Blog – Fri 4th March 2022

Seeking Donations Now: Refugee Support

A member of our Eastern Learning Alliance Trust will be driving to Poland next week to deliver support to refugees and those in need. At Chesterton we are hoping to collect donations to support this effort.

Your donations will be taken to Girton Glebe Primary School, within our Trust, packaged up and transferred to Poland.

If you would like to donate any of the following items, please leave them at the school reception today or Monday 7th March.

  • Duvets / blankets / pillows / sleeping bags
  • Towels
  • Batteries / torches / candles
  • Nappies / wipes
  • Cold and flu relief (e.g. Calpol)
  • Baby milk / baby food
  • Milk bottles / food containers / dummies
  • Toys / colouring books / drawing pads / crayons / pens and pencils
  • Sweets and treats
  • Toiletries / toothpaste / toothbrushes / body wash / soap / sanitary towels
  • Painkillers
  • First aid kit supplies

These will be much appreciated.


World Book Day 2022

On Thursday 3rd March, we celebrated World Book Day across the school. We enjoyed fun competitions and a variety of activities in the library: some of which were exciting, others mindful and relaxing! In addition, teachers have been reading extracts from books to their classes around their own subject specialty.It is not too late for students to create their own Mood Board entries around their favourite book; closing date for entries is
18th March 2022.

All students should now have received their World Book Day £1 money off vouchers or indeed the £1 voucher can be exchanged for one of the special World Book Day books available at most bookshops.

It has again been a fantastic celebration, and beneficial once again to remind ourselves of the pleasure and the power reading brings to us all!



Careers Education happens in many ways at Chesterton, including in the day-to-day teaching or dropdown days activities. The first two weeks of March are no exception! All students had a Careers Assembly and PSHE form time activity based on careers.

Year 9 have been introduced to Further Education with an event organised by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) called Eyes on the Prize. Year 9 virtually visited the sites and had talks from many universities and providers (such as ARU Cambridge, ARU Peterborough, Cambridge Regional College, Hills Road).

We are also celebrating National Careers Week (7th–11th March) with extra activities: all lessons on Monday will start with a 5-minute task linking Careers with the subjects studied. This is very useful to help apply lessons with real life thoughts, concrete skills and competencies. The week will finish with a Careers Quiz run during form time on
Friday 11th March.


Homework Club

We encourage students to attend Homework Club if they need support with their homework or a quiet space to complete it in. Homework Club runs from Monday to Thursday after school until 3.55pm in the library.

Students do not need to book to attend – they can just turn up on the day. There are staff available to support students who need it and answer any questions that students may have.

Students will be timetabled into Homework Club after school for two weeks if they fail to complete their homework assignments so that we can offer them further support and allow them to catch up on what has been missed. If you have any questions please get in touch with Mr Gilliver and Miss Malik.


The Power of Words (English Department)

With World Book Day on 3rd March, World Storytelling Day on 20th March and with the Festival of Stories currently running in libraries across Cambridgeshire, there is no better time to think about the power of words.Next week we are delighted to be running a special event for Year 8.

On Tuesday 8th March, all Year 8 students will be taking part in a creative writing workshop, led by Norwich-based writer and teacher Elizabeth Lewis Williams, currently Writer in Residence at the British Antarctic Survey. Elizabeth will inspire students to produce creative responses from historic sources. Students will be introduced to evocative material such as sound recordings, images or personal letters from the British Antarctic Survey’s archive and will end the workshop with a piece of writing. Students will also be offered the opportunity to share their work during Cambridge Festival if they wish.

Families with students in any year group may also be interested to visit Deception Island – a replica Antarctic Hut that will be installed in central Cambridge as part of the festival programme. A visit to the hut is an immersive experience, and includes a film and poetry installation, based on Elizabeth’s father’s experiences in Antarctica and her research in the British Antarctic Survey’s archive.

Also coming up on 14th March is a workshop for Year 9 students on charity campaigns, led by representatives from Romsey Mill, a local charity committed to overcoming disadvantage, challenging injustice and promoting social inclusion with young people, children and families. We are excited that students will have the opportunity to make links between their current studies on the theory of persuasive writing with an understanding of a how a real local charity runs its advertising and promotion, and students will be invited to contribute ideas towards the charity’s website rebrand.

We are encouraging all students to consider entering a national Young Writers competition, for which students can write a 100-word story on the theme of ‘Twisted Tales’. More information can be found here:

Students should write a story of exactly 100 words and then send it along with their name, age and school name, to Mrs Phillips: .

This fits particularly nicely with Year 9 after their recent studies on Nova Fiction writing as it uses the same skills of selecting limited words very carefully for impact, and with Year 8 following their short story unit and their creative writing workshop next Tuesday, but it is open to any student age 11-18. The deadline is 1st April.

If students would like any help with writing a story, they should go along to Creative Writing Club which now meets every Friday lunchtime: in A14 for Year 8 and 9, and B11 for Year 7, 10 and 11.


Heads of Subject

Over the last two weeks a number of Heads of Subject at Chesterton have spent a day with their counterparts from other schools across the Trust. The day included an opportunity to review the curriculum, topics and lessons and to create new resources and lessons to ensure our students have the best possible experience. Each day involved lots of passionate discussion about the knowledge subject leaders want students to have within their field and the best ways to help students gain and retain that knowledge.


Year 11 Easter Revision

During the Easter holidays we will be offering revision sessions led by subject teachers in order to support Year 11 students with their GCSE revision. Teacher-led revision sessions can add variety to a student’s revision programme and give an opportunity for seeking clarification and further explanation during the holidays. There is of course a balance to be achieved between students having some time for rest and relaxation and exam preparation.

The sessions are optional and of course free of charge; however, we ask you to book your child in for the sessions they wish to attend. The booking system is in the process of being set up by our admin team: the link will be circulated in the coming weeks.

Students will not be able to attend all sessions as some run concurrently; however, these holiday revision sessions are in addition to the work going on in term time and students’ private revision. We recommend that students select sessions in order of which subjects they feel they would benefit from teacher input in rather than private study.


Cambridge Schools District Basketball Champions

It has been a fantastic week for basketball at Chesterton: all of the college teams competed in the Cambridge district tournament finals. There were excellent team performances, as a result of the commitment to training over the last year and we’re really pleased to confirm the following results:

  • Under-16 girls: Cambridge schools tournament winners
  • Under-16 boys: Cambridge schools tournament winners
  • Under-14 girls: Cambridge schools tournament runners-up
  • Under-14 girls: Cambridge schools tournament runners-up

Congratulations to all who took part.

More information via Twitter: @pechesterton


Netball Fixtures

Two of the Chesterton netball teams were in action against Cambourne Village College this week. Congratulations to the large squad of Year 7 players that contributed to a convincing win, with some excellent play. The Year 10 team fought hard in a close game, but eventually succumbed to some excellent shooting from the Cambourne team.

More information via Twitter: @pechesterton


Chesterton Lectures

On Monday 7th March 15:10–16:00, Barry Widmer will be presenting a lecture on: ‘It’s Good to talk’. The lecture will take place in E15, and during this lecture, Barry will discuss how ‘We’re told it is good to talk about our problems, but is it and can science prove this?  If it can, then does it matter who we talk to and can modern brain scanning techniques tell us what’s happening inside our brains?’

Barry Widmer from the University Department of Psychiatry will talk us through the results of a ground-breaking clinical trial, which looked at the effects of different Talking Therapies in adolescents with Clinical Depression.

If this is something your child/children are interested in, then please can you reply to Mrs Hawkins at: . Please can all replies be sent to me today Friday 4thMarch 2022.


Events Operations

The Year 11 Events Operations class have an exciting opportunity to work with Magpas Air Ambulance. The class will spend the afternoon learning how to perform basic first aid skills. We look forward to seeing the students learning important life skills.


1984 Production

The Drama Department would love you to invite you to come and see ‘MCMLXXXIV’ (1984)next week on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March 2022, at 7.30pm in the Atrium Theatre at Chesterton. This dynamic adaptation of Orwell’s classic, prescient novel and masterpiece is performed by a 20-strong ensemble from Chesterton Youth Theatre’s Year 10, which includes members of National Youth Theatre.

The production combines dazzling physical theatre with political charge, nuanced voices, musical eclecticism and illuminating multi-roling. This tragic and satirical story of two forbidden lovers, Winston and Julia, confined within the totalitarian regime of Big Brother and fighting to break out without being broken by it, is given a new pulse. The play, which speaks from the past, could not be more pertinent in our present disorientated and divided world, and yet offers hope in its search for truth and freedom.

Please note: the show contains moments of violence as well as loud bangs, black-outs and light flashes which some may find disturbing and which may be more suited to an audience over 12 years old, who feel comfortable with theatre which is intended to make the public sit up and think! If parents are happy for students to come or better still can come along too, we hope to see you there. The Year 10s have been working so hard for this and we would appreciate your support.

Please reserve tickets by emailing  as follows:

  • Subject line: 1984 tickets
  • Date(s) to reserve tickets for (Thursday and/or Friday):___________
  • Name to reserve the tickets in: _______________
  • Number of tickets required for each performance(s): ________
  • Any access arrangements needed: ______________


You will only be sent a reply to your ticket order if the performance is SOLD OUT. Otherwise please assume you have the tickets requested, and join us at the performance you have requested tickets for. The house will open at 7.15pm and seating will be allocated as you enter the auditorium.

You can pay for your tickets on the door by making a donation to Chesterton Youth Theatre (suggested donations would be £10 per standard ticket and £5 for concessions, but essentially pay-what-you-can!).

This will help us to cover production costs and say a proper thank you to the volunteers helping us with the show. Please be aware that we don’t have a budget for shows like this, so it’s only through donations and individual support that we can make theatre happen. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions about the production, please do be in touch.


GCSE Drama Showcase

Huge congratulations to the 2022 Drama Cohort who performed a Showcase of dramatic extracts from published plays last Friday evening to a visiting examiner in the Atrium Theatre. The event has been described as ‘amazing’ and some seasoned Chesterton theatre-goers have said it was the ‘best Showcase (they have) ever seen’ here, such was the level of detail and sheer passion exhibited in the work. It was wonderful to have a full auditorium with an audience of enthusiastic young and more mature people cheering the 25 candidates along. The performers and designers from Chesterton and Witchford should feel extremely proud of the standards they reached in performance, and the professionalism with which they executed the Showcase, ensuring that the transitions and finale were as carefully planned and committed to as the exam pieces themselves. The Head of Drama did shed a tear or two at the end as the students all sang ‘I’m not throwin’ away my shot’ together. Let’s hope their ‘shot’ counts. Thanks for everyone’s efforts; a special congratulations goes to Aran from Year 7 for his support with lighting, and Sierra (a parent) for her incredible work in designing and stage managing these dramatic masterpieces. We can all now breathe a huge sigh of relief before hitting the ground running towards the next production and GCSE exams!


Drama Club

Drama Club for Years 7 and 8 will relaunch on Friday 18th March from 3.15 – 4.45pm (in the Atrium Theatre). We hope to see familiar and new faces there, for fun games, improvisation and a forthcoming festival! No need to sign up, just turn up. For more information, email Ms Marston or Mr Ware (or revisit the Parentmail).


Equiano House

Year 11 continued with their mock exams this week and have a celebration event to look forward to on Friday afternoon. All of our students have been working so hard and this event will give them to opportunity to relax after such an intense two-week exam period. Well done for all your efforts!

This week Year 9 have been thinking about what they might want to do when they finish school in an online careers workshop run by Anglia Ruskin University. It is great to hear all about the aspirations of our students and they were very keen to find out more about the skills and qualifications they would need to be able to work in their dreams jobs.

On Friday this week, 58 Year 7 students are taking part in an all-day design project led by the Cambridge Association of Architects where they will be developing their STEAM skills and learning more about the industry.

Another great week for Equiano where the Above and Beyond Points were rolling in. We currently have 8657. Keep up the great work!


Cavendish House

This week we enjoyed World Book Day, where teachers were encouraged to read passages to their students from books relating to their subject. Did you hear anything that inspired you to read more? Students also received a £1 book token – if you missed yours, please speak to your form tutor.

There were some important sports fixtures this week: four of Chesterton’s basketball teams competed in district tournament finals, including both girls’ and boys’ under-14 and
over-16. Cavendish student shout-outs to Mehmet-Kaan from the boys’ over-16, Orla from the girls’ over-16, and Lilijana from the girls’ under-14.

We also want to highlight the Cavendish students who performed in last week’s GCSE Drama Exam Show: well done to Rafa and Alice, and to Libby who also featured on the cover of the programme.

That’s all from us this week. Don’t forget to be awesome.


Hill House

This week Year 9 Hill students had the exciting chance of thinking about their futures, in a live call with an Anglia Ruskin University student, and teachers from various sixth form colleges in the local area. Students heard about what life is like at university, both social and academic aspects, and the various support available from the government to ensure that all have an access to higher learning. The sixth form teachers gave an insight into sixth form life, with a virtual tour of a college and learning about the wide range of subjects available. To accompany this, Hill students had an assembly about careers, where they learnt about the six different aspects needed to build their career, and began thinking what their next steps might be for their own career path.

Finally, we wish to congratulate the following Year 8 Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Gabrielle, Katharina, Matthew, Andrew and Arlo – keep up what you are doing this half-term!


Fawcett House

It has been a busy week for Fawcett students. Good luck again to our Year 11s who are completing their final week of mock exams. Year 9s participated in a Careers morning on Tuesday run by Anglia Ruskin University called Eyes on the Prize. Our assembly this week was also on a similar careers theme.

Well done to some of our Year 7s involved in the Design Challenge on Friday.

This week on 3rd March we celebrated 25 years of World Book Day with some activities going on in the library.

We are only 42 ABPs behind Robinson House now which makes us closer than ever! So well done for all those Above and Beyond Points earned over the last couple of weeks.


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 7212 points which is 42 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those ABPs rolling in!

In form time this week we have been focusing on careers in preparation for the upcoming careers week.

A shout-out to Sian, Haanya, Alessandra and Clara for making it to the Under-14 Girls District Schools Basketball Finals. Also David, Ollie, and Henry for making it to the Under-14 Boys District Schools Basketball Finals.

Finally, please join us in wishing Zander, Leona, Alessandra, Charlie, Sam, Malachi, Boaz and Philip 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.