Ibstock Community College Newsletter - May 2020


Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,

Thank you for all of the fantastic photos and videos that have been sent in. It is wonderful to see the student’s creativity and engagement in their learning both academic and practical. Please follow us on Twitter where you can see a variety of examples. It would be great to receive even more.

Cyan Hillyard - brilliant textiles project!

Tom Powell who absolutely loves Dr Who - made a Tardis console in his bedroom!

Bailey Kennedy - has done loads of baking and has made these super nice Turkish breads.

Luke Anthany - English Work News letter

I volunteer at a local animal Sanctuary on Saturday mornings, but it is closed due to lockdown. I was lucky enough to be able to adopt two guinea pigs from the animal sanctuary, just before lockdown started. They are called Wonk and Billy, they were abandoned, had mites all over them and Wonk had a serious ear infection that gives him balance issues. Now their day starts with vegetable feeding, they like parsnip and broccoli. Then they have straw and guinea pigs’ pellets which have all the vitamins they need. Most days they get to go outside and eat grass in their run. Now they are happier, they like it here.

The Design & Art faculty are getting some super good examples of how creative our students are. Keep them coming please. The focus for next week is ..

  • Year 7 - PD - DVD game design mini project for Mr Hemmerman
  • Year 8 - RM - Marble run for Mrs Grimadel
  • Year 9 - Textiles - Design task for a festival product - Mrs Millward.

If you haven't caught up with last weeks projects - get a move on !

Follow us on twitter Ibstock-design to see the latest projects. Keep on creating.

English - Read Theory

Mrs Mouncer, Faculty Leader for English has been looking at her Read Theory data. Some students have been logging on regularly - one student has completed a fantastic 82 quizzes during lockdown! However, some students have rarely logged on or not at all - could I ask you to check this with your child please? Their log in details should be in their planners however if they don’t have them they can email their English teacher directly. Read Theory is excellent - it is an online comprehension and reading resource that quizzes students over a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts - so it improves comprehension and raises reading age, as well as improving general knowledge in all curriculum areas, Mrs Mouncer and her team couldn't recommend it more.

VE Day Fitness Challenge

School Reopening

Like you, we are waiting for updates from the government about what our provision will look like going forward. Please be assured that the safety of our students and staff will be our top priority and we will communicate with you as soon as we know more.

Essential/key worker children

Please continue to use the icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk email address to inform us if you have no other possible childcare option and we will work with you to arrange provision.

Wellbeing during isolation

Whilst it is important to keep up with some learning and daily exercise it is also crucial to alleviate tension and anxiety. This can be particularly challenging for young people so please take a look in the Pastoral area on our website. You will find a range of useful links to resources including our latest addition; Beating Your Worries - A Guide to Overcoming Anxiety. https://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/pastoral-team

ZOOM APP – Safety advice for parents

In these times of social distancing during lock down, our children have no other way to link with their friends other than on social media and many are using new apps like Zoom to “meet” with friends. Please read the guidance below and discuss with your child to ensure their safety.

  • They should sign up for an account, gives you more control over the room.
  • You can set a password for zoom conversations - this will avoid zoom-bombing (people dropping in uninvited.)
  • Use random meeting ID, this means that for each new conversation a new number is generated. If you use the personal meeting ID (which you get by signing up), technically it’s an always on meeting and if people share the password for it you can again get zoom-bombers.
  • You can create a waiting room for your "meeting", it would be advisable to set this to be on meaning people have to virtually knock on the door and wait to be let in.
  • You can also lock a room once you've got people in, they can leave but can't come back it also stops anyone else from dropping in also.
  • From a practical point of view, review settings for audio and video.
  • From a safeguarding point of view, we would suggest making sure there are adults around in general in some form – just pop your head in every so often.
  • Also check the setting for automatic recording and recording in general and ensure they are disabled.

We understand that Zoom has now taken some steps to improve their default settings in terms of safety and they have published advice for parents. The link below has some good advice which might be helpful. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/zoom/

The Skills Toolkit

The Skills Tool Kit gives people access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

Courses have been developed by the Open University, Google Digital Garage, the University of Leeds, Lloyds Bank and many others. .

There are introductory courses, intermediate courses and advanced courses available. Some of these courses may be appropriate for people who may want to improve skills, for example Everyday Maths. Some of the advanced courses will teach participants to code and write computer programs.

All of the courses are accredited through a digital badge scheme and have clear timescales for how long each course should take.

Relationship and Sex Education Parental Consultation

From September there will be new statutory guidance in place regarding Health and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). To ensure that we are adhering to this, we are making some changes to our PSHE provision and we would welcome your input on this. In order to have your say, please head over to the school website. Under the "Letters home" section you will find a PowerPoint Presentation explaining the legal changes and what this will look like at Ibstock Community College, a draft RSE policy, an information guide for parents and carers and a covering letter explaining this in more detail. Please have a read through these documents and email any comments or questions you may have to Mrs McMahon at s.mcmahon@ibstockcollege.co.uk. There will be further opportunities for you to engage with this which are explained in the letter.

Year 9 transition

A note from Mr Staniforth, Headteacher

Dear Parent/Carer,

These are clearly unusual times but I wanted to take the opportunity to reassure you that we are working to ensure that your child’s transition from Ibstock to Ashby is as smooth as possible. Mr Newman, our timetable and options manager is busy sorting out all your subject requests and as soon as that is complete we will send them out to you.

You may be aware that we intend to re-model the school site over the summer period. Despite the coronavirus situation this project is still able to go ahead. When your child starts in August they will be based for all lessons, except PE on the Nottingham Road site. This will reduce student movement considerably and make the school a lot smaller and easy to navigate.

The induction period in July is really important, at this stage we do not know what will happen but we are working together as schools to try to ensure your child will get at least a day at Ashby School to start to become familiar with the surroundings. We have created a section on the home page of our website (www.ashbyschool.org.uk) where we will start to put the information you will need but if you have any questions as all please contact us as admin@ashbyschool.org.uk

The Gratitude Competition!

Gratitude is a positive emotion that is felt after receiving a gift, or an act of kindness. It is an emotion of feeling thankful or grateful for something or someone. Here are the details on how to get involved!

For more information visit https://offschool.org.uk/

Parent Lite

Please ensure you have activated your account and keep your child's information upto date. If you have not received an activation email please contact icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

Please take time to look through each tab and update information as required. It is especially important to ensure contact details are up to date, consent information is correct and any medical details or dietary needs are recorded accurately.

We use this information in school and when preparing for extra curricular activities or trips it is therefore very important you keep this information up to date.

Contacting the college

Email: icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

Website: www.ibstockcollege.co.uk

Please do not telephone the college and leave a voicemail as we are not regularly in college to listen to them.