Blog – Fri 28th May
Half Term Closure
Next week the school is closed for May half term. School reopens on Monday 7th June when it will be week 1 on the school timetable. We wish everyone a relaxing half-term break.
Year 11 Farewell
Friday 28th May is the last day of formal school for Year 11 students. As a staff body we would like to thank Year 11 for everything they have given to Chesterton over the last five years. We are incredibly proud of everything they have achieved both in and outside of the classroom. Year 11 may be moving on to the next stage in their lives but the students and their families will always be a part of the Chesterton community and we encourage everyone to stay in touch with us, to seek help if it is needed and to share the very many successes that are to come.
Have uniform to donate? The PTA is always accepting donations of good condition uniform and especially needs sports kit. Please drop donations off at the office marked for the PTA.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) News
The PTA had a great meeting on Tuesday night and approved four new funding requests from the school:
- 10 Apple Mac Minis for the Music Department
- an outdoor tap for the Science Department’s “Grow a Row” project
- trophies for the school Maths competition
- new careers software for every child in school to use
Thanks to everyone who attended; full minutes will be circulated to all parents/carers after half term.
Watch this space: the PTA will be launching an online fundraising campaign after half term to raise money to unlock a big grant that has been awarded to the school for Science lab refurbishment.
Seeking a lead volunteer
We’re looking for a new lead volunteer on the secondhand uniform project – could it be you? Working with a group of PTA volunteers you will organise donated uniform and help sell it to parents/carers (in a Covid-safe way at the moment and at Parents’ Evenings when they resume). Big thank you to Alison and her team who have done a remarkable job of getting uniform out during a tough year. For a no-obligation chat about the role, please email .
Music Department News
There may be the opportunity for students to learn the harp at school from September 2021. If your child is interested in harp lessons, please do contact Miss Wilson for further details.
Letters have gone out this week for students taking part in the Music Summer Festival Concert on Wednesday 30th June. If any students do not have their copy, it is also on the Music Extra-Curricular Team. If any students would still like to take part in the concert, but are not yet going to be involved, please do contact Miss Wilson. The more, the merrier! Please note that information regarding audience tickets for this concert will be sent out on Monday 7th June.
At the end of last week, Chesterton students were joined by professional cellist and BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, Laura van der Heijden. Laura was interviewed by students in a Q+A session covering a range of topics including music practice, concert programming and performance anxiety. The students hugely appreciated her honest responses and we are grateful to Laura for giving up her time.
Chesterton Teacher of Music, Miss Bourne, has released a virtual flute recital filmed in the beautiful surroundings of St. Giles’ Church, very close to Chesterton. The programme comprises Debussy’s Syrinx (a piece traditionally played in the dark) and C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata for Solo Flute in A Minor. The concert can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7naEE_rqcY
Art and Design Exhibition
The Art and Design Department is pleased to share with you the class of 2021 Summer GCSE Art, Photography and Textiles exhibition. Join us in celebrating the wonderful work on display in this virtual exhibition. Keep going until the end of each section to find out the winners of the Chesterton display awards.
Oil Painting Workshops
Selected Year 10 Art students have been taking part in a series of after-school oil painting workshops with Mrs Murray Williams. They have been learning the basics of the ‘fat over lean’ technique and have been challenged to master smooth blending by painting sections of draped fabric. They have spent six hours in total over three weeks building up their layers and the resulting paintings are great… coming to a display wall soon.
Chesterton Female Lead Society
The Chesterton Female Lead Society has been discussing some pertinent topics this half term, including the gender pay gap, gender equality in schools and challenging gender stereotypes. A few of our members also write for the Chesterton Chapter and have included some hard-hitting pieces on the back of these discussions. Next the group is going to take some ideas to House Council, continuing the amazing inclusivity work here at Chesterton. Next term we will be working on a school-based project, and debating such issues as women in the media and the under-representation of women in the science and technology sector.
Thank you to all who have attended this term and for the amazing work you have already done. The Female Lead is open to everyone however they identify, and it would be great to see even more members after the half-term break. Email or speak to Mrs Baker-Williams for more information.
The school has a vacancy for a cleaner. We are looking for a friendly, diligent member of staff available for 10 hours per week. Working times will be between the hours of 12-4pm. To receive the full advert, please email
World Record Attempt
On Tuesday 25th May the Year 10 Events Operation group organised a world record attempt for the most people online with their hands in a heart shape. The world record attempt was a show of solidarity for Harry Auffret and all the children currently undergoing cancer treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital and for their families and the staff who look after them. The attempt was also designed to raise awareness of the fundraising campaign to support children and their families when they need it most. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to the Year 10 Events students.
Hollywood film star (and 2021 Golden Globe winner for Best Actress) Rosamund Pike graced us with her presence via Zoom as the guest of honour for the Drama Department’s graduation award ceremony. Ms Pike announced the 18 medal winners in Year 11 as Mrs Hubbard-Young physically handed them their prizes. The Oscar-nominated actress inspired our students with her experiences of a professional acting career, connecting generously and modestly with our cohort as they take their next steps. Our students did us proud performing one significant line of speech each as they accepted their awards, a style Ms Pike said Hollywood could do well to emulate. We wish departing Year 11s all the very best as they take their hard-earned acting skills away with them: Ms Marston holds a very special place for them in her heart – the year group that never gave up performing during a worldwide pandemic – and believes them capable of marvellous creative achievements in the future.
Harry’s Hands is the Drama Department’s fundraising mission on Friday as Year 7 round off their Romeo & Juliet rehearsal with a barbecue party (the cast of Mermaid from Years 8–10 have also been invited). We hope Harry and family feel our warmest intentions for his wellbeing, and thank you to Phil Kinnerz for hosting a football game at the party.
More to follow about Romeo and Juliet next term… Keep up the amazing work!
It’s the final week of the term and our Equiano students have been remarkable. Not only have they adapted to the ever-changing Covid rules but they have also worked extremely hard and put in lots of effort towards their education. Equiano are still in the lead with the most Above and Beyond Points too, which shows how willing our students are to put in that extra effort. A special well done to Olaf in Year 7 who has the most points in Equiano and has been in the lead for a while now.
It’s the last week at Chesterton for our Year 11s and although we will be sad to see them go, we wish them all the best for the future. We have been making the most of this week by taking them on trips out and providing fun activities for them to take part in. On Friday they have a leaver’s assembly and then get to say their final farewells while signing t-shirts to give them something to remember us by.
We hope you all have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing everyone on 7th June.
What a busy week for Cavendish! On Tuesday, the whole school was involved in attempting a world record for the largest number of heart-shaped hands on a video call in support of Harry’s Hands – well done everyone for your entries.
Cavendish students have achieved a mighty 6,615 ABPs since the start of the academic year and students with 50 ABPs and over have been enjoying celebrations this week. Thank you to Ms Bywater for organising afternoons of rounders and ice cream, and well done to all Cavendish students who have achieved such a phenomenal number of points.
Year 11 students continued to enjoy activities provided by our staff team. This week’s activities included a PSHE drop-down day on Personal Safety and their final assembly on Friday was a fantastic chance for staff and students to reminisce and reflect on a brilliant five years. We can’t believe it is time to say goodbye – we wish you every success in your future endeavours. The world is your oyster – good luck and stay in touch!
We hope Cavendish students have a wonderful half term break. Let’s hope for some sunshine and we look forward to welcoming you back on the 7th of June.
This Friday is the last day for our Year 11 students – we here at Hill House would like to thank you all for the hard work, resilience and enthusiasm you have all showed over the last five years at CCC. It has been a real pleasure for all of us teaching you and hope that you have many pleasant memories from your time here at the school. Remember to treasure the friendships you have made and whatever you decide to do next, we wish you the best of luck and success in your endeavours. This week we would also like to celebrate the Year 11s who have gone above and beyond this year: Tyan, Josh, Diogo, Zoe and Max – well done!
Congratulations to all Fawcett Year 11s who have celebrated their final week at Chesterton! They enjoyed an informative Personal Safety Day on Wednesday and a final leavers’ assembly on Friday where Mr Firth reflected back on Fawcett memories and hopes for the future for our Fawcett Year 11s. We are really looking forward to having you back on 1st July for prom.
A huge thank you to Miss Bywater for organising some amazing rewards afternoons this week – it was great to see so many Fawcett students receiving recognition and rewards for their hard-earned ABPs this year. Although these events have now happened, we still encourage you all to accumulate as many ABPs as you can going forward.
Looking ahead to the next few weeks we have some birthdays to shout out: Ilona, Merse, Katie, Hubert, Grace, Alfie, Ruby and Elliott- we hope you have a great day when it comes around!
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.
Have a wonderful half-term holiday and we look forward to seeing you for the final summer term on 7th June.
This week we wave goodbye to our wonderful Robinson Role Models of Year 11: Kyle, Elliot, Janosz, Kain, Cara, Zubeda, Eamon, Lauren, Madeline, Liam, Benji, Teilo, Amani, Yousif, Jamie, Lisa, Fiona, Rory, Ellie, Jenna, Tom, Aiden, Zahra, Wen, Lluc, Skye, Aimen, Maria, Toby, Raees, Tasneem and Aya. It has been a pleasure teaching you over the past five years and you have made such a difference to the college.
The end-of-year events for you all have provided much joy and hilarity, especially the big quiz, life skills, sports day and self-defence sessions. We are so proud of you all and you will be greatly missed by all your teachers. Good luck with college, apprenticeships, work and beyond. Remember Prom is on the 1st July and we hope to see you again one last time.
We haven’t been forgetting birthdays so join me in wishing congratulations to Yuxin, Edwin, Miriam, Sophie and Mohammed. As always, nip along to the Robinson office for a treat.