Blog – Friday 9th October
It is really great to see students from all year groups attending music ensemble rehearsals and there has been some brilliant music-making going on. If any students who aren’t already attending a group would like to, it’s not too late to join in, and they are most welcome. In particular, we would really like to see some more string players at the school orchestra on Wednesdays after school, as we start to prepare our Christmas repertoire.
Year 10 PSHE Dropdown Day – ‘Teen Choices’
Last Thursday 1st October our Year 10 cohort participated in their first Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) dropdown day this academic year. They spent the day looking at ‘Teen Choices’, a day originally planned for them to undertake during Year 9. So it was fantastic to still be able to welcome the Police in to deliver a talk focussing on knife crime. This talk addressed the whole year group at the same time via an online platform which was a first for us here at Chesterton Community College. It was wonderful to see our students engaged throughout and as ever they came up with a number of fantastic questions which they were able to then ask during the Q&A element of the session. The remaining sessions were designed by our in-house PSHE team and were passionately delivered by our staff. Our students were interested throughout, made significant contributions to class discussions in each of the sessions and had numerous opportunities to think about the choices they will be faced with in the coming years in respect to a variety of topics. This included exploring peer pressure that they may face as a teenager, especially in regards to alcohol and smoking, and then further sessions helping them to be aware of the joint enterprise law and the potential consequences of making poor decisions. Overall, it was a really positive day off-timetable for our Year 10s and we hope that our students were challenged to consider their choices and actions in the coming years and were encouraged to keep making positive choices both in and out of school.
On Thursday we welcomed ITV into school to film a short feature on Chesterton and The Learning Alliance.
How to Help Your Child at Home
On Thursday we ran our first How to Help Your Child at Home event for Year 7 parents; a recording is available on the website for any families who missed it. Next Wednesday 14thOctober is the How to Help event for Years 8, 9 and 10 parents and Tuesday 20th October is the event for Year 11 parents. Full details and joining instructions can be found in parentmail.
The rescheduled Parent Forum is on Tuesday 13th October 5pm – 6pm. There is no agenda at Parent Forum but instead it is an open opportunity for parents to put their questions to members of the senior leadership team.
We strongly recommend that masks are worn in the corridors. Staff are reminding students to put on their masks before they leave a classroom but a number of students tell us they don’t have a mask at school. We would be grateful if adults at home could remind students to bring a mask to school.
Equiano students have been looking at how they can achieve their aspirations in PSHE this week. It is inspiring hearing about the different goals that our students wish to accomplish; we have a lot of ambitious students in Equiano. Well done to Gioele in Year 9 for achieving 34 Above and Beyond Points and therefore taking the lead this week. Congratulations to Alex and Tunde who are the new prefects in Equiano; we are fortunate to have you both as role models. Finally, if you have any concerns please do get in touch with your Heads of House (Mr Gilliver and Mr Parkinson) and Assistant Head of House (Miss Malik).
Cavendish have had a great week so far: we have maintained our attendance target, which is 96.57%. Currently leading form is C7.2 achieving 99.05% attendance. C7.2 have also smashed the Above and Beyond Points table with a whopping 229 points, followed with second place C8.1. Well done to Saima in Year 7 for gaining 22 ABPs, which is the most gained in Cavendish this week. Reminder on Friday 9th October, there will be non-school uniform day for diversity and mental health.
Another unbelievable week for our Hill students. It has been amazing to see so many taking part in all of the PE Department inter-house competitions: there have been some fantastic results and plenty of house points won, so well done to all involved. This week sees the continuation of Hill’s attendance score of 94.22% with the top tutor groups being H7.2 and H9.2 both with over 96% attendance. Our students have also been busy collecting lots of Above and Beyond Points with the leader being Prithvi on 27 points followed closely by Liv and Eisha working towards their Level 2 Awards. Keep up the good work!
As the first half term quickly draws to a close, we celebrate some successes: firstly, congratulations to Fawcett 7.1 who have the most ABPs – well done to you all! Secondly, we celebrate World Mental Health Day and Wear Red Day on Friday 10th October – keep a look out for some amazing wellbeing starters at the beginning of all of your lessons and thank you to all who participated in the non-uniform day to raise funds for both organisations. Finally, thank you to all the students who supported our fantastic Open Evening video – it was a tremendous success. Keep up the good work, all!
In form time this week Robinson students in all years have started looking at aspirations for this year and further in the future. Behaviourwise, an impressive number of students have reached 10 Above and Beyond Points which means they will be receiving their first reward. Why not ask your teachers how many points you are on? Year 7 have gained the highest number of ABPs and lowest number of behaviour incidents this week. Well done! We are also proud to have seen so many pupils in Robinson House raising awareness for World Mental Health Day and diversity by wearing red and yellow this Friday. Have a lovely weekend!
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott