Welcome to this week’s staff parent newsletter.
The PARENT MESSAGES section - which includes items for sale, help
wanted and services offered – has been removed from this online version
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Cassie and Naomi.
University Childcare Information Advisers
UNIVERSITIES' HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME:
The February half term (11-15 Feb) holiday playscheme is now fully
booked. To join the mailing list for booking forms for the Easter
holiday playscheme, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on the holiday playscheme can be found at:
YOUNG ZOOLOGISTS CLUB:
The University Museum of Zoology, Downing Street has a new club for 6-
12 year olds interested in animals. Welcome pack, free newsletter 3
times a year, special events. To join, email your postal address to
FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!
See www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/ for how to claim your
free, limited edition storybook Where Did the River Go? commissioned by
learndirect for children between 5-9.
NANNY OF THE YEAR AWARD:
Nominations are being sought for the Professional Nanny of the Year
Award, organised by the Professional Association of Nursery Nurses. To
be eligible for the award, nannies must have at least two year's
experience and must be nominated by their current or previous employer.
Closing date for entries is 23 May and the winner will be announced in
July. For more information call 01332 372337 or see
PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS SOUTHERN CAMBRIDGE SCHOOLS DEVELOPMENT:
A public meeting is being held next week to discuss plans to build new
schools on the southern side of Cambridge. Just over 4,000 homes are
due to be built south of the city over the next 14 years – 1,200 on
Trumpington Meadows, 2,300 on Clay Farm to the south and east of
Trumpington, 230 on Glebe Farm south of Trumpington and 300 on the Bell
School site to the east of Addenbrookes Hospital.
Cambridgeshire County Council is now preparing to build the schools
which will be needed to serve these developments. A new 360-place
primary school will be needed at Trumpington Meadows and another new
school of 420 places required at Clay Farm. It is also proposed to
increase the size of Fawcett Primary School from 240 to 420 places.
Pupil forecasts have also identified a need for a new secondary school
for the area. This would be sited within the Clay Farm development and
would become the designated secondary school for the whole of
Trumpington, including the new schools and the expanded Fawcett Primary
The Trumpington Meadows Primary School would need to open in September
2010 and Fawcett Primary would have to increase in size by 2011. The
new secondary school would be needed by September 2012.
As part of the initial consultation process, Cambridgeshire County
Council has organised a public meeting to discuss the proposals. This
will be held on Wednesday 6 February at the Cambridge Professional
Development Centre in Foster Road, Cambridge between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.
Officers from the authority will be present to discuss the plans in
Members of public can write in with their comments to Hazel Belchamber,
Head of Infrastructure, ELH 1505, Castle Court, Cambridge CB3 0AP. The
deadline for submissions is 8 February 2008.
CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:
Thousands of children around the county are expected to vote for their
favourite illustrated book in a bid to find the Cambridgeshire
Children’s Picture Book Award winner as the third Read It Again!
Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award is launched today. Read It
Again! is an award for a debut picture book where the story and
pictures are the work of one individual. It is judged solely by the
children of Cambridgeshire in Libraries, schools and reading groups.
This year, the eight short-listed titles are:
- Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure 2 by Kristina
- To the Beach by Thomas Docherty.
- Monkey See, Monkey Do by Donough O’Malley.
- Max and the Doglins 2 by Amanda Montgomery Higham.
- Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka.
- Timothy and the Strong Pyjamas by Viviane Schwarz.
- Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan.
- Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia.
For further information and how to vote, contact Richard Young on 07771
984329, or at Richard.email@example.com.
UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS:
Until Sunday 3 February - THE GREAT MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS at the
Cambridge Corn Exchange.
A family show with illusionists, clowns, jugglers and trapeze artists.
Afternoon and evening performances. Booking Office 01223 357851. See:
Saturday 2 February, 10am-5pm - WORLD WETLAND'S DAY at the Welney
Wetland Centre, near Wisbech.
Celebrate wetlands and what they do for us. Free entry for under 16’s.
Contact: 01353 860711, firstname.lastname@example.org. See:
Saturday 2 February, 11am-3pm - TELL A FRIEND at the Botanic Gardens,
Drop-in any time to design and make a postcard about your day in the
Garden and send it to a friend. Tel: 01223 331875, email:
email@example.com. Botanic Gardens website:
Saturday 2-Sunday 3 February, 10am–5pm - FEBRUARY FREE WEEKEND at
Moyse's Hall Museum, Market Place, Bury St Edmunds.
Family weekend with lots of activities. Highlights include a hands-on
area with costumes and artefacts, quizzes and a family activity tour.
On Sunday you can curate your own museum, creating a mural including
all your favourite items on display and others that you think will be
seen in future. See: www.moyseshall.org.
Sunday 3 February, 2.30pm - CHINA'S PEOPLE'S UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE PERFORMANCE at the Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin
A performance of Chinese Traditional and Modern Dances, including group
dances and solos. The performers will also dazzle you with their
martial arts and aerobics skills. Tickets: £5.00. Box office: 0845 196
2320. Web: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre.
Monday 4 February, 10.30am - BIG COOK LITTLE COOK at High Lodge Forest
Centre, Thetford Forest For children 2-4 years. Come and have some
sweet and savoury fun. Lots of cooking, craft and creativity. Milk and
cookie will be provided. No unaccompanied children. £7 per child.
Booking required - Tel 01842 816000. See:
Saturday 9 February, 10.30-12.30 - FULL STEAM AHEAD at the Cromwell
Free drop-in session for children based around the Museum’s current
exhibition Cromwell In Steam. Storytelling, drawing, paper craft and
collage work. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday 9 February, 1.30-3.30pm - SAY IT WITH FLOWERS at the
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with a workshop exploring the exhibition of
Chinese flower drawings. Draw from a display of seasonal flowers and
plants in the studio and use your own imagination, fired by a Chinese
dragon story you’ll hear during the workshop, to make silk banners to
take home. For accompanied children aged 5-8. £4, booking essential.
Tel: 01223 332900 or see:
Saturday 9-Sunday 10 February, 10am-3pm - RING QUEST: FAMILY CHALLENGE
EVENT at West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, near Bury St
Follow the clues and solve the puzzles to save Middle Earth. Fellowship
Packs: £6 (up to 5 people, max 2 adults). Booking telephone: 01284
728718. See: www.weststow.org.
Sunday 10 February, 2pm and 4pm - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE FOR CHILDREN at
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.
See the Cambridge Philharmonic Society webpages at: www.cam-phil.org.uk
for programme information and to book tickets (£6). Tickets also
available from the Cambridge Arts Theatre box office: tel 01223 503333.
Sunday 10 February, 6am - SWANS AWAKE at the Welney Wetland Centre near
Wisbech Watch thousands of swans wake from their roost and fly out to
the arable fields. Cost: £7. Optional breakfast: £4.50. Booking
essential. Tel: 01353 860711 or see:
HALF TERM EVENTS - ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL
The following events take place over the upcoming State school half
term (11-15 Feb) and require advance booking. More half terms events
will be listed next week.
Tuesday 12 February, 10am-12pm - SHIFTING SHADOWS at Kettle's Yard,
Castle Street, Cambridge.
Artist-led half term workshop for 5 to 8 year olds and their carers.
Create your own shadow puppet in response to the current exhibition of
animated drawings, Momentary Momentum. £10 (£6 conc). Booking: 01223
Tuesday 12 February, 10.30am-12.30pm 2-4pm - FENTASTIC FAUNA at Wicken
Fen National Nature Reserve.
Investigate owl pellets and winter wildlife of the Fen. Suitable for 6
- 12 year olds. Child £4.25. Booking: 01353 720274 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. See: www.wicken.org.uk.
Tuesday 12 February, 11am-3pm - CHILDREN'S PUPPET WORKSHOP at Ickworth
House and Gardens, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Enjoy a magical puppet show, and then learn how to make and create your
very own puppet to take home! Recommended for ages 4-11. Lunch and all
materials provided. Cost: £25 per child. Booking essential on 01284
769505. See: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-
Wednesday 13 February, 10am-12pm - MOVE IT! at Kettle's Yard, Castle
Artist-led half term workshop for 9-12 year olds. How can we make our
drawings come to life? Take inspiration from current exhibition and
make your own flipbooks. £10 (£6 conc). Booking: 01223 352124,
Thursday 14 February, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm - ARTY PARTY at Wicken
Fen National Nature Reserve.
Have fun with art and crafts inspired by Wicken Fen. Suitable for 3-12
year olds. Child: £4.25. Booking: 01353 720274 or
email@example.com. See: www.wicken.org.uk.
Thursday 14 February, 1.30pm - FORGOTTEN FOREST at Thetford Forest.
Enjoy the forest with a walk and fun crafts, suitable for 5-10 year
olds. Discover who uses, lives and works in Thetford Forest. No
unaccompanied children. £7 per child. Booking: 01842 816000 or
Friday 15 February, 2.30-3.30pm - THE TREASURE BOX at the Fitzwilliam
Find out more about the fabulous treasures behind the walls of the
Fitzwilliam Museum. Story telling using museum objects, from tiny
jewelled caskets to ancient Egyptian coffins. For accompanied children
aged 5+. Booking: 01223 332900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 16 February, 1.30-2.30pm - EARTH TALK at the Sedgwick Museum
of Earth Sciences, Downing Street.
Free event, but booking required. A family conference featuring three
short interactive talks by young scientists from the University of
Cambridge. Recommended for children aged 6 and over. Your chance to
find out about the research which goes on behind the scenes of the
Sedgwick Museum. Booking: 01223 333456 or email@example.com.
1) Cineworld, Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge. Tel: 0871
200 2000, www.cineworld.co.uk.
Family films showing every Saturday at 10am for £1 per ticket. Sat 2
HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER; NANCY DREW; SURF'S UP.
2) Vue Cinema, Grafton Centre, Cambridge. Tel: 08712 240240,
Kids AM: Kids £1.50, 1 adult with every child is free, every Sat and
Sun for a selected kids film. Sat 2/Sun 3 Feb - 10.20am: SURF'S UP.
3) Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St. Andrews Street. Tel: 08707
551242 (ticket bookings), 572929 (24 hour information),
The KID'S CLUB on Saturdays runs from 10.30am with games and activities
followed by a children's film at 11am. For 3-10 year olds (under 5s
must be accompanied by an adult to all showings). Sat 2 Feb: THOMAS AND
THE MAGIC RAILROAD.
BIG SCREAM on Wednesday mornings - a club for new parents and their
babies (under 1 year) where you can see the latest releases with your
child accompanying for free. Parents can use the on-site cafe-bar to
socialise before the screening at 11am and changing facilities are
provided. Weds 6 Feb: THE BELLES OF ST TRINIANS; DON'T TOUCH THE AXE.