Blog Friday 17th – September 2021

Blog – Fri 17th September 2021

How to Help Your Child at Home Events
This week we welcomed Year 7 parents for the first How to Help Your Child at Home event. It was fantastic to see so many Year 7 parents in school and to have the opportunity to share what we are doing here and to explore how parents can get involved at home. Presentations delivered as part of the evening will be made available by Parentmail to all Year 7 parents.
Next Thursday 23rd September we are holding a How to Help Your Child at Home event for Year 8 parents from 6pm in the school auditorium; all Year 8 parents are welcome, no need to book.

New Brew Café
We are reopening the café area in Chesterton Sports Centre under the name Brew Café and we will be serving Sports Centre members and non-members.
Do you have a passion for food and coffee products, want to work in a newly opened café to help establish it and love interacting with a variety of people? We are looking for a passionate candidate to join our team to help cook, serve and deliver top-quality customer service.
If this sounds like your cup of tea (sorry) and you want to be part of this from the beginning and help us be the best, then get in touch with Executive Chef, Spencer Norman
Part-time 21 hours per week, working a 2-week rota
• Week 1 Monday to Friday 10.15am to 2.30pm
• Week 2 Tuesday to Saturday 2pm to 6.15pm

Wanted: Secondhand Uniform
Are you able to donate any lurking outgrown uniform to the secondhand uniform supply?
We are particularly short of:
• polo shirts (in house colours)
• skirts
• skorts
We have plenty of school trousers but all (washed) donations gratefully received. Other parents are then able to replenish their uniforms at low cost, which is very much appreciated.
Please bring your unwanted uniform in a bag marked Secondhand Uniform to our reception desk. Our team will then sort it ready for re-sale.

We have had a really great start to extracurricular activities in the Music Department this week. New members are still welcome to all groups so please do come along.

Year 7 – don’t forget to sign up to play or sing in the Teatime Concert on 12th October after school! All are welcome and there will be refreshments provided. This is a lovely opportunity for Year 7 students to share their music making with others.

Side Hustle Competition
In last week’s blog we shared the news of Hawraa, Ameera and Cameron who were all successful in the national Side Hustle competition. This week the students have been interviewed by the Cambridge Independent and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire so do look out for them in print and on the airwaves.

Covid Update
It is recommended that students take part in home testing twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Home test kits can be collected from either lunch hall each lunchtime. There are seven tests in each pack so students only need to collect tests kits once every two weeks.
There is currently a technical problem with TestRegister where we ask you to log your home test result for school records. If you do not receive a reminder on a Sunday/Wednesday, please test as usual, logging the result with Test and Trace and let school know if you get a positive result. You will receive a notification from TestRegister once their service has resumed.
Please note the advice is to not take a test (LFT) for 90 days after a case of Covid-19 unless there are new symptoms, in which case a PCR test is recommended.
Students should self-isolate for the following three reasons:
1. They have Covid-19 symptoms and are awaiting results of a PCR test
2. The home test kit has shown a positive result and you are awaiting result of a PCR test.
3. You have received a positive PCR test and must isolate for 10 days from the date of the test or from first symptoms.
Students who have had a PCR test due to being a close contact do not need to isolate whilst waiting for a PCR test.
If you have any queries about isolation or attendance, please contact .
For more general queries, please contact .

Wanted: Contact in the Rail Industry
Do you have a contact who works in the rail industry in any capacity who would be willing to offer a placement to a young person with additional needs? Mrs King in the SEND Department is looking to arrange a placement that could be up to five days a week or just ½ day, during the week, weekends or evenings. The placement would be in collaboration with a company called Switch Now who provide job coach and support in the placement for the young person and employer. The placement could be further afield, e.g. London or across the county. If you can help, please contact Mrs King .

Chesterton Sports Centre
Our Sports Centre has the following vacancies: full details can be found at
We would be grateful if you could share the vacancies with anyone you think might be interested.
• Swimming Teacher
• Leisure Assistant

Chesterton Community Litter Pickers: Student volunteers wanted
Calling all students: ‘Chesterton Community Litter Pickers’ is a new opportunity for students to make a big difference to their school community and become fantastic role models to their peers. Students will be rewarded for their community effort, as the voluntary hours will go towards the Bronze and Silver Chesterton Challenge. Furthermore, students will receive an ABP every time they volunteer. Students will be invited to an additional rewards event to say a huge thank you for their efforts at the end of term.
Please email or speak to Miss Bywater to sign up – .
Deadline: Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Interhouse ABP Leaderboard
• 1st Place Equiano 1,523 ABPs
• 2nd Place Robinson 1,511 ABPs
• 3rd Place Fawcett 1,456 ABPs
• 4th Place Cavendish 1,450 ABPs
• 5th Place Hill 1,390 ABPs

Total: 7,330 ABPs

Equiano House
It has been another great week for Equiano students who have made an encouraging start to the new school year. Students have been punctual and organised as well as having a positive attitude towards their learning. We hope that this continues throughout the year. Our students have been working hard to collect Above and Beyond Points with 181 students achieving at least one point so far. Well done to Shamsul in Year 11 who is in the lead by already earning 12 points. It has been lovely to see Equiano students attending extracurricular clubs this week; there’s a wide range to choose from.
If you have any issues, please do get in contact with Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik – we are here if you need anything.

Cavendish House
What a busy week for Cavendish! Cavendish students have settled back into school routines positively. It has been great to see our students working hard across all lessons and beginning to get involved with the incredible variety of extracurricular opportunities on offer. Year 7 were invited to visit a Freshers’ Fair which was held in the Atrium last week and provided them with the chance to see what Chesterton has to offer.
On Tuesday, Cavendish had their first assembly of the academic year which allowed us to welcome students back and present House expectations which we believe encapsulate our House ethos. We also spoke about our role models to inspire students to think about who they could learn from in the weeks to come as they embark on this exciting year. Ms Bywater’s role model this week was Emma Raducanu and Miss Bullen-Smith’s was the author Bernardine Evaristo.
We hope that our students continue to make the right choices, stay motivated and are enjoying being back at Chesterton – we are certainly happy to see you all.

Hill House
Congratulations on completing your first full week of lessons at school. Extracurricular activities have started up again after a long Covid-19 hiatus and we encourage all students to get involved where possible, check the Weekly Notices to see what clubs are on at the moment and contact the staff member in charge.
Please note that the school Open Evening will be on the 30th of September so any students who want to get involved, please speak to your form tutor by Friday this week It is a great night to get involved with and we hope you will all come along.
Period 7s have started again across the school for our Year 11 students so keep an eye on your timetable for these.

Fawcett House
Excellent work, Mighty Fawcett! Another successful week and our first full week back to school. You have all shown such maturity getting back into routines (or starting new ones) and making such a positive beginning to the year. This week we have seen the start of House Council, applications for prefects being rolled out and our first in-person assembly in quite a while. Mr Firth spoke about the small changes we can all make to ensure that we have a great academic year.
As always, we continue to encourage Fawcett students to push to achieve their best this year. It has been great to see such positive attitudes amongst form groups in the morning. Keep up the great work!

Robinson House
Another week passes us by and it feels really great to be settling back into life at Chesterton. We had our first whole House assembly, providing an opportunity for all Robinson staff and pupils to come together as one and celebrate the successes of last year and the summer.
In PHSE we continued working on change and how to deal with both expected and unexpected change, prompting some interesting discussions and sharing between age groups.
Uniform is great pretty much across the board which has been highly impressive. We have also been very happy with how you have all responded to any changes that have been asked of you. Just a quick reminder, shoes must be all black… meaning 100% black with any non-black logos coloured in. The only jewellery allowed is one stud earring in each ear. If you have any uniform queries, please come and find either Mr Kingsley-Mills or Miss Chibbaro in the Robinson office and we can help. Have a lovely weekend.