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December 2016

  • 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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  • Unknown Title

    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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  • Nativity play

    Published 18/12/16

    Our nativity play performance took place on Tuesday, 13 December. Thank you to all our parents, family members and friends who came to see the performance and a special thank you also to Dr Gill Sutherland, Chair of Governors, and Miss Katie Milne, Head of the Junior School, for joining us for the occasion. It was wonderful to have such a full audience and the children were very pleased to see so many people had come to watch them. The children were a credit to their parents and teachers; they spoke with confidence and sang the songs enthusiastically and with great energy. From the animals waving with excitement to the band of angels singing on the move and the musicians hitting the right note at the right time - all the children concentrated and delivered their performances so well and there was much deserved applause for their efforts. 

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  • Not so hungry caterpillars

    Published 18/12/16

    There was great excitement, and some confusion from the parents, when the children announced they had received a parcel in the post containing caterpillars.

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  • Pre-prep visit to Hobbs

    Published 18/12/16

    The Kindergarten and Reception children enjoyed a trip to Hobbs Sports Shop last week. The shop, located on Sidney Street, is the oldest sports shop in Cambridge and stocks a wide range of sports clothing and equipment.

    Mr David Pimblett, one of the shop managers, took the classes on a tour of the shop and the children learnt that tennis balls come in different sizes to suit children and adults of different abilities, rackets for tennis, badminton and squash are different shapes, and cricket bats are made from Ash wood.

    After listening to Mr Pimblett the children then went to the lower ground floor to count the different types of trainers and to find out how the trainers work; the children chose their favourite trainer to draw.

    The trip was a fantastic opportunity for the children to have a closer look at the equipment needed in some of the Olympic sports and after half-term the children will try some of these sports in their topic lessons.

    Thank you to all the staff at Hobbs Sports for welcoming us to your shop and thank you to our parent helpers Mrs Tomlinson, Mr Cassidy, Mrs Valentine and Mrs Jennings.

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  • Raptor Foundation visit

    Published 18/12/16

    Birds of Prey at Madingley captivate the pre-prep children

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  • Sixth form college IB results out now

    Published 18/12/16

    The Stephen Perse Foundation is delighted to announce results in the IB Diploma, giving students an average of 39.8 points out of a possible 45 and a record for the sixth form college. The world average is usually around 30 and the UK average around 33 points.

    Globally, the typical figure is that top 5.5% of students achieve 40 points or more. Over 70% of our students in this cohort achieved 40 points or more.

    Tricia Kelleher, Principal, said, “These are fantastic results for the students and a credit to the staff. Students are progressing to varying university courses which reflects the diversity of the qualification and the empowerment of the curriculum. As they have not committed themselves to a particular route by narrowing their subjects, their ideas can evolve and their interests deepen in a more natural way. The range of destinations and courses reflects this journey.”

    Chemistry at York

    Chinese at Cambridge

    Engineering at Imperial College

    English at Bristol

    French and Russian at UCL

    History at Warwick and UCL

    Law at Oxford, Nottingham and Exeter

    Liberal Arts at Wellesley, USA

    Mathematics at Imperial College, London

    Medicine at Leicester

    Psychology at Queen Mary’s, London

    The IB Diploma is taken by around 55,000 students worldwide and is well known for being the gold-standard of world secondary education. Having been running since 1968, there is no record of grade inflation in the qualification which is completely independent of national government control. Students study a portfolio of 6 subjects including maths, English, a science, a foreign language, a humanity and one other of their choice.

    Simon Armitage, Director of Sixth Form remarked, “huge congratulations are deserved here – the students are collecting their results at the start of the summer and both they and their universities can rest assured.”

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  • Stephen Perse pre-prep open days

    Published 18/12/16

    We are delighted to announce that The Stephen Perse Foundation is hosting an open day for its Madingley and City pre-prep schools on Friday, 4 May 2012.

    From 10.00am and throughout the morning, our Madingley based pre-prep will be celebrating its forthcoming Forest School status. Families, friends and visitors are very welcome to come and join in a wide range of exciting activities, from shelter building to wood whittling and creating art from natural materials. Come along and join in the fun!

    In the afternoon, from 2.00pm we will be marking the official launch of our new pre-prep City school. The fantastic new City Pre-prep facility is based on the same site as the Perse Girls Junior School and offers children a fresh, airy and vibrant atmosphere.

    This fabulous, newly developed school provides bright modern classrooms and wonderfully imaginative outdoor play areas that truly engage with the children. Come along and meet our Year 2 pupils to see how they are using iPads to communicate with their Madingley classmates.

    The Stephen Perse pre-prep is a truly inspiring place for young minds, come and visit us on Friday 4 May to find out why first hand.

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