have had their first set of tests showing high levels of progress, and Year 11s have started preparations for their mocks beginning 1st November. So take this time to enjoy a break from school and get in some well-deserved rest, recuperation and fun.

It has also been a busy week in terms of events. Year 7s had a brilliant Halloween Disco organised by the Event Operations team. There was our Chesterton Sixth Form Open Evening held here at school. Year 10 have had a PHSE day. And it was great to see so many of you supporting the cause ‘show racism the red card’ by wearing red on Friday’s non-school uniform day.

Scores on the doors: within House Robinson 1 is our form group with the most Above and Beyond Points totalling at an impressive 466. And attendance has been the highest in Robinson 2 so well done!

Finally we would like to wish Miles, Grace and Gabriella a very happy birthday this week. Remember to grab a treat in the weekly Robinson assembly or from one of us in the Robinson office.