Week ending 20th December

  • The final week of term has arrived surprisingly quickly. The sun is shining and there is no snow, but there is a distinctly festive mood in school. What has been interesting though, in the midst of various seasonal events, is that the school has remained very purposeful: we’ve had assessments, mock results day and normal lessons: so a good mix of a build up to Christmas, alongside lessons that still mean business!
  • We had the mock results’ day on Tuesday and Y11 students were really impressive, reflecting on their results and considering what they would need to do to achieve their very best in the summer. The morning started with an assembly looking at having a growth mindset and how the effort you put in will determine how well you succeed. It also considered the best ways to revise and asked students to reflect on what works best for them. All students then received their results and there was a great deal of positivity. Some students had individual interviews with Heads of Faculty to provide some additional work and guidance for over the holiday period, which we hope they will find helpful.
  • I am nearly at the end of all my primary visits and this week I visited Mayfield Primary. It is always good to see where our students have come from. It was lovely to see the students preparing for Christmas and when I went there was a really exciting craft fayre happening, with Year 1 and Year 2 classes in the hall creating beautiful Christmas gifts supported by Y6 students.
  • The week’s most prestigious event was of course “Chesterton’s Got Talent”; the must have ticket of the season! It was a remarkable affair and I was in awe of the talented group of students who performed. Performances ranged from: the athleticism of martial arts’ displays and gymnastics, to musical performances both instrumental and vocal, through to a virtuoso display on the diablo.  Worthy winners were “JJC” who amazed us with their death defying acrobatics and runner up singer Max Anderson who is sure to have a recording contract at some point. We also had some great staff entries: a steel band and an acoustic four piece known as “The Curious Incidents” who have day jobs in the English department. It was also good to welcome the local community choir who performed as one of the acts; a truly inclusive Chesterton community event.
  • There was a significant sporting event this week: Year 11 boys playing football against the staff team during lunch on Thursday. My footballing knowledge isn’t great, but I think it would be fair to say it was a disaster for the staff team losing 7-1. The Year 7s, I watched the match alongside, were keenly anticipating future matches when they are in Y11; perhaps that will give the staff team sufficient time to improve!
  • All that remains is for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a relaxing, peaceful holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year on January 7th.

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