Academic Review Day
Our first Academic Review day this year is on Friday 27th November. During the day normal lessons are suspended and instead the students will only be expected to attend school for a 10 minute interview with their form tutor. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss attainment and progress data, to set targets for improvement and discuss strategies for achieving them.
In order to derive maximum benefit from this meeting we would advise parents to attend with their child if possible. Students should plan to arrive at school 10 minutes prior to their appointment. All tutors will be based in the main hall for their meetings. To book an appointment please click here.
Swindon Youth Festival Of Literature 2015
The eighth annual Swindon Youth Festival of Literature ran from the 9th to the 13th of November and began in style with a visit to Isambard from the fabulous author, Philip Reeve. Philip, whose best-selling novels include the Mortal Engines series, was on tour to promote his new book, Railhead, and we were especially delighted when he agreed to record an interview for Isambard TV. In his blog, Philip said, ‘the staff, pupils and facilities were great. It was great to see so many young people engaging with books and reading, and I’m grateful to ICS librarian Stella Rogers and her colleagues for asking me to be part of the festival. And thanks to everyone who listened, and everyone who bought a copy of Railhead.’
Other highlights of this incredible week were visits from the wonderful Phil Earle, who entertained all year seven and eight students with his high-octane performances and from Elen Caldecott who helped over two hundred visiting primary children to invent their own collaborative tale on the spot. Fred Blunt worked with some budding illustrators and Ash Dickinson dropped by to inspire a new generation of poetry writers with his fun take on the Haiku and Clerihew. Add to this a smattering of competitions, a book quiz, a visit to the Wyvern to talk James Bond with Steve Cole and a hair-raising talk by the eccentrically dressed David Gatward and you have a taste of the week we experienced.
You can see Isambard TV’s interviews with Philip Reeve and Phil Earle here.
Lions Club Peace Project Competition
This year’s Lions Club Peace Project was on the theme of ‘Sharing Peace.’
Isambard students submitted over fifty entries of a high standard and it was a difficult task to shortlist them down. Twenty-five students and their families were invited to our Celebration Evening on 10th November to hear the winners announced:
- 1st - Tiffany, went home with the first prize voucher for 30 pounds
- 2nd - Kosma, was given a £15 voucher
- 3rd - Ishvarya, was given a £10 voucher
- 4th - Katie and Ciymrone, both received a £5 voucher.
A further seven students received certificates of appreciation for their high quality of work.
Tiffany's work will go to the next regional stage, where she stands a chance of being selected to represent England. We wish her the very best of luck.
Maths League Victory
On Tuesday 7th July 2015, two teams of our gifted mathematicians took part in the final round of the Swindon Mathematics League at Lydiard Park Academy. There was stiff competition with fifteen teams from across the town. Students were faced with some tricky problems to solve. There was also a particularly challenging cross-number round - this involves puzzles that look deceptively easy until you realise how many clues depend on answers to other clues.
We are delighted to announce that Isambard A came first, closely followed by Isambard B in second place. This is a fantastic result which recognises the mathematical talent of our students.
NSPCC Thank Fundraising Students
On Friday 10th July, Isambard Community School was delighted to welcome Caroline Morgan and Ian Underwood from the NSPCC.
Earlier this year, students from the school took part in a ‘Go Green for the NSPCC’ day, swapping their black and gold uniforms for anything green. The event raised £592.86 and, for a special assembly, the charity came along to thank the students personally and to collect a cheque. Caroline talked about the charity’s work and showed two short videos entitled, ‘You can talk to us’ and ‘What happens when you call Childline?’ She explained about the NSPCC’s branch in Old Town and the work it does for families. It is one of the oldest branches in the charity’s one hundred and thirty year history.
If you need to talk to someone in confidence about issues such as bullying, relationships or depression then you can contact Childline on 0800 1111 at any time, day or night and there will be someone available to listen. You can also get in touch online or by text.
Letter From The Prime Minister
In February we were visited by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson. During his visit students passed on a letter they had written for the Prime Minister about their work in support of the Send My Friend to School campaign.
Education is the key to a better future, a route out of poverty, and a fundamental human right. But around the world, over 58 million children are still missing out on school. Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school.
This week we were fortunate to receive a letter in response from Prime Minister David Cameron where he highlighted the importance of education and praised our students for their efforts, the letter can be found in full here.