Ibstock Community College Newsletter - Easter 2018

Point of Principal

As we reach the end of term, I am looking forward to the opportunity of running around Sence valley with all of our students to raise money for Sport Relief 2018. It will be a great way to finish the term, one that has seen quite a bit of disruption from the weather, but also one in which we have achieved a lot. I have written to our new parents this week to welcome them to our family and we look forward to the new intake of students joining us in September.

On Friday of our final week I will be talking to the year nine students in assembly about the importance of preparing effectively for the end of year assessments. Parents can access all the information regarding the timetable and the content of these assessments via this page.

The academic year is already racing by and with the final term ahead, there will be a number of activities taking place. There will be transition activities, assessments, our school production, the school prom, trips and visits and of course the challenges we set in lessons. Our curriculum continues to develop and we look forward to the developments we already have in mind for next year and beyond.

We Will Rock You

Following the amazing success of ‘School of Rock’ last year, rehearsals are in full swing for this year's production of the hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’. Shows will take place on Wednesday 20th June, Thursday 21 June and Friday 22nd June. Make sure you save the date in your diary!

Young Shakespeare Company Visit

We were delighted to host a visit from the Young Shakespeare Company who spent the afternoon working with our Y9 students. During the afternoon students were able to interact with the performers by either acting alongside, or suggesting how scenes could be staged. For many students the highlight of the afternoon was a demonstration of the techniques involved in stage fighting which were used during a particular scene of Romeo and Juliet, the Shakespeare play our Y9 students have been studying this term. Maria Hayles, English teacher, said, "As the young Shakespeare Company visited during Careers Week, students were able to explore and discuss career opportunities in the theatre and the arts. Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, with many saying the visit enhanced their understanding of Romeo and Juliet."

Y7 Stratford upon Avon trip

Following the Shakespeare theme, Y7 students will have the opportunity to visit Stratford upon Avon on Monday 4th June. During the day students will be able to take a back stage tour of the RSC, explore the exhibition called ‘The Play’s The Thing’, attend a drama workshop and visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom. You will be able to read how they got on in future newsletters.

David Cross Story Writing Competition

The annual story-writing competition is in memory of Mr David Cross, who was a member of staff at Ibstock Community College for 32 years - first as a teacher of English, then as Vice Principal. A larger than life personality, Mr Cross was respected and well-like throughout the college, the community and North West Leicestershire. He enjoyed varied activities such as walking, swimming, gardening, reading and story-telling, at which he was a master. It was this latter interest that prompted the college governors to launch a story-writing competition which would keep his name alive and remembered by successive generations of students.

The winner of the 2018 competition is Cerys Lee (Y9) - Grandfather's Clock

“And to my little Hope I leave my golden pocket watch and chain, to remind her that there is always hope, even in this family.” At first I didn’t understand; couldn’t understand. Why would he leave me his pocket watch? Grandfather had always said that apart from his family the watch was his most prized possession, so surely he would have given it to father. Or maybe even Kayden, he was the eldest after all. Probably better that he hadn’t given it to father. As soon as I had gotten it he had leaned over and whispered, “Be worth a pretty penny!” I told him firmly that I wouldn’t, but he had that glint in his eye that said he didn’t really care. Part of the reason why I hid it from everyone.

Our two runners up are Louie Plant (Y9) - The Truth Behind a Curtain

The air was cold, I could feel it on my nose. It was making me shiver over and over again but I didn’t mind. Why should I after all, I’d felt colder and this date should be interesting. I wouldn’t have bothered usually to meet up with a person younger than myself, after all he was 19, 2 years younger than me but my friends had encouraged me saying they had a feeling about this one. “Go on Kirsty, live a little,” that’s what they all had chanted earlier in the week. So anyway, as I put my thoughts to the side, I continued on down the street ready to meet the fabulous ‘James’…

And Harry Green (Y8) - The Red Book

“Lot 666 is a red leather book” the auctioneer said, “not a lot is known about its history as it is from a house clearance. The author of the book is Gier- Kosten who is believed be German”. “So, without any more waiting have I got £10 in the room? “ The room was silent. The auctions were held every month in the old church hall which was full of furniture, clocks, ornaments, and anything else that people wanted to sell. The room smelled damp and reminded Henry of an old person’s house.

You can read their full stories by clicking on the link to our website www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/news/story_comp_2018

Y7 Textiles

Y7 have been looking at how to combine electronics with fabrics. Amy Goy, textiles teacher said, "Students have been learning about the positives and negatives of e-textiles and how it can be developed in the future. They have designed and made bookmarks out of felt with a design sewn on around a theme of their choice."

Using theory knowledge about electronics, students then worked with batteries conductive thread and LEDs to create a working circuit on their bookmark. The results have been fantastic and all students have worked really hard problem-solving to ensure their circuit works. Great for a bit of bedtime reading as well as a handy eye mask!

Coach Trip (in the bus wash!)

A group of forty Y7 and Y8 students went to visit Roberts Travel Group to see how the bus company operate. Many of our students are in the privileged position of travelling to school on the bus and we are working hard to build a good working relationship between our students and the travel providers.

The students had a safety demonstration from Fiona Appleyard at Safer Travel – the students were virtual bus drivers where they had to look out for hazards on the screen whilst being distracted by shouting, music and load sudden noises. The students agreed that being a bus driver is a tough job!

Sue Webster, pastoral manager, said, "All of our students were amazing – they asked lots of questions and enjoyed going through the bus wash on the double decker. They have all agreed to be bus ambassadors for ICC – setting a good example of safe behaviour on the bus and also agreeing to support our new Y7 students when they join us in September."

Jacqueline Wilson Book Review


I saw a competition to be a book reviewer in one of the latest Jacqueline Wilson magazines so I emailed them with my name and age. A few weeks later I got a parcel through the post with the book I had to read and some freebies! I finished the "Illustrated Mum" within a few days and then I wrote a review of what I thought of the book in less than 300 words. I sent it off with my name and the subject line 'Star Reviewer 130'. A quote from my review will be in the next magazine...

We are now a Worth-It school

We have successfully completed our first year with the Worth-It project and are now a WORTH-IT school.

Sue Webster, pastoral manager, said, "We continue to work with students to improve their self-esteem by helping them to look for and acknowledge positives in all situations, practicing gratitude and guiding them to become more resilient."

If you would like further information, help or resources please contact Ms Webster who will be happy to help you.

School Direct Interviews

Sophie Williams, Assistant Principal, interviewed two MFL candidates to join the School Direct programme for 2018-19 earlier this week. Both candidates were successful and offered “on the job” positions. The initial teacher training (ITT) course is accredited by the University of Derby and run by the Forest Way Teaching School Alliance. The two candidates were also given the opportunity to chat to one of our current short placement school direct trainees who was able to share her personal experience and answer the candidates questions. We look forward to welcoming more trainees to Ibstock in the next academic year. If you are interested in training to be a teacher, visit the Forest Way website by following the link www.forestwaytsa.org/initial-teacher-training.html

Wheelchair basketball

22 February 2018 - Y7 students at Ashby School

We arrived a little early at Ashby School and had the opportunity to watch some of the Ashby School students finishing their game. It was fast paced and exciting to watch and we couldn't wait to get started. We were shown how to control the chair, moving it forwards, backwards, spinning and braking. They made it look so easy - I soon discovered it wasn't! We were also shown how to carry the ball, dribble and shoot.

When all the training had taken place, it was time to put it all into practice and play a game against our opponents, Castle Rock. They were all soon moving around the hall, some at speed, trying to keep possession of the ball, remembering to dribble and if the opportunity arose taking a shot at the basket.

Cheryl Miles, cover supervisor, said, "We had a fantastic morning and a brilliant insight into this Olympic sport. Many thanks to the students for their exceptional behaviour and enthusiasm, to Ashby School for hosting the session and Brian at the School's Sports Partnership for organising everything."

Sports Leaders

Students from Ibstock are now half way through their intense 10 week training to gain their sports leaders qualification. Students have been learning different games to entertain and work with primary school children. The schools sports partnership coaches have been so impressed by their attitude and manner in the way they have worked with young children that they have been asked to lead a primary school boccia tournament.

Swimming Champions

Congratulations to the college swimming team who won the partnership swim gala for the first time since 2013! They won by more than double points over second placed Castle Rock. Out of 30 races, Ibstock won 25, were second in 3 and came third in two events. The cannon relay that closed the competition at the end was the most exciting as Ibstock went into the second-to-last length one length behind. Coalville swimmer and Y8 Ibstock student Alicia Massie caught up and pipped her opponent from Castle Rock by less than half a metre.

The overall scores for the North West Leicestershire School Sport Partnership competition were as follows: 1st place (82 points) Ibstock Community College - 2nd place (40 points) Castle Rock High School - 3rd place (37 points) Newbridge High School

The overall scores for the School Games Level 2 competition (open events) were as follows: 1st (27 points) Ibstock Community College - 2nd (17 points) Castle Rock High School - 3rd (14 points) Newbridge High School

We now progress to the Level 3 School Games competition at Uppingham School Sports Centre.

Indoor Athletics Championships

Well done to our Y8 students (Arantxa Middleton - Georgia Avery - Alicia Massie - Leana Quere - Ruby Goodson-Toon - Tom Martinson - Zach Greenaway - Max Uzzell - Zach Thomas - Mitchell McPherson) who came second in the North-West Leicestershire Indoor Athletics Championships held at Castle Rock School. There were various events including races with hurdles and relays. There was an 8-lap Paarlauf relay where two runners could decide how many laps to complete each and also alternate laps when they wished. In the field there was: vertical jump; speed bounce; shot put; standing long jump and standing triple jump. Arantxa who trains and runs for her local athletics club did well winning in the 4-lap race. The team had tough opposition finishing a respectable second overall. Students will be starting athletics in PE lessons from April, and we look forward to preparing for the annual county athletics championships at Saffron Lane in Leicester on Wednesday 23rd May.

Girls' (under 14) Badminton Success!

After the the team were league champions in the North-West Leicestershire league they went on to represent the region in the Leicestershire Championships at Babington College where they reached the semi-finals. Ibstock went into a third-place play-off which they won to become bronze medallists for Leicestershire.

The following girls must be congratulated for their high level of performances, something we strive to achieve at Ibstock Community College. Well done to Evie Pike, Libby Armstrong, Megan Braithwaite and Caitlin Walters.

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