Thank you very much to all of the parents, carers and governors who made donations towards the purchase of our Virtual Reality equipment. We have now reached our funding target and we hope to order the equipment before the half term break so that it will be ready for use in the final half term of the year.
Year 11s made a great start to their exam season this week, with 100% attendance and a cheerful atmosphere of readiness. The Sports Hall is a wonderful new venue for us, being graciously welcomed by our hosting Sports Centre. Students are showing maturity and dedication to the task. Our building team are on side to keep any avoidable noise at bay.
This year’s Enrichment week was launched to students on Monday. They have all been given the code to start exploring the activities on offer on the Enrichment Edmodo page. The programme is exciting, with students already finding it difficult to choose between the variety of activities on offer. Students will make their final selections during registration next Monday. Thank you to all the parents and guardians who have sent their contributions towards Enrichment Week. If you have not managed to do this yet, please do so at your earliest convenience as this is essential for us to be able to run this varied and exciting Enrichment programme.
Basketball success! Basketball is definitely a growing sport in our area. After another very successful school season, four girls from Year 9 were selected to represent their county team in an inter-county competition which took place in Hertfordshire last weekend. The team was the first team from Cambridgeshire to participate in this competition. Congratulations to Heather, Vaisey, Connie and Mariko.
The Cambridge Cats Basketball Club organised its annual awards ceremony last week and it was great to see that Nico, in Year 10, was voted as the ‘most valuable player’ in the under 15 team.
Rob Roy Rowing Club Initiative: for the third year we are participating in the ‘Try Rowing!’ initiative with Rob Roy Rowing Club. The first phase involved approximately 100 Year 8 students in a series of tests designed to measure determination, strength, power and endurance. From these test results, a number of students will receive an introduction to rowing on the water, followed by an opportunity to join the club or even gain a full scholarship. Previous participants have very quickly progressed to taking part in local, regional and national competitions and of course have simply enjoyed a new sport. Watch this space for an update.
Athletics: the first college athletics matches of the season are underway. As a whole school we’re aiming to repeat our ‘Olympic Cup’ success from the last two years; this is obviously built on fantastic individual performances. Notable performances so far include Eduardo in Year 8 and Taya in Year 9, who are both on the verge of breaking college athletic records in the 800m and high jump respectively. Parents are very welcome to attend the athletics match which is to be hosted at Chesterton on 6th June.
Our new house has been created and today students were able to vote on the name. A very close vote saw the students name the house Fawcett, after Millicent Fawcett, feminist, activist and co- founder of Newnham College. Students in the house will now be able to apply to become prefects, members of the house council and also design the logo for the new house.