Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
What a busy three weeks we've had at school since our last newsletter! I hope you had a good half term break - the weather was lovely!
Today our Year 9 students have been finding out what school they will continue their education journey onto when they leave us at the end of the year and we have been finding out who will be joining us in Year 7 next year.
Before then there is still lots of hard work and activity taking place within the classroom and across the College. We also continue our focus of respect for all within our daily lives within assemblies and tutorials.
Thank you for your continued support.
What has been happening at Ibstock Community College....
On Thursday 7 February the Music department hosted their annual Soiree, an evening dedicated mostly to musicians who have never performed a solo or duet to a live audience. It is an invite only audience. Our most inexperienced student had only had 4 vocal lessons before taking to the stage for a solo.
It was a wonderful evening, everyone played and sang beautifully. Mrs Allen, all instrumental staff and parents were very proud. It was well attended by parents, family and friends. It had a variety of genres of music and instruments. It featured piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute, vocal, euphonium.
Bank of England
On Monday 11th February 2019, we were fortunate to have a visit from Neelam Cartmell. Neelam is a supervisor at the Bank of England and this was her first visit to schools to talk about the role of the Bank of England and to share her knowledge and experience of working in the banking, economics and finance industry. The college signed up for this rare opportunity last year.
A select group (30) of year 9 students were chosen to attend based on their KS4 GCSE options. This session also supported the work that is being done in tutor period and PSHE on careers and economic well-being.
Neelam came with a focus on bringing the ‘economy to life’ in the classroom. Neelam talked about the history and role of the Bank of England in financial services. Neelam told stories of some of the events in the history of the Bank of England – including how bank notes are printed and circulated, how they are destroyed at the end of their lives, how much gold the Bank holds, the Gold Standard, the Sewerman Story and the tale of the ‘Bank Nun’.
The session was informative and students learned a great deal about the important role that the Bank of England has in all of our lives. Neelam was a fantastic presenter and her confidence and interpersonal skills helped students to embed the learning and gain a real knowledge of the workings of economics and finance. Our thanks go out to Neelam and the Bank of England for investing in our young people.
The highlight of the session was when all of the students got to take away shredded £20 note BBQ briquettes! When notes come out of circulation, they are shredded and then turned into reusable products – each briquette contains nearly a £1000. Some students had the idea of trying to piece them all back together – good luck with that!
Active Boys Club
Ibstock students have been taking part in many sports this month. A group of boys have done four hours of extra activities. Before half term they were fortunate to meet and be coached by Will Tatham the British karate open champion – 75Kg senior team member. He represented England at European and World championships. They have also had lessons in tennis, badminton and sitting volleyball by some of the leading local coaches. Students are getting the opportunity over the coming weeks to go and use Ibstock’s fitness suite so that they can get their gym induction completed by the time they turn 14.
Year 7 Athletics Team
Wednesday 27 February the year 7 boys and girls athletics team competed at the indoor athletics championships at Castle Rock, competing against local schools including Newbridge and Ivanhoe.
There were some exciting events such as the hurdles, speed bounce, vertical, triple and long jump, including short and long distance running races. Many of our students who represented the College had previously ran, thrown, or jumped at Safron Lane when they were in primary school. It was a great event with a fantastic good effort by all.
Year 9 Sports Leaders
We have had fourteen Year 9 students completing their Sports Leadership qualification. This is a great award to have for their future particularly if they wish to choose different Colleges for A levels or getting a part time job!
The last few weeks they have practiced leading warm ups and cool downs, and setting up activities for children of primary school age. Last month they helped lead the key stage 4 swimming gala for the area with schools such as Ashby and King Edwards in attendance. They are preparing for the final two events that they must coordinate.
They will referee the ‘new age Kurling’ for years 1-4 from primary schools on 12 March and set up a badminton festival with year 2 and 3 children on 30 April.