Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Welcome to our April newsletter.
It has been a bumper month of learning and activity here at Ibstock. What a pleasure it is to see our students making the most of college life. Our extra- curricular offer is back with students enjoying creative, music and sporting activities during and after school.
Project 24 is gaining momentum as we plan to welcome a record number of Y7 students in August 2021. Whilst we are still unable to run our induction days in college this year, I am looking forward to visiting our feeder primary schools to talk to our new intake, sharing our expectations of behaviour and attitude to learning in preparation for August 2021. We are also planning Covid safe induction evenings for parents and carers who will have the chance to hear more about Project 24, meet senior leaders, the wider team who will support their children from August onwards, and there will be able to order uniform from our supplier Liss Sport. Further details to follow.
Last week we successfully recruited Sarah Nelson as Assistant Principal for Student Progress and assessment. Sarah will join in the new academic year and brings with her a wealth of experience as an English teacher and senior leader in comprehensive schools. We are also advertising for two additional humanities teachers and a drama teacher for our expanding curriculum.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those parents who took part in the parent forum earlier this month. The discussion and feedback on our new reporting process was invaluable and we have already actioned some of the key points. I am already looking forward to the next meeting after half term when we will discuss Safeguarding. Once again, please contact me if you would like to get involved.
As the half term is approaching, we are well on our way to planning for the remainder of this academic year and beyond. We are preparing our Y9 students for the end of their academic career with us and together we are planning a variety of celebration activities to bid them farewell. Before that they will be completing their end of year assessments across all subjects. This year these will be completed in class in exam conditions. The outcomes will be shared with their upper schools. Thank you in advance for encouraging and supporting them in their preparation.
Next week we have the Y7 and 9 parent Teams meetings allowing the opportunity for tutors to give parents and carers an overview of their child’s progress in college. Thank you again to all who have booked an appointment. Despite not being able to meet in person, it is important that we continue to keep our lines of communication open so that we work together to support all students.
Wishing you all an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.
Head of school
Essential equipment checklist :
- A face mask
- A reading book
- A filled water bottle - Fizzy drinks are not permitted
- A pencil case
- A healthy break time snack (optional)
- A small hand sanitiser (if possible).
Reading habits among students have changed over recent years, particularly due to advances in technology. Here at ICC, we understand how important it is to promote positive reading habits to help support our students in their studies, particularly as we head towards GCSE.
Over the coming week we will be asking our students to complete a questionnaire on reading habits and their attitudes towards reading. This is part of our focus on reading across the curriculum. Responses from the questionnaire will provide us with valuable information not only about our students are readers, but also as individuals. It will enable us to support and encourage their reading journeys in and out of school. Hopefully, we will be able to share some of the results in our next newsletter.
We have now started on the launch of the new library system. All of year 9 have now had their induction, successfully reserved 97 books between them and some of them were even delivered with same-day delivery service (although we can’t promise that every time!) The library system is called Accessit and can be found on the school website: https://uk.accessit.online/ibs01/#!dashboard
With Year 9 in their last term and eyes on the future, we also encouraged them to consider reading non-fiction texts alongside their fiction choices. For those thinking of applying to university in the future, evidence of wider reading and passion for their future chosen subjects is an integral part of ‘personal statements’ in the application process. It’s also a great way of finding out more about the world and helping students to make decisions about future study or career choices. Encourage your child to see Mrs Barber for recommendations if they would like to explore non-fiction texts.
We are looking to purchase new library books soon based on the suggestions in the reading questionnaire. If as parents/carers you have any great book recommendations for 11-14 readers, either fiction or non-fiction, please do email your suggestions to Mrs Barber at email@example.com
Mrs Hayles & Mrs Barber
Ashby Arts Festival
This year, Ibstock Community College will be taking part in the Ashby Arts Festival. Year 9 students have been working on a large scale piece of artwork which centres around this year’s theme “Life in the National Forest”. Students have been focusing on an image of the Moira Furnace and have refined their skills with acrylic paints whilst completing the artwork for the outdoor exhibition. The Ashby Arts Festival will run a series of events from May-November in which the artwork will be displayed alongside other work from various local artists. Please make sure you keep a lookout for our painting during this time! Well done to all those students involved for their efforts.
Royal Mail Stamp Competition
Year 7 students have an exciting opportunity to take part in the Royal Mail stamp competition during their Art lessons over the next two weeks. As part of the competition, students have been asked to design a stamp which honours the heroes throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Students have been encouraged to think about their heroes during this time including NHS staff, parents, teachers and police. The competition is open to all schools across the UK and from all entries submitted, eight designs will be selected and produced into a collection of stamps. Designs will be sent to Her Majesty the Queen before being printed. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to show off their artistic talent and get involved in a great cause!
For more information and competition guidance please visit: https://www.stampcompetition.ichild.co.uk/pdf/en_Heroes_Letter_For_Parents.pdf
The Hive Garden Appeal
Some of our students are helping to rescue the school garden area located opposite the community gardens adjacent to the village jitty. The garden has become very run down and our SEN students wanted a space to sit out in and a place to encourage birds and insects as well as creating a small meadow patch. The garden will be a calm place for the students to work in or to visit when they are experiencing difficult times such as loss or anxiety. We have started to clear the garden and we have been given kind donations of seeds, bulbs and plants to add colour and fragrance to the garden. We are also decorating the trees with handmade garlands and making bird seed holders.
Whilst working we have had many positive comments from people passing by, especially from young children who are noticing the tree decorations blowing in the breeze.
Our students are really benefiting from learning to garden, especially some of our students with Special Educational Needs who need a quiet and calm place to spend time in.
Our dream is to get a picnic table and chairs so the students can work outside in the nice weather. If you have any unused garden furniture that you could donate the students would be very grateful. Alternatively we would be very happy to receive any garden compost that you may have spare to enrich our soil before we start planting.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs White, Mrs O'Farrell and the Hive Garden students.
Teacher Training Day's
There have been some amendments to teacher training dates for the next academic year. They will now be Monday 23 August & Tuesday 24 August 2021. All students will return to school on Wednesday 25 August 2021.
Parent Pay / Cashless Till System
Thank you for your patience whilst we have been experiencing issues with Parent Pay and the cashless till system. Our IT team have been working to get the issues resolved as soon as possible.
Year 9 Leavers Hoodies
Year 9 leavers hoodies are now available to order via parent pay. They are priced at £11.00. You will see you can choose the size you wish to purchase; the measurements are provided so you can select the correct size.
Please be aware that the name used on the hoodies will be your child's legal name.
All orders must be placed by 9am Monday 24 May 2021.
With sustainability in mind I would like to encourage you to pass previously worn uniform on within the community whilst adhering to current Covid 19 restrictions.
Extra Curricular Clubs
Covid Home Testing
Thank you for all of your support in completing the lateral flow tests at home with your child(ren).
It is important for staff and students to keep testing at home twice a week to manage the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We recommend testing on Sunday's and Wednesday's.
To report a positive lateral flow test result please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on home testing, please visit our website:
Please ensure you have activated your Parent Lite account and keep your child's information upto date. If you have not received an activation email please contact email@example.com
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.
Contacting the college
Bank Holiday - Monday 3rd May 2021
Half Term - Monday 31 May - Friday 4 June 2021