Year 3 visit archeology museum
The girls in Year 3 were buzzing with excitement as they entered the Museum of Classical Archaeology.
The girls in Year 3 were buzzing with excitement as they entered the Museum of Classical Archaeology.
As part of its 130th birthday celebrations, pupils at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge will be using iPads to film life in the four schools on a single day, Tuesday, 15 November 2011. From the three year olds at play in the Pre-Prep to IB students in lessons at the Sixth Form College, pupils and staff will be filming their day to create a unique video archive.
Inspired by the success of Oscar-winning Director Kevin Macdonald’s acclaimed feature film LIFE IN A DAY, (being shown at 9pm on BBC2 this Thursday, 3 November) the Stephen Perse Foundation is asking pupils and staff to record their personal experiences on a single day in the school.
They’ll be contributing to a time capsule of what school life is really like on Tuesday 15 November 2011. From the footage, Emily Cooper (http://www.emcooper.com/), professional film maker, part-time Digital Art teacher and former Perse Girl, will create a film that captures the spirit of this historic school for future generations. The in-house production team is looking for honest, personal films that provide a real insight into life in the schools that make up the Foundation.
Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, says, “This is a really exciting way to celebrate our 130th anniversary and we are confident that the finished film will reflect the wealth of creativity that happens across the schools, every day. Also, the iPads are the perfect technology choice. They are already being rolled out so the students are very familiar with what they can do. Because they are so portable we can get high definition video footage anywhere in the schools. I am sure that the creativity and imagination of our staff and pupils will result in some really interesting stuff – including no doubt a side of life that most of the staff don’t normally see.”
At the Pre-Prep the younger pupils will have video cameras specially adapted for small hands and their efforts will be complemented by additional footage from a team of visiting sixth formers. At Perse Girls Junior and Senior schools, groups of volunteers will be briefed by Emily Cooper to ensure they capture the best quality footage before bring issued with iPads. The scale of the project should produce a huge variety of moments, reflecting the spirit and personality of the school, from the schools coming to life early in the morning, the anticipation of registration, the buzz of lessons, the excitement of break times and lunch time all the way through to those special moments in clubs, in rehearsal or on the sports field. The footage should be very personal, with pupils showing their life, their friends and their experience of school.
We are absolutely thrilled by how very well the ‘new’ approach to the Junior School curriculum has been received by the girls since term began in September. Several members of Year 3 recently told us that their favourite lesson of the week is Thinking Skills, and Year 5 pupils are always extremely eager to prepare the classroom for their Thinking Skills lesson, no prompting or reminders are ever required! The 20 Learning Habits of an Active Thinker have become part of everyday vocabulary around school and Mrs Roberts recently led two excellent assemblies on the habit which has been our main focus during the first half of term. Parents and visitors are welcome to come and see the ‘feet of courage’ on display in our main reception area.
We were delighted that so many parents accepted our invitation to observe Thinking Skills activities and a Philosophy Club session during our Open Day on 15 October. Anyone wishing to find out more about how the girls have made ‘courage and self-belief’ their own learning habit this term may like to know that parents are invited to Assembly at 8:40am on Thursday 3 November. Kindly let the Junior School office staff know if you intend to join us.
The House Art Event is always hugely popular and ‘snails’ appeared to meet with great approval! This year we were impressed not only by the girls’ creativity but by their co-operation, communication and collaboration. The snails themselves are now on display in the Hall, looking perfectly fabulous, and every girl knows by name several more members of her house than was the case before the event. This will be enormously helpful when the captains are required to organise their House Assembly after half term. Parents are invited to these Assemblies this year – you will find the relevant dates in our calendar. It would be most helpful if you could let the Junior School office staff know if you are planning to join us for an Assembly.
Junior School pupils and staff always make the most of National Poetry Day! This year’s theme was ‘Games’ and the day began with seven members of staff reading poetry in Assembly; curiously most of the poems were about football! During the day several forms shared favourite poems and at lunch time the Library was well populated as pupils of different ages entertained one another with poetry readings and writings, including Agatha’s opinion of Games:
Netball is fun
But hockey is better
Bowling I’ve done
But swimming is wetter
Rounders I like
But tennis is nicer
It’s fun when I hike
But I’m a real biker!
Agatha Pethers, 6Alpha
You can imagine how delighted we were to hear that Chihiro Nagano in Year 4 had been successful in a competition organised by First News and W H Smith. Chihiro entered two designs in a competition for a new Budon, a little character used to decorate items of stationery. Over 600 entries were received and Chihiro’s Pearlette mermaid design was judged to be in the top five! Chihiro’s prize consisted of several Budon stationery items for herself and her classmates.
The Under 10 B netball team’s first match of the season was against Heritage School. The match was played after school on the Junior School Court and attracted a lot of support from girls in Late Stay and parents of players on both sides. The final score was 10-1 to Perse Girls; Cecily Webb scored 8 goals and Samantha Gould scored 2 goals. Lydia Law played well in defence, Fenella Leonard was very good in attack and the rest of the team gave their all!
On Wednesday 25 January, Year 4 went to the Scott Polar Research Institute. Having studied the tragic story of Scott’s final expedition, the girls were keen to see ‘real’ objects from that journey.
The Under 10 A hockey team played St John’s College School at Latham Road on a hot, sunny Saturday morning. In the first half Eve Meakin scored a great first goal from the back of the D, a few minutes later Olivia Clegg scored off a pass into the D from Eve. St John’s then had a shot at goal but Emma Steele did a great save and it was cleared by fantastic defence on the part of Grace Davies and Eliza Saunders. However, shortly after that, St John’s managed to score to make it 2-1. Fortunately Odette Abbasi, who was paying really well on the left wing, passed to Olivia who scored again. In the second half St John’s were trying very hard to defend their goal and they got the ball into the D but Grace cleared it brilliantly to Lucy Pepper; she passed it to Eve who scored off a defender’s stick. At 4-1, Emma did another stunning save and Olivia then scored with quite a high shot at the St John’s goal keeper. The match ended 5-1 to Perse Girls Junior School after another save from Emma, off a long corner, and the opposition saving a short corner from Eve. The Under 10 hockey players were very proud of their first victory of the season– rightly so!
Seldom can a year group have been as fortunate for weather during a residential trip as Year 6, who spent four and a half days at Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre at the end of September. The girls and their leaders enjoyed a huge variety of activities under clear blue skies and against the backdrop of north Norfolk’s stunning coastline. In addition to lots of physical challenges, the girls greatly enhanced their knowledge of coastal environments, the social history of a small village and they are now all eco-warriors. The boat trip to see the seals basking in warm sunshine at Blakeney was a highlight but Coastal Safari, which involves getting wet and very muddy, was the most popular activity by a great margin!
While Year 6 was on their residential trip, Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 marked European Day of Languages – over three days! An introductory Assembly on the importance and usefulness of learning modern languages fell on the official date, Monday 26 September. After sharing a few ‘Did You Know?’ facts, including that this year was the 10th anniversary of the first European Day of Languages, everyone wrote a short phrase or message in a language other than English on a post-it and stuck it on a corridor wall. We spent the day picking up these messages because the stickiness of the post-its didn’t cope with the heat and/or the handling to which they were subjected! Apart from the exercise this provided it actually meant that most of the phrases and messages were well read, even pored over, before Assembly the next morning. We didn’t quite achieve our objective of an unbroken line of spoken messages but the babble of many languages could certainly be heard in the Hall and the accompanying smiles and giggles reminded us of how much pleasure there is to be gained from communicating in different ways. It will come as no surprise to readers that one of the ‘facts’ shared in Assembly is that, ‘Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier, improves the thinking process and fosters contacts with other people and their cultures’.
A group of delegates from a conference for international teachers, organized by Cambridge International Examinations, came for a tour of the Junior School as one of their ‘break-out’ activities. These visitors, from schools in Argentina, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Pakistan, Sudan and The United Arab Emirates, were most interested in the creative and cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning in the Junior School and were extremely complimentary about the way in which the girls responded to their questions. As a thank you for hosting this visit we were offered a complimentary place on the conference. Mr West took this up and found that the lectures provided a unique opportunity for teachers from around the world to learn, from leading researchers in the field, about some of the latest advances in our understanding of the brain. The workshop sessions allowed for valuable discussion as to how teachers could translate the research into practice, especially with regard to promoting independent thinking skills. The links with what we are aiming to achieve across the Foundation are obvious and Mr West is happy to talk to parents who are keen to find out more on this subject.
Ten Junior School pupils have been successful in a ‘Young Writers’ poetry competition, which they entered back in May. Congratulations to Maria Awan, Tara Bhachu, Poppy Challis, Alicia Hainsworth-Adams, Katy Leonard, Martha Rintoul and Isabelle Thomson who entered when they were in the Year 2 class at our Pre-Prep at Madingley, and to Annabel Butler, Stephanie Gaunt and Rebecca Peacock who entered when they were in 4Alpha. The girls’ poetry will be included in ‘Once Upon a Rhyme 2011’, which is due to be published on 31 October. We are very much looking forward to seeing the poetry in print and will have a copy of the book in our Library.
Nobody grumbled about losing an English lesson the morning both Year 6 classes squeezed into one classroom for a talk by Mrs Meike Wrigley, grandmother of Saskia.
I think the teachers were just as excited as we were to meet Mrs Wrigley and to hear about her memories as a young girl living near Amsterdam in war torn Holland. Within minutes we had tumbled back in time to World War II.
We found ourselves in Mrs Wrigley’s shoes - tricking German soldiers, picking up our rations and dancing when the war was over. Enthralled as we were, the best was still to come. Mrs Wrigley’s family hid a Jewish boy called Pim during the war. As Jews were wanted people this was a big risk and Mrs Wrigley and her family could have been killed.
Her father had to hide if the soldiers came and this meant that she had to sleep between her parents at night so that if there was a raid she could roll on to her father’s side of the bed thus disguising the warmth on the mattress! We learnt such a lot from Mrs Wrigley’s talk but would we like to have lived back then? No, not at all!
Alice Pebody, 6A
Congratulations to the following girls for their swimming achievements: Isabel Atkinson swam 1,111m, freestyle, in 35 minutes, Danielle Cannon-Brookes has received her 1,500m award, Helena Grisenthwaite has reached Stage 8 in the ASA National Plan Award scheme, Annabel Jenkinson has reached Stage 6 in the ASA National Plan Award scheme, Madeleine Frear has reached 800m, Grace Tidy has reached 600m and Mila Henderson-Gill has reached 400m in the Rainbow Award scheme.
Congratulations to the following girls who have achieved Stephen Perse Foundation Gymnastic Awards: Daisy Bathe, Poppy Challis, Helen Haines, Alessandra Learmount, Isabelle Thomson, Arabella Gahlings and Marina Ristuccia have achieved Grade 3; Lara Anand, Sarah Marshall and Grace Tidy have achieved Grade 2. Congratulations also to Aoife Screaton who has achieved British Gymnastics Level 2, Madeleine Frear who has achieved Level 3 and Isabelle Thomson who has achieved Level 3.
Congratulations to Ella Millgate who has completed the Junior Ski Course at Bassingbourne Snowsport Centre and to Danielle Cannon-Brookes who passed a British Taekwondo promotion test and gained her red belt.
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