Headteacher’s blog week ending 4 October 2019
Youngminds non-uniform day
World Mental Health day is on the 10th October. This year, Chesterton will be hosting a non-uniform day in aid of Youngminds: a charity dedicated to the wellbeing of children and young adults. The theme of their day is ‘Hello Yellow’, therefore we are encouraging our students to wear an item of yellow clothing to show their support for the charity. As well as raising money for Youngminds, we will be having a range of activities throughout the week to help raise awareness of mental health and to signpost the support available at Chesterton.
County netball squad
Congratulations must be extended to one of our Year 11 students : Alice recently attended trials and was selected for the under-18 county netball squad.
You can keep up to date with everything going on in the PE department by following us on Twitter. The new account will share great photos, information and links to how your child can be involved in sport at Chesterton. All the PE staff are updating regularly, and it’s likely you’ll see your son/daughter in action soon! To sign up go to https://twitter.com/signup.
Sports facilities update
The fantastic sports facilities at Chesterton were upgraded over the summer. Your son/daughter will be able to make the most of a new AstroTurf, and a set of resurfaced tennis and netball courts. Both facilities are used constantly for PE lessons, extracurricular clubs and by the local community.
A fantastic start to house competitions last week with a very exciting music quiz. All houses were represented and after a very competitive quiz with some difficult bonus questions Fawcett came out on top to win the 100 house points. The scores currently stand as follows:
1st Fawcett with 100 points
2nd Hill with 75 points
3rd Equiano with 50 points
4th Cavendish with 25 points
5th Robinson with 0 points
Students come and represent their house on Thursday breaktimes in A1 where we have lots of exciting activities coming up including Chopstick Challenge and the Halloween quiz . The more people there for each house, the more chance it has of winning.
Year 11 Maths Inspiration trip 2019
The Maths Department is delighted to announce our exciting trip on 10th December 2019 to Maths Inspiration event in Cambridge. The trip is open to current Year 11 students from Extension, F1 and R1 groups. We have already booked places for them as the event is very popular and we are very pleased that we managed to do so. In order for your son/daughter to participate in this trip, please go to www.parentmail.com where you can confirm your consent to their participation and make payment no later than 11th October 2019. We would be very pleased if your child could join us on what will be a brilliant and enriching trip.
Year 9 German exchange
Last Thursday we said “Auf Wiedersehen” to our German exchange partners at the end of their week in Cambridge. Friday was spent in school where our German guests could experience English school life, including spending time in different lessons and a guided tour of the school followed by a welcome reception by Mrs Hubbard-Young. On Monday they spent an enjoyable day at Holkham Hall and walked along the beach to Wells Next the Sea in lovely sunshine where they tried the famous fish and chips. On Tuesday they had a guided tour of Cambridge and visited some museums followed by the opportunity to see some major sights in London on Wednesday. Our thanks go to our host families who made our guests so welcome. Students had a happy, successful and enriching experience. We hope that some of the friendships will continue and are already very much looking forward to our return visit in November.
Year 8’s This Is Me!
On Friday 27th September, Year 8 took part in a PSHE day (This is Me!). Over the course of the day, they participated in six workshops exploring a range of topics all designed to boost their self-confidence while also touching on topics such as bullying, mental health, and gender and sexual identity. Students expressed that they enjoyed the workshops and feedback was very positive. When surveyed about what they had learned, students responded: “I know someone who went through cyber bullying so it [the Jesy’s Story workshop] made me understand what they were going through”; “… It taught me to love myself and I don’t need to impress people to be successful”; “… It was interesting to learn about how much they changed pictures of people in adverts”; “I learned about the differences between gender and sexuality”; “That being different is okay.”
We are really pleased with the number of students participating in extracurricular music so far this term. There is always room for more students so please do encourage your child to attend a group. The timetable is on the door to the Music block as well as on student notices and the Extracurricular Music Edmodo group.
The Year 7 Choir are working exceptionally well in their before-school rehearsals on Tuesdays and exploring songs from a range of genres. Well done to the great number of students attending! New members are always welcome.
The college Carol Service will be held on Thursday 12th December at 7pm at St John’s College Chapel. This promises to be a lovely festive occasion in which many of our musical groups perform. Further information about this and other musical events will follow shortly – however, please do save the date!
Cambridge Greek Play
On Friday 18th October at 7.45pm students will have the chance to attend the Cambridge Greek Play – a production put on entirely in Ancient Greek (with subtitles). This happens only once every three years and so it is a truly unique opportunity for those interested in the ancient world. The play will beOedipus at Colonus which tells of Oedipus’s lonely wanderings after his self-imposed exile. Tickets cost £23. Please respond to the parentmail if your child is interested in attending, or email Katharine Russell at email@example.com.
A reminder that the website is currently available at https://ccc.cambridgeshireeducationaltrust.org/
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Chesterton Community College
Mrs Lucy Scott