Headteachers Blog – Friday 25th February 2022

Year 11 Celebration

Year 11 are in the midst of mock exams. Friday 4th March will be a non-uniform day for
Year 11 only as a way of celebrating their hard work. On the afternoon of Friday 4th March Year 11 students will have the opportunity to relax through a variety of activities including card games, a film, sport etc.

 

Student Opportunity: World Scouts

We are excited to share the news that one of our Robinson House students, Kate, has been selected as the only Girl Guide from Cambridgeshire to go to the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea in August 2023!  This is a special honour as she is one of only 100 guides going from the UK (compared to thousands of Scouts). In order to attend, Kate needs help from us and the greater Chesterton community in the form of donations.

Please visit her page to find out more and to donate:  https://gofund.me/5ba6d9f6

 

Year 10 PSHE Day

On Wednesday 23rd February Year 10 took part in a PSHE Day on the theme of ‘Looking After Me’. Students took part in sessions on the following topics:

  • Addiction – screens & media
  • Abusive relationships
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Physical Wellbeing – Diet & Exercise
  • Coping Strategies
  • Gender & Sexuality

 

Music News

  • Well done to Mylee, Aishah and Caden who were the winners of last half-term’s
    Years 7, 8 and 9 Music homework quizzes. It is great to see so many students taking part in these optional homeworks designed to build their musical understanding.

 

  • We are really pleased to be taking a party of students to take part in a choral course in July, culminating in a final concert in Ely Cathedral. We have enough students to make the trip viable, but there are still spaces for Years 8-11, so do get in touch with Miss Wilson as soon as possible if your child is interested.

 

  • Ticket sales are going very well for the West Road concert in March. This will be a really special concert as it is the first time we have been able to perform at West Road since March 2019. A reminder that tickets are currently available on Parentmail for families of students involved in the concert, with 2 tickets available per family. From 7th–22nd March, all of the remaining tickets will be available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis, for anyone who would like to purchase them. Please do come along to support our musicians! There are going to be over 230 students involved including students from Milton Road and Mayfield Primary Schools.

 

Book Clubs and Reading Recommendations

The Years 7 and 8 Book Club all loved “Where the world turns wild” and so to continue the dystopian future theme, we are now reading, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry. If any student in Year 7 or 8 would like to join in, they can turn up to the library any Monday breaktime for a biscuit and a chat about books.

Year 7 and 8 students have been busy posting lots of fantastic reading recommendations on their Year Team pages. We hope this will be a really useful space for students to see what their friends are reading and get some ideas. Some recommendations are inspired by our reading challenge: The Chesterton Express.

The Years 9-11 and Staff Virtual Book Club have a new author for the half term. As we know Year 11s are very busy with revision, we’ve gone for someone a bit more ‘light’… Roald Dahl. Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter and wartime fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. You’ll probably have come across some of his children’s novels, but why not try some of his other material, such as some of his dark short stories written for adults:

https://www.roalddahlfans.com/dahls-work/short-stories/

There are plenty of Dahl books in the school library, or grab a copy of ‘The Witches’ or
‘The Twits’ from A15. Please can students and staff post comments about their Dahl reading on the Book Club Team (parents are very much encouraged to read along with us, but can’t access the Team).

 

Equiano House

Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a restful break and are looking forward to getting back into the school routine.

Exciting news from the PE Department to finish the week: all of our Basketball teams, that is the Girls and Boys Under-14 teams as well and the Girls and Boys Under-16 teams, have advanced to the district school’s tournament finals! Good luck of all of our students competing in the tournament which will be held next week – we can’t wait to hear how you get on!

On Wednesday Year 10 took part in a PSHE dropdown day when they were exploring ideas on Physical and Mental wellbeing, Relationships and Addiction, all focused on the topic of “Looking after Me”. There were many positive reports throughout the day and the sessions sparked some very interesting conversations among our students.

We also want to wish our Year 11 students good luck as they continue with their final set of mock exams before the summer examination period. Our Year 11 students have been working hard in preparation for these mock exams and we hope they all get the grades they are hoping for! We know how busy the exam period can be so Year 11, please look after each other and do speak to someone if you are feeling overwhelmed.

 

Cavendish House

Welcome back, Cavendish! This week our Year 11 students started a new diet of mock exams, and Year 11 Drama students in particular are anticipating their exam showcase on Friday 25th, rescheduled from a previous date because of COVID. Year 10 Drama students are also looking forward to their performance of 1984 next week.

Our student shout-outs this week go to Dominic (Y8) who competed in the Armada Cup diving competition in Plymouth this week, and Deivis (Y9) who has qualified for the Norwich City Football Academy. Way to go, both of you!

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

 

Hill House

First, we’d like to say welcome back after half-term. We hope that you had a really restful time during half-term and we’re pleased to see all of Hill back this week, working hard after the break. We’re very excited for the long-awaited return of Mr Baywood, who returned from paternity leave this week, and the Hill team is back to full number again.

This week has been the start of Year 11 mocks, and we wish the best of luck to all the Hill students over the remaining mock period – remember to reach out to your teachers or form tutor if there is anything they can do to help in this final set of mocks of your school career.

Finally, we wish to congratulate the following Year 7 Hill students for continuing to go above and beyond: Daisy, Freddie, Zubaidah, Lola and Mylee – keep up what you are doing this half of term!

 

Fawcett House

It has been a pleasure to welcome Fawcett students back this week following our half-term break. This week Year 11s have begun their second set of mock examinations. We wish you all the best of luck and really well done for getting through the first week!

We have also been celebrating International Mother Language Day in assembly. Year 10s had their PSHE day on Wednesday entitled “Looking After Me.” Students explored topics such as wellbeing, gender and sexuality and social media.

Lastly, in terms of Above and Beyond Points, we are still very close behind Robinson so let’s keep pushing!

 

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 7032 points which is 96 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those ABPs rolling in!

In form time this week we have been talking about the importance of consent in all areas of our lives. We would like to give a shout out to Nicholas, Louis, Dejun and Szymon for being part of the team making it to the Under-16 Boys District Schools Basketball tournament!

We are excited to share the news above that one of our Robinson House students, Kate, has been selected as the only Girl Guide from Cambridgeshire to go to the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea in August 2023!  Please see the entry above about how to support Kate.

Finally, please join us in wishing Anna, Robin, and Reo 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.

 

 

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