I am saddened to announce the passing of former Principal of the College, Jacqueline Kearns. Jacqueline was a champion of international education, language learning, the values of the International Baccalaureate (IB), and was instrumental in securing our prestigious language college status. The funding and reputation that the specialist College status attracted and, as a consequence, the focus on languages and international-mindedness at the College, is a lasting testament to her determination and educational vision.
I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to Jacqueline for the lasting impact she made on the College, and extend my sincere condolences to her friends and family. The whole of the College mourns her passing.
Xtend-in competitive sports to all
Last week, I was delighted to welcome students with special needs from across the county to the College for the Panathlon Challenge Xtend event. Panathlon events provide competitive opportunities for children with disabilities and special education needs in a variety of sporting disciplines, with the Xtend events being specially developed for those in Key Stage 3 age groups. Congratulations to all of our students who took part in the competition!
Educating the athletes of the future
IB Career-related Programme Football Scholarship students at our Sixth Form, Impington International College, combine specialist training and coaching with their academic studies.
Last week, we welcomed local nutritionist, personal trainer and sports therapist, Caroline Collard, to the Sixth Form. Caroline shared her advice and insight on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and supporting sports performance through diet and exercise. It was positive to hear how much the students enjoyed Caroline’s visit and I know they will apply her insight to their own lifestyles to complement their training.
Celebrating student siblings’ success in STEM competition
I would like to congratulate two of our students, Avni and Aaron, on their victory in this year’s regional First Lego League competition. First Lego League Challenge is a STEM education initiative for young people aged nine to 16 years old that enables students to develop their research, coding, and design skills through a robotics competition. Avni and Aaron took part in the competition with their Cambourne Electronics and Robotics Club teammates and will compete in the National Final in April. I am sure you will join me in wishing them, and their teammates, the best of luck!
I always enjoy hearing from you about your child(ren)’s achievements outside of the College so please do get in touch so that we can celebrate them as a learning community.
Sixth Form applicant update
It has been wonderful to see so many of you and your children at our Sixth Form guidance meetings. In addition to the guidance meetings, the Sixth Form team are busy finalising taster sessions for our applicants and I am pleased to share that College alumna and West End star, Beatrice Penny-Toure, will be joining us in February to deliver a practical workshop for our prospective Performance School students.
Wishing out Mathletes the best of luck
Our students have a long history of achievement in Mathematics, from being invited to take part in Parallel Circles to gaining distinctions in the UK Maths Trust (UKMT) Mathematical Olympiad. Last year, 10 of our Year 11 students successfully competed in the UKMT Mathematical Olympiad for Girls, with one of our students achieving the highest score in the competition! Next week, a cohort of our Mathematicians will take part in this year’s UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, which will see them take part in a three and a half hour long Mathematics challenge. Good luck to everybody who is taking part!