Ibstock Community College Newsletter - October 2018

Anne-Marie Blewitt, Executive Headteacher and Sophie Williams, Head of School


Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,

What an exciting few weeks it has been in my role as Head of School. We have already packed in so much in such a short space of time and I am continuously proud of the attitudes of our students. It is always wonderful to see the learning taking place in the classrooms and the enthusiasm for subjects across the curriculum.

Since Open Evening I have had the added pleasure of taking prospective parents and students on tour around the college so that they get a feel of the magic of Ibstock. Everyone has been impressed with what they have seen and there was a positive discussion around joining us next academic year.

As the Year 9 Wales contingent head back on the homeward journey they will no doubt sleep well this weekend as they reflect on the huge variety of experiences they have taken part in this week. Please look at the photos on the website.

Next week’s focus is around “Celebrating Safely” with assemblies from Leicestershire Fire Service who will be talking about Halloween and Bonfire Night. However, you may celebrate the season enjoy and stay safe.

What has been happening at Ibstock Community College ...

LEAF Teenager Engagement and Research day

On Wednesday 12 September three Year 9 students visited the Farm School in Harpenden to be part of the LEAF (Linking education and farming). Along with several other schools and the Countess of Wessex they were involved in discussion groups which looked at ways to engage young people in the food and farming industry.

They attended small group activities in the morning where they made muffins and leant how to look after bees. After lunch, they moved into discussion groups looking at careers advice, social media, bringing farming into the classroom and generally how to encourage and interest young people in the food and farming sector.

Our students were amazing and were not shy in making their opinions heard. They were articulate and confident.

The results from the discussions, questionnaires, interviews will be used at the LEAF national conference to be held in October. Its great to know the views of our students will help define the way forward.


Restart a Heart

On Wednesday 10 October, all year 9 students had the opportunity to take part in the British Heart Foundation campaign, Restart a Heart Day 2018. Using the local defibrillators (one located in the Leisure centre the other at Ibstock Co-op).

The training was delivered by members of the Community First Response Team. With two call outs during the day, a former ICC student, Sally Wilkinson, joined us during the morning to support the students with their training.

The aim of the training was to teach our students CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation). Statistics show that cardiac arrest survival can be 2-3 times more likely with bystander intervention. Students also learnt how to;

  • Call for help.
  • Check for signs of life.
  • Perform mouth to mouth.
  • Perform chest compressions.

Restart a Heart Day is a Europe-wide initiative developed by the European Resuscitation Council. It was launched in 2013 to teach members of the public how to help restart a heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. More information can be found at:

bhf.org.uk/cpr #RestartAHeart East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) Charitable Fund

The students themselves reflected on the day and these are just a few of the quotes:

“An interesting and fun way to learn CPR'”
“ I know now what to do in an emergency”
“ really enjoyed the session”
"30 pushes, 2 breaths, all it takes"

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A huge thank you to everyone who donated cakes, brownies and other yummy treats to our Macmillan Coffee Morning held on 11 October. These were enjoyed by staff and students, raising a fantastic £284.

We are still outstanding a number of Data Collection Sheets - please ensure these are completed and returned to us promptly to ensure we have the correct contact information to be able to contact you in an emergency.

Celebrate Safely

This week the Fire Service will be coming into assemblies and speaking with all students about celebrating Halloween and Bonfire night safely.

Bus Trip to Roberts Travel Group

All year 7 Students and their teachers are going on a trip to Roberts Travel group in Hugglescote, o half on the morning of 30 October 2018, i half on the morning of 6 November 2018.

The aim is to allay any anxiety about travel on the bus, to improve safety & ensure that poor behaviour is reported so it can be addressed and improved.

The plan is to travel on the school bus at 9.15am to Roberts where we will have an interactive safety talk with Fiona from the Safer Travel Team, a tour of the control room and a ride through the bus wash before returning on the bus to school at 11.00am.

We are still outstanding a number of Data Collection Sheets - please ensure these are completed and returned to us promptly to ensure we have the correct contact information to be able to contact you in an emergency.

New all Weather Floodlit Sports Pitch

We are now taking bookings for our Floodlit Sports Pitch which has been refurbished with a brand new playing surface, fencing and lighting.

Contact leisure reception on 01530 265836 or email leisure@ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk

Upcoming dates

Health Faye Thursday 8 November - Focus on teenage health

Year 8 parents evening 8 and 13 November

Remembrance service 9 November

For further dates and information please visit http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/content/calendar.php

Contacting the college

Tel: 01530 260705

Email: icc.admin@ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk

Website: www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk

Medical Conditions

If you child has any medical issues/conditions that we are not aware of please can you inform the college.

Individual Health Care Plans - if you child has an IHCP please notify us of any changes so we remain up-to-date with your child's medical needs. Likewise, if your child has been diagnosed with a new medical condition, they may need an IHCP putting in place.

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