Headteacher’s Blog – Fri 7th January 2021


Happy New Year

A warm welcome back to all students and staff and a Happy New Year to everyone.

Years 9-11 Virtual Book Club

A new year calls for a new author, and to balance the scales we’re going with a woman this time. Jane Austen was an eighteenth century English novelist known primarily for her six major novels – how many of them have you read (or – cheating – watched)? Austen gives readers great insights into life of the landed gentry during that era, and in particular reveals how women had to marry for social and economic reasons.

Students can grab a copy of Pride and Prejudice from A11 to borrow, pick up a novel from the school library, or read one online for free, e.g. here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/68

We’d love to hear how you get on. Do you have a favourite book, character or line? Post your ideas in the Year 9-11 Book Club Team.

(Parents are very welcomed and encouraged to read along with us, but will have to restrict their Austen-related conversation to around the dinner table and not on Teams!)

Period Product Scheme

At Chesterton we are pleased to be a part of the Period Product Scheme which aims to ensure that having periods is not a barrier to education for any learner. All learners in schools should be able to access period products if they need them, for example, if they have forgotten their products, cannot afford products or have come on their period unexpectedly.

In school students can access products in the following locations: A7 toilets, all Head of House offices, Mrs Goldhawk’s office, Miss Lehane’s office and in B9. Please do not hesitate to contact Miss Harnwell or Miss Malik if you have any further questions or if you need extra products provided for your child at home.

Covid Vaccinations

The NHS nursing team will attend school on Monday 10th January to administer Covid vaccinations (first doses and second doses to those who had their first vaccination at least 12 weeks ago). Please see the Parentmail for further information.

Chesterton Youth Theatre

Congratulations to the 15 Year 9 students who performed to an adult audience in YoHo at the end of the final day of term.

We raised £200 for Centrepoint. This is far more than we were anticipating and will make a genuine impact. As the receipt message from Centrepoint confirms, ‘You’ve done an incredible thing.’ Thank you to all the young performers for giving something of themselves, and working together in very limited time to create – as written feedback has confirmed – a moving, rhythmic and beautifully acted piece about homelessness.

This Summer, Chesterton Youth Theatre will be presenting Les Misérables School Edition.

Pre-Audition Workshop – Monday 10th January at 3:15pm

All students wishing to audition will be taught two songs at the pre-audition workshops and they can choose which song they would like to audition with. This is NOT compulsory and students who are unable to make the workshops can still audition but will need to teach themselves the song of their choice.

Auditions – Thursday 13th and Friday 14th January at 3:15pm

For cast auditions, students can choose whether they want to audition for a principal (lead) role or if they want to sing for ensemble. Students are able to find the audition material by following the link on the audition pack (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VXIG4Gg2OQn1gA524D6i9Gc8mJs6Vfty/view?usp=sharing). If you cannot make the audition week, please let us know in the form or contact to arrange a video audition.

Students can register for an audition on one of the days using the following form, https://forms.office.com/r/sxrLQHckp1. Please register by Tuesday 11th January.

Please note that Drama Club and Drama Tech Club will begin again in a few weeks’ time when GCSE productions have taken place and Les Miserables has been cast. More information to follow.

Chesterton Music News

We are looking forward to resuming music rehearsals. Please see the timetable sent out on Parentmail or students can also find information on the Music Extra-Curricular Clubs Team.

All groups started from Wednesday 5th January with the exception of Hoe-Down Band which will begin next week.

There is lots to get involved with including some new groups, and new members are very welcome to all groups.

This term, we will be preparing for our West Road Concert on Thursday 24th March at 7pm, which is a real highlight of the school year for the Music Department, so please do save this date in your diaries.

Equiano House

Happy New Year from Equiano! We hope that everyone had a relaxing break filled with lots of treats and is excited to start the New Year. We have a few changes to the teachers in Equiano House moving into the Spring Term: Mr Parkinson is now overseeing all of the Houses and so Mr Lawrence has joined Mr Gilliver as Joint Head of Equiano House. Miss McEwen has become our new Assistant Head of House. We also welcome some new tutors to Equiano: Mrs Parkinson, Ms Draper and Mr McCormack – students, please do stop them in the corridor to say hello and make them feel welcome!

Although it has been a short week to get us started into the new term our Equiano students have already been earning Above and Beyond Points. What a great start to the year – let’s keep it up!

Cavendish House

Welcome back!  We hope that all Cavendish students had an enjoyable and restful break.  We are very glad to have you all back in school ready to start the new term.

There have been some changes in the House team, which we are excited to tell you about.  Mrs Hawkins is finishing her role as Head of House.  Ms Bullen-Smith will carry on as Head of House, and Mr Scott is joining the team as the new Joint Head of House.  Mr Ware will be replacing Mr Afzal as Assistant Head of House.  The new team is looking forward to getting to know you all and continuing to support you through the rest of the year.

Cavendish student shout-out this week to Laurie who (along with students in other houses) performed in Cambridge Theatre Company’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

That’s all from us at Cavendish – enjoy the first week back!

Hill House

Happy New Year and welcome back Hill House! We hope that the winter break has been restful and you are feeling ready to be back into school, and looking forward to an exciting term ahead. This week has been busy with Covid testing on Tuesday before coming in, and hopefully you are settling back into the rhythm of school life quickly.

Mr Payne has taken over as Assistant Head of House from Mr Watkins, who has made the long trip back to Australia, so do get in touch with Mrs Williams or Mr Payne if you need anything during this half-term. Best of luck for 2022!

Fawcett House

Happy New Year and welcome back Fawcett students for the start of the spring term! We hope you had a restful break. Do continue to remember your face masks as you will need them during the school day.

A new term brings new opportunities to earn Above and Beyond Points so it will be great to see as many students hitting their next target level. This week in Tutor Time we are learning about what it means to be a young carer and what support is available to them. Finally, some exciting news: we have two new members of staff joining the Fawcett Team. Miss Malik will now be Joint Head of House alongside Mr Firth as well as Miss Walton who will be Assistant Head of House. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any concerns as we settle back into the school routine.

Robinson House

Hello Robinson House, we hope you are all well. Here is your weekly roundup. We are in first place on the House points competition with 5504 points which is 62 points ahead of second place Fawcett. The gap is closing between us and second place so keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in!

In form time this week you have been welcomed back and we have also learnt about young carers. If you are a young carer or think you might be, please talk to your form tutor or your Head of House team as we would love to provide support in any way we can.

Finally, please join us in wishing Mudassar, Dejun, Anita, Ronnie, Polly and Mehmet 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.