Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
It was lovely to welcome back our students after the half term break and despite the wet weather everyone settled into their learning.
As we head into March we are looking forward to brighter days and lighter evenings. We are of course all very aware of the issues around Coronavirus and will ensure that we continuously follow the government guidelines to ensure that we all have the correct information. For now though, it is important that we keep our staff and students safe and calm.
Last month Miss Clarke’s tutor group helped the forest rangers at Sence Valley to plant some Douglas Fir trees and they returned to school covered in mud but having enjoyed contributing to this important community activity. Mr Kailofer, a school governor and Forestry Commission volunteer brought in badges and yoyo for the students, as a thank you for their efforts and the gifts were much appreciated.
Once again our students have got involved in wide variety of sporting activities and I am always especially proud to hear from Miss Rhodes and Mr Pilcher, what great ambassadors for the college the students are when they take part in away games.
Mrs Hayles has worked quickly to get the student council up and running. Our new Heads are Dylan Gillespie and Michaela Hutchinson and the Deputies are Euan Lukjanenko and Josie May.
The various committees are already working on a range of projects addressing college priorities - watch this space for details of the reward trips coming up in the summer term.
Speaking of trips the Yr 7 Stratford upon Avon trip is once again oversubscribed and those students who have a place are eager to learn more about Shakespeare’s life and works. It is a fantastic trip and I am sure our students and staff will have a great day.
We are all looking forward to the musical Soiree on Thursday 5th March 2020. It is a chance for our students to perform some of the musical numbers that they have been working hard to perfect. Mrs Allen and her team are looking forward to welcoming you to a wonderful evening. See you there!
This month we also see our Year 7 parents' evenings which gives parents an opportunity to speak directly with subject teachers. It is an extremely important event so please do try as hard as you can to attend. In the same vein thank you for your continued support with the 20:20:20 homework system, please continue to encourage your children to complete all elements including the reading. Students can read any book of their choice and as the first week in March is World Book Week there really is no excuse. We can’t wait for Mrs Barber’s assemblies which are always so inspirational.
On the subject of curriculum, Mr Mason and I have completed book looks across the subject areas and year groups. It was a pleasure to see the hard work and excellent presentation of work in many books. It reinforced the college motto “Respect and Pride bring Success”. We also saw our students seizing every learning opportunity when we completed our lesson visits with Mrs Merry joining in too. Our teachers work so tirelessly to ensure that every second counts in the classroom. Finally, I am pleased to tell you that Miss Woolnough. Will be joining Mrs McMahon and the humanities team in August 2020. Miss Woolnough's passion for humanities is infectious and we are excited to welcome her into the Ibstock family.
Tree Planting at Sence Valley
As part of links with Sence Valley and the National Forest we were invited to visit the forest and take part in a planting project. On a cold and windy Thursday morning, 7LC headed over to the forest for a mini ‘adventure’.
Once we arrived we were directed to a field about 10 minutes further on, which meant walking along paths and down the sides of other fields. When we reached the right field, we were met by a group of volunteers from the National Forest, some spades and lots of bags of trees. The students were paired up and given a demonstration of how to plant the saplings and then told that they should move along the rows planting at each marked spot. It was then a hive of activity with the students getting stuck in to the planting and occasionally getting themselves stuck in the mud!
We lost track of how many trees we actually planted but we imagined it was well over 200. We look forward to seeing the trees grow over the years.
Student Voice enables students to raise issues which are important to them, have a say in the development of all aspects of school life and make decisions affecting their education. Since we launched Student Voice just before half term there has been a lot of activity with students showing plenty of enthusiasm and engagement.
Each form has two representatives who have been elected to the Student Voice. In addition, we have two year 9 Heads and two year 8 Deputy Heads. These students are now the chairs of each of the committees:
Learning and Engagement: Dylan Gillespie
Student Welfare: Michaela Hutchinson
Charities and Community: Josie May
Rewards and Extra-Curricular: Ewan Lukjanenko
Following their efforts in college to raise awareness regarding recycling, we also have an additional committee for School Environment chaired by Caitlin Beesley and Alfie Dickman.
First order of business has been to decide the options for the end of year trips (more news to follow on this). Many students have passed their thoughts and suggestions to their form representatives, or through the suggestion box in school, we’ve been impressed with the level of responses. Now we have all these ideas, the committees can discuss the suggestions, decide the next steps and feedback to the students. Next month I plan for the students to write about the progress made with various suggestions received.
Mrs Hayles – Student Voice and Student Council coordinator
On Thursday 6 February Mrs Rhodes and Mr Blake took the girls and boys badminton team to King Ed and Castle Rock for the North West Leicestershire tournament.
The girls team, who had never played a fixture before, did themselves proud winning the first 2 matches against Ivanhoe and Newbridge. It went down to a "crunch" match against Castle Rock to decide the winner. Unfortunately - after the longest doubles game ever seen it was Castle Rock that came out on top as North West Leicestershire champions with Ibstock finishing as runners up.
At King Ed in the boys competition unfortunately Ibstock were a team member short which meant we could not play one of the doubles games in each match but the boys battled on to win some of their games and a good time was had by all.
Congratulations to our students that took part.
Alisha Thompson Horne
Rugby and Football fixtures
Year 8 and 9 are off to a flying start in the rugby and girls football North West Leicestershire league.
In the football the girls won 3-1 with the opener scored by Alicia Miller and the second 2 scored by Ashley Gould. It was a superb team display with goal keeper Fran Thornley pulling off some excellent saves.
In the year 7 match the girls battled hard and were unfortunate to loose 6 -0 but there is lots of positives to build on and just need to work on our finishing!
Over in the rugby it was much more entertaining than watching England! Ibstock stormed home 64 -15 scoring 10 tries altogether. It was a sterling team performance with special mentions to try scorers Ashley Allsopp (1) Kane Gee (4) and Tom Bamford (5). Kane did especially well as it was his first proper rugby game. Tom also converted 7 of the 10 conversions.
Rugby club continues to thrive. We have had some coaches in taking extra taster sessions as well as after school. Practising tackling rucks and scrums over the last few weeks.
Active Boys club had more challenges after the gym sessions. Diving and rolling and turning at walls being the main theme. This week as a reward both the boys and girls will be attending a one hour session at rebound.
Year 7 Indoor Athletics
Congratulations to our year 7s who competed in the North west Leicestershire indoor athletics competition held at Castle Rock School on 26 February.
The girls finished 4th, the boys 2nd and overall were the third placed team which all came down to an exciting relay finale!
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