Blog – Fri 6th May 2022

Iftar Gathering

Last Thursday, we held an iftar gathering at Chesterton. Thank you to the many staff and students who attended and bought along a dish for everyone to share. The event opened with short speeches about the purpose and importance of Ramadan for Muslims and helped the attendees gain an understanding of how Muslims pray as they observed them in prayer.

It was a wonderful evening full of community spirit, delicious food and an insight into Islam.

Thank you to the Religious Studies Department for organising this, and to the canteen team for their help.

Art Exhibition

You are invited to our annual Summer Art Exhibition showcasing the work of our talented and hardworking Year 11 students. This event is open to family and friends of Year 11 Art, Photography and Textiles students but we also like to open up the offer to all of our Chesterton Community. It is a great opportunity for younger students to see GCSE work, especially if they are considering following an art pathway in the future.

Please join us to celebrate on Thursday 19th May, 5.30–7pm in E18 and on the balcony. Refreshments will be available.


UKMT Maths Challenge Success

Once again Chesterton students have been participating and achieving in the latest rounds of the UKMT Maths Challenges. Last week 150 Year 7 and 8 students took part in the first round of the Junior Maths Challenge, aimed at providing fun recreational maths problems for the highest achieving students across the country. We were delighted with the number of students entered as this is approaching about 40% of the cohort across both year groups.

In addition, students in Year 9 and Year 10 received their results from the second round of the Intermediate Maths Challenge. There were some fantastic successes:

  • Caden, Eddie, Haanya, Jason, Jonny and Katie all achieved a Certificate of Merit in the Grey Kangaroo (for students in Year 9 and below)
  • Michela, Miriam, Skyrah and Tadhg achieved the same award in the Pink Kangaroo (for students in Year 11 and below)

Finally, Julia in Year 11 achieved a Certificate of Distinction in the Macluarin Olympiad. This is an outstanding achievement given that the Macluarin Challenge is restricted to just the 600 best performing students from the first round.


Music News

We are looking forward to our next Teatime Concert on Tuesday 24th May at 3.45pm. This is open to all students and is an opportunity for students to sing or play a piece they are enjoying working on to a friendly, supportive audience. They can perform on their own or as a group. Students who would like to perform should sign up on the sheet on the Music office door by Friday 20th May. Families and friends will also be very welcome to attend the concert.

The Music Department is looking forward to many other exciting events throughout the remainder of the term including:

  • Jubilee events
  • piano masterclas,
  • performances at Chesterton Festival
  • a Key Stage 3 soloists’ concert at St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton
  • our outdoor summer concert on 7th July


Amphibian Survey

The Year 9 members of our Be Wild Nature Club would like to spread the word about an Amphibian Survey at Logan’s Meadow Nature Reserve (near the Chesterton Bowls Club) this Friday 6th May from 8–9pm. The event is free and you don’t need to sign up in advance but you do need to be accompanied by an adult.

This is a fantastic opportunity to discover more about our local wildlife at this reserve, which is home to many species including water voles. For more info see and


Save the Dates: 13th–15th July

The Summer Enrichment Programme for Years 710 is back! If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs Hawkins.

Reward Dates for the Diary

We will be celebrating our students’ success this term for achieving 50 and 75 Above and Beyond Points, on the dates below. The students should be extremely proud of their achievements so far this academic term:

  • 75 ABPs:Monday 23rd May (period 6) – invite only
  • 50 ABPs: Friday 8th July – period 1 & 2: Year 9 & 10 – invite only

Friday 8th July – period 5 & 6: Year 7 & 8 – invite only

Be Kind to Our Minds Workshop

On Monday 9th May, 25 Years 7 and 8 students have been selected to participate in a ‘Be Kind to Our Minds Workshop’ lead by Mrs Hawkins. We look forward to working with some of our students, whilst they learn the power of positive affirmation.

Equiano House

Welcome back after the bank holiday weekend! We hope everyone had a relaxing day off and that you could all enjoy the sunny weather.

This week the House Council asked all students to fill in a survey to find out what people thought about the Careers Education here at Chesterton. Make sure you go to the Equiano House Team to have your say!

It has been great to celebrate the success of our Equiano students and a huge number of Above and Beyond Points have been awarded in the past few weeks. We currently have a total of 8353 points and our leading form is Equiano 7 with a very impressive 1240 points. Well done to everyone who has been awarded points!

A particular well done to our Students of the Week: Hector, Jasmine and Muhammad who have been working hard and consistently showing enthusiasm in all of their subjects. Keep up the great work!


Cavendish House

As the school entered May this week, the first signs of really warm weather began to make their presence known at Chesterton, and with them a spirit of anticipation. Many students began to look forward to the events of the Summer term including their Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, the summer sporting fixtures and trips.

Year 7 could be seen enjoying the sun studying Maths, Science and Geography outside, leading staff and students to contemplate more outdoor lessons – rumours that the Classics Department plans to install an aquatic arena complete with slides and a wave machine to re-enact the Battle of Salamis are entirely unsubstantiated.

Drama students began work on a festival of devised and scripted theatre which is to be performed towards the end of the year, in collaboration with the popular improv troupe.

And of course, Year 11 enjoyed what is remarkably their last full week at school, as they have their formal last day next Thursday. Cavendish House would like to highlight the work of the Year 11 Prom Committee, who are hard at work planning fundraising activities and decorations – it’s going to be a great event, by all accounts.

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



Hill House

It’s our second four-day week of this half-term, and we hope that you managed to enjoy the day off on Monday. A reminder that there are lots of sports clubs happening before and after school, for example Tuesday’s Athletics Club for Years 7–10, which has had great turnout from Hill students so far. It’s getting closer and closer towards the final summation of ABPs for the year, and with Hill lagging behind, Hill students are encouraged to pop into House Competitions on a Friday breaktime in A17 to have fun, meet people and win some points – we need your help!

Finally, we want to congratulate Quinn, Viola, Lili, Imigon and Joe in Year 9 for their ABPs – keep it up, and we look forward to seeing who has the most at the end of the year.


Fawcett House

We hope Fawcett students had a good bank holiday weekend and have returned feeling nice and refreshed. The sun is shining and Fawcett students have been earning lots of Above and Beyond Points. We are still in second place; could we beat Robinson by the end of the year?

The topic of this week’s assembly was Deaf Awareness. In PSHE we were discussing County Lines and raising awareness of the issue and knowing how to seek help.

Well done to Year 11 students who have had their GCSE language speaking exams recently. Keep up the good work everyone!


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 8973 points which is 432 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those ABPs rolling in!

In form time this week we have looked more at the process and dangers of grooming and how to safeguard ourselves. Also, we looked at British values and how thing links to anti-discrimination.

Finally, please join us in wishing Sajiv, Christopher, Kyani, Viet, Sofia and Isaac 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.