*Thursday 5th July – Year 9 Bands Perform at The Junction for BANDSTRAVAGANZA – Doors Open at 7pm* *Monday 9th July – Arts Festival*

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5 June 2018

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
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5 June 2018

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

Today at Parkside we welcomed a member of staff from the Cambridge Central Library. They came to promote the Summer Reading Challenge volunteers. This is a great opportunity for pupils to build confidence, develop transferable skills, and become reading ambassadors.

Parkside Students, if you are interested come to the Library, Mrs Cano has application forms for you! We also have information about reading groups for Teens.

5 June 2018

Interview with Assistant Headteacher, Mrs McGowan
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5 June 2018

Interview with Assistant Headteacher, Mrs McGowan

Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Helen McGowan, was interviewed by our Librarian about all things Parkside Library and more. Questions include “Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books?”, “What is it like to teach English?” and “What are the highlights of being Head of KS3?”.

25 May 2018

Daniel Zeichner Visits Parkside
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25 May 2018

Daniel Zeichner Visits Parkside

We were delighted to welcome our MP, Daniel Zeichner, to Parkside today. He spoke to one of our Year 9 classes about the project that they have been doing in their Individuals and Societies lessons regarding political parties. He was very impressed with the radicalism of some our students! Watch a video clip of Daniel Zeichner’s talk on our Facebook page: @ParksideFed

23 May 2018

Life Water – Cucina Projects
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23 May 2018

Life Water – Cucina Projects

Cucina sell water bottles from Life Water at Coleridge, Parkside and Trumpington as one of their ‘Cucina Projects’. Through their sales, Cucina have funded 3 clean water projects and have helped to give nearly 3.500 people clean drinking water.

18 May 2018

Parkside Students Achieve Great Results in Latin and Greek Reading Competition
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18 May 2018

Parkside Students Achieve Great Results in Latin and Greek Reading Competition

Parkside students did very well at the Junior Latin and Greek Reading competition this year, with Sophia Langton Y9 achieving First Place in the Greek Reading and Adriano Laghi a Highly Commended in the Latin. Other students taking part were Abigail Jackson, Ana Zandi, Flora Palfrey, Zareena Pundole, Django Scott, Alexander Maclay and Zai Spencer. Again Parkside was the only state school taking part.

 

9 May 2018

Parkside Receive ISM Bronze Certificate in Music 2018
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9 May 2018

Parkside Receive ISM Bronze Certificate in Music 2018

We were delighted to receive recently a letter and certificate informing us that Parkside is in the top 600 schools nationally for GCSE Music entries and passes. We are pleased to be able to still offer specialist teaching at KS3 for all students in Dance, Drama, Music and Art, as well as all of these subjects at GCSE in an environment where many schools are scaling back this provision.

28 April 2018

Parkside Debaters in International Finals
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28 April 2018

Parkside Debaters in International Finals

On Saturday 28th April, two Year 10 students, Eve Sherratt-Cross and Femke Buitelaar, competed in the international finals of the International Competition for Young Debaters at the Oxford Union. This is the second year that they have qualified for this prestigious competition. Their performance was excellent – coming 2nd in a round on celebrities’ leadership in social movements and winning a round of environment and economic development. The amount of personal growth both during the last two years and on the day has been inspiring to see, and the pair deserves much credit for their outstanding showing.

Our other debaters also accompanied the pair on this trip and had the chances to watch debaters from all over the world, of equally high standards competing. The debate team owes a huge thanks to Corpus Christi College for their gracious support and sponsorship which makes this trip possible.

This trip is the last of many outings that the outgoing voluntary Head of Debating, university student Herman Lam, led the debate team. Parkside debating has grown massively under him for the last two years, qualifying twice internationally as well as the European outing last summer.

27 April 2018

Spotlight 2018 – Performances from GCSE Musicians
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27 April 2018

Spotlight 2018 – Performances from GCSE Musicians

Fantastic show to top off a fab week of Spotlight performances. Huge congratulations to our fabulous Y11 GCSE Musicians who have ‘smashed it’ with coursework this week.

26 April 2018

Parkside Students Complete Level 3 Bikeability Course
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26 April 2018

Parkside Students Complete Level 3 Bikeability Course

Some of our Parkside students have completed the Bikeability Level 3 Cycle Training Course this week, run by Outspoken Training who said “It was brilliant working with your fantastic pupils and staff”.

5 April 2018

Parkside Student Library Volunteers Wanted
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5 April 2018

Parkside Student Library Volunteers Wanted

Parkside Library need more Student Volunteers – they have put together a short information video:

5 April 2018

Ski Trip 2018
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5 April 2018

Ski Trip 2018

70 Parkside Federation Year 9 students are having a great time on the ski trip in Les Contamines, France! The trip was a huge success with ALL the students skiing down the mountain by the end of the week. Emma Ede was awarded the ‘Mike Craddock Award’ for showing an outstanding achievement in Skiing, attitude and effort all week.

4 April 2018

Pompeii Trip 2018
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4 April 2018

Pompeii Trip 2018

Parkside Federation students have had a wonderful time in Pompeii and saw some incredible sights.

19 March 2018

Year 7 Historians Meeting MI5 Historian
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19 March 2018

Year 7 Historians Meeting MI5 Historian

On Monday 19th March, 16 Year 7 historians from Parkside visited Corpus Christi College for their ‘spies day’. This is a culmination of their hard work and participation in the ‘Spies in Cambridge’ history project organised by Cambridge University volunteers and the charity initiative Schools Connect. The students met with Professor Christopher Andrew, who was the official MI5 historian and fellow of Corpus Christi College, and shared views on the most recent spy incident in Salisbury.

In addition, the historians visited the College’s Parker Library and learnt about the history of the manuscripts there, and went on a tour of the College. They also gave a presentation on ‘the change and continuity in the history of Cambridge spies’ that afternoon, using various creative methods including interpretative dance, drama and audio-visual prompts.

Well done to all involved and particular thanks to University students Imogen Fox, Eloise Barbier, Emma Gossage, Jasmin Thien, Herman Lam and Katie Jardine for their fantastic efforts.

15 March 2018

BBC News School Report
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15 March 2018

BBC News School Report

Students have been working on their School Reports today. Click the titles below to view them:

Visionary Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76 – by Carlos and Amelia

Mr Crane Wins the Game – by Eleanor and Sheetal

Sport and Fundraising – by Joe and co-workers

Black Panther, 2018’s Film Of The Year – by Megan

Parkside’s Got Talent – by Charley

Gun Control in the US – by Virginia and Sophia

About South Korea & North Korea – by Misol

Researching…

Hard at work!

Global Warming – by Ylva and Caitlyn

Comedian and Former Bullseye Host, Jim Bowen, Dies at 80 – by Libby and Martha

Cambridge United Face Uncertainty – by Oliver

Do Detentions Bust Bad Behaviour – by Eleanor

Gender Inequalities in Sport – by Amaya, Cafer and Didam

Man in Barnsley Makes 3D Printed Arms for his Child – by Amelia

Plastic Particles Found in Numerous Brands of Bottled Water – by Kate

Is Kpop About to Take the World by Storm – by August and Bianca

Future of 1p and 2p Coins – by Carlos and Amelia

International Science Week – by Ylva, Caitlyn and Misol

Major Money Issue – by Ylva, Caitlyn and Misol

Mark Hughes Appointed Southampton Manager

The Greatest Showman Strikes Again

Students with their BBC News School Report Day Certificates

7 March 2018

Roy Burrell Sports Awards
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7 March 2018

Roy Burrell Sports Awards

On 6th March 2018 the annual Cambridge and District School Sports Awards, also known as The Roy Burrell Sports Awards, was held at Netherhall School. This was the 40th year the awards have been running and it honours all students from the 20 schools within the district who have shown great commitment to their sport throughout the year.

We were delighted to hear that there were nine Parkside Federation students nominated, and they all were awarded for their outstanding achievements in their individual sport. They include :

Jackson Wood – Cricket
Christian Carter – Football
JoJo Sunderland – Leadership
Kira Moghadas – Leadership
Grace Watts – Leadership
Aaron Rooker – Rugby
Ollie Salmon – Table Tennis
Herbie Ross – Table Tennis
Jack Leader – Table Tennis

5 March 2018

Visit from Julian Perkins
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5 March 2018

Visit from Julian Perkins

Renowned harpsichordist and composer Julian Perkins and Susanna MacRae visited Parkside last week, delivering workshops on Baroque Music. GCSE Music students were able to try out period instruments, develop their singing skills and brush up on their technical knowledge.

Susanna wrote in the Cambridge Handel Opera Company News Bulletin: “Julian and I had two fabulous workshop days at Parkside Academy. They (Parkside students) were really engaged and had some very interesting questions for us regarding working in the profession.”

3 March 2018

Parkside Debaters to Reach International Finals
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3 March 2018

Parkside Debaters to Reach International Finals

 On Saturday 3rd March, 6 Parkside debaters went down to St Paul’s Girls School in London to attend the regional qualifier of the International Competition for Young Debaters, despite the snow! Our Year 10 pair, previous international finalists, Femke Buitelaar and Eve Sherratt-Cross, came 10th and qualified into the international finals for the second year in a row! As debating becomes more competitive, they were the only state-sector team to qualify from this round, and had been decisively better than the majority of the independent schools (bar few!) in the round. In particular, Femke came 6th in the speaker tab, out of over 100 well-qualified debaters!

Our other teams exceeded expectations too. Cassia Wydra and Florence Nickels – the Year 10 and Year 7 pair – pulled off a very solid showing, coming 2nd in two rounds, with Florence’s points of information catching some of the much older debaters off guard. Our Year 7s – Alice Bernal and David Stickland – fared just as well, despite being the youngest in the competition. Their final round saw them pulling off a win against three other very good teams in a debate on medical ethics. Both teams will be placed in the top half of the league table given their strong showing.

This has been a successful outing. The growth in skills, confidence and resilience in our students has been really encouraging to see, which is due to the effort and time they have put in to debating in the weeks prior to the competition.

Sending a team to the international finals for two years in a row is a feat that can only be matched by few schools around the country. As such, Parkside debaters have firmly established themselves as one of the best teams in the country.

28 February 2018

Parkside Students Involved in World Record-Breaking Attempt!
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28 February 2018

Parkside Students Involved in World Record-Breaking Attempt!

Parkside students are helping Please Take Me There charity’s ‘Fly Through Cancer’ campaign, raising funds to buy a specially prepared plane to transport sick children.

The students will be taught how to make the perfect paper plane and the charity aims to gather 4,000 people making around 12,000 paper planes in 15 minutes.

Headteacher, Jodh Dhesi, said “We are delighted to be part of this campaign.

It is an important part of our school ethos to encourage children to work with charities, and to work proactively to help others.

“This campaign will really appeal to our students – they can get involved and be part of something rare and memorable by attempting to break a world record, as well as helping other children who really need support.

“It will be a great event and a real spectacle to see all the paper planes fly at once right here on Parker’s Piece.”

Further details can be found in this article in the Cambridge News

22 February 2018

Tale of Two Hostels History Project
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22 February 2018

Tale of Two Hostels History Project

Parkside is pleased to showcase a Blue Heritage plaque commemorating 25 Parkside, which was used as a refugee hostel during World War II.for young Jewish refugee teenagers fleeing Nazi persecution.This plaque was created by Parkside Students as part of our Tale of Two Hostels History Project, researching the hidden heritage behind this building and the Kinder Transport refugees.

Students involved:
Douglas Tennant, Sebastian Dhillon, Lily Fowke-Green, Chantelle Carreras-Coves, Flora Timney,
Hannah Volland, Josh Simon, Elora Graham, Pooja Reddy, Annie Hsieh, Dorian Allwood, Nina Bartels, Emilia Pryzwara

Teachers : Mark Turner, Maria Almeida

5 February 2018

Luther Burrell, England Rugby Player, Visits Coleridge
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5 February 2018

Luther Burrell, England Rugby Player, Visits Coleridge

On Monday 5 February, Coleridge Community College held a rugby promotion day in which over 300 students took part. Coaches from local rugby clubs, Cambridge, Cantabs and Northampton Saints, came into run stations for all the students.  In the afternoon the day was concluded with the visit of Rugby England International Luther Burrell, who held a question and answer session with the U16 Parkside Federation Team.  The aims of the day were to promote healthy, active lifestyle through team sports and link with the local Community, so students have a clear pathway to join a local club.

1 February 2018

Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote
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1 February 2018

Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote

Parkside students and staff were visited by ITV Anglia News to take part in a celebration of 100 years since the first women in Britain were given the right to vote. Students were learning what attitudes towards women were like 100 years ago, and agree that attitudes have come a long way.

Sarah Drayton, Parkside Community College: “I think that quite often they (women) have legal equality – in terms of the law – but social opinions and how people actually think – it’s still prejudiced.”

Please take a look at the article and video here.

 

26 January 2018

Poetry By Heart Challenge
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26 January 2018

Poetry By Heart Challenge

Congratulations to Eve Sherratt-Cross for receiving Highly Commended in the recent Poetry By Heart First World War poetry recitation competition she took part in.

Poetry By Heart said of all the poems read: “The general quality of recitations was outstanding, which is such a testament to the hard work and perseverance of these courageous young people”.

5 January 2018

Cambridgeshire Tennis Education Venue of the Year!
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5 January 2018

Cambridgeshire Tennis Education Venue of the Year!

Parkside Community College are thrilled to have been nominated by Cambridge Tennis Club as the Cambridgeshire Tennis Education Venue of the Year for 2017!

In nominating the school, James Mills at Cambridge Tennis Club said: “The satellite club established between Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club and Parkside has enabled 100’s of children to participate in tennis and enjoy excellent club facilities.”

The Award will be presented at the County AGM in March, and the school will also be presented with a cheque for £50, jointly funded by Cambs LTA and the LTA.

The nomination will also go forward as the County’s nomination for East Region Education Venue of the Year.

15 December 2017

Parents Fund New Trolley of Tech
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15 December 2017

Parents Fund New Trolley of Tech

Pupils at Cambridge’s Parkside Community College will soon be able to boost their learning with a new ‘Trolley of Tech’, made possible thanks to parent fundraising.  A cheque for £6,931 to buy the new equipment was presented to Jodh Dhesi, the school’s head teacher, on Friday 15 December by the co-Chairs of the local Parent Teacher Association, Mandy Williams and Samantha Sherratt.

The high tech charging trolley contains 30 Chromebooks and will be on hand to support children with their humanities and languages classes, whether they are checking translations, discovering religions, uncovering history or researching global change.

Mr Dhesi said: “Not all children have access to mobile phones and tablets, contrary to popular belief, so to be able to offer them this technology to help their learning is such a bonus. I’d like to thank all the parents, families and friends who took part in raising funds this year, which are particularly welcomed when resources are stretched. What a fantastic community of parents, families and friends we have at Parkside.”

Co-Chair Mandy Williams said: “The school community has pulled out all the stops to raise the funds for this project. They’ve supported twice-monthly uniform sales, quizzes, wine tastings, art fairs, regular parent evenings, local events and more – and hopefully having some fun along the way. Rallying to provide valuable, targeted support to enhance student education at Parkside is just what the PTA has aspired to do.”

7 December 2017

Students at Twickenham for Cambridge VS Oxford Rugby
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7 December 2017

Students at Twickenham for Cambridge VS Oxford Rugby

Federation students had a great day out at Twickenham on Thursday 7th December watching the Cambridge vs Oxford rugby, some of the girls managed to meet some of the Cam University players!

15 November 2017

England V Brazil Football Match
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15 November 2017

England V Brazil Football Match

Parkside Federation students went on an incredible trip to Wembley yesterday to see the England V Brazil football game!

31 October 2017

Fundraising Success
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31 October 2017

Fundraising Success

In August 2017, a group of current and past PFA teachers tackled the Yorkshire three peaks in memory of Mike Craddock who was a teacher at both Parkside and Coleridge.  Mike passed away in January 2017 following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease. Mike’s family and friends set a challenge of raising £20,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and we are pleased to report that the final total will be in the region of £24,000.  This money will be shared between the national and local MNDA branches to fund research and support for families.  We were able to raise this money not just through the 3 Peaks Challenge but also through many cake sales, quizzes, generous donations from other charities, Mike’s travel book, flower arranging, 10k runs, a marathon and of course the Music for Mike concert organised by our colleague, Ed White.  We are extremely grateful to all of you who have supported our efforts and would like to say a big, “thank you” to you all.  We know that the Craddock family are very appreciative of the many kind words from students and their families which has supported them in so many ways over the last few years.  Please visit this tribute website: https://mike-craddock.muchloved.com/

9 October 2017

Year 10 and Year 11 District Rugby Champions
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9 October 2017

Year 10 and Year 11 District Rugby Champions

Congratulations to our fantastic Parkside Federation Academies Rugby teams, who were crowned Year 10 AND Year 11District Champions for Rugby on Thursday the 5th October at Cambridge Rugby Club.
Both teams played 5 games across the afternoon and were undefeated.
Year 10 played Soham in the final and won 10-5.
Year 11 played Chesterton in the final and won with the final play of the game and won 15-10.
This is an incredible achievement for both teams, as we have never won the district championships before.

24 August 2017

Parkside celebrates another year of outstanding GCSE results
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24 August 2017

Parkside celebrates another year of outstanding GCSE results

Parkside Community College is celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results, with over 87% of students achieving a pass in both English and Maths, one of the government’s key performance measures for schools.

In a year in which learners took new, more rigorous examinations in these subjects, the proportion of students at Parkside achieving the highest grades of 8 and 9 was extremely impressive. Nearly 1 in 5 students gained these highest grades in English, while over a quarter of students did the same in Maths.

Of particular note was the achievement of student Selma Corry, who achieved eight A* grades, two grade 8s and one grade 9.

These results come on the heels of Parkside Sixth’s excellent International Baccalaureate outcomes in July, in which sixth form students achieved above the international average for points score and pass rate.

Parkside’s Deputy Headteacher in charge of standards, Maureen Su, said: “We are very happy indeed with these results for our students. They and their teachers have worked hard to achieve them, supported by their families. We wish them very well for their continued studies with us or at other sixth form centres.”

Headteacher, Jodh Dhesi, added: “It has been a great year for our school’s community in gaining our “outstanding” Ofsted rating and now with these results. Well done to all involved.”  

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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