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New Classroom for Early Years

Friday, 15 September, 2017

The Early Years have successfully started the academic year in their new classroom at Cherry Hinton Hall.

Seahorses and Caspian have had a great start to the Autumn term in their new room at Cherry Hinton Hall!  All the children have settled brilliantly into a very busy school day and have made an impressive start to the school year. Well done!

The children are loving learning through play and have lots of fun with each other. The children have been very busy learning new rules and routines and getting to know all the different areas within the new indoor classroom. 

We have been thinking about how we are the same and how we are different. We have been describing ourselves and looking in mirrors to compare ourselves to others. We began to explore what makes us special and unique. We read many books and talked a lot about why we like ourselves. To encourage the children to look closely at what makes them special, we set up a provocation with loose parts to allow them to explore making a self-portrait. The children did a fantastic job observing their features and creating representations of themselves using the various loose parts available. We talked about the physical characteristics of our face; and the children all looked closely at themselves. Then we asked each child to think about what their face looks like. Is it round like a ball? Oval like an egg, etc. and how it is important to be proud of who we are.

 

Student Council Elections

Friday, 15 September, 2017

The Temple have elected their Student Council representatives for the 2017/18 academic year.

One of the very first things that has happened this year, at The Temple, was the election of student representatives to serve on our Student Council.  The first meeting was held on Monday, at which the Head Boy and Girl set the vision for the year and the Student Council elected a chair who coordinates the efforts of this group.  

The Student Council is led by our Head Boy, Andrew G, Head Girl, Nikita K, and running the meetings, our elected Chair, James (Year 10).  The other representative are Minjae (year 10), Emma (year 9), Enrico (year 9), Ruby (year 8), Maxime (year 8), and Boaz (year 7).  Congratulations to all of these students and we wish you every success in representing your classmates, making your voices heard, and leading the school through various events throughout the year.  We will also look forward to seeing these students develop their leadership potential, teamwork, and speaking skills as the year goes by. 

 

Model United Nations Conference

Friday, 15 September, 2017

On the 15th, 16th & 17th September ten students from Years 10 & 11 are attending the Cambridge University Students Model United Nations Conference (CUSMUN).

This weekend, 16th / 17th September, Ms Hobbs and Mrs Hall are accompanying ten students from Years 10 & 11 to the Cambridge University Students Model United Nations Conference (CUSMUN).  They will be joined by 20 other schools from around the UK and beyond.  The weekend is a great opportunity for the students to develop their research, debating and leadership skills, whilst making new friends from around the world. CIS is representing Argentina and Senegal in the following committees:

Argentina, 6 delegates:
Human Rights Council = James (UNHRC)
Economics and Social Council = Enfys (ECOSOC)
Historical Emergency General Assembly = Sharon (HEGA)
UN Women = Maria (UN Women)
General Assembly 6th Committee (Legal) = Minjae (Sixth Committee)
World Health Organisation = Nikita (WHO)

Senegal, 3 delegates:
Security Council = Dan (UNSC)
Historical Emergency General Assembly = Leon (HEGA)
UN Women = Li Jie (UN Women)

Human Rights Council Assistant Chair = Klara (UNHRC)

Good luck everyone and we look forward to hearing about your experiences next week.

Chess Challenge Success

Friday, 15 September, 2017

CIS qualified for the Gigafinal Stage of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge.

CIS sisters Emma and Rebecca did themselves proud in the Gigafinal Stage of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. Starting in chess clubs around the country, the highest scoring players in their school go through to a regional stage, or Megafinal, where they play against the best chess players in their region. After successful qualification from this stage, with Rebecca scoring a perfect 6 wins out of 6 games, both girls then went through to the Southern Area Gigafinal, in which the best chess players in their age group across the whole of the South of England fight it out for a place in the National Finals, with a top prize of £2,000 and the title of the best young chess player in the whole of England.

Although neither girl qualified to this rarefied stage, they both did themselves proud with Emma scoring 3 points out of a possible 6, and Rebecca scoring 4. Only the top 3 players in each age group go through to the final round but this is the best performance by any CIS child since we began entering the competition 6 years ago.

Rebecca is pictured wearing a medal which is earned by all children scoring 4 points and over. Just getting to the Gigafinal is a real challenge and both girls should feel incredibly proud of what they have achieved.

Cambridge International School Welcomes New Principal

Wednesday, 06 September, 2017

Cambridge International School is delighted to welcome Mrs Philippa Mills as its new Principal. Mrs Mills has been appointed following a thorough recruitment process and joins the school for the start of the new academic year. She joins Cambridge International School from being the Principal of Laude British School of Vila-real, a member of one of the largest school groups in Spain and which is also part of the International Schools Partnership.

Cambridge International School is delighted to welcome Mrs Philippa Mills as its new Principal.

Mrs Mills has been appointed following a thorough recruitment process and joins the school for the start of the new academic year. She joins Cambridge International School from being the Principal  of Laude British School of Vila-real, a member of one of the largest school groups in Spain and which is also part of the International Schools Partnership.

Mrs Philippa Mills

Previously, Mrs Mills has worked in several UK based private boarding schools, including Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, where she was Housemistress of a senior boys’ boarding house and teacher of Modern Foreign Languages. Following this role, she was appointed as Head of Boarding at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, where she remained for four years until appointed initially as the Deputy Head of the Laude British School of Vila-real and then subsequently promoted to Principal .

Mrs Mills was born in Ely and was a pupil at King’s Ely, where her father was a Housemaster.  She grew up in one of the school’s boarding houses in the grounds of Cathedral Close and returned to Ely to marry her husband Roger in Ely Cathedral. She is very familiar with Cambridge and the surrounding area, having trained to be a teacher at Homerton College.

She graduated from The University of Sheffield with a degree in French and Business Studies and after working in International Marketing and Travel & Tourism for two years, she realised her passion for education and decided to follow in her parents’ footsteps and trained to become a teacher.

Mr and Mrs Mills have relocated from Spain over the summer and their younger daughter Rosie will enrol as a pupil of Cambridge International School.

Mr Steve Brown, Group Managing Director of International Schools Partnership, comments:

“We are delighted to make this appointment and are confident that Mrs Mills will prove to be an excellent new Principal of Cambridge International School."

“The appointment of Mrs Mills coupled with the development works at Cherry Hinton Hall, marks the start of a really exciting time for the school."

“Mrs Mills will be fully supported in her new role by the International Schools Partnership.”

Mrs Philippa Mills comments:

“I am delighted to be appointed as Principal of Cambridge International School. It is an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to returning to Cambridge with my family and reconnecting with the local community as well as getting to know the pupils, parents and staff of the school.”

“My ambition is to develop a love of learning in my pupils and to ensure that they are equipped with the skills that they will need for the challenges that lie ahead in later life."

“Cambridge International School is going through an exciting time with the development works at Cherry Hinton Hall. Once complete it will prove an inspirational setting for the education and personal development of the pupils, which I am thrilled to be part of.”

Temporary Home at Bateman Street for Infant and Junior Classes

Tuesday, 05 September, 2017

The Nursery, Infant and Primary School area of Cambridge International School at Cherry Hinton Hall is currently undergoing a £3.5 million redevelopment. This work is due to be finished by the end of the year, so for one term the school is moving Years 1 - 6 to the School's premises at 61 Bateman Street.

The Nursery, Infant and Primary School area of Cambridge International School at Cherry Hinton Hall is currently undergoing a £3.5 million redevelopment. This work is due to be finished by the end of the year, so for one term the school is moving Years 1 - 6 to the School's premises at 61 Bateman Street. This site includes bright spacious classrooms, which provide a wonderful learning environment and will ensure continuity in the education provided by the School. The premises also has a safe area in which the children can play at the rear of the building.

The Nursery and Reception classes will remain at Cherry Hinton Hall as their area in the School has been completed, allowing them to start benefiting from the improved facilities.

The exciting development at Cherry Hinton Hall underlines Cambridge International School's long-term commitment to its pupils and parents, to deliver excellent facilities and provide a truly 21st century education. Once complete it will provide a beautiful, modern and light setting in which children will thrive. The unique location of the School in Cherry Hinton Park, as well as the new landscaping and refurbishment of Cherry Hinton Hall will provide the opportunity to expand our outdoor learning programmes and Forest School curriculum, which will enhance our pupils’ learning and development. The School will have a new central enclosed early learning courtyard which will provide a fun activity space for the school’s youngest pupils, linking closely with the internal teaching spaces, and outdoor room for covered learning.  A new ‘Giants Garden’ linked to Cherry Hinton Brook will offer opportunities for children to extend their learning from the library to the outside to ensure that the redeveloped school integrates into Cherry Hinton Park. The improved teaching and learning spaces will provide contemporary and inspiring environments, whilst retaining the unique historical character and setting of the school. 

Mrs Philippa Mills, Principal, commented "The temporary move to Bateman Street will ensure that all the work is completed safely and we are appreciative of how supportive the parents and staff have been in the temporary relocation. We are committed to providing the best education possible to the children here and are looking forward to welcoming the children to Bateman Street for the first term of the academic year."

An amazing 54% A/A* achieved at iGCSE / GCSE

Thursday, 24 August, 2017

The students, parents and staff at the Cambridge International School are celebrating an amazing suite of GCSE results. The students have achieved an amazing 54% of grades being A/A* and 88% of all grades A* - C.

The students, parents and staff at the Cambridge International School are celebrating an amazing suite of GCSE results.  The students have achieved an amazing 54% of grades being A/A* and 88% of all grades  A* - C.   The school has 32 nationalities represented in the student community, many of whom have English as a second language, which makes these results even more amazing.  The school takes a combination of International GCSE and GCSEs, so for this year all grades are still in the A* - E grades rather than the new 9-1 system that is being talked about in the press.

80% of students received five A* - C grades including maths and English. Some subjects of notable excellence are; Science where 98% of Students received at least two Science grades of C or above and Maths where 98% of Students received A* - C.

The Senior site of the Independent International School is based at Abington and takes students up to Year 11.  The leavers are now progressing onto different Sixth Forms in the local Cambridge Community, including Hills Road and The Stephen Perse Foundation. 

Science Day at the Seniors

Sunday, 09 July, 2017

FIS @ CIS - Food in Science

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday 3rd July, FIS @ CIS (Food in Science) saw Year 5 and Year 6 join in the fun of Science Day for the first time.  Red Cabbage, Ice Cream, Milk, Fruit & Vegetables, Taste Sensations and Honeycomb were all used to explore some scientific principles.

House teams were scored on their collaboration between year groups, their team work, their behaviour and etiquette and, lastly, their enthusiasm.

After Achilles, Athena and Odysseus spent 60 minutes making posters, Science teachers awarded scores for the posters, including information from all six activities, the quality of the Science, creativity and presentation.

Sharon Wu, the new STEM ambassador, collated all the scores in an excel spreadsheet. It was very close overall. However, the upshot was that Achilles won the trophy for the very first time. Congratulations to all the students who took part from all three houses, but special congratulations to Achilles, under the stewardship of their new house captain, Enfys Holmes.

Happy Holidays!

What a Waste!

Sunday, 09 July, 2017

How can we protect endangered oceans

 

Year 7 and Year 8 are doing a mini unit on  oceans. There is more in the sea than just fish, it turns out.  Unfortunately plastics, antibiotics and oil are some of the unwanted items that are floating in our beautiful waters. Each class read about the history of ocean pollution and recreated the story by adding different types of pollutants into a container with water as they read on. The end result was a fine mess! In the next lesson we had a think about ways that can limit trash ending up in the oceans.

The Rocky Monster Show

Friday, 30 June, 2017

Frightful and delightful...

 

 

 

 

The Temple Hall rocked this week with the Juniors' performance of the 'The Rocky Monster Show' by Malcom Sircom.  Parents and Senior students were dazzled by two toe-tapping, energetic and ghoulishly scary performances by the young cast, supported by the fearless Junior Choir, who lifted the roof to well-loved creepy tunes such as 'Monster Mash' and 'Thriller', complete with all the grizzly moves.  Well done to the Castle Characters, Narrators, Villagers and Junior Choir.

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