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SLT Update January 11th

11th January 2019


  • The hedgehogs at Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital  were very happy to receive 47 hedgehog boxes for Christmas (they were expecting only about 10) designed on 3D software by our Year 9 students in a unit of the technology curriculum designed to help the environment. See the photos on our Facebook page.
  • Our Year 9 boys’ basketball team’s unbeaten run cruelly ended on Wednesday afternoon. The talented boys were beaten by one basket in the dying seconds by Cottenham Village College. They still have an outside chance of reaching the up-coming finals day, so must beat Impington next Thursday and hope other results go their way. Our U16 basketball team also play Impington next Thursday.
  • Preceding these final basketball matches are two very important fixtures for many of our Year 10 & 11 GCSE PE students. Various boys and girls will compete in a range of sports against Bassingbourn VC (24th Jan) then Meridian (11th Feb) as preparation for their GCSE PE practical exam in the future.
  • Year 7 and 8 football enrichment starts on Monday, 14th. Year 9 and 10 football starts on Tuesday, 22nd due to Year 11 parents’ evening.
  • Over 80 KS4 students visited the Barbican Centre yesterday to watch ‘Romeo and Juliet’. It was a fantastic production, enjoyed by everyone and I am sure it will have helped consolidate the students’ understanding of the play, which will benefit them enormously for this section of their Literature exam in the summer. Thank you to Mrs Archer for her exceptional organisation of a big trip to London, to Mrs Neville and Mrs Hallam for assisting, and of course a thank you to all the KS4 students who were superbly behaved throughout and an absolute pleasure to take.
    • Following our successful application for the Framework for Exceptional Education (FfEE) in the area of ‘Principled Curriculum Design’ last year, I was delighted to welcome Maxine Wyatt from Swavesey Village College yesterday, who came to peer assess this year’s application. This bid focuses on ‘Effective Learning Behaviours’ and the exciting developments in digital learning, on-line learning systems, support for mental health and more. Furthermore, it was a pleasure to visit Swavesey last Friday to discuss their innovative developments in ‘Climate for Learning’. This kind of sharing practice supports our own College development and is of huge benefit to our students.
    • Please click on the link below to visit our wellbeing page and find a download for drop-ins for parents/carers who wish to talk about social, emotional and mental health difficulties their child is facing. The drop ins will be hosted by Educational and Child Psychologists who work for the Special Educational Needs and Disability Service at Cambridgeshire County Council.
    • On Wednesday, 23rd January, all Year 9 students will watch a performance of 'County Lines', to which parents are welcome to attend. Please see the link below for more information.
    • If you have some old Playmobil you are willing to donate to our SEND department, please do contact Mrs Ghale. This will be very useful for regular “small world” play to develop sequencing events, retelling stories, etc. as recommended by our speech and language therapist.


Have a good weekend.


Regina Lawrence

Deputy Principal



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