Blog – Thurs 17th December 2020
Today, Thursday 17th December, is the final day of the Autumn term. The Spring term begins on Monday 4th January when it will be week 1 on the school timetable.
We wish all our families a restful and peaceful holiday this December.
School Lunches from January 2021
From January students will no longer need to pre-order lunches meaning they can decide daily whether to have a hot lunch or bring a packed lunch. On January 4th all students will be given a contact-free catering card. Our Covid rules are still in place so students will still need to:
- take a seat in the dining halls and wait to be instructed to go and collect food;
- they will then pass our till points where they will need to use their card;
- on the scanner a till operator will then process the payment.
Parents will top up the catering account via parentmail as previously. We will still only be offering a meal deal as we need to keep the speed of service up and avoid any queuing, but we hope to add a break option within a few weeks of the new term. For further information, please see the recent parentmail or email Head Chef, Spencer Norman, at: email@example.com
Drinking Bottles and Plastic Waste
Before lockdown we made a huge effort to reduce our plastic waste resulting in winning a local award. During the last couple of months we have been supplying drinks in plastic bottles as part of our meal deal and to comply with Covid rules but from January 4th we will no longer have drinks available to purchase from the school dining hall. Instead we would like students to bring their own drinks or reusable bottles to fill from the free drinking fountains that are available around the school. We hope you will support us in this and of course our meal deal price will be adjusted to reflect this.
Thank you to the many students who participated in the Virtual Carol Service. We were delighted with the number of contributions. If you would like to watch the service there is still the chance to do so – please do email Miss Wilson for the link: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you also to families for supporting this event; we are really grateful.
We will resume Music extracurricular groups from Monday 4th January. Old and new members are very welcome!
Above and Beyond Points
Chesterton staff have awarded an impressive 18,255 Above and Beyond Points (ABPs) to the students this term. This is a superb amount and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for excelling and going above and beyond the Chesterton expectations!
This week, we have celebrated many students reaching an impressive 50+ ABPs, as they have unlocked Level 3 Reward. The students celebrated this fantastic achievement by participating in an end-of-term event (pizza and movie afternoon) to recognise their outstanding achievement this term. A special mention to: Sama, Lily, Philip, Lauren, Elida, Luana, Mika, Selene, Kalina, Quinn, Olivia, Harvey, Gioele, Carys, Sadeem, Tunde and Sinead for receiving this impressive amount of ABPs.
We would like to praise and thank all the students who have contributed to this term’s inter-house ABP competition. Here are the results:
- 1st Place- Equiano – 4,105 ABPs
- 2nd Place- Cavendish – 3,630 ABPs
- 3rd Place – Robinson – 3,586 ABPs
- 4th Place – Hill – 3,530 ABPs
- 5th Place – Fawcett – 3,404 ABPS
We would like to congratulate Equiano House for being this term’s champions – will they retain their title next term? Or will another house step up to the mark?
It’s Behind You!
Today Year 7 students experience the world’s first live-streamed pantomime of Cinderella right into their classrooms. We hope they enjoyed the experience. Thank you to Mr Kingsley-Mills for organising the event, both for Year 7 and in support of the arts at this time.
Cross-Channel Swimming Insight
It was great to see that some students and parents attended an illustrated Zoom lecture this week, hosted by Dirk Gewert (Gilbert Road resident). Dirk shared his work and experience of long-distance and cross-channel swimming – giving a great insight into what can be possible when you set your goals high!
Cambridge Stars Christmas Girls’ Basketball Camp
There is an excellent opportunity for your daughter in Years 3, 4, 5 or 6, to take part in a girls’ basketball camp at Chesterton Sports Centre on Friday 18th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December from 9am-12pm. For more information, please contact Matthew Perry via email@example.com
Please join us in congratulating Ms Gibson, Teacher of Science, who has passed a
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. Congratulations!
At the end of last week we celebrated the joy and the benefits of reading for pleasure with our virtual seasonal reading evening. With only the most minor of technical hitches we were treated to a wonderful selection of readings from students and staff with some additional zoom backgrounds of Christmas, Santa hats and pets too. We enjoyed a wide variety of readings, poetry plus extracts from both classic and contemporary novels. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to continue to celebrate this annual event at the end of the term in safety.
The online festive calendar draws to a close this week. Behind the doors this week students and staff have found: sweet treats, a guess the voice competition, a musical number from the staff and a name the giant teddy competition. A final thanks to the PTA for sponsoring the calendar and all the prizes and treats.
We have a vacancy for a Cover Supervisor, starting in January 2021, to supervise lessons during teaching-staff absence. No previous experience or teaching qualifications are needed; however, a passion for education and an interest in working with young people are important. For further information please contact Mrs Izzard on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all the staff and the community who presented in the Chesterton Lecture Series this term. The lectures have been a huge success – the students are very lucky to be part of such an inspiring, successful community!
This term, over 355 students and their families have engaged in Chesterton lectures. Lectures have included the following topics:
- The Dyslexic Mind
- Sports and Exercise Science
- Critical Thinking and Conspiracy Theories
- ‘Turning Science into Business: Good or Bad?’
- Wet Icing Techniques
- Drawing Democracy: The Art of Reportage Illustration
- An Introduction to Psychology
- TV Assistant Producer / Digital Producer
- Do you have an elite mind set?
- Philosophy of the Mind: what is consciousness
If you would like to support in delivering a lecture next academic term, please contact email@example.com for more information. We look forward to next term and more inspiring lectures.
PTA Christmas Hamper Raffle Winners
Congratulations to our hamper winners Kalina (Stir hamper) and Cara (Chocolate hamper). Thank you to everyone who took part in the raffle helping to raise money for the Chesterton PTA whose work makes a huge difference to the lives of all students at Chesterton. Special thank you to Judith and the team at Stir for the generous donation of the hampers.
Rainbow Flag Award Update
It is our absolute pleasure to announce that, after a year of collaborative work from students, staff and parents, Chesterton Community College has been awarded the
Rainbow Flag Award for our whole school approach to the positive inclusion and visibility of LGBT+ people and commitment to the eradication of LGBT-phobic bullying. After an especially difficult term, we are so thrilled be able to share some positive news. This Award is testament to our brilliant and supportive staff, but most importantly, to the resilient and wonderful young people who have helped to make this happen. We would also like to thank parents for their commitment to the Award; we would not have been able to do this without your support. We would like to share with you some comments from The Kite Trust:
It’s to CPC’s credit that the group has maintained its momentum during lockdown by holding Zoom meetings. During this time, The Kite Trust has been contacted independently by a Year 9 student with a request to contribute to the launch of Chesterton Pride Club’s (CPC’s) first newsletter! Not only are we thrilled to be able to do this, but I have also shared this idea with other Rainbow Flag Award (RFA) schools as an example of great practice in students keeping in touch with each other. The work that Chesterton is doing to develop and maintain LGBTQ+ visibility is evidently much appreciated by the students, as evidenced in their testimonials.
This is a robust submission which demonstrates clearly how much parents and families value the fantastic support that Chesterton offers its LGBTQ+ young people, well done! Parental appreciation is often difficult to evidence and the fact that you have been able to provide a range of family contributions, particularly during this year’s pandemic, is a testament to the school’s commitment to making its inclusive ethos impactful.
Your submission of teacher responses to LGBT-phobic incidents demonstrates that staff are taking them seriously and are challenging language and behaviour. The testimonials endorse the positive impact your excellent training has had on staff confidence, ability to respond effectively to incidents and their classroom practice. Great work!
We would like to dedicate this blog post, and this Award, to the students who attend Chesterton Pride Club, and to all LGBTQ+ students who attend Chesterton. Your endless empathy, enthusiasm, kindness, humour and spirit inspires us every single day. You are valid. You are seen. Don’t forget how far you have come and how far you will go. There will always be a safe space for you to be yourself at Chesterton.
Sports Centre News
Please see the Chesterton Sports Centre (CSC) website for opening times and arrangements this Christmas: https://csc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/
Swimming lessons and climbing courses will stop for two weeks from the 21st December 2020 and recommence from the 4th January 2021. Youth Football will restart from the
9th January in all three age groups; please book now to secure your place.
During the two weeks of Christmas break, we will be open with slightly amended hours to accommodate holiday and family activities. The staff at CSC look forward to seeing you for a gym, swim, fitness class session or any other activities to keep you healthy and fit during the festivities. Extra sessions will be added for online bookings including family swims.
You can also check out our extensive new range of online fitness.
Christmas Shopping as a Fundraiser
If you are doing any shopping in the coming weeks there are three ways we can raise money for school at the same time. If you shop via any of these three routes, money will automatically go to the school PTA without any extra expense to you.
If you are shopping on Amazon, please start at: smile.amazon.co.uk. On your first visit, you can designate “Chesterton Community College Parent & Teacher Association” as your chosen charity – and they’ll donate a portion of every qualifying purchase to the PTA.
If you are shopping more generally online please start at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ or download the easy fundraising app. Again on your first visit you can select Chesterton PTA as your charity. You can access most major online stores via the link or app and a portion of your purchase(s) is donated to the PTA.
Please download the Co-op app or visit: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/49727 to become a member. Once you are a member you can select Chesterton PTA as your charity then every time you buy online or in a shop and show your membership card a donation will be made to the PTA.
Equiano house member have continued to enjoy the festivities during tutor time this week. Opening the calendar has brought lots of sweet treats and revealed challenges where students had to guess the staff member speaking. On Tuesday the prefects delivered the cards that were thoughtfully made for a care home by our students. This week each year group has also been able to enjoy a Christmas dinner which the students have long awaited. On Thursday our Year 7 students will be enjoying a virtual pantomime which was organised by Mr Kingsley-Mills – this will be a lovely ending to their week.
This will be the last blog of the term, and what a great term it has been. We would like to say thank you to all of the students who donated much needed items to Jimmy’s; it is really appreciated. We would also like to say a special well done to Lily in Year 7 who has achieved an outstanding 67 Above and Beyond Points (ABPs); however, all of the students in Equiano have been remarkable in earning points with 60 of our students having over 25 ABPs in total. Mr Gilliver, Mr Parkinson and Miss Malik hope that everyone has a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing students when we come back in January.
There have been lots of festivities happening this week to round off the Autumn term. Chesterton’s festive calendar continues to spread the Christmas joy with tutor groups receiving edible treats to mark their hard work. Students have also been enjoying Christmas dinners provided by the catering staff.
Congratulations to all of the Cavendish students involved with the end of term reward events for achieving over 50 ABPs – this is such an impressive achievement and we are proud of you all.
We hope that all Cavendish students and their families enjoy a restful and well-deserved Christmas break.
Another brilliant week for Hill students. The house team are so proud of how all Hill students continue to show excellent behaviour and attitude around school despite all the recent changes. Lots of Hill students have been getting involved with causes such as wearing odd socks to show support for anti-bullying week and bringing in lots of items for Jimmy’s shelter and we enjoyed seeing all the Christmas jumpers on Christmas jumper day. On another note Hill students have had a great start in collecting Above and Beyond Points; we have 9 students who are now on 30 or more ABPs which is a fantastic achievement. Top honours go to Eisha in Year 7 and Chiara in Year 10. Well done!
Congratulations, the mighty Fawcett! We have made it to the end of the first term. A big thank you goes out to all of our hardworking tutors and tutees for all of their incredible work this half term. A special mention to all forms who have continued the tradition and helped to donate to Jimmy’s homeless shelter – it is always such a lovely way to help spread kindness during this time of year. We hope you and your families enjoy a relaxing break over the next few weeks and we are looking forward to seeing you all back in January!
A great last week of the Autumn term at school for Robinson and the rest of our pupils. This week’s assembly concentrated on International human solidarity which is particularly important at this time of year. It was fantastic to see so many of you getting involved with the Jimmy’s homeless shelter campaign and the empathy campaign writing letters to those who may be lonelier than most this Christmas. We are very proud and want to thank both parents and pupils for their support. Please join us in wishing Fiona, Charlie, Mabel, Vera, Lisa, Jared, Anna, Logan, Subha, Rory and Faustas a very Happy Birthday (their birthdays are either this week or while we are off school). Remember to stop by the Robinson Head of House office at any time to pick up a small treat.
Finally, have a fantastic Christmas break and make sure you use the break to relax and recuperate.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott