Dear Parents / Guardians
This half term has another packed schedule of events.
Highlighted events are detailed below, for a complete view of all school activities, please visit our school calendars.
Senior School Open House
Our Open House events are for current parents who wish to explore the New Build at Senior School.
- Families currently at our Pre-Preps, Junior School or Dame Bradbury's - Thursday, 9 November from 17.00-20.00
- Families currently at our Senior School or 6th Form - Friday, 13 October or Wednesday, 18 October from 16.00-18.00
There is no need to register for the Open House events.
Open Events for all
We are holding a series of Open Events for all across our schools. We would love to see you at these too, as they are a great way to gain a real insight into the next stage of the Stephen Perse journey.
- Fenland Museum Ely:
- 22 September, All day (City, Years 1 and 2)
- 25 September, All day (Reception)
- 4 October, All day: Art Adventure: The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Reception)
- City Year 2 Class Assembly - 8.40-9.15, 10 October
- Madingley Year 2 Class Assembly - 8.40-9.15, 11 October
EYFS Phonics Workshop for Parents
City - 3 October
Madingley - 5 October
Parents of children in our Reception and Kindergarten classes are welcome to attend an informative Phonics workshop.
Madingley Kindergarten @ City Pre-Prep for Pizza Making
Prepare your tastebuds for an Italian pizza making adventure.
Madingley - 12 October
City - 13 October
All pupils will celebrate Harvest Festival.
- 19-23 October - Year 6 Optional Language experience in Salamanca, Spain
- Friday, 13 October - all pupils will celebrate Harvest Festival
European Day of Languages
A variety of activities designed to encourage pupils and staff to showcase their languages and learn a few phrases in those with which they are not familiar.
Year 3 and Year 5 Collaborative Project Day with Dame Bradbury's
Year 3 will go on an 'Island Adventure' at Dame B's.
Year 5 will 'Go Wild' at Latham Road in Cambridge
- 27 September, All day: Thematic Learning Inspired River Granta Trip - Year 4
- 6 October, All day: Trip to Audley End House, discovering the Victorians - Year 6
- STEAM Week Inspired Trips to Cambridge Eagle Labs:
- 9 October, 09.00-12.30: (Class 4B)
- 9 October, 12.30-15.30: (Class 3G)
- 13 October, 09.00-12.30: (Class 3T)
- 13 October, 12.30-15.30: (Class 3K)
- 19-23 October: Year 5 and 6, Joint Junior School and Dame Bradbury’s residential trip to Salamanca, Spain
- 30 October, 08.30-15.30: Year 5 Trip to The Globe Theatre - Exploring Shakespeare
- 2 October, 17.00-1930: Year 6 Parents' Evening with subject teachers
- 12 October, 16.00-19.30: Kindergarten to Year 5 Parents' Evening with subject teachers
- 17 October, 17.00-20.00: Kindergarten to Year 5 Parents' Evening with subject teachers
STEAM week, an integrated learning project which will run from 9-13 October, is entitled ‘Discover’. An opportunity for our pupils to be innovators, creators and thinkers throughout the week culminating in an outdoor cinema on Friday 13 October for family and friends.
Dame Bee's Baby and Toddler Group
Join us for coffee, chat, play, crafts, snacks and a sing-song.
All are welcome to join our free Dame Bee's Playgroup. Every Friday morning in term time from 8.30-10.30am. You can join in additional events from 9.00-10.00am.
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - Parent Workshop (Years 3-6)
We invite you to attend our Back to School - Parent Workshop to experience how we support learning in school through digital means and to help you ‘get to grips’ with our evergreen apps and understanding how Google Classroom works.
For parents with children in Years 3 and up it will have a similar format to sessions we have run in previous years. Look out for the information that will make its way home and reply to confirm your attendance.
Pre-Prep Maths Workshop
Mental maths strategies and resources to help parents support their children's learning in school and at home.
Year 3 and Year 5 Collaborative Project Day with Stephen Perse Junior School
Year 3 - An Island Adventure (Dame B's)
A day of thinking skills and team building challenges; can your group survive and escape from your desert island?
Year 5 - 'Go Wild!' (Latham Road)
Year 5’s collaboration day will be hosted by the Junior School. The theme is outdoor learning. We will be using natural materials to create artwork, exploring the SPF nature reserve at Latham Road, getting to know each other by playing team building games, singing around the campfire and toasting marshmallows!
The aims of the day are to make new friends, learn about native wildlife and plants as well as developing design skills away from the classroom - no pre-prepared art materials here!
Year 4 Production - Jack and the Beanstalk
18 and 19 October
A production of Roald Dahl’s revolting rhyme Jack and the Beanstalk.
To reserve tickets, please contact the School Office.
Class Concerts - Years 3, 5 and 6
In this week's music lessions pupils will be performing to each other. They will play instruments or recorder pieces, or sing class songs.
European Day of Languages - Celebrating diversity and global citizenship!
As languages and cultural understanding in the world today are more important than ever, we will be embracing every opportunity to share our love for language learning. In the Senior School we are celebrating the European Day of Languages in many different ways this year.
There will be a House Quiz on Friday 22 Sept testing students on their knowledge of various languages across the world.
On the actual day, Tuesday 26 September, we have an alumna, Gwen Clayton, giving an assembly to share with us where languages have taken her. Learning vocabulary and grammar does pay off! There will be a multilingual treasure hunt across the Senior School site and the annual competitive search for the most multi-lingual member of staff (both teaching and non-teaching). The ML dept will be taking over the student blog and putting it into different languages. There will be a few other surprises during the day as well!
Christ and the Cosmos - Professor Keith Ward
Periods 5 & 6
The RS and Philosophy department presents: Professor Keith Ward, Professorial Research Fellow, Heythrop College, London and former Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford.
For Year 11 and 6th Form RS and Philosophy students.
Grafham Water Trip - Year 7
Year 7 students are off to Grafham Water Centre for a two-and-a-half day residential Adventure Learning trip involving water sports, climbing, and a variety of games and other outdoor activities.
It is a key part of our induction programme with the new Year 7s working in teams, enjoying exciting challenges and generally breaking the ice with each other. It provides an ideal opportunity for students to get to know each other and try their hand at something completely new.
Year 11 Geography fieldwork trip to Stratford
Before London 2012 Stratford was one of the most deprived areas in London. However the £9 billion ploughed into the London Olympics regenerated the area and created a thriving commercial hub. On Thursday 5 October our Year 11s will be visiting Stratford to investigate this through fieldwork.
19.30, 9 October
This year marks the 250th Anniversary of the death of the German composer Georg Philipp Telemann.
On 9 October, at 19.30 in the School Hall, some of our chamber music groups and soloists will perform a concert of his music, and Dr Dexter-Mills will talk about his life and compositions.
Everyone is welcome and no tickets are needed. If your son or daughter is performing in this concert they will be given further details shortly.
New Building Tours - Senior School Parents
16.00-18.00, 13 October
16.00-18.00, 18 October
You are warmly invited to a relaxed and informal tour of the new building between 16.00 and 18.00 on Friday 13 October or Wednesday 18 October.
Parents and Carers of Year 9 Girls
Welcome back and hello to Autumn and a new term!
Join us for a coffee and chat at: Second Cup Coffee, 36 Petty Cury, CB2 3NB (Next to Timberland)
Thursday 28 September at 09.00
Drop in and catch up with the latest news. Any questions contact: Jane Biddle at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Future date: Wednesday, October 18 at Costa, Hills Road (by Senior School)
Please note this is not an SPF event.
Trips - Years 12 and 13
New 6th Form Running Club
16.10, every Monday
A new club for students and staff. All levels of ability are welcome to attend.
Contact Dr S Tustin to register your interest.
Cambridge Classics Study Days
26 September, 28 September
An opportunity for students to hear some of UK's leading academics lecture on topics related to Classical Civilization, Latin and / or Greek A Level courses.
The Study Days are hosted by the Classics Faculty and give an excellent opportunity to experience learning in a university setting.
Members of the Classics Department will be going too, so there will be maximum opportunity for students to make the most of the lectures by following up with discussion in class too.
Elevate Education - Study skills programme - Year 12 and Year 13
Elevate Education will run their highly successful study skills programmes with all students.
The workshops and seminars aim to:
- Improve student performance
- Achieve behavioural change
- Encourage students to use and apply skills
Year 12 students will attend the first of three workshops for this year covering:
- Utilising the syllabus to frame study
- Structuring and reviewing organised notes
- Conceptual learning to develop deep understanding
- Utilising practice exam papers
- Standing out through independent learning
Year 13 students will attend a workshop covering:
- Techniques for self motivating
- The role of belief and self-efficacy in performance
- Developing a growth mindset
- Increasing motivation through goal attachment
- Breaking goals into manageable tasks and deadlines
Fullbright US University Information Fair - Year 12
USA College Day is the largest US university event in Europe. 150 US universities will exhibit at this free-to-attend event for prospective undergraduates, parents and teachers.
Students interested in attending should contact: Dr Mark Woodward
‘Multiple Mini Interviews' for prospective Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Midwifery and Biomedical Science students (Year 13)
16.30-18.30, 2 October
'Multiple Mini' is a progressive style of interview now used by many universities in their selection process and is one of many activities laid on by the our Medsoc Society.
In addition to their standard interview prep, Year 13 students will be challenged by a variety of ‘stations’ to help them prepare for the mathematics, ethics, dexterity, memory, empathy and communication skills that are key to achieving the successful applications we are familiar with.
Rotary Club Annual Peace Debate - Year 13
Year 13 students will debate questions surrounding the topic of 'peace' with other local 6th Form teams.
Drama workshop - Year 12 and 13
Drama students have been invited to attend a workshop with theatre company Gecko.
Moonlit Caberet - 6th Form Cabaret
19.30, 13 October
At our annual 6th Form Cabaret the Old Library in college will be transformed for one glorious night only into a glittering jazz club.
Tickets available at 6th Form reception:
- Adults - £5.00
- Concessions - £2.50
All proceeds from the evening will go to Alzheimer's Research UK.