Headteacher’s Blog Week Ending 17 January 2020
Venues in School
It would be a great help to us if you could advertise to friends, colleagues and local organisations our new facilities which we do let commercially. All of this income comes back into school and supports children’s education. We have amazing new state-of-the-art facilities: the auditorium; training rooms; new classrooms; and canteen. All ideal for a range of groups and we also offer professional catering. Don’t hesitate to recommend us; by doing so you are supporting your child’s education at Chesterton.
Venues for Hire: Seminar Room
A flexible meeting room that can be used as one large space or as two smaller rooms separated by a retractable wall. It comes equipped with interactive board that can be utilised as projectors, TVs or whiteboards.
Lecture: Discovering the link between Shakespeare and Milton
We are delighted to welcome in Dr Scott-Warren on Monday 20th January at 3:05pm. Dr Scott-Warren is Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Earlier this year, he had a startling realisation when examining an original manuscript that linked Shakespeare to the poet John Milton. Among other topics, he will give an insight into how he made this discovery and what the significance of it is. This lecture should appeal to all students with an interest in English literature and theatre, and students from all year groups are encouraged to attend.
Panto Trip for Year 7
Last Friday, 157 Year 7 students attended a pantomime performance of Cinderella at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. They were very excited to participate and interact with the actors during the performance, and to spend time with other students in their houses.
We have updated our daily notices this term so that students have up-to-date information for wellbeing support. If you feel that your child needs support with their wellbeing, please contact their Head of House and also do not forget that our website has lots of information and guidance under the tab ‘mental health’.
This week our ‘Let’s Go Girls’ ambassadors had their fifth training session, where they focused on breathing techniques to help calm. They still have three training sessions left before they start to plan their programmes designed to reach out to the rest of our Chesterton students.
House News: Cavendish
We have only been back for two full weeks and already Orla, Lotte, Sammy, Nazifa, Etienne and Ray have unlocked Level 2 of our rewards system and received their free breakfast voucher. These students have received over 30 Above and Beyond Points (ABPs) this year. A big congratulations to Lorenzo in Cavendish 1 as he is currently on 100% attendance for this academic year and he has 35 above and beyond points, which is a huge achievement.
Cambridge University Research
The research project will be back up and running next week. If you know that your child has signed up then please make sure they check the Edmodo group for their dates and times. They must complete the questionnaire before their next session, otherwise they will not receive their Amazon voucher.
Jimmy’s Homeless Shelter
This week the Year 10 Event Operations group visited Jimmy’s Homeless Shelter. The group met staff, guests and dogs and heard about the work that Jimmy’s does supporting homeless people in the city. The staff at Jimmy’s have set the Event Operations students a brief to plan a range of fundraising events to raise money to support the new micro homes that Jimmy’s are opening this spring. The brief will form an assessed unit of work for the group and will also allow us as a school community to raise money for a fantastic cause.
Huge thank you to all the parents/carers who supported the Christmas Fair at the end of last term – either by donating chocolates or gifts, sending your children in with coins to spend or helping out on the day. It was a really enjoyable experience for the students and the PTA raised just over £1,500 to support the school.
The next PTA meeting will be Wednesday, 22 January at 7PM in the school library. This is a great chance to find out what’s happening in school and with the PTA, and to help decide how money will be spent. Meetings are informal and we aim to finish in an hour. All parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PTA and all are most welcome.
Save the Date
The PTA will be hosting a quiz night on Friday, 20 March, 7-9:30pm.
Donations Using Online Shopping
Please consider using easyfundraising every time you shop online. Over 4,000 shops and sites will donate, so you can raise free donations for us no matter what you’re buying. These donations really help us out, so please sign up if you haven’t yet. You can get started at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/chestertonpta
The PTA is also now registered with Amazon Smile – you can generate a 0.5% donation to support the “Chesterton Community College Parent & Teacher Association” if you start at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ every time you want to make an Amazon purchase.
Rowan Art Exhibition
On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th February Rowan, the Cambridge-based art charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, will be holding a charity art exhibition in the school Atrium Theatre. Canvases from accomplished professionals to inspired amateurs will be on sale anonymously to raise money for the charity. Everyone is welcome.
House News: Fawcett
Fawcett House has started a new Mindfulness unit based around painting and its visual and auditory calming influences. Students have been thoroughly engaged with new focus on Mondays. Fawcett forms have started a new PSHE topic based around money with lots of interesting insights into what they understand it to be and how they would spend it. Fawcett also had an assembly based on the importance of attendance; there are over 40 students who still have 100% for Fawcett House so keep up the good work! Congratulations to students who have recently been awarded a Level 1 ABP reward: Matilda, Adam, Sinead, Eleanor, Oisin, Yordanka, Ilona and Erin. Well done also to Year 10 students on completing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, who were presented with their awards during assembly this week: Charlotte, Hannah, Max, Adam, Sophie, Oliver, Charlotte, and Ross.
The U/14 boys’ basketball team played their final competitive game this week against Bassingbourn at home. The team started slowly before putting in an excellent display in the second half, but unfortunately lost the game 32-22. Well done to following students for representing Chesterton so brilliantly: Nicholas, Joszef, Kwasi, Joe, Louis, Dejun, Victor, Lewis, Cameron, and Muhammad.
The Classics Bake-Off had a great first week with the entry of 14 cakes and biscuits, using some Roman ingredients. Congratulations to our star baker of the week Eddie, who brightened a grey old January day with his scrumptious Roman apple cake.
On Wednesday our local School Nursing Assistant Practitioner was on site during both lunchtimes to share information about the ChatHealth programme. Her information stall received lots of interest from the students and we hope that some of them find this service useful in giving them the confidence to talk to parents and/or teachers about issues they are struggling with. ChatHealth is a secure NHS-approved text messaging service available to young people in Cambridgeshire who are struggling with issues such as bullying; emotional health; relationship problems; drugs and alcohol problems. The confidential text messaging service has a team of experienced clinicians waiting to answer and deal with messages from young people on an anonymous basis. It operates from 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Please see the following link to a video to find out more: https://vimeo.com/354621452
There are still spaces left for these classes: IELTS; English for Women; Just Talk (advanced). Please contact the Sports Centre Reception.
Music clubs are back in full swing as we prepare for the West Road Concert on Thursday 19th March. There are opportunities for all students to be involved in the concert, so please do encourage your child to speak to Miss Wilson or Miss Bourne if they are unsure about how they can take part. All groups are open to new members this term. The music rehearsal timetable is displayed on the outside door of the Music block, on the Music extracurricular Edmodo group and on Daily Notices.
Having spent a week settling back into the routine of school life, it has felt like a quiet week in Equiano House. The highlight of the week has been an unusual change to the weekly Mindfulness Mondays. At the suggestion of a student in Equiano 4, we showed videos of legendary painter Bob Ross during tutor time on Monday and Tuesday. His soothing, calming manner, outstanding artwork and wholesome messages engrossed students in all forms. Students were then observed to leave forms calmly but with a buzz of excitement before heading to period 1.
A reminder that the deadline for paying the deposit for the 2020 ski trip is Friday 23rd January. Permission slips will also need to be returned. If you need further information, please contact Mr Gilliver.
Hill House News
This week in tutor time students have been enjoying the tranquillity of Bob Ross, the famed host and artist behind the Joy of Painting television series. If these scenes of natural beauty appeal to our Year 9 students, then they will soon be afforded the opportunity to explore the natural world with the upcoming Duke of Edinburgh scheme. If you would like more information on this opportunity then students should find Mrs Askham. We would also like to take the chance to congratulate Hill 5 who are leading the way within the house for the most ABPs with a grand total of 438. However, it is a tightly contested race with Hill 6, where Amina has managed to earn 50 ABPs this year alone, making her the current #1 within the house.
It has been a brilliant start to the new year in Robinson. Students have been working hard in lessons to earn lots of Above and Beyond Points for the House. The Best in Robinson House Certificate went to Miriam in Robinson 6. Camilo (R3) reached Level 1 and received a free cookie voucher, and four students reached Level 2, securing a free breakfast for themselves and a friend. Well done to Cara (R1), Vera (R1), Monsur (R8) and Mehmet (R7). Rory (R8) is still in the lead with a staggering 63 ABPs. Robinson students received an assembly on attendance this week, something Miss Martinelli is hoping will improve this half term as we currently have the lowest attendance of all the houses.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott