Headteacher’s blog week ending 22 November 2019
Children in need
Last week a huge fundraising event took place for children in need. All students took part in
a non-uniform day and then helped run lots of stalls including a huge bake sale at break
time. There were prizes including a huge jar of sweets, amazon vouchers and your very own
Pudsey. A big thank you and well done to everyone who gave up their time to run a stall and
to all the wonderful bake sale donations. It was a very successful day that raised a lot of
money for this fantastic cause.
New sixth form opportunity
Come and join us to see and hear about our plans to offer Chesterton Community College
(CCC) students the opportunity to complete their sixth form studies at Chesterton. CCC is
part of a small multi-academy trust and as such already has a sixth form. Currently its main
campus is based in Downham Market but we are intending to run a satellite campus here in
Cambridge. Find out more by coming to an Open Event on Wednesday 27th November 6.30-
Thirty students from Year 9 recently returned from the annual German exchange near
Cambridge’s twin town of Heidelberg. Students had the opportunity to improve their
German and experience life in a German family and school. Highlights included: a tour of the
town of Heidelberg and its world famous castle; a trip down an old silver mine followed by a
traditional meal (“Weiβwurst und Bretzel”); trips to the picturesque towns of Weinheim and
Speyer; and a morning at the Technical Museum and the IMAX cinema. Students also had
the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Schriesheim and to ask questions about local and
national life. They did this particularly well by asking interesting questions in German.
Mrs Wolf, Mrs Lang and Mr Jennett would like to thank all the Chesterton parents who
supported this year’s exchange, and of course the students for their enthusiasm, their
endeavours to speak German and their excellent manners throughout the week. Several
members of the public mentioned they were a credit to our school and we fully agree.
You Will Not Forget!
Chesterton Youth Theatre’s version of J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ is to be performed
by 18 students from Year 10 on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December in the Atrium
Theatre at 7.30pm. This version is entitled ‘You Will Not Forget!’ – the title given to the first
production of the play in Moscow, 1945. The abridgement brings to life off-stage characters
and subtexts entrenched within this classic thriller. Additional material incorporates
fascinating insights into the three time periods which encircle Priestley’s drama: 1912; the
period of World War 2; and the here and now – 2019. We hope you will want to come to this
innovative, imaginative production of what is a GCSE set text in English at Chesterton; it
promises to be enriching and memorable. Tickets can be purchased from the website below
and are set at the very reasonable price of £6 (£5 concessions), to ensure that quality
theatre can be accessible to all.
Trigger warnings: the production is intended to be thought-provoking and mature, and the
play contains references to sex and suicide, occasional strong language and loud
bangs/flashes indicative of bombing/war zones; there is no fixed age restriction, but parents
with children pre-GCSE may deem it unsuitable.
Music Department News
The Music Department is busy preparing for festive events. Our first external concert of the
season will be at St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton on Saturday 30th November. The concert
will begin at 4.30pm and last for around an hour, and will feature the brass and saxophone
group; Chesterton Singers; Cantiamo; recorder ensemble; a string quartet; and soloists.
Admission to the concert is free and all are welcome to come and support the students.
Tickets have now gone on sale on ParentMail for the highlight of this term, our College Carol
Service at St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge. This will be taking place on Thursday 12th
December at 7pm and we are really pleased that a large number of students have been
rehearsing in preparation; almost all of our musical ensembles will feature, alongside
readings and congregational carols. If you would like to attend this event we strongly
recommend purchasing tickets in advance; it promises to be a lovely festive occasion.
Do you play the piano? Sign-ups are still welcome for our piano fundraising concert on
Tuesday 26th November at 4pm in the new auditorium. Come along to play a piece of your
choice – all abilities welcome. We hope to welcome plenty of students, staff and members of
the community to this event which is in support of our new grand piano. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to sign up.
The “Merry Christmas Reading Evening” will be on Tuesday 3rd December 6:30-7:30pm in
the Library. Enjoy winter refreshments and a selection of literary delights from staff and
students. All welcome.
Year 11 PSHE Day: Friday 13th December
In order to meet the new government legislation on Health Education, which is to be
implemented by September 2020, Mrs Welch has been working hard to create a brand new
day designed for Year 11s around health and wellbeing. Students will participate in a range
of workshops (led by a combination of both CCC staff and visiting subject specialists) to
learn how to manage their health and wellbeing both now and as they journey towards
adulthood. Our aims for the day are to dispel myths, provide factual information and even
learn some practical ‘how to’ tips to identify early signs of serious health concerns (e.g.
cancer). More information to follow.
Bike Lights Assembly: Friday 22nd November
This Friday, Year 7s will receive information from our local Police Community Safety Officer
around staying safe on their bikes this winter. We have a growing number of students,
across all years, who do not currently have bike lights and therefore are at risk. We would
really like to encourage you to please carry out a safety check on your child’s bicycle this
weekend and engage them in conversations about weather and cycling in the dark. Don’t
forget to register your bikes at home using the free immobilise service to increase the
chance of its return in the event of loss or theft.
On Tuesday 17th December at 7pm, the Drama Department is hosting a ‘Christmas Cabaret’.
This will be an hour-long performance in the Atrium Theatre, in which we hope to showcase
a range of theatrical pieces from students across the College, produced partly in lesson and
partly through extended learning opportunities. It will be a relaxed event, put together in
the final few days of term, so that it does not impose on people’s busy lives in the month of
Christmas, and can be enjoyable and entertaining for all. Attendance to the event is free and
you simply need to turn up; the Drama Department, however, would like to raise money for
the charity Centrepoint, which provides shelter and support to homeless young people. The
charity focus links to the curriculum for Year 9 students, who have been creating
performances based on the musical ‘YoHo’, and researching this pressing social issue in their
classes. We want to connect this work with making a real difference, so we hope those who
come will donate to this charity in exchange for seeing the show and eating a mince pie or
two. Over the coming weeks, selected students are being invited to perform extracts from
‘Yoho’ as well as other class work and a number from Musical Theatre Club, with individuals
presenting popular songs, famous speeches and improvised sketches. If you have any
questions or wish to register your interest in being part of the event, please email
Thank you to all the girls in Years 8-10 who have applied to be a mental health ambassador.
We have had a huge amount of applications and students will be notified on Monday if their
application has been successful. This is a programme organised by the council that currently
trains students to become ambassadors within schools, to raise awareness of mental health,
the importance of physical activity and to support the student body. It is a fantastic
opportunity to get involved in and we are excited to be the pilot school for the scheme.
The first set of research sessions start next week with the University of Cambridge. If your
son or daughter has signed up, they must assign themselves to a day via the Edmodo group.
If the days are fully booked, we will be releasing new dates in the upcoming days. These will
be before and after Christmas. The University is extremely grateful for all the support
parents and students have shown so far.
You will have seen our email this week about Christmas at Chesterton. Within the email was
a link to an alternative advent calendar that is based on wellbeing and mindfulness, which
we will be sharing on our school PSHE Edmodo page so that students can access it from
their iPads. It is a lovely (free) way to count down to Christmas and to look after your
Countdown to Christmas
We will be continuing to support Jimmy’s Night Shelter this year with our advent gift list.
They have provided a list of most wanted items. Within forms we ask students to get
involved and we aim to donate a gift per day per form during the month of December. The
list was sent via parentmail this week and will be shared with students on Monday during
form time. This is completely optional and students and families need not participate if they
do not want to. Last year was a huge success and we donated two mini-bus loads of gifts.
UK Mathematics Trust News
After the success of our students in the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls, it is time for the
Senior Math Challenge results. Despite a very busy mocks period, some of our Year 11
students and Year 10 volunteers became a part of the competition for the first time in our
The Senior Maths Challenge is aimed at students in Year 13 and below. Therefore, we are
very proud to announce that our excellent participants not only achieved Bronze, Silver and
Gold certificates, but also the Senior Kangaroo qualification. Winning students will receive
named certificates soon.
Very proud of our students, the Maths Department is looking forward to hosting upcoming
UKMT events: the Intermediate Math Challenge and the Junior Maths Challenge. We wish
future participants the very best of luck.
Eight brilliant students of our college, supported by our EAL Department, took part in the
project ‘Arriving at a new place’, part of the Being Human Festival 2019, the UK’s only
national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November at Anglia Ruskin
Arriving at a new place is a core aspect of migration. But stories of arrival are not limited to
the migration experience and we all have stories of arrival (e.g. school, workplace, new
home) to tell, reflecting commonalities of human perceptions, reflections and emotions. The
exhibition documents younger and older people who define themselves as migrants, non migrants
or global citizens. Together they discover the secrets behind a special object that
the other one holds. The objects unlock stories of ‘arriving at a new place’ and create bonds
between people of different ages, biographies and migration backgrounds. Our students
were once again such a credit for us by communicating and engaging with their
interlocutors sensibly and maturely. Powerful photographic portraits of people with their
objects and the audio-recordings of their exchanges are also accessible via an e-book which
visitors can access on our school website.
Cavendish House News
It has been a busy week for Cavendish. Our Year 11s are still sitting their mock exams. Year
7s have been practising their smiles for their photos and our house reps have been
continuing working with Miss Saliba on the current House Council topic of Mental Health.
This week, an advert was placed for new prefects as many of Cavendish’s prefects are in
Year 11. If your child is interested, please direct them to the daily notices on Edmodo for
Cavendish are still struggling in the competitions: we lack students attending which means
we struggle to win points. The next competition is on Thursday at break in A1, which will be
the game Articulate, so please do encourage your children to attend.
Students in Equiano have accumulated almost 3000 ABPs since the start of September. The
top performers for each year group are Max (35 ABPs), Zainab (36 ABPs), Sid (28 APBs),
Nathan (26 ABPs) and Andrej (21 APBs). Please do your bit to support our Equiano students
by also acknowledging achievements at home, as well as discussing any behaviour issues.
From next week we will be collecting items to support Jimmy’s Night Shelter. We would
gratefully welcome any donations for this excellent cause.
Fawcett House continue to earn plenty of ABPs which is testament to how hard they are
working this term. The joint house leaders are Avallon and Jason who have both earned 42
ABPs. We then have Lorenzo, Alicia, Lewis, Mia, Shafin, Portia, Priya and Libby who make up
the top 10 students with most ABPs. A massive well done for the 58 Fawcett students who
present 100% attendance records – may they keep up the resilience and punctuality. We
have recently seen a brilliant side to students in Fawcett House as they have taken part in
Inter-House and House competitions over the past few weeks. We came 3rd in Year 7 InterHouse
but demonstrated some fantastic sporting values. We have also just finished the
annual cross-country Inter-House event with lots of impressive runs from Fawcett House;
we came 1st across all of Key Stage 3 for Top 20 place finishes. Please remember to keep
checking the extra-curricular timetable and Whole School Notices for some fantastic
opportunities coming up very soon.
Congratulations to Josh of Hill 6 for earning the most ABPs in the house this week. This
achievement sees Hill 6 climb to second among Hill tutor groups, topped only by Hill 5
where the efforts of Molly (34 so far.) have ensured a slim lead. Fresh from discussing
careers in PSHE, where students in Hill 7 were complimented by the careers team for their
nominations of Andrew Yang and Ellie Simmonds as inspirational people, students are now
discussing British values. Meanwhile outside of the classroom we are anticipating further
successes in the Year 8 Inter-House competition this Friday, where (weather permitting)
students will take to the field to demonstrate their sporting prowess.
Robinson students continue to impress Miss Martinelli with their achievements and
commitment in and out of school. To mention just a few, Maria (Robinson 1) is currently
rehearsing to appear in ‘Hairspray’ with the Cambridge Theatre Company at the Great Hall
in Cambridge. Raees (Rob 3), one of our Sports Leaders, helped in leading and supporting
with the running of Year 8 Inter-House Rugby and Hockey on Friday. Liam (Rob 9) helped
with the Year 11 Awards Evening last week. Kodai (Rob 8) was awarded 2 ABPs in his
Computer Science lesson for thinking outside the box and teaching the rest of the class what
he had done – a superb effort, Mr Gage said. The students of Robinson 2 along with Ms
Marston have been enjoying ‘Wonka Wednesdays’ in which a different member of the form
brings in some baking each week: “Thank you to the families involved in the night-before
preparations; our shared baking has brought us closer together as a form group and it
embodies the values of Chesterton; being generous, caring and kind.”
Have you registered for Easyfundraising?
It’s really easy and done in a few steps.
- Go to easyfundraising.org.uk to register. Scroll down to the box where you search for
your cause. Type in “Chesterton Community College” and pick your student’s house
from the drop-down list. Click the pink “Support this cause” button.
- Follow the instructions to create an account
- When asked, click the pink “Donation Reminder” box. This will add an extension to
your Chrome browser which lets you know whenever you’re on a site that will make
an Easyfundraising donation
- Don’t forget to get the mobile app for your phone too.
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Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott