Head Teacher’s Blog – Fri 3rd November 2021

Blog – Fri 3rd November 2021 


PTA Funded Projects – Thank you 

A huge thank you to the PTA who met this week and have agreed to fund several innovative projects for the school community including: 

  • A festive calendar of treats and competitions running through December for students to enjoy. 
  • A set of new reading books for students who finding reading more difficult. 
  • A mini professional development library for staff to access to pick up new ideas to use in the classroom. 
  • A set of Escape Room equipment initially to be used by the Geography Department to create in-person geographical Escape Room games. The equipment will also be available to other departments. 
  • New digital cameras and Mac minis to be used by Photography and Media Studies students. 

We are extremely grateful to the members of the PTA who organise fundraising events on behalf of the school and to all the members of the community who support the events.  


Music News 

  • Carol Service 

We are very much looking forward to our school carol service at St John’s College Chapel, next Thursday 9th December at 7pm. Students have been working brilliantly in rehearsals and it promises to be an enjoyable festive evening. If you have any questions about the arrangements for the afternoon rehearsals or evening service please do contact Miss Wilson. Students should check Weekly Notices and the Music Extra-Curricular Team. 

  • Art Competitions 

Congratulations to Mabel in Year 8 and Olivia in Year 9 who have won the Music Department art competitions, designing a front cover for the multi faith celebration programme and the carol service programme. Their fantastic artwork will be used on the programmes at these upcoming events. Thank you to all those who entered  there were some super entries and it was a hard decision. 

  • Concert 18th December 

On Saturday18th December 2021, 15.00–17.30pm, Chesterton Community College will be delighted to host classical pianist Marion Caldwell, and jazz composer and pianist Nishlyn Ramanna, along with special guests Jonny Potter, Rhianna Yung and Rachel Caldwell, as they perform music which celebrates musical friendships and connections.  

Caldwell and Ramanna themselves met while studying together in South Africa and are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform together with some young musicians whom we are proud to call ex-Chestertons!  

Wonderful works due to be performed include include Florence Price, Margaret Bonds and John Work Junior: all black American composers from last century, whose works are full of American Spiritual as well as classical influences. 

Tickets are available on Eventbrite for £10 each, and include a drink and mince pie. Covid-secure measures will be observed on site. For further information, or to book tickets, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/216847555877  

A perfect way to spend part of your festive season. 


Christmas Jumpers for Castle School 

Our friends at the Castle School are running a pop-up shop in Arbury Court this month to raise funds for a new playground area. They are selling a range of Christmassy products produced by pupils, staff, parents and friends of Castle School. 

The shop opening hours will be 10am–2pm Monday to Friday. They also hope to open the shop on the morning of Saturday 11th December from 10am to 12.30. They are collecting Christmas jumpers to sell as part of this project.  

If you have a Christmas jumper looking for a new home, they would be really grateful for any donations. Please drop them to the Castle School reception (at the end of Courtney Way) or leave them at the Chesterton reception and we will hand them over. 


Museum Visit 

Thirty of our Year 9 students were fortunate in being able to have a trip out of school to the Fitzwilliam Museum this week to support their current topic in Art and Design: ‘More than a Selfie’. Students were given a tour of this fascinating building and its collections before participating in an in depth discussion about portraits and in particular how Renaissance artists would create paintings that project a certain image to assert the status of their subjects. 


PE News 

  • Basketball is back 

The enthusiasm for basketball is definitely back, as more than 90 students have signed up to watch the BBL play-off finals at the O2 Arena London in May. 

The clubs at Chesterton have been really well attended, and the season continued this week for the under-16 boys team – it took part in a very competitive and skilful game against another Cambridge school. The final score was 40-52, and highlights included great shooting from Dallas and great defence from Mohammed. Additional teams play next week against Swavesey Village College. 

  • Football – new astro 

Earlier this week, our Years 7 and 8 boys football teams were the first to test out the brand new full-size astroturf at Melbourn Village College. The beautiful playing surface obviously suited the style of play, as both sets of teams played excellent possession football at times. Well done to the 7A and 8A teams who managed to return to Chesterton with wins. 

  • Twitter @pechesterton 

Please follow us on Twitter if you’d like to keep up with news, receive updates or just check out the photos of everything going on in the PE lessons and extracurricular clubs. It’s likely you’ll see your child in action at some point during the year. 


Toilet Twinning in a Divided World 

A group of Year 9 students (Annabel, Alicia, Maeve and Eleanor) were up bright and early on our Professional Day last week completing a Geography optional homework enrichment task: they had been challenged to raise £60 to pay to twin one of our school toilets with a toilet for a community in a low-income country. They baked cakes in the morning and then sold them in the afternoon, managing to raise just under £90 – a fantastic achievement. 

We’re hoping that other Year 9 students might also take on the challenge of raising £60 as part of their work on ‘The Divided World’ – if we could raise a total of £240 it would mean we could sponsor a whole toilet block. This would be a huge contribution towards helping improve quality of life in a community less privileged than our own. 


Chocolate Tombola Game: Seeking donations 

The PTA will be reviving the ever-popular chocolate tombola game at the Christmas Fair on the last day of term and we would really appreciate donations of all kinds of chocolates – from single chocolate bars to boxes. These can be left at the school reception up until Wednesday 15th December. 


Post-16 Applications for Year 11 

Year 11 students have until Monday 6th December to send their applications to post-16 providers (Mychoice@16). We are very excited to see them make these important decisions about their future in education, training and/or employment.  

Most providers will be in touch directly with students around February to offer a guidance meeting.  

It is essential that Year 11 students check their inbox regularly on the personal email address they entered on Mychoice@16. 


Unifrog: Careers for Years 7–10 

Students have been introduced to a new Career Tool called Unifrog. Throughout their time at Chesterton, they will use it to record their interests, personalities and to research future paths. They will be able to learn about the skills they are developing every day, in and outside of school. They will be able to articulate their Career Journey, consisting of their achievements and favourite Careers activities.  

We are very excited to be using Unifrog and we look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on students. It will remind them that school subjects are more than just ‘subjects’ but are also a set of skills and knowledge that empower them for their future, wherever and whatever that is. A special thank you to the PTA for funding this new tool. 


Year 7 Church Visit 

Form 7S had a very successful visit to St Luke’s Ecumenical Church on Victoria Road. The students completed a treasure hunt looking for objects in the church. 


Interhouse ABP Leaderboard 

  • 1st Place Robinson  4,773  
  • 2nd Place Equiano 4,689  
  • 3rd Place Fawcett 4,541  
  • 4th Place  Cavendish 4,518  
  • 5th Place Hill 4,484  

Total: 23,005 ABPs 


Senior Maths Challenge 

Thirty-nine students from Years 911 recently took part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge. The Senior Challenge is a sister challenge to the Junior and Intermediate Challenges, but is primarily targeted at students studying sixth form Mathematics. 

The students did amazingly, with 5 gold, 19 silver and 9 bronze awards achieved.  

The Gold Award students (Devadath, Miranda, Julia, Oliver and Tadhg) all qualified for the next round of the challenge, with four of them qualifying for the Senior Kangaroo and one (Julia) gaining entry to the Senior Maths Olympiad, a 3 ½-hour Maths Challenge designed for elite sixth form students.  

All have sat the next round of the Challenge this week so we wish them the best of luck with the results. Congratulations to our silver and bronze achievers. 


Equiano House 

Equiano students have been looking at career paths in PSHE this week. They have been able to locate a range of jobs based on the subjects that they like and have focused on what may be important to them when looking for a career in the future. The Year 7 students took part in a PSHE day where they looked at how to take care of themselves by ensuring they get exercise and sleep. This is something that we encourage with all of our students.  

In tutor time the students wrote Christmas cards to nearby care homes with lovely messages inside to help those who are lonelier at this time of year.  

Finally we would like to say well done to Equiano 4 for staying in the lead with 608 Above and Beyond Points: your hard work is paying off. 


Cavendish House 

Cavendish were feeling festive this week as the Chesterton Advent Calendar was launched.  

Festive activities will be taking place every day as the countdown to the Christmas break begins. Wednesday’s activity involved tutor groups guessing the Christmas voice. Thursday saw students designing and writing Christmas cards to be delivered to local care homes and Friday provided students with a sweet Christmas treat. Thank you to staff and prefects for supporting across the 16 days and spreading the festive joy! 

Year 7 were involved with their first PSHE day on Wednesday this week: ‘Me, Myself and I’. Thank you to all staff for the running of the day.  

Mr Firth launched ‘Charity Advent’ this week. For over 20 years, Jimmy’s has been providing help for the homeless in Cambridge. They work with the local Community, Volunteers and Partner agencies to deliver 24/7 emergency accommodation and supported housing for those who would otherwise be homeless or vulnerably housed. This year Chesterton are wanting to give back to our community. Every day of December, we are hoping that two students from each form can bring in a small gift that we can donate to Jimmy’s Night Shelter. This is completely optional; if you do not want to get involved then please speak to your tutor.  

The Post-16 deadline is fast approaching for our Year 11 students. If you need any help with your applications or personal statements then please speak with us, your tutor or pop in to speak to Mr Desbois. We are here to help!  

Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week. 


Hill House 

Well done to all the Year 7 Hill students for taking part in the ‘Me, Myself and I’ PSHE session this week; they did a great job getting involved and handled some difficult topics incredibly well. Year 7 students will also be taking part in a Pantomime trip on Monday 6th December which will be an exciting day full of good old British humour.  

Year 11 Enrichment is on 6th December when students will be taking part in a day of challenges, giving them a welcome break from the classroom after finishing their mock exams.  

We would like to congratulate the following Year 7 Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Paige, Sayon, Daisy, Jasmina, Nathan and Lauren. Well done! 


Fawcett House 

This week has been a busy yet successful one for Fawcett. Our Year 7s have taken part in a ‘Me, Myself and I’ PSHE day on Wednesday and our Year 9s had their virtual Parents’ Evening on Thursday: thank you to all of the parents who attended.  

As a CCC tradition, each form group in Fawcett continues to contribute towards donations that are going to Jimmy’s Night Shelter. This is something that Chesterton students get involved with every year and it is amazing to see the amount of support in the community. Students have been informed of how to donate during tutor time this week.  

Students in Fawcett House have really enjoyed the start of the advent activity where a surprise has been waiting behind each door on an electronic calendar for each form to view. Tasks so far have included a few challenges, creating a Christmas card for a local care home and many sweet treats. With just less than two weeks until the end of term, students are full of excitement for the festive period with fun activities in lessons to look forward to. Thomas (61) and Jay (58) continue to lead the way on Above and Beyond Points with Zara (57), Rosa and Cari-Ann (56), Elida (55) and Albert (52) following closely behind. Keep up the great work and festive spirit, Fawcett! 


Robinson House 

The mighty Robinson House continues to top the charts with 4773 Above and Beyond Points, 84 points above our closest rivals Fawcett. Well done Robinson pupils: you are making us proud.  

This week in form time we have been exploring prospective careers looking forward to what the future may hold and considering what may be important to us when searching our potential journeys of employment. Some good points and discussions were raised.  

Our Year 11s have been finalising their post-16 applications which have been a pleasure to read. Thank you for all your hard work with these. Remember the deadline is 6th December and you must have at least 2, preferably 3 choices. Come and speak to your form tutors or Head of House team if you are unsure what to do or need any help.  

Finally, a very happy birthday to Roxane, Ziyad, Mudassar and Dejun who gain a year this week. Nip in to the Robinson office (B corridor) for a treat.