Blog – Fri 5th November 2021

Blog – Fri 5th November 2021 

 

Enrichment Days: Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 

We are looking forward to three days of ‘Enrichment’ for Years 7–10 on 
Monday 8th-Wednesday 10th November. These days will see students have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities on school site (arranged by an external company, ‘WiseUp’). The days are planned to help students develop a range of personal skills, in a fun environment away from the classroom. 

  • Students will be required to attend school in their Chesterton PE kit; they must wear trainers and warm layers (coats can be worn outside during the activities).  
  • Students are going to be active, so having their own water bottle, which they can refill throughout the day, will be essential. 

Below is an outline of each day: 

Monday 8th November 

  • Years 7 & 10 – The Hub Challenge 
  • Year 8 – Orienteering & bushcraft 
  • Year 9 – Catapults & time attack activities. 

 

Tuesday 9th November 

  • Years 7 & 10 – Bushcraft & orienteering 
  • Year 8 – Time attack & catapult activities, 
  • Year 9 – The Hub Challenge. 

 

Wednesday 10th November 

  • Years 7 & 10 – Time attack & catapult activities 
  • Year 8 – The Hub Challenge 
  • Year 9 – Bushcraft & Orienteering 

 

It is important to note that school will start at the usual time of 8:50am and students will be attending tutor time as normal on Monday 8th–Wednesday 10th November. After registration, students will be go to their ‘base room’ (an allocated classroom, which a group will be assigned to for the day) where they will meet their allocated CCC staff member, have their register taken and then go to their activity area (once they have seen the introduction video to their activity). 

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has contributed to the costs of the days; families can still make a donation via Parentmail and we would be very grateful for any level of financial support. 

Sports Fixtures Return 

After 18 months, PE staff and students are again looking forward to a welcome return to inter-school fixtures. Basketball, football and netball fixtures resume from 15th November. 

Look out for fixture news and results throughout the rest of the year. 

 

Fantastic Range of Sports Clubs 

Please join us in encouraging your son/daughter to attend any of the clubs below (a full timetable has been sent out via parent mail).  

  • Badminton  
  • Football 
  • Basketball 
  • Netball 
  • Tennis  
  • Climbing 
  • Trampolining 
  • Table tennis  
  • Full use of the fitness suite 

 

Sports Centre Vacancies 

Chesterton Sports Centre is seeking to appoint casual Leisure Assistants and Swimming Teachers. If you know if anyone who might be interested, please do direct them to the vacancy page of our Trust website https://easternlearningalliance.org.uk/vacancies/  

 

City of London Pageant: Chesterton Youth Theatre 

During half-term, three members of Chesterton Youth Theatre performed principal parts in a council-funded pageant in the City of London, which marked 400 years since this event first took place on those same streets. Their speeches were written by the Renaissance dramatist, Thomas Middleton (he wrote ‘The Changeling’) and the performance demanded exceptional abilities in voice projection, understanding and physical expansion from its stars, to the point that these child actors were working to overcome the same challenges as adult performers, as in the ‘Golden Age’ of theatre. Holly and Charlie from Year 8, and Quinn from Year 9, more than rose to the occasion, under the expert direction of local theatre artist Sam Plumb. They were the highlight of the event, which took place on Cheapside, East London. Their costumes were also glorious, with Quinn wearing an ornate mask as Aries; and Holly and Charlie wearing the kind of robes that appeared as original garments of the time. The Chesterton students had to perform the pageant three times during the course of one afternoon, through rain and sunshine, and it was an honour to witness their consummate professionalism and passion within the street theatre forum. There were moments when the air seemed to sing with voices of the past and present colliding as one, as they celebrated London, its Lord Mayor and the very virtues of humanity itself. Thank you to all involved. 

 

Music Department 

Well done to the Year 7, 8 and 9 students who took part in the music optional homework challenge last half-term – 34,441 questions were answered by those taking part! A special congratulations to Yuxian, Oakes and Joanna who were the year-group winners. There will be another homework challenge at the end of this half-term. 

Congratulations to members of Chesterton Singers who recently recorded a song for the #musicforCoP26 project. You can view their performance via the Music Department Twitter – @ccc_musicdept. 

This week has seen an excellent return to music clubs in preparation for the school carol service. We have had many great rehearsals including the first meetings of several new groups – the cello ensemble, the senior strings, and the Year 7 and 8 violins – and all our existing groups, who continue to work really well. Next week, all music clubs will continue to run as normal during Enrichment – please don’t forget! 

 

Staff News 

Congratulations to Mr Alam, Teacher of RE, who was married during half-term. Congratulations again to Miss Bywater, Assistant Head and Co-Head of Cavendish House was also married during half-term. Miss Bywater is now going by her married name: 
Mrs Hawkins. 

 

Christmas Fair: Donations request 

For the last four years, your PTA and Chesterton students have jointly run a fun Christmas fair on the last day of term for everyone in school to enjoy.  

Every year the ‘Last-Minute Presents’ table is hugely popular as students can pick up nice gifts for someone special – a parent, carer, grandparent, sibling, friend – between 50p and £5. The PTA volunteers wrap any present for free so that the students can bring them home ready to go under the tree. 

Please contribute items for the sale. 

To keep the prices low, and make it affordable for all, we rely on parental donations for the present stall. 

Donations should be a gift 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 students have been able to choose from a wide variety of items, for example: 

  • Chocolates and edible treats 
  • Beauty products and toiletries, including nice things for dads 
  • Homewares in general – scented candles are always very popular 
  • Fashion items and accessories, such as scarves and costume jewellery  
  • Games, puzzles and toys for children 
  • Books, DVDs and stationery 

 

If you have present-wrapping materials to donate, we would love to have them. We would be grateful for donations of the following Christmas-themed wrapping materials: 

  • Wrapping paper 
  • Bows 
  • Tags (or stickers) 
  • Gift bags 
  • Tissue paper (any colour) 
  • Fabric 

 

All contributions can be left by your child from now until Friday 10th December at the school reception for the attention of the PTA. 

 

Professional Development 

In recent weeks Chesterton’s Heads of Subject have spent a day together engaging with research and debates around knowledge and the curriculum, working together to evaluate and develop subject curriculums in order that students have the best possible experience both inside and outside the classroom. 

This week Mrs Baywood, Head of English and Ms Bigglestone, Head of Key Stage 3 English joined their counterparts from schools across the Eastern Learning Alliance for a day dedicated to developing new English topics and lesson resources. Students will benefit from these developments over the course of the academic year. 

 

Equiano House 

Tutors would like to welcome back Equiano students for the second half of the Autumn term. This week our Year 11s have started their mock exams – we would like to wish them the best of luck. If you are in Year 11 and need help revising, please do let your subject teachers know. Recently students have been getting motivated to achieve their ‘Chesterton Challenge’ awards which will involve them contributing to the school community and earning Above and Beyond Points. Students in Years 7–10 are looking forward to their Enrichment activities which will be taking place at the beginning of next week and will involve lots of team building.  

If you have any concerns, please get in touch with Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik. 

Cavendish House 

Welcome back Cavendish- we hope you had a lovely half-term break and enjoyed the autumn sunshine.  

It has been a busy start to the term with all students settling back into school routines and Year 11 students embarking on their mock exams – good luck to all students at this important time.  

We look forward to three days of Enrichment next week. Years 710 have a fantastic opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities from 8th10th November led by a teambuilding company called ‘WiseUp’. Thank you in advance to all staff with the support of the activities which are shaping up to be fun for all!  

The Chesterton Challenge was launched this week for Years 710. The Challenge is a chance for us to celebrate the success of our students and to be a motivating reward for students to achieve their full potential. It also allows us to recognise the amazing things our students do on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. Information for how to get involved was delivered in assemblies this week and can be found on Teams.  

Enjoy the weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday for a fun-filled week. 

 

Hill House 

Years 7 to 10 Hill students will be taking part in enrichment next week, an exciting few days full of activities, teamwork and challenges! All students have been praised for their excellent conduct during the flu vaccinations this week, and we would like to thank all Hill students for their cooperation and exceptional behavior during these events. Year 11 Hill students have started their mock exams this week; we wish you the best of luck during these assessments and please remember you can always contact any member of the Hill team if you are feeling anxious or worried and need some extra support. We would like to celebrate the following Year 11 students: Lucy, Amy, Gaby, Alex and Rebecca, well done for all your work going above and beyond in school. Keep it up! 

 

Fawcett House 

A warm welcome back for Fawcett House, hoping students enjoyed a great half-term break! It is great to see everyone looking refreshed and ready to tackle another half term of learning. There is lots to look forward to this term: various projects, rewards and of course Christmas. More notably, we are all very much looking forward to three full days of enrichment for Years 7-10: students will get an opportunity to work outdoors as a team to overcome challenges, develop new skills and to have fun!  

We wish all of our Year 11s good luck as they enter their second week of mocks – keep up the excellent work and be sure to take some time out for yourself to focus on your wellbeing.  

 

Robinson House 

Welcome back after the half-term break. We hope you had a restful time, enjoyed Halloween and are ready to get back into school. Year 11s have now started their mock exams, so firstly, good luck! And secondly, a reminder to use your support networks and to maintain healthy routines to have an overall positive experience. In the points tables we are still leading the way, however only by one point (Cavendish are encroaching) so let’s work extra hard this week to stretch our position with Above and Beyond Points! There are also several competitions coming up where you can earn extra ABPs so we want to see as many of you entering as possible:  

  • 10th November Tallest Card House  
  • 17th November Darts  
  • 24th November Pitching Pennies  
  • 30th November Dwayne the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament 

All take place in S3 during break times. Finally, a very happy birthday to Junior, Ben, Devadath and Theo. Remember to nip into the Robinson office for a treat. 

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