Swindon Youth Festival of Literature 2014
The 7th annual Swindon Youth Festival of Literature will be running from the 10th to 14th November 2014. The Festival celebrates Reading, Writing and Creativity and is a collaborative project co-ordinated by the Librarians of the 11 Secondary Schools across Swindon. Throughout the festival week, students will have the opportunity to work with Authors, Poets and Illustrators who will visit schools for readings, performances and workshops.
The Headline event of the week will take place on Wednesday 12th November at the Wyvern Theatre. Students are invited to participate in an explosive adventure with Broadcaster and Children's author Simon Mayo. Simon's series based on the exploits of a boy called Itch who discovers a new scientific element, has been an instant hit with youngsters. With the third title in the series about to be published, our students are primed for a gripping session. A full itinerary (including details on other special guests) can be found here.
Isambard Food Drop
A team of Year 10 students volunteered to coordinate a series of food drops with Swindon Food Bank. There has been an amazing response to our Food Drop campaign and we would like to thank everyone for their very kind donations.
We have received a fantastic 1872 items from students and their families and thanks to their kindness many local people will benefit from these goods.
Scholastic Book Club
Isambard is part of the Scholastic Book Club. Any books purchased for yourself through the club can help contribute towards getting free books for the school, in addition your purchases can be delivered to Isambard with no postage charge - your child can simply collect them from the LRC.
Further information is available in the leaflet available in the LRC or simply have a look at the Scholastic Book Club store to see their latest offers. You and your child can choose from a wide selection of exciting books at competitive prices. Please note, you will need to place your order online by November 28th to qualify for free postage to Isambard.
On Friday 12th September 2014, 18 Isambard students and each head of house, Mr Child, Mr Hatcliffe, Mrs Humphrey and Miss Tucker ‘slept rough’ in the school street to raise awareness and money for Threshold, a Swindon based charity that supports homeless people around Swindon.
Students took part in a session led by Threshold’s Simon Bennett and made their own shelters out of cardboard boxes. After a cold evening, they enjoyed a cooked breakfast courtesy of Mr Child and Mr Hatcliffe. Congratulations to all the students who gave up their time for this cause.
Governors Meet To Decide How/When To Recruit A New Headteacher
With the imminent retirement of Mrs Mattey, Governors and the Local Authority met to decide when to recruit a new permanent Headteacher and to decide what type of interim measures would need to be put in place between the end of August 2014 and the appointment/arrival of that new Headteacher. A number of options were discussed in relation to both matters. Please click here to read the full letter (PDF).
Isambard Opens Its Door To Parents
The Year 7 team has enjoyed meeting up with our new cohort of Year 7 parents. This has given people a chance to drop in on an informal basis, share a cup of coffee and some breakfast with their child’s new form tutor, meet their Year Head: Kara Stevens; the Senco: Morag Masters and Kirsty Winnan (senior leader linked to year 7).
Most importantly, parents have enjoyed an opportunity to meet each other, to share questions and concerns about transition to secondary school.
We will be offering the same opportunity to parents of Year 8 and 9 in September and years 10 and 11 in October. We would also like to welcome parents to our new weekly SLT (Senior Leadership Team) drop-in sessions. This is a chance for you to come and share ideas and concerns and we’ll let you know more about dates, times and venues when we return to school in September.
Grease Is The Word!
What a fantastic show our students put on! 90 cast and crew and dozens of staff were involved in staging Grease at the Wyvern on the 15th & 16th June. Since the final show wonderful feedback from our audience has been reaching us by tweet and email: Fantastic show tonight! Well done everyone :-), ...an amazing performance of Grease. Well done to all involved :)
Isambard school is proud of the talent, enthusiasm and dedication of its students and staff. The cast, crew and staff have put in hours and hours of work after school and at weekends and we would like to thank everyone involved. Taking part in a show will leave our students with some very happy memories in the future. We are putting together a collection of photographs for the participants and will let you know when this is available.
Isambard's Artists Talk To The World
Some of our many Arts Award students were asked to contribute to a film about Artsbox, an online arts resource for young people. This film appears on the Art Award and Artsbox websites and will be shown in schools and arts settings across the country. This opportunity came about because the Arts Council loves the way Isambard Community School delivers the Arts Award to our young people and because we give our young people such fantastic access to digital technology. Click here to view the film.
Italian Music Tour 2014
During the half term holiday the school choir and jazz band undertook a 21 hour long journey across the continent for a music tour in Italy.
Pictures, video and a student diary of the tour can be found here.
Students Design Campaign Posters
On Wednesday 30th April Miss Kent & Mrs Winnan took a group of Year 9 students to the WRc plc for a poster design competition. Cameron, Wes, Jake, Will, Lydia, Laura, Amy and Aaliyah worked alongside staff from Water and Gas suppliers to produce their artwork. A panel chose a winning piece which will be used in future campaigns for the WRc that will be seen by utility supplies across the country. During the day the students were a credit to the school and did a fantastic job of liaising with adults create their posters.
A spokesperson for WRc said: "Please can I say a really big think you to and your students for their hard work. I spoke to quite a few of our guests and they said you all did a great job and really made the workshops a great success with your contributions. They joined in and came up with some brilliant ideas".
Further reading: Swindon Advertiser
We recently ran a ‘Careers Carousel’ event for our Year 10 students. With invaluable support from Vox PR, our students were given a short presentation by people from diverse workplaces in Swindon: an economist from Nationwide, a solicitor from Bevirs, a nurse from SEQOL, a lecturer in Media Make-up, developers from Crest Nicholson, a manager from Thamesdown Bus Company, a recruitment professional from Outsource and a senior manager from Intel. Students listened to a short presentation from the visitors and had the opportunity to question them about their working lives. Read more...
New York Trip
The first New York trip over the Easter holidays was a roaring success. All 50 students Business Studies and Media Studies students had an enjoyable visit to the great city accompanied by 5 members of staff. Students were eager to do as much as they could in the few days we were there.
There was a lot of opportunities for extra sight seeing which included Madison Square Garden, Time Square and Central Park. Over the 4 days students were able to really get a vibe for the energetic city. Read more...
Year 7 Poetry Success
Last term, Year 7 students entered a The Young Writers’ “Poetry Games” Competition, a national poetry writing competition. The English Department is delighted to announce that 9 students from Isambard have been chosen as finalists and will have their poems published soon.
We would like to congratulate Charlie, Chester, Michelle, Ethan, Lucia, Richa, Dan, Ehlana and Marianna. We are very proud of you.
On the 12th of March we held our annual talent show which has become a cultural highlight in the school. Its not only the students who compete for the honour of winning points for their house (and a cash prize), but competition for those house points is also fierce amongst staff performers.
Last night Georgia in Year 11 triumphed with her passionate rendition of ‘This is a Man’s World’, but the audience were also treated to Irish Dancing, beat-boxing, Bollywood dancing and extreme skipping! Students from all year groups took part in the show which was attended by an enthusiastic audience of parents and friends. One parent commented:
I had a very enjoyable and entertaining evening in the audience…..the talent was very inspiring and the atmosphere friendly and good fun.
World Book Day 2014
World Book Day took place on Thursday 6th March and was a celebration of authors, illustrators and the pleasure that books bring people of all ages. World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Isambard celebrated World Book Day by encouraging Year 7 and 8 students (and a few brave members of staff) to dress up as their favourite book characters. The costumes were fantastic with everyone making a huge effort and we were able to raise £156.85 for the Book Trust.
Students Win 2 Awards At STEM Event
On 12th February students from Isambard attended the ‘Super Sonic @ The Big Bang’ event at the University of the West of England. We were recognised for the outstanding work our students are doing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Winner of the ‘Best Communicator’ award went to Calista and Ben won ‘Best Presentation’, they received the award from UWE’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West. Read more...
Isambard Receives The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark
Isambard Community School is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2012/13.
The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages and Music, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.
Our Mathematics and Science departments received the Mark in recognition of the department’s work that was inspired by membership of the Schools Programme carried out in 2012/13.
Mrs Mattey says, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark for our Mathematics and Science department’s innovative work, and will be proud to carry the Mark as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.’ Read more...