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Hear from the Principal 03.11.23

It was a joy to welcome your children back to the College earlier this week. The second half of the Autumn Term has begun with a number of highlights that I am pleased to share with you.

Buongiorno, Roma! Art students ‘Rome’ around Italy

Yesterday (Thursday), a cohort of our Key Stage 4 Art students jetted off to Rome for an enriching trip learning about Italy’s artistic history. During their trip, the students will be experiencing the history and culture of Italy’s capital city by visiting the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica, and the Gallery Borghese Museum. Field trips such as this help to bring our student’s classroom learning to life and I cannot wait to hear all about their experiences once they return to the College.

From Rome to Chrome…books

We are committed to ensuring every child is able to thrive in future workplaces, and one of the ways we are recognising this is by improving our students’ digital literacy. With this in mind, I am delighted to share that this week, all of our Year 7 students received their own 1:1 Chromebook device. Every current International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme student now has their own device. This will pave the way for them to prosper in an increasingly digitalised future and benefit from the enhanced learning opportunities that the devices provide during their time at the College.

Enhancing the understanding of environmental impact

Elsewhere, our Year 12 Environmental Systems and Societies students enjoyed a visit to the Cambridge Museum of Zoology. During the trip, they met with a researcher from the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and learnt about ongoing biodiversity research, before taking part in hands-on activities that linked with the museum collection. The trip helped to enhance their knowledge of biodiversity and conservation; topics that are important to many of our students.

Seven merits + five distinctions = a proud Principal!

I would like to say a huge congratulations to our Sixth Form Mathematicians who excelled in the September UKMT Maths Olympiad for Girls. Most Sixth Forms only enter one or two students, but 14 of our students volunteered to take part in the competition, and seven of them received merits and five distinctions – this is an incredible achievement and highlights the quality and rigour of IB Mathematics. Congratulations again to them all – they have done the College proud.

Light, Curtain, Action!

To round off their first week after the Half Term break, our Sixth Form Performance School students are travelling to the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End to view a performance of Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’. The performance will provide the students with the opportunity to experience a major theatrical performance live and to reflect and improve upon their own performance skills. I look forward to seeing the impact on their trip during our students’ upcoming performance of Guys and Dolls, which I will be sharing details of in upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned!

Fingers on buzzers!

Finally, keen quizzers are invited to join us at the College on Sunday 19 November for our Autumn Showdown Quiz! We have hosted similar quizzes at the College before and they are always an enjoyable occasion.


Tickets start from just £8 and all profits go toward our Parents, Staff and Friends Association (PFSA), which provides our students with equipment and experiences to further enhance their learning experience at the College.

November 3, 2023