Blog – Fri 27th November 2020
Blog – Fri 27th November 2020
On Monday and Tuesday all students will be accessing their work remotely followed by Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday. (The only exceptions are any Year 11 students with remaining mock papers to catch up with.) Teachers will be setting work to complete on both days via Edmodo
Our second Wellbeing Newsletter has been released this week. Please use this link to view it:
This month’s edition includes more app recommendations, information and support surrounding anxiety, and signposts some incredible offers from Cambridge United Football Club’s wellbeing team. If you have any ideas for our Christmas special or any other edition, then please contact Mrs Butler.
Extracurricular Sports Clubs
There has been a great response to the extracurricular sports clubs, which started last week. The number of students attending has been excellent – almost all of the clubs have attracted 30-40 students, and it has been brilliant to see them enjoying some extracurricular sport again – including basketball, football, netball, trampolining and table tennis. The Fitkidz sessions in the fitness suite are also due to return soon!
You can keep up with the latest PE news via Twitter – @pechesterton
The Empathy Letter Project
Have you seen Disney/Pixar’s film ‘Up’? Did your bottom lip wobble during the opening sequence? Would you like to help prevent local older people from feeling isolated or lonely this winter?
Lead by local artist, Jo Miller, Chesterton Community College and Kettle’s Yard are working collaboratively on a project to partner students and staff, with older people in our community: The Empathy Letter Project (ELP).
The ELP will support 6 letter exchanges: 3 letters from staff members / students and 3 from older people from local organisations. The older people involved have expressed feelings of isolation, worry and loneliness. The Empathy Letter Project can support letter recipients in feeling connected to the community and others.
As part of the project Jo Miller will run two workshops on Thursday 3rd and 10th December 3.15 – 4.30pm in the Atrium Theatre. All students and staff welcome.
The festive season is nearly upon us and students have been feeding back to staff, via the House Council, a wish list of things that would bring some much needed festive cheer to students during December. Students have asked for the following:
- Christmas films
- Christmas quiz with prizes
- Form-time Christmas party
- Outdoor winter fair
- Christmas craft competition
- Christmas decorations
- Daily Christmas jokes in tutor time
We are hard at work trying to offer as many of these things as possible and we are especially grateful to the PTA who are supporting us. Students can look forward to some festive cheer in December.
PTA News: ‘Last Minute Presents’ Stall on 17 December –
The PTA is asking for donations of gifts in great condition (unopened and unused), ideally still with labels and one that you also wouldn’t mind receiving at Christmas. In years past the children have been able to choose from toys, games, puzzles, books and stationery, candles, beauty products, chocolates and treats, homeware, accessories, to name only a few of the wonderful and wide variety of donated items. All contributions can be left by your child from now until Friday, 11th December at the school reception for the attention of the PTA.
In addition to the present stall, the PTA will be raffling two hampers full of treats in December. Tickets will be available to purchase online and details will be sent via ParentMail soon.
PTA 2nd hand uniform sales – If you want to help the PTA and the environment by buying 2nd hand uniform you can contact the team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplies of PE kit are quite low at the moment, but there are a lot of jumpers available. Thank you to the amazing parent volunteers who are keeping the sales running out of their homes, in a Covid-safe way.
If you would like to donate good condition uniform, please mark for the attention of the PTA and ask your child to drop it off at school reception.
Year 7 PSHE Day
On Thursday 3rd December, Year 7 will take part in their first PSHE dropdown day of their Chesterton career. The day is titled ‘Me, Myself & I’ and students will be participating in a variety of workshops exploring a range of topics all designed to explore the changes experienced during puberty including: wellbeing, sleep, exercise and being medically aware as they develop. We are looking forward to the day as Chesterton staff lead the sessions and we hope that the Year 7 cohort will learn a host of important new things throughout the day.
Drama students in Year 10 are intently focused right now rehearsing for their production of a contemporary adaptation of ‘1984’ which is due to take place on the 25th and 26th February 2021. Whilst Covid-19 restrictions have meant that we must stick to non-contact sequences, stasis-based blocking, remote rehearsals and hygiene precautions (like wearing plastic gloves to touch set items), these barriers to acting have not held back the spirit of the Company! In many ways they are measures which shed an even more stark and relevant light on George Orwell’s classic novel, in which the world of ‘1984’ is famously known as dystopic. The Year 10 company should be extremely proud of the professional and passionate way they are acting and conducting themselves in this extended rehearsal process; we very much hope that in a couple of months an audience of sorts will be able to see their work live and will indeed, like Winston Smith, be uplifted by ‘the true reality of things’!
Meanwhile, the Year 8 Drama group have been working hard on their new devised production called ‘Icarus: The Mars Expedition’. Working within the new norm, their story takes place over a Zoom call and explores 4 astronauts who take on a mission to set up base camp on Mars. The scripts have been devised by the Year 8 students themselves and we are very excited to present the new piece online on Thursday 17th December at 8pm.
The Year 9 Drama group have also been working towards a performance which will take place on a Zoom call but instead of sci-fi, this time the style/genre is (oh yes it is…) pantomime! Prepare yourself for an evening of fun and silly jokes as Dorothy is transported into the wonderful virtual world of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Get ready to shout at your screen as you cheer on the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion in their journey to find what they most desire online on Tuesday 15th December at 8pm.
Both Year 8 and 9 performances will premiere on YouTube. If you would like to watch the performance, please email LCooper@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk who will share the link with you.
Finally, the Year 7 Drama club have been meeting each Friday over Zoom for the lockdown period, but are looking forward to getting back into the studio now, so that they can rehearse intensively for their plays festival based on the myth of Icarus: the boy who flew too close to the sun. In January, 50 Year 7 actors will perform their “rule of six” plays in the Atrium Theatre and a select panel of judges will choose a ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Overall Performance’ to give an extra momentum to the work! Family and friends will be able to watch the performances as video recordings on unlisted YouTube links, which Ms Marston will post after the event on Edmodo. All the Drama Department and its associates are truly floored by the artistry, enthusiasm and energy embodied by this Year 7 cohort – they certainly have the wings to soar, and we look forward to the summer when a planned outdoor production at Chesterton will allow the talents they are honing now to shine in a more public context!
If you are doing any shopping in the coming weeks there are three ways we can raise money for school at the same time. If you could shop via any of these three routes money will automatically go to the school PTA without any extra expense to you.
If you are shopping on Amazon please start at smile.amazon.co.uk. On your first visit, you can designate “Chesterton Community College Parent & Teacher Association” as your chosen charity – and they’ll donate a portion of every qualifying purchase to the PTA.
If you are shopping more generally online please start at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ or download the easy fundraising app. Again on your first visit you can select Chesterton PTA as your charity. You can access most major online stores via the link or app and a portion of your purchase(s) is donated to the PTA.
Please download the Co-op app or visit https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/49727 to become a member. Once you are a member you can select Chesterton PTA as your charity then every time you buy online or in a shop and show your membership card a donation will be made to the PTA.
This week we are very proud of our Equiano students. Every single student has now gained at least one Above and Beyond Point with Carys, Gioele and Harvey in the lead each with 54 points. Our Year 11 students have now mostly completed their mock exams and are continuing to apply for colleges next year; if you need any help with this please do contact your tutors. As a house, we would also like to say well done to our students that are working from home and still staying connected with the school and their lessons – it takes a great amount of dedication.
Another positive week for Cavendish. ABPs have been flying in for our students – keep it up Cavendish! Year 11 have nearly finished their mock exams and we have been so impressed with their hard work throughout.
Year 8 had their PSHE day on Friday which covered sessions such as Mental Health and Wellbeing, Media Image and Self-Confidence. We hope Year 8 got lots out of these sessions and thank you to all the staff involved in making it happen.
We are happy to announce that extracurricular clubs are back up and running at Chesterton. These clubs provide lots of enriching opportunities for students to get involved in!
Another brilliant week for Hill students. The house team are so proud of how all Hill students continue to show excellent behaviour and attitude around school despite all the recent changes. Hill students have been attending all of the sporting extracurricular clubs that have started this week. Don’t forget to find your PE teacher if there is a club you wish to attend. On another note Hill students have had a great start in collecting Above and Beyond Points: we have 9 students who are now on 30 or more ABPs which is a fantastic achievement. Top honours go to Eisha (Yr7) and Quinn (Yr 8). Well done!
Another great week in the books for Fawcett! Thank you all for your good behaviour and achievement in ABPs. The Year 7s have a PSHE day coming up next week; please do get in touch with your form tutor if you have any concerns. On Monday and Tuesday all students will be accessing their work remotely followed by Year 9 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday. If you have any issues with accessing your work on Edmodo, please feel free to get in contact with Mr Firth or Mrs Parkinson via email or Edmodo message for any support. Finally, congratulations to all Fawcett Year 11s for completing their first ever set of mocks – we are all really proud of the hard work you have put in!
Well done: for another good week in Robinson House. In form time we have been learning more about the importance of consent. Year 8 have had a successful PHSE day learning about wellbeing and personal mental health. Happy birthday to Ellie and Roxane! Finally, remember this coming Monday 30th November and Tuesday 1st December you are all working from home. Your teacher will be setting work for you to complete on both days via Edmodo.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott