Stephen Perse Sixth Form newsletter, 18 October 2019
Dear parents and guardians,
In the last newsletter I wrote about the alumni association and its role in keeping students connected to the Foundation once they take the next steps in their academic career and move on to pastures new. Last Saturday (15 June) I had the great pleasure of attending the alumni reunion, one of the biggest I have seen in recent years with nearly 200 students on site reminiscing about their time at the Foundation and marvelling over the changes that have taken place in the physical environment since their days on the Senior School site. Miss Kelleher spoke to the alumni on the topic of sustainability and about our upcoming plans for the Festival of Learning to take place on 9 July 2019.
All Year 12 students will be involved in the Festival of Learning that takes the form of a day of activities focussed on the topic of sustainability and protecting the biosphere. We are delighted to be welcoming Angus Forbes to speak to the Year 10 and 12 students. Angus is the founder of Vote GPA (Global Planet Authority), an organisation of individuals who are passionate about saving the biosphere and who will not rest until a dedicated global authority has been established to do the job http://www.votegpa.com/about-us/. Angus believes that the governance structures currently abided by are not supportive enough when it comes to fighting climate change and other environmental degradation and that it is time to start anew. He advocates for global taxation and regulation to protect this global asset, the planet. The students will take part in a series of activities during the day to come up with solutions to some of the challenges that are facing the planet today.
We will be welcoming students from Impington Village College, North Cambridge Academy, Bassingbourn Village College, St Bede's and Swavesey Village College to take part in the days events and to work alongside students from the Foundation to come up with the solutions. This will be a great opportunity to connect with students from around Cambridge.
For those students who took part in the Festival of Learning last year they will remember that the lunch was a particular highlight. This year we will be showcasing vegan food in line with the sustainability focus and enjoying a real festival feel with our ‘Fête de la musique’. The day will segue into our evening ‘Celebration of Learning’ where, amongst the prizes, we will hear from students about their experience of the day. The Year 12 subject prizes will be presented as part of the evening and all Year 12 parents will be invited to the event which will start at 18.30 with a drinks reception. We hope that many of you will be able to join us for this event.
Upper Sixth student Leo has been chosen to exhibit at the first ever Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts. This achievement is even more impressive as his artwork was one of only 139 artworks chosen out of over 6,200 artworks submitted.
On Thursday 9 May, the 6th Form College played host to a number of advisers from US and European universities and institutions who set up a mini-fair over the lunchtime for students from our Sixth Form Colleges who were curious about international applications.
On a blustery and at times a rather wet day, 15 of our students (and 1 staff member) all competed against the best in the County at the Cambridgeshire County Track & Field Championships at the Wilberforce Road Athletics Track.
Mediterranean Movie Night at SPF Senior School - 28 June starting at 6pm
Don’t forget to get your tickets for this year's PFA summer event: Mediterranean Movie Night at the Senior School on Friday 28 June starting at 6pm. This event is geared towards all ages, it includes food and movies and there will be a cash bar onsite as well. Older kids can attend with or without their parents. Get your tickets and come along for an evening of film, food and fun!
The deadline for purchasing combo tickets is Friday 21 June. Movie only tickets will be available until Friday 28 June.
Second-hand uniform sale at the Senior School - 3 July starting at 3.15pm
The PFA is responding to the request from parents to run another second-hand uniform sale but we need donations to make it a success. Please drop off donations at the Senior School Reception (Union Road).
The Second-hand uniform sale will be held on Wednesday 3 July from 3.15pm to 4.30pm in the Senior School Activity Space (Union Road entrance).
We need school uniforms that are in good condition from Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior Schools. School uniforms include summer and winter, school sports uniforms, sports bag, school coats (please no frayed, torn, holes or stained items). Last day for drop off is Friday 28 June.
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the Doodle Poll with your first and last name and you will be contacted with details to help sort and/or sell.
PFA Scavenger Hunt! Loose play equipment for the Pre-Prep and Junior School playgrounds
As part of the PFA Funding Project, the Pre-Prep and Junior School Council presented a video clip at the last PFA committee meeting with their ideas of projects that available funds could be spent on - the winning idea being 'Loose Play Equipment' for the playgrounds.