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Hear from the Principal 28.01.21

Student mental health, wellbeing and enrichment

Our students’ mental health and wellbeing continues to be a focus for us as we move into our fourth week of remote learning.

As you know, we recently shortened our lesson times to 45 minutes to allow for additional breaks from learning, and from screens. We are continuing to focus on positive mental health, resilience and wellbeing in our weekly tutor times and daily Head of House drop ins, and students can still benefit from support from the YMCA, our youth worker and chaplain.

We would like to remind all parents that Tuesday afternoons offer students enrichment opportunities through iCAS@Home – you should have received some ideas for this already. We would also like to highlight our partnership with F45 Training Cambridge Station, who are offering regular live work outs for our students to keep them moving, please do make sure your child gets involved.

Please keep an eye on our social media channels for on-going updates from the College, in the meantime, thank you for all you are doing to support our students during this difficult time, and please do get in touch with your Head or Deputy Head of House if you have any concerns about wellbeing.

All we hear is radio gaga…

This week, you may have heard a familiar voice on Cambridge 105 radio station! On Tuesday morning, I caught up with radio presenter, Suzie Thorpe, to share how we have been working hard to ensure all our students get the best out of remote learning. I continue to be so proud of both students and staff, for their resilience during this difficult time and dedication to keep learning and teaching.

If you missed it, you can listen to my interview here: https://cambridge105.co.uk/suzie-thorpe-26-01-2021/

Our sixth form high flyers

This Friday marks the UCAS application deadline for all undergraduate courses, and our sixth form students at Impington International College have been busy applying for a breadth of courses at a range of leading UK and overseas universities, including Harvard and MIT! I am so excited to share that four of our students have received offers from Oxbridge – two of which are unconditional – to study subjects ranging from Geography to Biology. Congratulations all!

Our library has gone virtual

We know that all our students love to read and listen to books – both fact and fiction – so, this lockdown, we are bringing our wonderful library to our students virtually. Each day we will be releasing a different audiobook or ebook for our students to enjoy. They are all free to access via your child’s English TEAMs page. We are asking all students to read for 30 minutes a day to make sure they have a break from their screens. Happy reading!

Online parents evening

We have been pleased to read such positive feedback on our recent online parents’ evening. So many of you have commented on how efficient the process was and it meant that we could keep on track with allotted time slots. We, of course, look forward to the day when we can see our parent community face to face, but we think the virtual parents’ evening will be a keeper moving forward.

January 28, 2021