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Ibstock Community College Newsletter - December 2018

Anne-Marie Blewitt, Executive Headteacher and Sophie Williams, Head of School

Welcome

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,

Staying Safe this Christmas

We wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and we want all of our young people and families to have a really positive and safe Christmas and New Year. We want to see all our students back safe and well.

The holidays always bring a challenge, for some young people, as they can be unsupervised and can spend large amounts of time by themselves or in small groups.

Here are some tips:

Technology

Lots of young people will get new technology (eg smartphones, tablets and games consoles) for Christmas. Our advice is for all parents to spend time finding out how these work and to understand what young people can do. You should understand how these phones work, what Apps your children are using and set limits on what they can use and when they can access their devices. Parents are often unclear or ‘in the dark’ about what their children are doing online – this is really dangerous.

Our advice:

1. Have a discussion with your children about being safe online

2. Follow the ‘offline after nine’ advice from our website www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/offline_after_nine

3. Report any concerns to the police or CEOPS (over the holiday period) – we normally do this in college but there will be no one here.

4. Encourage young people to socialise (physically) – spending all of your free time online is unhealthy both physically and mentally.

5. Look at our guidance on the apps that students use:

Outside

Lots of young people will spend more time outside (potentially in dangerous places) especially if they have new scooters, bikes or drones!

The single biggest killer of 11-14 year olds is a collision with a vehicle. Please reinforce our messages about safe road use, crossing the road safely and wearing clothes that are visible. The dark nights, fog, ice and (possible) snow can make the pavements and roads an even more dangerous place.

Thank you for your continuing support for the college and for helping us to keep all of our community safe, well and happy.

What has been happening at Ibstock Community College ...

Christmas Concert

Many thanks to Mrs Allen and her terrific team of teachers for supporting our students in putting on a wonderful show that got us all feeling very festive . What a talented bunch of students we have, they make me immensely proud – well done one and all!

Achievement Assemblies

We have had a wonderful week of achievement assemblies, celebrating all of the successes of this term. I am so proud to see so many students with 100% attendance – setting them on the journey to great GCSE success. It was lovely to hear from our form tutors who gave us an insight into special information about the achievements of their tutees. We also celebrated great sporting achievements, outstanding effort across all subjects and the highest number of house points. Finishing off with the tutor groups Christmas song of choice, we drew the lottery and carried on the celebrations – Well done on a great term!

Year 7 Carol Service

This year’s Year 7 carol concert was particularly special as Reverend Patty is retiring this January. It was lovely to get together in the church to sing carols and hear readings and drama segments from Grace Graham, Kiki, Lewis, Caitlin Beesley and Eddie O’Shea with a little help from Mr Sheldon and Mrs Williams.

Christmas Dinner

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

Foodbank - Christmas collection

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.

Upcoming dates

School reopens - 8 January 2019

Year 9 Parent Evening 24 and 29 January 2019

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

Contacting the college

Tel: 01530 260705

Email: icc.admin@ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk

Website: www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk

Medical Conditions

If you child has any medical issues/conditions that we are not aware of please can you inform the college.

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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