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Ibstock Community College Newsletter - January 2020

Welcome

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

College website

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!

Sports Leaders

This week our Sports leaders started their 10 week qualification, beginning with a game of Boccia in preparation for next weeks competition they are organising.

Inter-Schools Swimming Gala

Ibstock hosted the annual North West Leicestershire Inter-schools gala on 28th January against Castle Rock, Newbridge and Ivanhoe. Well done to our six year 9 sports leaders who helped organise it with the schools’ sports partnership coaches. This year we finished third against some really tough high quality performances with Ivanhoe winning over all. Our swimmers worked hard attending practice sessions and many of them gaining personal best times. Numerous swimmers from year 7 and 8 swam in the open races where they were up against the best swimmers from other schools. These guys will grow in confidence for future years in this competition. Special mentions to our swimmers who gained first places in their races:

Beau Turner – 25m front crawl year 7

Kingsley Standing – 25m Backstroke year 7

Cody Hill – 25m backstroke year 8

James Martinson – 25m breaststroke year 8

Charlotte Boylin – 25m backstroke year 9

Reuben Plant – 25m breaststroke year 9

Ben Pickering – 50m butterfly open event.

Well done to Isa Pickering and Charlotte Brooks our year 7s who swim for clubs and did not swim the year 7 races but were put in the more difficult open races which were often up against year 9s from other schools.

Parent Lite

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

Please take time to look through each tab and update information as required. It is especially important to ensure contact details are up to date, consent information is correct and any medical details or dietary needs are recorded accurately.

We use this information in school and when preparing for extra curricular activities or trips it is therefore very important you keep this information up to date.

ParentPay

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

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.

Upcoming dates

Year 9 Vaccinations - Monday 3 February

Half Term - Monday 17 - Friday 21 February

SOIREE - Thursday 5 March

Y7 Parents' Evening - 17 and 26 March

Easter break - Monday 6 April - Friday 17 April

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.