Stephen Perse Sixth Form Newsletter, 31 January 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
Following a packed festive period, the new term is well underway.
As well as focusing on their mock examinations, our Year 13s have been receiving offers from an impressive range of universities and courses, including English and Film Studies at Exeter and Geography at Edinburgh. Congratulations also to our Oxbridge applicants who have received offers for courses including Natural Sciences and Engineering. Many of our students now have all their offers in and face that hard decision of where to choose. Students are reminded that they have until June to make their decision and that there is no rush.
Our Year 12 students have been equally busy. On 23 January, they enjoyed a workshop on ‘work experience, CV writing and cover letters’, exploring opportunities in Cambridge and new avenues in this area. Following a recent presentation on the UCAS timeline, Year 12 will be following this up in tutor time and can look forward to a visit from UCL, Kings, LSE and Imperial London at our World Class Study in London event on Wednesday 29 January. On top of all this, Year 12 are now working towards their February progress tests. These are an excellent opportunity for students to check their own academic progress and identify areas for improvement over the coming months.
A very special thank you to Dr Curry, Dr Woodward, Mr Rudd and the Sixth Form pastoral team for all the excellent work they are doing to support our students through the UCAS process and beyond.
Over on the extracurricular front, a number of exciting trips have already taken place this term.
Five students from Year 12 enjoyed two very busy days at the UCL department of engineering on the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) residential workshop. The students, working with engineers from ARM, have been developing a bike scheme with special locking, tracking and safety features. The project involves using GPS and the LORA radio communication system plus a Raspberry Pi and many other electromechanical devices. The students hope to get their first working prototype up and running by Easter. Thank you very much to Mr Bett for organising this event.
Our Year 12 A Level drama students have just begun the exciting, and somewhat challenging process of creating an original piece of devised theatre as part of their course. They have chosen as influencing practitioner the very contemporary devising theatre company Frantic Assembly. As part of their research and development process they joined forces with A Level drama students from Kings Ely to participate in a workshop with a member of the company where they learned how to create new material in a physical theatre style using simple building blocks and lifts. To further enrich their understanding of how Frantic Assembly devise their own work, our drama students will be going to see their most recent production, I Think We Are Alone, at The Theatre Royal, Stratford East in March. In other drama related news, we hope to see as many of you as possible at the Sixth Form play on 7 February (please see details below).
Over in the sporting arena, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Almudena on her fantastic athletic achievements. Almudena took part in the Open Dutch Nationals in December, obtaining two Personal Bests and competing in finals against Olympians such as Ranomi Kromowidjodjo and Femke Heemskerk. Her best results included 6th place for the 1500 free, 6th place for the 4x200 free relay, and 15th place for the 800 free.
I would like to round up this newsletter with a brief mention of our Sixth Form assembly programme. These weekly assemblies are an important part of life at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form, providing opportunities for our Sixth Form to come together as a community and to reflect on global issues and events. On 27 January we had our Holocaust Memorial Day assembly, and later this term our Principal will be giving a special presentation on sustainability, an issue that resonates with all of us in today’s world.
Workshop for students to gain a virtual experience of driving and to improve skills such as anticipating danger, hazard detection, risk management and eye scanning. Students will gain a better understanding of the key dangers such as distraction and peer pressure and learn how to build coping strategies to stay safe.
The workshop will be lead by Cambridge Drive IQ and supported by officers from Cambridgeshire police and the Cambridgeshire Fire Brigade.
6F production - dress rehearsal
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: SS Hall
Y10 and Y12 Geography Iceland trip parent information evening
6:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: Stephen Perse Sixth Form, Shaftesbury Rd, Cambridge CB2 8AA, UK
NB - please note that this performance contains adult themes and strong language. Suitable for 14+.
Stephen Perse Podcast
Take some time out and listen to one of our Stephen Perse Podcasts. Each episode is a conversation between staff and students discussing everything from current events to education in the modern world.
Find out about the fascinating lives of our staff before they turned their hand to teaching, from professional football to starring in the West End.
Listen to all of our episodes on our website or search ‘Stephen Perse Podcast’ on Apple Podcast, Spotify, YouTube and Anchor.
The Under 18 Boys’ played their first game of the season and were unfortunate to lose 1-0 against Mander Portman Woodward (Birmingham). Despite having numerous clear cut chances, we lacked the clinical edge which would have won the game. However, the team can be very proud of their performance and there are a lot of positives to take forward.
Our U19 team once again qualified for the Regional Schools tournament last weekend which is a fantastic achievement. The team were left with just seven players after illness and injury yet worked hard against some very strong teams. They did not progress out of their pool but played extremely well and should be commended for their efforts under such difficult circumstances.
Congratulations to Francesca who was selected to represent Cambridgeshire County at the Anglian Schools cross country recently. We wish her all the best for the competition this weekend.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosedale House Reception class has been joined by their Dame Bradbury's counterparts for a collaboration day to celebrate Chinese New Year. This group was learning about the Chinese Zodiac animals and what movements they make @SPFRosedaleHse https://t.co/X8p9mvtUrX
Today we have @DomEllisPeckham, world renowned choral director spending the day with Y6 from both Rosedale House and Dame Bradbury's to help them with their vocal technique in preparation for a showcase in front of parents this afternoonhttps://t.co/5rn9RASMiO