Week Ending 12th January

  • Book your tickets now for the Chesterton PTA Ceilidh dance evening Friday, Feb. 2! It’s always a lively evening with jigs and reels performed by the ever-popular St Ivel Valley Band. Dancers will be treated to a special buffet menu during the interval. The unique menu is designed by Chesterton’s own Head Chef, Spencer Norman; the ticket price includes the buffet. You can buy refreshing drinks and other snacks throughout the evening. Tickets are £14 for adults and £8 for students. You can pay in cash at the door as you arrive for the evening. Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing starts at 7pm. You can book either an individual ticket or a table. Tables can accommodate eight dancers. We have a limited number of spaces; make sure you reserve now. Please email evetoomey@hotmail.com to reserve. If you are booking for more than just yourself, please let us know how many. In addition, let us know how many vegetarians. All proceeds will go to the Chesterton PTA which funds enrichment activities for the school.


  • On Monday, twenty two Year 10 students, with Mrs Kennedy and Mrs Bell, took part in a day of Maths Enrichment at The Centre for Mathematical Sciences. The event was aimed at high-achieving Year 10 mathematicians who may go on to study Maths and Further Maths at A Level. The event was organised by the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP). There was a varied program of talks and workshops; students learnt about: maths in the media and how statistics can be distorted; about careers using maths and the usefulness of a Maths A level. The students also learnt some cool new maths, including the Mandelbrot set only studied at Further Maths and beyond, which will hopefully whet their appetites!


  • Registration opened last week for the new intake of Bronze award participants. Students have been excitedly speaking with Mrs Askham and are already thinking about what they can do for the skill, physical and volunteering Bronze sections. Once registration closes a meeting will be held with Mrs Askham to explain next steps and get underway with eDofE (online DofE account).


  • Practical lessons resume again this week for Key Stage Three food lessons. Please ensure you support your child by ensuring they have their ingredients, and a container to take their products home in, for each lesson. Ingredients sheets are posted via Edmodo and have already been circulated via parentmail. Students have also been given hard copies.


  • As the Pantomime season closes we are very proud of the contribution Year 8 students Bill Stanley, Amy Kimberley and Ciara Ahern made to Cambridge Arts Theatre’s production of “Jack and the Beanstork”. The 190 Year 7 students who attended thoroughly enjoyed their visit last Friday and it was wonderful to see Chesterton students performing alongside the stars! Congratulations to Bill, Amy and Ciara.


  • Music extra-curricular activities are back in full swing as we look towards our Music Showcase at West Road on March 22nd. We always welcome new members so please do encourage your child to attend. Full details of the clubs can be found on the school website or in the music department. Please put the date in your diary.


  • Last week our pupils had the opportunity to enjoy the first ever Extracurricular Fresher’s Fair, where pupils had the opportunity to discover more about the huge variety of clubs we have on offer. A kendo demonstration was the star turn at the lively Fresher’s Fair during two break times.  All pupils were encouraged to try out a new club (and even earn a cookie voucher when they do). All clubs are also shown on the school web site: https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/life-at-chesterton/extra-curricular/


  • There will be a number of Year 11 students braving the cold this week, as they start their rowing sessions with Cantabs Rowing Club.  We have a longstanding link with our local rowing club, which enables students to experience rowing on the Cam, with some excellent coaching. The sessions take place during our regular PE lessons and many students go on to join the club as a direct result of the link.



  • On Tuesday January 9th the U13 girls played football against Linton. The girls were superb in their approach to the game with strong performances. Kitty in goal made some excellent saves and the girls worked hard in bringing back an early goal from Linton; within five minutes the girls had equalised. Just before half time Linton gained the lead. In the second half we had four extremely close shots/chances on goal but unfortunately Linton scored another, leaving the score 3-1. The team are looking forward to their next match against Impington. Well done to all who played and Charley who was named player of the match.



  • Next week sees the start of our annual level 2 and 3 Bikeability courses.  These courses are nationally recognised and offer the opportunity for the students to learn how to cycle safely and competently on the various different road configurations in Cambridge.


  • This week’s staff wellbeing session focused on making a difference to others outside our community. Teachers worked together to support the ‘Missing Maps’ project. Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally ‘missing’ from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. We focused on mapping Angola and a project designed to address the spread of malaria. Mapping the distribution of houses in rural areas will allow officials to plan ‘Indoor Residual Spray’ campaigns that could eventually eradicate malaria.


  • We are looking forward to meeting Year 9 and their parents next week at the Pathway Appointments to discuss the courses on offer at Key Stage Four (Year 10 and Year 11).



Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road

01223 712150

Mrs Lucy Scott