Week Ending 14th December

The college climbing wall has been built and will be open for use in 2019! We are very pleased to announce that £20,000 was raised via the much appreciated hard work of the PTA, some fundraising by the Chesterton students and a donation to the college. We now have a fully functioning wall, which has seven climbing lines but may also be used for traversing/bouldering. It is designed to be used in PE lessons and to be hired by individuals/ groups and for parties (via Chesterton Sports Centre). Now that the P. E. and sports’ centre staff are qualified instructors we are good to go!

House competitions for this term concluded this week with the houses competing against each other in the big Christmas quiz! After some close scores, Robinson came out on top again with full marks, followed by Equiano and Cavendish. Current standings after the first term are: 1st Robinson, 2nd Equiano, 3rd Fawcett, 4th Cavendish and 5th Hill.

Fawcett House has had a fantastic first full term as a new house! We have seen students make excellent progress across many subjects and take part in lots of extra-curricular clubs from choir and rugby club, to cross country and French club! We currently have the highest attendance and the fewest BNS across the five houses. Congratulations to Fawcett 1 who won the trophy for the most ABPs as a form group and well done to Fawcett 3 for the highest average attendance (99%). Finally, well done to Damilola for the most ABPs in the whole of Fawcett! Mr Firth hopes you all have a restful Christmas period!

Hill house have had an excellent first term and Mr Gordon has been very impressed with the new Year 7. Well done to Hill 9 who have achieved 190 above and beyond points. They also received the fewest bad news points – a fantastic achievement. Congratulations also for Hill 1 who have the highest attendance this term. We would like to thank Hayley McCulloch for all of her work with Hill House. As she is leaving the college she will no longer be Head of House.

Equiano students have been rewarded for their hard work and great attendance this term, which has improved from 12 months ago. Winners were Equiano 9 for most above and beyond points (ABPs), Equiano 4 for least bad news slips and best attendance, and Simona for receiving the most individual ABPs. Students in Equiano 1 are currently winning the Friday quiz competition but only just from Equiano 6 and Equiano 5. Congratulations to all and have a restful break.

Robinson’s awards assembly celebrated the fantastic hard work of the house this half term. Congratulations to Robinson 2, who won the attendance prize and the prize for fewest collective bad news slips. Well done to Robinson 7 who won the prize for the most collective above and beyond points. As we move into the spring term Robinson’s sights are firmly set on holding onto their crown as the reigning house champions!

Cavendish have had a fantastic start to this academic year. We have managed to earn a total of 1597 above and beyond points as a house – incredible! A huge congratulations to Cavendish 8 who achieved an amazing 278 above and beyond points this term. As well as our amazing achievements with above and beyond points, we had so many Cavendish students enter our whole school competition of ‘Great House Bake Off’, congratulations to our finalists and we wish you all the luck! As you may be aware, the houses have been donating items to Jimmy’s night shelter throughout December. Cavendish have brought in so many wonderful and useful items – their generosity is humungous! Well done and thank you to Cav 3 who have donated so many items.

Students in all years took part in the District Cross Country Championships last week. It was a chilly morning which saw six races take place with varying distances. The Chesterton students ran superbly well with three students qualifying for the County competition! Well done to Isaac, Immy, and Sam: good luck in the next round!’

73 students headed to Twickenham last Thursday to watch the annual Varsity Rugby match between Cambridge University and Oxford University. The students really enjoyed the game and being in such an iconic stadium watching some fantastic rugby! Despite the bus breaking down and Cambridge losing the match, the students enjoyed the Varsity Rugby experience.

We would like to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who supported our fundraising event for Children in Need. The final count is now in and we can confirm that we raised £1390.58. Thank you to students, parents and staff who baked all of the sweet treats that were enjoyed at break and lunch.

On Monday around 130 Year 9 students attended a talk in the Apex by Dr Hannah Mumby during their science lesson. Dr Mumby introduced the students to the methods and logistics involved in studying elephant behaviour out in the wild in Africa. The students also learned how to recognise a few phrases in elephant! Many thanks to Dr Mumby and ‘Speakers for Schools’ who helped to organise this event.

We would like to congratulate Julia on her recent performance at the World Cadet Chess Championships. Julia was a representative for England in the U12 Girls section. Over the course of two weeks Julia played the best chess players of her age from 11 different countries, including the World Girls U12 Number 1 with whom Julia drew. Such an amazing achievement. Well done Julia!

Over 40 Chesterton students went on a trip to London last Friday in order to see the premiere of Mark Ravenhill’s ‘The Cane’ at the Royal Court Theatre. They participated in a practical workshop in the afternoon, and then spent some time in Sloane Square before seeing the performance in the evening. The workshop leaders from the Court described the Year 10 and 11 students as “incredible”. Ms Marston would agree; they sophisticatedly evaluated the play together afterwards, and confidently approached Mark Ravenhill for his autograph, which he gave! They conducted themselves in an appreciative and committed fashion amidst an otherwise exclusively adult audience.

The year 10 performances of Shakespeare’s ‘What You Will’ were very well attended and proved a very meaningful, artistically rich and personally enjoyable experience for all involved. If you attended, thank you for your support. We are sad it’s over, but glad that to have experienced the magic and mayhem of this unforgettable play.

Maths problem of the week!

One group of Christmas carolers goes to every 6th house in a neighbourhood, another goes to every 8th house. At which house will they first meet?

Last week’s answer was 10,000 hours

The autumn term ends on Friday 14th December at 3.05pm and the Spring term begins on Thursday 3rd January at 8.50am when it will be week 1 on the school timetable. We would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a restful break.

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Mrs Lucy Scott