Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Welcome to our March newsletter. The Spring Term is a busy one for trips and activities as well as all the usual hard work to ensure lots of learning in lessons.
As you may be aware, Ofsted are currently consulting on the new inspection framework. As school leaders we are pleased to see the focus return to the curriculum and what happens both inside and outside the classroom. Our staff continue to work with colleagues across our local group of schools in order to develop our curriculum and ensure that all of our students are well prepared for their assessments at Ibstock and also the GCSE courses they will move on to in the future.
Thank you to parents who have responded to our consultation on changes to the Ibstock CC uniform. A reminder that the consultation closes on 1st April and we will communicate the final decision on this to parents shortly.
We hope you enjoy our regular newsletters as a celebration of both the students’ achievements in some of our wider curriculum experiences.
Consultation regarding proposed changes to School Uniform
As you will be aware we are consulting with staff, parents and students regarding proposed changes to the school uniform and we would welcome parents views by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please reference your email ‘CONSULTATION RESPONSE’) by the consultation closing date of Monday 1st April. Samples of the proposed new uniform are on display in the school reception if any parents would like to come in and take a look.
For more information please visit; http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/uniform-information
What has been happening at Ibstock Community College....
Battle fields Visit – March 2019
Sixty-one eager students and six heroic staff travelled to Belgium and France for a four day visit to World War One battlefields and cemeteries. This visit was very popular with students and families and widely anticipated.
After our perfectly calm ferry crossing, despite some saying they could definitely see the Eiffel tower from Calais, we visited the Lijssenthoek cemetery near Ypres on the way to our accommodation at the Chateua d’Ebblingham near St Omer. This was the first big cemetery, and made a lot of students think quite hard about what they were going to see. Our accommodation was good quality (with proper UK charging and USB sockets!) and served us good balanced meals.
The second day, after making our own lunch baguette in the dining room, we visited sites around Ypres, beginning with Sanctuary Wood and Hill 62 front line trenches. We were also able to visit the grave of an Ibstock soldier, S. Thomson, of the Leicestershire Regiment. After that we visited the largest Commonwealth War cemetery at Tyne Cot - where some students found relatives commemorated and then the German cemetery at Langemark. We finished the day at the Cloth Hall "Flanders Field" museum in Ypres, and bought far too much chocolate in the main square. The shopkeeper seemed very happy indeed. We then walked down the road a short way to a restaurant, where Belgian Chicken and chips fortified us for the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate memorial. Two of our students had the privilege of laying a wreath in front of the huge crowds gathered there.
The third day we headed south towards the Somme, calling in at the huge Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge. Then to the Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial where we were able to walk through trenches and see a whole preserved battlefield. A quick visit to the Ulster tower memorial and then on to the stunning Arch to the missing at Thiepval. Students were able to find the 4 Ibstock men listed, and also three relatives of students. On the way back to Ebblingham, some of us were able to pop out and see another student’s relative at Vis en Artois.
The final night at the accommodation saw another good meal, and lots of noisy fun in the games room. Strangely, students were sleeping solidly by this time!
On the third morning we packed and off back to the Ferry via the market in the town of Hesdin. Students shopped in small groups for an hour and a half, and we were very pleased to see all sorts of interesting conversations taking place in the market place. The stall selling large bags of sweets at 3 euros seemed to do very well.
Our Ferry was on time, and despite some slow traffic on the motorways, we were back in Ibstock by 10pm
Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Trip
Sixteen year 9 boys who have attended six weeks of after school activities were rewarded by spending the day at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre where they did two activities of their choice. Students could choose from; rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, bush craft and fencing.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day that challenged some of them outside of their comfort zones in a mental and physical capacity. The best realisation for some individuals was how successful they had been in their personal achievements.
Swimming level 3 competition
Last week our swimming team traveled to Uppingham School to represent the North-west Leicestershire region in the county championships.
All students reached at least one final each in their events. A special mention to Alicia Massey who won gold in the 100m individual medley and 50m breaststroke, double county champion!
The team came in the top five of the county - well done team! Alicia Massie, Georgia Avery, Alice Hine, Delyth Pritchard, Zach Thomas, Lucas Wickwar, Ben Pickering.
Comic Relief & World Book Day
Thank you for all your book donations for World Book day and all the marvellous cakes and biscuits brought in for our Comic Relief cake sale. Overall we raised a fantastic £662 for Comic Relief!