‘Cambridge is our campus’ is a phrase that I have heard bandied around Stephen Perse over the last number of years but it is through my new role as Head of Rosedale House and Madingley, that this has truly been understood. Our schools are well placed to offer a curriculum that extends beyond their physical boundaries. Cambridge is an exciting city to educate within; opportunities are bountiful and I have been pleased to see a number of year groups venture into the city to visit Pizza Express, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Botanic Gardens. These visits have helped strengthen the learning links to the children’s thematic topic. We look forward to Year 6s trip to The Anglo American Cemetery, which will be a first for the school. I will look forward to this continuing throughout the year.
Our schools have six learning habits that we strive for our young learners to embed throughout their time in and outside of school: collaboration, creativity, initiative, resilience, curiosity and responsibility. This half term our focus has been responsibility. As a community we have discussed the importance of collective responsibility; looking after our immediate environment and extending this to think more globally. You may have received a digital responsibility certificate, which has been sent home in recognition of your child going beyond the ‘norm’ in showing a responsible outlook in life. Each half term will culminate in a celebration of pupils who have exemplified the focussed habit. The addition of ten house points will be awarded to the recipients. Over the year the pupils will aim to collect all six habits and an extra special award will be presented in our celebration of learning assembly for those that are able to collect all six habits during the year.
Empowering young learners to make a difference in a positive way is a key aspect of our 3-11 schools. This fits with the Stephen Perse focus on being 'changemakers'. Active learners, who are curious, and want to make a difference, are celebrated and encouraged across our schools. ‘Families’ have been formed within our school’s houses and our school captains have researched their chosen local charities to become the focus of the house charity days, which will take place during the year. Social responsibility is a key component of being a changemaker and this was evident in our Harvest collection this year. Jimmy’s Cambridge thanked us on receiving their bumper harvest, they were genuinely bowled over by the efforts of our pupils and parents and they emphasised the positive difference that the food collection would make to help the homeless in Cambridge.
The first half term has gone in a blink of an eye and the Christmas break will be upon us before we know (and are prepared for!). I would like to thank all members of our school’s community for welcoming me into my role and I wish you all a restful half-term break.
With best wishes
Head of Rosedale House and Madingley
Our sports staffing has had a boost with the addition of Mr Roberts, Mr Lomas and Mr Wiseman. We now have an active presence on both school sites throughout the week. The first half term has been busy with sporting achievement:
Football - Rosedale House
U11 A Saturday 14 September - lost 3-2
The first fixture for the U11 As saw us lose 3-2 to Kimbolton. The game was very evenly matched but the team initially went 3-1 down. After some good passing football they brought it back to 3-2 chasing the equaliser and almost making it level before the end.
U10 A Wednesday 18 September - vs Sancton Wood won 6-1
The U10 As outplayed Sancton Wood meeting the half time whistle with a score of 6-0. During the second half we focussed on trying to play more as a team aiming to score a goal after making five passes without the other team getting the ball. We didn’t manage to score but everyone was touching the ball and playing as a team a lot more.
U9 A Thursday 26 September - vs The Perse lost 5-2, U9B lost 9-0
The first games for the U9 A and B teams were a tough challenge, playing two very strong Perse teams. The As were 4-0 down at half time, however they came out strong in the second half, scoring two quick goals. Unfortunately ThePerse got one more to kill the game off. The Bs battled well but were playing a very strong team and unfortunately lost. Both A and B battled to the end and didn’t give up.
U9s vs Kimbolton 3 October As lost 2-1, Bs lost 5-0, Cs lost, Ds lost 2-0
All four U9 teams played well and kept the games close against Kimbolton. Although they didn’t win, each team continued to work hard right to the final whistle with some great play.
U11 A Chigwell tournament Friday 4 October Drew 0-0 Lost 1-0, Lost 2-1, Lost 1-0 Lost 2-0 Lost 1-0
The U11A team played some great passing football throughout the day to challenge some very strong sides and kept the score lines close. Every person worked hard for their fellow teammates and gave everything they could on the pitch.
9 October vs Sancton Wood As Win 7-0, Bs Lost 2-0
The U11 A team played Sancton Wood, producing some amazing passing football and won 7-0, showing great positional play.
The B team continued the nice passing football in the second half playing against Sancton Woods A team. The final result didn’t reflect where the better football was played as the Bs couldn't quite get a goal and lost 2-0.
Hockey - Rosedale House
The season kick started with the annual hockey festival at Latham Road. Dame Bradbury’s, Kimbolton and King’s Ely joined us for an exciting day of hockey. The U11 A girls played some fantastic hockey, transferring the ball well and creating many goal scoring opportunities up front. A special mention to Nina T for her outstanding defending.
19 September - U9s girls hockey vs Kimbolton
First match of the season for the U9s vs a strong Kimbolton side. The girls started well and passed the ball around the pitch with confidence. There were many great tackles and the girls worked well as a team.
25 September vs Kingshott
A very exciting game with end to end attacks from both teams. Orla C gave a great performance in goal, denying the opposition forwards. Towards the end of the match the score line was 2-2 and with seconds left on the clock, Beatrice H scored the winning goal. Final score 3-2.
A great performance from the girls, Francesca F played well in defence along with Imogen T. The score line didn’t reflect the hard work the girls gave during the match. Lost 2-0
Outstanding performance from the girls C team in the second half. Of particular note: Pipsie F linked up well with Sophia E. Won 2-1.
A close game that could have gone either way. Both goal keepers were on top form for both teams. Saving a number of well struck shots that could easily have resulted in goals scored. Draw 1-1.
9 October U11 A - England Hockey County Tournament
An outstanding performance from the girls from the very start. Plenty of chances upfront, and some great runs down the wings from Natalie G and Beatrice H. Imogen P-H worked extremely hard in midfield and Caterina V made some fantastic saves in goal.
Vs St. Faiths 0-0 draw
Vs The Perse 0-0 draw
Vs Kings Cambridge 0-1 lost
Vs Kimbolton 1-2 lost
Vs St. John’s 1-0 win
10 October vs Kingshott U9s
The U9s gave a very good performance against Kingshott. Moving the ball into space and communicating well with each other around the pitch.
For all other news, results and information on fixtures, please follow us on twitter @SPFSport and remember to check the sports website www.stephenpersesport.com for fixtures, results and team selections.
Come along every Friday termtime 8:30-10:30am where your little ones can have fun, make friends and develop their social skills. Our activities will help inspire and stimulate your child's senses and helpto develop motor skills, coordination and concentration. Refreshments are provided.
Autumn half term
Don’t forget if you are a Stephen Perse parent and alumna of the school, to join our alumni community of 3,500 alumni across the world. You can sign up for free using our online form, as this isn’t done automatically just because you are a parent with us.
We have an event from the History Society at the Sixth Form today looking at research into Richard III remains under the car park, and how the discovery has led to one of our alumni, a voice artist, giving him a literal voice based on his remains.
Take a look at our other alumni news, alumna Dr Julia Chisholm led research into new cancer drugs for children just approved by the NHS, Victoria Ball TEDx talk link and alumna Maryam Rimi features in a list of the top 150 outstanding African and Caribbean university undergraduates in the country.
Our alumni community meet to celebrate anniversaries of leaving school annually, and we are also keen to invite parents who are alumni back for careers and Inspire and Guide events. Take a look at the Alumni Reunion 2019 photos here. You can email our Alumni Relations Officer, Melissa Santiago-Val.
Thanks to all those who joined us for the PFA AGM on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at the Senior School. We covered a wide agenda on the evening, the minutes of which you can find here.
We are especially glad to report the election of one new officer and several new committee members to your PFA, all parents like you who are already helping us plan and deliver activities this year.
Our first PFA event this year will be the Christmas Fair, which will be held on the morning of Saturday, 7 December 2019 at Rosedale House - if you have any ideas for the fair, would like to volunteer for an hour or two, or run a particular stand, please contact the PFA via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance and we'll pass on your email to the organisers.
Final point for now is that we would like to finalise delivery arrangement for the loose play equipment Scavenger Hunt. Please check the list of items here and please contact Rosedale House School Office to arrange delivery for after half term.
Y6 using the SPF thinking toolkit @spfschools. What picture can you eat out of bread? How far can you throw a teabag? How many objects start with your first initial? Thank you @ClassTaskmaster #enquirecreatecomputethinkcritically #thinkingoutsidethebox https://t.co/7S27bfRrWi