Blog Friday 24th September – 2021
Blog – Fri 24th September 2021
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New Chesterton Sixth Form Announced
We were delighted last week to receive ministerial sign-off for a new sixth form at Chesterton to open next September 2022. We shared a video message with families announcing the exciting news which can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/607365873/b6f736fec9.
This week we have visited House assemblies to talk to students in all year groups about the development. We have also invited Year 11 students to be part of a working party to shape the sixth form. Being part of the working party does not commit students to attending the sixth form but it is hopefully something interesting and exciting to be a part of.
Any students interested should contact Mrs Evans-Ali or Mrs Hubbard-Young by email or in person.
How to Help Your Child at Home Events
This week we welcomed Year 8 parents for a How to Help Your Child at Home event. It was fantastic to see Year 8 parents in school, to have the opportunity to share what we are doing in school 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 8 parents.
How to Help Your Child at Home events for Years 9–11 will follow later this term; more details to follow.
New Brew Café
We have now opened Brew Café in Chesterton Sports Centre. The café is open initially from 12pm–6pm Wednesdays – Fridays and 9am–2pm Saturdays. The café serves hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks, salads, paninis etc. and a range of breakfast items on Saturday mornings. Income generation from the café supplements what we are able to do in school so if you could encourage family and friends to support the café we would be extremely grateful.
We are looking for additional staff to join the café team to be able to extend the opening hours to six days a week and to cover breakfast on weekdays. If you know anyone who would like to be involved – either on a permanent basis or as casual staff – please get in touch with Executive Chef, Spencer Norman
Return to Inter-School Sports Fixtures
There will be a welcome return to school sports fixtures next week. After 18 months without a single fixture or tournament, some of our rugby and hockey teams will travel to Bottisham Village College. We are looking forward to seeing some fantastic sporting action and positive results all round.
Year 11 rowing
Up to 20 Year 11 students will soon start their rowing sessions with coaches from Cantabs Rowing Club. Sessions take place on the river during our regular Year 11 PE lessons. Look out for Chesterton students at the 2028 Olympics?
New Beginnings Launch
You can read about and listen to our amazing Year 11 sisters Hawraa and Ameera who came to us as refugees from Iraq and are now setting up a service to help other teenage refugees here:
• Print: https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/cambridge-sisters-launch-charity-for-child-refugees-in-memor-9216963/?fbclid=IwAR3C93W0DUf5oMqkoIeyb9DM7zVBgTQrbSlqBu4ZC2XQqHATE3CLzXZcuA0
• Radio: Louise Hulland – 17/09/2021 – BBC Sounds Go to 3:27:00
Creative Writing Clubs
The school’s two creative writing clubs have had a fun start to the year (“a bucket load of fun”, according to an email from one member), and lots of new faces, including a new member of staff, Mrs Dean, an experienced writer who is working with the English Department. Students have been keen to share what they are working on, including one Year 11 who is partway through the sequel to her first published novel – amazing!
This week’s challenge is to think about how what we read influences what we write and to try to create a character in the style of Charles Dickens. Anyone is welcome to turn up for a session – just rock up and bring your lunch.
• Years 7, 10 and 11 meet Tuesdays 12.50-1.25
• Years 8 and 9 Thursdays 12-12.35
New Year 10 Initiative: Events Management
We have a brand new events company starting up at Chesterton. Introducing JEMO (Junior Events Management Organisation), a company created by our Year 10 Events Operations students.
Our company objective is to be eco-friendly while creating high-quality events that increase social interaction among peers. JEMO is seeking sponsorship for a company uniform that would be worn during events so if you or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring our company, please contact .
Keep a look out for upcoming events in future blogs and publications.
The Christian Unions continue to be popular and supportive groups, and with restrictions lifting we are happy to be more of a ‘union’ with more discussion and mixing between year groups. We had to say a sad goodbye to Rob Dobson (Assistant Pastor at Grace Church, Cambridge) who had been coming in to help run the club but now has other commitments, but we are very excited to be welcoming Scott Bamber (youth worker at Christ Church, Cambridge) who is already known to several students who have attended youth events he runs. This is alongside Ali Campbell Smith (youth worker, Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge), and of course Mrs Phillips and Mr Payne from the English Department.
This term we will be looking at some extracts from Mark’s gospel and thinking about who Jesus is, alongside the normal chat, games and eating of lunch and sweets. Everyone is welcome to come along: we meet on Fridays, both lunchtimes, in B13.
Chesterton Sports Centre Vacancies
Our Sports Centre has the following vacancies, for which full details can be found at https://easternlearningalliance.org.uk/vacancies/
We would be grateful if you could share the vacancies with anyone you think might be interested.
• Swimming Teacher
• Leisure Assistant
Over 160 students have unlocked their Level 1 Award, which is a superb achievement and we can’t wait to celebrate with many more students this term. Many students have also started to receive their certificates in House assemblies this week to congratulate them for their efforts.
A special well done to Elida who has so far received the highest number of ABPs with 27. This is a superb achievement for so early on in the Autumn term. Finally another well done goes to Equiano 4, as they have received the highest number of ABPs with 359 – well done to all students who have contributed to this achievement.
Interhouse ABP Leaderboard
• 1st Place Robinson: 1,966
• 2nd Plac Fawcett: 1,885
• 3rd Place Equiano: 1,865
• 4th Place Cavendish: 1,837
• 5th Place Hill: 1,769
Total: 9,322 ABPs-
Equiano students have been taking part in PSHE where they are looking at how to budget. They have enjoyed imagining the different job roles and family situations that people are in and most students have been surprised at how challenging it can be to budget. Equiano as a whole have continued collecting Above and Beyond Points (ABPs) earning over 1000 in total. A special well done to Ruby in Year 8 for achieving 20 points.
We have been impressed at the amazing start that Equiano have had to the term. They should all be very proud of themselves. As always, if you have any concerns please get in contact with Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik – we are here if you need anything.
What a busy week for Cavendish students! During our assembly this week we marked the 18th year of Recycle Week. Recycle Week aims to galvanise communities to recycle more of the right things more often and highlights that every one of us, every day, through small but powerful habits can help change the world for the better.
Well done to the following students for unlocking Level 1 and achieving 10 ABPs and over this week: Zaki, Lara, Jayan, Charlie, Samuel, Soumaya, Emma, Holly, Mason, David, Luana, Maja, Maa, Sama, Nasya and Lorenzo. Keep up the hard work!
It has also been great to see so many Cavendish students attending a variety of extracurricular clubs this week. These clubs are a chance for many of you to learn new skills, make new friends and it would be great to encourage more of our students to make the most of the incredible opportunities on offer.
This week being Recycling Week at CCC, we are encouraging all Hill students to get involved and volunteer some time to help picking up litter in the local community. Contributing will count towards your Chesterton Awards, you will get some ABPs and you will be invited to a rewards event to say thank you for getting involved and helping the community. If you are interested, please contact Miss Bywater ().
In other news, after-school clubs are back on and there is a great turnout around the school, so keep it up! We would also like to congratulate the following Year 7 students for making a great start to the year and going above and beyond: Paige, Lauren, Lilly and Vincent.
Congratulations, Fawcett, on completing another successful week of school. This week during form time we had an assembly celebrating Recycling Week and focused on ‘Saving, Spending, and Budgeting’ during PSHE. It was great to see students engaged during these sessions and we are really looking forward to seeing some great outcomes.
A special congratulations goes out to the following Fawcett students who have received the most amount of ABPs to date: Elida with 26, Alfie with 15, Jacob with 13 and Cari-Ann with 12. Keep up the incredible work everyone and we hope you have a restful weekend.
As always, if you have any questions or need any additional support, please come and see Mr Firth or Mr Butler in the Fawcett office located in the Science block.
Hello, Robinsoneers. This week it has been wonderful to see so many of you receive your Level 1 Award certificates for already achieving 10 Above and Beyond Points. We will be giving these out in assemblies each week.
Ameera’s and Hawraa’s project is gathering further momentum with them having been in the paper, on the radio, and most recently on BBC news! Finally, a very happy birthday to Farheen, Eleanor, Marjan, Oliver, Ella and Genevieve.