A message from the Principal
As you are aware, Dr Gill Sutherland, our recently retired Chair of Governors, led the school’s transformation from the Perse School for Girls to the Stephen Perse Foundation over the course of the last two decades. Today the Foundation boasts six very successful schools for girls and boys across Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden. With a progressive educational philosophy and a global outlook, the schools of the Foundation look to the future with confidence and a strong sense of being part of an extraordinary community.
We believe there is no better way of honouring the huge contribution of Dr Sutherland to the Foundation than creating the new Sutherland house in September 2018. This is a historic moment for our schools as the Sutherland house will be the first ever Foundation schools’ house. Students in Cambridge and Saffron Walden will be united for a range of extra curricular activities under one banner competing against the other traditional school houses. With growing numbers of students, Sutherland house will provide a host of new opportunities and add to the competitive spirit of the many and varied house events. I wish all the houses well in the forthcoming year.
In the life of the Pre-Prep the summer term is filled with opportunities for the children to express what they have discovered about themselves as learners. Familiarity with the expectations of the year, the routines of the day and the established relationships with their teachers and peers all contribute to the children feeling positive and confident during their time in school.
In our Kindergarten classes the children have had a series of challenges to tackle and through working on solutions our youngest pupils have demonstrated their ability to think creatively. The first challenge was based on a story about a troll that lived in a hole and the children needed to find a way of crossing the hole. After a group discussion, they had several ideas that included, building a bridge and using a helicopter. The children voted on the best approach and shared their decision with their parents in the class assemblies this week. The class assemblies were a lively event that captured how enthusiastic and excited the children are about learning. A highlight in both the Madingley and City assembly was the minibeast dance!
The Reception children are relishing being responsible for their own learning. In small groups they are allocated an area of the classroom and they choose what challenges need to be completed in this area. When they present the challenges to the whole class they give each other helpful hints on how to achieve success. In the creative area, this week the challenge was to design a robot and the children had drawn a helpful diagram to support success.
From the youngest to the oldest, all of the children are beginning to think about the next class that they will be moving to and the types of learner they need to be. The Year 2 children regularly demonstrate a mature and responsible attitude to school life as they prepare for Year 3. In the City, the Year 2 class accompanied the residents of St George’s Care Home on a trip to the Botanical Gardens. During the trip the children initiated conversation and helped the residents notice areas of interest in the gardens. At Madingley the Year 2 class have volunteered to support the Year 1 class in learning how to do country dancing. The words of encouragement between the children and their patience as they allow the Year 1s time to rehearse is an example of the children’s growing understanding of the impact that they can have on others.
We look forward to welcoming parents to join us in celebrating the children’s learning in the different events taking place in the second half of term.
Head of Pre-prep @SPFPreprep
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Award-winning New Build
Exciting news! Our New Build has won two awards:
- RIBA East award 2018
- Cambridge Design and Construction award - Large Building Category
Both awards are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence and illustrates the regional importance of our New Build as a piece of architecture.