Headteachers Blog – Fri 10th June 2022
This week we have welcomed two new staff members to the Chesterton Team:
Keith Hicks has joined us as Deputy Head of the school. Keith was formerly Vice Principal within the CMAT Academic Trust and brings a wealth of school experience as a teacher, school leader and governor. He is also a representative of the national Geographical Association and holds a volunteer leadership position within the Air Cadets Association.
Leona Heimfeld joins us a teacher of Film, Media and English. Leona has a wealth of teaching experience. In addition, away from teaching, Leona is an accomplished director having held directing roles at a range of theatres including the National Theatre, the Royal Court and children’s Polka Theatre. Leona is currently studying for a PhD in Film at the University of Exeter examining young people’s viewing habits on platforms such as Netflix.
PE Department News
- Year 7 and Year 9 Athletics
On Wednesday we had the first athletics match for three years. It was great to see some fantastic athletes in action, from Year 7 and Year 9 – many had practised well in lessons, and at the weekly college athletics club … and it showed! The Chesterton teams performed extremely well against seven other local schools, and there were also some outstanding individual performances – not least from Kai, who managed to set a new school high jump record (1 metre 65 centimetres).
- Sports Leadership
Well done to Carrie, Lotte and Rozenn for umpiring the recent primary school netball matches, hosted at Chesterton. Two teams from Milton Road Primary and two teams from Mayfield Primary competed in some very competitive matches – the Mayfield green team finished as eventual winners.
- Try Rowing! Class of 2022
Twelve students took part in the first ‘Try Rowing!’ sessions this week, in partnership with Rob Roy Boat Club. They had their first experience on the water, and posted their first results on the weekly ergo challenge. Four more sessions on the water, before they race against the equivalent team from our neighbours at Parkside. Good luck to Clarisse, Elliot, Emily, Eva-Jean, Idris, Ilan, Julian, Kalina, Lilly, Lino, Maja and Rhys.
- Basketball Success
Big congratulations to Lilijana for being selected for the girls’ basketball team for the U13 South Super-Region. What a fantastic achievement! Lili has been in a selection process since October and after extensive trials and training over May half-term (and having worked her way through many blister packs for the balls of her feet) Lili’s place was announced earlier this week.
Lili would like to say a big thank you to Miss Palacios who has supported her throughout the process and shared her own amazing basketball skills and experience.
Good luck to Lili for the Basketball England Aspire All Star Tournament in Manchester
17th-19th June. Her team will play off against three other super-regions: North, Central and London. Enjoy it Lili and play hard!
Sélène and Rosa, Latin students in Year 8, were awarded second place in a creative writing competition run by the Manar al-Athar archive at the University of Oxford over the half-term break. Sélène and Rosa wrote a compelling story based on the Roman Monumental Arch in Palmyra, Syria, which was subject to a terrible and murderous curse. Congratulations to Sélène and Rosa for their wonderful writing and their prize – a well and truly deserved accolade.
PSHE Parent Event
On Thursday 16th June the PSHE and Safeguarding Team are inviting parents and carers of all year groups to an information evening on ‘County Lines.’ We will have representatives from different associated agencies to educate parents and carers about the risks of involvement in county lines, how to identify if someone may be involved and what they can do to help. The event will be held at Chesterton from 6-7pm; there will be more information to follow in a Parentmail.
Summer Production of Les Miserables School Edition
We are excited to share that tickets have gone on sale for our Summer production of “Les Miserables School Edition”. Performances begin on Sunday 17th July at 4pm and closing night is on Wednesday 20th July.
Tickets are available to purchase from www.ticketsource.co.uk/chestertonyt.
Tickets are selling fast so get your tickets quickly!
Students have been rehearsing extremely hard and we look forward to sharing this remarkable and timeless story with the wider Cambridge community. Do you hear the people sing?
PTA Summer Bash
We are delighted with ticket sales for the PTA Chesterton Summer Bash! It’s promising to be a fabulous evening with live Latin music and plenty more. It’s not too late to book but tickets are flying so book soon to avoid disappointment!
We are excited to create this opportunity to bring parents, staff and students together in the beautiful school grounds, to kick our heels together after such a long time, but we’re also raising funds to further enhance outdoor spaces at the school.
If you cannot come but are able to donate, please do so here:
We’ve got a wonderful team of PTA parents helping out to make the bash a fabulous evening but please do get in touch with us if you’d like to join in and are free to help on the day or with organisation and planning:
Please do come to our next PTA Meeting for a Chesterton Bash update and our current and future plans and projects on:
- Monday 13th of June at 7 pm on Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83264238383?pwd=aUJ2VURUQUxrK05NVEIvVHFqU0tYQT09
- Meeting ID: 832 6423 8383
- Passcode: Lc0Nht
House Council are now recruiting new members to join the team for the next academic year 2022-23. House Council is a fantastic way to develop leadership skills and make a difference to the school community. Students will represent the whole student community and make sure their voice is heard especially in bringing about changes. If you would like more information have a chat with Miss Walton: .
Please follow the link to complete the application form https://forms.office.com/r/5m5g7MF9kg
Thank you to all the parents who have supported the Year 7 comic-writing workshops next Thursday, and for the contributions which are still coming in for this event. The Year 7s have been informed of their slot via daily notices and their English teachers, and students have said they are excited to have the session with a real illustrator. We look forward to seeing what comic ideas they create.
Short Story Writing
Six students from Chesterton had their stories selected for publication for a Young Writers’ anthology of “twisted tales”. It was a big honour for their tales to be chosen from over
10,000 entries from students aged 11-18 from across the country. The book is now published and we are awaiting a copy for the school library so we can admire their work in print for ourselves. Congratulations again to Mia, Nicolas, Ceana, Maeve, Arlo and Miranda, whose stories so impressed the competition judges.
The creative writing group is currently having a pause with plans to start up again in September so we look forward to seeing everyone then.
Getting into Gothic
The Year 9-11 and staff book clubs are looking at Gothic literature this half term, supporting our studies on the classic Gothic text, “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. Please do hop on the edulink group if you’d like to be added to the Team to discuss with us. A big thanks to Miss Ellison for creating a tempting Gothic literature display for us in the school library.
On Monday 13th June, 15:10-16:00, Anil Madhavapeddy will be presenting a face-to-face lecture on school site. This lecture will be on: ‘Preserving the world’s tropical rainforests for the next century.’ The lecture will take place in E15, and during this lecture, Anil’s lecture will discuss how:
‘Rainforests cover less than 2% of the world’s surface, but house an estimated 50% of the life on the planet’s land masses. They are home to an incredible diversity of species — a single bush in the Amazon tropical rainforest may have more species of insects in it than the entire British isles! Unfortunately, rainforests are under constant threat of being cut down, usually to be used for agriculture or cattle farming and other human activity. I’ll first introduce you to how we are using satellites in space to survey the world’s tropical forests, and how that data can be tied together to help build projects that will stop the decline of the rainforests, by creating alternative livelihoods for the local people. Our day to day work involves analysing lots of different sorts of data — including visual pictures of the land, and also radar surveys (from the International Space Station), and even low-flying drones. Ultimately, we aim to halt tropical deforestation by 2030 (a promise made by 100 world leaders at the recent COP26 climate conference in Glasgow last year).’
- Chesterton lecture series 2022-2023
The Chesterton Lecture Series will be returning in the next academic year. Chesterton Lectures are the ideal opportunity to enrich our students’ academic experience and inspire them to develop what could become lifelong interests. If you have an area of academic expertise outside the curriculum; a personal interest that you are passionate about sharing; or a talent you would love to teach others – then we would love to hear from new and previous volunteers!
It would be great to see the Chesterton community coming together to share their wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise with our students!
The Summer Term 2 Wellbeing Newsletter has been sent out to all of our Chesterton families this week – it is the final newsletter of the academic year. It includes lots of helpful tips, signposts and videos to support you, your children and family as well a reminder on our wellbeing referral form for parents.
This month’s newsletter has lots of different resources, so please read at your own pace.
If you have any wellbeing questions or suggestions for our next newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hawkins.
Mind Your Head Programme by Cambridge Utd FC
‘Mind your Head’ is a 6-week mental health education/awareness programme delivered through Cambridge United Community Trust in partnership with Cambridgeshire mental-health charities Centre 33 and MindEd Trust. The programme provides lessons that destigmatise mental health, educate young people about how to deal with stress, and also encourage young people to discuss how extended periods online and social media can both positively and negatively affect their wellbeing. Cambridge United Community Trust will be delivering the programme to Year 8 students at Chesterton Community College from Monday 6th June 2022 and will be covering the topics of:
- An Introduction to Mental Health
- Well-being & Resilience
- Recognising the signs of mental health concerns
- The Benefits of Talking & Listening
- The impact of Social Media on our well-being
- Coping with Stress Collaboration & Community
Chesterton Youth Theatre News
Chesterton Youth Theatre has begun promoting its answer to the Edinburgh Fringe:
a mini Drama Festival which will take place late afternoons/evenings from 5th – 7th July 2022 in North Cambridge’s central hub of creativity, the Drama Studio at Chesterton.
The idea is that the Festival will give everyone at school and those further afield a chance to be creative and experimental in their performance work, celebrating it together. At the heart of the Festival are a series of unique shows directed by theatre practitioner Sam Plumb, who has been working with Chesterton students this year to form an improvisation troupe. There are also various devised pieces, monologues and duologues which have been developed in our Drama Club and lessons. Meanwhile, we would love you (i.e. parents, carers, staff, younger and older siblings, friends, former students and members of our local community) to become involved.
You can do this in two ways:
- The One-Page Play Competition
A chance to have your own one-page play anonymously showcased to an audience by an ensemble of pre-, current and former professional actors. Ten of the best one-page plays will be presented by them in an hour-long, fun competition, where the audience will decide the winning play. The prize is a donation to your favourite charity. The play must be submitted by Friday 1st July, so get writing!!
- The ‘Anything Goes’ Performance Cabaret
A chance to perform and act in an hour-long event that celebrates difference and daring to dream. Your act might be anything from stand-up to spoken word; mime to magic. Or it might simply be a dramatic monologue from a classic play – the point is that this event might encourage you (non-Chesterton students) to share something creative alongside Chesterton student performers with similar aims and ambitions, in front of a supportive audience.
If you would like more information about either of these events, please look on Parentmail or contact with the subject heading ‘Drama Festival’ on your email, and you will receive a reply with everything you need to know. We would absolutely love you to be in touch – the more contributions from the community, the better!
Finally, we hope that even if you don’t want to showcase your work, you might want to come and watch others. Tickets can be reserved by emailing as above, and it may also be possible to simply turn up on the door of the Drama Studio for each specific event. Just look out for the Parentmail about this, or email to receive the Festival schedule, and once again, thanks in advance for being part our bid to ‘make something new’.
Music Department News
- Well done to the Ceilidh Band who gave a lovely performance at the Roseford Road Street Party last Sunday as part of the Jubilee Celebrations. The Ceilidh Band are now renamed the Folk Fiddles Band as they are playing traditional music from many different countries. They will be playing at Chesterton Festival on 18th June and Jesus Green Lido on 21st June for the summer solstice swim, as well as at our own school summer concert. A huge thanks to Ms Veryard for all her hard work with the group.
- Save the Date: the Music Department summer concert is on 7th July, outside in the Wynn Williams Garden. This will feature all our ensembles and choirs and is an informal, relaxed celebration of the music we have made this year. All are welcome to come and watch; admission is free. The concert will start at 6pm and audience members can arrive from 5.30pm to set up chairs, picnic blankets etc if you wish, although chairs will be provided. Please feel free to bring a picnic and drinks and the PTA will be selling refreshments so do bring some change. There will also be a retiring collection in aid of Music Department funds. Hope to see you there!
Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a restful half-term holiday and have had a great first week back. There is definitely a summer feel in the air as we enter the last half term of the year and as the days are warming up more students and teachers are venturing out of the classroom and conducting lesson activities outside. It is great to see the continued effort and enthusiasm from our Equiano students.
Our Year 11 students are about halfway through their GCSE exams and are really working hard. Well done to all our Year 11 students, you are doing so well and we are so proud of what you have achieved!
Students in other years have had special assemblies this week on enrichment choices – look out for a Parentmail for more information on the dates for the enrichment programme and what choices are available for each year group.
Year 7 also had their last PSHE day for the year on Staying Safe where they discussed online safety as well as staying safe in the community.
The end of the year is only one half term away – as we look forward to hopefully more sunshine we can also expect plenty from our extracurricular programme here at Chesterton. Look out for trips, sports events, music concerts, drama performances, artistic workshops and much, much more!
The big news this week is that students in Years 7-10 have been learning about and signing up for their enrichment activities, which will take place in the last full week of term. These are the first “COVID-free” enrichment days we have had for some years, and so students are looking forward to them with anticipation and trepidation. We will hear more about enrichment over the coming weeks, but rest assured it will be a good time had by all.
This has been a good week for sports news. Several students will take part in a leadership course with Cambridge Tennis Academy, including Lorenzo, Isabella, Ilan, Rozie and Elijah from House Cavendish.
And our house shout-out this week goes to Lilijana, who has been selected for the
Under-13s Girls Basketball “South Super Region” team, and will compete against Centre, North and London in the All-England competition at the end of this month. Well done Lili – slam dunk!
Fancy a shout-out in a future blog, Cavendish students? We would love to hear about any interesting projects you have been engaged in. Speak to your form tutor or one of the Cavendish House Team.
That’s about all from us this week Don’t forget to be awesome!
Welcome back! It seems crazy to think that it’s already the last half-term of the year, it’s gone so quickly! This week has been exciting as the year groups have found out what exciting activities they will be doing for Enrichment at the end of this term – it’s definitely something to look forward to.
Year 7s were off-timetable on Friday for their PSHE day on Staying Safe. This day was full of really important information for our Year 7s, such as about what to do in an emergency; simple first aid; and how to have safe relationships online and in person.
As the summer weather continues to improve, we want to remind all Hill students to remember to be drinking regularly, and carrying a reusable water bottle is really important, especially if students have PE out in the field.
Finally, we want to congratulate Daisy, Nathan, Zubaidah, Freddie and Leila in Year 7 for their ABPs – keep it up, and we look forward to seeing who has the most at the end of the year.
We welcome back Fawcett students as they return for the last half term of this academic year!
In assembly this week students have been finding out about the exciting summer Enrichment programme that will be offered at the end of term. In form time we have been talking about our mental health, specifically in terms of sleep and body image. On Friday, Year 7 had their PSHE day entitled Staying Safe, with topics including what to do in an emergency.
We wish Year 11s the best of luck with the continuation of their exams and to Year 10 who will be starting their mocks. Remember, as always, if you need any support this half term come and see Mr Firth, Miss Malik or Miss Walton.
Hello Robinson House. We hope you are all well and had an awesome half term. Here is your weekly roundup.
We are in first place on the House points competition with 9766 points which is 604 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in!
In form time this week we have been looking at the importance of sleep as well as body image and the media.
Finally, please join us in wishing Miriam, Matej, Szymon, Morgan, Celeste, Sophie and Navida very happy birthday this week or last week. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat.
Have a lovely weekend and get your 8-10 hours of sleep each night!