Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
It has been an extremely busy October as you will read below.
Our students continue to work hard in their lessons and it is a joy to visit the classrooms and see the fabulous work that is being created. It makes me incredibly proud.
Following our successful open evening in September we have been showcasing the college with a number of Year 6 parent tours, feedback has been really positive and we look forward to welcoming students later this academic year. Other students who have joined us mid term are also settling in well.
It was lovely to hear to hear all about the adventures of Year 9 on the Wales trip. Thank you again to Mr Pilcher, Mrs Higginson and Mr Mayhew for their efforts, I still remember fondly the residential visits I took part in throughout my school years. The memories I made and the friendships that developed are still very clear. I am sure that our students will remember in the same way.
We continue to remind students of the school uniform requirements. Now the weather has changed, becoming colder and wet, please ensure your child has an appropriate coat to wear over their blazer.
The new uniform policy requires a plain coat that is black, navy or dark grey, with no contrasting details or logo. Having said that we do not want families to have the expense of buying second coat if your child currently has a suitable coat that is another dark colour.
Should you need to replace your child's coat in the future we ask that it is back, navy or dark grey as required in our uniform policy.
For more information please visit; http://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/uniform-information
Year 9 Wales trip
30 students embarked upon on a five day trip out to the coast and countryside. Students stayed a Pensarn Harbour 5 miles from Harlech in North Wales Snowdonia region. The College have been attending the centre 5 out of the last 6 years. Students enjoyed the following activities:
Gorge walking involving walking up steam in the river and standing under water falls and jumping off rocks into water!
Rock climbing at Barmouth - once reaching the summit of the cliff edge the sea views were breath taking!
Kayaking up the estuary towards the mouth and near to the sea.
Archery - including trying to aim at every colour of the target and piping pinned up balloons.
Mountain walk up Cnicht the 689m high long ridge starting in the village of Croesor getting its name from the word Knight. The shape of the mountain and direction of the circular walk beared a similarity to a knights helmet.
Students also built a bonfire and walked to the beach in the day and at night. Thank you as well to Mrs Higginson and Mr Mayhew for giving up their week to lead students on the trip. Mr Pilcher
Book Buzz Update
Thank you to all parents and carers who helped our students choose their Book Buzz books. With thousands of young people across hundreds of school participating in this scheme, the arrival date of our books is not specified. Hardly a day goes by without an excited students popping into the RRC to see if they’ve arrived yet – we’re definitely still buzzing about books! Book Trust guarantee they will arrive before Christmas but Mrs Barber has already said she WON’T be gift-wrapping all 223 of them!
This week Leicestershire Fire Service have taken our schools assemblies to speak with students about fire safety, both in the home and celebrating bonfire night safely.
- Have a smoke alarm on each level and test them regularly.
- Shut internal when you go to bed, this could stop a fire spreading.
- Know where your keys are so you can exit the home.
- Have a means of communication.
Public Firework displays are safer and you and your family will get to see more fireworks. If you choose to hold a display at home, ensure you follow the the Firework Code – Firework Top Ten Safety Code for Adults safety guidelines. Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
- Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
In January we will be starting the nationally recognised sports leaders qualification for our year 9s which will run until the end of March for 10 weeks. Prospective students have already had to write an application of why they would be suitable for the role. Successful candidates have already been called upon to do training and lead a multi-sports event last week for a primary school. Next week 16 students will lead an indoor athletics event hosted by Ibstock on three days for more than 2 hours each time. Other leadership roles throughout the year will include competitions such as: kurling, orienteering, badminton, swimming gala, dodgeball, boccia and basketball.
Last night we hosted the Year 7 Halloween Disco in our community centre, the students looked great in their costumes and everyone had a great time!
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