Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Well it has been a busy few weeks since our last newsletter. Lots has been going on and there has been a fantastic array of opportunities to get involved in, both in and out of the classroom.
Firstly, many congratulations to Mr Mason who has been appointed as Assistant Principal. Whilst he continues to lead the faculty of Humanities, Mr Mason is leading on Teaching and Learning, Staff Appraisal and Continuous Professional Development. I am thrilled that Mr Mason is now a member of the college’s senior leadership team. In just a few weeks his work is already making a positive impact and Mrs Blewitt, Mr Sheldon, Mrs Smithers and I are thrilled to be working together with Mr Mason to continue to move the college further forward.
I am impressed by our Year 7 students who have settled into Ibstock life and are developing resilience and embracing the challenges that secondary school can bring. Year 8 continue to make me proud, as they continue to develop their learning and in turn their confidence across all aspects of the college. Our Year 9 students are already starting to think about the options that they might like to take at GCSE and whilst this is an exciting time in their school careers, it will be tinged for sadness when we set them off on their new adventure in July……… for now though we still have plenty of time to enjoy.
The next few weeks are jammed packed with events for everyone to get involved in. Learning of course continues to take priority and it is important that we stay as focused as possible in lessons. Lunchtimes are busy with all of the usual enrichment activities now with the addition to film and drama clubs which are proving popular as the winter approaches. Coming up, there are the Christmas concerts, Christmas lunch and achievement assemblies to round off the autumn term - I love this time of the year. Ibstock Community College is a wonderful place to enjoy the festivities and to work and learn together.
With best wishes
Mrs S Williams
What has been happening at Ibstock Community College ...
On the 8 November we held a Teenage Health themed Health Fair. All students had the opportunity to visit the different organisations, receive information and ask any questions. Present were: LGBT, Leicestershire Police, ORCHID - testicular cancer, Dietetics, Quit Ready, Turning Point, KOOTH, CAMHS, Internet Safety, School nurse team.
The Pastoral team received many positive comments from students throughout the day.
It was really interesting, I think we should do it again.
I learnt new things - a police vest is stab proof.
On 9 November the college remembered 100 years. A group of representative staff and students held a service to commemorate Armistice Day. Students listened to a new recording of the guns falling silent at the end of the Great War, they spent time reflecting at the Poppy River Art installation and a service was held at the war memorial on Central Avenue. One of our students presented a wreath, poems were read, and we held a two minute silence in honour of those whose lives have been affected by war. The rest of the college also observed a two minute silence in their classrooms. We were also joined by members of the community. It was a beautiful, touching and fitting tribute to all those that have been affected by war across the world.
On 11 November the village remembered 100 years. Mrs Williams, Mr Sheldon and two students joined the local community in its Remembrance Sunday service at the war memorial. We presented a wreath on behalf of the students, staff and parents of the college along with the Scouts, the Royal British Legion, the Cadets, the Parish Council and other organisations. A large number of our students and staff, past and present, were there in different organisations. It was a beautiful service and brought everyone together in an act of solidarity and remembrance. Lest we forget.
Children in Need
Thank you to everyone who supported Children in Need on 16 November, we raised a fantastic £458!
RSC Live broadcast of Romeo and Juliet
On 21 November 70 Year 9 students were invited to view a live broadcast by the Royal Shakespeare Company of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Students will be studying the play in the spring term in preparation for their English GCSE.
The broadcast was a lengthy three and a half hours with two scheduled 15 minute breaks. A cinema-style environment complete with popcorn cones was set up for the students.
As well as the actual performance of the play, students were able to see live interviews with the actors and stage crew. The students learned not only about acting, writing, and directing, but also the technical aspects of theatre production.
The performance is a contemporary production that is currently being broadcast worldwide; Bally Gill (Romeo) and Karen Fishwick (Juliet) bring a fresh and youthful energy to Shakespeare’s timeless classic. Director Erica Whyman’s successful and creative version is compelling and exciting and firmly places the events and characters in the modern world. Students responded positively to the play and despite the challenging Elizabethan dialogue were able to follow the plot and engage with the characters.
The production is now playing at the Barbican until 19 January 2019. It will then go on a national tour from January - March 2019.
On Tuesday 27th November we held our annual Inter House swimming gala. The four houses; Brunel, Da Vinci, Nightingale and Shakespeare all competed for the honour of becoming ‘Champions’. A total of 114 swimmers competed. Once again there was some top quality swimming. The Champions were Da Vinci with 466 points!