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Masterclasses with the Poet

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Students are inspired by IGCSE syllabus poet, Amanda Chong




Above: Amanda gives lessons in poetry and, in particular, 'Timbuktu' and 'lionheart'.

Last week, CIS was excited to welcome Singaporean poet Amanda Chong who penned 'lionheart', a poem studied by Cambridge IGCSE English Literature students. It was such a treat to hear a famous poem recited and then explained by the actual poet who wrote it. After telling students a little about her background (she is also a lawyer), she explained how she came to write her award-winning poem when she was only 16. The poem reflects her patriotic pride as a young Singaporean and depicts the founding of Singapore. The 'lion' refers to the Merlion, the mythical national icon and whose statue sits majestically looking over Marina Bay. Amanda's poem is engraved on a plaque there, alongside poems written by older poets. Keystage 3 students enjoyed their own workshop with Amanda - the poem she chose was called 'Timbuktu', a moving recollection of her grandmother. Many thanks, Amanda, for spending time at CIS.

Seeing i to eye

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Year 10 show their talent with these self portraits





They are so good, it is easy to guess who they are!

Elementary Skills

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Chemistry students investigate mystery at Salters' Festival of Chemistry


On 23rd March, four students from Seniors were selected to attend the annual Salters' Festival of Chemistry at the University Department of Chemistry on Lensfield Road.

The attendees were selected from the winners of a Chemistry challenge organised in school. The four were Nikhil, Kanta, Sarah and Aqida from Year 8. This prepared them for the two challenges at the Festival. The Salters Challenge was called “Who is the Prime Suspect”, and was about using forensic science to solve a 'Murder Mystery' using chemical tests and cracking codes to solve clues. The University Challenge was about using chromatography-based separation techniques to identify unknown compounds of food dyes. Student delegates, from the many local schools who enter, then enjoyed a lecture by Dr Peter David Wothers, MBE, with practical demonstrations entitled ‘Burning Issues’. All agreed, it was a brilliant day.

When in Rome...

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Eat ice-cream every day! -






Students from Year 8 and 9 enjoyed a Classics and RS trip to Rome.

Studying ancient Rome, they visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Pantheon. From the Renaissance and baroque periods they went to see the Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, St Paul's Outside the Walls (Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura), the baroque Piazza Navona, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo, not forgetting the iconic Fontana di Trevi.

After all that, the delicious ice-creams were well-needed - every day, of course!

So what did the students enjoy the most?...

... going to the basilicas and churches because they were very impressive and colourful. It was also interesting to learn about the Romans, although the walks were tiring! (Rosalyn);

...visiting the Vatican, the Colosseum and the basilicas, because the artwork was amazing. I also really enjoyed the pizza and ice-cream (Enrico);

...walking to the ancient buildings such as the Colosseum, St Peter's Basilica and St Paul's Outside the Walls. I had fun being with my friends and now I have many happy memories (Sarah);

...visiting the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, with outstanding paintings by Michelangelo, and the ice-cream was delicious (Nur Aqida);

...the Colosseum and walking in the warm weather, the ice-cream which was creamy and soft, the statues and paintings at the Vatican (Anni);

...the food, the fountain, the churches and the Colosseum (Ellie);

...Vatican City and the Colosseum (Sofia);

...the food and the churches (Minkyeong);

...the food, the basilicas and the fountain (Evie);

And finally, Emily sums it up: "I honestly can't chose what I enjoyed the most - I loved every minute of the trip. I'm glad I went and hope to go back to Rome one day!"

Tribute to Mums

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Mums received a special welcome at the Mothers' Day Assembly

The Infants and EYFS Department held their Mothers' Day assembly last week.

There was a very full turnout, and mothers enjoyed watching their children perform a variety of songs, poems and dedications of love for their mummies! There was a huge 'Ahhhhhh' factor as the youngest children said, loudly and clearly, why they loved their mummies so much. Coral Class children used their senses to describe how their mummies looked, sounded, smelt and felt.

Caribbean Class used similes to compare their mothers to a range of beautiful things, including scientists, rainbows, pizza, and the joy of playing in the snow. The songs too were a great hit - we even had a Spanish Mothers' Day song to finish the show. The mothers who came were able to enjoy a breakfast before the show started, and there was a really happy family atmosphere to the whole event. (Mr Orwin)

Bronze Medal for CSSP Tag Rugby

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

The school is very proud of their performance

Following their fantastic efforts in the District Tag Rugby earlier this term, our U11s travelled to St Ives for the next round of the competition against the winners from other Cambridgeshire districts.

The team was apprehensive - this was a step-up in competition and they didn't know what to expect. The opening ceremony was a really special experience and it was great to hear from international athletes for inspiration. CIS started the competition well, winning their first three group games, with some flowing rugby and outstanding support play. Confidence was high and the tenacious team fought through to the semi-finals where they were defeated by a single try. The team headed to the Bronze Medal play-off match, determined to bring the medal home.

A great and even match meant the play went into extra time and 'golden try'. CIS managed to snatch the try and deserved to take the Bronze Medal. A fantastic achievement. The team showed what can be done with hard work, team work and opportunities. The school is very proud of their performance. Well done.(Mr Salt)

U15 Netball V Stoke College - final match

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

The Under 15 netball team had their final match of the season at home against Stoke.

The Under 15 netball team had their final match of the season at home against Stoke. With several team players away in Rome all remaining girls participated. The girls stepped up to the mark and played some very good netball. The score moving from CIS being ahead by a few to Stoke pulling the score back and racing ahead. However, the CIS girls did not let this get them down and they pulled back with an eventual 7-7 draw. Well done to all U15 girls this season. They have trained hard and their performance on court has improved.

U13 Football vs Stoke - win

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Stoke College 4 - 8 CIS

Convincing victory from the Year 7-8 CIS boys to finish off a successful football session in their trip to Stoke College.

The match started well for the visitors, with the CIS team well positioned on the pitch and with every player involved in the game, knowing what his role was. Despite a couple of approaches from Stoke, successfully cleared by the two centre-backs, Kosuke and David, the main chances came from the visitors during the first 15 minutes. With great effectiveness, five of these chances were materialised which resulted in a placid advantage for CIS for the rest of the game. One of these goals was a great "side pitch" strike from Jamie, who completed a great football session. The first half ended with a couple of goals from Stoke who did not want to give up, and one more from CIS after a brilliant build-up of play where more of the CIS players were involved.

In the second half, CIS players had to secure the ball to keep the advantage and to make sure the opposition did not get any closer in the score sheet. Although they conceded a couple of goals, they managed to keep the possession of the ball most of the time and secured their victory with fantastic teamwork. Fabulous effort from everyone involved! It has been exceptional to see such fantastic progression from the U13 boys during the football session. (Mr Martinez)

U13 Netball V Stoke College - away

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

A lovely match to finish the netball season

A lovely match to finish the netball season. Playing away at Stoke College the U13 netball team had a very enjoyable match. As only six players were available, the match was played as a friendly with both CIS and Stoke girls on each team. The way all CIS girls conducted themselves was excellent and mixed incredibly well to play with girls they had not met before. A game of green versus yellow ensued with greens coming out victorious. However, far more important was the experience gained from the match. Well done to Iona, Elisa, Ruby, Anni, Scarlett and Marvi. (Mrs McAlinden)

U15 Netball V The Perse, Three matches

Tuesday, 04 April, 2017

Three matches, three wins

The Under 15 netball team travelled to The Perse again, this time facing some of their U14 teams. Three matches, each with 8-minute halves played back-to- back. The girls didn't have a great first half, leading the match by three goals, but with a real lack of spatial awareness. However, a strong half-time chat and the girls really found their rhythm and pulled away to a 9-0 win. The second match was against a much stronger team. The ball was regularly turned over by both teams.

The second half of the match only saw one goal being scored, thankfully by the CIS team. A 4-1 win was well deserved. The final match was the toughest one of the three and saw the CIS girls down 0-2 at half time. Fighting the wind, rain and plummeting temperatures the girls worked incredibly hard, lifting their skill level and scoring four times in the second half. Overall three matches, three wins. A successful afternoon's work! (Mrs McAlinden)

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