News Navigation

SLT Update November 11

10th November 2017


Senior Leadership Weekly Round-Up –  11 November

  • On Monday 6th November, the U14XI  travelled to Abbey Leisure Astro to play in the finals against St. Bedes, Bottisham and Stephen Perse. The team worked hard but due to injury and unavailability, they lost 0-2 to St. Bedes; 0-1 to Bottisham and drew 0-0 with Stephen Perse. It was a good learning experience for playing at a higher level. Hannah Smouton was player of the tournament.
  • On Monday 6th November, the yr10 sports leaders helped out at the annual High 5 B team tournament. Harston, Thriplow and Melbourn Primary sent teams. It was won by Harston B team. The A team competition is next Tuesday.
  • On Thursday 9th November, the yr7 hockey team went to the annual tournament held at Bottisham Village College. They won 2 games 3-0 in their pool and drew one 0-0 which meant they came top of their pool. In the next round they played Comberton and despite most of the pressure lost 0-1. They then went on and had two 0-0 draws against Parkside and Cambourne despite again having most of the pressure and many short corners. As a result they came overall 4th out of 16 schools. Hopefully they will continue to develop and go higher next year. Player of the tournament was Ruby Want.
  • Year 7&9 hockey teams came 4th in south cambs hockey tournament, excellent result. Well done to all who played.
  • Students have been immersing themselves in battlefield trenches as part of their history studies on the causes and events of the First World War. The Year 9 students have not only learned about the mental and physical challenges of trench warfare that reduced even officers to tears, but have been researching trench conditions and recreating the trench networks they have investigated. This resulted in a creative homework and a ‘Trench of the Year’ competition, which was won by Gabrielle Phillips. She spent six days researching, planning and creating such a meticulously detailed piece of work that showed outstanding historical detail and a clear love of the subject. Gabrielle hand knitted the sandbags on top of her trench, she used hundreds of lollypop sticks for the ladders, sides and even built a German and British dug-out on either side. History teacher George Tobutt said: “We’ve had so many fantastic designs made by talented and enthusiastic Year 9 students who have not only put a great deal of effort into the design process but also found out a great deal about life in the First World War as part of their research. “As the nation focuses on our national day of remembrance it is also important to remember the individuals who made up our forces and the stories they have passed down to us which tell us so much about our national story as well as our local community.”
  • Our year 9 students have made a great start on the Northern Hemisphere Language Perfect Competition and we’re currently 66th in the Northern Hemisphere and 26th in England! Keep up the great effort year 9. We only have a few more days left with the competition.
  • On Tuesday evening we held our presentation evening, where we celebrated the achievements of our 2017 leavers. Congratulations to all subject prize winners, with special mention to the following:
  • Governors’ Award for Achievement:   Charlotte Biddlecombe & Harry Gee
  • Governors’ Award for Progress:  Mizuki Jones & Tommy Doggett
  • MindEd Award for Academic excellence and contribution to the college: Hannah Webb
  • It was fantastic to catch up with so many of our ex-students and to thank parents for all their support over the past five ye
  • Wednesday saw 30 primary school students from seven primary schools come to Melbourn Village College to experience a Maths gifted and talented day. The session focused on how many hops it would take for a group of frogs to swap from one side to another. The students learnt how to form algebraic rules and spot patterns through experimentation. Towards the end of the session, they created a web animation to show others how to do it themselves.
  • Liz Neville, who led the Math portion of the session, said “I was impressed with all the students and how quickly the spotted the patterns throughout. There are some excellent Mathematicians in this group.”
  • James Richardson who led the animation section said, “It is always great to see enthusiastic students engaged in challenging tasks. I’m looking forward to seeing them at Melbourn next year!” 
  • Good luck to Ruby Stapleton, Antonis Foumakis, Grace Standing, Joshua Petti, Harry Allen, Rosie Butcher, Lily Peers, Millie Coventon, Remy Harrow, Andrew Pinney and Skye Pearson from 82B, who will be entering a Saga creative writing competition in December. They will select from eight interesting story starters and begin their creative and original 100 word ‘Stranger Saga’! Good luck everyone.

Have a good weekend.


Simon Holmes



Back to News