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11 February 2020

Poetry by Heart Competition Winners
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11 February 2020

Poetry by Heart Competition Winners

Congratulations to Lara (Y12) and Poppy (Y7) for winning the KS5 and KS3 school rounds of the Poetry by Heart competition! Lara’s rendition of Duffy’s poem ‘The Last Post’ was powerfully haunting. Poppy’s recitation of The Jabberwocky showed great spirit and captured the poem’s sense of surrealism.

16 January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day Events
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16 January 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day Events

Over 350 Year 7 students from across our schools have worked with Historyworks, a company bringing history to life, former Children’s Laureate Poet Michael Rosen and local Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).

Students have attended a poetry workshop with celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, in which they heard his own family story of the Holocaust and how he discovered over 40 years what happened to his Great Aunt and Uncle. He read poems he has written on the topic and students wrote their own original pieces of poetry in response to the project.

We also welcomed local Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke, who spoke movingly to students about her experience and the devastating impact it had on Jewish people across Europe, so that the horrors will never be forgotten.

Students will also take part in the HMD Civic Ceremony in Cambridge on Sunday 26th January at the Corn Exchange. They will read their poems alongside Michael Rosen, perform dance and drama pieces inspired by his poetry and the CAP choir will sing a specially commissioned song Michael has written as well as students’ artwork being displayed.

Cambridge Academic Partnership has been working with these partners for the last three years meaning over 1500 students have experienced the project and its lasting effects.

Craig Morrison, Executive Headteacher, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day serves a multitude of purposes in schools like ours. It is not only an opportunity to remember and mourn the horrors of the greatest terror and tragedy of the twenty-first century, but it is also an opportunity for pupils of all ages to consider issues of difference, freedom and identity in our society today. We are very grateful to Michael Rosen and Eva Clarke for their work with our students, which I know has been hugely valuable.”

20 December 2019

Christmas Tree Competition
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20 December 2019

Christmas Tree Competition

Parkside International Sixth students organised a Christmas Tree Competition to raise monies for a local homeless charity. We had some amazingly creative entries and it was a tough call…but here are the winners!!

We had recycled wrapping paper, lost property tree, an environment wonder and a tribute to Bake Off with all decoration cooked at gas mark 6!!

Merry Christmas one and all from Parkside International Sixth.

20 December 2019

Carols at The Eden Centre
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20 December 2019

Carols at The Eden Centre

Parkside International Sixth students organised a warm and wonderful evening of snacks, chats and carols at The Eden Centre, the home of Parkside International Sixth. The building was aglow with students, parents and song warming hearts and souls in this festive period.

They ended with We Wish You a Merry Christmas and would like to extend that sentiment to you all…MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Who we are

Parkside is an outstanding school for 800 students aged 11-19, situated in the centre of Cambridge, beside Parker’s Piece. As an International Baccalaureate World School we place a great emphasis on good citizenship and ethical decision-making in all years, culminating in the Diploma programme for the sixth form.

Examination results are consistently high, but this is only part of the story. We want every student to experience learning which brings out the very best of themselves.

Craig Morrison
Executive Headteacher

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