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  • Blog Post: 'Ethical batteries not included'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Ethical batteries not included'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Ethical batteries not included
    "When Tim Berners-Lee invented the Internet had he any concept of what would follow? Today we live in a world which is both real and virtual and, at times, the boundaries between the two become blurred - with tragic results.

    Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old teenager, decided in September to take her own life. In her short life she had suffered a degree of depression and anxiety which made death more desirable." More...

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  • Blog Post: 'Releasing geniuses from their straightjackets'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Handwriting - extinct or distinct'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Handwriting - extinct or distinct
    "Is there a place for handwriting in a digital age? Without any master plan or strategy, we have sleep walked from a world where our personal tool for communication was the handwritten word, to one where the keyboard is king. The technological revolution has resulted in an array of unintended consequences changing our way of doing things quite profoundly." More...

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  • Blog Post: 'Handwriting - extinct or distinct'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Handwriting - extinct or distinct'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Handwriting - extinct or distinct
    "Is there a place for handwriting in a digital age? Without any master plan or strategy, we have sleep walked from a world where our personal tool for communication was the handwritten word, to one where the keyboard is king. The technological revolution has resulted in an array of unintended consequences changing our way of doing things quite profoundly." More...

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  • Blog Post: 'EBacc bereft of food for the soul'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'EBacc bereft of food for the soul'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    EBacc bereft of food for the soul
    "Have you ever been accused of failing to fulfil your potential? I have. But what does this actually mean? What is "potential"? Of course, purely from an examination perspective, there is a plethora of data which benchmarks attainment. Yet is our potential merely to be measured in this mechanical, narrow way? Surely fulfilling our potential is about maximising the many personal qualities which help to shape us as human beings?" More...

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  • Blog Post: 'The unexamined life'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'The unexamined life'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    The unexamined life
    "As a child I was educated in Catholic schools. An abiding memory for me was R.I. or religious instruction which was devised to ensure I understood the tenets of Catholicism. That was then, this is now. Today, religious education does what it says on the tin. Its primary purpose is to educate young people about all faiths..." More...

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  • U10s extend a winning start to the hockey season for Perse Girls Junior School

    Published 18/12/16

    Inspired by the recent victory of the under 11 side, the under 10 hockey teams arrived at King's College with unrivalled enthusiasm and a clear game plan for their first fixture of the season.

    U10A team 2-0 (win)

    U10B team 2-0 (win)

    The A team's defence was initially the busier of the two, but strong organisation and teamwork keept the opposition at bay until half time. In the second half the girls appeared revitalised, attacking with precision and pace. With only minutes to go, centre forward and captain Grace O'Connor, put the girls ahead from close range. Moments later Grace carved the opposition defence in two, calmly dribbling into the 'D' to secure the victory with her second well executed goal.

    The B team match followed a similar pattern, with the girls taking a little time to find their attacking rhythm. It wasn't until the second half, when moving the ball wide from defence, that the space was utilised effectively and the girls created goal scoring opportunities. The first goal was scored by Lara Anand, breaking through from the midfield, before Sofia Dawoodbhoy, who had been a threat down the right side all game, popped up to score her first ever goal for the school. This is a fantastic result for the whole squad and has left the girls eagerly looking forward to their next fixture.

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  • inspire me: Olympics - Going for Gold!

    Published 18/12/16

    On Friday 12 October, we continued to feed our Olympic thirst by hosting ‘Inspire me: Olympics – Going for Gold’ event. Speakers included three Olympic-related alumnae and a Paralympic torchbearer. The audience was guided to seats by an official Gamesmaker – Debbie Forster; and an Essex Ambassador based at Stansted Airport – Sue Clark, both of whom work at the Stephen Perse Foundation.

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  • Perse Girls secure hockey win against King's College School

    Published 18/12/16

    With all girls filled with post-Olympic enthusiasm the hockey season is underway. The U11 squad had their first fixture of the season against King's College School, where the pre-season nature of the match allowed for plenty of substitutions and positional changes.

    U11A team 2-0 (win)

    U11B/C team 0-2 (lose)

    The A team started strongly, moving the ball confidently and creating many scoring opportunities. It was only a matter of time before the team capitalised, and made the first breakthrough with a fine goal from Eve Meakin. Eleanor Bogie quickly followed suit by finishing off a well worked move. There is plenty of hard work to do during training, but this was a fantastic start to the season.

    The B/C team enjoyed much of the possession in the first half but went into the interval goalless. Unfortunately, despite some good attacking play in the opponents' half, the girls were caught on the break twice before the final whistle and the match finished 0-2. Special mention should go to Ana Sear for volunteering to play in goal for the first time and making a number of very good saves.

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  • Blog Post: 'D' is for 'Doh'

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'D' is for'Doh'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    'D' is for 'Doh'
    "Well what a summer. A true roller coaster of a ride where we struggled to keep our emotions in check. I am not referring here to the brilliant drama offered by the Olympics and Paralympics but rather the car crash, in slowmo, presented by #GCSEfiasco-gate." More...

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  • Stephen Perse Foundation blog launched on Cambridge News website

    Published 18/12/16

    We are delighted to announce that Tricia Kelleher, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, will now be regularly blogging on the Cambridge News website, sharing her views on the issues surrounding education.

    To read Tricia's latest blog please click here.

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  • Perse Girls' students deliver 95% A* / A grades in 2012 GCSE results

    Published 18/12/16

    We are delighted to announce that our students have excelled themselves yet again in 2012 by delivering outstanding GCSE results.

    Headline figures

    - 94.7% of grades achieved were A* / A

    - 70% of students secured all A* / A grades

    - 30.9% of students gained 10 A* grades

    - 17 students gained a clean sweep of 11 A* grades and two gained 12 straight A* grades

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  • Stephen Perse Sixth Form secures outstanding A level results

    Published 18/12/16

    Students at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge have excelled in both A Level and International Baccalaureate examinations again this year. 

    A level headline figures:
    - 80% of grades achieved by students at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form College were A* or A
    - 39% of grades achieved by students at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form College were A*
    - 22% of Stephen Perse Sixth Form College students achieved three or more A* grades
    - 99% of Stephen Perse Sixth Form College students achieved A* - C grades

    IB headline figures:
    70% of the Stephen Perse Foundation’s IB students achieved 40 points or more in this year’s examinations, placing them among the top 5.5% of students worldwide.

    The average UK result for IB is around 33 point and the world average is usually about 30 points. Stephen Perse Foundation’s students averaged a breathtaking 39.71 points.

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    Left to Right: Gonville and Caius College Cambridge (Natural Sciences), Sheffield (Civil Engineering), Leicester (Medicine), Oxford (German and Linguistics), Oxford (Bio Science)

    Tricia Kelleher, principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation said: “These are exceptional A Level and IB results and our students should be very proud of themselves. They display a great work ethic and this, combined with determination and passion, will help them to go on to great things in an increasingly competitive global workplace -  we only have to look at the recent achievements of our young national sportswomen and sportsmen to know that this is true. 

    "As a school with a long history of high academic achievement, it is exciting to see our students moving on to such a broad range of destinations and courses including Engineering, Medicine, Psychology, Liberal Arts, Chinese, History, Law, French and Russian, and many more. Much of this achievement is down to our excellent teaching staff, whose own work ethic, determination and passion is passed on to their students.”

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  • Tricia Kelleher quoted in the Cambridge News regarding proposed changes to GCSEs

    Published 18/12/16

    There has been significant debate around the proposed changes to KS4 examinations recently announced by Michael Gove.

    To read Tricia Kelleher's, Principal of the Stephen Perse Foundation, opinion please click on the link below, which will take you through to a feature in the Cambridge News.

    www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Education

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  • Blog Post: Tensions of technology and ethics

    Published 18/12/16

    Our latest blog post is now available on the Cambridge News website, entitled 'Tensions of technology and ethics'. To read the full blog post, please click on the link below.

    Tensions of technology and ethics
    "Children born today could live until they are 150. I learnt this startling fact last week from Megan Smith, Vice President of Google, who makes it her business to think about the future. Megan was a member of a panel of speakers who visited our school as part of Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (@svc2uk) to inspire our students about the world of entrepreneurship." More...

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  • Stephen Perse Foundation competes in National Modern Biathlon competition

    Published 18/12/16

    Twenty two girls from the Junior School competed in a Modern Biathlon, which included a 50m swim and a 500m run. This was the first stage of a national competition and the girls will now wait to see if their times are good enough to qualify for the semi-final at Crystal Palace.

    The competition is organised by Pentathlon GB, which undertakes a wide range of multi-sport competitions each year in various combinations of the five disciplines that comprise the Modern Pentathlon.

    The Year 6 event was fiercely contested with many girls posting quick times in the pool. In the end the all-round ability of Eve Meakin saw her just pip Fenella Leonard to claim first place; well done to Eve, Fenella and to Emma Steele who came third. In both the Year 5 run and swim, Sarah Marshall proved to be the quickest and demonstrated considerable athletic potential; well done to Sarah and to Aoife Screaton who came second and Grace O’Connor who came third.

    Well done to all those who took part.

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  • U11s deliver a strong performance at a County Hockey Tournament

    Published 18/12/16

    Continuing our strong start to the hockey season, our U11 side secured an excellent result in the recent County Hockey tournament.

    On Wednesday 14 November the U11 team travelled to Kimbolton to play in the County Hockey tournament. In fantastic conditions, the girls played some brilliant hockey and demonstrated their ability to move the ball quickly and accurately.

    The tournament was played in a round robin format and despite injuries to two of our defenders, the girls defended so intelligently that they remained unbeaten all day. The team drew a number of games against tough opposition and finished very creditable in fourth position. The whole squad deserve praise for their hard work and attitude to training, and the player of the tournament is awarded to Odette Abbasi for playing outstandingly well, out of position in defence.

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  • Exploration Society - Sherpa Expedition

    Published 18/12/16

    On Friday 2 November, 13 members of Years 5 and 6 set off to the South Downs in Surrey on a three day Sherpa Expedition. Four of the girls share their exciting experiences below.

    It was a long coach ride but it flew by as we were chatting so much and when we arrived at the Youth Hostel we were all really excited. We were told who was in which dormitory and set off to unpack. We then walked up to the village of Holmbury St Mary, had our packed lunches and had a look at a nearby church. On the way back to the Hostel we played a few games such as stuck in the mud and chain tag. The next day we went on a 10km hike to Leith Hill. We had to navigate our way there in two groups. After lunch it was time to climb Leith Tower, the highest point in Southern England. There was an amazing view from the top and we saw lots of famous landmarks, such as Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, the Chard, the Gherkin, London Eye, Wembley Arch and St Paul’s Cathedral. The hike was tiring but it was definitely worth the effort.
    Emma Steele, 6A

    I really enjoyed the night hike when we walked 2km in the dark. We had to turn out our head torches to help our night vision. Once we got to Holmbury Hill there was a great view because it was the weekend before Bonfire Night so the sky was lit up with fireworks. We played games in the dark and Fenella and Imogen had to run through some ferns which was probably the highlight of their trip.
    Eve Meakin, 6Alpha

    One of the games in the dark was searching for skulls and pumpkins which was really fun, especially when Rebecca thought my group was an instructor chasing her. When we were chased we ran for our lives and made it back to the den, thanks to our brilliant team work, and gave the skull to our leader.
    Charlotte Kleeman, 6Alpha

    Every evening one patrol cooked dinner for everyone. Hedgehogs (Fenella, Odette and Emma) cooked tuna pasta which was very tasty, Horses (Eve, Ana, Charlotte and I) cooked a delicious, spicy chicken korma on the second night. The Year 5 patrols, Foxes and Pheasants, also took their turn in the kitchen.
    Rebecca Peacock, 6Alpha

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  • 'Spiral thinking' project a great success

    Published 18/12/16

    For the past week, our Year 4 classrooms have been a constant buzz of activity as they got into the swing of 'Cocktail Week'. The playground was a constant flow of juices as the students have created, tested and promoted their drinks.

    Planned as a ‘spiral thinking’ project, the emphasis has been on developing thinking skills such as evaluation, critical thinking and decision making. Each day, with a different skill as the focus, the girls have worked together to take their product through the design process. The girls are now in the final stages of creating their iMovie pitches to be shown in the Year 3 Dragons’ Den this week.

    The cocktail diaries, which they have completed on a daily basis, have given them an opportunity to reflect on their learning and, in particular, which learning habit they have they developed that day.

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