Week Ending 9th February

  • In an experimental collaboration with Sheila Ceccarelli from AccessArt, Ms Bigglestone’s Year 9 and 10 English classes were independently treated with an opportunity to explore their current area of study through mono-printing.   Year 9s are currently working towards creating two pieces of creative nova fiction:  narratives told through just nine sentences.  Using an approach inspired by the work of William Blake, the students created printed images which encouraged them to look at the subject matter of their narratives with fresh eyes.  These will be printed alongside their written work in an anthology to be shared with the students next half term.


  • Year 10s examined how the hands-on creative activity could be useful in their investigation of conflict poetry and how the mono-printing and sketchbook processes might aid a personal connection to these demanding poetry texts on the GCSE syllabus.  One student commented that, “It made the poems seem like they were our own – it felt that I had ownership of the words.”  The next stage is to use the prints as a memory aid to help the students remember significant quotations which will be interweaved in their analysis in their final exams.


  • For more information about AccessArt please go tohttps://www.accessart.org.uk/Images exploring Conflict Poetry through mono-printing and sketchbook processes.


  • The KS3 Art Club that runs on Monday afternoons in E1 from 3:15 – 4:30pm has almost completed their first art project. The students have created some really beautiful fish sculptures constructed from papier-mâché and decorated using coloured tissue paper. These will be on display in the art block after half term. The group will be embarking on a new artistic adventure after half term.


  • As part of our series of “wow lessons” 7r Perry, an art group, created banners for the Apex using African pattern. The students are justifiably proud of them and they have even created a multimedia presentation about the process. The banners are a beautiful finishing touch for a much used space in the school.


  • Chesterton students from all years took part in the annual indoor rowing competition at Parkside. Students were amazing in their approach with especial thanks to Ellie, Flora, Dylan, Sophia and Esme for their excellent coaching and support to others. Students signed up because of a shared interest in rowing and there were novices as well as experienced rowers competing. Our Year 10 team were third with a distance of 1063m in four minutes. Eva Smith in Year 7 came third with 86.7%. Dallas Rogers in Year 7 came second with 88.2%. Sofia Somma in Year 8 came third with 94.7%. Jackson Fowlie came first with 92.1 and Oli Wareham came second with 88%, both in Year 8. Emily Phipps in Year 9 came first with 91.3% and Taya Fleming second with 97.7%, both in Year 9. Both Year 10 students came first: Rosalyn Redley with 91.9% and Dylan Montes with 97.9%. Well done to all who competed and if your child has an interest in rowing please ask them to come and see the P.E. department.


  • The U13 and U15 girls played football against Impington. The girls came out with excellent attitudes and ready to play, looking very smart in their kit. The U15 team dominated the game and scored early from Lia Hopwood, however, in the last ten seconds of the game Impington equalised; the final score was 1-1. The last match of the season will be after half-term. The U13 was refereed superbly by a student from Impington. The game was close and there was some great defensive play. At half time Impington led 1-0 by a crowded goal. The girls held their positions well but a quick through ball led to Impington winning 2-0. Congratulations to all who played.


  • Some ESOL updates:
  1. English lessons – there are still spaces on our daytime and evening classes.
  2. Coffee morning for international parents: Chesterton Sports Centre café; every Tuesday at 12.30pm.
  3. English for Women starts on Tuesday February 20th at 1pm.
  4. Please contact Chesterton Sports Centre for more details.


  • It just remains for me to wish everyone a restful half-term.

Chesterton Community College
Gilbert Road

01223 712150

Mrs Lucy Scott