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Ibstock Community College Newsletter - September 2018

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

Welcome

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,

Here we are at the end of our fourth week of the autumn term and haven’t we been busy?

All of our students are settled and working hard in lessons, getting to know their new teachers and classmates.

Our Year 7 students are already feeling at home around the college and are enjoying the new challenges that secondary school brings.

Lunchtimes are alive with the sound of music as the numerous clubs are up and running with lots of new members signing up alongside the regular attendees.

We have had a number of successes in Netball and Football matches as we are really impressed by the enthusiasm of our students to get involved and get active!

We have already had an enrichment trip to the University of Leicester where students explored DNA and this year’s residential trips have all been launched with the Yr 7 Watersports, Yr 8 Belgian and French Battlefields and Yr 9 Bay of Naples trips which has got everybody talking!

We have also enjoyed an exciting Open Evening when we welcomed prospective parents and their children to experience the magic of Ibstock. A whole host of teaching and learning activities along with music and food tasting were enjoyed by all.

Open Evening.

What our Year 7 students think so far.......

What has been happening so far this term.....

Safer Travel

On 4 and 5 September Roberts Travel held a Safer Travel assembly for all students. The theme of the assembly was ensuring that your child is as safe as possible on the journey to and from school. By providing them with the knowledge of potential dangers and how they are expected to behave to promote a sense of responsibility for their own safety.

Talk to your children to help re-enforce the message of the importance of safe and responsible travel on the school bus;

  • Waiting sensibly at the bus stop.
  • Always wear a seatbelt, where one is provided
  • Stay sitting down and facing forward for the whole journey.
  • Keep the noise down. Don't distract the driver.
  • Be aware of other traffic when getting off the bus and cross the road in a sensible place.
  • Always carry your bus pass.

Year 7 will be going on a Safer Travel trip to Roberts Travel later in the Autumn term.

Skills for Success

On Wednesday 12th September some of our Year 7 classes took part in a skills development session delivered by the University of Leicester. The session was an interactive, activity-based lesson, where students looked at skills and personal qualities needed for different careers. The main focus of the lesson was for students to consider transferable skills such as team work, communication, problem solving, presentation skills, and creativity, and how these can be applied to help students achieve their best in all areas of their lives. At the end of the session students carried out a self-assessment on their strengths and they identified habits that they would like to develop. We hope to offer further outreach opportunities to other classes and year groups throughout the year.

Dynamic DNA

On Thursday 13th September some of our Year 9 students made our annual trip to the University of Leicester Dynamic DNA event. The event started in a huge University lecture theatre with presentations from the Genetics Department linking the day’s activities into each aspect of genetic science. We then headed off to our first laboratory session. Our students developed their independence by choosing from a wide range of interactive and engaging activities each led by a postgraduate student. The activities were varied but each challenged them to think deeply about the science behind what they were doing. Highlights for our students were “Wear A Chimp On Your Wrist” as they made bracelets that represented their favourite plant or animal, “Dolly Mixtures” where they found out how DNA finger printing proved Dolly was a clone, and my particular favourite, “One In A Million”. We found out how special each of us were (one of our students being 1 in 13251 – only 20 other people like him in the whole of Leicester!). Kitted out with lab coats and gloves we continued our journey of exploration around the University, as postgraduate students gladly answered questions and really enriched our students’ experience. After a brief lunch and a little excitement about the swivel chairs in the café (!) we headed off into laboratories again. Here the “Go Bananas” activity had us working in teams to extract DNA. Time flew by and before long was time to return to college. Once back in college students completed individual feedback forms from which I have taken extracts for a display in school. It was so pleasing to read, in students own words, what a fantastic experience they have had today. Mrs Shepherd, Mrs Rudin and I, would like to thank every one of our students for their enthusiasm for learning, their courtesy, and their exceptional behaviour today. It was a pleasure to share this experience with such a wonderful group of students. Mrs Bennett

I thought the trip was going to be boring but it wasn’t! It was fun and interactive. It felt good to learn about new topics without writing things down and feel like you are learning. It’s also a great day to learn with friends that may not be in your lessons usually. HW
I really enjoyed today. I had a lot of fun with my friends and I would definitely recommend to anyone with a passion for science. It was very interesting finding out how to clone a sheep and make a bracelet with the same DNA pattern as a Grizzly Bear! And we all had a laugh mushing up bananas and building lego! I had a great day. FG

"Going to Extremes" Theatre Production

“Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms. Schools can build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by providing a safe environment for debating controversial issues and helping them to understand how they can influence and participate in decision-making.” Department for Education

On Monday 17th September 2018, our Year 8 students watched a performance of a powerful new play, ‘Going to Extremes’ by the theatre company Alter Ego. The play, which was developed with Leicestershire County Council, contributes to the government’s agenda of safeguarding people from the threat of extremism and terrorism (The Prevent Strategy). It raises awareness of the risks young people can face and promotes the discussion of difficult themes in an engaging and dramatic way.

Exploring far-right political as well as Islamist-inspired extremism, the play looks at what happened to three young people (who each had their own vulnerabilities) that found themselves targeted by individuals or groups that wanted to use them for their own agenda. Danny, a young man who was angry that his parents had separated, found himself getting involved with a far-right group. Ayesha, a young girl who wanted to be a nurse, was targeted online by a group that wanted her to go out to Syria to help Isis and Kamal, a young man who had issues fitting in with his community, found himself out in the desert training to fight a holy war. Using simple story-telling techniques, their stories are played out and examined in an attempt to understand how and why they were targeted and how young people can prevent this sort of thing happening in the first place by encouraging an open dialogue and conversation about the issues as well as empathy, understanding and respect for others' views and beliefs. The play also focuses on the ‘Pushes and Pulls’ of extremist thinking and ideology.

Many thanks to Alter Ego for bringing this to Ibstock Community College and to Leicestershire County Council for funding the production and working so tirelessly to educate young people about the dangers of radicalisation and extremism.

We showed the play because it:

• Raises awareness of how and why young people may become radicalised into violent extremism;

• Raises awareness of the processes involved in radicalisation;

• Helps to develop resilience against extremist narratives

• Helps young people understand the importance of challenging radical/extremist narratives and discussing them openly;

• Gives signposts of where young people can go for help and advice.

Going to Extremes was developed out of a growing need kick-start conversations and build resilience around extremism and radicalisation.

Exploring far-right political as well as Islamist-inspired extremism, the play looks at what happened to three young people (who each had their own vulnerabilities) that found themselves targeted by individuals or groups that wanted to use them for their own agenda. Danny, a young man who was angry that his parents had separated, found himself getting involved with a far-right group. Ayesha, a young girl who wanted to be a nurse, was targeted online by a group that wanted her to go out to Syria to help Isis and Kamal, a young man who had issues fitting in with his community, found himself out in the desert training to fight a holy war. Using simple story-telling techniques, their stories are played out and examined in an attempt to understand how and why they were targeted and how young people can prevent this sort of thing happening in the first place by encouraging an open dialogue and conversation about the issues as well as empathy, understanding and respect for others' views and beliefs.

Parent Pay and lunch payments

Please ensure students have sufficient funds on their ParentPay account to purchase food and drink before ordering. Catering staff are unable to loan money to students. If your child has not brought a packed lunch and has no money on their account, they must report to reception so parents can be contacted to discuss arrangements for that day.

ParentPay is easy-to-use and offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like. For more information view http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/insight-parentpay

Upcoming dates

Year 7 Tutor evening Thursday 11 October 4 – 6pm

Year 7 Safer Travel trip Tuesday 30th October 9-11am or Tuesday 6th November 9-11am

Health Faye Thursday 8 November - Focus on teenage health

Year 8 parents evening 8 & 13 November

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

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.

Data Collection Sheets - please ensure these are completed and returned to us promptly to ensure we have the correct contact information to be able to contact you in an emergency.

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