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Hear from the Principal 17.11.23

From national language competitions, fieldtrips to Germany, football stadium tours and more, it has been a busy and exciting week for our students. Read on to find out more.

The College remembers

Last week, the College remembered those who fought for our country with a series of Remembrance Day related activities. On Friday morning, we held a College-wide extended assembly that included a performance of the Last Post by student, Zaki A. Elsewhere, our Year 9 students learnt more about some of the soldiers listed on the Histon and Impington War Memorial and sewed a series of knitted poppies as an act of remembrance. You can see photos of the students’ work on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Guten Tag, München!

Research shows that residential fieldtrips improve students’ academic achievement and encourage personal development. This week, our Year 12 Global Politics students have jetted off the Munich in Germany to take part in the Model United Nations. The annual event is a simulation of the real United Nations, featuring around 450 participants who are all assigned to a committee. Our students have been debating numerous current global issues and attempting to facilitate resolutions. I look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return to the College next week.

A thought-provoking History trip

The inquiry-based approach to learning within International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes encourages students to engage with the subject matter that they are learning about through observation, questions, investigation and discussion. Recently, our Year 8 IB Middle Years Programme History students enjoyed a visit to the British Museum where they were encouraged to consider the ethicality of the artefacts on display. At the end of the trip, the students were asked if they believe the British Museum is the right place for the items to be housed, which led to some interesting and though-provoking responses.

Sixth Form stadium tour

Our Sixth Form Football Scholars learnt more about life as a professional football player during a visit to the Norwich City Football Club stadium, Carrow Road. Thanks to our partnership with the club, our students benefit from professional coaching and mentorship as well as enriching experiences, such as the stadium tour to complement their IB education. During the tour, our students learnt about the history of the club, before entering the changing rooms where club legends such as Dean Ashton, Craig Bellamy and Wes Hoolahan laced up their boots.

Celebrating our latest international sporting star

Continuing the sporting theme, I would like to say a big congratulations to student, Erin E., who recently represented England in the ECU Eurockey Fem15, which was held in Costa Brava, Spain. Erin took part in the tournament with her club team, Ely & Chesterton United, and we are all so proud of her achievements. Keep an eye on the College Instagram page for photo highlights from the competition.

National Language Competition success

Finally, our Year 9 students put their language and problem-solving skills to the test during the GCHQ National Language Competition. The nationwide competition invites students from different schools to compete against each other to solve language-based puzzles and score points. Our budding linguists worked hard to crack codes and gain as many points as possible for the College. We are awaiting the results of the competition and I will update you on their progress in future blog posts.

November 17, 2023