Headteacher’s Blog – Thurs 16th December 2021

Blog – Thurs 16th December 2021 


Key Dates 

Thursday 16th December – School closes for the Christmas holidays at 3.05pm. 

Tuesday 4th January – Students invited into school for a Covid test and then return home again. 

Wednesday 5th January – All students return to school when it will be week 1 on the school timetable. 


Dick Whittington and His Cat  

Our pantomime treated its audience to a dazzling display of talent and fun from the youngest to the oldest students, and even let us see another side to some of our teachers. We saw top-notch acting, singing and dancing as well as live musical accompaniment as we followed the story of the poor orphan with the funny name who realised his potential in the end.  

The costumes and props were lovingly put together and the performers’ energy levels never flagged right through to the grand finale. The collaborative writing gave us poignant, moving speeches as well as silly jokes and the traditional audience participation.  

Sitting in a live audience was a delight as we forgot everything but the characters before us. Our huge stage was again fulfilling its purpose. 


County Schools Cross-Country 

Congratulations to six students from Chesterton who qualified to run in the County schools cross-country competition in January 2022. 

  • Paloma  
  • Pippa  
  • Maddie  
  • Aurora  
  • Jacob  
  • Vlad  

All good wishes for their success. 


BBL Basketball Play-off Finals 

We’re really pleased to confirm that all 106 students who signed up and paid for the trip have secured a place. We’re looking forward to traveling via two coaches on May 15th 2022 – more information to follow. 


Music Department 

Well done to Year 7 and 8 for their excellent participation in the multi-faith celebrations on Monday. Students represented Chesterton in an exemplary fashion.   

Thank you to all those who contributed to the retiring collection at the school carol service last Thursday: £226.01 was raised for East Anglian Children’s Hospices which is a fantastic amount.  

Music clubs will resume in the first week back in January. There will be a new timetable so do keep an eye on the Music Extracurricular Team. As well as current ensembles, new groups will include:  

  • a Hoe Down band  
  • a steel pan band 

New members are very welcome to all groups! We will be preparing for our Spring Concert at West Road Concert Hall on Thursday 24th March at 7pm. 


French Classes 

To finish our module on wellbeing, Year 9 students have enjoyed practising fitness and relaxation in French and planned their New Year resolutions for 2022. Meanwhile Year 8 students have experienced a virtual trip to Paris. After completing their boarding pass and passport check, students enjoyed in-flight entertainment before finally arriving and taking a virtual tour of the city. In Paris they sent postcards to their family and created some original art in the style of Ben Heine. 


Staff News 

This term we say farewell to Miss Barrett and Mr Watkins. Mr Watkins is returning to his native Australia and Miss Barrett is travelling overseas. We are also welcoming two new staff in January: Mrs Lintern to the Science Department and Mrs Draper to the English Department. 


Christmas Lunch 

On Wednesday students and staff enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch with turkey or nut roast and all the trimmings. Crackers, mince pies and very popular snowman cupcakes completed the meal.   

A huge thank you to Chef Spencer Norman and his team who made and served approximately 700 Christmas lunches across the lunch period. The cheer and buzz was a joy to see. 



Festive Fair 

Thank you to everyone who supported the festive fair and non-uniform day today, especially to the students and PTA members who organised stalls and games for everyone to enjoy and for all the generous donations. A special thank you to the PTA for all their ongoing support of resources, experiences and project for all students. 


Advent 2021 

Our advent event has been another huge success this year! Students have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and jokes throughout the past 16 days. It has been wonderful to see students from all year groups get involved.  

A huge thank you to the PTA who funded all the prizes and extra goodies the students have been receiving. 


Wellbeing Over the Christmas Holiday 

Although many of our students will be looking forward to a break over the two-week holidays, for lots of our students having so much unstructured time can be a challenge, especially in the winter months. The wellbeing professionals we work with say that having a physical calendar for the holidays with significant events planned out (ones that the students will enjoy) gives them a sense of purpose and in some cases can give them a sense of achievement.  

If you are particularly worried about the next two weeks, we advise you get in touch with your child’s Head of House now so that they can share some advice with you. Don’t forget that if you and your child feel that they want some support from school, please complete the wellbeing referral form by clicking here. 


Something Isn’t Right 

Our online ‘Something isn’t right’ form launched a few weeks ago to support students in reporting any concerns they may have. Our House Council had asked for a platform that could be used to report things virtually so that if anyone was feeling nervous about talking to a teacher or parent, they could write their concerns down instead. Click here to have a look at the form. 


Equiano House 

It’s the last week of the Autumn term and Equiano students have continued to enjoy the festivities during tutor time. Opening the calendar has brought lots of sweet treats and revealed fun challenges. Although receiving the treats has been nice, our students also know the importance of giving and have been donating to Jimmy’s Night Shelter each day this month. It’s been wonderful to see all of the gifts and supplies being donated. Our Year 7 and 8 students visited Great St Mary’s to take part in singing and learning about different faiths and their traditions, common to all being charity. 

Well done to Equiano 4 who have achieved 711 Above and Beyond Points in total. All of the students in Equiano have been outstanding and between them they have earned 5079 points in total. We hope that next term we can keep up the good work. 

We hope you all have a lovely winter break and we look forward to seeing students in January. 


Cavendish House 

Welcome to the final Cavendish blog of the year and what a busy week it has been. Year 7 and 8 students enjoyed a trip to Great Saint Mary’s on Monday for the annual Multi-Faith Celebration. It was a wonderful service; well done to all Cavendish students involved with the choir, violin group, drama group and our two candle-lighters. You made us very proud!  

Tuesday was Mocks Results Day for our Year 11 students. All results are now on Edulink to be accessed. Well done for all your hard work in the run-up to the exams.  

Wednesday was Christmas lunch day – a great opportunity to eat some delicious festive food provided by our amazing catering team! 

Thursday’s fun-filled day saw students visit Chesterton’s annual ‘Festive Fair’ – there were many brilliant stalls for students to enjoy so thank you to everyone who volunteered to support the fair.  

A huge thank you for your generous donations to Jimmy’s Night Shelter which were delivered on Thursday morning.  

Cavendish students have shown resilience, motivation and positivity this term. We hope you all have a restful break with family and friends and return to school in January feeling refreshed and recharged ready to start the new year and new term. Take care! 


Hill House 

Firstly Mr Watkins would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in Hill house – the students, the tutors and of course Mr Baywood and Mrs Williams. It has been a real pleasure to work with all of you over the last year, and now sadly I am moving back to Australia and will be stepping down as the Assistant Head of Hill House. However, Mr Payne will be stepping in and will be a great addition to the Hill team, so a big welcome to Mr Payne!  

In the wind-down to Christmas students have been taking part in a range of activities, including the Year 7 and 8 Hill students taking part in a multi-faith celebration on Monday around the core values that different religions share in their faith. All Hill students were respectful and supportive through this event and a good day was had by all.  

Lastly, we hope that all students have a safe, happy and food-filled Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all back and refreshed in January.   


Fawcett House 

A huge congratulations, mighty Fawcett! We have made it to the end of the first term. A big thank you goes out to all of our hard-working form tutors and tutees for all of their incredible work so far this academic year.   

A special mention to all forms who have continued the tradition and helped to donate to Jimmy’s Night Shelter – it is always such a lovely way to help spread kindness during this time of year.  

We hope you and your families enjoy a relaxing break over the next few weeks and we are looking forward to seeing you all back in January! 


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 4977 points which is 87 points ahead of second place Fawcett. Keep those Above and Beyond Points rolling in!  

Thank you for all your donations during form time to Jimmy’s Night Shelter. They will mean more to the receivers than you know.  

Please join us in wishing Lucia, Logan, Faustas, Vera, Mabel, Charlotte, Esther, Sniha, Jared and Anna a very happy birthday. They celebrate their birthdays this week or over the Christmas break. Remember to nip into the Robinson office on the B corridor for a small treat.  

Have a very happy Christmas everyone!