Blog – Fri 28th January 2022 

Covid 19 Update 

Guidance from the government is that face coverings are no longer required at school; however, Cambridgeshire Local Authority have recommended that students and staff continue to wear face coverings in corridors and communal areas due to the number of cases in the local area. We will not enforce wearing face coverings but we do encourage them in communal areas. 

 

Taekwondo Success 

Congratulations to Prithvi in Year 8 who has been selected to attend the Taekwondo Team GB training squad following his recent performance in the national competition held in December 2021. You can read more about Prithvi’s success here: https://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/ely-tuji-taekwondo-earn-great-britain-call-ups-8645374  

 

Music 

  • Teatime Concert 

Students: Don’t forget to sign up for the next Teatime Concert, taking place on 8th February after school. Any interested performers should sign up on the sheet on the Music Office door. All welcome! It is a very informal, friendly concert. 

  • Youth Orchestra Course 

We have received information this week about the Cambridge Heidelberg Montepellier Youth Orchestra course, taking place in Cambridge this summer. This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person aged 12-19, who is at least a good Grade 5 standard on an orchestral instrument by July 2022, to take part in an orchestral course with other young musicians from Cambridge, Heidelberg and Montpellier from 29th July-7th August.  

The course will involve daily orchestral rehearsals, social activities and a concert. Any interested students/families should contact Miss Wilson for more details or visit the website www.chmyo.eu. We hope lots of Chesterton students will get involved. 

 

GCSE Drama Showcase and Burwell House Residential 

Year 11 GCSE Drama students are currently working hard towards their final performances which form part of this course. A party of 30 students are about to embark upon the first residential trip at Chesterton since February 2020. They will be going to Burwell House on a Drama retreat this weekend, where they aim to perfect the pieces for their forthcoming examined performance. They are led by the Drama Department along with some former students of the College who are kindly joining the company as artistic mentors. They hope to be able to enjoy themselves and the peaceful nature around them at Burwell House, as well as rehearse!  

Their much-anticipated performance will take place on Friday 4th February in the Atrium Theatre, from 6.30 – 8.30pm. They will perform 11 extracts from the following highly acclaimed published plays: 

 

  1. Citizenship by Mark Ravenhill

 

  1. Skylight by David Hare

 

  1. The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

 

  1. Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey

 

  1. Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

 

  1. Othello by William Shakespeare

 

  1. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

 

The extracts have been carefully arranged for the student actors to showcase them at their very best, and all 25 students (including 4 students from Witchford Village College, part of our Trust) will be performing or designing one extract each. A visiting examiner will be coming to watch the performance, and we would also love to invite members of the community to attend. 

If you would like to come and see Cohort 2022’s Drama Showcase, please email to reserve your seat(s). The event is free, but you should be conscious at all times that this is an exam and therefore it is essential that the audience are supportive to the experience (it is possible to leave or visit the lavatory between extracts but we would prefer you to stay and support them all, as well as listen to the live music which will be provided).  

There are only a maximum of 80 seats available for reservation which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Confirmation will be sent to you if you have been successful in reserving a seat.  

Age guidance for the performance is 12+ but students who are not yet taking GSCEs will need to have written permission from their parent/carer if they wish to attend. 

All should be aware that some of these dramas contain strong language/swearing, plus references to sex, violence and alcohol addiction. We are extremely proud of the maturity and commitment exhibited by the students in staging this work, and we are meanwhile looking forward to our residential.  

This event promises to show Chesterton drama at its most refined and riveting. We wish these dedicated students luck! 

 

Multi-Skills Sports Festival – Student Leadership 

It was a pleasure to welcome Year 2 students from St Luke’s and Milton Road Primary Schools for our multi-skills festival on Wednesday this week. The students participated in a range of different multi-skills activities, including  

  • jumping 
  • throwing 
  • catching 
  • aiming  

Year 9 sports leaders from the Chesterton Sports Leadership Academy were fantastic once again. Their enthusiasm, confidence and organisation helped to make the event such a success – well done! 

 

The Blaze – Student Newspaper 

Students at Chesterton are encouraged to take part in The Blaze – the school’s online blog-style newspaper. All articles are written by students, for the students. We have a keen team of editors and writers, who attend our writing sessions after school on Thursday, and anyone in the school can send through any items for publication – reviews, news, match reports, and anything else – through to . Students can access The Blaze on their iPad from the icon on the homescreen, and it can also be read using this link: https://theblaze.chestertoncc.org/. Even though it’s for the students, any parent should of course feel free to read it!  

 

Year 7 Shakespeare Performance 

“Shaking Up Shakespeare” absolutely went down a storm with Year 7 on Tuesday. Anthony Glenn performed a fun, fast and furious, interactive performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the school auditorium, with our students waving their hands in the air desperate to be picked to come up to join in with the show. The performance was very much enjoyed by students and staff alike, with reports that it was “hilarious”, “wonderful” and “really helpful with what we’re doing in English at the moment.”  

Thank you to Anthony for travelling out of area to perform for us; to Year 7 for being such a fantastic and enthusiastic audience; and thanks of course to parents whose financial contributions made the show possible. It was a really fun way to get into our Shakespeare studies. 

Equiano House 

Amazing work this week Equiano: the Above and Beyond Points have been rolling in and it is great to see how well the students are getting on in lessons! Out of all the tutor groups in Equiano, Equiano 7 are currently leading the way with the most Above and Beyond Points at 866, although Equiano 4 are close behind them with 821. Will Equiano 7 hold on to the lead or will there be a new form group on top by the end of this half term? Keep up the great effort in lessons to see if you can help your tutor group claim the top spot! 

Year 7 have had a particularly busy week. On Tuesday they had a careers workshop called “What’s my line?” where they were able to talk with different professionals about careers in which they may be interested in the future. This has sparked some very interesting conversations throughout the week. Year 7 also had the opportunity to watch a one-man show of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Shaking Up Shakespeare; we heard great reports from the Year 7 students. 

 

Cavendish House 

Thanks for another good week, Cavendish! This week we began series of sessions on First Aid and CPR in PSHE. Our Year 7 students enjoyed a live performance of a one-man production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Year 10 were privileged to hear a talk on poetry by Steve Watts of Homerton College, Cambridge. 

At Cavendish HQ we have received a few contributions in the art-drive – thanks to Lucia, Lara and Rhys. Student shout-outs this week go to our students who helped organise a primary school sports festival on Wednesday – well done to Annabel, Amelia, Lotte and Naomi (and to their peers in other houses).  

Finally, we would also like to highlight the Cavendish students (and others) who performed in the excellent Musical Theatre Club showcase last week – Lucia, Charlie C, Daphne, Soumaya, Laurie, Sammy and Holly. Way to go!  

That’s all from us. Don’t forget to be awesome, Cavendish! 

 

Hill House 

It has been a busy week at school this week, with lots of exciting events. On Tuesday, Year 7 began their day with a careers event, where Hill students got to interview a range of people from different fields to begin their exploration of different career options after leaving Chesterton. Afterwards, Year 7 were treated to a one-man performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which proved to be suitably silly. Students have been studying this play in their English lessons this term, so seeing it performed live was great entertainment.  

On Friday, Year 10 have had a lecture from a Cambridge Professor, explaining how to approach an unseen poem to support their current studies on ‘Conflict’ poetry.  

Finally, we wish to congratulate the following Year 9 Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Lili, Quinn, Joey, Viola and Amina – keep it up this term! 

Fawcett House 

Another week has gone by for Fawcettt House. We are still in second place with 6,187 ABPs behind Robinson with 6,297. Hopefully we can try and close the gap before half-term.  

This week Year 9s were selecting their GCSE options for next year. In PSHE we have been looking at First Aid and Road Safety.  

Our assembly on Thursday was about Careers and Politics.  

Lastly well done to all Year 9 sports leaders who organised the Year 2 sports festival! 

 

Robinson House 

Hello Robinson house, we hope you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup.  

We are in first place on the House points competition with 6297 ABPs, which is 110 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in!  

In form time this week we have completed some much needed first aid training about CPR and the recovery position.  

Finally, please join us in wishing Jimmy and Scott a very happy birthday this week. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat. Have a lovely weekend, everyone. 

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