With the nights drawing in and temperatures turning a little arctic, teaching staff across our schools are thinking ahead to Christmas. The pace gathers around the corridors of Madingley and Rosedale and the sense of excitement builds. This excitement stems from the enjoyment of the many opportunities that our pupils will experience in the build up to the end of term.
I am pleased to be able to provide notice of a number of exciting opportunities for our pupils all of which have a festive theme. The launch of our Christmas card competition, a school disco and a Christmas jumper sale will no doubt add to the festive cheer. Sustainability is always a present thought when planning school events and I am pleased to note that our Christmas card competition is going digital, contributing to a reduction of paper production and in the reduction in the tons of ecological damaging glitter that seems a compulsory additional to any card. The Year 6 Christmas jumper sale encourages the key message of reusing items of clothing rather than purchasing new, pupils will be able to support our house charities with the knowledge that they are doing their ‘bit’! Let us not forget about the PFA’s Christmas Fair on the 7 December. Your support at this event would be appreciated, I am sure that parents and children alike will enjoy the variety of stalls that are being planned. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.
With the help of Mr West we have kick started our programme of 1 o’clock talks, part of our Inspire Me programme. We welcomed Mrs Shah to Rosedale House. Year 4-6 arrived in droves to enjoy an interesting talk on the Internet of Things (IoT). Lasting for 20 minutes these pupils learnt about cryptography and the importance of protecting data that is sent across wireless networks. Is it never too young to hear about the working world and to identify interests and options that are available. We have had a number of parents express an interest in giving a talk to the children at school and we would be very happy to hear from you if this is something that you would be prepared to offer. Please do get in touch!
I have recently attended the Apple Distinguished Schools conference. Made up of 48 schools across the UK, the Stephen Perse Foundation has held this status for the last 7 years. Ms Aisling Brown, Senior School Digital Strategist and Stephen Perse teacher, spoke to the group of schools on the importance of an individualised approach to digital accessibility that we have developed right through our 3-18 curriculum. Watching our children personalise the iPad; setting it up to reflect a learning style that works for them is a timely reminder of the purpose behind equipping our classrooms with this technology.
We are very proud of our progression of digital opportunity throughout the Stephen Perse Foundation and pupils in Years 2-6 have recently completed the national Bebras competition. This competition offers a good benchmark to monitor progress and identify those that enjoy the challenge of applying their computational thinking skills to problematic tasks. We await the results in the hope that some of our Year 6 pupils get invited to the next stage of the competition later in the year.
School at Rosedale and Madingley is an enjoyable experience, you only have to poke your head into classrooms to see that the curriculum that is on offer inspires curiosity, engagement and a love for learning. Our classrooms are noisy, productive places and our pupils rise to the daily challenges that they face. Once again there have been opportunities to take learning outside of the classroom and I would encourage you to read about Year 6’s visit to The American Cemetery or their Remembrance activity at Latham Road as well as Year 4’s recent collaboration day.
With best wishes
Head of Rosedale House and Madingley
The U11 boys football A team travelled to the Perse for their annual invitational tournament a few weeks ago. Some great football was played throughout the day which saw us narrowly miss out on a cup spot on goal difference. The team were very motivated going into the plate competition and continued the great play all the way to the final, comfortably winning the plate tournament, bringing out first silverware of the year back to school!
The 9 November saw the U11 A and B team travel to Kimbolton on what was a very cold morning. The weather didn’t make a difference to our performance which saw the A team play some great football to draw 3-3. A very committed B team narrowly missed out on the win but every player can hold their head high as the team performance was fantastic.
The U9s played Dame Bradbury’s on the 5 November. The A team lost, it was a tough game for the girls, having conceding an early goal, the girls worked the ball well around the attacking circle producing some fantastic movement off the ball. Well done to Bella L for stepping into goal and making some fast reaction saves! The B team lost a difficult game with some exceptional passing around the midfield and fast attacking runs down the wings from the opposition.
On the 6 November the U11s played the Perse. The A team girls played well, working together as a team with strong attacks down the right wing from Beatrice H. The B team had a slow start to the first half, however, a more confident second half as the girls displayed fantastic skills and passing around the attacking circle. The C team enjoyed a fast passing game with plenty of chances in the opponents half. The girls worked hard, keeping possession for most of the game and were rewarded with a goal after some accurate passing. The D team took part in a very entertaining match, the girls never gave up and worked hard throughout the game. A well deserved draw.
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.
Our Madingley Year 1 and 2s visited the Fitzwilliam Museum this half term. They focused on sculptures and participated in a workshop. Children learnt about 'what is a sculpture' and looked out for differences between realistic and abstract ones. They also learnt about the use of different ma...
You are invited to attend the Snowdonia Year 6 residential trip information evening. This will be an opportunity to find out about Year 6's week in Wales; the activities and routines that will be in place. This will take place at Rosedale House in the hall 6pm - 6:30 pm
Y5 parent breakfast with Dr Kemp
8:00am – 9:00am
Reception collaboration at Rowley Hill Farm - Forest school
10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Rowley Hill Farm, Little Walden Reception pupils will come together for Forest School at Rowley Hill Farm, Little Walden with Mr Hannaway, Forest School Leader. Children will have opportunities to explore the seasonal changes in the wood and surrounding fields and meadow.
Y3 and Y4 Performers' Platform
5:00pm – 6:00pm
SPF Digital Christmas Card Competition 2019: design your own digital Christmas card cover!
Close your eyes and imagine your ideal 21st century Christmas card. What would it look like? For example, would you redesign Santa’s sleigh? Would you replace the iconic Christmas tree? Would you give the reindeer a makeover?
We love seeing your individuality and creativity in action every day, so we can’t wait to see what your card will look like.
Draw or design your 21st century Christmas card cover and submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 29 November. Please write your full name and year group in the subject line of the email.
This year our competition will be supporting Jimmy’s Cambridge. To enter the competition, we ask for a donation of £2. Donations will be collected when you have submitted your entry.
PFA Christmas Fair - 7 December 12 noon - 2pm
(Please note the change of time)
Preparations are well underway for the PFA Christmas Fair and we’re beginning to feel that festive glow. Don your elf shoes and Christmas jumpers and come along to Rosedale House from 12 noon - 2pm on Saturday 7 December to get in the Christmas spirit. There will be stalls, games and crafts, as well as the obligatory Santa’s grotto, and it promises to be a fantastic morning for all.
If you are able to volunteer on the day, and/or help with the set up the night before, please complete the Google Form. We need more volunteers please – we can’t run all the stalls without helpers.
We are also looking for donations of the following items to help the fair go off with a sparkle. Donations can be brought into any school site and left with the main offices at each site in the week commencing 2 December. We are incredibly grateful for any support and donations given – thank you in advance for all your support.
-Second hand Toys, games and puzzles
-Second hand Christmas jumpers (washed please)
-Second hand uniforms (washed please)
-Teddies (washed please)
-Bottles for the bottle tombola (anything - wine, rum - if it comes in a bottle, we'll take it)
-Chocolate and sweets for a tombola
-Baked goods (cakes, cookies, muffins, mince pies etc to be sold at the bake sale on the day, but strictly nut free please).
A Year 1 pupil designed an amazing submarine to suck up rubbish in the sea and transfer it to a recycling bin on the beach to ensure clean water and a clean world. #lookingafterourworld #futureinnovators #sustainability https://t.co/0jZsM0Lt9S