Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Here we are already at the end of January. It has been a busy month in college. Our students have been working hard in lessons and Mr Mason, Mrs Merry and I have enjoyed our lesson visits where we have seen the impact of the knowledge organisers in practice.
It is crucial that all students are encouraged to complete their 20:20:20 homework every day. The knowledge organiser element will prepare them for the lessons ahead and will be tested through skills tests and quizzes across the curriculum. This type of independent learning will not only develop the memory and knowledge retrieval skills but the structure is great preparation for the future, supporting revision for all assessments at KS3 and beyond.
Our Year 9 sports leaders are enjoying honing their leadership skills, organising a variety of events for our feeder primary schools and our Active Boys group are discovering different ways to get moving including Parkour.
We recently hosted the local schools swimming gala and it was fantastic to see so many confident and competitive swimmers. It is such an important life skill to have and we are so lucky at Ibstock to have a fantastic facility in the pool.
Miss Clements is about to embark on the first Year 6 transition visits which is always an exciting time and we are planning something special for the Yr 5 students in our feeder schools too so watch this space
Finally, congratulations to Mrs Hayles on her appointment as Student Voice and Student Council coordinator. I know that she will do an amazing job working with our students.
With very best wishes
There is a range of information on our website and we always strive to keep this as up to date as possible to ensure it is a useful tool for both parents and students. At our recent parents evening we received feedback requesting more information regarding our anti bullying policy. We have added this to our FAQ's section; http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/faq
We have also added to the Careers page - we recommend Year 9 student's and parent's looking at the link to the National Careers Service website. http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/careers
Oxstock Masterclass No 1
On Thursday 9th January, Anna Barber (Philosophy, Politics & Economics undergraduate @ University of Oxford) came to talk to some of our Year 9 students about her journey from Leicestershire state school to Oxford and key issues to consider when aiming to get into a top university.
She talked about the areas of university life that make Oxbridge different: teaching mainly through tutorials; college system; academic dress and formal dinners. She reassured students that while these traditions do take place, they can be meaningful and it’s also a very normal place to be most of the time - she often goes to tutorials (with are usually led by world-leading researchers in their field) wearing tracksuit bottoms and flip-flops!
It was great to see many of our Year 9s tackling a question from the Oxford TSA entrance exam, critical thinking section – and many getting it right!
Another important aspect of gaining a place at a top university is demonstrating a passion for your subject with wider reading. It’s never too early to start reading around your subject and a great way of finding out whether you think you would like to study a subject at an in-depth level. Students are welcome to see Mrs Barber to discuss ideas for wider reading:
Anna talked students through what worked for her in terms of revision for GCSEs and A levels:
… and showed students a useful App called Forest which offers a fun and creative way to deal with one of our biggest enemies when it comes to staying focused – our phones!
Hopefully Anna will be coming back at the end of this term to run a more ‘hands-on’ workshop on revision, exam preparation and reducing exam stress.
(PS The answer to the entrance exam question is C!)
Year 9 Boys active club
It has been an exciting first month for the Boys Active club held weekly for 8 weeks for an hour after school. It’s been a great success with an oversubscribed regular turn out of in excess of 17 year 9 students. So far they have enjoyed dodgeball, basketball and a couple of weeks of parkour. There are some trips out too in a few weeks. A trip to the sports centre to play squash finishing with a reward visit to Rebound.
Keep up the good work lads!