CCSS makes as well as teaches history
The history of CCSS was brought to life recently when Herminio Martinez, who was a Basque child refugee, visited Salisbury Villas at the school which was used as a hostel to house those children fleeing the Spanish Civil War.
After the Steamship Habana docked in Southampton with 4000 Spanish children onboard, Mr Martinez came to stay at what is now a teaching building at Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies.
Mr Martinez visited the building as part of a history project for local secondary school students funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund on the Basque children who came to Cambridge in 1937. Accompanied by a film crew from BBC Look East, Herminio Martinez, now in his nineties and the person behind the blue plaque that is now on the building to mark that part of the building’s history, was greeted at the college by Principal Stuart Nicholson.
Students and staff come together to celebrate Commonwealth Day
In March each year Commonwealth countries to celebrate the Commonwealth's rich diversity and promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality.
With around 15% of students at CCSS coming from Commonwealth countries (excluding the UK), including Nigeria, Cyprus, India, Tanzania and Malaysia, Commonwealth Day is a great opportunity for our studented to get together to discuss what they thought should be done to bring peace; what the Commonwealth means to them and what they have learnt from students from other Commonwealth countries.
“As Mother Teresa once said, ‘Peace begins with a smile. For me, this underpins how the path to peace is paved by understanding, tolerance and acceptance. To bring about peace we must avoid polarisation and narrow-mindedness, which can lead to irreparable and futile conflict over contrasting ideologies and systems.” - Niamh a 16 year British student
“Freedom and rights and coming together as one will take us one step closer to peace. People should be able to live the way they want to, where they want to and how they want to. Achieving peace is not easy, but it is definitely worth giving your best to move a step closer to it.” - Sakshi a 16 year old student from India
Commonwealth Day is an opportunity for our students to come together and appreciate the cultures of classmates from different countries. As well as fostering a spirit of tolerance and appreciation of other cultures it’s been proven that studying alongside people from different countries has lifelong advantages including preparing students for university and careers. Events such as Commonwealth Day are very much part of this.