Week Ending 11th January 2019

The Chartered College of Teaching visited Chesterton on Tuesday to interview staff and film some  lessons to include in their upcoming online CPD course about the use of technology to support teaching and learning. When tweeting about their visit, they commented on Chesterton’s ‘really thoughtful, strategic and evidence-informed uses of technology to support pupils’ learning’.

The day included filming Ms Blanchard’s Year 10 trampolining class. The camera crew were astounded by the students’ levels of technical skill and their ability to analyse their own performance using an app on their iPads.

The Chartered College are expecting 10,000 teachers across the world to take part in the training course. We are proud to have been able to support them with this venture and very much looking forward to working together on collaborative projects in the future.

The GCSE Latin Classes had a visit from Ingo Gildenhard, fellow of King’s College, to talk about one of Ovid’s poems. The text forms part of a GCSE component all about Roman chariot racing. Unlike many racing fanatics, Ovid himself used the races primarily as a way to flirt with Roman women! It was fascinating to hear a world expert talk about the intricacies of the poem and has provided lots of imaginative ideas which the Year 10s and 11s can incorporate into their writing.

We are pleased to announce that Amnesty International Youth Group will begin again this term.  Mrs Welch and Miss Powell will be supporting students to make a stand for human rights issues around the world.  As part of an Amnesty Youth Group, students will develop great skills and experience for future careers and post-16 applications.  It is an exciting opportunity for students and we hope to see lots of new faces.  Amnesty Youth Group will be held in A4 on Tuesdays (starting 15th January) after school for approximately one hour.  For more information please either look out for student notices, come along on Tuesday 15th for our launch or find Mrs Welch or Miss Powell.

The first ever Chesterton Advent Collection Appeal in the final weeks of term was an enormous success. Two minibus trips were required to ferry 24 storage boxes of donations down to Jimmy’s Night Shelter, who were extremely grateful to receive so many of the items they desperately need. Huge thanks to all students, parents and staff for their participation, and special thanks to Mr Goodlett and Ms Wilson for driving the minibus!


On Tuesday 15th January, students in Year 11 will be taking part in a PSHE day entitled “Becoming a responsible adult”.  The day will include a wide range of topics designed to prepare them for the next few years ahead as they move into adulthood.  The focus is on personal safety and legalities.  A parent mail will be coming out shortly with more information.


A number of our students have been fortunate to be part of the Aldeburgh Young Musician Programme. AYM is based at beautiful Snape Maltings in Suffolk and is a centre for advanced training (CAT) for young musicians. It considers applications from all over the UK, and runs a series of residential weekends and five day residential courses throughout the academic year. They are beginning to recruit for September 2019 and are running a series of workshops for young musicians, to give a taster of the AYM experience. There is one in Cambridge, in Storeys Field Centre this Sunday. Please do look on their website for more details.

Music extra-curricular clubs are now in full swing in preparation for our annual Spring Concert, to be held this year at West Road Concert Hall on Thursday 21st March at 7pm. If any students wish to attend a new group, this is an excellent time to start coming along. The club timetable can be found on the school website, posted up in the music department, and on the extra-curricular music Edmodo group.

The next Teatime Concert will be on Tuesday 12th February at 3.45pm in M1. These concerts are a friendly and relaxed opportunity for students to share a piece they have been working on as a soloist or in a small group. Students who would like to perform should sign up on the sign-up sheet on the door to M1 as soon as possible.

We are now collecting used stamps to raise funds for the RNIB. There is a collection box in the Library so please cut any stamps you receive from your mail carefully (try to leave 1cm all around the stamp) and send them into school. Many thanks.

“Glowfit” arrives at Chesterton. A new fitness trend has arrived at Chesterton!   This week saw the first Glowfit class taking place, for students in Years 7, 8 and 9; made possible through City Council funding.  All who attended had a great time and are looking forward to the next sessions throughout the term.  What is Glowfit?  It’s an exercise class which starts with the group applying fluorescent face paints, before completing an exercise class with glow sticks in the dark.  The students then make up their own exercise routines to music.

Cross Country: good luck to the following students as they take part in the County schools cross country competition this weekend.

Lara, Isaac, Sam and Immy


Maths problem of the week!

Happy New Year! What will these dates be:
– 2019 days after 1st January 2019?
– 2019 hours after 1st January 2019?
– 2019 minutes after 1st January 2019?
– 2019 seconds after 1st January 2019?

Last blog’s answer was the 24th house


Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road

01223 712150

Mrs Lucy Scott