College Choir returned to Cheltenham a few days before the start of the Spring Term to record a CD in the Princess Hall. Over two days, the choir recorded a number of favourites from its core repertoire, including Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Schubert’s setting of Psalm 23, Gott ist mein Hirt, and Blatchly’s For the Fallen.
Also recorded were a number of pieces written especially for College Choir, including Mr Hawley’s beautiful anthem May the road rise up to meet you, perennial favourite from Leavers’ Prayers God be with you by former CLC music teacher, John Wright, and arrangements by the choir’s director, Mr Parker.
The CD will be released later in the spring.
This year, the International Baccalaureate is celebrating its 50th anniversary and College is delighted to be involved in the celebrations.
Founded in 1968, the IB was originally offered to students in just seven schools. In 2018, 50 years on, there are 6,282 programmes offered in 4,775 schools across the world.
We offer the IB alongside A Levels and this year also marks the 10-year anniversary for the IB at College, with our first cohort of IB students receiving their results in 2008.
The IB is a two-year course of studies that suits well-motivated girls with a breadth of interests. It is a rigorous qualification that is recognised by universities in the UK and across the world.
Our results are consistently outstanding, thanks to the dedication and hard work of the girls and teachers, and in 2017 we were delighted to be named the top girls boarding school in the country for the IB for the third consecutive year.
As part of the annual Global IB Conference, and to launch the celebrations for the 50th anniversary, the IB and ITN productions produced the film A Better World Through Education.
College was delighted to be selected to contribute to the film:
Officially opening later this year, over the last few months the facilities at our new Health and Fitness Centre have been available for testing by the girls. College has hosted sessions with leading sport psychologist Dr Claire-Marie Roberts, Olympic Gold Medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, and leading sport scientist and conditioning coach Lizzie Sinton, as well as a number of tournaments with other schools.
After testing out the facilities, one of our badminton players Sophie Hor (SFC2) said, "The new health and fitness centre will greatly aid the school’s badminton team in both practices and matches. It is not only extremely beautiful but also spacious, providing more than adequate facilities for the entire team to practice without the disruption of other sports."
The new Health and Fitness Centre includes a sports hall, multi-purpose activity studio, dance studio, squash courts, fitness gym, free weights and spin area, a rowing and erg area, and a range of other facilities, in addition to the existing sports hall and swimming pool.
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