Blog Friday 8th October – 2021

Blog – Fri 8th October 2021


Chesterton Sixth Form Open Evening

We are delighted to invite Year 11 students and parents to the Chesterton Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 19th October, between 6pm and 8pm.

The evening will involve showcasing our subject areas, super-curricular and enrichment offers, devoted sixth form spaces, and introducing students to what sixth form life here at Chesterton will be like. There will be an opportunity to meet with subject teachers and the leadership team to ask any questions you might have about Chesterton Sixth Form.

If you would like to come along, please sign up via the link on our website, booking a place for each person who will attend:

If you have any questions in the meantime please do get in touch with us:


Year 7 Halloween Disco by Year 10

The Year 10 Events Operation group is organising a Halloween Disco for Year 7 students on Wednesday 20th October. The event will take place in the Rex Freeman Hall between
17:45 and 20:00 and is designed for the students to socialise outside of usual school hours.

Tickets will cost £4 per person including a drink. There will be a surprise DJ, a spooktacular photo booth, fancy dress competition and much more. It is recommended that students bring some spending money (£3 maximum per student) as there will be a tuck shop and a chance to compete against other students to complete our “Haunted Escape Room” in the fastest time.

Tickets are now available to purchase via Parentmail.


November Mock Exams

Year 11 (and one class of Year 10) have now been issued their November mock exam timetable, which covers three weeks 1st to 19th November. We wish them lots of luck and a good experience in anticipation of the running of GCSE exams next summer.

When not in an exam, Year 11 will carry on following their normal lesson timetable.

It inevitably happens that some afternoon exams run on past 3:05pm, which may affect a student’s normal after-school timings.

Where clashes occur as we fit all the options into the three weeks, there are catch-up opportunities on the timetable for students to come and take their clashed paper. The timetable is displayed on the Chesterton web site under the heading Exams Info.

If you have any questions about exam logistics, please contact our Exams Officer:

Drama Performance

Year 11 GCSE Drama candidates performed their own devised pieces for a formal exam on Thursday evening, generously appreciated by a live audience. Thank you to everyone who supported – from Jess’s dad who delivered Jayden’s set design doors from Witchford yesterday, to Ms Coppin for arranging cover for us to make the day extra special; from Mr Sayer kindly running the health and safety check, to Ms Bigglestone for doing front of house. For a performance to happen, it takes all these people and things to connect or it all falls down. Fortunately it flew!

Audience feedback included praise for the “dedication, courage and talent displayed with powerful emotion”.

A big thumbs up for such a team effort in the face of Covid, and everything else! Heartfelt thanks to our young actors, senior colleagues, fellow dramatists, specialist visitors and support staff.


Music – Year7 Teatime Concert

We are looking forward to the Year 7 Teatime Concert on Tuesday 12th October after school at 3.45pm and have had a fantastic number of Year 7 students sign up to perform. Just a reminder that parents, family or friends who would like to watch the concert should arrive at main reception at 3.40pm to be escorted to the concert, which will take place
in the Auditorium.


Student Congratulations

Congratulations to Yashoda who participated in a week-long workshop arranged by
Girls Leadership Academy Meetup (GLAM) partnering with ARM to empower girls
aged 8-12 worldwide. GLAM Virtual Arm covered the fundamentals of business and leadership. Together, the participants learned about GLAM’s Eight Pillars: Leadership, Strategy, Teamwork, Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Computer Coding, Business Skills and Public Speaking. After gaining a wealth of knowledge from the guest speakers and the coding workshops, it was time for them to brainstorm a unique business idea and to record a three-minute pitch about their business plan.

Yashoda’s business idea, Flying Colours, won the STEAM Award. She has been running an art class for 5-7 year-olds over the lockdown period to try and keep the little ones engaged with creative activities. More information is available in the link given below along with her pitch and those of other winners too.

Description from GLAM website:

We found Yashoda’s (age 11) use of her incredible art skills in her virtual art class business to be absolutely brilliant! Yashoda even went so far as to demonstrate her business success by providing real testimonials from recent participants to really elevate her business pitch. We love how passionate Yashoda is about art, and we’re thrilled that she wants to share this love with others, as well. Watch her pitch


Parent Forum Recording

Parent Forum took place on Tuesday 5th October. If you were unable to join the event but would like to listen to the recording it can be accessed here:


Chesterton Lectures

The Chesterton Lecture series is back for 2021/2022. This year’s programme will have a blend of face-to-face and virtual lectures. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and staff to be enriched and inspired through Chesterton’s alternative curriculum.

In the week commencing 11th October, Katy Ellis will be presenting a virtual lecture on: “Marine Biology, Conservation and Exploration – Walking the Coast, Talking the Science”.

During this lecture, Katy will talk about how she completed a 300-mile trek around the coastline of East Anglia, with the aim of bridging the gap between the scientists and the communities who live along the coast. Katy talks about how she climbed mountains in Romania and ran into hippos on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe.

As this lecture is virtual and pre-recorded, students can watch the lecture at a convenient time to them and from the comfort of their own home. Students should contact Miss Bywater () if they would like to access the lecture.


Interhouse ABP Leaderboard

  • 1st place Robinson House    3411
  • 2nd place Cavendish House   3358
  • 3rd place Equiano House       3337
  • 4th place Fawcett House       3201
  • 5th place Hill House                3110

Total: 16,417 ABPs


Equiano House

Equiano students have had a busy week with our Year 11s participating in a PSHE day about ‘Health’. All of the students were really engaged and contributed well in the sessions. Equiano as a whole have continued collecting Above and Beyond Points (ABPs) and many of our students have received their Level 1 reward certificate. A special well done to Ruby in Year 8 for earning 29 ABPs and to Equiano 7, the tutor group with the most points. The students have been enjoying the range of clubs that we have on offer at Chesterton and we still hope to see more students getting involved. Please do get in touch with Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik if you have any concerns. Have a great weekend.


Cavendish House

What a busy week for Cavendish! Year 11 took part in the Health PSHE day on Tuesday – thank you to all the guest speakers and to staff who organised the day.

Congratulations to Rafa, Denzel, Libby and Alice for their Drama performance which took place on Thursday. ‘Someone’s Watching Me’ was a devised piece of theatre put on by Year 11 Drama students – well done for all your hard work and we are sure you wowed the audience and the examiner.

A special shout out to Emma, Mason, Sama, Holly, Luana, Laurie, Charlie and Charlie for achieving over 25 ABPs since the start of the academic year. Keep up the hard work – it does not go unnoticed!

We hope you enjoy the weekend and see you on Monday.


Hill House

First a big thank you to all Hill students who gave up their Thursday evening to help out with Open Evening – we really appreciate the time and effort you put in. The evening would not have been able to run as well as it did without your help, so thank you from all of us here in the Hill office. It is Black History Month this October, so get involved in form time discussing history and how, regardless of race, important contributions and events need to be recognised, celebrated and learnt from. Lastly, competitions will be starting again on the 20th of October in S3 at break time, so come over, get involved and win some ABPs for your House!


Fawcett House

As we enter the last two weeks of this half term, we celebrate some successes: firstly, congratulations to Elida in Year 8 who has the most ABPs in Fawcett – well done to you! Secondly, our Year 11s participated in a PSHE dropdown day focusing on health – thank you for being so well behaved and respectful during the sessions. Thirdly, thank you to all the students who supported our fantastic Open Evening – it was a tremendous success. Finally, a special mention to all of the Year 11 students who completed their GCSE Drama performances on Thursday night – you were fantastic! A special mention must go out to Ms Marston, a Fawcett tutor, who guided them through their rehearsals and final performance – congratulations to you all!


Robinson House

Hello to the mighty Robinson House. I bring very good news this week, which is that we are currently leading the Above and Beyond Points table! We have 3411 points which is 53 more than second place. Keep up the good work as we are making positive strides towards winning the House trophy this year. Elsewhere this week we have seen many pupils getting both flu and COVID vaccines; if you missed out this time and wanted to take part in these, future appointments will be organised. A reminder for parents: you need to give your consent in advance as per the deadline, as on the day leaves things too late for us and the nurses to coordinate.

This week has been focused on Black History Month when we learned about various aspects of society and history. Our very own Miss Chibbaro ran our assembly this week which was very thought-provoking. Miss Chibbaro also runs an inclusive Black Lives Matter Club every Wednesday after school 3:15pm–4:00pm to which all pupils are invited. This is a safe space to discuss, feel supported and support others. Furthermore, if you are considering Chesterton as one of your Sixth Form options, you may be interested to know Chesterton’s Sixth Form we will be including an A-Level course on the African Kingdoms, 1400-1800.

We would like to say a congratulations to all of those who have now received their Above and Beyond Point certificates. It has been fantastic celebrating all of your accomplishments. If you think you should have had one this week but haven’t, do not fret! With so much success we have ran out of certificates but they are soon to be restocked. Finally, a very happy birthday to Hawraa, Julia, Alice and Teigan. Remember to come to the Robinson office for a treat or grab one next week in assembly.