Blog – Fri 25th June 2021
Edulink App for Parents
Thank you very much to the parents who trialled the new edulinkone service over the last week. Their feedback has been extremely valuable. As a result of their work we have been able to launch the edulinkone service to Year 9 parents slightly earlier than planned. Year 9 parents should log into the service using the credentials supplied by email and they will then be able to see their child’s most recent progress report, issued this week. Invitations for parents in other year groups will follow.
Week 2 and we are pleased to announce that £1,402.50 has been raised so far towards our goal to raise £5,000 in order to unlock £45,000 of funding from the Wolfson Foundation to create a brand new, fully equipped science lab. See more about the project. This means we’re more than 1/4 of the way to our goal! Thank you to all who have already donated.
If you could help by making a monthly donation, or a one-time gift towards the goal, we’ve posted giving information at https://chestertoncc.org/forms/chesterton-pta-donation/
If you’re a UK taxpayer, you can complete the online GiftAid form at the bottom of that page to make your donation go even further.
Seeking New Volunteer
The PTA is seeking a volunteer parent leader(s) to lead the secondhand uniform sales as our current lead volunteer is stepping down over the summer. For a no-obligation chat to learn more about the role, please contact
Uniform Donations Wanted
If your child has outgrown their uniform or is leaving Chesterton, please consider donating good condition uniform (PE kit is especially needed at the moment) for the PTA to re-sell. Donations can be left at school reception in bag labelled for PTA.
Outdoor Maths Challenge
The results for Chesterton’s Great Outdoor Maths Challenge are soon to be released. Trophies are being engraved as we speak. So hold onto your rainbow-coloured hats, as the two winners from each year group will soon be bathing in mathematical glory!
Back to the Theatre After Lockdown
An excited group of 35 students from Years 8 through 11 were privileged to finally sit in the stalls at the Arts Theatre to see The Woman in Black. The novelty of finding our seats (socially distanced by empty chairs) and gazing at a waiting stage gave way to total absorption and the thrill of watching a story unfold. It was the ideal drama lesson for budding actors as the inspiring professional performers demonstrated their skills by switching characters back and forth. The jump scares were exhilarating and cause for animated discussion on our way home. We even managed to capture a happy group pose with the lead actor as he left the stage door, who agreed this is also his first time back in a theatre.
Being on a school trip again after being so restricted for so long felt enormously encouraging. Long may such opportunities last.
GCSEs All Wrapped Up
The rigorous process of claiming this summer’s GCSE teacher assessed grades has now been completed. We look forward to issuing the results in mid-August, this time by enabling candidates to open theirs electronically rather than ripping open an envelope. We are pleased this broadens candidates’ access by being remote, at a time when we are enjoying the loosening of travel restrictions. Parentmail instructions on how to open these up on Results Day will be issued.
The samba band and ceilidh band enjoyed giving a socially-distanced outdoor concert to Year 5 at Milton Road Primary School this week. We were very lucky to have fine weather and an appreciative audience, and it was also a great rehearsal for our own school concert next Wednesday after so long performing without an audience. The ceilidh band also enjoyed performing to families and those enjoying an evening swim at Jesus Green Lido on Thursday.
The Music Department is really looking forward to our first in-person concerts for some time. Our Music Summer Festival Concert on Wednesday 30th June will involve students performing two concerts at 4pm and 6pm to a limited socially-distanced audience in the Wynn Williams Garden, showcasing all of our school ensembles and choirs.
If your child is taking part, please ensure you have read the recent Parentmail detailing Covid-secure measures, and signed up for your supporter’s ticket. Those who have not booked tickets via the MS Form will regrettably not be permitted to attend as numbers are strictly limited. We look forward to seeing you there.
This week we sent you our sixth wellbeing newsletter of the year and this edition, to support Pride Month, we have created a Pride Wellbeing Newsletter with specific support for the LGBTQ+ community. To view it again, please follow the link below:
Thank you to Mr Moore and Miss Martinelli who supported Mrs Butler in creating this edition.
Sports Centre Café
We have recently reopened the café in the Chesterton Sports Centre. The café is open Monday – Friday 4pm – 6pm and Saturdays 9am – 12pm. A selection of hot and cold drinks including milkshakes and smoothies is available along with cakes and snacks. The café is being managed by the school’s Executive Chef, Spencer Norman. We plan to extend the opening hours and menu once the current Covid restrictions lift.
Songs and Verses from North Cambridge: Free copies available from school
Pick up a copy of the new song and verse book that captures and celebrates stories in north Cambridge. Songs and Verses from North Cambridge is a new song and verse book and the latest in a series of arts projects commissioned and supported by The Chesterton Partnership developing Cambridge North.
Led by award-winning composer and artist Emily Peasgood, the project collaborated with local people to create 34 songs and verses that tell the stories from the many communities in and around North Cambridge.
The book focuses on the CB4 postal area which comprises Arbury, Chesterton, Kings Hedges, Orchard Park, Cambridge Business Park and Cambridge North train station, telling stories of a diverse range of people aged between 8 and 84 and preserving them for future generations.
The songs and verses are available in a beautifully illustrated hardback book that will be distributed to Cambridgeshire Libraries, local schools and community groups. The public can also pick up a copy for free from the locations listed below including our school.
There are a limited number of free hard-backed books available for members of public from several locations in Cambridge. They are available on a first-come first served basis, one copy per person. Please remember to keep a safe distance from staff at each location and wear a mask to keep everyone safe from Covid-19.
Chesterton Community College
Where: Gilbert Road, Cambridge, CB4 3NY
When: 7th -18th June from 9am – 3pm EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th
How: Collect from the school reception desk
Clay Farm Library
Address: Clay Farm Centre, Hobson Square, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9FN
When: Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am – 1pm, Saturdays from 9:30am-1pm
How: Collect from the front desk
Museum of Cambridge
Address: 2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ
When: Tuesday 1st and 8th of June from 2pm-4pm
How: A member of staff will meet you at the museum courtyard to give you a copy. If it is raining, please ring the bell on the glass door on the left-hand side of the courtyard.
St Andrews Church Hall
Where: 97 St Andrew’s Road, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
When: Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am-1pm
How: Collect from the entrance to the hall
Storey’s Field Centre
Address: Eddington Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 1AA
When: Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm
How: Collect from the Centre office
If you miss out, books will be fully stocked across Cambridgeshire Libraries to loan by 1 July 2021. Or you can download the free Ebook here:
New Art Club on Wednesdays 3.10 – 4.40pm. Learn how to draw and create characters of your own creation, illustrate your own story books and poems. Sign up by email to
Chesterton Challenge Bronze Award (Years 7, 8 & 9)
Students have been working hard this week to collect and submit their Chesterton Challenge Bronze Award application. Currently we have had over 190 students submit their application this week, which is a superb achievement. There are many students still actively collecting their evidence, so we look forward to receiving many more applications over the next week.
If students need support completing the application form or have any questions, we are encouraging the students to speak to their friends, form tutor, Chesterton staff, Heads of House or Miss Bywater. Deadline for applications: Friday 2nd July
Interhouse ABP Leaderboard
- 1st place Equiano (7,974)
- 2nd place Robinson (7,474)
- 3rd place Cavendish (7,339)
- 4th place Fawcett (7,041)
- 5th place Hill (6,998)
We would like to congratulate the following students who have all achieved over 100 ABPs this academic year:
Sama, Lauren, Luana, Olaf, Elida, Amelie, Rozie
Mika, Selene, Lily, Ellie, Ken, Noah, Charis, Gabriel, Libby, Quinn, Gioele, Imogen
This is a superb achievement and we look forward to celebrating with many more students soon.
This week Equiano students have been logging on to the new Edulink system to access their timetables and view their reward points. All students have also been enjoying getting involved in School Diversity Week, which has included assemblies and activities and ended with a non-uniform day on Friday 25th June. This will raise money for The Kite Trust and organisations which support with mental health and equality in the LGBTQ+ community.
The Year 8s have a PSHE day to look forward to next Friday 2nd July, with the theme ‘My Body, My Rules’, where students will be looking at topics including bullying, harassment, coping strategies and relationships.
Year 10s have done exceptionally well over the last fortnight during their mock exam period. We are very proud of you.
With three weeks to go until the end of term, let’s keep the Above and Beyond Points coming in. Well done, Equiano!
Year 10 students finished their exams this week – well done for all your efforts with revision and conduct across the two weeks.
The deadline for the Chesterton Challenge Bronze Award is coming round fast: students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been working hard to collect their evidence to be in with a chance of achieving the award. Make sure your entries are submitted by the deadline (2nd July) and good luck to all taking part.
A huge well done to Sama, Lauren, Luana, Rozie, Ellie, Charis and Noah (Year 7) for achieving over 100 ABPs this academic year. A fantastic achievement!
Don’t forget there is an amazing array of opportunities to take advantage of before the summer break. Extracurricular clubs include Art Club, Debate Club, Guitar and Ukulele club, Year 7 Chess Club, Chesterton Pride Club and many more.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday.
This week Chesterton is celebrating Diversity Week – a week about celebrating every student who attends Chesterton, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. We here at CCC and Hill House work hard to try and create a school where students don’t face discrimination because of who they are and how they identify. Anyone keen to get involved in any way should email Ms Martinelli () or drop into Pride Club in the Apex after school. The week culminated in a non-school uniform day on Friday when wore rainbow colours as a show of support. Keep your eyes out for a rainbow-themed competition in the daily bulletin/Chesterton Chapter as well to win some ABPs.
Another very busy week, Mighty Fawcett – this week Chesterton celebrated School Diversity week. We enjoyed a wonderful assembly by Ms Martinelli and participated in a non-uniform day to raise money for some amazing charities.
During form time next week, Years 7-9 will continue to spend time applying for the Chesterton Challenge Bronze Award. Fawcett continues to do a great job achieving an incredible amount of ABPs and helping the school community. Applications are due in on 2nd July. If you have any questions, please speak to your form tutor or Ms Bywater.
House Council is also looking for new members. If you are interested after hearing about what House Council does during the assembly on Tuesday, please ask your form tutor for the link to the Microsoft Form application – they are due on 5th July.
Congratulations to the Years 10s – we are so proud of you! We know how hard you have worked during this mock period and we hope you are able to spend the remaining three weeks of school enjoying your lessons and the sunshine.
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 old Science block) or Mrs Parkinson in L13.
Hello you wonderful Robinsoneers! As part of school diversity week there has been a brilliant exploration of equality and diversity both through the PHSE sessions on human rights and the many events ran by our very own Head of House Miss Martinelli and the Pride Club which takes place every Thursday after school. Why not pop along to the Apex or Wynn Williams to join in?
Staff have been encouraged to add pronouns to their email signature. Rainbow colours have been worn this Friday dazzling both staff and pupils. Rainbow ribbons have been on display. And pronoun stickers have been created in response to a request from the school’s House Council. All of this has been great fun but of course carries a note of seriousness with regards to the awareness raised for diversity issues still present both within the UK and overseas.