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Hear from the Principal 02.12.21

I am tremendously proud of our students’ achievements and love being able to share good news from across the College with you, particularly when that news is about academic, sporting and performing arts successes.

Turing Scheme

I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that student safety is our priority at the College and we are continually monitoring the global travel situations to inform our travel plans for the planned Turing Scheme trips next year. We want to ensure that our students benefit from the opportunity of fully-funded visits to other countries so they can immerse themselves in new cultures and we are making sure that we have a robust line-up of alternative destinations to give an equally memorable experience, should the original destinations no longer be viable.

Multiplying their success

Earlier this month, a number of our students successfully took part in the UK Maths Trust Senior Mathematical Challenge, a 90-minute, multiple choice contest for students in Year 13 and below. I was thrilled to learn that Isy S., qualified for the Kangaroo challenge in June 2022, while Sixth Form students, Peter B. and Jonathan K., have been invited to take part in British Mathematical Olympiad, with Jonathan attaining a fantastic full marks. An incredible achievement for our Mathematics students!

In the net

On 13 November, the U16 Netball team competed in the National Schools County Competition for Cambridgeshire, coming third out of all of the teams that took part. I know the girls enjoyed their time on the court tremendously.

The U13 girls Football team recently won the Girls EFL Kids Cup, without conceding any goals during the entire competition! Their win means that they have successfully qualified for the regional round of the competition and are looking forward to training for their next competition.

Finally, the College Boccia team won the County Schools Boccia Competition 2021 at Cambridge Regional College in the physical disability category, beating teams from both Hinchingbrooke and Jack Hunt Schools in a round robin event to take the title. Congratulations Scott W., Chantelle L., and Matyna C!

Proud parents

I am always delighted to hear from you about your child(ren)’s accomplishments outside of the College and it was a pleasure to hear from Avni and Aaron’s parents about their recent TaeKwondo triumphs. Both Avni and Aaron won bronze medals in their respective Taekwondo competitions and are working towards their black belt gradings in the near future. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate these achievements together and I look forward to hearing from more of our parents in the future.

Middle Years Programme (MYP) update

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with three Year 7 students, Rugile A., Zia H., and Josh M., to hear their speeches on climate change for their MYP English assessment. After they delivered their speeches with Mrs Webb, we had a stimulating discussion about the different ways that we can collectively respond to climate change challenges. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to put their real-world MYP assessments into action and for us to explore the different ways we can be more environmentally friendly in College together.

It’s action time

On 5 November, students from the College took part in a special COP26 project: a re-recording of Band Aid’s hit single, Do They Know It’s Christmas Time? to share a poignant message about the impact of climate change. Lending their support to the project are Midge Ure and Ewan McGregor. Ewan even recorded a few lines for the song although I think our students outshone him! You can watch the video here.

December 2, 2021