Codes, crafts and feathered friends

Hello everyone!

Spirits are staying high here at Peterhouse despite the recent rainy (British summer) weather.

The ‘Europe Since 1789’ class has been discussing the alliances and events leading up to the outbreak of the Great War. The class began by decrypting some wartime ciphers of various types, including numerical, Morse code, Caesar cyphers and pictorial, and the decoded messages provided information about Franz Ferdinand’s assassination. In the latter half of our class, they continued working towards their final project, which will be the board game ‘Plagues and Leaders’. They discussed event cards, character cards, and finished by making flag counters for the board.


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Learning to decipher codes!


The board game final project is coming together nicely, with some colourful and creative counters


The Coding class has been putting everything they have learned so far to practical use by creating websites in recent classes. It’s great to see the students so enthusiastic to draw on what they have learned so far, and so eager to learn more about the complex and exciting world of coding to create their own websites!



The Drama students have been doing a gripping interpretation of Romeo and Juliet that is definitely rivalling the outdoor Cambridge Shakespeare Festival productions that CamPrep students have been to see a couple of times. The CamPrep version is looking so great because the whole group works really well together and everyone is so keen to get involved.



In the afternoon, CamPrep had a visit from The Raptor Foundation, a rescue and rehabilitation centre for birds that also acts as an engaging and interactive source of education. The students got hands on with the birds, including owls and a Harris hawk, and there was also a Harris hawk flying demonstration.


Several students took part in the ‘crafternoon’, making crafts with hama beads as well as making origami, dream catchers and friendship bracelets.



The day ended with a screening of ‘The Theory of Everything’, which offers a great glimpse into the life of Jane and Stephen Hawking, and particularly their time together at Cambridge University.