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Maths student and Vice Chair of the Student Council, Ben Fraser said, “The spacious classrooms, with lots of natural light coming through the large windows, have walls decked with whiteboards ready to be filled with maths equations. The well-equipped computer areas are also a great space for independent study.”

Funding for the construction of the building included a grant from the Educational Funding Agency’s (EFA) Building Condition Improvement Fund.

The new development replaces a ‘wooden hut’, fondly known by generations of students and staff as the ‘Stable Block’, which was first used in WW1 as hospital accommodation somewhere in Cherry Hinton before being moved to the College in the 1920’s. This ‘temporary’ building was in use by the Performing Arts department right up until the time of demolition in 2015.

Dance student, Rianna Jamieson said “It is nice to have a dedicated studio space, with air conditioning, for enrichments such as Zumba or Yoga, as well as for our dance lessons."

Principal, Linda Sinclair, said it was a “huge honour” to have the building opened in her name.  She added: “I am extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the planning, design and construction of this fabulous building – it provides outstanding teaching and learning facilities for the Mathematics, Performing Arts and Sport departments and will enable us to provide students with more independent study space and social space elsewhere on the College site.” 

If you’d like to find out more about studying at Hills Road Sixth Form College, why not come along to one of our Open Evenings on either Wednesday 9th or Thursday 10th November 5.00-9.15pm. More information about the College can be found on our website: www.hillsroad.ac.uk
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Maths student and Vice Chair of the Student Council, Ben Fraser said, “The spacious classrooms, with lots of natural light coming through the large windows, have walls decked with whiteboards ready to be filled with maths equations. The well-equipped computer areas are also a great space for independent study.”

Dance student, Rianna Jamieson said “It is nice to have a dedicated studio space, with air conditioning, for enrichments such as Zumba or Yoga, as well as for our dance lessons."

An official opening is planned for November.

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  • A view from inside of the new building

The floors have been installed and they are now working on the interior and exterior walls, giving the building more structure. The windows are also due to arrive and be installed soon.

  • Comparing the older College buildings to the new building that will open spring 2016
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Work is progressing swiftly with the transformation of the stable block into a new three-storey building. The frame has been put in place giving us more of an idea of what the final building will actually look like and how tall it will be.

An artist’s impression of the new building has been pictured below showing how it will fit in next to the Music Recital Room. Students will be able to use these enhanced facilities to strengthen the quality of learning already received at Hills Road.

The project is currently on track and should be completed by spring 2016 ready for the summer.

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A new three-storey building, which is planned for completion in spring 2016, will replace the out-dated huts, otherwise known as the ‘stable block’, so named because of the building’s distinctive appearance. It is made of timber planks, with a rendered external skin, has no insulation and has been constantly used for one purpose or another since 1920! (first by the Cambridgeshire High School For Boys and then by Hills Road Sixth Form College). The College has received funding from the Educational Funding Agency’s (EFA) Building Condition Improvement Funding grant.

Chris Hale, formerly a pupil at the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, said, “I recall old boys from previous generations saying that, in their day, there was no central heating in the huts, just solid fuel stoves at the front of the classroom. In the winter, the boys at the back of the class would be shivering with cold while the teacher at the front warmed their backside in front of the stove!”

“My late father, Don Hale, was at the school from 1929-1933, I was here from 1959-1967 and my grandson was at the College from 2012-2014. My grandson has followed in my footsteps and is a committee member of the Old Cantabrigian (alumni) Society”.

Principal, Linda Sinclair, said “We are delighted and grateful to have this opportunity to enhance further the College’s estate.  This fabulous building will provide outstanding teaching and learning facilities for the Mathematics, Performing Arts and Sport departments and will enable us to provide students with more independent study space and social space elsewhere on the College site.” [keywords] => [author_id] => 4 [created_on] => 1426855080 [updated_on] => 1426864423 [comments_enabled] => 1 [status] => live [type] => wysiwyg-advanced [times_read] => 1051 [show_author] => 0 [created_by] => admin [locked] => 0 [gallery] => [club_story_flag] => 0 [show_google] => 0 [show_feed] => 0 [show_fundraising] => 0 [category] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 1 [slug] => new-building [title] => New Building [description] => New building [meta] => stable block new building Purbeck Road [premium] => 0 [sort_id] => 1 ) [author] => stdClass Object ( [user_id] => 4 [image] => dae139699c97e494.jpg.jpg [display_name] => Vivien Brownlee [username] => vivien-brownlee ) ) ) ) [1] => Array ( [type] => category [info] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 6 [slug] => sport-leisure [title] => Sport & Leisure [description] => Aside from academic achievement, Hills Road provides opportunities for students to achieve success elsewhere. [meta] => [premium] => 0 [sort_id] => 6 ) [news] => Array ( [0] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 60 [title] => Victory for Hills Road Netball Team [slug] => Victory-for-Hills-Road-Netball-Team [category_id] => 6 [industry] => [attachment] => [intro] => Hills Road Netball Team to respresent the East Region in the Association of College's National Final next year [image] => 64c56111275ceb26.jpg [image_caption] => [body] => Top row: (left to right) Linda Swain (Coach); Laura Butcher; Millie Nathan; Kate Little; Jenny Hill; Gracie Breen; Rose Cates; Jazz Latham; Louella Hodgson (Assistant Coach)
Bottom row: (left to right) Sarah McLaughlin; Juliet Tyndall; Kerri Hilton-Taylor (Captain); Harriet Lander


Hills Road Netball Team are representing the East Region in the Association of College’s National Finals in Nottingham from 21st – 23rd April 2017, after winning the East Regional tournament at Cambridge Regional College on 9th November.

The memories from last year's tournament came flooding back as Hills warmed up, memories of missing out on the Nationals by one goal in extra time in the final against the South East Essex College (SEEVIC).  Hills were determined to not let this happen again. They started off the day well with impressive wins against Cambridge Regional College, East Norfolk and Suffolk.  The semi-final was a tough match against Colchester with Hills in the lead 6-5 at half time but they knew they had to step up their game to secure a win and get to the final. Hills kept calm heads to achieve a final victory of 15-7 and a place in the final where they would face SEEVIC College from Benfleet again.
 

The Final Match
 
Hearts were thumping and palms were sweating as the Hills Road team knew what was at stake, a tremendous challenge against the daunting and very tall players of SEEVIC College. Both teams waited nervously for the whistle as the SEEVIC Centre started with ball in hand. The whistle blew and within 15 seconds, the extreme defensive pressure of Hills meant that SEEVIC made an error and Hills had a turnover ball.

The team worked together to get the ball down the court to the shooters where Jenny Hill (GS), with a level head, scored the first goal of the game. It was now Hills Road’s centre pass and due to fast, decisive movements from Jazz Latham (GA) and Gracie Breen (WA) the Hills attack were able to work the ball incredibly well into the shooting circle where Jenny increased the score to 2. More defensive pressure from Rosie Cates (WD) and incredible interceptions from Captain Kerri Hilton-Taylor (GD) meant that Hills were able to extend their lead to 6-0.

Suddenly SEEVIC began to pick up the pace as their defence tightened up and they were able to score 3 quick goals in succession. This did not phase Hills as they managed to remain calm and composed, ending the half in the lead with a score of 8-4.

The second half started much the same as the first, with Hills quickly adding a goal to their score from an outstanding long range shot from Jazz.  Kate Little at goal keeper was able to dominate their goal shooter, forcing a number of errors. The game was getting heated and Sarah McLaughlin (C) was floored on a couple of occasions but quickly bounced back. The frustration levels of SEEVIC were rising; tension could be felt across the sports hall. 

Kerri and Rosie played a tactical game up the court making lots of short passes. Incredible shots from Jazz meant that the defensive work to turnover balls was not put to waste. With a score of 13-6 to Hills and 2 minutes remaining, victory was within Hills grasp. Hills kept fighting right to the end and really showed their determination under immense pressure. The final whistle blew. Hills had won 15-8 displaying their best netball this year.

Netball Positions:  GS - Goal Shooter; GA - Goal Attack; WA - Wing Attack; C - Centre; WD - Wing Defence; GD - Goal Defence; GK - Goal Keeper
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 On Sunday, Ellie and Millie went to Barnes Bridge Ladies Boat Club in London, with their coach, Tom Copeland, to receive their prize.

Millie said, 

"It was great to see the Cambridge clubs so well represented, with two winning crews from Rob Roy Boat Club as well as the Cantabs winners there to collect prizes.

Cambridge crews were consistently the off-Thames fastest boats in Pairs Head showing the very high level of  town club rowing in Cambridge. It was an immensely satisfying day and I was very happy to receive our pots from GB athletes, Alan Sinclaire who competed in the men's pair Rio, and Jack Beaumont who was in the men's quad at Rio."


Cantabs women are now looking forward to Fours Head next weekend, where they have several crews competing.

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If yes, this is your chance to be part of the Hall of Fame in the Hills Road Sports Centre! Send us a picture of you or your friend competing and a little information about what you, or they, played. 

Please email us information and any photos at alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk
Thank you

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Matt George, who is 23, was a student at Hills Road between 2009 and 2011.  On Saturday 3rd September he set off from Land’s End to run the length of the UK in aid of the Refugee Council. Matt aims to reach John O’Groats on 8th October. This is equivalent to 32 marathons in 36 days! 

Matt is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Refugee Council, a charity which supports refugees and helps them regain stability in their lives.

If you would like to find out more, please go to:

www.runningforrefugees.co.uk

And if you’d like to donate, you can find Matt’s Just Giving page at:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattisrunningforrefugees

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The photograph above shows, from left to right, Howard Darbon (Sports Council), John Rodger (Cambs LTA), Jill Aberdour (Bursar, Hills Road Sixth Form College) Ian Cooper (Director of Leisure, Cambridge City Council), Mark Cox (LTA) and Colin Greenhalgh (Principal, Hills Road Sixth Form College) receiving the funding in 1995 for a new Sports and Tennis Centre.

The Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre's 20th anniversary will take place on Friday 30th September, and will be celebrated with a lunch attended by many of the people who were involved with the planning and building of the Centre in the 1990s.

It will be a memorable occasion for everyone involved in getting the Centre built and Colin Greenhalgh (Principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College 1984-2002) said, at the time, “This is a scheme which will offer tremendous benefits to the local community, the College and the sportsmen and sportswomen of the future.”

Proposed in 1994, and built in 1996, the Sports and Tennis Centre was brought to fruition through a range of partners in addition to the College. These included the National Lawn Tennis Association, who still use the courts today, the National Lottery Sports Council, Cambridge City Council and the Foundation for Sports and Arts, all of whom made valuable contributions

The Centre, which is open to the public on a pay and play basis, has outstanding facilities including 10 tennis courts, 6 outside (2 clay) and 4 inside, as well as a sports hall, squash court, a fitness room and an indoor cricket training area where cricket is coached to county level.

 


 

Natalie Moss, the current Sports and Tennis Centre Manager, said “I have been fortunate enough to work at the Centre for the past 20 years and have seen it evolve over that time.  I have been Centre Manager since 2001 and it is a very rewarding job working with a great team of staff many of whom have worked at the Centre for over 12 years.”

The Centre is open for use by members of the public. More information can be found on its website: www.HillsRoadSportsCentre.co.uk

Before 1996 the space was a simple grass playing field used primarily by the College’s football and rugby teams who would train for matches against other colleges in the area as well as friendly matches against teachers as shown in the image below, where it was a 2-2 draw between the staff and the girls’ football teams, played in 1994.




If you have any particular memories or photographs of the Sports Centre, or of the playing fields before, or remember the building and changing of the space, please comment below.

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The girls first got involved in the sport through the Hills Road Ultimate Club that is run by Alumnus Tristan Colaco. We were able to catch up with him and find out more about the club, his Ultimate career and what he's been getting up to since leaving Hills Road in 2013.


1. What was your fondest memory of Hills Road? 
I think my fondest memories probably come from my Double Maths class. It was a small class, and we all got on really well.

2. Since leaving Hills Road, what have you gone on to do? 
I went straight to university to study Natural Sciences at Homerton College, Cambridge (so I didn't go very far!) and am now in my final year, specialising in Zoology. In terms of my Ultimate career, I have played for the University team (Strange Blue) at a couple of regional and national competitions and also played for the Cambridge town team (Cambridge Ultimate- CUlt).
 
3. How did you find out about Ultimate Frisbee and when did you first try it? 
I had played a tiny bit in secondary school, but only seriously found out about Ultimate in the summer after Lower Sixth (2012) through a friend from secondary school (who was at Long Road). He was introduced to the sport just by seeing CUlt training on Jesus Green and going up and asking the people playing about the sport. They are a really friendly bunch, and got him joining in. He told me and some other friends from Hills Road about it, so we decided to go along, and got hooked. CUlt training is run by some really high level Ultimate players (there are a fair few full GB players and GB under 23 players involved in the club) so the standard of coaching is really good, but it is completely free and open to all; everyone at the club loves the sport so much, so they are really keen to get new people picking up a disc  here is the website of the team with details of when and where practices are https://cambridgeultimate.wordpress.com/get-involved/
 
4. Could you tell us a little bit more about the sport and what is involved? 
The World Flying Disc Federation gives a great, concise summary here www.wfdf.org/sports/ultimate. The game is played by 2 teams of 7 (though there are indoor/beach versions played 5v5) on a pitch that looks somewhat like an American football pitch, in that it has 2 "end zones" at either end of the pitch.
 
Essentially the aim of the game is to pass the disc up the field without dropping it and ultimately (no pun intended?) catch it in the opposition’s end zone. The opposing team will attempt to intercept and block passes, and if a pass does not complete, possession turns over to the opposition who can immediately try to score themselves. You are not allowed to run when you have the disc in your hands, so the only way to progress up the pitch is by throwing the disc to a teammate.
 
 Perhaps the most unique aspect of the sport is that it is self-refereed (i.e. the players on the pitch make calls about infringement themselves) even at the highest level. This means that the sport relies upon "Spirit of the Game"- this is pretty much like sportsmanship. Players are expected to play as competitively as they can, but at the same time have respect for other players and play by the rules of the sport.
 
 Perhaps another unique selling point of Ultimate is that is played mixed to the highest (international) level, although there are also women's and men's divisions. The Hills Road team is mixed.

 
5. What inspired you to set up a club at Hills Road? 
I have to admit that I didn't really set up the club. Most of the hard work was done by a fellow student. Really it was just a group of us who essentially wanted somewhere we could train regularly, and the college was willing to let us use the sports centre on a Friday afternoon - nothing particularly noble! But once we had the regular training spot directly after school, we realised that we had the opportunity to introduce the sport to other members of the college, so we got in touch with the Sport department (Ann Hemming specifically) and they sent an email out to the whole College, which resulted in a few new people turning up to train. After we left College, I was still around (being at University in Cambridge) and some of the others who started up the team were on gap years, so there were still people around to help keep the team going.
 
This year we became an official Enrichment session and got lots of interest from Year 12 students, which was really great. I guess in the end it would be great to become as integral to the College as other sports like rugby and football to properly secure the future of the team.

 
6. What would you say has been the biggest success for the club so far? 
It is quite hard to pin down a single standout success! The recent success of two of our girls getting into the GB U20 squad is obviously a huge achievement; I am so proud of both of them, especially seeing as they have both been playing the sport for less than 6 months!
 
But even before this most recent big news, the team has been quite successful. In 2013 a Cambridge Ultimate junior team (composed mostly of students from the College team with additions from Long Road and The Perse) went to Junior Nationals in Birmingham and came 5th, which was a massive achievement given that at that time most of us had been playing less than a year. Past members of the team have also gone on to have great success in university teams, with the majority of past members playing for their university at national level and two past members going on to captain their university teams. Hills Road Alumni have also had success playing for other clubs since leaving, going on to play at national and European competitions.



  
Hills Road Ultimate Team 2012                     Hills Road Ultimate Team 2013

Thank you Tristan for sharing your passion for the sport! Have you ever tried Ultimate? Comment below and share your Ultimate experience
 
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As it happens, Kitlocker was founded and created from one of our Alumnus, Michael Kent, whilst he was studying at Sheffield University. It is now one of the country's leading kit suppliers to colleges and universities including Oxford University, Sheffield and Portsmouth.

The new kit truely inspired the men's team to victory in a closely matched tie against Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College.

Going into the highly anticipated fixture, the team were aware of their strong opponants, however with the Hills Road team's skills they were easily able to secure the first set with a score of 25-20.

The second set saw Hills Road take a very healthy lead and leading until 15-11, at which point W&QE I College just caught alight and went onto steam role the rest of the set 19-25.

The third set turned out to be one of the closest sets played out in the whole competition. The lead was constantly being exchanged between the two teams until a string of errors from Hills and unreturnable spikes from W&QE established the opposition a lead of 20-17.

Team Captain, Vinnie came on serve to produce a service run which involved an ace and two unreturned serves which leveled the scores at 20-20.

After this point service rotations were exchanged regularly until Hills Road found themselves 23-22 down; W&QE I College were 2 points away from victory.

However, Hills Road displayed incredible resilience and bravery in dealing with the situation and took the next 4 points in a row to claim the third and final set, allowing them to advance into the next quarter!
 
The women's team were also in the semi-final of the Knock Out plate with a 3-0 win over Milton Keynes.

Overall both teams performed excellently and the men are raring to face their semi-final opponants.

Keep up-to-date with all Hills Road sports news on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hillsroadsport/



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The Hills Road Sixth Form College’s girls’ rowing team have attained another victory in the recent Cambridge Head to Head.

The team were delighted with their win in the J18 eights after having previously completed a tough 2km course on the river.

The crew, although a new combination, worked positively together and set off at a good pace after the first 500 metres. Katie Hill and Molly Tooher-Rudd were able to gain time by carefully navigating the corners and maximising the speed at the straights.

In the second leg the girls were slower due to starting against the stream and their tiredness growing after their impressive first leg. However, they soon settled back into pace and finished strongly.

Their overall time was 17minutes and 54 seconds which was just enough to gain them a well-deserved first place!

The boy’s team were also triumphant as they won their 4th even of the Head race season.

Coach, Andy Johnson said “It's a good challenge two Olympic distances with no real rest in between.

“I was particularly pleased with the second half as the boys showed a lot of spirit to push away from a men's college crew behind them. 

“This bodes well for the National Schools Head race on the Thames in March.”

Overall, it was a cause for celebration all round as Hills Road saw many victories on the day due to the self-motivation and passion that all the teams displayed. 

You can hear more updates and news on Sport and Leisure by liking the Hills Road Sixth Form Sport's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hillsroadsport/

  • The boys' team also came first in their category; J18 Male with a time of 15 mins 3.8 seconds.
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At Hills Road, all students are offered the opportunity to get involved in rowing as part of their enrichment programme. The 'learn to row' course, supported by Sportivate funding, encourages beginner rowers to participate in the sport. Many students, who take part, then move onto rowing competitively for the College.

Hills Road students Kate Willis 19, Harriet Finlayson 16, May Perrin 17, Ellen Wallwork 16, Bella Fleming 16, Bea Loveridge 18 and Rosie Robinson 17 have  been awarded the coveted ‘Bumps Blades’ (photographed below).



The girls won this prestigious award for their performance competing in the Cambridge Town Bumps, an annual series of boat races held on the River Cam this year from 21st to 24th July. The Hills Road girl’s crew won blades by bumping up at every opportunity, securing a place for the Cantabs 6 crew in the second division.

Holly Hill, Cambridge University and Great Britain rower who won the bronze medal in the women's four crew at the World Under-23 Rowing Championships in August, presented the blade to the girls at The Hills Road Sports and Tennis Centre where it will be displayed.

Ann Hemming, Head of Sport at Hills Road said: “This is a tremendous achievement with the crew successfully bumping up five places across the week.”

“However, I think equally impressive is the large numbers of Hills Road rowers involved in the bumps at all levels, a reflection of the hard work, support and enthusiasm of the Cantabs coaches.”

“The Cantabs/Hills Road partnership grows each year and is proving particularly popular with female students.”

“Hills Road crews not only achieved success in the bumps but have proved worthy opposition against some of the top public schools in the country at the Schools Head on the River Thames.”

  • Photographed (from left to right): Kate Willis, Harriet Finlayson, May Perrin, Ellen Wallwork, Bella Fleming, Bea Loveridge, Rosie Robinson


Linda Sinclair, Hills Road Principal said, “This success is the outcome of exceptional hard work and commitment on the part of both students and coaches who all deserve our warmest congratulations.  I am delighted to see our partnership with the Cantabrigian Rowing Club going from strength to strength.”

The Cantabrigian Rowing Club welcomes those who enjoy purely recreational rowing for fitness and social benefits, through to those who compete in regional, national and international events. The club is one of the most successful in Cambridge and is affiliated to British Rowing and the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association.

The crew who won the blade are: Stroke – M L Perrin (Hills Road), 7 – B H Loveridge (Hills Road), 6 – K S Willis (Hills Road), 5 – H A F Finlayson (Hills Road), 4 – E B Wallwork (Hills Road), 3 – A H Dickinson (Cantabs), 2 – N Weik-Clark (Cantabs)/B E Fleming (Hills Road), Bow – R M Robinson (Hills Road), Cox - I E Forbes (Cantabs), Coach - Oli E Frazer


  • Holly Hill presenting the team with the Blade, accompanied by (from left to right) Cantabs and Hills SFC  girls coach - Rachel Crockford, Secretary and Club coach - Gill Cooper, Hills Road Principal - Linda Sinclair, Chairman/Cantabrigian Rowing Club and Cantabs / Hill’s Coach - Mike Hunter  and Cantabs Junior Coach - Phil Gunning
     
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Hills Road Sixth Form College Sport Department have been awarded the coveted Clifford Dixon Trophy by AoC Sports - East.  This prestigious trophy is awarded to the East of England Champions following the results of 37 competitions in 14 different sports, plus performances in the national AoC sport finals held in Bath each year.  

Hills Road students amassed a total of 246 points over the season in sports ranging from Badminton to Football and Hockey to Volleyball, which is a Clifford Dixon Trophy record.   Once again, all the top places were filled by sixth form colleges, with East Norfolk in second place and Colchester in third place. There are 35 colleges in the Eastern region in total.

Ann Hemming, Head of Sport at Hills Road said, “It was only a matter of time before the College won the title, after narrowly missing out over the last three years, last year by only 3 points!”

“The trophy is testament to the dedication of the Sport Department coaches and commitment and enthusiasm of the students.”

Linda Sinclair, Hills Road Principal, said: “This has been an incredibly successful year for Hills Road sport.  I am very proud of the achievements of our young sportsmen and women and grateful to all the members of the Sport Department who inspire such a strong commitment to sporting endeavour.”

 

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"During my time at Hills I did A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

After completing my A-Levels I had a gap year prior to university, working as a lifeguard in between travelling to Australia and volunteering in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

I studied Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia and graduated in 2015. After graduating I started work as a Band 5 Physiotherapist at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Being accepted by the best state sixth form in the country was a bit of a shock to me and it was even more of a shock when I actually began studying. I found it initially difficult to settle in and get the hang of the concepts in my lessons. I found it even harder to do well in the mock exams. After a lot of hard work, support for my dyslexia and some of the best teachers - that I am still in contact with today - I was able to drive myself forward and this has really helped me achieve my degree. Two teachers from Chemistry and Biology especially, understood me and supported me via various lunch time surgeries and I ended up exceeding expectations in my results."

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"I studied A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Dance. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do then and I didn’t fully apply myself to say the least, although I was in the football team and scored a few goals! I enjoyed Biology, especially the field course in Brancaster. Studying sand dunes and salt marshes spoke to my long standing interest in nature and science, and the experience sowed a seed of interest in ecology and understanding the natural world. I’ll never forget standing in line with my fellow students walking through a muddy salt marsh with our eyes closed to experience the changing nature of the ground underfoot! I found Ian Harvey’s knowledge and enthusiasm of Biology infectious and inspiring.

After leaving Hills I studied for a Marketing and Advertising diploma in London which was interesting, but after a year I realised that it wasn’t challenging me. I wanted to study the natural world, especially marine ecosystems, and so I decided to apply for a degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology at Queen Mary, University of London. I was given a place based on my interview with one of the course lecturers and I was delighted! My first degree was an amazing experience, academically and socially (I met some of my best and life-long friends whilst there) and three years later I graduated with a first class honours. For my final year research project I conducted research on microbial methane production from a chalk stream and this work was published as part of a science paper. This experience sparked an interest in microbial communities and the important role they play in mineral cycling and other ecosystem functions. I then embarked on a research degree at Cardiff University on microbial diversity and function in estuarine sediments and graduated with a Master’s.

Since leaving Cardiff University I’ve had quite a diverse career; I’ve worked at an education charity in Cambridge, as a post-doctoral research assistant in soil research at the Natural History Museum in London and as a data manager at a fundraising company. I think studying Biology has given me many transferable skills, which I’ve applied and built upon in the work place. I now work for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) which is the largest independent funder of environmental science, training and innovation. I’ve managed the main science advisory board for the organisation and I now work in the innovation team building partnerships between researchers, government and industry to translate, research and solve environmental challenges." [keywords] => [author_id] => 6523 [created_on] => 1446652320 [updated_on] => 1446652430 [comments_enabled] => 1 [status] => live [type] => wysiwyg-advanced [times_read] => 738 [show_author] => 1 [created_by] => admin [locked] => 0 [gallery] => [club_story_flag] => 0 [show_google] => 0 [show_feed] => 0 [show_fundraising] => 0 [category] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 9 [slug] => student-biographies [title] => Student Biographies [description] => Read about our students, their time at Hills Road and what they've gone on to do [meta] => [premium] => 0 [sort_id] => 9 ) [author] => stdClass Object ( [user_id] => 6523 [image] => 3ffd86fceb46caba.png [display_name] => Caitlin Shortall [username] => caitlin-shortall ) ) ) ) [3] => Array ( [type] => category [info] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 13 [slug] => life-after-hills-road [title] => Life after Hills Road [description] => We find out about what students have gone on to do since leaving Hills Road whether it be further education, a gap year, employment or something completely different entirely. [meta] => [premium] => 0 [sort_id] => 13 ) [news] => Array ( [0] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 57 [title] => India's Year in Thailand with Project Trust [slug] => Indias-Year-in-Thailand-with-Project-Trust [category_id] => 13 [industry] => Charity and non-profit [attachment] => [intro] => [image] => 9dd155e2289d8ecd.jpg [image_caption] => Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year Celebrations [body] =>

I have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a year in Thailand teaching in primary and secondary schools with the charity Project Trust. I am currently in my second year at Hills Road, studying A level Photography, Maths and Biology, and I hope to continue studying photogrpahy at university when I return to the UK.

Project Trust are a Scotland based charitable organisation who specialise in sending post-sixth form students aged 17 to 19 for an eight or twelve month teaching gap year in South America, Asia or Africa. Established in 1967, they have sent more than 200 students every year so I will be following in the footsteps of many before me.


A previous volunteer enjoying the year in Thailand

I will be teaching in schools which would normally struggle to find enough teachers for all the classes, and also hope to set up extra curricular activites for the students, such as sports and arts clubs, as these are the main things I enjoy doing outside of school too. During my year I will also be working towards achieveing a Level 3 Foundation Year award in Global Volunteering and Citizenship.

Since finding out that I will be going to Thailand I have been researching all the opportunities of things to do during my year, and cannot wait to see the beautiful scenery in the mountainous regious, as well as try the Thai cuisine! I am also excited to start trying to learn Thai langauge and experience a culture so different from my own.

The next stage of my journey to get to Thailand is the fundraising. Each Project Trust volunteer has to raise £6,200 to cover the cost of flights, training, accommodation and medical insurance during my year away. I am planning a sponsored 50 mile cycle ride, a Christmas film night, and lots of other events. 

I am also selling hand made Christmas cards as shown below! Please don't hesistate to contact me on facebook or email me at indiasophielacey@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to buy some!



Please don't hesistate to visit my Virgin Money page here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/IndiaLacey or my facebook page: www.facebook.com/indiasyearinthailand for more information

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Alumna Holly Phipps shares her experiences from her gap year since leaving Hills Road last summer. One fond memory she particularly enjoyed whilst at Hills Road was her involvement with the Christian Union.


1.       What made you decide to take a gap year?
I knew that there were lots of experiences and things I wanted to do before going to university. 

One particular thing that a friend and I from Hills Road decided we wanted to do was to get some teaching experience in a totally different culture from our own. After some meetings in the careers department at College and some research into gap year organisations we chose to book the Teaching and Childcare project in Bali, Indonesia.

 

Gap 360 were great in detailing exactly what was included in the trip and gave a 24/7 support service who we were in touch with prior to and during the trip. They also have a flights team who helped us organise our flights and insurance, making sure that we got the best deal. During our time in Bali we had a cultural induction week with the charity Green Lion. It included Balinese language lessons, a batik painting class, a traditional Balinese cookery class and loads of other experiences I'll never forget. For the following 3 weeks we were placed in a local free school on a teaching placement. We planned lessons by the pool in the morning and taught English to an enthusiastic class of 11-14 year olds all afternoon with an in-classroom translator and assistant. Every day we loved being welcomed into the school by the smiling faces of the children and never wanted to leave at the end of the day!

 

The weekends were kept completely free for us to explore Bali and travel, we did a sunrise volcano trek, some island hopping around Lombok/ The Gili Islands, went to an Elephant Safari and many other things. I'll never forget my time travelling in Bali because of the people I met, the culture I experienced, the children I taught and the memories I'll fondly look back on. 


Holly and fellow alumna, Sally Bain, riding an elephant at the Elephant Safari in Bali

2.       How are you currently spending your gap year? 

To help pay for travelling I worked as a Swim teacher, did some marketing work experience with a local company Runway and worked as nursery worker with the chairty Romsey Mill. I am currently still away from home, as I am taking part in the Christians in Sport Academy.

The Christians in Sport Academy is a 6 month gap year academy in which a group of 18-19 year olds who are passionate about their faith and sport learn how to share these passions with others. There are 9 others on the academy, I live with 4 other girls and the guys live together too. We've all had so much fun living together as likeminded Christians in sport, sharing the highs and lows of gap year life and travelling around the country on trips to schools/universities. 

We've covered a massive range of theological, evangelical, teaching and life training which is preparing us for university and the rest of our lives. We've also all been part of sports teams and local churches within the area. We’ve all loved meeting people from various different walks of life in both of these. At the start of the academy we went on a retreat week to Wales which was a great bonding time getting to know the team. Every other week or so we go on a school mission trip at which we run sports tournaments, quizzes and teach RS/PE lessons all with the aim of telling students more about what Christians in Sport do. We also go on university mission trips where we meet up with other Christian in Sport students at the university, chat to them about their experiences and do questionnaires around the campus. These mission trips are such a great opportunity to put our training into action. A month or so ago we went on regional mission trips to Scotland and Wales in which we got involved in running events at various universities, schools and churches. In a few weeks’ time we're going on an international mission trip to serve on the leadership team at the Ready Set Go European sports festival. The academy ends with a holiday to Club La Santa in Lanzarote which we're all really looking forward to! 

3.       When you were at Hills Road, what did you want to do in life - is this still the same?

I wanted to become either a lawyer or an English teacher. After my time teaching in Bali and my time in schools on the Christians in Sport academy I've decided to go into teaching! 

4.       What was your fondest memory from Hills Road?

Being a leader and member of the Christian Union was my favourite part of Hills Road. It was like being part of a big family and I know that many of my best friends today, who I met in the CU, will be friends for life. It was such an encouragement to have a community like that during exams and also such a joy to be part of such an active society of about 100 members in the College. 


Holly (seated, far left) with other members of the Hills Road Christian Union Society 14-15

5.       Where do you see yourself in five years?
I'm planning to do either a PGCE into secondary teaching (English) or a masters after my time at Sheffield university. 

6.       If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking of taking a gap year, what would it be?
Think big and dream about all the possibilities of things you would love to do on your gap year. When you have those ideas realistically and logistically think of which of those things you can afford to do money/time wise in the year. And then go for it, work hard and don't waste a single day of it! 



Holly (far left) with her friends from the Christians in Sport Academy

Have you been travelling recently or were involved in a society at the College? We want to know! Please feel free to email us: alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk - we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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We were able to get in contact with Kate to find out more about her time at Hills Road, the inspiration and future for Divergent Drama.

1.  What was your fondest memory from Hills Road?
My fondest memories were always in the theatre. Specifically it was probably doing the show ‘Bed’ by Jim Cartwright, which myself and my peers did for our final exam. I can remember getting up at 5am to come and rehearse before our exams, but we were always in good spirts and everyone had a lovely time. I was lucky enough to have a fantastic year and we created some great pieces of theatre.

2.  What did you study after leaving Hills Road and where?
After Hills Road I had a gap year where I worked, travelled and saved for University. I then went on to study Drama and Performance at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. I studied there for 3 years gaining a great amount of knowledge and appreciation for theatre history. After gaining a distinction in my BA, I left to complete my MA at Drama School, as I had been awarded a place at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts).

3.  Why did you choose to follow this path?
I always loved performing and creating theatre. I initially thought I would go into a profession such as being a doctor or midwife, but I have very supportive parents who encouraged me to do what I loved. When I said I wanted to be a doctor my mum would always say ‘but aren’t you better at drama?’. Therefore on my gap year I applied to Drama School, but after getting through to some final rounds did not obtain a place. I was disappointed at the time, however it has worked out for the best.

4.  What made you decide to start Divergent Drama as a business, what was your inspiration?
When at University I came across Al Gore’s Education Video and the theory of Divergent thinking. It really inspired me and since then I have always wanted to introduce this into education. After graduating from Drama School, myself and one of my peers wanted to have some form of self-employment in-between acting jobs and as we both loved working with children and had been doing so, it seemed like the obvious solution.

5.  Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In five years’ time I hope the business will have expanded so we have more after-school clubs. Our acting school (which starts in September) is thriving and I hope that more children will have the opportunity to express themselves creatively and learn through this medium by taking part in our workshops.

  • A photo from one of Divergent Drama's workshops

You can find out more about Divergent Drama through their website: http://divergentdrama.co.uk/index.html

Do you have a passion for Theatre? Where has this taken you after leaving Hills Road? Post a comment below or feel free to email us: alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk - we look forward to hearing from you soon!



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1.       What is your fondest memory of Hills Road?
I remember some of my favourite moments of playing volleyball came from my time studying at Hills Road. I guess it’s where my passion for the sport really took over. I had some great times both on court and in practice with the team, which was why I was delighted to be able to provide the current team with kit, in the hope that they enjoy representing the college as much as I did. 

2.       When you were at Hills Road, what did you want to do in life - is this still the same?
Whilst at Hills Road my aim in life was to try and take my sport as far as I could. Sheffield hosted a national volleyball development squad. It was where the majority of good young players ended up studying and training. Soon after arriving, I realised that volleyball wasn’t going to provide me with a career. However, the structure it provided and the friends I made, more than made up for this realisation. I guess like many other undergrads, I really had no idea what I wanted to do!

3.       How did you find setting up your own business whilst still at University? Were there any highlights and lowlights?
As you would expect, setting up in business whilst still in education provided me with some real challenges with regard to time management. At times it was difficult to prioritise my university work, training and getting things off the ground with Kitlocker, especially as my enthusiasm for the business was huge! However, sense prevailed and I managed to juggle my time between commitments. I came out the other side with a decent degree from Sheffield Hallam University, as well as the motivation to keep things going with Kitlocker.

4.       What inspired you to start Kitlocker as a business?
I guess my real inspiration was born out of personal experience of buying kit for my university volleyball team. The service was notoriously bad, often waiting up to 2 months for kit and, as I held a role on the Volleyball committee, it was an issue that was particularly relevant to me at the time. The business plan for Kitlocker itself came from a project I was working on for a 2nd year University module. Whilst I didn’t know I was going to set up in business at that stage, I did feel it was a credible idea; it had the potential to bring about some much needed change in that industry.
Fast-forward to the last 6 months of my University life, and I didn’t really have a clear plan of what to do post graduation. A good friend of mine, and co-founder/current Director suggested we give the business a go, and that was pretty much that! Post graduation I was juggling study towards a professional accountancy qualification and lecturing on my old under graduate degree whilst getting the business off the ground, it was an interesting time!



5.       Is there any advice you would give to someone who is at University or is wanting to start their own business?
It’s never going to be easy but you just have to take the plunge. If you have faith in your business model, it will feel like the right move. You will have to be prepared to work extremely hard and at times it will really test your resilience and belief in your idea. However, university is almost the perfect time to start up, we had very few commitments and enough time to develop the idea and get it off the ground. Most universities nowadays have start-up incubation units too, which should provide invaluable feedback and working space. Unfortunately, we didn’t have this luxury when we started up. So, in a move to keep costs to a minimum, our volleyball coach agreed to allow us to live and work in his attic space - I think we still owe him about 6 months rent!

6.       Where do you see yourself (and your business) in 5 years’ time?
In short, I have almost no idea. Kitlocker is on a great trajectory at the moment, we have some awesome clients, amazing people working within the business and we continually look for ways to improve our offering, so things are very promising. However, I find it tricky to look too far ahead, which I think is because of a fear of complacency!

Kitlocker is in it's 11th year of business and is doing remarkable well! We wish Mike and all of his team and business the best for the future.

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1. Why did you choose to go to South Africa?
For a long time I have always wanted to visit South Africa, especially to go on safari and see all the South African wildlife! My main reasons for choosing my project was the opportunity to work with and be very hands on with the animals, and also to get the opportunity to visit Kruger National Park.

2. What were you doing in South Africa?
I came to South Africa to work as a volunteer at Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for two weeks and definitely had the best time. The centre caters mainly for vervet monkeys and chamca baboons, but also samango monkeys, a bushbaby, two ostriches, two donkeys, an owl, a parrot and most recently a porcupine!
 
The centre takes these animals in who may have been pets, orphaned or abused and rehabilitates them to get them to the stage where they can be released back into the wild. The centre itself is split up into quarantine, clinic, food preparation areas, baby cages (baboon and vervet monkey), introduction and semi-wild enclosures. As volunteers, we assisted with the cleaning of enclosures, feeding and general care/monitoring of these animals.
 
Despite the long days and early starts (particularly with all the babies!), it was so amazing to be so close to these primates, find out more about their habits and start to learn their different personalities. I’m not sure many people can say that they’ve been in an enclosure with over 30 baby vervet monkeys jumping all over them!

You can find out more about Riverside and their amazing work via their website:
http://www.riversidewrc.com/

3. Did you manage to see much of South Africa outside of the centre?
Although we were working every day, we did get to have some time off to go on the different excursions that Riverside offered. I had the luckiest arrival time as after only arriving at Riverside on the Thursday afternoon, at 3am the next day I was up and ready to leave for a two-day safari at Kruger National Park!
 
Whilst in South Africa, I was also able to go on the Panorama route in Mpumalanga. With its giant potholes, waterfalls, the Blyde River Canyon and all round natural beauty; we were able to see exactly why it was such a popular scenic route. I also did the Graskop ‘Big Swing’, which was a 68metre freefall in under 3 seconds, on one of the world’s highest cable gorge swings. It was definitely one way to see the Graskop falls!
 
Apart from the occasional town trip on a Monday or Wednesday afternoon, the rest of the time was spent purely at Riverside. Even when we had the afternoon off, we’d still end up spending most of our time with the babies!


4. What was the highlight of your trip?
A definite highlight of the trip for me was to be able to go to Kruger National Park and see the Big 5. It was truly amazing to see these animals in the wild and we were even lucky enough to see a white lion cub, which is an extremely rare sighting!
 
Whilst at Riverside, another highlight for me was having a shower with one of the baby baboons! It was also great to meet so many other volunteers who came from all over the world and to sit around the fire for a braai (South African barbeque) on a Saturday evening.
 
After my two weeks were up I was really sad to leave everyone, all the animals and my favourite baby vervet monkey Bowie!


Below are a few photos of Caitlin's time in South Africa:
      

    

   

Whilst on her gap year, Caitlin has been working alongside fellow alumna Jasmine Hughes and Marketing and Communications Officer for Hills Road, Vivien Brownlee, on the launch and development of the Alumni network. In May she leaves to go travelling for 3 months around New Zealand, Bali, Cambodia and Thailand. She has also recently accepted a place to study Management at the University of Leeds for September 2016. 

What did you do on your gap year? We'd love to hear all about your adventures via alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk
 
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1. What are you currently studying and where?
I’m currently studying at CRC doing the Art Foundation course. In addition to this I have also been working as a Marketing Intern at Hills Road Sixth Form College alongside fellow alumna, Caitlin Shortall and the Marketing & Communications officer, Vivien Brownlee. The experience and knowledge that I have gained from this postition has been invaluable and I will be very sad to leave Hills Road for good in a few months time.

2. Why did you choose to follow this path?
I chose to study an Art Foundation because it is a really good way to build up your portfolio of work, either for university or employment. I have always been interested in the creative world and this was a great way to extend my experiences.
While studying at Hills Road I was told by many different people that the Art Foundation was the best year of their creative education and that I would really enjoy it–they were right! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and am now working towards my final major project. The course has allowed me to experiment with a lot of different materials and has furthered my skills, ideas and thinking from what I had initially developed at Hills Road.


"Spring" - One of Jasmine's favourite pieces she made whilst at Hills Road.

3. When you were at Hills Road, what did you want to do in life - is this still the same?
As I only left Hills Road last year, I still more-or-less want to do the same thing, although now I am more certain of my choice. I really want to become a graphic designer or something similar within the creative industries. I recently did a work experience placement in London at an advertising agency, which was an amazing experience! I got to meet so many different people and it really gave me an idea of what I could be doing in a few years’(or even months’) time.

4. What was your fondest memory from Hills Road?
I have so many fond memories of Hills Road. I met so many great people here and had wonderful teachers for all of my classes. However, probably one of my fondest memories is from playing Pictionary in our final art lesson before the Christmas holidays. We all bought in a few sweets and cakes and went absolutely mad trying to work out what each other’s extremely bad drawings were(bearing in mind we were all art students)! It was shocking.

Jasmine with her art class friends in the end of year fashion show.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the fashion show and the trip to Amsterdam with Art at the end of Lower Sixth. Wearing each other’s creations was great fun and it was great to see everyone’s final designs. In Amsterdam I particularly loved the boat tour we took one evening; seeing the reflective lights and sunset on the water was magical.


Two photographs from the Hills Road Art trip to Amsterdam (2014).
Top - Jasmine's own photograph of the buildings from the boatride.
Bottom - Some of the students enjoying their time in one of the visited galleries.

I also had great fun in all my other subjects, as you can see in the picture (below) of my last day with my English class.


5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
In the next five years I hoped to have travelled a bit more. I recently went to New York, as part of my Art Foundation course, and I absolutely loved it! (That’s another great thing about the Art Foundation – it still gives you time to travel before going to University or employment!)
I hope to be in a job that I love, hopefully something where I can be creative. I have recently launched my own website and have started blogging, although I need to be more consistent with this! This summer I am also going to take part in Cambridge’s Open Studios, where I will be able to showcase more of my recent work. So who knows where all of this might take me - watch this space.


6. What did you do in New York, is it different from anywhere you've been before?
New York was amazing and I have so many good memories from visiting there – you can read about it more on my blog:
www.jasminehughes.com

As it was an art trip we visited a lot of galleries, museums and did a lot of sight-seeing. I honestly don’t know how we managed to fit it all in! A highlight of mine was probably going ice skating in Central Park, as well as capturing the city in my own, personal way – through my camera lens.

Jasmine's photograph of the ice rink in Central Park.

I'd never visited outside of Europe before, so America was a completely new experience for me. Personally, I didn’t find New York that dissimilar to London. Only that New York is a lot taller, bigger and noisier. I would like to go back and I would definitely recommend visiting, but if visiting in winter, do wrap up warm.


Jasmine with some of her friends from the Art Foundation in front of The Statue of Liberty.

7. If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about university and/or further education, what would it be?
I would definitely recommend doing the Art Foundation to any student wishing to study art! It really is a worth-while experience and I guarantee you will enjoy it! To anyone applying for University, personally I wasn’t sure on going (I’m still not!). If you’re not certain, take a gap year and explore the world or job options by taking up work experience, internships and apprenticeships. There’s no age limit on going to University, so take as much time as you need. I know it may feel that everyone your age is going, but do what’s right for you! As I learnt from my work experience, it’s good to be a bit different sometimes.

Was there a particular College trip that you enjoyed? Did you study art at Hills Road or go on further to do an art foundation or degree? We want to know! Please share your stories and experiences with us by emailing alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk and you could be featured in our next news article! We look forward to hearing from you all.   [keywords] => [author_id] => 6509 [created_on] => 1458565860 [updated_on] => 1460368754 [comments_enabled] => 1 [status] => live [type] => wysiwyg-advanced [times_read] => 409 [show_author] => 0 [created_by] => admin [locked] => 0 [gallery] => [club_story_flag] => 0 [show_google] => 0 [show_feed] => 0 [show_fundraising] => 0 [category] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 13 [slug] => life-after-hills-road [title] => Life after Hills Road [description] => We find out about what students have gone on to do since leaving Hills Road whether it be further education, a gap year, employment or something completely different entirely. [meta] => [premium] => 0 [sort_id] => 13 ) [author] => stdClass Object ( [user_id] => 6509 [image] => 87f21c4fa82ba972.jpg [display_name] => Jasmine Hughes [username] => jasmine-hughes ) ) [6] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 35 [title] => Physics Fanatic [slug] => Physics-Fanatic [category_id] => 13 [industry] => [attachment] => [intro] => Catch up with recent Alumnus, Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh [image] => c0a7e7f62254b8c5.jpg [image_caption] => Ginamar receiving his award from Jason Bradbury (left) and Imran Khan (right) [body] =>

We recently caught up with Gianamar, alumnus from 2015, about his achievements whilst at college and how he has progressed further in Science at Cambridge University.

1.
      
What is your fondest memory from Hills Road?

Whilst it is difficult to pick a single fondest memory of my time at Hills Road, for there are so many, I would have to pick the Physics Society talk with Sir Roger Penrose. I have been a great admirer of Sir Roger's work in theoretical physics for many years, and the opportunity to meet him in person and to speak to him about physics was absolutely spectacular.

 

2.       We can see that you’ve already had many achievements, particularly in the National Science and Engineering Competition. Could you tell us a little bit more about it and what it was like competing?
In both my years at Hills Road I took part in the National Science + Engineering Competition, and came third and second nationally in successive years, respectively. Both of my projects were about cosmology, which is still what I would like to study in the future. Competing in the event was an excellent way to present and communicate my work to the general public, and to meet other like-minded students.

 

3.       As a first year undergraduate, what are you currently studying and where?
I'm currently studying Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Maths) at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

 
4.       Why did you choose to follow this path?
I've always loved physics, and I thought that it would be useful to continue with a broad scientific education in my first year, so Cambridge's Natural Sciences course seemed to be the most appropriate for me.

 

5.       Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to see myself doing a PhD in five years, although of course it will depend on how well I manage to do in my exams in the next few years! My ambition is to go into research in astrophysics, although it still all seems so far away.

 

6.       If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about University and/or Further Education, what would it be?
I would advise anyone thinking about University or Further Education to really delve deeply into their favourite subject whilst still at sixth-form, as it can be excellent both in terms of preparation and motivation for university study.

Do you have a story you would like to share with the Hills Road Alumni Network? If so, please email alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk - we look forward to hearing from you!

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After leaving Hills Road in 1982, Andrew Hardy went on to study Business where his work placement became the starting point for a career in the British Railway industry. We were able to catch up with Andrew and find out more about his life after Hills Road.

1. What is your fondest memory of Hills Road?

I spent 3 years at Hills Road from September 1979 to June 1982. The first year was probably my happiest as I was determined to do as well as possible in my O level re-takes. I really enjoyed my History course with Dr Peter Holmes and I will always thank him for that.

During my time at Hills Road I played football in goal for the second eleven, which I also very much enjoyed.  Some of my other memories include a walking holiday led by Ian Reid to the Lake District and my Geography A level field trip to Swanage in April 1982. Overall, my Hills Road experience was a positive one and I feel very privileged to have been there.

2. When you were at Hills Road, do you remember what you wanted to do? Has this changed?

I had no idea what I wanted to do at all after leaving Hills Road but always had an interest in railways. I think I have Rev W. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, to thank for that - I always loved the fact that the college is near the railway line!
 

3. Having worked in the railway industry for over 30 years, where did you start and how have you got where you are today?

My Business Studies course after Hills Road involved a work placement at British Rail, in the summer of 1983, at Scarborough Railway Station. It was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. I never thought of the railway as a long term career when I joined British Rail at the Cambridge Station ticket office in October 1986, but here I still am! Of course there have been many changes during this time but whoever runs the railway and whatever technology is in place, I am a firm believer in good customer service. I would like to think that I have and will continue to do that.

  • Cambridge Railway Station - April 1983

4. Where do you hope to see the industry in 10 years?

In the next 10 years the railway industry will continue to modernise as it attempts to cope with ever increasing passenger numbers and freight tonnage. Network Rail are rationalising the signalling system as modern computer technology makes it possible for regional control centres to signal trains over a very wide geographical area.

At Christmas 2015, for example, the whole of the North Lincolnshire rail network was modernised. The old Victorian style signal boxes were swept away and control was transferred to the regional centre at York. In Cambridge, the signal box is due to close within the next 5-10 years and signals will then be managed from the Romford Control Centre. The list of projects is long, but it will be incredible to think that Cambridge will have direct trains to Gatwick and Brighton by 2019 if all goes to plan. I am proud to work in an industry that is growing and flourishing, but realise we can never sit on our laurels.


Thank you Andrew, for sharing your stories with the rest of the Alumni Network!

  • Cambridge Railway Station - April 1983
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Thomas Staley left Hills Road in 2011 and went on to study BSc Economics at the University of Leeds. Upon graduating in 2015, Thomas has since launched his business Loggacy.

We've recently been able to catch up with him to see what he's been up to since leaving Hills Road.


1. When you were at Hills Road, what did you want to do in life and is this still the same?

"My favourite subject at Hills Road was Economics. I therefore decided to study this at the University of Leeds and always envisaged myself pursuing a career within Economics, for an international organisation such as the World Bank. However, whilst at University I developed a passion for all things start-up and founded my own business; Loggacy. After receiving an entrepreneurial scholarship from the University, Loggacy has become my main focus as I look to increase our user base and develop our service offering."

2. What was your fondest memory from Hills Road?
 
"I formed a good relationship with many of the faculty at Hills Road and established a large network of friends, with whom I am still in contact with today. It is those people who I became closest to that helped me craft my fondest memories; whether that be at the extra-curricular events organised by the Economics Society or on the football pitch at Luard Road."
 
3. Why did you choose this path and where has it lead you?
 
"Founding my own business was a result of my passion for the concept; believing that it is important that people can leave a digital legacy to inform future generations of who they truly were. Pursuing entrepreneurship also came as a result of enjoying the independence that I was afforded at University; being able to manage my own endeavours and timelines."

"Loggacy was launched on 5th February 2016 and is therefore very much still in its early stages of development. We are passionate about the service that we offer and hope to attract a large user base that will make the site financially self-sufficient."

 
4. What made you decide to set up your business, Loggacy, and how did you go about it?
 
"Loggacy was born from a personal desire to never be forgotten. I find it a sad reality that many only have a set of black and white photographs through which they may learn about their ancestors. We therefore aim to attach a story to every image, informing future generations of who their forefathers really were. Conceiving Loggacy in my first year at University, I pitched the idea to the enterprise centre who provided me with access to business mentoring and financial support through the enterprise fund. I then got Dominic Jackson, a computer science student from the University of Sheffield, on board with the idea and he developed the site from scratch for a share in the business. We therefore pursued Loggacy together in order to make the idea a reality."
 
5. If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about setting up their own company, what would it be?
 
"Founding a business is difficult, wrought with challenges at various stages that are as varied as finding people who believe in your idea to obtaining finance. One essential trait to overcome these difficulties is passion. A passion to find solutions to the various hurdles that you will face, and a passion to succeed even when you experience rejection. Every start-up experiences setbacks - it’s how you respond to these that will determine your success."


Thank you Thomas, for sharing your stories with the rest of the Alumni network! We would like to wish you every success for the future with Loggacy and hope that you can keep us updated on any new developments.

You can find the link to Thomas' website below by clicking the link:
https://www.loggacy.com/login
 
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Stephanie Foote is an aspiring photographer who specialises in wildlife and nature photography, and has already been highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography awards. She has also been featured in publications from the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park Directorate. She is now in her final year studying Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University.

Her work has taken her all around the world, from the Galapogos Islands to help with conservation projects, to New Zealand where she photographed the Rotorua Lake and Paradise Springs. She has taken a strong interest in the wildlife in the Aiguilles Rouges mountains in the French Alps, about which she will be publishing a book in the spring featuring the photographs she has taken there. These images will also make up her first solo exhibition in Chamonix. By publishing and sharing her work, Stephanie hopes to inspire others to see the value of nature and it's importance in our lives.

We asked her five questions about her time at Hills Road and her passion for photography:


What first sparked your interest in photography?

I have always had an interest in the natural world and throughout my childhood I spent many hours watching wildlife. I first picked up a camera as a child, an old disposable film camera, like the ones you used to get in Boots. I filled three of these cameras with images of stray dogs in Italy, during my first school trip abroad. I remember coming home and my parents being surprised to see three rolls of film full of dog pictures, with no images of the tourist sites themselves. I guess what you could say is my interest in photography was actually sparked by my connection to the natural world and love for animals. I loved to capture moments, and photographing those unloved animals seemed very important to my eleven year old self and I continue to photograph similar issues today.

How are you enjoying your course at Falmouth, and what do you plan to do after graduation?

I have enjoyed the freedom and independence that university brings. Creating my own project briefs and choosing my subject areas, is of great benefit as it allows me to focus on my favorite subjects. I think the most important thing about university is not the degree you get at the end of it – but the experience. I have met some amazing people, and those connections are what will help me pursue my dream career. I do not have specific plans for graduation, although I do have some solo exhibitions lined up in France for the summer of 2017. I hope to find work helping to conserve the natural world and raising awareness for conservation projects both locally and abroad.

What is your fondest memory of Hills Road?

My fondest memory of Hills Road Sixth Form College was a trip to Northern India with the geography department. I can honestly say this trip was life changing. I was able to experience a culture different from my own, and gain an insight into new ways of thinking. The best memory I have of this trip is riding through the Rajasthan Desert on the back of a camel. 

How do you feel Hills Road has helped you achieve your ambitions?

Hills Road is a college that pushes you to excel.  I learnt so much from the friendly Photography department and I am ever grateful for the photography staff, especially Tuuli who helped with my CV and Tony Lumb whose tales of working in the photography industry and endless optimism encouraged me to pursue my ambitions. 

How does it feel to win awards for your photography?

Having my image of a puffin awarded runner up in the British Wildlife Photography Award this year was a joyous moment. My work has been printed alongside other professional photographers images and this is something I could only dream of a few years ago, I feel extremely happy to have my work acknowledged at this kind of level.

 


Thank you Steph for taking the time to answer our questions! You can see her work on her website stephaniefoote.com and Instagram @stephiphotography. You can also find her on Facebook at Stephanie Foote Photography.

If you would like to be featured on our website, please contact the Alumni team at alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk

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1. When you were at Hills Road what did you want to do when you left?

Apart from get married (which I haven’t managed yet), I wanted to be a stage manager. Or at least I thought it might suit me, so I wanted to find out, and Hills gave me the opportunity to try it out in the technical theatre enrichment programme with Mr C. that man became my Obi Wan Kenobi! I had a baptism of fire, stage managing Fiddler on the Roof in the first term, and I loved it, leading to winning the Drama shield the next year.

2. Can you remember any of your teachers at Hills Road, if so, who were they?

Almost all of them.
• Mr F, whose respect I won as the in-house stage manager at the Robinson during my time at Hills, and his counterpart Fliss, who taught me to love Shakespeare.
• The three Fates of the Classics dep – Miss C, Mrs O and Ms M. I can’t forget Miss C showing us round Rome in the most impractical kitten heels!
• The erratic and fantastically named Mr B, alongside the towering Mr A, and steadfast Dr H.
• Ssh, don’t tell the others, but the RS department were probably my favourite teachers at Hills! The fabulous Mrs M and right behind her, stopping the incense getting too strong, Mrs R. They were so knowledgeable, and so marvellous in RS classes, it’s a pity I was rubbish at the essays.
• Mr L was just spot on as my tutor – I felt like he genuinely cared, and he put a lot of effort into helping his tutees; he really supported me with my unusual drama school and gap year plans.
• Almost forgot, but of course I also did the Extended Project on homosexuality and Christianity, and I will admit I can’t remember his name, but I do remember my mentor because he had a great attitude – he trusted that I would go to him when I needed to, rather than pushing me to have meetings frequently. I loved my Extended Project; I think it’s one of the most worthwhile things I’ve done, and was great ground work for my dissertation years later on being an LGBT professional in backstage theatre.

3. What is your fondest memory of being at Hills Road?

Sari day. Mrs M let us go a little crazy, with everyone raiding her sari collection and eating an Indian feast. I ended up doing little flowers on everyone’s faces with the makeup, which was great fun; and I was the only student in the RS class who took Mrs M up on her offer and wore a sari for the rest of the day. Mr F in particular found it rather distracting during some improvisation in the drama class that afternoon.
4. What did you go on to do after Hills Road?

On my gap year, I did work experience with a touring theatre company, and three months travelling to Australia and New Zealand. I graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Stage and Costume Management BA Hons degree, and am currently in my first year of forging a career as a stage manager. In June I toured a production to the Minnack Theatre on the Cornwall coast. I’ve also become a member of St James’ Church, Picadilly.

5. Did you make any special friendships while at the college?

Oh yes. My best friend Emma, who’s now working for a charity out in Palestine; and our little group, who still meet up on Christmas eve to sing carols in four part harmony, even though we’re all out the other side of. One of that group is a young man James, who I met when I was six, but we grew apart when we went to senior school – Hills bought us back together. And Aiden, with whom I went travelling with in our gap year. He’s moving to a new job in Denmark soon but we’ll definitely keep in touch, as we always have since Hills.

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1.   When you were at Hills Road what did you want to do after Hills Road?

When I was at Hills Road I wanted to be a vet so I signed up to study all three sciences at A level. Chemistry and biology were OK but physics was totally beyond my abilities - I have a great respect for anyone who can wrap their brain around physics!

2.   Can you remember any of your teachers at Hills Road, if so, who were they?

Yes! I remember my Chemistry teacher Mrs X, she was wonderful and although she didn't take any nonsense (and there was a lot of nonsense) she did have a wicked sense of humour! My friends Rebekah Hardman, Claire Carrington and I would always be told off in class for not having a homework diary, talking, being late for lessons or once for dying eachothers hands red with a potent chemical dye (caught red handed)! I'll never forget her giving me a 'talking to' in the first year for not getting the grades she felt I could achieve - she definitely gave me the kick up the bum I needed to try harder! There are so many other teachers I remember, but I have forgotten their names...I would definitely remember if I saw them again though!

3.   What is your fondest memory of being at Hills Road?

There are so many! I think something I'll always remember is our end of year ball - it was amazing! There was a blow up assault course and big red buses to take us all there - such fun for an 18 year old! I remember chilling out in the basement and the quad and buying big chicken and sweetcorn baguettes from the sandwich shop next door (which I think is a flat block now!) and going to the Earl of Derby when I had a free period and drinking Earl grey tea. I remember feeling a sense of freedom when I got to Hills Road that I didn't have at school but also a sense of responsibility (to get to my classes etc.)...it definitely helped prepare me for life at university.

4.   What did you go on to do after Hills Road?

I took a year out (worked 6 months and travelled for 6 months - all the usual places, Australia and Thailand etc.) then I went to Imperial College London to study Biology BSc. On finishing uni, I stayed in London and joined the Accenture grad program for two years as an IT consultant working in financial services for one of the UK's biggest retail banks. I left Accenture in 2009 and did a bit more travelling for a few months, this time to China and New Zealand (I was mostly on my own but met two Hills Road friends, Sophie Morris and Naomi Jackson, for the NZ leg!). When I returned I joined a start up, BusinessBecause, where I worked for 5 years...part of which I spent living in Perth, Australia! I got married in 2012 and launched my business Pelicanconnect at the end of 2013 (we built the software that this alumni network runs on). I now live in Somerset with my husband and gorgeous daughter, Jemima, who was born in 2014.

5.   Did you make any special friendships while at the college? 

Yes I made life long friends at Hills Road and I'm still in touch with a lot of them (some more distantly than others). There are a core group of 8 girls, who, despite living all over the country, I still see regulaly. I will definitely be sharing this with them, I know they'd love to join and reminisce about all the shenanigans we got up to at Hills Road!

A couple of awkward pictures I'm sure no one will thank me for sharing :)


In the quad at Hills Road, I think this was upper sixth! From left: Matt Turl, Tim Holes, Will Mallet, Zoe A'Court, Alex Kessell, Harry.

A few years after finishing at Hills Road, meeting up for a drink when back in Cambridge for Christmas (2005 I think). From left: Matt Turl, Sophie Morris, Joseph Penn, Tim Holes, Naomi Jackson.

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Dr Dartnell joined the College in 2006 and is currently a Curriculum Director, Head of the Extended Curriculum and Chemistry teacher.  She is also a Principal Moderator for the OCR Extended Project.
 
The current Principal, Linda Sinclair (who is retiring at the end of March) said, “Nicki Dartnell is an outstanding colleague and this is a very well-deserved promotion.  Following the recent appointment of Jo Trump (Principal Designate), I am delighted that the College has secured a new leadership team of such high calibre.  I wish them both every success and happiness in their new roles.”
 
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Further details about the College and how to apply can be found in the booklet which we hope will provide you with sufficient information to make your application: http://www.hillsroad.ac.uk/the-college/working-at-hills-road/vacancy-for-deputy-principal

The closing date for applications is 9.00am on 20th January. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd February.
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Applications for the next series of Bake Off are open! If you love to bake, or know someone who does, visit www.applyforbakeoff.co.uk to see if you could be the next Nadiya or Candice!

Here's a photo of the winners of Hills Road's own Bake Off earlier this year, which featured guest judge Ian Cumming from series 7 of The Great British Bake Off!



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You may not know this but the College is just over a hundred years old, and was founded in 1900 as a so-called High School. The move to our current site took place in 1903 when there were 205 students; that number had probably doubled by 1914. In that year the country went to war in what was going to be called the First World War and immediately Old Boys from the High School began volunteering for Kitchener’s New Army. Many of them never came home.
 

 
In 1924 our First World War memorial was dedicated; a Roll of Honour which can still be seen in the corridor near the Bursary. It records the names of all those who were killed, some 89 students and 3 members of staff. The great majority served in the Army and were killed on the Western Front, but some served in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy and took part in conflicts all over the world. One of them, John Burgon from Haverhill, was only 16 years old; six were 17 and two were 18. The oldest was a mere 36 years old.

This morning a wreath of poppies was hung below the Roll of Honour to remember these brave students and members of staff.

For more information, including details on the lives of four students who fought and died in the war, please click here to view a presentation prepared by Dr Chris Welander.
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Hills Road Sixth Form College Governors are pleased to announce that Linda Sinclair’s successor, with effect from April 2017, will be the current Deputy Principal, Jo Trump, who was appointed Principal Designate against strong national competition.

Ms Trump has been Deputy Principal at Hills Road since 2009. Before becoming Deputy Principal, at the College she was Consortium Manager for the S7 Consortium of Surrey Sixth Form Colleges and before that, Assistant Principal at Farnham Sixth Form College.

Ms Trump said: “I am absolutely delighted to have the privilege of leading Hills Road Sixth Form College through the next phase of its development. It is a College of enormous talent, both in its staff and its student body and it has been a pleasure to contribute to this vibrant College community for the past seven years. I look forward to working alongside colleagues and students to sustain and grow the excellence for which Hills Road is rightly known.”

Linda Sinclair said “I am delighted with this decision. Jo has fulfilled the role of Deputy Principal with great distinction and I look forward to watching the College go from strength to strength under her leadership.”

The College’s Open Evenings (for entry in 2017) are on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November 5.00-9.15pm.

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Hills Road is a very special place; the result of highly committed governors who give generously of their time to offer vital expertise and leadership; wonderfully passionate students who never fail to amaze and inspire me; and one of the most dedicated and talented groups of staff I have ever known. I am very proud of all that we have achieved together. Perhaps it is no wonder, then, that it has taken me three decades to make the decision to leave! I am looking forward now to different opportunities, new challenges and to having more time to spend with family and friends.

The Governors are now in the process of selecting a new Principal for the College further details of which may be found here

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It is open to students past and present to join: http://www.oldcantabrigiansociety.org.uk/ and one event to look forward to for members would be the annual dinner.

The date for this year’s annual dinner will be on Saturday 28th November 2015 and will be held in the College Hall. This is a very exciting event where alumni come together to share their memories and celebrate their time at either the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, Hills Road Sixth Form College or both!

Each year, a guest speaker is invited to provide an after-dinner speech and this year it will be Phil Johnson (alumnus 1970-77) who was a student through the transition from CHSB to HRSFC. In addition to this, there will be a Scout Exhibition at the dinner including old photos and memorabilia.

For those wishing to attend the dinner, the menu is as follows:

Melon & Fresh Fruit

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Cream of Watercress Soup

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Roast Norfolk Turkey & Cranberry Sauce Bacon Rolls & Stuffing

Seasonal Vegetables
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Chocolate Roulade with Fresh Cream
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A Selection of Stilton and Cheddar Cheeses and Biscuits
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Coffee and Tea

For vegetarians, there is the option of vegetable moussaka. Please indicate this on your booking form.

The bar will open at 18:00 and dinner will be served at 19:30. It will remain open until 23:00.

Tickets will be priced at £22 per person and £19 for past and present staff and current Hills Road students. Payment can be made through cheque or bank transfer and details can be obtained by contacting Joe Worth (alumnus 2001-03) at worththemost@hotmail.com
The deadline for ordering tickets is Wednesday 18th November, so please ensure you book in advance.

The Hills Road Alumni Network would like to thank the Old Cantabrigian Society for all that they do and wish them all the best for their annual dinner.

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After being a part of the College for around 70 to 100 years, we are sad to say a farewell to the great Poplar tree, situated in the rear car park of the College, which will be made safe next week.

The College follows best practice guidelines by conducting regular inspections on all trees within the estate. Upon inspection it was unfortunately discovered that the Poplar tree has become vulnerable to winter gales, due to its poor structural integrity. A cross-sectional tomographic scan indicated that the tree could become a threat and cause damage to both people and property.

Last year the Poplar was reduced in height in an attempt to prolong its life. However, these precautions were too late to be effective to save the tree.

Staff were notified earlier this week and there have been many emotional emails reflecting on the tree’s misfortune.
One staff member forwarded William Cowper’s (1731-1800) “The Poplar Field”:

THE POPLARS are fell’d, farewell to the shade
And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade;
The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves,
Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives.

Twelve years have elapsed since I first took a view
Of my favourite field, and the bank where they grew:
And now in the grass behold they are laid,
And the tree is my seat that once lent me a shade.

The blackbird has fled to another retreat
Where the hazels afford him a screen from the heat;
And the scene where his melody charm’d me before
Resounds with his sweet-flowing ditty no more.

My fugitive years are all hasting away,
And I must ere long lie as lowly as they,
With a turf on my breast and a stone at my head,
Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.

‘Tis a sight to engage me, if anything can,
To muse on the perishing pleasures of man;
Short-lived as we are, our enjoyments, I see,
Have a still shorter date; and die sooner than we.


Mick Crossley then wrote his own poem in response to the sad news:

So bid farewell to the Poplar
It makes its last stand
Condemned to the chainsaw
By a tomographic scan.

Other staff members shared paintings of Poplars, such as Monet’s “The Four Trees” as part of his Poplar Series (Four Poplars on the Banks of the Epte River near Giverny), 1891, Metropolitan Museum of Art.                                                                                     
 

After taking some photos of the tree earlier today we noticed a large growth of mistletoe from one of the branches. We are hoping to transplant this onto another tree within the grounds, if you have any advice for this, please let us know!

 

If you have any stories of photographs involving the tree, please inform us of those too!

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We believe that we have considerable social capital residing in both the actual and the potential relationships with our past students and staff. Up until now, the only ways of developing these relationships have been through informal contact with our alumni.

We wish to develop our network into a buzzing online presence with lots of community spirit, which we hope you all experienced during your time at Hills Road, and which we’d like to continue even after you’ve left the College.

Why join Hills Road Alumni Network?
• Reconnect with old friends
• Reminisce about your time at the College
• Remain up to date with the latest news
• Rediscover Hills Road

No matter how long ago or how recently you were here, we would love you to join!

To celebrate our launch we have had a range of activities planned including ‘Spotted in College’, a stand at this year’s Societies Fair in College and an exclusive message from Linda Sinclair.

For those of you who don’t know, ‘Spotted in College’ prompts members to jog their memory to be able to recognise close up photos to identify what’s in the photo and where it was taken. Although we have now posted the answers on Facebook and Twitter, there’s still the opportunity for you to get involved and you’ll be able to see if you were right straight away!

We also set up a stand at the Societies Fair to raise awareness of the alumni network to all our new students. On the network you will be able to see what past Hills Road students have gone on to do which may inspire you into looking at a new career you perhaps hadn’t thought about before. You will also be able to contact other members and strengthen that bond between past and present students. It only takes a few minutes to sign up!

Our official promotional video will inform you of exactly what we do and what the alumni network is all about. The video includes an exclusive message from the College’s Principal, Linda Sinclair. In the video, you have the opportunity to meet the alumni team who are working hard to update the network to keep you interested!

Click here to watch our video:
 
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On Thursday 13th August many of our students at Hills Road were celebrating their A Level results. In celebration for all the achievements on the day, I asked a few students of their memories and experiences of Hills Road, as well as what they hope to achieve in the future.

When talking to all students I found that there were many similarities in their answers, all showing that they thoroughly enjoyed their time at Hills Road. One thing which did differ between each student is their individual plans for the future; showing that there is a great level of diversity at Hills Road. Each person’s experience here is unique and the College opens up a wide range of opportunities and possibilities for each of its students.

Leon Rausch, Chloe Baker and Benjamin Brown (from left to right in photo) - Photo from Cambridge News

Benjamin Brown
A level subjects: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education

What are your plans for next year?
“I’m doing a gap year and I’m planning on travelling to Tanzania and South America whilst also applying to do Medicine this September.”

What’s your fondest memory of being at Hills Road?
“Leavers Ball was amazing and it was just a really great experience. After that I would probably say running the HR4.5 in a beer bottle costume was a definite highlight.”

Is there anything you will or won’t miss?
“I’ll definitely miss my friends here…
But I won’t miss the all-nighters to get coursework done (although I’ll still probably have those at university) and getting the train early in the morning to get into college.”

Will you be celebrating tonight and if so, how?
“Let’s just say I’m hoping to have a really good night!”

Chloe Baker
A level subjects: English Literature, Government and Politics, History

What are your plans for next year?
“Next year I’m going to London School of Economics (LSE) in London to study Government and Politics.”

What’s your fondest memory of being at Hills Road?
“I found Leavers Ball amazing, but I also have such fond memories of just meeting new people and making long lasting friendships. From my new friends I have also got into new interests and hobbies because of them, which I’m really grateful for.”

Is there anything you will or won’t miss?
“I’ll miss the atmosphere and the unique teaching style of the teachers, who were all amazing.
The rush for the sofas in the Hub every lunch time is something I definitely won’t miss.”

Will you be celebrating tonight and if so, how?
“I will be celebrating and it will involve copious amounts of certain drinks.”

Sophie Carr, Tierney Cowell, Ellie Pickford and Char Ingle (from left to right in photo)

This tight knit group of girls are all going off to different universities such as Leeds or UCL, after having taken a gap year travelling. They all expressed that they will miss each other greatly in the next few years to come, as from September they will all be following different paths.

One shared memory that the girls will miss is sitting on the grass at the leisure park with the majority of other pupils in the summer time (eating large amounts of Sainsbury’s cookies!). They felt that this showed a real sense of the community spirit that is present at Hills Road and they have made many memories enjoying the sunshine there. Another thing that the girls will treasure is the independence that they got from attending Hills Road, and how it has helped set them up for the future. However, the girls agreed that they won’t miss the 9am starts every day and the stress of exams.

Overall the girls all really enjoyed their experiences at Hills Road and will all be going out and partying in celebration of their fantastic results!
 

Fraser Crossman, Harry Humble, Karl Smith, Michael Van Wright, Joshua Porter (from left to right in photo)

Most of the boys are going off to university this year, two of whom are going to Nottingham, studying different courses.
Joshua Porter is taking a slightly different route by taking a gap year and hopefully taking part in a HelpX program, which provides a great opportunity to both travel, work and volunteer across the globe.

One of the fond memories which the group share is their first few days at Hills Road. The warming welcome they received as new students. Throughout their time here they have all enjoyed the experience, however they are also grateful to leave the school and see what other great achievements they can accomplish after their time here.

They will miss: The events that the College arranged to build and strengthen the relationships and community spirit of the College. Some said that they will miss certain subject teachers.
They won’t miss: Collectively, the boys all agreed they won’t miss the stress of getting their Extended Projects completed.

Tonight they are hoping to celebrate at the pub and reminisce about their times here over a pint.

At Hills Road we wish all of our students the very best for the future and would like to congratulate the class of 2015 again for their amazing results! 

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Keep updated with the latest news and help spread the word about our network!

Facebook: Hills Road Alumni
Twitter: @hillsroadalumni

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Rosie Coleman recently contacted us to let us know about her time volunteering in Ghana. We are delighted to share her story here on the Hills Road Alumni network.

I left Hills Road in 2010 and took up a place at the London School of Economics. I studied International Relations, in large part inspired by the fantastic Modern History A Level course I completed at Hills. Three years after graduating from LSE I decided to pack up my London life, put my business experience and IR background to good use and become a voluntary Business Associate in Ghana for three months.

Rosie with her main client, Eric Amankwa
 
My main client, Eric Amankwa was a Ghanaian University graduate turned professional tailor. His business, Callex Clothing, makes beautiful handmade shirts in traditional African prints. But the business had been born out of necessity rather than passion. Struggling to find full-time employment after graduating, Eric had bought himself a sewing machine, taught himself to sew and turned his bedroom into his workshop. Just twelve months on and his enterprise had four members of staff and a loyal customer base. I joined Eric last September to determine his growth opportunities, conduct business analysis, and build a savings plan that would help him take the enterprise to the next level. By the time I left just twelve weeks later, Eric had saved enough money to move into a fantastic new workshop and storefront, right on the main highstreet. We’d nearly doubled his monthly profits and Eric can now take a salary from the business he’s worked so hard to create.

Rosie with Nyameye, one of the children from her host family in Ghana
 
But it was living in a host home with a wonderful Ghanaian family that was my most rewarding experience. At 24, and the youngest in my family, I’ve never spent a lot of time with young children before. So living with two small boys was initially a very daunting prospect for me. And yet, becoming Kwoadwo (8) and Nyameye's (5) friend was by far the most inspiring aspect of my time overseas. We started a homework club and the boys would rush home to show off the great marks they’d got from their teacher. Every evening we’d eat dinner together and they’d compete for who could clear their plate the fastest. They soon learnt that I was quite good at drawing animal cartoons; they’d put in their requests and then colour the drawings diligently. By the end of my time there, we had a wall full of beautiful pictures. The boys transformed from hard-to-reach kids to expressive, artistic and calm children. And me? Well I learnt more in those three months from spending time with those incredible young boys than any adult could have taught me.

The entrance to Kumasi's Kejetia Market, Africa's largest marketplace containing more than 45,000 stores and stalls

I’d encourage everyone I know to take some time to live and work overseas. I volunteered with Challenges Worldwide, part of the International Citizenship Service, a government funded programme that prioritises cross cultural exchanges between young people around the world. My three months in Ghana came at no financial cost to me but was an incredibly valuable experience both personally and professionally.

Thank you Rosie for writing this article! If you would like to be featured on the network, please contact us at alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk
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Below are the introduction and overview of the publication, written by James Walker and Peter Border. The full, four-page report can be found on the Parliament.uk website.

New breeding techniques have developed rapidly in recent years, allowing plant breeders to introduce new, or modify existing, traits efficiently in key crops. There is debate over whether some of these techniques constitute genetic modification (GM) as defined in EU Directive 2001/18 and are thus subject to the various EU GM regulations. This note outlines some of the new techniques, their applications and the regulatory challenges they raise.

Overview

  • The term New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) covers a range of methods that could accelerate improvement of crop varieties.
  • NBTs include emerging techniques commonly referred to as ‘genome editing’ (POSTnote 541) that aim to manipulate DNA at specific locations to rapidly generate potentially useful traits.
  • There is debate over how these techniques should be regulated, and whether some or all of them fall within the scope of EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 
  • Some of the crops produced using these techniques are difficult to distinguish from conventionally bred (non-GMO) plants.
  • Following the vote to leave the EU, the UK may choose to make its own regulatory decisions regarding NBTs.

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About the Bumps
  1. All the Newspaper reports but excluding many of the photographs
  2. All the Bumps Charts specially drawn for this book
  3. All the Printed CRA Town Bumps Programmes for all 4 nights except 11 as well as many others before 1950 on the CD ROM in the back of the book
In addition it contains:-
  1. Many of the Time Race Results and the Winter League Results
  2. A brief history of the CRA
  3. "Ode to the Bumps" by Bill Key, the President of the CRA.
  4. Details of the remarkable bumps history of Mr Bumps (Ron Davies) who rowed in 216 bumping races.
 
Cantabrigian Rowing Team in 1961.

The book is A4 in size, hardback, 2" thick with over 500 pages, beautifully presented and has some 470 illustrations many in colour. It took 7 years to write and is a book which will prove to be an invaluable resource to anyone wishing to look up anything about these events during this period.
 
It costs £60, which in fact is only £1 for each year! Copies are available from president@cantabsrowing.org.uk
Alternatively the book may be inspected and purchased from the Cambridgeshire Collection, Cambridge Central Library which is open from 9.30-5pm Monday and Friday and on the 2nd Saturday in the month from 10am to 5pm.

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1. What was your fondest memory of Hills Road and how did you become interested in voice acting?
 
In my life I've had three epiphanies about voice-over. The first one, when I was 12, long-story short was when I realised what voice-over (VO) actually was and thought, "That would be a cool job". However, at that point it wasn’t THE thing I wanted to do.
 
That leads into my second epiphany on the bus heading to Hills Road one day. This also happens to be one of my fondest memories from my time at College. I was sitting with my friend Finn and telling him all about a funny TV show I had watched the previous night. I was trying to do all of the voices to recreate the show and its humour as fully as possible. He was really laughing and when he stopped, he turned and said, "You know, you're really good at that. Have you ever thought about doing it professionally?" That's when it hit me, maybe if I did the homework and put in the effort, why couldn't I do it professionally? In the past I’d thought it would be an awesome job but it was only at that moment when I truly considered it. I realised it could be attainable, and it became the only thing I wanted to do with my life. Every second of my life since that day, 8 years ago, has been different.


2. When you were at Hills Road, what did you want to do in life – is this still the same?
 
I originally thought I would maybe become a Maths teacher as I was always an academic kid and it just seemed like a natural progression and a "sensible" choice. However, VO was and still is the only thing that fully makes sense to me as a career. It was actually something I WANTED to do and not merely "Oh I could do that". I feel lucky to have had that realisation. When you're an academic kid from Soham, you just don't think about going to Hollywood to be in cartoons and stuff, you know?
 

Beau on one of the iconic orange sofas at Nickelodeon Studios

3. What made you decide to take up voice acting, did you have to undertake any special training?
 
My epiphany in 2008 is how it started. But it was whilst I was at Loughborough University studying Maths that I learnt about VO in my spare time from books the Internet, watching videos and asking voice actors questions via email and Facebook.
 
After University I received a newsletter advertising the VOICE convention (Voice Over International Creative Experience) - it was the perfect next step for me. I went to that in June 2012 to learn, network and soak up as much as I could. It was an incredible experience and I got to meet so many wonderful people from all over the VO spectrum, including a number of my childhood heroes.
 
I started to take online workshops and had private coaching from American, LA-based coaches via Skype before going on a trip in late 2013 to Los Angeles to explore the VO world first hand. I met even more people and took more classes whilst also meeting up with my previous coaches. I had the best time of my life.
 
One particular highlight was my visit to Nickelodeon Animation Studio where I watched animation sessions being recorded for Blaze and The Monsters Machines and one of my absolute favourites, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
 
I returned to LA again a year later where I recorded my demos, which you can listen to on my website - http://www.beaubridgland.net/
 

4. What is it like to be a voice actor and what has been your favourite project to work on?
 
 I love being a voice actor. It's a perfect fit for me and makes me incredibly happy. If you can find something that you're passionate about, that you think about all the time, and get to do it for a living, it's a wonderful way to live your life.
 
My ‘favourite project’ is a tough one because there are many factors that make a job enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed creating an audition recording for a specific project. The company then asked for the audition to be used as the final version because they liked it so much - so I had fun and had no extra work to do!
 
The video game Surface: Return to Another World was also really enjoyable to work on. I am definitely pulled more towards character-based voice acting. Narration is a lot of fun but characters and dialogue are a blast!
 
Despite this, it was my animation demo that was the most fun thing I've done. That was a spectacular day, I had more fun than ever performing and it was my third epiphany, one where I felt assured of everything. I felt like I had what it takes to be in this business. I realised just how much I love it and need it and knew for sure that I was on the right path. Everything I thought about VO and my future in it was 100% correct.

 
Beau with the famous SpongeBob Square Pants at Nickelodeon Studios

5. How have you been raising the money for moving to LA?
 
Primarily the money has been raised with voice acting. But in addition to that, I have been copying peoples' camcorder tapes and video tapes onto a digital format for them. Nowadays you can have your old Christmases and other family footage from the 90s on a USB stick that plugs right into your TV or computer - it's amazing!
 
I also have my eBook: "Day-To-Day Happiness: A simple and effective guide to happier thinking, happier language and a happier you", which is a way for me to help people whilst they help me back. I had very deep depression, severe anxiety and rock-bottom self-esteem, which started during my second year of university and continued for over two years. Six months after university when I still felt awful day-in, day-out, I knew I needed to do more. I had medication for a few months, had some cognitive behavioural therapy and read a brilliant book called "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" and after that, I felt like myself again for the first time in over two years. That's when I had the email about the convention and it was a few days after I first thought “I kind of feel normal again now; I feel like my old self again, so now what?" The book covers what took me from that terrible place to being able to go on all of my wonderful American adventures. More details about the book can be found here:
http://www.beaubridgland.net/ebook/
 

6. What is the story behind the photograph of you and Neil Flynn, have you met any other famous actors or people?
 
Neil Flynn is an old friend of one of coaches, Bill Holmes. They've been friends for decades and I was very kindly invited along by Bill to one of their catch-ups. Neil was a really great guy and I very much enjoyed chatting to him. I love Scrubs and his character, the Janitor, so getting to meet him was really great. I've met a number of really awesome people. Not many voice actors are famous but their roles certainly are.
 
Neil Flynn is probably one of the most famous and recognisable people I have met, but there are many other famous actors and voice actors I have met over the years, all of which have been an absolute pleasure to meet.


Beau with Neil Flynn after their lunch with Beau's coach, Bill Holmes

Did you have an epiphany moment whilst at Hills Road, helping you realise what you wanted to do with your career once leaving? If so we would love to know, please get in touch and email alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk

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Kevin said, “This is the largest and most comprehensively documented of all our school collections with almost one thousand catalogued items”.



Laura Moss, Library & Digital Resources Manager at Hills Road said, “Hills Road Sixth Form College inherited a large amount of photographs, school records and publications, dating back to 1900, when the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys was founded as well as collecting more recent information since becoming a sixth form college in 1974.”
“The College realised the extent of this valuable information and wanted it to be made accessible to the public. We approached the Cambridgeshire Archives team and they were extremely enthusiastic to help.”

The College is delighted that the archives can now be accessed in person at Shire Hall under the collection reference C/ES30C.
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Recently, Les Zietara (alumnus 1949-1955) joined the network and after hearing about his acomplishments and new life in Australia we decided to ask him a few questions!

 1.  What is your fondest memory of Hills Road – then called Cambridgeshire High School for Boys?


"I have many fond memories of being at Hills Road. I must have seemed an oddity, having arrived half way through the second term as a displaced person from Poland. However, I soon made many friends and started to play cricket and rugby. I have recounted to people many times over the years how excellent the teaching was, and to this day I owe a great debt of gratitude to many of the Masters (as they were then called!) including Brin Newton-John, the Headmaster, Peter Laing, George Hodges, John Mills, Gilbert Mantell, Dr Adamson, George Barlow, Ted Holden and many others."

Unfortunately Les did not have any photographs from his time at Hills Road, however there is one image, taken around 1955 which he wished to share:


Here is Les learning to fly a Tiger Moth at Marshall's Aerodrome on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, which you can still do today!
 


2.  What were your highlights and experiences from working as a surgeon?


"After leaving school, I went to Jesus College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences (mainly anatomy and physiology) and after three years, to The Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London, qualifying in 1962.
My appointments at The Middlesex Hospital were only in junior capacities, but they were exciting times. When I worked as House Surgeon on the Cardio Thoracic unit, we were involved in pioneering work on children with congenital heart disease.
Two or three years prior to coming to Australia in 1967, I got my FRCS and worked as Surgical Registrar in Cheltenham.
In Australia, I worked as the surgeon in a large group practice and since then I have been retired for about 13 years."

 

3.  How are you finding life in Australia, why did you decide to move there and how is it different from England?

"I married Jill Radcliffe, a nurse whom I had met at The Middlesex, in 1966. We emigrated to Australia due to acute poverty!
Australia seemed very strange at first - it was so far away! We were made to feel very welcome, but were quite homesick. Going backwards and forwards between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere was not as easy as it is now, and very expensive.
But we soon fell in love with this country, the people and the wide open spaces. When friends come over from the UK, they don't appreciate the vastness of the place and always try to do too much. Sydney to Perth is the same as London to Moscow!"

 

4.  Have you been enjoying your retirement so far and are there any hobbies you enjoy now you’re in Australia?

"In regards to my hobbies, I enjoy photography, growing avocados and restoring classic cars - I have restored a 1963 Jaguar Mk2 and a 1963 Triumph TR4! We live on a 50 acre property so there is always plenty to do."

Another thing that Les really enjoys is interacting and taming the Australian wildlife. Below is a picture of him with a beautiful singing kookaburra:



"This is Albert, and he is the boss of the local tribe living on our property which I have been training for about 15 years.
There are about 7 altogether and they are completely wild but come when I call, in fact they come even when I don't call! Albert (or Alberta for all I know!) has two offspring whose names are Greedy and Cheeky. I like to think that they come because they love me but I think that it could be more to do with the mincemeat they get."



Thank you Les, for sharing your stories with the rest of the Alumni Network!

If you would like your stories published too, please feel free to contact us on alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk - we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Only recently have the astonishing achievements of Bill Tutte during the Second World War come to light. Bill Tutte was responsible for one of the greatest codebreaking achievements of Bletchley Park during WW2 when he cracked the Lorenz cipher, also known as the Tunny, which was used to communicate by the highest ranking German generals including Hitler. He was also a pupil at Hills Road, then called Cambridge and County High School for Boys.

Tutte was born in Newmarket on 14th May 1917.

He won a scholarship in 1927 but for family reasons did not attend that year. The next year he took the same examinations and again won a scholarship, leading him to start his study at Cambridge and County High School for Boys.
When remembering his time at the school, Tutte quoted:
 

“I remember with pleasure my courses in English history. But I was chiefly interested in the scientific subjects, including mathematics. One stimulus that seems to me supremely important came from outside the regular curriculum. In the school library I came upon a copy of Rouse Ball’s Mathematical Recreations and Essays [Ball 1892]. There I found much information about graph theory and more general combinatorics. I read the basic theory of the Four Colour Problem and a discussion, without proofs, of Petersen’s work on cubic graphs. This was my first encounter with the subject in which I was later to specialize.”

“In 1933, at the age of sixteen, I had to decide whether to leave school or to stay on for another two years, preparing for University. I stayed on, my scholarship continuing.”
 

After finishing at Cambridge and County High School for Boys - now Hills Road Sixth Form College - in 1935, Tutte went on to study Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge. He regularly attended the lectures of the Trinity Mathematical Society and it was here that his interest grew. His Professor referred him on for an interview at Bletchley Park and he started there in 1941.

At Bletchley Park, Tutte contributed immensely to their achievements. Despite never having seen the machine before, Tutte was able to deduce the structure of the Lorenz cipher. This machine produced Tunny ciphers, which converted messages into cipher by their attachment to the output of a teleprinter. It was Tutte who worked out the theory for breaking the Tunny ciphers (some say this was a greater achievement than Turing's!). This was critical as it provided the Allies with top secret information on Hitler’s military strategy!

Tutte's work all led to the construction of the "British Tunny", a replica of the Lorenz machine, which was later replaced by the Colossus. This machine was designed by Tommy Flowers, with major input from Max Newman and others. However, without the work of Tutte this would not have been possible.

Tutte later went on to become a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (Ontario) and sadly died on 2nd May 2002. 
A memorial was unveiled in September 2014 in Tutte’s hometown of Newmarket to publicly recognise and commemorate his achievements as a ‘legendary codebreaker’.


Sources:
D. H. Younger, Royal Society Publishing, 2012
Biographical Memoirs, William Thomas Tutte. 14 May 1917-2 May 2002  [pdf]
http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/roybiogmem/58/283.full.pdf  [Accessed 11th November 2015]
 

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Former Hills Road student Georgie Bullen took part in the London 2012 Paralympics whilst studying for her A-levels. Whilst at the College, she studied Government & Politics, History and Theatre Studies.


The Women’s Goalball Team GB reached the quarter finals of London 2012 and is now working towards reaching Rio 2016. Bullen aims to raise visual impairment awareness and has combined this with her love of goalball to set up her company Team Insight Limited, which was launched in 2014. Team Insight deliver team building and visual impairment awareness training events - more details can be found by following this link: http://www.team-insight.co.uk/


Georgie was then nominated and won Red Magazine's 'Smart Woman of the Year 2015'. This is a huge recognition for Georgie and all that she has done and will continue to do as part of her work with Team Insight.

We were able to catch up with Georgie Bullen and find out more about her time at Hills Road and what it was like competing in the Paralympics, alongside her work with Team Insight and her plans for the future.

 

1.  What was your fondest memory of being at Hills Road?
I have many fond memories of being at Hills Road, but something that really stands out to me would be the Politics trip to Washington DC. It was a fantastic experience that really brought the subject of US Politics to life and our year were particularly lucky to be in Washington over the Presidential Election.


2.  How did you feel when you won the award and what does it mean to you?
I was absolutely thrilled to win the award; it was completely unexpected as the calibre of the other women shortlisted was so high. It was an amazing moment to get that recognition. Sometimes when you have an idea, you can only be sure if it’s a good one when someone else tells you they believe in it or appreciate it. Winning the award has been one of the absolute highlights of running Team Insight.


3.  What inspired you to get into Goalball and what do you like about it?
At the age of 14 I attended a Paralympic Talent Identification Day. Prior to this, I hadn't participated in any disability sport really, but they saw potential in me and despite not knowing anything about Goalball, I was invited to train with the GB Women’s and Men’s squad. To begin with, I actually hated Goalball, it sounds bizarre now but it was because I was thrown in at the deep end and expected to swim. I was instantly training against the men, I didn’t understand the rules and I didn’t have the right padding so everything hurt, but it took only a few months for me to get hooked. The reason that I like Goalball so much is because it is so fast and unforgiving, also it involves so much concentration that as soon as the whistle goes your adrenaline pumps right through you.


4.  How did you find training and competing in the London Paralympics whilst still at college?
Knowing that I could be competing in the Paralympics, before I even started at Hills Road, the College was really helpful in agreeing to let me spread my A levels over three years to help lighten the load. Having said that, it was still difficult as one year my overall attendance was something like 60%, but the staff were really helpful and through a lot of time management and hard work I managed to get AAB.


5.  Why did you set up Team Insight and how did you go about it?
Although my A levels were good enough to get into university, there were a number of reasons why I chose to start up my own business rather than get a degree. Firstly, my eye condition is not particularly stable and after discussions with my doctor, I knew that if I continued to push my eyes through intensive studying, I could lose more sight. Secondly, there was no subject I was so passionate about, that I was determined to go to university. And finally, I knew that I could use my passion for Goalball, as well as my determination to raise visual impairment awareness, to create my dream job and company.  As I knew very little about setting up a business, I decided to go on a Prince’s Trust enterprise course where I was given advice and help in everything from writing a business plan to giving a confident hand shake.


6.  What advice would you give to people wishing to set up their own company?
I would say take advantage of the experience around you, bouncing ideas off of other people is how you evolve your idea, a good idea can always be better and a good business can always be better. Some people want to do it all themselves and everything be their idea, but collaboration will only strengthen, not weaken. A practical bit of advice I would give would be that if you are eligible for a Prince’s Trust course, I cannot recommend it enough as the business mentor I was given has been so instrumental in me turning an idea into a business.


7.  What are your plans for the future?
I would like to evolve and expand Team Insight in the future so that we can offer different Paralympic sport experiences to raise disability awareness. We would also want to develop a branch which delivers events in schools so that children can experience disability sport from an early age to raise their awareness.

 

We are also pleased to say Bullen has won the East of England’s Prince’s Trust Enterprise Award and is waiting to see if she will make the National finals – congratulations Georgie!

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In October, exam board AQA announced that they would no longer be offering A Level Art History. As they were the only examining board to offer the subject at the time, it meant that, at extremely short notice, schools and colleges were having to announce that they would be unable to offer A Level Art History to students from September 2017.



Hills Road Alumna Nerissa Taysom, who studied A Level Art History at Hills Road, set up her own petition and managed to get just over 18,000 signatures. She says, in an article she recently wrote for the Courtauldian about A level Art History being withdrawn, “My voice is a small one amongst the many well-known artists and art historians who have already expressed their doubts and dismay about the decision. But this petition and the reactions it has generated has proved that Art History is about humanity. And surely, whatever our background, we should encourage and embrace that.”

Nerissa who now works as a researcher for a renowned ceramicist and is also researcher for publications and engagement, is a passionate advocate for Art History remaining in the A Level curriculum, she also says “To think that a school subject could be so enjoyable was a revelation to me.”

“…I wrote an extended essay on Botticelli’s 'Primavera' and humanism. My bedroom floor was briefly filled with excerpts of Petrarch, postcards of the Medici and a pack of tissues bought in Florence with the faces of 'The Three Graces'. This was the first proper bit of independent research I had done and I loved it.”

You can read Nerissa’s full article on the subject here: http://www.courtauldian.com/single-post/2016/11/24/Save-Art-History



Fortunately, Pearson have said that they will be able to offer A Level Art History from September 2017.

Head of Art History, Timothy Winn said “The news that A Level Art History had been axed came as a complete shock but we are so happy that Pearson have come to the rescue and we very much look forward to being able to continue teaching it in September.”

Director of Admission, Ian Perry, said: “Prospective Art History students should not be concerned that the subject will be missing from the online application forms. They will be able to choose Art History later through the Hills Road online course confirmation process.”

However, the news has come too late for Art History to be included in the online application forms.

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Tom Wyatt and Ross Frame (Alumni 2004-2006) recently entered and were shortlisted for The IK Prize 2016. The IK Prize, which is in partnership with Microsoft, is awarded for digital creativity and this year's brief was based around artificial intelligence.

We were able to catch up with Tom and Ross to find out what they've been up to since leaving Hills Road, and to find out more about their idea for the IK Prize.



1.       What were your fondest memories at Hills Road?

Our fondest memories are without doubt from Tony Lumb’s Photography lessons. He taught us so many fascinating photographic techniques, many old and beautiful techniques using chemical photography as well as new and interesting digital ones. He gave us all the perfect balance of mentorship and freedom which created the ideal environment for enjoyable learning and creativity. His talent and teaching style were a real inspiration. He and Tuuli also organised a Photography trip to Venice which we will never forget! In the end we worked harder and got more out of our Photography classes than other A-levels we took. I (Tom) feel like the creativity and ability to improvise that I learned in Tony’s lessons have helped me more in my scientific career than the science A-levels I took combined.

 

We also loved the outside spaces at Hills Road, which were great for relaxing and playing hacky sack after lessons when the sun came out. We made many friends in those places who we are still close with today. 

 
 

2.       What did you both go on to do after leaving Hills Road?

Tom: I took a gap year after my A-levels, working for 8 months in industry and then travelling in South America for 4 months. I then studied Physics at Oxford University followed by a Masters in Theoretical Physics at the same place. I then started a PhD in Biophysics at University College London, which I finish this summer before moving to Paris in September for more research involving stem cells.

 

Ross: I did an art foundation at CRC and then went on to study a BA in Design / Illustration at Norwich Art School. I then went on to work at a variety of creative companies in London and now work as a project manager at an advertising agency.


 

3.       Were you both friends whilst attending the College, if so did you find it easy to stay in touch and how long have you been friends for?

We met at primary school in Comberton and were still good friends throughout Hills Road. Although we went to universities that were far apart, it was easy staying in touch by making visits to different friend’s universities and organising things to do when everyone was back during the holidays.

 
 

4.       How did you come up with your idea for the IK Prize 2016?

Ross found out about the IK prize through the Tate website and contacted Tom. We went for a pizza in a great place called Iccos to talk over some ideas after work. Tom explained all the latest things that can be done using artificial intelligence and came up with lots of ideas, which Ross said were rubbish (he was right). The next day we met again to talk and Ross had put the rubbish ideas (plus some new good ideas) together into something which actually made sense and which was interesting enough to get us through the first stages right through to the final four teams.

 
 

5.       What do you plan on doing if you win the IK Prize?

If we win we will have an exciting and no doubt stressful summer! The idea of putting on an exhibition at Tate Britain is as daunting as it is exciting, especially since the idea is quite complex. We’re sure it would be an amazing experience anyway. After everything is over our dream is to go on a photography holiday to Greenland in the Spring.


If you'd like to find out more about The IK Prize and the shortlisted ideas, you can do so through their website:
http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/ik-prize

We'd like to wish Tom and Ross all the best for the future and a good luck from us all at Hills Road!

Share your experiences of Photography at Hills Road and where it's taken you by commenting below..

 

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William said, "I chose my subject to show how people live through changing times within society. Recently, the world has seen some of the most rapid and greatest transformations in history. I wanted to show the visual representation of this and how time and change affects people in society. I wanted to create a photo of strength, which is shown in his direct eye contact with the camera and dramatic lighting.

"I was delighted to have one of my photos selected to be in the exhibition. Being commended for my photography is very gratifying and for it to be hung in a London gallery was wonderful news. It’s a unique opportunity to find out other people’s views of my work and also to see the other winners’ photos when I visit the gallery."

More than 600 14-18 year old students entered the competition, with over 900 photographs submitted. William's was one of the final 43 that were selected by a panel of judges, including Sophie Batterbury, Head of Pictures at The Independent newspaper.

On the evening of the Private View, William recieved highly commended for his photograph portraying how time has affected people within soiety.

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At a time when students are under more pressure than ever, we believe a central, tailored space for Student Support is essential, and we need your help to make it as comfortable and welcoming as possible.
 
What is The Zone?

The College is redeveloping the area near the Atrium that was vacated by the Mathematics department (following the opening of the Linda Sinclair building in Purbeck Road in May 2016), to create a brand new Student Services Zone in the heart of the College.  The new space will be welcoming and bright, with an open plan office opposite Café Direct.



The Zone will include a Student Services Team who are on hand to offer help and support to all students, a Supported Independent Learning Service (SILS) staffed by a SILS Officer to assist and support students with their learning, and the relocated Careers department including careers library and interview rooms.
 
Why do we need you?

With ever shrinking government funding we are appealing to you, our former students who benefited from being at Hills Road, to contribute to a fund to raise £10,000 to furnish and decorate this new area.

We will be very grateful for your donations, of whatever size. If you contribute a certain amount you will be acknowledged as follows:
  • £10+ Your name listed in one of our alumni email newsletters
  • £25+ Your name acknowledged in one of the College's termly newsletters
  • £100+ Your name on a funding ‘plaque’ displayed in the new Zone
We would also like to welcome back all alumni who contribute to The Zone – we hope to organise a gathering sometime in 2017 and will let you all know the exact date nearer the time.

Want to help?

Please contact Viv Brownlee if you've got any questions or would like to arrange a donation via cheque or bank transfer.
VBrownlee@hillsroad.ac.uk
01223 278012

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Peter was educated at Aireborough Grammar School, near Leeds, where he gained a County Major Scholarship to Leeds University, graduating in Botany and Zoology. After a year’s postgraduate study in Mycology at Nottingham University, where he gained an MSc, he was called up for two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. Basic training and trade training as a copy typist lead to a posting to 12 Group Headquarters based at RAF Newton, Nottingham, where he remained until demobilisation in 1952.

Peter was appointed Assistant Biologist at the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys and commenced his teaching career in January 1953, then not envisaging that he would complete his career in the same establishment. His first Headmaster, Mr Brin Newton-John (father of Olivia), encouraged him to undertake the development of careers work when its importance in schools was beginning to be realised. He became Careers Master in the School and then Careers Tutor and Head of the Careers Department in the Sixth Form College. Early developments in careers work included the forging of links with the LEA Careers Advisory Service and the Careers Research Advisory Centre, introduction of careers conventions and higher education conferences. Careers work occupied more of his time in the Sixth Form College although he continued to teach Biology until his retirement in July 1989.

Ian Harvey, Head of Biology at the College said, “Peter was exceptional in so many ways. As a teacher, he always saw the person, not just the pupil or student and genuinely cared about them. Two of his phrases for the less committed were “creature” and “wicked boy” yet it was often the creatures who benefitted most from his kindness and support. His circle of friends was huge, all types and all ages and he loved nothing more than sitting in Brown’s, drinking red wine and chatting. The many people who enjoyed and benefitted from his friendship, support and guidance will always hold fond memories of Peter and he will be sorely missed.”

Since retiring Peter continued his opera and concert going. He attended choral evensong at St John’s College and was actively involved in the life and work of St Benet’s Church in Cambridge. He did voluntary work with the Friends of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden including serving in the gift shop and took an interest in the Old Cantabrigian Society of which he was Vice-President.

He was honoured in 1991 by having one of the new Biology Laboratories named after him in the presence of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and later a Travel Bursary for Biology students was endowed in his name by an Old Cantabrigian in appreciation of his teaching.

Peter kept in touch with the College after his retirement through the Old Cantabrigian Society and as a member of the retired staff committee.

Linda Sinclair, Principal said “Peter was a much loved teacher, colleague and friend with an infectious joie de vivre and a mischievous sense of humour. It was always a joy to spend time with him, listening to his stories and wondering at his eternal optimism. He will be very sadly missed.” [keywords] => [author_id] => 4 [created_on] => 1462975980 [updated_on] => 1462976145 [comments_enabled] => 1 [status] => live [type] => wysiwyg-advanced [times_read] => 447 [show_author] => 0 [created_by] => admin [locked] => 0 [gallery] => [club_story_flag] => 0 [show_google] => 0 [show_feed] => 0 [show_fundraising] => 0 [category] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 5 [slug] => teachers [title] => Teachers [description] => Stories about teachers past and present. [meta] => [premium] => 0 [sort_id] => 5 ) [author] => stdClass Object ( [user_id] => 4 [image] => dae139699c97e494.jpg.jpg [display_name] => Vivien Brownlee [username] => vivien-brownlee ) ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [id] => 14 [title] => Catching up with Ted Coney [slug] => Catching-up-with-Ted-Coney [category_id] => 5 [industry] => [attachment] => [intro] => Ted Coney was Head of Art & Design at Hills Road Sixth Form College for over 30 years, and has since opened his own pop-up art gallery in Ely [image] => 0af2425013b33440.jpg [image_caption] => Ted Coney outside his gallery [body] =>

Ted Coney was Head of Art & Design at Hills Road for over thirty years from 1971 - 2005 and has since opened the first pop-up art gallery in Ely.

Ted Coney's Family Portraits gallery is open to the public on most Sundays between 2pm - 4pm from April - December and other times by appointment. The paintings and objects that have inspired them are housed in a 300 year old grade 2 listed cottage on Waterside. A group of forty original oil paintings are there for viewing on the theme of family life and family relationships.
 

We were able to catch up with Ted and ask him a few questions about his time at Hills Road and his work that he is doing now!

 

  • Another Year, Ted Coney

What was your highlight of Hills Road?
“The highlight of my time at Hills Road has to be the day we went to Buckingham Palace to be presented with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize by the Queen herself. I was particularly pleased to take some of the students and art staff, as we all had such a good time. Princess Anne, when she heard we were the ‘art group’ arranged for us to visit the Queens Gallery next door, free of charge (it would have cost £100) and spirited us to the front of the queue. The only down side was that we put the certificate with its giant wax seal too near a radiator and it melted slightly!”

Do you know of any of your past students who have found success in the art world?
“I am always meeting past students from Hills Road who have done extremely well in the Art and Design world and thankfully making a lot more money than me. One I particularly remember is John Bendall-Brunello who went on to be a very successful children’s book illustrator and his work is now sold worldwide. One of his first jobs was to illustrate a tourist map for Cambridge. I remember he had written under the heading for Hills Road Sixth Form College – ‘Great for Art’, which was jolly nice of him.”

What inspired you to set up your own gallery and tours?
“The inspiration for opening up our home in Ely as a pop-up gallery was Kettles Yard House, which I have visited many times and seen paintings in a simple domestic setting. Also, I had opened our house under the Open Studio scheme a few times and I enjoyed talking about my work to visitors.”

What are your tours about and what can visitors expect to find out when viewing?
“All my work is about family life and family relationships and I’ve been making the paintings for over forty five years. As I don’t sell my work, there is enough to show a small selection in each of the eight tours. Each tour begins with a short film about the ideas behind the work and then I show around seven paintings and point out some of the objects used in them (including my Morris Minor). The tour ends with a look at how one painting was constructed, on the Electronic Sketchbook and a viewing of my latest painting in progress, in the studio.”

Have you still got your old car? If so, what is the model and make and how old is it?
“My 1931 Morris Minor, which I used for 34 years to get me to Hills Road, is still going strong. I don’t drive it as much as I used to (I prefer the bike and train) but I did deliver the Mayor of Ely to an event, recently. You can see the car flying back in time (like the Tardis in Doctor Who) to 1930s Hollywood on my Virtual Tour and driving down the centre aisle of Ely Cathedral (a series of photos) on my website.”

 

  • Ted with his Morris Minor

What advice would you give to any students studying art now?
“Well, the same as always – believe in yourself and don’t give up. The creative industries are very important to the health of the nation, so there is lots of work to be done. Being creative may not make you rich but it will keep you sane (or mad but in a nice way). I have just embarked on my 50th year of teaching and hope to keep painting for another 20 years at least.”


A big thank you to Ted for his contribution. If you have a story you'd like to share with us, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing: alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk

For more information about Ted Coney and his gallery, take a look at his website: www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk

  • Limners, Ted Coney


 

 

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Ian Harvey, Head of Biology at Hills Road Sixth Form College has been awarded the Society of Biology’s President’s Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to biology in Cambridge, in the wider region and nationally, through his volunteer service for the Society. 
 

The thoughts of Ian’s colleagues on the Society East Anglia branch committee are summed up by the Chair, Mark Winterbottom. “Ian's incredible and infectious enthusiasm for biology (which he pours out by the bucket load!) has been absolutely inspirational to his fellow committee members, and utterly overwhelming to the many members of the public with whom he has interacted over the years. His passion is built on expert knowledge, and he is equally expert at enabling young and old to realise that biology is fun, fascinating and relevant to our everyday lives. Indeed, he is not an instructor, but an enabler and a facilitator.”

 

Ian, who was recognised in January 2014 as one of the Science Council’s 100 leading UK practising scientists, has worked to promote biology to all audiences from primary school children through to the general public and the academic community.

 

In his acceptance speech on receiving the Medal, Ian said “Biology is not just my career, it’s my hobby. There is no greater endorsement than doing owl pellet dissection with a group of 7 year olds and having them say “That was the best lesson ever!” and one lad asking for an autograph.”  One pupil asked “Was that science and if it was, I want to be a scientist.”

 

Ian also received endorsements for his cultivation of links with other learned societies, setting up the Cambridge Biologists network of over 100 Cambridge-based schools and colleges, HE institutes, research institutes and companies, and creating Cambridge Big Biology Day, which has been a spectacular success seeing 2000 visitors in 2014. Big Biology Day 2015 promises to be even bigger.


Rachel Lambert-Forsyth, Director of Education and Training at the Society of Biology and a former student of Ian’s, delivered the citation at the Society of Biology AGM and added that “Ian is not afraid to ask the difficult questions but is also always available to offer solutions and ideas.  Former students retain a deep-rooted professional regard for the knowledge and motivation he inspires.  He epitomises the principles of public engagement as decreed by the Society of Biology.”

 

Cambridge is a city at the forefront globally for biology research and in Ian’s words “Where else could we have such a rich biology community, expose our young people to cutting edge science, provide so many opportunities and engage everyone in biology and why it’s so important both now and into the future. Our sixth formers could be the future Crick and Watson, John Walker, Venki Ramakrishnan and Max Perutz. To be a biology teacher in Cambridge is the best job in the world.”
 

Photograph shows Ian receiving his medal from Professor Dame Jean Thomas FRS, President of the Society of Biology and Master of St Catherine's College, Cambridge.

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Big Biology Day (BBD), hosted by Ian Harvey, in association with the Cambridge science Festival, has been a major date in the Hills Road diary for the past five years as the day when 2000 excited visitors come to learn and have fun with biology. Thanks to sponsorship from MedImmune and the MicroBiology Society, BBD has free entry and is now one of the largest free science based festivals in the UK. On the day visitors can expect interactive activities for all ages, from the famed owl pellet disection to lively debates with various expert pannels about the big issues in current science.



Organiser of the event, Ian Harvey, claims that it is the enthusiasm of the visitors which inspires him to keep the festival going each year, saying that

“My satisfaction every year is seeing the smiling faces of our visitors as they leave the event – the buzz I get from seeing happy people walking out of our doors after a great day out makes the effort that goes into organising the day totally worthwhile.”

And with feedback from one young visitor that the day had been better than a previous trip to Alton Towers, we can see the Big Biology Day being an event in our calender for many years to come!



Every year Big Biology Day has kept on growing, from the initial 500 visitors to last years enthusiastic 2000, who kept the student volunteers busy all day. This year will see some similar activities to those last year but many new ones as well, including a discussion panel about the human microbiome, allowing visitors and experts to discuss and learn together.

The Principal of Hills Road, Linda Sinclair, also considers the day as a great opportunity for students, as they help provide the activites for the day, saying that,

"It is wonderful to see our students consistently and enthusiastically involving themselves in new experiences such as Big Biology Day and helping to provide such a great learning experience for children and adults alike"

Come along and have a go at some of the wide range of activities hosted this year, and learn somethinew new about biology. We hope to see you there!

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Nicki Dartnell, Curriculum Director at Hills Road and one of the organisers said, “This year we are hoping to raise £10,000 and thanks to our sponsors ARM, all the money raised will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.”



In addition to the runners, some students and staff took part in the cycling event. They left the College for a 45km cycle ride passing through the Shelfords, Newton, Fowlmere, Ickleton, Duxford and Whittlesford, returning to the College.

Every participant seemed to really enjoy themselves and there was a great atmosphere throughout the whole run. Each runner and cyclist participating wore t-shirts displaying this year’s HR4.5 logo, which has been designed by Hills Road student Holly Rowland, 18. However, some students took their costume designs further – letting their imagination run wild!

Three- and four-legged people, onesies, rubber rings, fairies, a train and even a dragon could be seen making their way around the perimeter of Hills Road.  


Above (from left to right), Nick Mason, Zeph Deakin, Alice Stuart, Harvey Hughes, Rebecca Hyland, Alice de Winter, Darcey Reilly, Georgie Wartnaby and Amy Packwood showing off their dragon creation, made specially for the HR4.5.

Harvey Hughes explains, "We decided to create something which we could all do as a group, as we found that it would be more fun than just running the race on our own. None of us are particularly fond of running either and this was a way for us to still take part in the HR4.5" 

"It was Amy's idea initially, last year a group of us dressed as a dragon too, but this year saw our new and improved design!"

Luckily the weather was very good conditions for the race, however Harvey and his friends took precautions in their dragon design, in case of a rainy downpour.

"We covered the dragon in blue bin bags, to both add colour and a waterproof element to the dragon. Last year we found that we were all too close together, we also had our heads inside the boxes that made up the dragon, which was cool but impractical. We improved on these fundamentals by holding up the boxes with bamboo sticks and adding string between each box so we had more room to move."

Having fallen into a bush and walked in a group along the course, up until Hills Road bridge, the Dragon unfortunately came close to last in the race. However, speed wasn't their strategy, unlike Ashley Brown and Charlotte-Tara Murphy who came 1st and 2nd with impressive times of 14:11:69 and 15:29:10 respectively.


Photograph by Keith Heppell, all other photographs by Vivien Brownlee

Overall the race was a massive success and the College looks forward to the 10th event next year!
 
It’s not too late to make a donation for this worthy cause, please go to www.justgiving.com/HillsRoad4-5km
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It's that time of year again when students and staff at Hills Road start preparing for one of the most popular events in the College calendar - The Hills Road 4.5 Fun Run!

The HR4.5 Fun Run is where the College community take part in a 4.5km race by running, walking, cycling, or even skipping!  Every year, participants  gain sponsorships and raise money for the chosen charity. It's a fun event that brings the whole Hills Road community together and many participants choose to dress up or wear the HR4.5 t-shirts on the day.

This year is the 9th annual event and so far the HR4.5 has raised an amazing £75,000 for the chosen charities! This year's fun run is once again sponsored by ARM and the charity that the College has chosen to raise money for is the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Look out for runners and cyclists in their brightly coloured t-shirts on Wednesday 13th April. They will be running, walking, hopping and skipping the 4.5 kilometre route along Hills Road, down Brooklands Avenue, along the Hobson’s Brook footpath, out onto Long Road, down Sedley Taylor Road and Luard Road and then back out onto Hills Road.

The cyclists will take a 45 kilometre route starting out from the College, passing through the Shelfords, Newton, Fowlmere, Ickleton, Duxford and Whittlesford, before returning to the College

To see for yourself how fun the events are, one of our Alumnus, Gareth Nunns, has videoed the last two years' events:
2015:


2014:
 

This year we are also opening up the opportunity for Alumni to get involved!

If you would like to participate in this year's HR4.5 please contact alumni@hillsroad.ac.uk  by March 31st - Entry fees are £6 for students and £10 for adults.

If you would rather donate to Teenage Cancer Trust, please go to our Just Giving webpage: https://www.justgiving.com/HillsRoad4-5km or come along and watch from the sidelines and support the event, you know where to find us!

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CambridgeBiologists Ian Harvey (Head of Biology at Hills Road) and Amanda Burton, have been busy organising the 4th Big Biology Day being held this Saturday, 17th October at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

There will be a host of engaging, fun and informative hands-on biology on offer. Activities include the Babraham Institute’s pop-up laboratory exploring how the human body works and how it changes with age, Medimmune’s experiments to find out why some cancers evolve a resistance to medicine, playing the Biochemical Society’s exciting healthy diets card game, meeting the naturalist Luke Brookes, testing the age of your ears and looking inside your own eyeballs with the Cambridge Science Centre plus so much more.

Ian said, “We’ve got 20 contributors coming along to Big Biology Day with over 30 activities, there’s something for all ages. Last year there was a buzz around the event all day, lots of smiling faces and animated conversations about biology.”

“A favourite quote from a mum “My six year old said it was better than Alton Towers!” New this year are the Raptor Foundation with their birds of prey and a panel discussion with experts exploring the problems of diseases such as ebola, influenza and TB.”

Anyone of any age can go along to the College on Saturday from 10am – 4pm to join in with any of the activities on offer. No charge and no booking required, just turn up and have a great day of biology.

We regret there is NO car parking on site (except for disabled visitors). The multi-storey car park on Clifton Road is within a few minutes walking distance of the College. We would strongly advise you to use public transport to travel to the College. The College is a 10-15 minute walk from the train station and it is on Stagecoach's Citi 1 and Citi 7 bus routes and also on the Babraham Road Park and Ride route.

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By kind permission of the Principal, the Old Cantabrigian Society, whose members are all past and present students or staff at Hills Road, held their annual dinner in the Assembly Hall of the College.

The dinner was attended by 98 diners, including 9 current students at the College, ranging in age from 16 to 92. Many had travelled from far afield to attend what is always a most enjoyable evening, involving wining, dining and reminiscing.



The bar, sited in the music recital room, known to most of the older alumni as the gym, opened at 6.00pm with the meal starting at 7.30pm.

After an extravagant and delicious meal involving 5 courses, all joined the President, Chris Hale (59-67), in toasting ‘The Queen’ and ‘Absent Friends’.



Before toasting 'The College',  Phil Johnson (70-77) spoke about his time at the College and later as a medical officer in the army, where he specialised in aviation medicine. In addition to his medical training, he had to qualify as a pilot for both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

One particular memory Phil shared, with which many could empathise, was attempting to count the holes in the ceiling tiles of the hall whilst sitting his GCE exams! (Anybody else admitting to this? Did you manage to get an answer?).



The Principal, Linda Sinclair, replied to the toast and told us of some of the recent, very impressive, activities and achievements of the students.

The annual dinner is always a very enjoyable evening. Some attend every year and others less frequently. Some travel considerable differences to attend, including from overseas. Many make a particular effort to contact those who they have perhaps not seen for many years to organise a reunion at the dinner. The seating plans take this into account.



Next year’s dinner will be on Saturday 26th November 2016. Put it in your diary!

Details, when available will be on the Old Cantabrigian website, www.oldcantabrigiansociety.org.uk or from the Dinner Secretary, Joe Worth (01-03) worththemost@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing many of you again (and for the first time) next year!

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For those of you who are unaware, the Hills Review is a newsletter that is published three times a year, keeping readers both inside and outside of the College up to date with College activity.

You can read it here:
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