Blog – Fri 27th May 2022

Half-Term Break

Next week the school is closed for the May Half-Term Break. School reopens on Monday
6th June when it will be Week 1 on the school timetable. We wish everyone a relaxing break.

 

Parent Event – Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended our parent event on Thursday 26th May, which focused on what is important to parents and carers if a school is to be truly outstanding. Staff really enjoyed hearing parents’ views and ideas. We will now gather together the suggestions from across the evening and share with all parents, along with how we will plan to use the suggestions in our future planning.

 

Football Success

Congratulations to Isaac in Year 8 who had a trial for Ipswich Town football club earlier this week and has been offered a one-year contract. Well done, Isaac, we are very proud of you.

 

International Visitors

This week we were visited by the Education Minister from Delhi, India. The Minister, his entourage and representatives from the University of Cambridge visited school on Tuesday afternoon.

They enjoyed a formal welcome with beautiful performances by Junior Choir and the cast of the upcoming musical production of Les Miserables before embarking on a tour of the school and taking part in a presentation on Chesterton’s curriculum and our approach to learning in the classroom. The Minister and his team were incredibly impressed with students and staff and are hoping to further develop links between Chesterton and schools in Delhi.

 

PTA Summer Bash

Tickets sales are now open for the Chesterton Summer Bash!

Yes! It’s really happening… Chesterton Community College is opening its doors to
parents, students and siblings for a celebration event hosted by the PTA on
Friday 1st July between 6pm and 9.30pm

Buy your tickets now for a full evening of entertainment and support our funding target of a whopping £3000 for much-needed outdoor furniture.

There will be an outstanding line-up including:

  • Chesterton Community College Student Jazz Band
  • not one, but two Latin bands: Cores do Samba and Los Orejitos

Joined by Angelina, a wonderful salsa teacher to guide us through the moves, there will be no excuse not to dance the evening away!

There will be plenty else to enjoy around the beautiful school grounds including:

  • Student Stalls
  • Sweet Tooth Tombola
  • Fantastic Themed Photo Booth
  • and much,much more

We are delighted that Richard, the school caterer, has offered to provide a Latin-style BBQ (with vegan options) from which all profits go to Chesterton PTA.

Tickets cost £4* for adults and £2* for students and children and are available online so book now to avoid disappointment.

*All tickets include a complimentary drink from the bar for adults or a soft drink for students and children. 

Please bring plenty of cash for the bar, bbq and all the stalls!

If you would like to help and join our fabulous
BASH Committee,please email: 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Proud to Support the Amazing Work in Our Community

We are delighted to support Resettle Chesterton, a project to help resettle a refugee
family in our community. Resettle Chesterton invite you to a Community Ceilidh at Chesterton Community College on
Friday 10th June from 7pm–10 pm.

Live music will be provided by the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band. Do come along with friends and family for what promises to be a wonderful event! Please buy tickets in advance (tickets notavailable on the door) via Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/2p94yr99.

Resettle Chesterton is Cambridge’s first Community Sponsorship Group and is working in partnership with Citizens UK. You can follow the project’s progress on https://www.facebook.com/resettlechesterton.

 

Trophy Win for Lacemaking Club

The Chesterton Young Lacemakers have been triumphant in an international competition run by the Lace Guild, earning a Medal of Excellence and the Miss Clare Fray Award for a group of young lacemakers under 18.

The theme of the 2022 competition is ‘Commonwealth’ and our entry was entitled ‘Hands of Humanity’. Each member of the club produced an individual lace handprint to represent different peoples of the Commonwealth coming together in shared respect and compassion.

A huge well done to all the members of the club for their many months of hard work and enthusiasm.

All entries to the competition will be exhibited at the Glasshouse Heritage Centre, The Glasshouse, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge DY8 4HF from 18 May2 July, so if you are looking for an interesting day out do consider planning a visit. https://www.laceguild.org/triennial-exhibition-competition-20

 

Art Exhibition

Last week the Art and Design Department welcomed friends and family of Year 11 Art, Photography and Textiles GCSE students to the Summer Exhibition. It was a wonderful evening: students were able to show off their work, celebrate their achievements and enjoy refreshments on the balcony. The show looked fabulous with a wide range of work on display. From drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture to digital photography with creative presentation of hand-manipulated pieces through to textiles and fashion garments displayed on mannequins. The atmosphere was really positive and a joy to experience, especially as it is the first exhibition we have been able to put on for the past two years.

 

Music Department

  • Congratulations to the Years 710 performers who gave a lovely Teatime Concert on Tuesday after school. We enjoyed 16 varied performances including vocal duets, a woodwind duet, piano solos and more. Well done to everyone who took part.
  • There are still some spaces in the 50-strong Junior Choir: Years 7 and 8 students are all welcome and will have the opportunity to sing in the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham in July should they join the choir. We will be rehearsing on the first Monday back after half-term at 8:10am in M1. Interested students should sign up on Edulink to register their interest.
  • The Ceilidh Band are performing at a Jubilee street party on 5th June: good luck to all involved!
  • A small group of singers from the Junior Choir and Chesterton Singers are taking part in a residential choral course in July. They will be performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Ely Cathedral on 26th July and tickets are available on Ely Cathedral website now if you would like to go and support them.
  • Finally, we are looking forward to our school summer concert on 7th July, outside in the Wynn Williams Garden at Chesterton. The concert will feature all our instrumental groups and choirs and is a celebration of what they have worked on this term. It will start at 6pm and all are welcome to attend, bringing a picnic if you wish. Tickets are free of charge.

 

Primary School Sport Festivals

Summer term is a busy time for Chesterton Sports Leaders. Last week we hosted a Year 3 Mini-Olympics festival for the local feeder primary schools. Year 3 students took part in a range of different events including tennis, football and athletics. As always, the Year 9 Sports Leaders were fantastic, with many of the primary teachers commenting on how enthusiastic, organised and efficient they were. A huge congratulations to everyone who took part.

This week it was the turn of the Year 8s to lead a festival, this time for Year 1 students. With almost 200 Year 1 students to organise and lead, this was no small challenge but the Year 8 Leaders rose to the occasion. Any Year 8 students who have enjoyed being a Sports Leader should look to apply for a space on the Chesterton Leadership Academy for next year – application letters will be coming out soon.

 

English – Looking Ahead

Year 7 parents will receive a Parentmail with details about our upcoming comic-making workshops with local children’s illustrator Tonka Uzu please see https://www.tonkauzu.co.uk/ We look forward to meeting Tonka on 16th June and having her guide Year 7 students through the process of creating a comic, which will really compliment Year 7’s studies on graphic novels next half term. Thank you for the parental support which makes these sorts of events possible.

After half term, Year 9 students will be moving on to a grizzly topic of “Gothic Horror”. In honour of this, the Years 911 and staff virtual book club will be focusing on a Gothic reading list. It’s a great time for Year 9 students to join the book club and to supplement their studies on “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” with wider reading of the Gothic genre. Parents are invited to read and discuss along with us, although they can’t be in the Team. Try “The Castle of Otranto” by Horace Walpole, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, or “Dracula” by Bram Stoker to get you started. Just don’t have nightmares… Thank you also to Mrs Ellison in the library for creating an inviting Gothic display to inspire us.

Year 10 will have a busy final half term with mocks, but English teachers are also looking forward to leading students through a new mini-unit on personal statement writing and introducing students to local BBC journalist Jozef Hall who is coming in to speak on journalism and article writing.

 

Equiano House

It’s the last week of the half term! Lots of our students and teachers are looking forward to the holiday with many organising or joining in Platinum Jubilee celebrations in their communities. We have heard from lots of students who are attending street parties and BBQs all to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. In school we have had a great week of countdown activities to mark this amazing event including a time capsule writing challenge, a Design Your Own Pudding competition and a big Jubilee themed quiz. The week of events cumulates in a non-uniform day in aid of charity when students are encouraged to wear something red, white or blue in spirit of the Jubilee celebrations.

We have also been celebrating our students’ success in and out of lessons this week. On Monday we held a special event for students who had achieved an amazing 75 Above and Beyond Points. Well done to all those students involved; keep up the hard work! Equiano finish the half term in 3rd place in the inter-house Above and Beyond Point competition with an impressive 9003 points. Equiano 7 are currently leading the way with 1372 points. Keep up the great effort to see if we can catch Fawcett or even Robinson to win the title at the end of the year!

Have a lovely half-term break everyone!

 

Cavendish House

“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service…” So said the then Princess Elizabeth in her broadcast to the children of the Commonwealth in 1947, a sentiment which she has carried forward to the present day. This week Chesterton Community College (and the Cavendish Blog!) recognise and celebrate the life and service of our glorious sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, with a range of Platinum Jubilee events. Students will write letters and contribute memorabilia to fill a time capsule to be opened in seventy years’ time, as well as contributing designs for the Jubilee Pudding Competition. We will also enjoy a special Platinum Jubilee Quiz and a free dress day on Friday – make sure to look out for staff and students sporting red, white and blue.

This week the school also played host to the Education Minister of the Republic of India, who was treated to a performance by the cast of Les Misérables and the Junior Choir. We also enjoyed a teatime concert – shout-outs to all those Cavendish students who took part! Looking ahead to the final half term of this excellent year (they’re all excellent here at Chesterton, aren’t they?) we have an action-packed programme including summer sport, trips, music, drama, enrichment and a whole lot of laughs – as well as some important learning, of course. We look forward to having you all back in June. Until then, enjoy your half-term break and don’t forget to be awesome!

 

Hill House

We made it to the end of the half term! It’s been a busy whirlwind of activity this half, and this week has certainly reflected that, as the whole school celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Tuesday was a flurry of red, white and blue socks, as students gained raffle tickets for hunting down teachers wearing the Jubilee colours, while on Friday the whole school enjoyed a non-school uniform day. Meanwhile, students could submit an item for a time capsule, or create a new pudding to go with the Jubilee dessert, and enjoyed a special quiz on Thursday. We hope that this has whetted your appetite for the Jubilee celebration next weekend, and we look forward to hearing about what exciting things you did celebrating. Make sure you give yourself time to rest over the week’s break to reward yourself for making it through a long half term.

 

Fawcett House

Well done Fawcett students for making it to half-term! We hope everybody is looking forward to a well-deserved break. Fantastic work to all the Year 11s sitting their second week of exams: you are all doing really well!

Congratulations to all of our talented students involved in the Tea Time concert on Tuesday. This week we have been counting down to the Jubilee celebrations with daily competitions. Who will design the best pudding to represent Britain? Equiano are on our tail, only 100 Above and Beyond Points behind. We look forward to next half term when we can carry on earning those rewards for excellent work.

 

Robinson House

It has been another lovely week in Robinson House. We have been celebrating the Jubilee with various events and learning about sleep and body image during our PSHE sessions.

Our Year 11 students have continued to work hard revising and taking their exams; we are very proud of them.

We hope that everyone has a lovely half term, especially the following people who will be celebrating birthdays: Miriam, Yousef, Matej, Szymon, Morgan and Celeste.

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