Headteacher’s blog week ending 6th December 2019
Venues for Hire: Food Hall
The food hall is a large, bright, contemporary dining
space suitable for a range of events. It includes
seating for 350, two serving areas and acoustic
panelling. Our Catering Team is available for private
functions of all sizes. Do please share this link with
family, friends and colleagues who might be
interested in using our new facilities.
Students and staff are enjoying the Chesterton December Calendar. We open a door on the electronic calendar each day to reveal a treat, game or activity. This week there has been a hunt for a hidden elf; time to think about helping the homeless this December; a Chemis-tree competition; as well as a mystery voice competition and some chocolate treats. Who knows what next week’s doors will reveal?
Last chance to buy tickets for You Will Not Forget on 10th and 11th December in the Atrium Theatre at 7.30pm. Go to the website below to join the 130 people who have already booked their tickets (this number is growing every day). It promises to be a stunning production and a fascinating reimagining of An Inspector Calls – our Year 10 actors are working terrifically hard and with a level of skill that has to be seen to be believed.
Come to the Christmas Cabaret on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm: an hour of festive fun and powerful performance material that the Drama Department is very proud to share from classes, clubs and the community, in aid of Centrepoint. In exchange for a donation to this charity for young homeless people, entry is free – just turn up from 6.40pm on the night to join us for the action in the Atrium Theatre.
Musical Theatre Club are working towards their first mini-performance: a dance to ‘Off With Your Head’ from Glee. They started putting together this piece for Halloween and have developed it into a full-length number for the upcoming Cabaret. The students have been challenged with movement taken from professional dance and Musical Theatre performances, ranging from hip hop and jazz to lift-based and even floor work. Musical Theatre Club aims to establish a safe, nurturing environment that simultaneously challenges students to pick up professional choreography and caters for all year groups and abilities.
Drama Club students began the first term developing their improvisational skills in games and activities and are currently focusing on devising their own ‘mini-plays’, based on the upcoming General Election. This work complements the rehearsals currently underway for the Year 8 production of Class by Ben Bailey and Lajune Lincoln: a satire of our current political situation. The performance aims to make politics accessible for all, including younger audiences, and to emphasise that political power and influence are not just reserved for an elite group.
Many thanks to everyone who came to Wednesday’s PTA meeting. We were pleased to approve four
funding requests from the school: new football and netball kits, electronic whistles for students to use in PE lessons and a hands-on maths workshop for Year 8. It’s exciting to see the money that’s been raised being put to work for our children’s benefit.
Plans are being made for some fun events including a sing-along film night and a quiz (watch for more details in the new year). Save the date: Wednesday 22nd January is the next PTA meeting, 7:00pm in the school library.
Thank you for your generous donations to the Christmas Fair – the pile of goodies is growing, but we could still use quite a bit more chocolate and gifts. Donations can be left at Reception labelled for the PTA.
It was lovely to chat to so many Year 7 parents at Thursday’s Parents’ Evening. We appreciate all the ideas and feedback. We’re always happy to hear from parents/carers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jimmy’s Advent Appeal
Thank you to all the families and students who have donated to our Jimmy’s appeal this year. If you are keen to send a donation gift, please look out for the Jimmy’s wish list via parentmail.
Cavendish have had a great start to donating towards our Christmas Jimmy’s Appeal. Cavendish 9 have been super-generous so far and managed to bring in a gift each day.
It’s been lovely to see Year 11 students getting excited about their sixth form applications, which were submitted on Wednesday ready for the tutors to check and send off.
Mrs Butler is particularly proud of Cavendish 1 and 8 this week, who have topped the whole school leaderboard with the amount of ABP.
This week we hosted our second Let’s Go Girls ambassador session. The girls had a taster session of
boxercise to show them how physical exercise can boost confidence and wellbeing.
We have decided to open up our current Wednesday Yoga sessions to Years 8-11 too. Yoga is held every Wednesday in the Apex from 4-5pm. If your son/daughter is keen then please tell them to just turn up next Wednesday.
We are excited to make our crackers next week in form time. We are still in need of newspaper and rolls, so please drop them off to Isolation or Reception if you have any spare.
We welcome BBC Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb to Chesterton for the next lecture on Monday 9th
December. Ali will be talking about the issues with modern film journalism, life at BBC radio and how young people can build towards a career in the industry. The lecture will be immediately after school in one of the classrooms (which will be signposted). Students from all year groups are welcome.
The Varsity Match 2019 – Twickenham
More than 65 lucky students from Chesterton will be making the annual trip down to Twickenham for this year’s varsity rugby match on Thursday 12th December. Always a noisy affair, with great support from the local schools – hopefully a Cambridge win.
The basketball season continues, with all of our teams doing very well. A combined win percentage of 80%, with lots of students involved in the games.
District Schools Cross Country Competition
The weather was perfect for the District School Cross Country competition this week, as more than 800 runners took part in the annual event. Congratulations to all our runners who performed well, with plenty of personal bests and smiling faces.
Remember that you can keep up to date with all the PE events, news from lessons, extra-curricular clubs and leadership academy via our Twitter page.
We are holding a festive fair on Thursday 19th December, which students will have the opportunity to visit during the morning at school. The money raised will go to the PTA, supporting projects, facilities and resources for all students, and we will also make a donation to Age Concern, supporting lonely older people this Christmas. We are encouraging students to run a stall or game. Stalls that have been popular in previous years include: guess the name of the teddy, guess how many sweets in the jar, face painting, cake stalls and bric a brac. We are grateful to everyone running a stall, and to the parents and carers helping them prepare.
Students in Fawcett House have really enjoyed the start of the advent activity where a surprise has been waiting behind each door on an electronic calendar for each form to view. Tasks so far have included: guess the teacher as they say Merry Christmas, finding a mystery elf, donations to Jimmy’s homeless shelter and lots of chocolate gifts. With less than two weeks until the end of term, students are full of excitement for the festive period with fun activities in lessons to look forward to. Jason (48) and Avallon (46) continue to lead the way on Above and Beyond Points with Lorenzo (41), Mia (37) and Alicia (37) following closely behind. Attendance has taken a dip; however, Faw9 average score still remains above 98% which is a credit to the students. We continue to win at the house competitions on Thursdays but have some work to do when it comes to the quiz and inter-house competitions.
Chesterton Experience University Women’s Basketball
More than 35 students from Chesterton took up the opportunity to watch a university women’s basketball match this week. The students attended the match between Loughborough University
and Anglia Ruskin University, at the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre. There were some excellent individual performances for both teams, but thanks to the tactics of the ARU team and the amazing support from our students, ARU were ultimately victorious. Let’s hope that the game was an inspiration for our students to achieve great things for our own college team.
Next week sees the start of our annual level 3 Bikeability courses. These courses are nationally recognised and offer the opportunity for students to learn how to cycle safely and competently on the various different road configurations in Cambridge.
Year 11 PSHE Day: Friday 13th December
In order to meet the new government legislation on Health Education, 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 about 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 (such as cancer). More information to follow via Parentmail.
There is lots to celebrate in Robinson this week. Last week we came second in the break-time competition, thanks to Isaac and Fabian in Robinson 1. Year 7 brought home a win for Robinson in the Inter-House Rugby Tournament last week. Congratulations also to Aimen (R5), Yunji (R6) and Ai Ling (R8) for reaching Level 2 of the Awards. They have all received a free breakfast. Alexander (R8) won the Best in House Certificate. Rory (R8) has earned a phenomenal 55 ABPs and has 100% attendance. This has contributed to Robinson 8 earning the most ABPs in the house and, not only that, they are the third highest scoring form in the school behind Cavendish 1 and 8. Miss Martinelli is beaming with pride and is looking forward to rounding off a brilliant 2019 by giving out some well-deserved prizes.
Thank you to the students who performed at St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton, last Saturday. They gave a great concert which was really well-received by the audience. Thank you also to the students who came to Langdon House Care Home on Thursday morning to entertain the residents with some festive music.
This weekend, Chesterton Singers will be performing at Histon Baptist Church. They are singing in a concert with Choir 2000 and Prime Brass on Saturday evening at 7.30pm; please do go and support them if you can.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for our school Carol Service on 12th December at 7pm at St John’s College, Cambridge. Tickets are selling very well on ParentMail and we are delighted that over 100 students are rehearsing for this festive highlight. If your child is participating, please ensure they know the arrangements for the day, including the afternoon rehearsals at St John’s: these are on Daily Notices and have been explained at rehearsals.
Do you have any guitars or ukuleles at home that you would be happy to pass on to school? In the Music Department we are always keen to receive donations of ‘pre-loved’ instruments and are particularly looking for acoustic and electric guitars, guitar amps and ukuleles. If you would be able to donate any of these items then please do contact Miss Wilson or leave any donations at main Reception.
The Christmas spirit has taken hold over Hill House this week, with each tutor group beginning to open an electronic advent calendar each day. Hiding behind each door is a joke, competition or challenge. This has included guessing the teacher’s voice from a (somewhat monotone) selection of festive voice clips and searching high and low for a hidden elf who has taken refuge in a secret location around the school. The prize for discovering the elf is still to be won as the elf remains at large, so do keep your eyes peeled around the school. Meanwhile, the school’s mock election looms closer and is due to take place next Thursday. We encourage all students to register to vote through the link which can be found on Edmodo.
Donate by Using Easyfundraising
As you do your Christmas shopping, please take a minute to register on www.easyfundraising.org.uk to raise free donations to the school. Choose “Chesterton PTA – Cambridge” as your charity, and popular retailers such as John Lewis, Amazon, M&S, Ebay, Argos, Expedia and 4,000 more will make a donation to the school every time you shop.
Registering is 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. Easyfundraising is a trusted platform where over 3,000 registered retailers donate a portion of their earnings back to charities when you make online purchases at no cost to yourself.
Students in Equiano have so far brought in a number of items to be donated to Jimmy’s Night Shelter, ranging from book and jigsaws to food and toiletries. We are very grateful for your charity, and are sure they will be much appreciated by those in dire need. There is still time to donate and support this worthwhile cause. Tutor time this week has been dominated by the forthcoming general election, and students have been learning about elections in the UK, manifestos as well as watching some party political broadcasts. On Thursday 12th December students will have the opportunity to participate in the Chesterton Election Day. Please help support one of the five British values by encouraging your child to register and participate in this exciting event.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott