Values Week brings Perse community together
The Perse values were celebrated in style during the school’s first-ever Values Week.
Organised by the Student Council, each day was dedicated to a particular school value with a variety of fun and thought-provoking themed activities.
A focus on ‘Our Environment’ kicked off Values Week as students enjoyed making bird feeders from old yoghurt pots and creating a recycled art mural from scraps of old uniform.
To mark ‘Endeavour’, Tuesday saw pupils take part in a QR code scavenger hunt as they searched for clues around the Upper site.
Wednesday highlighted the importance of ‘Breadth and Balance’ with the trees in Ellison Court being transformed into ‘Values Trees’ where students and staff had the opportunity to tie messages of hope or community about what makes them #ProudlyPerse.
The value of ‘One Another’ was celebrated on Thursday with a huge House Charity Giveathon as the whole Perse community across the Upper, Prep and Pelican were invited to donate food and other vital goods for Cambridge City Food Bank.
As part of the inaugural Perse Giving Day appeal, which takes place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April, a generous donor had offered to donate £10,000 to the school’s bursary and community outreach fund if more than 1,615 items were donated to the food bank collection.
As it stands, that target has been smashed with well over 2,800 food items having been contributed.
The conclusion of Values Week fittingly coincided with Founder’s Day and the value of ‘Intellectual Curiosity and Scholarship’, inspired by Dr Stephen Perse’s vision to educate poor boys when establishing the school in 1615.
As well as talks for students about research opportunities, members of Prep student council POD (Prep Organised Democracy) visited the Upper and enjoyed making bird boxes and adding their own messages to the Values Trees.
Andrew Girgis (Lower Sixth), Deputy Lead of the Student Council, was delighted with the response to Values Week by the school community.
He said: “It’s been great. We’ve had a lot of involvement from across all year groups, particularly Lower and Middle School.
“I enjoyed seeing so many people write their messages about what they like about The Perse for the values trees and the Giveathon was a great success with lots of donations being made for Cambridge Food Bank.
“We’re pleased with how the week has gone and it will be great to build on this and encourage even more participation next year.”