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Hear from the Principal 24.02.23

It has been a pleasure to welcome students back to the College this week. As we enter the second half of the Spring Term, I am excited to share recent and upcoming events with you.

Austria captured a ‘piste’ of our students’ hearts

While we enjoyed the spring weather during the Half Term break, a number of our students travelled to Austria, where they enjoyed a week of skiing, snow and sunshine with their peers. Although I wasn’t able to join them on the slopes this year, I have been enjoying hearing about their experiences since they have returned.

Students ‘try’-umph at Rugby Experience Day

During the Half Term break, prospective Impington International College rugby scholars from across the county joined us to test their skills and meet their potential new teammates. During the event, they learnt how the Rugby Sports Scholarship complements their academic studies with professional coaching, physiotherapy, fixtures and training before engaging in a number of training drills. The team will meet again in April for a team away day at Grafham Water, which I know they are looking forward to!  

Visit the Sixth Form’s Instagram page and click on the Highlights to hear from some of the students who took part in the event.

A laughing matter

One of the many fundraising events organised by our Parents, Staff and Friends Association (PFSA), is the upcoming Custard Comedy night. The evening of live stand-up comedy and entertainment will be held in our Gropius Hall, and will take place on 24 March at 19:30. Enjoy the star-studded line-up, featuring Duncan Oakley, Jules O’ Brian, James Cook and Ben Van der Velde, from just £10.

The PSFA has supported funding for the Year 8 Zen garden and library books, in addition to many other projects that enhance our students experience at the College. Custard Comedy is a great way to raise money for a great cause while having a great time. Book your tickets.

From Antarctica to Impington

Earlier this week, I was pleased to welcome Richard Phillips, Head of the Predators Group, British Antarctic Survey, to the College, where he delivered an engaging talk as part of our series of ‘Gropius Lectures’. From explaining how he established himself as a conservationist, to sharing details of his 12 fieldwork trips to the Antarctic and South Georgia, to highlighting the current threats to seabird populations, I know everybody who attended appreciated his time and insight. Thank you, Richard, for sharing your story!

If you would like to help shape young people’s vision of their possible futures and inspire the next generation of experts in your chosen field, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Neil Jones to volunteer for an upcoming talk or to express your interest in attending the next event.

Join us for a ‘brew-ti-ful’ morning of history and discussion

Next Friday, we will be once again welcome members of our local community to the College for a cup of coffee, a slice of cake, and a behind the scenes look at some of the College archive materials. Join members of staff and some of our students in our historic Grade 1 Listed Carnegie Room to learn more about the College, our history and our future. The event is free but reservations are required. I hope you are able to join us!

It’s ‘bean’ too long since our last Parent Coffee Mornings

A strong teacher/parent relationship is important to ensure that our students receive a high standard of education and we aim to facilitate this through regular events at the College that enable us to meet with you. I am looking forward to welcoming you to the College for our upcoming Parent Coffee Mornings. This will be your opportunity to meet with other parents and members of our senior leadership team, and ask any questions you may have about your child(ren)’s time at the College. Parents of MYP students will be able to join us on 2 March, while parents of GCSE students are invited to join us on 9 March.

February 24, 2023