Week ending 13th January

On January 17th parent Mateja Jamnik will be presenting our petition to the council. The meeting will start at 2.00pm and the petition will be presented near the beginning of the meeting in the Kreis Viersen Room at Shire Hall. There are seats for 15 member of the public and standing room. It would be very powerful if we could have some members of the parent body attending. If you are able to spare 30 minutes to attend, please could you email Lucy Scott to say you will be present.

Members of the senior team were delighted to see so many parents and Year 9 students, over the course of two evenings this week, to discuss option choices. The format of the evening has been changed to allow for personalised appointments and the feedback from everyone concerned was this this was a very effective way to discuss option choices.

We were delighted this week to host a visit from Tim Oates, who leads Cambridge Assessment, and Elizabeth Cater, Marketing Director at Cambridge University Press. Both were keen to see how we use e-learning and were impressed by the usage they witnessed in classrooms across the school.

We had the launch of this year’s Go4Set STEM project at ARM HQ today, with four teams of Year 8 and 9 students meeting their industry mentors from Qualcomm (an international technology company based on the Science Park).They have embarked on a ten week project, working as a team, to develop a new product that would be useful in school, or the wider community. They must produce a technical report, website, presentation, prototype and, if possible, an actual product. The report is submitted and reviewed by external auditors and their final product must be presented (Dragon Den style) at Leonardo, a company based in Luton, at the end of March. The students will meet with their mentor weekly who will advise them on what they need to do to improve their product development. If all goes well, we could improve on the two out of three prizes we scooped last year.

The U14 boys’ basketball team continued their fantastic form this year by securing two wins this week. They beat Parkside Community College 52-37 on Wednesday and Comberton Village College 37-21 on Thursday. The boys have now qualified for the County Cup final. Well done!

We are looking forward to welcoming artist Jonathan Glyde -Bates from the graffiti group Blight Society, next week. He has been commissioned to create a mural based on former student, Rhiannon Laslett’s, GCSE art exam piece. Jonathan will also be working with a group of year 11 students on their GCSE art exam development. Thank you to the PTA for funding this workshop event.
Next week we have Year 11 parents’ evening, a very important evening for parents and students. Please do ensure you make an appointment.

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