Week Ending 3rd November

  • The history department were delighted to take 47 Year 11 students on a tour of Berlin over the half term holiday. Participants enjoyed a jam-packed few days of sightseeing and museum visits. Highlights included a tour of the Bundestag Dome, a walking tour of the city centre and the interactive ‘Story of Berlin’ experience. A visit to an American Diner and an evening of ‘disco bowling’ rounded days off in style! All the staff would like to thank students for their impeccable conduct throughout; several people commented on the respectful, intelligent way in which they conducted themselves, especially when visiting some of the more challenging memorials and museums.


  • We are delighted to be supporting the charity “Help Refugees”, where a previous Chesterton student is working to support those desperately in need in Calais.  For the month of November we are collecting clothing and bedding to send over to Calais.  If you are able to donate any of the items below please bring them to the school reception by Monday 27th November:
    • Emergency blankets and ponchos
    • Blankets/sleeping bags
    • Men’s small/medium boxers
    • Men’s small/medium waterproof jackets
    • Men’s small/medium waterproof trousers
    • Men’s small/medium jeans/joggers
    • UK 6;7;8;9/ EU 40;41;42;43 winter boots
    • Tents
    • Tarpaulin (at least 2m by 2.5m)
    • Gloves/Hats/Scarves


  • This week saw the annual arrival of our Stimulus volunteers from Cambridge University.  This year we have nine volunteers working with the Maths and Computing Departments to help small groups or individual students with lunchtime and after-school tuition for Years 9, 10 and 11.  So far over fifty-five Chesterton students are taking advantage of this FREE tuition programme and there are some places still available for students of all abilities.  If interested, their parents should email Mr Kelly (nkelly@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk) stating their child’s name, Maths class and preferred tuition times, P5a, P5b or P7.


  • This half term we will be holding our first ‘Ladies Who Lunch’: students will have an opportunity to lunch with a positive female role model and ask questions about their role; with a different guest every half term from a range of professions.  The guest will share a synopsis of their career and the path they followed.


  • Our music department is holding a recital on the 8th of November, we would love to see you there. See the poster here: https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/chesterton-recitals/


  • Extra-curricular music activities have resumed and we are now working towards our annual Carol Service at St John’s College Cambridge on Thursday 7th December at 7pm. Please do put the date in your diary and letters will be distributed to students involved next week.
  • In tutor time we are starting to review study skills. Students are setting themselves a target to help improve how they study: where, when or how they complete their studies, homework or revision.


  • The Student Investor competition has begun.  Students are required to organise themselves into teams of four, think of a team name and e-mail Mr Kelly who will share a password. They can then log on to www.studentinvestor.org and invest £100,000 of virtual money in at least ten companies.  Their portfolio is linked directly to the Stock Exchange and can then be managed for the next three months.  The team with the largest value portfolio wins.  Nationally, there is a week-long trip to New York available.  Within Chesterton CC, there are cash prizes to be won for the student teams who come 1st, 2nd and 3rd of £60, £40 and £20.  Parents and teachers can also be involved as individuals or teams, but are excluded from the prizes.


  • Future diary dates to be aware of:
    • Parent forum next Tuesday in the library: 5pm – 6pm.
    • PTA Meeting next Tuesday in the library: 7.30pm – 9pm.
    • Y11 Certificate Evening: November 16th.


  • Shortly Y11 mock exams will be starting. We have been very impressed with the focus and attitude of Y11 students as they move into this challenging time of year. We wish them well. If you are supporting your child during this time please do be aware of the revision materials on the school website which provide useful resources such as revision checklists; past papers and subject specific guidance. If you have any queries about the exams please don’t hesitate to contact teaching staff directly.


  • Ben Dobson, Science and Computing Teacher by day and photographer with a microscope by night, has a solo exhibition of his microscope art at the Chill Café#2 (next to the railway station, CB1 2GA) throughout November. If you are passing near the station why not pop in and take a look? Mr Dobson has a website: www.themicroscopeman.com.


  • As a school we received a few complaints from our neighbours following Halloween about “extreme” costumes which were disturbing for some of our community. Obviously we have no wish to regulate decisions which are made by parents outside of school, but are passing on these observations for your consideration.


  • We are delighted to welcome Kate Kelly to Chesterton as Artist in Residence 2017. She has set up a studio space within the art and design department and will be working with Year 10 and 11 art students to support their class work. This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for students to collaborate with a working artist.

Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road

01223 712150

Mrs Lucy Scott