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  • EES at Cambridge University

    Published 18/12/16

    How does a deaf person ride a bike safely on modern roads? A team of four lower 6th students have been working at Cambridge University Engineering Department to design and build a device that will provide some answers.

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  • Fair trade sale scoops £300+

    Published 18/12/16
    Our annual fair trade goods sale – with our customary speaker to explain the role of the organisation and some insight into the circumstances under which they work – raised £308. Thanks to all the students who helped to staff the stall throughout the day and to Mrs Lesley Lloyd for organising the event. 
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  • University interview update

    Published 18/12/16

    It's an accolade for all our students who have fought through the application process, aptitude test and public examinations that slightly fewer than 50 per cent of the upper 6th year group are attending Oxford or Cambridge interviews this year.

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  • Classics success

    Published 18/12/16

    The atmosphere was intense at the annual Classical Reading Competition held at the Perse Upper School.

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  • Charity concert raises £500

    Published 18/12/16
    Many thanks to all who came to Rosie Shennan and Louisa Scott’s charity concert on Friday 2nd December. There was superb piano playing  by Caroline De Groot and TszHo Ho and numerous vocal duets from Louisa and Rosie.  The event was hugely successful and £500 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Oxfam. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. 
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  • Morgan Stanley delivers skills session

    Published 18/12/16
    We will be welcoming a team from Morgan Stanley Investment Bank on Thursday 1 December. They are visiting us to deliver a skills session to Year 10, Year 11 and Sixth Form students to provide them with some building blocks as they consider future career paths and turn their minds to entering the professional workplace.
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  • Upper 6th adapt Benbo story

    Published 18/12/16
    The Upper 6th A level drama group put on a performance for some of our students from Years 10 and 11 on Tuesday during lunch break. The piece they performed was a mock A2 practical and was entirely devised by the group. It was a piece of creative adaptation and was based on a children’s story about a dog called Benbo.
    
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  • De Gaulle's house focus of Lille trip

    Published 18/12/16
     

    Vendredi 18 novembre, dix étudiantes de Première et Terminale sont allées à Lille pour visiter la maison natale du Général de Gaulle. Nous avons dû nous lever à quatre heures du matin pour prendre l’Eurostar pour la France. Après y être arrivées, nos professeurs nous ont montré beaucoup de lieux d’intérêt comme la ‘Vieille Bourse’ et le Vieux Lille, qui était très joli. De plus, pendant notre temps libre, nous avons visité toutes les pâtisseries où nous avons acheté beaucoup de délicieux gâteaux!

    Après être retournées à la crêperie où nous étions allées l’année dernière (une petite promenade gourmande et nostalgique!), nous avons fait une visite guidée de la maison où Charles de Gaulle est né. C’était une maison confortable et bourgeoise, mais nous nous attendions à moins d’austérité dans l’ambiance. Il nous a paru très intéressant de découvrir davantage de choses sur sa famille et son enfance, surtout pour celles dont c’était la deuxième visite, car il était évident que notre maitrise de la langue française s’était énormément améliorée en une année! Nous comprenions vraiment tellement mieux cette fois-ci! Après, nous avons participé à un atelier d’histoire, au cours duquel nous avons étudié la Résistance – c’était intéressant et enrichissant, et particulièrement utile pour nos études sur l’occupation nazie de la France.

    Merci à Mlle Lambert et Mme Ryan de nous avoir emmenées à Lille – c’était une journée fantastique!
    Par Louise Bratchie, Katie Lane et Charlotte Redford

     

    Last Friday, ten students from the Lower 6th and Upper 6th went to Lille to visit the house where General de Gaulle was born. We had to get up at 4am to take the Eurostar to France, and when we arrived, our teachers showed us various places of interest such as the former Chamber of Commerce and part of the old town, which was very pretty. Afterwards, we used our free time to visit all the patisseries, where we bought lots of delicious cakes!

    After returning to the crepe restaurant that we visited last year, we had a guided tour of the house where Charles de Gaulle was born. It was a very comfortable and middle-class house although we had been expecting a less austere atmosphere. We found it very interesting to find out more about his family and his childhood, especially for those of us who were visiting for the second time, as it was clear that our knowledge of French had improved considerably since last year. After that, we took part in a history workshop about the French Resistance – it was really interesting and enriching, and was particularly useful for our studies on the French Occupation.

    Thank you to Mlle Lambert and Madame Ryan for taking us to Lille – we had a fantastic day!
    By Louise Bratchie, Katie Lane and Charlotte Redford

    
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  • French debate

    Published 18/12/16

    Nous sommes allées le 14 novembre à Colchester. Nous allions participer avec trois autres lycées dans deux débats en français: le premier sur l'énergie nucléaire, et le deuxième sur les émeutes à Londres de cet été.

    Nous étions quatre (sans compter M. Armitage!), et donc nous avons partagé les rôles également, avec deux personnes dans chaque débat. Nous avons décidé que Ruth et Freya parleraient sur l'énergie nucléaire, Hester poserait des questions sur les émeutes et Louise présenterait le deuxième débat.

    Malheureusement, l'autre équipe qui allait parler contre Ruth et Freya sur l'énergie nucléaire n'est pas venue à l'heure, et donc elles ont dû discuter les deux côtés du débat et en explorer les avantages et les inconvénients.

    Elles ont toutes les deux très bien parlé, étant donné qu'elles devaient improviser un peu, et répondre à toutes les questions! La question la plus intéressante, c'était comment traiter les déchets nucléaires: Ruth et Freya ont atteint la conclusion que malgré les problèmes en ce qui concerne leur traitement, cela vaut la peine de maintenir l'énergie nucléaire comme une source d'énergie viable.

    Louise a introduit le deuxième débat. Après avoir parlé en français avec les orateurs, et constaté leurs intérêts et leurs ambitions, elle les a présentés aux spectateurs, qui étaient environ cinquante. Puis les deux orateurs ont discuté les thèmes principaux, en prenant des points de vue très différents. Ce désaccord a permis à Hester de poser beaucoup de questions, qui ont entraîné des réponses très variées et intéressantes. Malgré le fait que les deux contestants n'ont pas concédé leurs points de vue, c'était néanmoins une conversation très stimulante.

    Nous avons trouvé qu'une telle participation dans ces débats était très utile pour pratiquer notre langue parlée, et pour nous faire réfléchir davantage aux thèmes que nous avons discutés en classe. Nous avons maintenant beaucoup plus confiance en nous et en notre capacité de nous exprimer sur ces sujets grâce à ces débats devant un groupe si grand d'inconnus. Merci beaucoup à M. Armitage et à Mme Mahey d'avoir organisé cet évènement!

    Par Louise Bratchie, Ruth Pritchard, Hester Elliott et Freya Claydon

    
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  • Photo competition

    Published 18/12/16
    Congratulations go to Michael Yuen, Sarica Balsari-Palsule and Tsz Ho Ho on their success in the Cambridge Young Photographer Competition held in the Guildhall over the last week. The winning entry was Michael’s taken on a Sigma DP2 at f2.8 and 1/160 sec. It is entitled missing. I wonder if you can work out the Cambridge location in the photograph. Tsz Ho Ho’s photograph is entitled Junction.

    

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  • Life in a day – on iPads!

    Published 18/12/16

    As part of its 130th birthday celebrations, students 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 6th 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.

    
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  • Ancient and modern sites on Italy trip

    Published 18/12/16
    40 Classics and Italian students, from Year 10 to Year 12, enjoyed an amazing six-day trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples over the half-term break. They spent a full day in Rome taking in the most famous sights both ancient and modern - ranging from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain - then were transported by coach down to the beautiful town of Sorrento.

    From there they visited the remains of Herculaneum and Pompeii and saw the stunning mosaics/wall-paintings and sculptures now in Naples Museum. The highlight for many will have been the trek up to Vesuvius towering ominously above the ancient sites (and Naples) below and walking around its smoking rim... that, alongside their visit to the most famous ice cream shop in Rome and the shopping for souvenirs of course.

    
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  • Spanish trip to Seville

    Published 18/12/16
    At half term, a group of students from Year 11 and the 6th Form spent five very enjoyable days in Seville. As well as attending Spanish lessons at a language school and carrying out surveys each morning, they visited the Cathedral and the Giralda bell tower, the Alcázar palace with its colourful mosaics, the controversial new El Parasol area and the Plaza de España where some girls tried out the rowing boats. They also learnt how to dance sevillanas and, of course, no visit to Spain is complete without indulging in chocolate con churros!
    
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  • Sporty Friday for charity

    Published 18/12/16
    This Friday to raise money for HopeHIV we’d like YOU to dress up in the theme of sports! This could be in the uniform for a sport you really love, as your favourite sports person... or maybe something Olympic themed! (for a £1 donation to charity, of course)

    Plus, at lunch there will be a mini sixth form Olympics on the grass at the front of college at lunch, pay a pound to participate in the three legged-race or piggy back race with a partner, or go it alone in the egg and spoon race! Watch out for sign-up sheets later this week! There will be prizes!

    
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  • Concert features uillean pipes

    Published 18/12/16
    The next concert in our lunchtime series at Michaelhouse is on Friday, 21 October and features Grace Lemon playing traditional Irish Folk Music on the Uillean Pipes. The Uilleann pipes are the characteristic national bagpipe of Ireland; the name is a translation of the Irish-language term píoba uilleann (literally, "pipes of the elbow"), from their method of inflation. Grace has won the World Championships in this instrument, and you are warmly invited to attend. The concert starts at 12.30 pm in Michaelhouse Chapel (next to Great St Mary’s). 
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  • College film club launched

    Published 18/12/16
    A new Film Club will launch in the College after half term with a viewing of the inspiring and gripping Touching the Void (2003).  This remarkable film tells the true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. 
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  • Student receives royal honour

    Published 18/12/16
    stjohnambulance.jpgLarkin Sayre, (Lower 6th), has been presented with the Young Achiever Award from St John Ambulance. A group of about 100 cadets from all over the country will be going to the Young Achievers' Reception at Buckingham Palace and Larkin hopes to meet HRH The Princess Royal who is Commandant in Chief (Youth) for St John Ambulance, when she welcomes each young person to the Palace to congratulate them on their individual exceptional achievements.
    
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  • Stunning sights on Iceland trip

    Published 18/12/16
    The beginning of summer 2011 saw the first Stephen Perse Sixth Form cross-curricular Geography and Biology trip to Iceland. After a surprisingly relaxing flight, we arrived at our hotel in Reykjavik; our base for the next five days.

    If we were asked to choose our highlight from the trip we all agree this would be a very difficult question as we witnessed so many places of outstanding natural beauty including: the Geyser Fields, Gulfoss waterfall – the second largest in Europe, and the beautiful Þingvellir National Park.

    Particularly interesting from a geographical point of view was the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, which is of international interest with its association with the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Its sheer size and tangible power impressed us all. Additionally, the Black Sand Beaches of Iceland were interesting from a biological aspect not only due to their individuality but also with regards to our rare sighting of the population of puffins which inhabited the steep coastal rocks.

    A particularly unique and once in a lifetime opportunity for us all was bathing in the Blue Lagoon; a hot sulphur spring famed for its healing properties. Although attracting tourists from all across the globe, for the Icelandic people it’s mainly a weekly spa day out.

    We can’t finish without mentioning an invaluable member of the trip; Þorstein our helpful local guide, whose storytelling was an experience in itself with humorous fables of the troll inhabitants of Iceland. His local knowledge was instrumental in our exploration of Iceland and he even introduced us to some unusual local delicacies – including whale blubber which, it is safe to say, had a very distinctive taste.

    Overall, the trip was truly enjoyable and we would definitely recommend it to everyone. It exceeded all of our expectations and Iceland’s truly individual landscape and the committed nature of the teachers made the trip.

    By Sorcha Bolton and Sarah Stuart U6

    

    

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