Blog Friday 12th March
We have been delighted to welcome back students and staff to face-to-face teaching from Thursday 11th March and once again we are impressed by everyone’s resilience and support for the Covid security in place.
We have been running and continue to run the mass testing in school as follows:
- Mon 8th – Wed 10th March TEST 1
- Thurs 11th – Mon 15th March TEST 2
- Tues 16th – Thurs 18th March TEST 3
A special thank you to staff, parents, family members and friends who are helping to run the test centre across the 10-day period.
From Friday 19th March we will move to students taking part in voluntary home testing twice a week. All students who wish to can take part. No consent is needed as by taking the test the participant gives consent. If a positive result is recorded on a home test then a PCR test is taken to confirm. The result of the PCR test is the result that is then followed. More information to follow on home testing next week, including how we will issue test kits.
International Women’s Day
This week’s assembly and form time work focused on International Women’s Day. Students considered the economic and political inequalities still faced by women all around the world and researched some organisations fighting for change.
If students are interested in finding out more about advocacy for women’s rights,
Amnesty Club (Thursdays 3.15–3.45pm run by Ms Powell) will resume alongside the rest of the extracurricular programme and will be looking at women’s rights campaigns.
After Easter we see the launch of a society called ‘The Female Lead’ which forms part of a UK-wide initiative focused on running sessions about ambition, careers, confidence and role models. You can read more about it here: https://www.thefemaleleadsociety.com/new-female-lead-society-launches-in-schools-today
Keep your eyes peeled for more details from Mrs Baker-Williams.
Art and Design Lockdown Gallery
Please join us in celebrating a selection of the art and design work submitted during the recent period of remote learning.
Norwich City Girls’ Football Camp
A full day of fun, coaching, games, challenges and much more. The camp is suitable for girls of all abilities aged 6-16, whether looking to develop as a keen footballer or just to have fun with friends.
The camp is organised by qualified Norwich City coaches and aim to provide a positive platform for girls to play football in a safe and welcoming environment.
Long Road Community Girls Football Camp
Friday 9th April
Long Road Sixth Form College CB2 8PX
Year 11 Parent Event: How to support your child with the new assessment schedule
Following the publication of the Year 11 assessment schedule starting on 22nd March, we have organised a parent event next Tuesday 16th March 5.00–5.30pm. The webinar link to join this event is to follow via Parentmail.
We will use this opportunity to recap arrangements for the in-class assessments and to share information about how students can be supported at home during this period, as well as taking questions at the end. We will record this event for parents who are unable to make the time. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Evans-Ali.
Comic Relief Non-Uniform Day
Next Friday 19th March we will be supporting Comic Relief with a non-uniform day on Red Nose Day. Donations can now be taken on ParentMail – www.parentmail.co.uk.
Chesterton Lecture: More Than a Map
Next week commencing the 15th March, Nick Beech will be presenting a Chesterton Lecture on: ‘More than a Map: How the design of London’s public transport changed the city.’
In this lecture Nick will explore how London was developed in the 1930s and explain how, in the nineteenth century, London experienced an explosion of commercial railway lines, omnibus and tram routes that criss-crossed the rapidly expanding metropolis in a chaotic scramble. Competing routes led to bottle necks and inefficiencies and by the 1920s many companies that were operating essential services were going bust. A newly formed London Passenger Transport Board incorporated these separate services and started to reimagine the underground and bus routes, not as ‘lines’ but as ‘networks’.
‘Never Such Innocence’ Competition
The deadline for the national competition ‘Never Such Innocence’ is 19th March. Students are invited to submit poetry, art work, a speech or a song exploring the theme ‘The unheard voices of conflict: stories from around the world’. Submissions can share reflections on conflict or give a voice to those who may not have one. Students can take inspiration from a personal story about a family member or do some research about someone who was, or is, impacted by conflict.
Further details can be found in the competitions channel in the Daily Notices Team. There are some great prizes to be won and it would be great to see them being awarded to Chesterton students.
We currently have space for any pupils wishing to learn a brass instrument. This is a great opportunity to try something new, and there are many proven benefits of learning a musical instrument – both musical and non-musical. Please do contact Miss Wilson if you are interested or would like further information.
We are really looking forward to restarting music extracurricular activities in person from Monday 15th March. Please see the Parentmail sent for further details; some groups will return that week, and others in the following week. It will be great to make music together in person once more.
Homework and Remote Learning for Students Quarantining
Just a reminder that we are no longer using the Edmodo platform. Homework will be set as an assignment on Teams.
Any students who have to self-isolate and work from home should continue to access lesson materials through their class Teams.
We are so pleased to be seeing most of our students back at school this week and getting back into their school routines. This includes hand-sanitising, mask-wearing and one-way corridors. Some of our students have already received an award in tutor time this week for earning 25 or more Above and Beyond Points. This is a great achievement and we hope that all of our students can reach this number of points by the end of the year.
On Thursday we had an extended tutor time to welcome students back when we discussed what students had missed about being in school and how we are looking to thrive throughout the coming weeks. It really has given an insight into how our students view their time at school and how they wish to make the most of their experiences. As always if you have any questions, please get in touch with Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik.
Welcome back Cavendish!
It has been wonderful welcoming you all back this week. We are looking forward to checking in with you and ensuring you are motivated for the next couple of weeks. As ever, please do reach out if you need us as we are here to support you.
Staff continue to organise and host an array of exciting extracurricular clubs for you to attend, including the return of sports clubs from next week. Check whole school notices for more details and make the most of the fantastic opportunities available to you.
We hope you have had a great first week back.
The biggest thing to say from us here at Hill House is welcome back! We are excited to see you all back in classes and getting back into the routine of day-to-day schooling. Students have been coming into school, getting used to the mass testing process that will be a part of the new measures to keep students safe in school and we so enjoyed seeing you all on Thursday. We hope you took those last few days of lockdown to work well, enjoy some of the freedom of working from home and getting prepared to come back into school – please note students are advised to wear a mask in all enclosed spaces, so make sure you always have one ready to go.
Next Friday, on the 19th of March will be a non-school uniform day to raise money for the Comic Relief/Children in Need charities – keep an eye on ParentMail for the donation links.
Welcome back, Fawcett! We are so happy to have you all back on school site. We had a great few days in school and well done to all of you for completing the first half of this week doing remote learning. Clubs and after-school activities will resume along with the regular school day so please check with the member of staff running your chosen activities to confirm the start date.
Looking ahead to next week we have a few birthdays to shout out: Hasin, Lina, Mohammed, Isobel and Rebecca and Bill; we hope you all 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.
Welcome back! It is so fantastic to see you all and be able to teach again in the classroom. Things are back to how they were before with the one-way systems, cleaning desks etc. Also, government guidance recommends should now be wearing masks in all indoor communal areas where social distancing isn’t possible, including the classroom. So please always bring them with you or ask your kind Robinson form tutors for one if you forget (they have a stash). Show Mr Kingsley-Mills, your Assistant Head of House, if you are representing Robinson with a red mask for an Above and Beyond Point.
Remember now we are back that if you celebrated your birthday while we were at home, nip into the Robinson Heads of House office (next to the Rex Freeman Hall) for a treat. Well done to Devu, Aimen, Toby, Yousif, Gabriel, Max, Laila, Henry and Charlotte for your brilliant work in the last full week of lockdown. We wish a very happy birthday this week to Isaac, Keerthana, Matan, Jimmy and Madeline, hoping you have wonderful birthdays.