Although the mornings remain dark I am very thankful that, at the point of writing, we are all enjoying 34 minutes of extra daylight at the end of our day compared to the start of term. Now we need the rain to stop and the clouds to part for long enough to enjoy it!
At the start of the year I introduced our learning habits which are shared amongst all at Rosedale House and Madingley. These are: collaboration, creativity, curiosity, resilience, responsibility and tolerance. Our focus for this half term has been creativity, this is not an attribute that comes naturally to all but our learning spaces inspire creativity and our teachers ensure that the challenges and tasks that your children face on a day-to-day basis help to develop a creative disposition. To see this creativity in full flow (quite literally on some occasions!) look no further than our Twitter feed @SPFRosedaleHse. Here you will find a weekly insight into the goings on during our school day.
Creativity flows beyond the classroom too and I am pleased to include a number of news reports from various activities and experiences that your children have taken part in this term.
Our InspireMe programme goes from strength to strength. Our pupils have turned up in droves to continue their love of listening to guest speakers deliver to a room full of interested Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils. It goes to show how connected our pupils are to the world around them. The naivety of being a child in the 80s with the ambition of being a footballer or perhaps doing something on ‘telly’ does not echo the ambitions of our learners, I hang my head in shame! They have a genuine interest in finding out more. If you would like to feed their interests then please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express your availability.
Recently, our pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 were treated to a fascinating lunchtime InspireMe talk by Dr Meritxell Nus from the Cambridge Cardiovascular research centre at Cambridge University. Dr Nus spoke about her research into cardiovascular disease. The specific focus of her work is on the interaction of diet and the immune system in the formation of plaques in the arteries, which ultimately lead to heart attacks and strokes.
This was a unique opportunity for our pupils to gain an insight into the real world of scientific research, with some cutting-edge research presented in an imaginative and accessible way.
After listening with great interest to Dr Nus’s presentation, our pupils were then treated to some interactive activities, including crawling through a model artery, meeting some cuddly ‘blood cells’ and applying their mathematical skills to analyse the area of plaque build-up on actual microscope images of arteries.
We are very grateful to Dr Nus and her colleagues for taking the time to come out and deliver such a stimulating session, which has helped to inspire some doctors and medical scientists of the future! Reports on some of the other talks that have taken place can be enjoyed on our news page: https://junior.stephenperse.com/news/?pid=505&nid=34
Year One celebrated their new topic 'People Who Help Us' with a 'dress up' launch day. Children came to school dressed as doctors, firefighters, chefs, police officers and lawyers and discussed their roles in our community. Year 1 Madingley decided to make their own community. They created an ideas 'popplet' with all the buildings and services they wanted in their town. Their town is evolving everyday, with a new mosque and a 'Flamenco' dance school planned. Do pop in and visit Madingley's town. Year one Rosedale House have enjoyed having parents in talking about how they help people as part of their jobs. So far they have learned how an emergency doctor, dentist and artificial intelligence programmer help people. They are also looking forward to having a geneticist, police officer, Amey Cespa representative (who collect our waste) and more doctors coming in to speak to them!
As part of their ‘Thinking Detectives’ theme, Year 4 set off on a treasure hunt around the local museums. The day began by reading about the quest in the interactive book, ‘Hidden Tales’ by Mark Wells. We discovered that we had to free a secret world by unlocking the seven portals around the city and breaking the Keeper’s power. Equipped with the key skills in our SPF thinking toolkit, we headed off to the first portal - The Fitzwilliam Museum. We had to use our enquiry skills to interpret the clues in the museum. A lot of time was spent in the Egyptian gallery, trying to crack the code that accompanied the clues. In each portal we also had to work out which character was trapped there along with their special object. After reading the next chapter in the adventure, we headed off to the second portal, The Whipple Museum. There we explored a weird and wonderful selection of clues, from sets of teeth to astrolabes. Our third and final stop was the Sedgwick Museum where we met some frightening creatures, such as the ‘counterbalanced terrible claw’. Over the next few weeks, we will be spending time back at school discussing the clues and codes as well as drawing all our conclusions together. We have now handed completion of the quest over to Y4 pupils and their families - will anyone visit the other 4 portals and solve the entire quest?
As we approach the end of this half-term I would like to draw your attention to a number of key events...the creativity keeps on coming!
Year 5 and 6 have their Performers Platform at Rosedale House. Our Year 1 and 2 children from Rosedale House and Madingley will be performing their production ‘The Bee Musical’ on 14 February at the Senior School - they hope to see as many of their parents there as possible.
With best wishes
Head of Rosedale House and Madingley
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The U11 Netball teams have made a good start to the season with all girls turning up to training regularly with buckets of enthusiasm. The girls were given a tough first test very early in the season in an away fixture at Dame Bradbury’s. The A, B and C teams played well against some strong opposition and although not securing a win, impressed with their resilience and team-work. Those girls are now focused on making improvements to their game play for the exciting matches ahead.
Last week, it was the turn of the D and E teams who welcomed Dame Bradbury’s to Latham Road. Some excellent passing skills were seen, followed by impressive shooting made for two victories. Congratulations to both teams on a top performance!
Hockey report and cross country
All boys in Year 4 participated in a 3v3 festival, organised by Kimbolton School.
The festival was a great introduction to match scenarios for the pupils as they look to build towards 7-a-side hockey. No scores were recorded. All about full engagement and participation. The boys all had a great time with lots of positive experiences.
Some tired legs at the end of the non-stop hockey festival!
U11’s had a fantastic experience playing against Dame Bradbury’s. Both teams played exceptionally well and worked tremendously hard throughout the match, with plenty of attacks from the boys and fast reaction saves from the goal keepers.
Cross country - Year 5/6 boys/girls
A very windy and cold week for this years Bedforia Cross Country event, with some great results from Imogen T - 22, Imogen PH - 24 and Oli R - 24.
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.
Parent information meeting for Year 5 residential trip to Hilltop.
Visit from author Ann-Marie Howell
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Dame Bradbury's School, Ashdon Rd, Saffron Walden CB10 2AL, UK Author Ann-Marie Howell will be visiting us to talk to pupils about her new children’s historical-mystery book, The House of One Hundred Clocks, which is set in a mysterious house in Edwardian Cambridge. During the hour-long event children will hear about the Suffolk clock collection that inspired the book and hear secret top tips for writing about the past. They’ll learn about incredible Edwardian inventions and will try to work out the most valuable clock from a set of three.
Madingley Baby & Toddler Group
8:30am – 10:30am
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 help
to develop motor skills, coordination and concentration. Refreshments are provided.
Y3 visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum - Ancient Greeks
10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB, UK
On 7th February, Year 3 Rosedale House will visit the Fitzwilliam Museum to look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Greek beliefs, technology and everyday life.
Representation from each year group is essential in order for the event to be as meaningful and as successful as possible!
Valentine's bake sale @ Senior School Dining Hall, Friday, 14 February, 2pm-4pm, with second hand uniform sale @ Activity Space, 4pm-6pm
Calling all current and future bakers - the annual Valentine's bake sale is fast approaching on Friday, 14 February, at the Senior School Dining Hall from 2pm. Please send in your favourite baked goods - NB: STRICTLY NO NUTS!!! - and pocket money for the children (items are between 20p and £1 per item).
Rosedale House and Madingley parents please note that this coincides with the Year 1 and Year 2 school performance being held at the Senior School from 2.30-4.00pm.
All donations should be brought into school receptions on the morning of Friday 14 February up until 1:30pm. Please remember to label any trays and tins for easy return to you.
The bake sale will be followed by a second hand uniform sale at the Senior School. Uniform donations are always welcome if of good quality, clean and usable, via school receptions.
Movie Night - Maleficent 2 @ Senior School, Friday 28th February, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Calling all movie lovers - following last year's successful movie night, we're running a simpler version with one film - Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil (2019), PG certificate - at the Senior School, screening from 6.30pm.
Tickets will go on sale shortly at £5 per head including a bag of popcorn and a drink. We are looking to arrange a hot food stand for those looking for supper on the night, as well as a cash bar for alcoholic drinks.
We'll also be running a competition for the best Maleficent dress-up - the winner will get the Maleficent 2 DVD!!! - so please do wear something spritely.
Quiz Night @ Sixth Form, Thursday, 25 June
Finally, we're planning a quiz night next term after the main exam season is over to test out all parent brains as well! Please save the date for now, noting we will have ample parking on site.
We're looking for a quiz author as well as volunteers for the night, so if you're interested please contact your Class rep or the PFA directly at: email@example.com