Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Here we are almost at the end of the Autumn term. We are all looking forward to a busy three weeks ahead with plenty of learning still to be done before we enjoy our Christmas break. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas we are collecting for the local food bank to support families within the community, please help if you can.
As I reflect on the past few months I am astounded by how much we have achieved together.
Following the Learning Camps of the summer term in which we shared the college’s high expectations of behaviour and attitude, we continue to remind our students of our school motto “Respect and Pride brings Success”. Through a series of assemblies and tutor activities we ensure that the relevance of the RESPECT standards linked with our behaviour system, continue to develop our students into well rounded, respectful citizens in our community.
We continue to remind our students the importance of wearing our school uniform with pride and thank you for your continued support with this. Equally, we are grateful for the part that you have played in implementing the 20:20:20 homework which is already making an impact on our student’s readiness to learn and helping them to become independent learners.
In addition to the challenging teaching and learning opportunities across the curriculum, our students have been learning outside of the classroom with many taking part in the outdoor pursuits trip to Wales, the Remembrance memorial, a myriad of sporting events including the Sports Leadership programme, BAE systems and the RAF visit and the World Skills exhibition.
Thank you to those families who joined Mrs McMahon for the first Humanities learning evening, it was wonderful to see so many of you stepping back into the classroom and gaining an understanding of what Humanities learning is like for your children. Look out for details of further events.
Thank you to all parents and carers who came along to the Year 9 parent evenings. It is so important for all to have the opportunity to discuss your children’s progress and to celebrate their successes and doing this face to face has a powerful impact for the student.
The next few weeks will be jam packed with learning opportunities alongside our festive celebrations; Christmas lunch, Yr 7 carol concert, Woodwind concert, College Christmas concert and much more.
It was a successful evening for the boys' basketball with three being the magical number. Ibstock raided Castle Rock's trophy cabinet becoming triple champions, a feat not done for some years. It certainly stunned Castle Rock who were previously regular winners.
Each year team played in a league against Ivanhoe, Newbridge and Castle Rock. The year 7s and year 8s won all their games with two of the highest scores being 14-0 and 12-2. The year 9s won two and drew one to also become champions.
For the year 7 Mitchell Hoult and for year 8 Elliott Pearson became absolute stars for the teams. Their regular training with their basketball club outside school hours for Ashby proved pivotal to the team's success.
Each team will now progress on to the level 3 stage of the national schools competition having reached the county standard next. Good luck to all three teams in the next round!
Make the most of BOOK BUZZ! Reading For 6 Minutes Each Day Can Reduce Stress By 68 Percent.
We are very excited about our next stage of Book Buzz: all Year 7s will receive their books during the first two weeks of December! They will come to the RRC for a ‘Celebration of Reading’ and a reminder that curling up with a good book is a great way to relax as well as to develop our minds. Did you know that research has proven that reading is one of the best ways to relax?
Researchers from Mindlab International at the University of Sussex calculated six minutes of sustained reading each day can reduce a person's stress level by 68 percent, thereby helping individuals to clear their minds and minimize bodily tension.
With our 20:20:20 reading emphasis (and Book Buzz for Year 7s), winter is a great time to encourage our students to curl up with a good book and reap the benefits of relaxation and improved concentration!
Following a week of school assemblies focusing on the lives and sacrifices of local men and families in warfare, a party of students performed a quiet and reflective remembrance ceremony at the Ibstock War Memorial on Friday 8th November.
Two Year 7 students, Lucy Wright and Kingsley Standing read the poem "One Thousand men are walking " by Josh Dyer. Two Year 8 students, Daisy May-Blake and Alfie Dickman read "Remember Me" by Harry Riley, and from Year 9 Parmveer Guram and Annia Stepina-Lejaraja read "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon, containing the well-known words:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The "Last Post" and the Reveille were played by a year 7 student, Georgina Woodings, and the College wreath was presented by Dylan Gillespie and Jaimee Scott, who had performed the same service at the Menin Gate in Ypres during our College visit last year.
Children in Need
Unfortunately the weather prevented us taking part in our Children in Need ramble to Scene Valley. However we still raised a fantastic £469.29 for Children in Need - thank you!
Worldskills Live at the NEC in Birmingham.
On Thursday 21 November we took 79 students to The UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event.
There were a huge range of exhibitors, companies and advisors at the event who were all willing to spend time talking to the students about their hopes and dreams for the future.
Almost every type of current 'job' featured at the event - from hospitality and beauty to carpentry and aerospace - there was something for every student to be inspired by!
Students thoroughly enjoyed the trip as they had the chance to 'try out' different types of jobs to get an insight into what their futures could be.
We had 167 students swim in the gala this year 50 more than 2018. There was an electric atmosphere in all three year galas. Students had the opportunity to swim one length or two length races and two relays. Those with more stamina could enter the four lengths individual medley which is one length on each stroke. Well done and congratulations to 7RP, 8RR and 9KT who became gala champions. Our 23 sports leaders were on fine form too as each helped run one of the three galas.
Those fastest in the gala have the chance to be selected to represent the College for the inter-schools North-West Leicestershire gala which will also be hosted at Ibstock on 28th January.
1st place 7RP 94
2nd place 7BH 71
3rd place 7LC 69
4th place SM 60
5th place AM 57
6th place RM 48
7th place JM 46
1st place - 8RR 81 points
2nd place - 8SI 61 points
3rd Place - 8AA 52 points
4th place - 8JLP 51 points
5th place - 8GW 46 points
6th place - 8KG 41 points
1st place - 9KT 79 points
2nd place - 9RS - 62 points
3rd place - 9TL 48 points
4th place - 9LH 42 points
5th place - 9MH 40 points
6th place - 9KN 30 points
7th place - 9DW 29 points
New College records 2019
Alfie Thomas 24.50 25m Breaststroke
Charlotte Brooks 21.59 25m Breaststroke
George Williams 25.19 25m Butterfly
Isla Pickering 37.28 25m Butterfly
Joshua Richards 22.90 25m Breaststroke
Ben Pickering 15.00 25m Breaststroke
Humanities Family Learning Evening
The Humanities Faculty were able to welcome over 30 students and family members in to school for an evening of learning this week. Families were given the opportunity to speak to staff, meet some members of our team, find out more about our exciting curriculum, and experience parts of the curriculum by taking part in some educational activities. These activities included making Norman shields, creating your own map and learning about different religious festivals. It was lovely to meet all the families who came and Mrs McMahon is looking forward to the next one!