Thank you for your ongoing support this term. I hope that you and your child(ren) have a relaxing and refreshing Easter break, ready to return for the Summer term.
Last week, we welcomed a cohort of Year 10 students from our partner school, Kopernikus Gymnasium, to the College. At the same time, we hosted students from our Spanish exchange programme so it was a particularly multicultural week! Sharing lived experiences with students from other parts of the world helps our students to develop their understanding of the common humanity of people and other cultures.
Our partnerships with schools in France, Germany, Spain, Japan and Ethiopia also provide important opportunities for our students to practice their language skills outside of the classroom.
Burwash Manor Farm
During the visit, they learnt about a variety of different topics from the Manor’s farming specialist such as creating habitats for red listed corn buntings, the meaning of nodules on nitrogen fixing crops and different soil types before enjoying practical experience of soil sampling. Thank you to the team at Burwash Manor Farm for helping to bring our students’ classroom learning to life.
Parent coffee mornings
Strong teacher/parent relationships benefit students’ personal and academic development, and we have a robust programme of events that are designed to ensure that you have regular contact time with your children’s teachers, support staff and myself.
I am looking forward to welcoming you to the College in April for our next parent coffee mornings following the Easter break. If your child is studying the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, you can join us on 20 April, while parents of GCSE students are invited to join us on 27 April.
Our GCSE Drama students have been studying the Willy Russell musical, Blood Brothers, and last week, they enjoyed attending a professional live performance, which was absolutely rivalled by our Year 12 Performance School students’ interpretation of the musical earlier this term! Live performances play an important role in enabling our students to deepen their understanding of the different texts that they study to prepare them for their examinations.
KS3 reward event
Every Half Term, the Heads and Deputy Heads of Houses nominate students for their academic, personal or extra-curricular achievements including strong progress or success. On Monday and Thursday, I was delighted to host nearly 100 students from Year 7 to 11 for hot chocolate and biscuits to congratulate them and show our appreciation for their dedication to their personal progress, or support for their peers. Congratulations to all of the students who were nominated this term!
World Food Festival fundraising event
I am so proud of the Sixth Form students who hosted the World Food Festival for the Histon and Impington community last Sunday. Despite poor weather, the event was a huge success and the students raised £360! This money will support the Abbey Fields conservation project and help our students to plan their May ball. Keep an eye on the Sixth Form’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for photos from the day.