Christleton's very own Hustings!

(Posted on 28/11/19)


Welcome to this week’s blog.

We are fast approaching the mock GCSE and A-level exam season, and we are already preparing our current Year 9 students for the GCSE option choices they will need to make, early next year. During Form time on Monday and Tuesday this week, Year 9 students had the opportunity to participate in a peer to peer GCSE subject option fair. This involved current GCSE students giving their time to talk to our Year 9 students about their current GCSE experiences, including what it’s like to study GCSEs, what topics are covered in the different subjects, how much homework they get and what assessment looks like, as well as available extra-curricular opportunities. There were 16 subjects represented and it gave students an opportunity to get a totally different insight into GCSE study.

In the Art department, a Year 12 Fine Art group has a fashion focus and students have created voluminous ’leg o' mutton’ sleeves. The group has also been collaborating with Year 12 Photography students in photo shoots to showcase their creations, using and enjoying photographic resources purchased with funds donated by the CHSA. Other Year 12 Fine Art students are using their printing skills to make Christmas cards to sell as an engagement with work-related learning.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening took place on Wednesday afternoon, an opportunity for parents and carers to hear feedback on student performance and development guidance. It was a very busy session with, as always, a vibrant atmosphere.

I want to publicly thank all those who contributed to the success of ‘Sister Act’. It was an amazing performance, and in my opinion, one of the best I have ever seen. Certainly the reaction from the audience on Saturday night was spine tingling and there were lots of tears as the production run came to an end. There are clearly a lot of very talented young people in our school and I’m sure that many of them are destined for stardom!

A team of 15 CHSA volunteers involving parents and staff did a sterling job by providing refreshments for all Sister Act performances, raising much needed funds to support school. The Association will be inviting bids from departments across the school, in January. A reminder that you are invited to donate to the school when shopping with Amazon Smile – simply enter Christleton High School Association! And finally, if you work for a company that participates in Match Funding, please see the email sent earlier in the week, from the CHSA.

On Tuesday morning, we hosted an election hustings for all the candidates for the Chester seat in the upcoming general election. All the candidates were given three minutes to make an opening speech and this was then followed up with questions from the audience, made up of sixth form students. The candidates were given quite a grilling, answering questions on a diverse range of topics, from homelessness, to Brexit, to public services. I thank all the candidates for giving their time and raising awareness amongst our sixth formers of political issues and the importance of respectful debate.


Our Learning for Work students are still collecting food items to help stock the local foodbank. Over 6000 people in Chester now depend on the foodbank. If you would like to donate some food for the hampers, then we would be most grateful if you would please drop off your donations at main reception.

During the darker mornings and evenings, I would urge all parents and carers to talk to their children about staying safe, as they travel to and from school. Whilst Chester is generally a safe place to walk and cycle around, the lack of light brings an increased risk of accident. Will parents please ensure, if their children cycle to school, that they wear appropriate reflective outer clothing that their bikes have lights and of course, they wear a helmet.

This weekend sees the start of Advent; however, I hope our Year 11 students are fully focused on revision and I wish them every success for the next two weeks of their mock GSCE exams.

Have a lovely weekend.

DP Jones


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