Headteacher blog week ending 10 January 2020
Welcome back for the new year 2020.
Want to Help?
Many parents ask how they can support the school, especially given the current funding crisis in schools. It would be a great help to us if you could advertise to friends, colleagues and local organisations our new facilities which we do let commercially. All of this income comes back into school and supports children’s education. We have amazing new state-of-the-art facilities: the auditorium; training rooms; new classrooms and canteen. All ideal for a range of groups and we also offer professional catering. Don’t hesitate to recommend us; by doing so you are supporting your child’s education at Chesterton.
Venues for Hire: Classrooms
Versatile and inexpensive spaces suited to lessons, seminars or workshops. Classrooms seat up to 34 and are equipped with interactive screens. Available room sizes range from 40m² to 64m².
We would be grateful if you could share this link with family, friends and colleagues who might be interested in using our facilities: https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/venue-hire/venues/
PSHE in Tutor Time
For the next two weeks, students will spend their PSHE sessions looking at personal finance. Students will look into the ethics of money, as well as how to make informed choices about spending and saving.
We extend a warm welcome back to all of our students this week. Tutor time has kicked off with the PSHE topic of personal finance to educate students on salaries, taxes and savings; no doubt a timely topic following on from the Christmas break. Elsewhere, our Year 7 students are attending a pantomime performance of Cinderella where we’re all looking forward to some energetic audience participation and, if we’re lucky, a cameo appearance from a member of staff. Year 11 students have received their exam timetables for the upcoming GCSEs and we encourage all students to ensure that they have received these from their tutor.
Year 11 Maths Inspiration Trip 2019
At the end of last term, 40 of our Year 11 students participated in an interactive maths show for teenagers. Students Hilary and Maddie wrote:
‘The Maths Inspiration Trip was a wonderful experience. We listened to three talks with each talk being very different to the other, but just as entertaining and informative. This trip introduced us to new ideas and areas within Maths that many of us had never even heard of in an interesting and clear way. There was also audience participation, which helped to further engage the audience with the speaker, making the experience highly enjoyable. Furthermore, we found the Maths Inspiration Trip incredibly immersive. From estimating the number of sausages eaten in a year to watching a man juggle five balls at once, this trip was full of exciting events which really showed how fun Maths can be. It changed our view on learning and we are extremely grateful to have been a part of it.’
The Music Department is once again recruiting musicians from all year groups for an upcoming Teatime Concert. This takes place on Tuesday 4th February 2020, beginning at 3:45pm in M1 (performers to arrive by 3:15 to warm up). It is an excellent opportunity for students to perform the music they have learned over the Christmas holiday. The sign-up sheet is on the M1 door in the Music Department.
Cabaret for Charity
The Drama Department were delighted by the Chesterton community’s response to the Christmas Cabaret, a performance showcasing work from around 75 current students plus a handful of former students/guests, which was set up to raise money for the homeless charity Centrepoint. The audience donated £600 as they came in through the doors of the Atrium Theatre and it was wonderful to see this exciting new space full and buzzing with students, parents, teachers and theatre enthusiasts. A parent of a Year 7 student wrote to the department to express his thanks for the event, describing it as ‘amazing’ and saying that he was ‘blown away’ particularly by the Year 9 students’ piece devised on the theme of homelessness. Well done to everyone involved and thank you for supporting such a meaningful and warm-hearted occasion.
On Wednesday 15th January our local School Nursing Assistant Practitioner will be on site during both lunch times to share information about the ChatHealth programme. ChatHealth is a secure NHS-approved text messaging service available to young people in Cambridgeshire who are struggling with issues such as bullying; emotional health; relationship problems; drugs and alcohol problems. The confidential text messaging service has a team of experienced clinicians waiting to answer and deal with messages from young people on an anonymous basis. It operates from 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Please see the following link to a video to find out more: https://vimeo.com/354621452
The History Department’s annual Year 9 residential trip to the WWI battlefields will take place in June 2020. This year we will be exploring the battlefields of the Somme in northern France. The battlefields trip is a fantastic opportunity for students to visit key sites linked to their studies in Year 9, as well as enjoying time away with peers exploring local towns and practising their French. More detailed information will be sent via ParentMail very soon so please do keep an eye out for the letter if your child might be interested.
Cambridge District Schools – Year 11 Sports Award
The annual Roy Burrell Awards ceremony for Year 11 students recognises: outstanding commitment; attitude and excellence in sport; sports leadership; and volunteering. This prestigious event takes place in March with awards presented by a sportsperson who has achieved success on the national stage. A number of our current Year 11’s will be nominated by PE staff over the coming week and announced in a forthcoming blog – watch this space.
The college basketball season draws to an end over the next month. It’s been fantastic to see so many training every week and representing one of the college teams. Results have again been very positive this year, with all teams winning the majority of their games and looking forward to qualifying for the district schools tournament finals over the next fortnight. We’ll report back on qualification very soon.
Miss Martinelli hopes that Robinson students had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break and would like to welcome everyone back to school. As the days get longer and lighter, and spring is around the corner, I hope this will be the start of another fantastic term for our House. I am looking forward to seeing even more theatrical, musical, sporting talent and everything in between, as students benefit from the brighter days. This week, Year 7 students had a fantastic trip to the Panto (oh yes they did) at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. In form time, students have been focusing on personal finances in PSHE. This half term, we look forward to celebrating LGBT History Month in February. Congratulations to Mia (R5), Jimmy (R1), Charlie (R5), Devadath (R8), Henry (R9) and Martha (R9) for receiving the first Level 2 Rewards certificates of the year. They have all earned a free breakfast for themselves and a friend.
This group hosts English classes for parents who speak English as another language. Classes start next week: Tuesday January 14th in Chesterton Sports Centre Cafe. These are daytime and evening; beginners to advanced level; exam classes; and English for women.
A warm welcome back to Fawcett House and a Happy New Year! It’s been fantastic to see so many happy refreshed faces around school ready for an exciting year ahead. Year 7 enjoyed a wonderful Celebration Service at Great St Mary’s before we broke up for the holidays and this Friday they are heading to the annual Pantomime to watch Cinderella; Year 8 students continue to attend plenty of extra-curricular clubs; some Year 9s are about to start their Duke of Edinburgh programme; Year 10 will soon be thinking about their mock exams while Year 11 will be sitting their first exam in just over 4 months’ time. Congratulations to the following students on receiving their level 3 reward after earning 30 ABPs for Fawcett, a free breakfast with a friend: Mila, Ciara, Libby, Rowan, Lewis, Priya, Shafin, Portia and Leonie. Keep up the top work!
More Basketball News
The U/14 boys’ basketball team was back in action this week after an extended break. They travelled to Melbourn Village College where they came up against a physical U/14 side. The game started slowly and Chesterton was down by eight points at half time. After a resurgent second half they got back into the game with some outstanding play; however they lost the game 31-22 in the end. A massive well done to all players involved who continue to play with great enjoyment and pride (Nicholas, Jozsef, Lewis, Cameron, Louis, Dejun, Victor and Joe).
Welcome back to Cavendish students. We hope you had a fantastic break and that you feel well rested. So many students have started on a high and received a free cookie or breakfast voucher for the amount of above and beyond points they received last term. Congratulations all. This term may
be short, but we have plenty of time to gain even more above and beyond points as well as attend the break-time competitions to win us some House Points.
Our last week of term was full of Christmassy fun. We were proud to see so many Cavendish Year 7 students participating in the Great St Mary’s celebration – it really was full of happiness and their Head of House was beaming with joy.
Yoga and Wellbeing
Our Wednesday yoga sessions will not start up until February as Jenny, our instructor, is travelling around Japan. The yoga sessions have been really successful and have started to help many of our Year 10 and 11 students relax and realise the importance of self-care. With their feedback, we have now opened the yoga sessions up to Years 8-11, so if your son or daughter is keen to join then keep an eye out for the new starting date.
We are still in need of journalists to help write the half-termly wellbeing newsletter. If your son or daughter is keen to write an article or two, then please contact Mrs Butler.
Welcome back to Equiano and all other students! We hope you had a restful break. It is important that students are in school as much as possible, despite the dark mornings and any seasonal illness. Remember, every lesson is an investment in themselves and their future. This includes AM tutoring and period 7. Please remember that Mr Parkinson, Mr Gilliver, Miss Malik and Equiano tutors provide a network of support to ensure that all are in lessons, engaged and learning. If students feel they need extra support, or if there is an issue they can’t resolve on their own, please come and speak to one of us, send a message on Edmodo or write an email. We will never turn a student away. Finally, remember that their time at Chesterton is limited and goes very quickly. Make the most of the opportunities that the school provides, from outstanding lessons to extra-curricular clubs and sports.
Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott