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29 June 2017

Artsfest – A Night to Remember
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29 June 2017

Artsfest – A Night to Remember

With over 400 students taking part in108 acts over 8 stages, this year’s Artfest was a huge extravaganza which celebrated the talented students we have across the Federation.

 

From the excellent Year 11 GCSE Art exhibition, to a feast of monologues, duologues and devised pieces in drama. The Radegund Hall was rocking with the sound of African and samba drumming as well as a STOMP inspired performance. Dance incorporated wheelbarrows, wellies and shopping trolleys into their performances!  And Trumpington students donned the blue suits for a dance to a mash up of hits. While Year 7’s performed numbers from the hit musical Matilda in the auditorium. Over on the chill out stage, back lawn and quad there was an array of bands and solo artists performing covers as well as their own original compositions.

The night culminated in the Radegund  Hall with a funk fest from the Federation’s very own funk band which had staff, parents and students up on the dance floor. It certainly was a night to remember.

 

    

15 June 2017

Rotary Club Young Writer Competition Winners
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15 June 2017

Rotary Club Young Writer Competition Winners

Several students from Parkside Community College and Parkside Sixth entered the Rotary Club’s national Young Writer 2017 competition.  Students were asked to write up to 500 words on the theme of ‘Reflection’.

We are thrilled that Parkside Sixth student Sara Pollini won the senior category in the first stage and subsequently the senior category of the district round too.  Congratulations also goes to Y11 Parkside student Lojen Al Thahabi who came second in the senior category of the first stage of the competition.  Both Sara and Lojen received book tokens as a prize, along with a certificate.

Sara and Lojen receiving their certificates from Maureen Hallsworth, a member of the Rotary Club

10 May 2017

e-Luminate Cambridge’s Collaboration with Parkside
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10 May 2017

e-Luminate Cambridge’s Collaboration with Parkside

Parkside students and staff enjoyed working with e-Luminate Festival this year and a copy of the Impact Report can be downloaded e-Luminate Cambridge 2017 Impact Report.

 

There is also a video showing the various displays that could be seen around Cambridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXRUHviDOJU&t=4s

26 April 2017

Jodh Dhesi Meets Parliamentary Rowing Group
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26 April 2017

Jodh Dhesi Meets Parliamentary Rowing Group

Head Teacher Jodh Dhesi met with the All-Party Parliamentary Rowing Group at the Palace of Westminster, to make a presentation to the Group on the Parkside Rowing Challenge, which saw pupils row the length of the Thames, and discussed opportunities to develop rowing in state schools.

 

The Group, which comprises Members of both Houses of Parliament and all major political parties, has the singular remit to support the sport of rowing.

 

Speaking after the meeting, Group Co-Chairman Lord Thomas of Gresford said “Members of the Group were delighted to welcome Jodh to Parliament, and hear about Parkside Community College’s excellent work to provide rowing opportunities for their pupils.  I hope that the rowing challenge which pupils completed is something that can be rolled out across more schools in the United Kingdom, to give more young people the opportunity to try this fantastic sport.”

 

Jodh Dhesi added “it was fantastic to see the impact that the Parkside Rowing Challenge had on those taking part.  Our main obstacle to expanding the challenge is funding, but we are hopeful that if we can secure this, we will be able to provide opportunities for more pupils to take part.  I hope that the challenge is something that other state schools will consider, as the pupils taking part not only enjoyed all the health benefits that the sport brings, but also developed skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

 

31 March 2017

Jewish and Basque Refugee History Project
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31 March 2017

Jewish and Basque Refugee History Project

The Refuge in Cambridge – A Tale of Two Hostels project, initiated last September culminated in a public exhibition at the West Road Concert Hall, CB3 9DP, on Thursday 30th March. The exhibition showcased what the students at Parkside and the Red Balloon Learner Centre had discovered about the hidden heritage behind two buildings used as refugee hostels during World War II. One, at 25 Parkside, was used for young Jewish refugee teenagers fleeing Nazi persecution and the other at 21, Station Road, for Basque country refugee children fleeing the Spanish Civil War. The exhibition included display panels, a booklet, music, dance, oral recitations and a film put together by the students documenting the project’s evolution. There were also some participants of the Kindertransport programme itself who spoke about their experiences.

The project gathered some considerable interest within and outside Parkside, as many of the students were filmed for BBC Look East and for Cambridge TV as well as Mr Turner appearing on BBC Cambridgeshire Radio promoting the event alongside Gerald Weiner, a Kindertransport refugee.

It was an extraordinary and moving evening with a large number of parents, teachers and friends in attendance. A huge thanks to Leslie Ford, Mike Levy, Maria Almeida, Alexa Minett and Mark Turner for putting on this wonderful project that enabled our Parkside students to learn about a hidden aspect of Cambridge’s history. Their experiences have developed them further as inquiring and thoughtful young people who can reflect deeply on the nature of extremist beliefs in the past and connect that to the modern world where such beliefs are still so common. A school display and student assemblies will take place after Easter, allowing our students to reflect on their experiences and share them with the rest of the student body. Participating students were :

Douglas Tennant, Sebastian Dhillon, Lily Fowke-Green, Chantelle Carreras-Coves, Flora Timney, Hannah Volland, Josh Simon, Jacob Manda, Elora Graham, Pooja Reddy, Annie Hsieh, Dorian Allwood, Nina Bartels, Emilia Pryzwara, Alfie Vine, Ted Watts.

     

     

 

16 March 2017

BBC News School Report
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16 March 2017

BBC News School Report

Students at Parkside took part in the BBC’s News School Report Day on Thursday 16th March.

Click on the links named ‘BBC School News Report’ to open the articles.

Theatre Reviews by Eve: BBC School News Report

Parkside History Project – A Tale of Two Hostels – by Hannah: BBC News School Report

Caddie, the Lab, Gives Autistic Teen Second Chance by Rose: BBC School News Report

The Dutch Election by Cassia and Femke: BBC School News Day

Queen Signs Brexit by Jakub: BBC News School Reports

Bank Robbery by Kit: BBC News School Reports

Toyota to Invest £240m: BBC News School Report

Cambridge Science Festival: BBC News School Report

Parcel Bomb Explodes by Kit: BBC News School Report

Schools Addressing Mental Health Issues: BBC News School Report

England Rugby Champions: BBC News School Report

EBacc Cuts Students Off From The Arts by Frankie: BBC News School Report

Student Wellbeing at Parkside by Lucia: BBC News School Report

The Queens Donation: BBC News School Report

Small Business by Amelia: BBC News School Report

School Shooting in Grasse: BBC News School Report

Big Bang Science Event by Eve, Hannah and Rose: BBC News School Report

Mental Health Issues in School by Sheetal: BBC News School Reports

Suicide Bombing by Kit: BBC News School Report

New Cambridge Cycleway by Rose: BBC News School Report

Uniform: Good or Bad? BBC News School Report

Brexit: BBC News School Report

A work in progress: students working hard on their articles

A work in progress

Setting up for the recordings

Parkside students with their BBC Certificates

10 March 2017

Minister of State for School Standards congratulates Parkside Community College
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10 March 2017

Minister of State for School Standards congratulates Parkside Community College

Parkside Community College has received a letter of congratulations from the Right Honourable Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards.

He has congratulated staff and pupils for the high levels of progress pupils are making and achievement of the school in the English Baccalaureate in 2016.

The letter can be viewed here.

8 March 2017

Roy Burrell Awards 2017
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8 March 2017

Roy Burrell Awards 2017

The Roy Burrell Awards took part on 7th March 2017, and this was the 40th year that the Awards have been running.  There were 8 students and one member of staff representing the Federation this year, all have achieved county standard or above in sport.

 

Siobhan Skinner (member of staff) won a major award (Team of the Year) for leading the District Cross Country Team to first place in the region.

 

Louis Rolfe, Paralympian Gold Medalist and ex-Coleridge student, was a special guest at the Awards.

 

8 February 2017

Parkside Students Enjoy Success in Debating Competition!
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8 February 2017

Parkside Students Enjoy Success in Debating Competition!

Parkside students have recently been competing in the International Competition for Young Debaters, with great success.  The teams, which  only started a few months ago, competed in the London round against many schools from the independent sector. Parkside ‘A’ team came 6th overall, and only missed out on the finals by 2 points!  Year 9 student Eve Sherratt-Cross was 9th on the speaker tab and Femke Buitelaar, also Year 9, came 12th.  The team in fact did better than other independent schools who traditionally dominate the national debating scene.

 

The other team from Parkside, Anjara Trachsel-Bourbeau and Lexie Weiss,  also worked exceedingly hard and and made excellent progress throughout the day, and were not very far off from the top teams at the end of the day.

 

The students enjoyed the day thoroughly, thanks to staff from Schools Plus Cambridge for working with our students.

24 January 2017

Year 9 Students attend ‘Eyes on the Prize’ at ARU
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24 January 2017

Year 9 Students attend ‘Eyes on the Prize’ at ARU

Year 9 students recently attended an event hosted by Anglia Ruskin University.  ‘Eyes on the Prize’ is an event focused on supporting students with their future academic choices.  The event included input from local Level 3 providers, schools and universities and aimed to provide students with a positive and aspirational programme.

 

Tours were given by ARU Student Ambassadors, who gave the pupils an insight into what being a university student is like.  The exhibition highlighted the range of courses and facilities at Anglia Ruskin and also featured stands from other Higher Education institutions, as well as training providers and employers.

 

       

19 January 2017

Parkside Results Top in County
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19 January 2017

Parkside Results Top in County

Parkside Community College has been named as the best state secondary in the county for its GCSE results.

 

Full details can be found here in an article in the Cambridge News.

13 September 2016

Parkside Year 11 and Year 13 examination results 2016
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13 September 2016

Parkside Year 11 and Year 13 examination results 2016

It is our great pleasure to celebrate the success of our students in Year 11 and Year 13, who have achieved impressive results over the summer. 88% of our Year 11 students achieved an A*-C in English and Maths (one of the government’s new performance measures). Initial indications suggest that this is the highest performance for a state school in the county. We are also pleased to share the results of our Year 13 International Baccalaureate students, who achieved a 97% pass rate for the IB and an average points score in line with the world average. Our Year 13 BTEC students achieved very, with a 100% pass rate and an average grade of a Merit. We are very proud, not only of the attainment of our students, but of the outstanding progress that they have made also.

National results for 2016 are not yet available

Government measure National result 2015 School result 2015 School result 2016
% of students achieving A*-C in both English and Maths 56 85 88
Progress 8* score 0 +0.7 +0.7
Attainment 8** score 4.8 6.1 6.1
% of students achieving the EBacc*** 24 59 59

*Progress 8 score measures how much progress each Year 11 student made in their best 8 qualifying subjects from the start of Year 7 to the end of Year 11, and calculates an average for the school. If on average all students have made the amount of progress they would have been expected to make, the school’s score would be 0 (zero). Schools will naturally aspire to achieve the highest possible positive score. The 2016 result shown is a provisional one, given to us by a national company called Go4Schools, based on their own very large database of schools.

**Attainment 8 score calculates the students’ average grade across their best 8 qualifying subjects, using the numeric grade scale 1-9, where 9 is the best score that could be attained.

***Ebacc is the percentage of Year 11 students that achieved a grade A*-C in all of English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a modern language (at Coleridge, usually French).

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