Week ending 25th September

  • At the start of the year we do a number of assemblies about our school ethos. It is always a pleasure to do these assemblies and revisit the core values of the school which make Chesterton so special. In response to an assembly I received a lovely poem from Abbie Roman, in Year 8, which I thought it would be good to share.

“The Ethos”

Realising potential takes effort,

Effort takes support,

To be supportive you have to be friendly.

When you achieve you have to take responsibility,

When you take responsibility you get praise.

When you become well mannered, that’s positive,

When you are positive it helps you learn.

This college helps bring success,

To succeed you have to be the best you can be.

When you play by the rules you have to be helpful,

To be helpful you need good grace,

To have good grace, you need to be calm.

To celebrate, you have to care,

To care, you have to value the environment and be involved.

That is how the ETHOS ties us into ONE.

  • Under the guidance of Rhiannon Evans, Assistant Head of Robinson House, the House Councils, our main vehicle for student voice, have been gathering views from tutor groups about what they would like to discuss in their meetings for this year. The first house council meeting will be on Monday and it would appear there are already lots of ideas coming forward. The outcomes of discussions are then brought to a senior leadership team meeting each half-term and we endeavour to act upon suggestions which are made.
  • This week Wicked Wednesday had some very interesting sessions for Year 7 focused on cultural identity and British values in the twenty-first century. As a very diverse school this is clearly a very interesting topic to explore and students were highly engaged debating aspects of our daily lives. In last week’s session students were creating their own community after being stranded on a desert island and in this week’s session they were able to compare the community they had created with how the British community has developed and now functions; fascinating!
  • We had a very busy Year 10 Parent Information Evening this week. On the evening we shared with parents information about what happens in Years 10 and 11; the significant changes to the English and Maths exams and how to support; how to support in science and how to use our online revision resources. If you were unable to attend please feel free to contact school if you have any questions and a booklet about controlled assessments will be going on to our website shortly.
  • The PTA AGM was held this week and it was great to see so many new faces. At the meeting there was a change of personnel and we have some new appointments for the committee; please look out for more details on the website. At the meeting events for the year were discussed, the first of which will be the quiz on October 16th; do look out for details, as tickets sell incredibly quickly.
  • This week we held our annual disaster drill. The school has run the drill since the terrible incident at Dunblane and reinforces to students and staff the best actions to take in the event of an emergency in school.
  • Year 11 had an assembly this week in preparation for their science controlled assessments. Tim Spencer, our new Assistant Head in charge of Science, is developing and extending the level of communication regarding science to ensure parents and students have a clear picture of the diverse offer and opportunities students have within the science department. Please do feedback to Tim if you have any ideas about how this communication can be further developed.
  • We welcomed our new cohort of trainee teachers this week from the Faculty of Education. Chesterton is highly committed to the development of new entrants to the profession and every year we host a significant number of placements. Talking with the students they have had a really exciting and interesting few days. One of their activities was to shadow a student for a day and we received many comments about the exciting lessons they had seen; great feedback to receive!
  • We are very excited about the prospect of our Open Evening, which will be on October 1st from 6-8pm. The school is open for prospective Year 7 parents and students and all members of our community. Please do feel to come along and to encourage friends who may be interested. It is always an excellent evening and provides a tremendous opportunity to celebrate Chesterton.
  • We are looking forward to the German exchange group who will arrive on Tuesday and stay here for a week with our students in their families. They visit the school and participate in lessons to experience English school life as well as following a varied programme of sightseeing activities. They are very much looking forward to stay with their exchange partners and to have the opportunity to experience English daily life and customs.
  • The rugby and hockey season has started! The recent European hockey championships, and the current rugby world cup have most certainly captured the imagination of students at Chesterton – already, more than 180 students have attended the weekly practices and/or represented the school teams, with the u16 team narrowly missing out on a place in the final in the district tournament on goal difference.  Clubs also include ‘girl’s body workout’, basketball, table tennis, badminton, fitness suite and football.
  • Dr Hinshelwood took a group of year 10s to the University’s Cavendish Laboratory for a ‘Physics at Work’ workshop. The students took part in sessions led by organisations and companies including British Antarctic Survey, Rolls-Royce and Domino Printing. The aim of the sessions was to introduce the students to the variety of careers open to scientists. A particular highlight was dressing up in ‘clean suits’ to see how some of those involved in making high end technology spend their working day.

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