Cambridge and Kindertransport

Mike Levy, currently undertaking a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University, gave a fascinating talk to members of History society yesterday, on Cambridge’s role in the Kindertransport project of the 1930s. Following intensified attacks on the Jewish population by the Nazis, Britain organised local groups to receive and provide care for child refugees. 10,000 children from Germany, Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia, were brought to the UK in the late 1930s, including 2000 to Cambridgeshire. The children were between age 5 and 17 and came on the provision that they were unaccompanied, that their stay would be temporary and not at a cost to the state.

significance1Many of us were previously unaware that our school (then Perse Girls), took an active responsibility in taking care of some of these children. Miss Cattley, our headteacher in this period, ensured free or subsidised places for some refugee girls. One of these girls was Doris Rath, who came to Cambridge in 1937 with her younger sister. Through such individual cases, the generosity and kindness of these families in fostering the refugees was clear.

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The 39 Steps

Tickets are on sale NOW for the production of The 39 Steps! 11 Sixth Form students will play a total of 130 characters in this play with drama, high-jinks, plot twists, slapstick comedy, silly accents and lots of moustaches guaranteed!

Tickets are only £2.50, available at reception. Friday 3rd February.


Cambridge Literary Festival

The 2016 Literary Festival returns to Cambridge on the 26th and 27th November.

There are some really fascinating authors speaking this year and there are a really wide range of themes going to be covered. A multitude of novels will be presented, most are fiction, but there is also some poetry from Ian Macmillan, who is presenting his collection called “To Fold an Evening Star”, some historical fiction and some politically based books.

If you’re into history, don’t miss Jenni Murray’s presentation of her book “A History of Britain in 21 Women”. Or if politics and economics are more your thing, go along to presentations of the books “Shadow Wars” and “My House in Damascus”.

Don’t miss such a fantastic opportunity to hear some really impressive authors present their work!

You can find the programme here:


University Taster Courses

Lower Sixth – take a look! If you haven’t yet gone through download-1
the joys of UCAS and are still thinking about which university course is right for you, I really recommend these university taster courses run by the University of London.

These courses below are currently on offer, check out more details at

Business & Management
King’s College London, Wed 23 November 2016, details/apply

Comparative Literature
King’s College London, Wed 30 November 2016, details/apply

Queen Mary University of London, Wed 30 November 2016, details/apply

English Language & Linguistics
King’s College London, Wed 7 December 2016, details/apply

European & International Studies
King’s College London, Wed 7 December 2016, details/apply

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Peace in the Pacific

flag_of_fiji-svgOn 20th September, the sixth form was treated to a fascinating talk by Sandy Fong, an International Peace scholar on creating a culture of dialogue in Fiji during its transition to democracy.

Figi’s recent history consists of volatile politics , ethnic conflict and corruption; there were four coups since 1987 – 2006, 3 by the military and one by civilians. Despite this, Figi is quickly becoming a peaceful nation thanks to the work of organisations such as Sandy’s.

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World Wide Developers Conference

The Stephen Perse Foundation has a enjoyed a long and productive partnership with Apple, and after sharing my ideas with Apple Education I was selected as a scholarship recipient to attend the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 16), taking place this week in San Francisco. I thought that the College community might be interested to hear about some of my experiences and reflections. Continue reading