Point of Principal
The last few days have been all about new starts, with the college welcoming our new cohort and our year nines visiting their new schools. This time of the year is about closing one chapter and starting a new and this is also the case for the leadership of the college. In September I will be taking on the headship of a school in Nottingham and Ibstock College will be led by Anne-Marie Blewitt, who will be executive headteacher of both Ivanhoe College and Ibstock College and Sophie Williams will be head of school at Ibstock.
The new year will bring the next stage of the journey for our children's education and the next stage in the development of education at Ibstock.
I have been proud to have been part of the history of this school and the last few years have been exciting, with a real focus on developing the curriculum to thoroughly prepare our students for the future, developing a broad and exciting key stage three experience and the college having two good OFSTED inspections.
I thank you for the support you have given to the college and to me and I wish all of the educational community of Ibstock the best for the future.
The whole school got involved and raised £890 for charity!
Eighteen Y8 students attended a craft workshop in May with Miss Goy. It involved creating designs from wool – a technique known as string art. Students chose their designs and created it from hammering nails and wrapping string around. It took a lot of concentration and students really enjoyed it. The purpose was to show students that ‘art’ can be created from any media and any inspiration. Students were able to be creative with different materials and took with them lots of ideas to try at home.
On Friday 4 May the Ibstock Historical Society once again brought their successful annual exhibition into the college. This year the theme was the First World War period in the local area and saw members of the public and lots of interested students investigating original artifacts, talking to local experts and trying on uniforms and asking lots of questions. Some local students were fascinated to find their relatives listed on the War Memorial, to see photographs of them and to see precisely where they lived in the village. The shell fragments and bullets also seemed to raise a LOT of interest! This popular exhibition was, as usual, successfully relocated to the Ibstock “Palace” on Saturday morning for the wider local community to enjoy”.
Bradgate Park Archaeological Field Trip
The humanities faculty took 65 students to Bradgate Park on Wednesday 13 June to look at the Archaeology programme run by the University of Leicester Field School. They were fascinated to see excavations, talk to archaeological students, and do practical work with bones, pottery, flint tools and seeds. Students walked past a rocky outcrop where 15,000 years ago Palaeolithic people made flint tools. Then, of course there were the usual deer and ducks to enjoy!
Golf Championships 2018
The Ibstock Community College team were this year’s Hugglescote and District Golf Champions for 2018! They played one round of a 9-hole course at The Golf Centre, Snibston on 14th June.
Archaeology Enrichment Day (Y7)
On 29 June a party of twelve Y7 students visited the St Helen's Heritage Centre in Ashby for a day's enrichment in practical archaeology. They learnt about the uses of archaeology; measured and dug pits; recorded finds; washed and cleaned them and used them as evidence in drawing conclusions about life on the site over the last several hundred years. They found pieces of named 18th century tobacco pipe and parts of a 300 year old glazed pot, identical to ones on display in the centre. They got VERY dirty, and had a great time. Thank you to Llynda Baugh the Heritage Officer at the Community Centre, and to Steve Saunders from Ibstock Historical Society.
Our Amazing Y8s
The Y8 religious studies charity project has been a huge success with students using their PLT skills and an exceptional amount of compassion for others to aid them in completing independent charity work. Overall they have raised £650 for local charities such as Coalville Foodbank, YMCA Burton and Action Homeless: Leicester! A special mention to Ryan Sale who completed a sponsored event bringing in £120 for the YMCA and to Billy Cahill for bringing in six boxes of tinned goods for Coalville foodbank! Also to Mr Hemmerman and Mr Mason for being such good sports on Friday and getting involved with the soak a teacher activity raised £20 for the action homeless: Leicester charity.
In June, a group of twenty Y8 and Y9 students embarked on a journey to a local working farm in Melbourne on a cross-curricular trip linking humanities, PSHE and food technology. Hosted by farmer Tori and Bobbie from the organisation LEAF, students learnt about all aspects of farm life such as crop rotations, animal passports and the process of farm to fork. Students benefited from outdoor, hands on learning as they toured the farm plotting the correct crops and livestock into the fields, outlined on the OS map, and later on simulated ear tagging and milking of a cow.
Students have made fantastic effort and attainment in humanities this year. To celebrate, teachers have nominated students who have gone above and beyond to reach their potential. Nominees include those who have surpassed their pathway target level; those who have been a credit to the school on external visits; those who have created exceptional homework and presented them to the class; those who fully participate in every lesson & students who have gone out of their way to help their peers.
CONGRATULATIONS to our overall winners:
Dylan Gillespie - Jessica Tooth - Paddy Costine
There were up to twelve students from each house in each year group for boys and girls competing in each of the field events: shot put; javelin; discus; high jump and long jump. In the afternoon, two students from each house competed in the track for 100, 200, 400, 600m and finally the 4 x 50m relay. This had also been the first year we had everybody competing in a sport which included rounders, dodgeball and netball. Students were asked earlier in the year which would be their preferable choice with most getting their first selected choice.
Well done to the team of Y9 sports leaders who finished off what had been a year of hard work: firstly qualifying as sports leaders and secondly organising the field events on sports day. They measured, recorded and placed the students in their final order of position.
Our sports leaders this year are: Liam Conkay, Jack Coleman, Megan Braithwaite, Evie Pike, Libby Armstrong, Molly Smith, Grace Roberts, Libby Hall, Florence Toyer, Heather Standen, Millie Wilkinson, Ellie Chiswell, Caitlin Walters, Ella Bird, Maddy Hilham and Charlie Mudge
Y7 History Project
Y7 students again undertook their annual research project for history, where they were to develop and present work of any sort related to the Medieval world studied this academic year. PowerPoints, film clips, models and replica trebuchets poured into the history department – and, since The Great British Bake Off has inspired the nation, we have even had cakes masquerading as plague rats, motte and bailey castles, shields and swords. Amazing creativity and hard work paid off, as the accompanying photographs show.