Phillipines Shoe Box Appeal
We recently asked for donations to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on the 9th November, thanks to your generosity we were able to send 105 shoeboxes filled with essentials to those affected.
More information and pictures can be found in The Link Magazine.
Doing The Right Thing Raffle
Isambard students have been rewarded for 'doing the right thing'. Staff have handed out raffle tickets to reward students for politeness, kindness, having high uniform standards and other instances of 'doing the right thing'. Tickets were put into a draw with winners taking home cinema vouchers or the chance to choose a 'VIP treat'. These treats have been suggested by students and include 'inviting 10 friends for a film viewing in the TV studio at lunchtime' or 'being the voice of the school tannoy for a day'. The raffle has sent a buzz around the school and has led to everyone being more aware of the acts of politeness and kindness which happen naturally every day. This is something we intend to repeat later in the year. Winners this time round were Ella and Tyler in Year 8, Trinity in Year 9 and Rosie in Year 10.
Has your child been talking about the raffle? Let us know what you think.
Changes To English & Maths Course Structure
On Tuesday 19th November, Isambard hosted an information evening for parents of students in Year 10 to explain the changes happening in English and Maths this year. There was an opportunity for parents to talk to English and Maths teachers about the changes. These changes will affect Year 10 only.
For those parents unable to attend, the presentation is available here.
Peace Project Winner
On Monday 11th of November, Isambard hosted the “Lions Club Peace Project” for the second time, and we are delighted to announce Isambard Year 8 student Cameron won the competition on a school level and will now progress to the national selection.
The global project encourages children between the ages of 11-13 to express their vision for world peace through posters, which are then judged to decide who will progress to the next stage of selection before an overall winner is chosen. Isambard would like to congratulate Cameron and wish him luck in the national selection.
We are launching an new scheme called Prom Passport, year 11 students will have to achieve 4 conditions to receive their Prom invitation. Read more...
Isambard Lantern Parade 2013
There was a fantastic turnout at Isambard Community School's annual Lantern Parade last night. Thanks to Swindon Samba, to all the families who joined us and to all our willing helpers.
There were approximately 250 people at this year's parade and you all looked as if you were having fun. Please look out for announcements about next year's date and join us again.
Report It To Isambard
Isambard has designed it's own online Reporting Tool (similar to the CEOP button). We can help and protect you both online and in and around school and your local community.
If someone has acted inappropriately online towards you or someone you know, you can report it directly to the school. It could be inappropriate chat online, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone asking to meet up. It could also be that you feel unsafe in school or on the way home.
Whatever your worry or concern, you can now report it either anonymously or by providing your name. Reports cannot always be treated confidentially. If we feel you are in danger or at risk we will share the concern with other professionals.Information will be analysed too so that we can further improve our e-safety and anti-bulling work in school.
The reporting tool can be found by clicking on the icon on the homepage of our main site or directly at: www.isambardreportingtool.co.uk.
Prize Giving Ceremony 2013
On Wednesday 18th September we held our annual Prize Giving Ceremony for students currently in Years 8 to 11 to celebrate their achievements last academic year. We were thrilled to have special guest Kevin Gray, our Chair of Governors and Creative Director of Ipsos MORI, join us for the evening to help present the awards to students.
Subject awards were presented to students with star students receiving a trophy and a speech from the Head of Department. The Prime Minister’s Plate was donated to the school by Gordon Brown at our opening ceremony, and is awarded to the student who has made an outstanding contribution to the school community. Samuel Hogg and Gael Little were highly commended with Ross Paton winning the overall award.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who supported the celebration of our students’ achievements and to say a huge ‘well done’ to all of our prize winners.
Post 16 Provision Open Evenings
Details on open evenings and open days for local post 16 provisions can be found here.
Annual GCSE Art Show
The GCSE Art Show took place on Thursday 26th September 2013 and was a great success. A collection of work produced by all our Art and Design students in 2012/13 were displayed for visitors to peruse. The different GCSE's represented were:
- Unendorsed Art
- Fine Art
Every GCSE Art and Design student, almost 200, had at least one piece of work in the show. The work of Gael, Stephen and Carmen drew particular attention but all the work looked magnificent and all our students should feel very proud of themselves.
JCA Netball Tournament Victory
On Sunday 22nd September Isambard's under 16 netball team came first in the JCA Tournament, earning Isambard yet another trophy. Over the course of the weekend the team played 6 games, winning 5, scoring 91 goals in the process.
We would like to congratulate Sarah, Alex, Jess, Rosie, Hannah, Taylor, Lauren and Gael. Well done to you all! More photos are available here.
Isambard Receives Second Artsmark Gold Award
Achieving Artsmark is a great accolade. It demonstrates that our arts provision is broad, balanced and of high quality and that our school is committed and dedicated to the development of the arts across our community.
Kirsty Winnan, Assistant Headteacher responsible for arts and media, says ‘we are thrilled that our passion for creativity and our exciting arts offer has been recognised by Ofsted and the Arts Council.
Our local community can get involved by attending our annual Lantern Parade on Wednesday 23 October or by viewing the work of our talented art students at our annual Art Show on 26 September.
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