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  • Victorian life above & below stairs

    Published 18/12/16

    On Thursday, 6 October all our KS1 children experienced Victorian life as they took on the roles of Victorian aristocracy and servants. The classrooms were transformed into a Victorian house with rooms both "upstairs" and "downstairs".

    The children were unrecognisable in their fantastic costumes and they fully embraced their characters for the day: Sarah Holyoake, Head of Pre-Prep was asked to curtsey for Ellie in Year 2 Alpha, dressed as Queen Victoria, while on the servant floor the children polished shoes, scrubbed floors and listened out for the bell to ring from upstairs!

    The children certainly experienced a taste of Victorian life and from what I could see they enjoyed a very memorable day of learning. 

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  • Visit to Duxford

    Published 18/12/16

    On Tuesday the whole Pre-Prep School enjoyed a day-trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum.

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  • Year 1 and 2 visit local fitness centre

    Published 18/12/16

    On Monday 18 June, all our Year 1 and 2 pupils were invited to visit Cambourne Gym.

    Upon hearing about the children’s ‘Going For Gold’ topic, the gym's managers organised a range of activities that tested the children’s knowledge of the Olympics, as well as giving them the chance to participate in team games and sports.

    The children learnt about the rigorous exercise regimes involved in being a top athlete and saw how the equipment can build strength and muscles in different parts of the body.

    Thank you to all those at the gym for the generous amount of time and effort you put into our visit.

    Newsletter

    Issue No. 17 / 2012 22 June 2012

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  • Building works underway at City site

    Published 18/12/16

    With the builders making great progress at 5 Brookside, Sarah Holyoake, Head of the Pre-Prep was photographed with some of our current Year 2 pupils.

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  • Forest School lesson a huge success

    Published 18/12/16

    Last week Year 2A donned their wellies and headed for the trees for their Forest School lesson.

    On arrival at the gardens they were met by Mr Richard Gant, Madingley Hall Head Gardener, and he took them on a tour of the gardens.

    He discussed with the children the range of trees which grow in the gardens and had stories to share about the different species. The children were enthralled and returned to school full of facts about their visit.

    We would like to extend our thanks to Mr Gant for taking the time to show us around the gardens and for inspiring the children with his stories and knowledge.

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  • Foundation in the news

    Published 18/12/16

    Cambridge First newspaper article looks at how the Stephen Perse Foundation is focused on building character rather than its league table position.

    To read the full article and a response from the Department for Education click here

    
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  • Harvest festival helps Seeds of Africa

    Published 18/12/16
    Harvest Festival was celebrated in some style this week. Thanks to generous donations from parents, £120.52 was raised for the Seeds of Africa charity. The children will be learning how the money is used by the charity in next week’s assembly.

    All the children contributed to the harvest assembly with Reception and Year 1 proudly performing a harvest poem, while the Year 2 children played a musical ensemble on the xylophones and Kindergarten displayed their scarecrow collages. 
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  • Hawkeye the pony comes to visit

    Published 18/12/16

    Pupils at the pre-prep in Madingley were delighted this morning to find a live pony in their School Hall. The 12-year-old Hawkeye (named because he has one brown and one blue eye) was brought in by one of our parents, Dr Nicky Holdstock from the Cambridge Veterinary School.

     

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    In small groups, the children learnt a lot about the treatment of animals when they are sick. They used a stethoscope to see if they could detect Hawkeye’s heart murmur (something that makes him a great teaching patient at the Veterinary School), tried a hoof pick and bandaged his legs.
    
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    Published 18/12/16
    The children at the Pre-Prep have enjoyed a fantastic Autumn Festival Day.  Play time and Lunch time were transformed as the children decorated biscuits with fireworks made from icing, and coloured beautiful Rangoli patterns drawn by Mrs Bachu. There was more fun and games outside as the children took part in pumpkin bowling and apple bobbing with tweezers. The highlight of the day was the green slime and guessing what Mrs Holyoake had used to make it! Thank you to Mrs Bhachu, and Miss Dolby for all your help this morning. All the proceeds raised from the day will go towards PFA funds.
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  • Former pupil visits school

    Published 18/12/16

    One of our visitors on Open Morning was a most interesting gentleman. Mr Douglas Farrant had been a pupil at the Madingley School more than 70 years ago and he and his wife were very keen to come to the school and introduce themselves.

    Mr Farrant joined Madingley School in 1941, when he was just three years old. He remembers there being three school rooms and he recalls using a slate board in lessons. The school used to use the church for their Christmas service – just as we do now!

    Mr Farrant’s father was transferred to London during the War as he was a Civil Defence Officer and Mr Farrant lived in London during the Blitz! He moved back to Foxton in 1945 and at the age of 13 he created a market garden on a 2.5 acre site. He later went on to work for University Farms and took charge of 300 cattle before finally settling down to work in Estate Management for the University.

    Mr Farrant commented on how struck he was by the advances in technology within the school!

    
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  • iPads bring classes together

    Published 18/12/16

    From September every Pre-Prep class will have access to iPads and laptops. 

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  • Unknown Title

    Published 18/12/16

    As part of its 130th birthday celebrations, pupils at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge will be using iPads to film life in the four schools on a single day, Tuesday, 15 November 2011.  From the three-year-olds at play in the Pre-Prep to IB students in lessons at the Sixth Form College, pupils and staff will be filming their day to create a unique video archive.

    Inspired by the success of Oscar-winning Director Kevin Macdonald’s acclaimed feature film LIFE IN A DAY, (being shown at 9pm on BBC2 this Thursday, 3 November) the Stephen Perse Foundation is asking pupils and staff to record their personal experiences on a single day in the school.
     
    They’ll be contributing to a time capsule of what school life is really like on Tuesday 15 November 2011. From the footage, Emily Cooper (http://www.emcooper.com/), professional film maker, part-time Digital Art teacher and former Perse Girl, will create a film that captures the spirit of this historic school for future generations. The in-house production team is looking for honest, personal films that provide a real insight into life in the schools that make up the Foundation.

    Commenting on the plans for the project, Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation added that “This is a really exciting way to celebrate our 130th anniversary and we are confident that the finished film will reflect the wealth of creativity that happens across the schools, every day. Also, the iPads are the perfect technology choice.  They are already being rolled out so the students are very familiar with what they can do.  Because they are so portable we can get high definition video footage anywhere in the schools.  I am sure that the creativity and imagination of our staff and pupils will result in some really interesting stuff – including no doubt a side of life that most of the staff don’t normally see.”

    At the Pre-Prep the younger pupils will have video cameras specially adapted for small hands and their efforts will be complemented by additional footage from a team of visiting sixth formers.  At Perse Girls Junior and Senior schools, groups of volunteers will be briefed by Emily Cooper to ensure they capture the best quality footage before bring issued with iPads. The scale of the project should produce a huge variety of moments, reflecting the spirit and personality of the school, from the schools coming to life early in the morning, the anticipation of registration, the buzz of lessons, the excitement of break times and lunch time all the way through to those special moments in clubs, in rehearsal or on the sports field.  The footage should be very personal, with pupils showing their life, their friends and their experience of school.

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