A Visit to the American Cemetery

Year 8 spent a full and memorable afternoon last Thursday at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, dedicated to American soldiers who died during the Second World War. It is the only American cemetery in the United Kingdom and lies on 30.5 acres that were donated by the University of Cambridge to America for its creation.

During their visit, pupils learned what life was like for an American soldier in WWII, created a gravestone rubbing for one of the 3,800 soldiers buried there and learned about his personal story. They also dressed the grave of an unknown soldier and spent some time reading some of the 5,127 names listed on the Wall of the Missing.

Thanks so much to our hosts for an educational and enriching time.

First Heritage Alumni Reunion Held on Zoom

28 Heritage alumni and teachers gathered on Zoom last Thursday for a first-ever alumni reunion. Mr and Mrs Fletcher kicked off the evening with an update on the life of the school, including a photo of Mr Fletcher’s tiling work from the senior assembly that week — a reminder to the attendees of some of his popular assemblies from their own days at school.

Talks from alumni followed, beginning with former pupil Alice Taylor who gave an update about her plans for post-university training in Canada in the field of Psychology. Alumnae Maisie Fletcher and Katie Budd then shared fascinating stories about their gap year experience with Amazing Grace School in Uganda.

Mr and Mrs Fletcher next updated attendees about a gap year programme recently established for Heritage alumni. Each year, one of our post-sixth form alumni will have an opportunity to spend an academic year providing teaching assistant support for various classrooms throughout the school. It was announced that alumna Leah Monmont will be taking on the gap year position for the 2021-22 academic year.

Finally, the evening ended with time for former classmates and teachers to catch up with one another in smaller breakout groups.

It was special and inspiring to see each of our former pupils who were able to join the reunion. It is our hope that all of our alumni will remain personally connected to the school throughout their lifetime, so you can look forward to more of these events in years to come.

 

 

 

Year 6 Independent Research Projects

During the spring term, Year 6 pupils were asked to research and prepare a project on a topic of their choosing as part of the Heritage Independent Research Project, a programme designed to create opportunities for self-directed  learning. The class then presented their findings at the start of the summer term.

The children chose a wide range of topics to investigate, including:

  • Is the increase in Cellar spiders resulting in the decrease of Giant House spiders?
  • What did cakes look and taste like through history?
  • What does the Greek Goddess Athena say about Ancient Greek culture?
  • Comparing and contrasting Chinese and Spanish styles of buildings, in writing and using a model

The wide range of topics and the excellent quality of the presentations demonstrated a diverse range of personal interests within the class, as well as plenty of hard work and independent thought taken on by each of the pupils. Last week, a special lunch time session provided an opportunity for the class to have a look at one another’s projects and discuss what they had learned with adults in attendance, which included Mr Fletcher, Mrs Fletcher, Mrs Pilkington and Mrs Parkinson. Pupils were presented with certificates and enjoyed some special treats to celebrate their hard work and learning.

 

Year 5 Learn About Nigeria

Year 5 pupils were excited to welcome two of our parents for a special Enrichment lesson about Nigeria. The visit was interesting, educational — and tasty, thanks to the delicious snacks that were kindly provided. The children celebrated by dressing up in clothes from Nigeria or the colours of the flag.

The class was inspired to learn about the ‘can do’ attitude that resonates so well with the ideas of Charlotte Mason. Thank you so much to our guests for a wonderful time together!

Former Pupil’s Impressive Win

Congratulations to Heritage alumna Laura Burton, winner of this year’s National Schools’ Regatta Championship Girls’ Single Sculls⁠⁠, competing for Cambridge 99 Rowing Club. Take a look from the 4:20 mark in this video for the exciting moments when Laura (in the black boat) takes the lead!