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Hear from the Principal 09.12.22

This week, I am pleased to share more good news from the College, in addition to opportunities for your child(ren) to benefit from.

Feeding their appetite for culture

Educational visits play an important role in our curriculum, enabling our students to gain practical experience and apply their learning to scenarios outside of the classroom. This month, our Year 10 students enjoyed a trip to ‘La Latina Bustaurante’ restaurant to learn more about Colombian culture, ahead of studying the unit in KS4 Spanish. During their ‘Let’s make arepas’ workshop, the students learnt how Colombian cuisine was influenced by indigenous Colombian, Spanish and African cuisines, as well as the important role food plays in Colombian family traditions. I am sure they are looking forward to practising their new cooking skills for you!

Added enrichment

On 5 December, our Year 11 students attended the Maths Inspiration event at Saffron Walden County High School, and gained inspirational insight into the types of Mathematics that they would encounter in daily life and further education.

This year, to support our arithmetic enthusiasts, we introduced the Maths Circles enrichment programme for our Year 8 students, supported by the Mathematics Education for Social Mobility and Excellence. Students who take part in the Maths Circle explore exciting mathematic ideas and learn to think like advanced mathematicians, helping them to develop their numerical curiosity, resilience and reasoning skills. The feedback has been so positive that a new circle for Year 7 students will commence in January!

On the subject of Mathematics, I would like to congratulate our Year 9 student, Fin, who was chosen as one of the student panellists for the online mathematics discussion club called Parallel Circles in November and December. Parallel Circles are live online maths sessions for secondary school students run by science author, Simon Singh and Countdown champion, Junaid Mubeen. The other panellist was 17 years old so Fin did exceptionally well to be chosen!

Preparing for the future

At the College, we foster a culture of aspiration when it comes to our students’ future education and career choices. We encourage them to widen their horizons and provide access to a wide range of information about careers as part of our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) service.

I am pleased to share that we are launching work experience weeks for our Year 10 and 12 students from 3 – 7 July 2023. Students will seek out their own work experience opportunity to enable them to experience the process of identifying and securing a placement. We are particularly keen to encourage virtual or in-person international placements for our students to assist their preparation for entering the global workforce.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

The personal development and character education of your child(ren) is fundamental to the delivery of student learning; which supports the development of the IB Learner Profile attributes to ensure that our students become well-rounded, caring, principled thinkers.

We have four tiers that enable us to deliver our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PHSE) material. Learn more about the tiers and how we prioritise what topics we deliver.

December 9, 2022