Weekly Blog – Friday 23rd October

Half-Term Break

The school is closed between Monday 26th October and Friday 30th October for the half term break. School will reopen on Monday 2nd November when it will be week 2 on the school timetable.



We have seen some excellent performances this week in Music. To mention just a few: Year 7 put on a brilliant Teatime Concert on Tuesday after school to their bubble and staff members; Year 10 shone in their Class Concert on Wednesday; the school orchestra had some productive sectional rehearsals on their Christmas repertoire; the brass group recorded some carol backing tracks; Year 9 made a great start to their steel pan topic; and the Year 7 Choir is going from strength to strength. Well done to everyone who has been involved in music-making this half term. We look forward to continuing this great work after the break!

A reminder that parents and students over 13 are welcome to follow the Music Department  @ccc_musicdept on Twitter/Instagram for updates on activities. Students who are taking part in groups should also join the
Music Extra-Curricular Clubs Edmodo group (code on Daily Notices).


School Foodbank

The school foodbank will be open on Monday 26th October from
9.30am – 10.30am in the dining hall. Please do drop in and collect food for your family for the half-term week. Some parents have offered to make a monetary donation to the foodbank so we have set this up on Parentmail with huge thanks.


How to Help Your Child Events

This half term we have run How to Help Your Child parent events for all year groups. Presentations from the events have been sent to the relevant year groups via Parentmail.


Key Stage 3 Cross Country

All Year 7 students took part in our annual Cross Country Interhouse event on Monday – it was great to see so many students take part and enjoy running
3 km around the perimeter of our school field, in some lovely weather. Students paced themselves really well and surprised themselves with some fantastic times:

Year 7 boys’ results:

1st – Oakes (Faw) – 12:18

2nd – Valo (Equ) – 12:48

3rd – William (Rob) – 12:55

4th – Henry (Rob) – 13:17

5th – Okko (Equ) – 13:18

Boys’ winning house: Fawcett (10 Top 20 finishes)

Boys’ runner up: Robinson (9 Top 20 finishes)

Top 5 girls’ results:

1st – Lily (Equ) – 13:47

2nd – Teagan (Rob) – 13:48

3rd – Genevieve (Rob) – 14:04

4th – Charis (Cav) – 14:08

5th – Ellie (Cav) – 14:09

Girls’ winning house: Cavendish (10 Top 20 finishes)

Girls’ runner up: Equiano/Robinson (9 Top 10 finishes)

Overall winning house for Year 7: Robinson

Our Year 8 students take part in their Cross Country Interhouse on Friday this week – as there were some excellent times last year and there has been a great turnout at our running club, we are expecting some outstanding performances. We also had the Year 9 Cross Country Invitations which saw over 20 runners take part in the same event over the same distance – the Year 9 students who attended applied themselves very well and came away with some very good times. The results were:

Year 9 boys:

1st – Isaac (Rob) – 10:44

2nd – Rhys (Cav) – 12:46

3rd – Joe (Hill) – 12:50


Year 9 girls:

1st – Immy (Faw) – 12:17

2nd – Zsofia (Hill) – 12:57

3rd – Ines (Faw) – 13:13

Overall winning house for Year 9: Cavendish


Year 11 Introduction to Revision

This week Year 11 took part in an Introduction to Revision session. During the session students and staff looked at how to revise effectively (including how to get the most out of your brain); how to look after yourself during revision and exam periods; and what half-term might look like in terms of getting plenty of time to relax and refresh combined with a small amount of revision for the mock exams.


Year 11 Post-16 Process

This term Year 11 have begun the Post-16 process. They have had a morning exploring the application site https://mychoice16.co.uk, introduction into writing personal statements, apprenticeships and personal finance. Post-16 providers have begun to hold virtual open events and these will continue throughout the Autumn term so please keep an eye out for when these occur and updates. All Year 11 have access to the Post-16 Edmodo page which has continuous updates and information regarding Post 16. If you have any enquiries about Careers or Post 16 please do get in touch with
Mrs Carter ccarter@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk and
Mr Desbois adesbois@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk.


Year 9 Teen Choices – PSHE Day

On the Tuesday after half-term the Year 9 cohort will be taking part in their first PSHE dropdown day of the year named ‘My body, my rules’. The day will be considering important topics such as consent, abusive relationships, FGM, coping strategies and bullying. The day will hopefully aid students to think sensitively and carefully about their bodies and how it is important for them to feel empowered to make informed choices about how their body should be treated.

This day will include five different sessions that have been designed by the
in-house PSHE team and they will be delivered by staff members from across the school. The PSHE team is aware of the sensitive topics that are being covered throughout the day and there will be drop-in sessions available for the students to access, hosted by the PSHE team. These will be during the day at both break and lunch times and a further opportunity after school; these are available for any students who wish to discuss and process the content that they will be engaging with during the course of the day.

If you wish to discuss the content of the day further then please get in touch with our PSHE team via nharrison@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk or sbarrett@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk


Date for Your Diary: PTA AGM

The PTA AGM will take place on 10th November at 8pm via Zoom. More details to follow but if you can reserve a spot in your diary we would be delighted to see you at the meeting. The PTA does amazing work to provide students with enriching resources and activities to help them get the most out of school life.


ESOL at Chesterton

Welcome to ESOL Autumn 2020. We are delighted to be able to offer you the following classes:

Monday 11.30am-12.30 (FCE/IELTS skills)

Zoom with Sarah

Tuesday 10am-11am Advanced level

Zoom with Jane

Tuesday 1-2pm Intermediate level

Zoom with Nicole

Wednesday 10am-11am Beginners

Zoom with Michael

Friday 10am-11am Beginners

Chesterton Sports Centre upstairs with Siew Yee

The courses are all 6 weeks long and start in the week beginning
Monday 2nd November.

You can book in person at Chesterton Sports Centre Reception, Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY or phone 01223 576110 to book.

We will need a minimum of 7 learners in each class in order to run them.

Course programmes and more details are on www.esolcafe.co.uk.

All courses are £48 for 6 lessons of 1 hour.

The Sports Centre is following government guidelines relating to Covid-19 carefully.

We hope you enjoy our classes!


Equiano House

As the end of the first half term approaches, we couldn’t be more proud of our Equiano students. This start to the school year has been like no other but nevertheless all of the students have adapted well and made the most of their time so far. This half term has been a busy one with students taking part in PSHE days; career events; and receiving a number of assemblies on topics such as diversity and the importance of mindfulness. We will continue to see more of this when we come back after half-term. Congratulations to our students across all year groups who have gained a total of 2549 Above and Beyond Points (ABPs). Well done to E9.2 as they achieved the highest amount of ABPs with a total of 663 and to E7.2 for achieving the highest attendance in Equiano for this half term. We hope you have a lovely break and we are very much looking forward to seeing everyone when they come back and seeing the hard work continue.


Cavendish House

The countdown begins with the final week coming to an end. It’s been a very adventurous start back and we’re happy to say, we’ve made it! Cavendish on the whole have done so well not only with Above and Beyond Points but with attendance too. Every week there seems to be an increase in the figures which is amazing. Currently we are sitting at 97%. Cavendish 1 are leading with the third week running with the highest percentage. Well done to Sama Y7, Maja Y8, Khloe Y9 and Libby Y10 for receiving the most ABP points within their house. Lastly, if you are worried about anything please come and speak to the Heads of House who will be more than happy to help.
Hope everyone has a great break!


Hill House

Another great week for our students in Hill. This week all of our Years 7 and 8 and selected Year 9 students have been taking part in the cross country competition run by the PE Department. Some fantastic individual performances, with a special mention to Zsofi in Year 9 who got the second fastest girls’ time across all three year groups. This week sees the continuation of Hill’s attendance score of 94.61% with the top tutor groups being H7.2 and H9.2 both with over 96% attendance, a fantastic effort. Our students have also been busy collecting lots of Above and Beyond Points with the leader being Eisha on 34 points followed closely by Prithvi working towards their Level 2 Awards. Keep up the good work!

Just a reminder to all Hill students that PE kit should only be worn on timetabled PE days and must include navy bottoms. No other colours permitted.


Fawcett House

Congratulations to Fawcett 7.2 for achieving the coveted ABP trophy by securing over 287 points as a form already this year. Also, congratulations to Fawcett 7.1 for achieving the highest overall average attendance across all forms with 97.9%. Mr Firth and Mrs Parkinson hope that both Fawcett form tutors and students have a lovely restful half-term holiday – it is very well deserved!


Robinson House

This week Robinson students celebrated Black History Month, raising awareness of role models throughout history. It was also fantastic to see so many of you showing off your musical talents at the teatime concert. Miss Walton highly enjoyed listening to you all and was very proud of the members in her form group. Year 11 have made a good start with their mock exams. Remember, if you need any additional help or support, your form tutors are always available to offer advice.

Have a wonderful half-term. Make sure you relax, de-stress, put your feet up, and come back raring to go for next half term!



Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road

01223 712150

Mrs Lucy Scott