Dear parents and guardians,
This newsletter highlights key events happening across each of our schools this half term. You can also check sports fixtures throughout the term using our new sports website.
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For Pre-Prep events this half term, please check the school calendar.
Class Assemblies in the Junior School Hall
Parents of participating pupils are welcome to join us from 8am for assembly at 8:40am, finishing at 9am. Summer term assemblies for the calendar include:
- 5A - 13 June
- 5Alpha - 20 June
Year 5 Trip to Cadbury World
This trip is linked to the theme ‘Chocolate Heaven’. The pupils will view exhibitions and films about the origins of chocolate and its journey to Europe. They will learn about the beginnings of the Cadbury business and see how it has developed through the years. There will be an opportunity to take a look behind the scenes in the packaging zone, sample some liquid chocolate and watch chocolatiers demonstrate traditional chocolate making skills. Finally the pupils will have a talk on the design aspects of marketing chocolate products, focusing on target markets, packaging and unique selling points.
3A & Alpha visit to the Nature Reserve
23 & 24 April
Year 3 pupils are looking forward to their introductory session on the Nature Reserve at Latham Road, as part of their science topic on plant studies. 3A visit is 23 April and 3Alpha visit is April 24.
PFA Committee Meeting, Senior School
19.30 - 21.00
Termly planning meeting for forthcoming PFA events.
Year 4 Burwell House Residential Trip
25 - 27 April
The three day residential trip to Burwell House is one of the highlights of Year 4. As well as putting recently acquired geographical skills to good use, the pupils willparticipate in team building challenges and have the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves, whilst living and learning away from the familiar environments of home and school.
Year 6 Photography Club trip to Camera Club Exhibition
12.30 - 14.00
Pitt Building, Trumpington Street
Photography Club members will have the opportunity to see their entries in this exhibition, along with others in both children’s and adults’ classes.
Year 6 Normandy Residential Trip
1 - 4 May
During this four day residential trip our Y6 pupils will be based in a chateau in Lower Normandy. The activities will provide them with a fantastic opportunity to put their French into practice and to see for themselves some very well-known sites, including Le Tapisserie de Bayeux, Arromanches 360 Cinema, Musée de Debarquement and Le Mont Saint Michel.
Year 5 Girls' class visit to University Botantic Garden
10.30 - 12.30pm
This trip is an enrichment opportunity for Y5 pupils’ study of plant life cycles.
Year 5 Boys' class visit to University Botantic Garden
10.30 - 12.30pm
As above, this trip is an enrichment opportunity for Y5 pupils’ study of plant life cycles.
Year 5 & 6 Soloisits' Concert
18.30 - 20.30
This concert gives our Y5 & Y6 pupils the opportunity to showcase their talents as solo performers. They successfully auditioned for their places in the concert before Easter.
LAMDA Exams for Speech pupils
10 - 11 May
Speech pupils in Y4-Y6 have been working hard towards their LAMDA exams. Y4 take Speaking Verse & Prose Grade 1, Y5 take Speaking in Public Grade 1, Y6 take Speaking Verse & Prose Grade 2.
Transition meeting for parents of Year 1 pupils
19.00 - 20.30
Parents of Y1 pupils in both City and Madingley Pre-Preps are warmly invited to this information meeting to meet key members of Junior School staff and find out about transition from Y2 to Y3 in 2019.
Junior School Summer Term Exams
18, 21 - 24 May
Y3-Y6 pupils are given guidance and practice opportunities, in preparation for their end of year assessments in English, Maths and Science.
- 4 May, 08.30-09.10 - 4B Class Assembly
- 18 May, 08.30 - 09.10 - 2F Class Assembly
Dame B's and Pre-Prep Reception Sikhism Wesak Collaboration
We celebrate Sikhism with our SPF friends in a Sikhism Day at Madingley. The children will enjoy and experience activities aimed at developing their understanding of the world by focusing on principles and practices of the Sikh faith.
One O’Clock Talk: Mr Gaetan Lee
13.00 - 13.40
Mr Lee works in the world of museum operations and scientific communications and will talk to our Prep pupils about what his job involves.
Snowdonia Residential Parents Information Meeting
15.45 - 16.45
This talk will be an opportunity to learn about the upcoming residential trip, the staff that are accompanying the children as well as the activities that are planned.
Junior Maths Challenge
The Junior Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust. It is generally aimed for pupils aged 11 - 13 years, and is open to all our Y5 & 6 pupils.This will take place within maths lessons.
Year 1 & 2 to visit Saffron Walden Common
08.45 - 10.15 (Year 2)
13.00 - 14.45 (Year 1)
Year 1 and Year 2 will be spending some time in our local green space to complement their current topic of “Let’s Play!”
Visit from Author Julian Sedgwick
10.50 - 12.50
Julian will be talking with our Prep pupils about his work as an author and about how they can develop as writers. There will also be a chance to buy one of Julian’s books.
Battle of the Bands
08.30 - 09.10
The Dame Bradbury's Rock Bands will take to the stage to perform one song live in front of an enthusiastic audience.
Player House Charity Day
The whole school will join with Player House in raising money for St. Elizabeth’s, a school, college and residential care home for young people who have epilepsy and other complex needs.
Reception Number Walk Collaboration at Dame B's
Our friends from Madingley and City Pre-Preps will be joining us for this walk around Saffron Walden looking for numbers and shapes!
Year 5 & 6 trip to 'School of Rock' in West End
An exciting opportunity for our older pupils to experience a high quality live show at the New London Theatre in London’s West End.
Dame Bee's Parent & Toddler Group
Please note that these events are open to anyone in the local community - so please do share with friends and help us spread the word!
This term, the Dame Bee's Toddler Group can look forward to the following free events, open to the community. Parents, carers and children aged 0-3 years are very welcome to join us:
- 27 April - Toddler Yoga (Please book in advance)
- 4 May - Parent & Toddler Group (Drop-in)
- 11 May - Parent & Toddler Group (Drop-in)
- 18 May - Stories, Songs and Rhymes (Please book in advance)
- 22 June - Toddler Forest School (Please book in advance)
All sessions run from 9.00 - 11.00 am. If you have any questions, or if you'd like to book your place on any of the special events, email us or call the Dame Bradbury's office on 01799 522348.
Exchanges and Trips that took place this Easter holiday - trip reports coming soon:
Y9 French exchange to Rouen, France. A week spent with a French family, sampling the French education system and exploring sights in Normandy
Gold Duke of Edinburgh candidates practice expedition to Snowdonia
- Y10 & Y12 German Exchange (read the trip report here)
- Visit to Kiev for a couple of Y10 students for a week of Russian language lessons and sightseeing in Ukraine's historic capital
- Spanish trip to Cartagena
Rock School Concert
An in house event, featuring a number of students bands who have been rehearsing as part of SPF's very own Rock School.
Year 7- Year 11 Soloist Concert
A chance to hear performances by Senior School students performe on a wide range of instruments and musical styles wide range of styles.
PFA Year 9 Parents and carers Coffee Morning
Come and join other parents and carers for a tea/coffee and a chat!
PHSE Parent information
With Liz Parker, occupational therapist and academic mentor. Founder of Cambridge Academic Performance.
Our regular series of Friday lunchtime concerts, free and open to the public, continues at the Michaelhouse Centre this term, with our talented musicians playing on the following dates:
- 27 April - This performance will feature violin solos performed by Julia Ponek, piano solos performed by Anastasia Nunez, and a performance by a string chamber music group. All welcome.
- 4 May - A piano concert performed by Alex Li
Each concert starts at 12:30pm and lasts for around half an hour. We'd love to see you there.
Consultation Week, U6 IB
23 - 27 April
Teaching staff available to meet with U6 IB students on an individual basis.
Extended Essay L6
9.00 - 12.00
L6 off timetable for P1 & 2, for extended essay. Will include all L6 IB students and those A-Level students interested in extended essays.
Inspire Me: 'Autism: Latest Research' by Professor Baron Cohen
16.30 - 17.30
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Britain's leading expert on autism gives a talk about his latest research. No registration required, just turn up on the day! Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.
There will also be a Q & A sessions after the talk.
Pre-U Music: Performance examination
9.00 - 12.00
The examinations will take place from 9am to 12noon in the Octagon, Senior School.
L6 UCAS Guidance Assembly
An introduction to the UCAS personal statement for L6.
Inspire Me talk: 'A Day in the Life of a Scientist'
12.15 - 13.00
Dr Sue Jones from the department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge will be giving a talk on her research and a day in the life of a scientist. The event is aimed at those sixth form students interested in studying neuroscience or science at university. Organised by the SPF Science Society.
Inspire Me talk: 'Is pain relief a human right?'
16.30 - 17.45
Dr Rajesh Munglani who is an expert witness in law, director of the Addenbrookes pain clinic and clinical lecturer will host a societal debate on whether ‘pain relief is a human right’. Open to all interested students but especially those with legal, philosophical, ethical and medical interests.
L6 guidance event: King’s College London
12.30 - 13.30
Our Lower 6th Form university guidance events continue this term focusing initially on the innovative ‘Arts and Sciences’ or ‘Liberal Arts’ degree programs now offered by an increasing number of Russell group Universities. Dr Rosa Andujar from King's College will be presenting and answering questions in an event encompassing other local colleges. Students attending have permission to be off timetable for Lesson 5.
L6 Personal Statement Writing Workshop
14.00 - 16.00
University presentation and workshop. L6 students are expected to attend the event and will be off timetable.
Inspire Me talk: 'The Economics of Religion'
16.15 - 17.15
Inspire Me event in conjunction with the Economics and Philosophy Department. Talk by Dr Sriya Iyer, Bibby Fellow & College Lecturer in Economics at St Catherine's College Cambridge.
L6 UCAS Guidance Assembly
An introduction to the UCAS personal statement for L6.
Consultation Week, U6 A Level
14 - 18 May
Teaching staff are available to meet with U6 A Level students on an individual basis.
Inspire Me: ‘Modern dilemmas in human practice.' BMA Ethics Workshop
16.30 - 18.00
We will be hosting the third of our interactive workshops with Dr Julian Sheather from the British Medical Association. Our series of cross curricular events organised by the medical society are designed to engage all those with any level of legal, philosophical, ethical, medical or general interests. Dr Sheather, who also works with Medicines sans frontiers, will this time focus on ‘moral dilemmas in medical and humanitarian practice’.
Spotlight on... 'Inspire me' talks
Is your child in Year 11 or 6th Form?
We have an impressive line-up of guest speakers this term, visiting the 6th Form to deliver 'Inspire me' talks as part of our guidance programme.
'Autism: Latest Research' with Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge - 25 April, 16.30-17.30
'A Day in the Life of a Scientist' with Dr Sue Jones from the department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge - 26 April, 12.15 - 13.00
'Is pain relief a human right?' with Dr Rajesh Munglani, Director of the Addenbrookes Pain Clinic - 26 April, 16.15-17.45
'What is a Liberal Arts Degree and how could it benefit you?’ with Deputy Director Rosa Andujar from the KCL Liberal Arts programme - 27 April, 12.30-13.30
'The Economics of Religion' with Dr Sriya Ayer, College Lecturer at St Catherine's College, Cambridge - 2 May, 16.15-17.15
‘Modern Dilemmas in Human Practice' with Dr Julian Sheather from the British Medical Association - 16 May, 16.30-18.00