The Autumn Term is now in full flow and it has been an exciting week full of highlights. I am pleased to share details of recent field trips, language exchanges and more with you.
Helping our students to ‘level’ up
Did you know that the games industry is bigger than the music and film industries combined? The industry continues to grow at pace and, particularly in Cambridge, there are numerous employment opportunities for young people with a wide range of skills. On 21 September, a cohort of our Year 8 students learned more about the variety of careers available to them within the industry during a visit to local (but internationally renowned!) games studio, Ninja Theory. During their visit, they heard from a number of different games professionals and enjoyed various practical educational activities. Thank you to Cambridge Launchpad, Ninja Theory and Form the Future for inviting our students to take part in the day.
Students ‘seas’ the day on Geography trip
Providing our students with opportunities to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom to real-life situations is key for their academic development. Earlier this week, the first of our Year 11 GCSE Geography students enjoyed an insightful field trip to Norfolk seaside town, Sheringham, where they used the theories and skills they have learnt in lessons to analyse and evaluate the varied North Norfolk coastline. The students also collected primary evidence as part of a geographical enquiry, which will be assessed as part of their final exams, equating to 10% of their final grade. I know how valuable and enjoyable these experiences can be, and I know they are already looking forward to future fieldwork trips.
Willkommen! Hallo! Guten Tag!
Recently, we have once again had the pleasure of hosting students from our partner school, Kopernikus Gymnasium, as part of our long-running German Exchange programme. All of the students who took part enjoyed a week of activities and benefitted from being able to improve their English and German language skills. One of the highlights of the trip was a chauffeured punting tour, which enabled us to showcase the very best of what Cambridge has to offer to our German guests.
Our Exchange Programmes with partner schools located around the world enrich our students’ learning and enable them to gain a truly international education. I know our students are excited for future exchanges with our French, Spanish and Japanese partner schools.
Open Evenings reminder
I am so pleased to see so many families interested in attending our upcoming College Open Evenings – so far, we have almost 800 registered attendees for our Year 6 Open Evening!
Pembroke College visit
On 16 September, a number of our Key Stage 4 students enjoyed learning about the history of Pembroke College and the different academic pathways available to them at the College through the Open Cambridge Festival. During the event, the students enjoyed a variety of workshops and activities as well as speaking with current undergraduates and staff at the College. I would like to say a big thank you to Sam Crawford for accompanying the students on a Saturday to enable them to take part in the opportunity.