Ibstock Community College Newsletter - December 2019


Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,

Here we are at the end of the Autumn term. As I look back over the last four months I am amazed and what we have achieved together as a college.

Our students have worked hard in lessons and continue to complete their 20:20:20 homework daily. We thank you for your continued support with this. Through the knowledge retrieval quizzes we are already seeing an impact on student progress which is wonderful.

Our students have been involved in a multitude of activities and experiences inside and outside of the classroom this term; sporting, musical, careers and community focused, all of which we have celebrated this week in our achievement assemblies. What a week it has been with our Christmas lunch, Year 7 carol concert and achievement celebration afternoon. There will be lots more to follow in the new year. It is important that we celebrate all of the academic and extra curricular achievements of all our students.

As we turn our attention to the new year we look forward to welcoming Miss Moore as art teacher and tutor, Mrs Ward as science teacher and Mrs Major as English teacher all bring with them experience of teaching across the key stages which is vital for the future of the college. We sadly say "au revoir" to Mr Sheldon, Mr Mayhew and Miss Howe and thank them all for their hard work and commitment to the college. We would like to wish them well in the future, they will be greatly missed by all.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas

With very best wishes

Introduction of Period 6

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support so far this year, regarding the implementation of our new two tier behaviour system – The S system for inside the classroom and our “pink slip” system which mirrors the RESPECT ethos which our college community follows.

As with any changes, it is important that we are continually reviewing our policies and practice to ensure that our students have the most positive experience in college.

As the behaviour system is now an integral aspect of college life, the majority of our students continuously behave to an extremely high standard. Many students have not acquired any behaviour points and later this week we will be celebrating the achievements of those who have already earned over 250 award points.

Following a review of the behaviour system, we have chosen to implement a change that should affect only a small number of students whose behaviour has resulted in their removal from the classroom on more than one occasion and without valid reason.

In order to support and encourage all students to obtain the most from their learning opportunities, as of Monday 6th January 2020, we will be introducing period 6, which will run from 3.15pm -4.15pm daily.

Students will remain in school for period 6 to complete their lost learning, for the following reasons;

• If a student is removed from lesson and placed in the reflection room on two or more occasions during the school day;

• If a students fails to behave in the reflection room;

• If a student fails to attend two S1 or S2 detentions

When this decision is made a text will be sent home informing you that your child will remain in school for period 6. Parents and carers will need to arrange collection/transport from college.

Should this decision be made after 2.15pm the period 6 will be completed on the following day to allow sufficient time for alternative travel arrangements to be made as appropriate.

Form tutors have now discussed with their tutees the reasons behind this change. I do not envisage any impact of the introduction of period 6 on the majority of our respectful, well-behaved and hard- working young people who continue to make me proud every day.

May I once again thank you all for your continued support of the college.

Music Department News

One Thursday 5 December 60 students performed to a full audience at the most recent Christmas concert. Both of the school rock bands, school orchestra, harmony group, woodwind groups and a variety of solos and duets were participating. The music covered a range of styles and genres with the evening closing with our traditional of Slade’s Merry Christmas. Thank you to all the instrumental staff.

On Friday 6 December a number of our students participated in the annual woodwind extravaganza which brings together all of the woodwind students from the local area to a full audience. A full complement of ABRSM passes were also announced. Well done to students passing grades! Imogen, Cara and Millie.

Community Band

The successful community band has continued once again this academic year with over 50 members joining us once a month on a Sunday morning. The band is open to all ages and abilities. Please contact Mrs Allen for further information.

Musical performance outside of school

Chris Allen has made a recording with his brass band – Enderby Youth Band to be broadcast on radio Leicester over the Christmas period.


If your child would like lessons in brass, woodwind, strings, drums, piano, guitar or voice – please ask Mrs Allen for further details.


The long-awaited Bookbuzz books have now been received by our Year 7s! We celebrated our new books and all that reading can help us with, both in terms of our education but also personally in helping us to understand and get along with other people and in helping us to relax. The students enjoyed a hot chocolate in the RRC and a lovely relaxing start to the day as they started their new books! One student came back to tell me he had finished his book by the end of that day and had begun re-reading it and another was on chapter two by the end of the reading celebration!

Barack Obama said that “Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible” and this highlights why the RRC at Ibstock Community College is so keen to invest in these books to help our students develop the skill and love of reading and encourage them as they create good reading habits with our 20:20:20.

In 2020, we are looking to facilitate some books swaps for those interested, run some book groups and hear some student reviews of the books they chose.

Thank you for your support and may your 2020 be filled with many books!

Thornham Grove visit

Over the past few weeks a small group of students have been diligently rehearsing Christmas poems in preparation for our visit to Thornham Grove to spread some Christmas cheer. Feeling well prepared we made the trip round to the home on Monday afternoon. Residents and staff were delighted to see them, they were so supportive of our students and made us feel so welcome. It was a humbling experience for the students, they read fantastically well and with confidence (despite looking a little overwhelmed initially). Pour visit was so well received that we are planning to return in the spring term.

Year 7 Dodgeball

Well done to the year 7 boys dodgeball team who won the North-West Leicestershire dodgeball championships on Thursday 5th December. Out of four games they won all of them convincingly. They demonstrated all of the dodgeball skills required "dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!" It is the second year in a row that a year 7 team has won this accolade to retain the trophy.

Congratulations to the year 7 students below:

Zach Bird RM

Kinglsley Standing RP

Beau Turner LC

Jack Matkin LC

Charlie Marston LC

Mitchell Hoult LC

Ewan Morgan JM

Chris Allen RM

Christmas Food Bank

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas Foodbank collection. We received a fantastic amount of food! With the help of some of our students we have been able to box this up and deliver to the Coalville Foodbank in time for Christmas.

Christmas Dinner

Wednesdays Christmas dinner was a fun filled festive event! Student came into the hall and ate together in their form groups. Mrs Williams, Mrs Merry and Mr Mason served the students their Christmas dinner. Thank you to our catering team for the fabulous food.


Please ensure your child has sufficient balance on their ParentPay account in order for them to purchase food and drink during morning break and lunchtime. We are not able to loan students money for food. If you have not received a ParentPay password please contact icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

If you feel you may be entitled to free school meals please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

A free school meal allowance is £2.45 a day which can be spent during morning break or lunchtime.


Insight will give you easy access to personalised information for your child's life at Ibstock Community College. This includes attendance, achievement points, behaviour, parents’ evening information and much more. You will be able to find student assessment information here as well as their annual report.

Parent Lite

Update information such as medical details, dietary needs and contact information with SIMS Parent Lite. In a move to improve home-school communication, we are adopting a more paperless approach to contacting parents and carers.

Please ensure you have activated your account and update your child's information as required. If you have not received an activation email please contact icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

Upcoming dates

School reopens - Monday 6 January

Year 8 Parents Evening - Thursday 23 and Tuesday 28 January

Ashby Options Evening - Wednesday 15 January

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

Contacting the college

Tel: 01530 260705

Email: icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

Website: www.ibstockcollege.co.uk

Medical Conditions

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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