Headteacher Blog – Fri 29th April 2022

Bank Holiday Weekend

A reminder that this weekend is a bank holiday: school is closed on Monday 2nd May and reopens on Tuesday 3rd May when it will be week 1 on the school timetable. We wish everyone a relaxing long weekend.


Year 10 Art Trip

Mrs Murray Williams took Year 10 Fine Art GCSE students out in Cambridge to visit the exciting dual site ‘Hockney’s Eye’ exhibition. Students visited the Heong Gallery, learning about Hockney’s obsession with depicting the world around him, and enjoyed creating their own photo montages and drawing using reverse perspective in the grounds of Downing College.

Students then visited the Fitzwilliam Museum where they were able to explore Hockney’s portraits and use of optical devises, his still life, and landscape work including mesmerising iPad drawings and digital film pieces.

If you have not yet visited the exhibition, it is on until mid-August and we would thoroughly recommend it.


Junior Maths Challenge

Congratulations to the 155 students from Years 7 and 8 who took part in the Junior Maths Challenge on Thursday 28th April. It provided an impressive demonstration of the mathematical prowess in the lower years.


PTA News

We hope that you all had a great Spring holiday and are in the swing of the Summer term!

We’ve got some dates for your diaries including our Chesterton Bash on the 1st of July which will be an evening to remember for families, featuring fabulous live Latin music, dance and food.

We’re still on the hunt for volunteers to help shape the evening, so if you’d like to get involved, please come along to our next PTA meeting:

Tuesday 10th May at 7pm via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84755887002?pwd=Y2pkZjR4aGtsMlgrdDJpdkRQNUxFQT09

Meeting ID: 847 5588 7002

Passcode: rQP8cu.

Funding updates

The PTA just funded an ‘Escape Room’ to make Geography lessons even more exciting for students, by request of Dr Hutchinson, as well as some new age-specific reading materials for the SEND Department.

Please support our Teachers’ Requests by donating via our Enthuse Page here.


Software Sensei Teaching Kids to Code

CambridgeshireLive recently interviewed local educator Elan Chandrasekaran of ‘Coding Ninjas’ as this inspiring club goes from strength to strength. Chesterton Community College is delighted to host ‘Coding Ninjas’, an innovative ninja-themed programme where children learn computer-coding skills. Our school has been working with Elan since August 2021; however, 7th May 2022 will celebrate their official launch ahead of summer camps, which will no doubt be popular with numerous budding ninjas.

For the full CambridgeshireLive article, please go to:


For more information on ‘Coding Ninjas’, please go to: https://www.codeninjas.co.uk/cambridge-cam-uk


Royal Northern College of Music Talk

A reminder that as part of our Chesterton Sixth Form offer, we are delighted to be hosting a talk for students in Years 9 and above from the Royal Northern College of Music, about studying at a music conservatoire. The talk takes place after school on Thursday 5th May. For more information please see the Parentmail or email Miss Wilson. This is open to any student in Year 9 and above at any local school.

Globe Theatre Success

Congratulations to Quinn in Year 9 who has been successful in gaining at place at the Globe’s Youth Theatre. When Quinn takes up his place later this year, he will have the opportunity to work alongside professional actors and directors on site at the Globe Theatre, taking part in workshops, performances and showcases. We look forward to hearing about the fantastic work Quinn creates later in the year.


Fundraising Challenge

Please support one of our students in her attempt to raise awareness of Pathological Demand Avoidance Autism – a little known and often misunderstood profile on the autistic spectrum. Following on from her incredible fundraising initiative for the National Autistic Society last year, Katie will be attempting to run 150km in May – this year she has also persuaded her mum to take part!

More information and an opportunity to donate can be found via this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/run-150km-in-may-for-pda


PE News

Competitive fixture

A number of fixtures take place this term: currently badminton, table tennis, netball and basketball. You can keep up to date on all the PE news via Twitter – @pechesterton


Year 8 rowing initiative

Our longstanding and successful rowing club link with Rob Roy Boat Club continues for Year 8 students this term. In the past, a large number of students have had the opportunity to learn to row – many have since taken part recreationally and competitively at a regional and national level – most notably, a current Year 11 student who is part of the GB rowing programme. The club also offer up to two rowing scholarships for Chesterton students every year. Part 1 of the process takes place during PE lessons on Friday 6th May, as the club coaches lead some land-based fitness testing – watch this space!


English Department News

Winning writers

A big congratulations to six students from Chesterton whose work has been selected for publication for a Young Writers anthology of “twisted tales”. Competing against over 10,000 entries from students aged 11-18 from across the country, Mia, Nicolas, Ceana, Maeve, Arlo and Miranda all wrote stories which sufficiently impressed the competition judges that their work has made it into the published anthology. The judges wrote that they were impressed with the students’ “imagination and creativity… originality, use of language, and interpretation of the theme.” The book will be published on 24th June and a copy will be available in the school library so that we can admire their work.

Mrs Phillips would like to thank all the Chesterton students who got involved, and especially Miss Trevett and Miss Gavars for inspiring their creative writers. All the stories were great, and we really hope that writing for a real audience and purpose has been inspiring for all who took part.

Writing clubs

Students who enjoy creative writing are always very welcome at the school’s Creative Writing Clubs (both Friday lunchtimes). Years 8 and 9 are also welcome to Scriptwriting Club on Wednesday lunch in A14.

Author visit

We are delighted to host author Dr Alexia Casale on Friday lunchtime 6th May at 12.50pm. Alexia writes about difficult childhood experiences, and her novel House of Windows, set in Cambridge, is part of the NHS scheme of ‘books on prescription’ to support mental health. She also is a university lecturer in Creative Writing.

Alexia will be giving some tips for budding student writers, discussing the function of books and writing for wellbeing and mental health, and will answer students’ questions. The session will take place in the library where Alexia will be appearing virtually.

It will also be a chance to hear a sneak preview of Alexia’s latest book about a teen living with disabilities:



Book clubs

The Year 7 and 8 Book Club “Books and Biscuits” has decided to focus on some non-fiction this half term. Members are reading I am Malala and/or The Diary of Anne Frank as an opportunity to branch out in our reading habits. Both books are bound to be inspiring reads. Any Year 7 or 8 student is welcome to join us in the library for a chat.

Other students may find “The Chesterton Express” challenge a good way to guide their reading choices, and of course both year group Teams have pages of enthusiastic peer recommendations.

The Years 9-11 and Staff Book Group has moved on to the works of the Bronte sisters. The three sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, are well known as poets and novelists. Do students and staff have a favourite? Perhaps Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights or Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? So far, mentions of Wuthering Heights seems to be prompting much Kate Bush-inspired singing amongst our Key Stage 4 students! The Bronte’s books are widely available free online and in libraries, and students can also pick up a copy of Wuthering Heights from A17 (where Mr Payne is also running an in-person discussion on Wuthering Heights for his classes.)


Equiano House

Over the past two weeks we have had many of our students fasting in their observance of Ramadan and many have been using a classroom in school set aside for quiet reflection each lunch time. Mr Alam organised a special community Iftar meal on Thursday this week which was a great opportunity for people in the community to come together.

Year 9 had the opportunity on Wednesday to explore a career in product design and manufacture. All students were off timetable of normal lessons and had to work with their classmates to plan, design, manufacture, package and promote their own soap product. The day was a great success with our students learning more about the essential skills needed in these careers.

Also on Wednesday Year 10 Art GCSE students went with Ms Murray Williams to view different galleries in Cambridge. We are sure they got some great ideas and inspiration for their own work.

On Thursday this week Year 8 had a PSHE Day titled “Family Matters” instead of their normal classes. The students were learning about family values and how different families have different customs and traditions.

Our Year 11 students were able to collect their leavers’ hoodies this week as they near the end of their time at Chesterton. That involves completing a number of GCSE exams and we would like to remind Year 11 that if you or a friend are struggling with stress or would like any extra support, please ask your form tutor, Head of House or any of your subject teachers. We are all here for you and happy to help.


Cavendish House

Smell that? Something smells divine and it’s Chesterton Community College’s class of 2024! This week, Year 9 had excellent fun learning how to make and market a soap product in a fantastic careers day, and many of them ended up cleaner than they had been for some years to boot. In this reporter’s session the products included some excellent examples, including “Zeus – Soap for Men” and “Alphabet Soap”.

The Year 10 GCSE Art class enjoyed their trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum to see the Hockney Exhibition – one student said:

“It was very impressive to see how versatile he was…that he was able to paint photographic realism, but chose to be abstract. It shows what art means.”

Our Year 8 students enjoyed their PSHE Day all about families and marriage, including making jolly paper-chains out of slips of paper depicting different acts of love and kindness. And Year 11 received their leaver’s hoodies this week, which this year are a stylish grey – watch out for them in their last few weeks at Chesterton!

Cavendish shout-out this week goes (controversially) not to a student but to one of our House colleages, Mr Alam, for the really excellent and moving Iftar celebration held here on Thursday night. Ramadan Mubarak!

That’s all from us this week. Don’t forget to be awesome!



Hill House

Although the weather has clouded over this week, it’s been another busy week for Hill House. Our Year 9s became entrepreneurs for the day on Wednesday, as they designed, created and presented their own soap brands. Students had a chance to understand different ways of marketing a product, the different roles involved within a team, and practised the all-important skill of presentation. It was great to see how Hill students got stuck into the job, worked hard and came out smelling of roses!

On Thursday, Year 8s had a PSHE Day on the topic of Family Matters, learning more about different family groupings and how they fit within these. Year 11 make yet another step towards the end of their school career, now sporting their fresh leaver’s hoodies, and we hope Hill students enjoy wearing these as they count down the last few weeks.

Finally, we want to congratulate Eva, Saima, Vanya, Maja and Julian in Year 8 for their ABPs – keep it up, and we look forward to seeing who has the most at the end of the year.


Fawcett House

It has been a busy week for Fawcett students. Year 9 had a Careers drop-down day on Wednesday when they worked on their own soap company which they then had to pitch. Hopefully this has inspired some future entrepreneurs!

Year 8 learned about family matters in their PSHE Day on Thursday.

A huge well done to the Year 7 and Year 8 students involved with the UKMT Junior Maths challenge that took place on Thursday.

Some students in Year 10 also had an Art GCSE trip when they visited the Heong Gallery and Fitzwilliam Museum.

Year 11 have collected their leaver’s hoodies as they prepare to say goodbye in a few weeks. Keep up the brilliant work, everyone!

There will be some Above and Beyond Point reward events soon so we want to see all our students working towards those milestones!


Robinson House

Hello Robinson House, hoping you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup.

We are in first place on the House Points competition with 8720 points which is 374 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those ABPS rolling in!

In form time this week we looked at county lines and how to ensure we stay safe.

Please join us in wishing Natasha, Tyler, Samuel and Joshua a very happy birthday this week. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat. Have a lovely weekend.