The culmination of all the hard work over the past two years is upon us with the IB examinations underway at the College and the A Level students about to go on study leave at the end of this week. We wish the students all the very best with their examinations and hope that they do themselves justice in the examinations.
The theme of this week's newsletter is ‘Connected’ and this immediately made me think about the students who are about to leave us in June. Just shortly before we broke up for the Easter Break, Melissa Santiago-Val our Alumni Relations Officer gave an assembly to the Upper 6th students about joining our alumni network and therefore staying connected with the Foundation after they leave.
We have 3,500 former students and staff in our vibrant alumni community across the world. This year at our Annual Alumni Reunion in June, we will be welcoming around 150 guests travelling from Bangladesh, Italy, France, The Netherlands, USA, Malta, South Africa and all across the UK for the event.
Our alumni have taken almost every direction possible, from polar explorer, racing driver, Olympic gold medallist, Master of a Cambridge College and eco & sustainability campaigner. These sit alongside numerous journalists, writers, lawyers, doctors, scientists, architects, actors and musicians to name a few.
Joining our alumni community connects the students with a network of people who share the same educational ethos and experience, and in many cases, can support recent leavers and students. A recent event saw 10 alumni returning to give advice to our Year 12 students in a Q&A panel about university life, alumni have offered leavers work experience, internships and mentoring, they also give talks during the Inspire and Guide sessions on a Friday morning and attend many other general events. In addition to being invited to alumni reunion events the students will receive alumni news, and in future we hope that many of our current leavers will also come back as an alumni speaker to inspire the next generation of SPF learners.
In late November we launched the SIMS Parent App for iOS and Android devices to help you make updates to the information we hold on your children and your contact details. Many thanks to everyone that has used the app to provide updates so far. The original invitations have expired, so anyone who has not yet activated their accounts will need a new invitation code. Our Data Manager will issue new invitation codes to anyone who has not activated their accounts on Monday 13 May. The invitation will come from a Capita email address. If you have any questions about the app please emaill firstname.lastname@example.org
PFA committee meeting - May 2019
Thanks to all who attended the termly PFA committee meeting on 1 May at the Senior School, the full minutes will be posted shortly. The next meeting will be the AGM in September 2019.
We had a great discussion on activities and events the PFA can support, including a funding project run with the School Council's support. The Junior School have selected a range of outdoor play equipment that we'll need your help to source. The Senior School will also have the opportunity to bid for funding/support this term too.
At the meeting, we confirmed that our purpose is the facilitation of connections between the families at the school via various social events (please see below). If you'd like to suggest or organise a social event, please contact your Class Rep or a PFA committee member.
PFA summer event - Friday evening, 28 June - save the date!
Plans are being finalised for a PFA summer event in the evening of Friday 28 June. While we had planned a summer fair, the best option right now is likely be a movie night which we intend to run at both the Junior School and the Senior School to cater for all film-loving tastes!
We are hoping to couple this with a parent's social at the Senior School, including a paid-for bar, to make the most out of the summer evening (and keep from embarrassing any teenagers with our presence).
Second-hand uniform sale - Wednesday afternoon, 3 July
The next second-hand uniform sale has been arranged to coincide with the Induction Day - this will be open in the afternoon, with full details to be confirmed shortly, with a main site at the Senior School.
We have a good stock of second-hand uniform, but are also looking for additional donations you may have, particularly for any used sports kits and sports equipment in addition to regular uniforms (e.g. hockey sticks!). Collection points will be at all three sites (Madingley, Junior School & Senior School). All the funds raised at the sale goes back to PFA activities and events.