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Hear from the Principal 10.11.23

It has been another week of numerous fieldtrips and highlights for our students, and it gives me great joy to share details with you below.

By the pricking of my thumbs, something educational this way comes!

Cultural experiences help to bring our students’ classroom learning to life. Ahead of their mock examinations later this month, a cohort of our Year 10 English students recently enjoyed a live performance of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The students visited Cambridge Arts Theatre on Wednesday afternoon and watched an enriching and engaging performance that will also aid them with their revision for their future examinations. For many of the students, this was their first time experiencing a professional Shakespeare production live, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I look forward to seeing the impact of the trip in their upcoming examinations and beyond.

Arigato, SOAS!

Elsewhere, our Sixth Form Japanese Ab Initio students attended Japan Day 2023 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. The day helped to deepen our students understanding of Japan’s rich culture through a series of talks, lectures, and engaging workshops. Some of the activities they enjoyed included origami, calligraphy and manga workshops, as well as a language-based workshop that was led by Japan Foundation London. Our students rounded off the day by speaking with representatives from leading universities across the UK about studying Japanese at their institutions, and have returned to the College feeling inspired and excited to further develop their Japanese language learning.

Scoring goals on and off the pitch

By continuing to study a broad range of subjects alongside developing their football skills, our Football scholars are well prepared for which ever career pathway they choose to pursue. Last week, our students learnt more about some of the non-linear career pathways they can explore through a talk delivered by Head of HR at Norwich City FC, Perry Hamilton. Perry visited the College thanks to our longstanding partnership with the football club and shared details of his own career journey, before highlighting some of the vast array of opportunities available to our International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Football scholars.

Thank you to our Year 10 sports leaders

Finally, last week, our Year 10 sports leaders helped out at two events at the College. Our students supported 13 schools across two separate Panathlon Xtend events; a nationwide initiative that encourages Key Stage 3 students with disabilities to engage with sports. They led a range of activities for the participants, including boccia and curling, and provided encouragement to all attendees throughout. They received positive feedback from staff and students of other schools, and I would like to thank them for being such fantastic role models and ambassadors for the College.

November 10, 2023