The Fitzwilliam Museum owes its foundation to Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion who, in 1816, bequeathed to the University of Cambridge his works of art and library, together with funds to house them, to further “the Increase of Learning and other great Objects of that Noble Foundation”.
Museum exhibits inspire interest in an area of study, item, time period, or an idea. North Cambridge Academy has worked closely with the Fitzwilliam museum to enhance our curriculum and inspire our young people, in doing so we have created a very special relationship between the museum and the school’s museum Ambassadors.
Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the collections have grown by gift, bequest and purchase; their history is a continuous one which traces the history of collecting in this country over the last two hundred years.
“The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the greatest glories of the University of Cambridge. It is a museum of international stature, with unique collections most splendidly housed… Like the University itself, the Fitzwilliam Museum is part of the national heritage, but, much more, it is part of a living and continuing culture which it is our statutory duty to transmit”.
The Fitzwilliam museum has managed to bring subjects to life with their cross-curricular, active and engaging gallery and studio sessions taught within their extraordinary collections. Many of our staff and pupils have experienced some of the 40 different hands on sessions that are on offer from sculpture and modelling ballerina images like Degas to dressing up like kings and queens and the Egyptians.
Museums provide a great excuse to spend time with friends and family in a positive way. Personal connections can be made with museums and also with family members during visits. A day at the museum often translates to a day spent with loved ones as fathers, mothers and carers transform into tour guides, and the environment provides a shared learning experience.
The Fitzwilliam staff team at North Cambridge Academy is made up of the following:
Sarah Pattison- House Leader, Assistant Principal and a teacher of maths.
Sarah Hasler- House Leader, Inclusion Manager, safeguarding designate
Ali Carroll, F-ACa, Teacher of Physical Education and Healthy Lifestyles, Extending the Boundaries Co-Ordinator (Pledges, Children’s University, Sports Leaders, Duke of Edinburgh, Extra-curricular Clubs)
Hannah Smith, F-HSm, Teacher of English, Second in Department for English
Laureen Hodge, F-LHO, Teacher of Music, teacher of piano, Lead for Choir and lead for ukulele, guitar and piano ensemble
Jonathan Stanley F-JST Curriculum Leader Arts; PSHE coordinator, Student Leader coordinator
Fitzwilliam House includes staff representing English and the Arts. The House team share high expectations and standards both for themselves and for our students. We aim to inspire our young people to always work hard and be the best that they can be. Together we aim to let the young people of the house know that continuous effort is the key to unlocking our potential. We guide and support our students to make valuable contributions to their Form, the House and the Academy. Through positive working relationships we aim to inspire all pupils to be brave enough to aim high and work hard to achieve their goals.
Fitzwilliam has generally made an excellent start to this year. We have chosen our house charity and were the house who raised the highest amount of money when we took part in the sponsored walk. We have taken part in many campaigns and challenges with Miss Smith’s form winning the sponsored walk poster completion and the House Logo competition earlier this year. Our forms took part in and choreographed some fantastic performances in the recent House Dancing competition and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in, what can only be described as exceptional, afternoon of participation and entertainment. We currently needing a big push on the House VIVOs competition and attendance to take the lead, although many Fitzwilliam students won places on last terms celebration trip and took part in the free Christmas lunch for 100% attenders.
We have four different forms in the House and we enjoy competing against one another and against the other houses. This term we have been working together in our Challenge to create posters and creative written work that highlights the impact and issues around bullying. We look forward to the random act of kindness week that this will lead in to. We are also looking forward to the end of term reward trips and celebration events, which will be taking place in the coming weeks. At the end of December, the rewards trip went on an ice skating trip and we are hopeful that our house will be well represented on the next trip.
Together, the Attenborough staff team aim to inspire our young people to dream big, work hard and follow feedback to allow them to achieve their best. Attenborough staff have consistently high standards for themselves and their students. We guide and support our students to make valuable contributions to their Form, the House and the Academy. Through positive working relationships, we aim to ‘make the weather’ for everyone in our community.
Attenborough became a new House in November 2017 and our students have generally made an excellent start to life in Attenborough. We currently lead the House attendance competition and are a close second in terms of VIVOs. Equally, this year we are determined to show that we consider the welfare of other people and for this reason we have decided on a house charity and will be organising a range of events to raise money for this cause. We believe this is an important part of a child’s development so we want to ensure that our students not only go onto achieve their potential, but also develop into outstanding citizens who support others.
We have five different forms in the House and we enjoy competing against one another and against the other houses. This term we have been working together in our Challenge activities to choreograph, rehearse and perform the best form dance. We look forward to the costumes, music, performances and prizes at the end of term. We are also looking forward to the end of term reward trips and celebration events which will be taking place in the coming weeks. We have many of our students going on the ice skating trip to recognise their exceptional start to the academic year in terms of winning VIVOs and having an excellent attitude to learning. We have no doubt this will continue throughout the year and our house will be one of which we can all be proud.