*Monday 9th July – Arts Festival*
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12 July 2018

CAST Trip to Colchester Zoo
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12 July 2018

CAST Trip to Colchester Zoo

Our Year 12 A Level students invoked a bit of trip envy this week – with a visit to Colchester Zoo for some important learning as well as fun activities.

As part of their Biology, Environmental Science and Psychology studies, the students had a Conservation talk designed to help put everything they’ve learnt so far into context.

Their second talk was all about animal behaviour – followed by a chance to have a go at training the zoo’s goats using a technique the zoo uses to manage the animals with the minimum of stress.

Daniel, one of the students who went, said: “It was a really enjoyable trip. I never thought training goats could be that much fun.”

11 July 2018

Parkside Head Students Announced
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11 July 2018

Parkside Head Students Announced

Mr Crane, Assistant Headteacher KS4, is pleased to announce, the Parkside Community College, Head Students for the 2018/19 academic year, are Sarah Khurram and Dusty Morrison. They will be assisted in their duties by Deputy Head Students Matilde Abreu and Eve Sherratt-Cross.

10 July 2018

Arts Fest 2018
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10 July 2018

Arts Fest 2018

On Monday the 9th July we held our annual Parkside Federation Academies (PFA) Arts Fest at Coleridge. The event is designed to bring together a large number of students from across the PFA schools, in a celebration of the Arts – music, drama, dance, art, singing, and all manner of mixtures of these disciplines!

Mr Mark Patterson, Headteacher of Coleridge, said “I was privileged to be here on Monday evening and what I saw reminded me (if ever I needed reminding) of the power of schooling to enrich the lives of young people. The feat of organisation alone that is required to pull off such an ambitious event on one school site is extraordinary – dozens of individual performances, over 500 students taking part, over a thousand families with us on the evening, the multiple venues and performances happening simultaneously… I do not believe that in any other school or multi-academy trust in the UK would you find such an event! It was extraordinary. And it didn’t just remind me of the transformative power of Arts education, it made me feel very proud.”

Mr Adrian Kidd, Headteacher of Trumpington, said “Trumpington Community College students, along with all others, smashing it at the Arts Fest ‘18. Amazing performances: hugely inspiring to see all our young people performing with such professionalism. 110%.”

We would like to thank all of the families that came along to support the event and, of course, every student that took part – you were all amazing!

9 July 2018

Challenge Festival at CAST
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9 July 2018

Challenge Festival at CAST

This week kicked off with our annual Challenge Festival – which was a chance for us to say thank you to all the amazing businesses we work with, who support our students on their Challenge Projects throughout the Academic Year.

Our guests and students had a chance to look at some of the work from the years Challenge Projects in an informal networking event in the Learning Plaza.

The Festival then moved into the Lecture Theatre for some presentations. Firstly, Jon Green, our Chair of Governors and Vice President of Medimmune, talked about the value of high quality STEM education to the UK economy. Jon then introduced Iolene, one of our year 10 students, who gave a presentation of drug discovery in front of a packed Lecture Theatre of around 200 people. Iolene was winner of the Drug Discovery Challenge.

Mike Falconer, Partnership Manager for the Engineering Development Trust, then spoke about the value of a skills based STEM education to the life chances of the students, before presenting them with their Industrial Cadets Awards.  All of our year 10 students achieved their Silver Award and Year 12 students the Gold Award, an outstanding achievement, very well done to all of them.

Dr Alistair Easterfield, Assistant Head, Challenge and Careers, said: “It was great to see so many of our employer partners and parents coming to support our students and celebrate their work.

“The Challenge Projects, and many other activities around the College, could not happen without the exceptional support that we receive from a very large number of people from across the Cambridge STEM community.  

“We were very pleased to recognise this support by presenting companies and organisations that have worked with us with certificates of thanks.  A huge thank you to all of them.”

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