Summer Holiday Return
We would like to wish all our students a happy and healthy summer holiday.
Work continues behind the scenes in preparation for their return on Wednesday 2nd September. Please be aware that there is a staggered start on the first day back, Year 7 students start at 8:30 with Years 8 to 11 starting at 9:30. Thank you!
Mathematics League Victory
On Tuesday 7th July, two teams of 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. You will be able to read more about this event in our next newsletter, due out on 17th July.
Young Carers Ambassador School Award
We have a number of young students at Isambard who manage to look after family members, cook, clean and take on tasks well beyond their years as well as managing to keep on top of their school work. We provide a support network in school and do all we can to help and support these admirable young people who we greatly admire.
Swindon Carers Centre Development Officer, Fiona Prirru, presented the Young Carers Ambassador School Award to Isambard which is one of just four schools in Swindon to achieve the status.
This is awarded to schools who have not only achieved all three standards of the Swindon Young Carer Award, but have become self-sufficient in their support for Young Carers and provide advice to other schools in the area.
Isambard Community School goes above and beyond the award standards to ensure every single young carer is recognised, valued and supported. On Wednesday 22nd July, we held a mini festival at lunchtime in celebration of gaining the award. This well attended event featured some of the students acts which were part of the line up of the ICS-tival, a community festival held on the school field in June.
Swindon Youth Festival Of Literature
This year's Swindon Youth Festival of Literature promises to be the biggest and best yet! Between 6th and 13th November, we will play host to some of the finest authors for young adults in the country.
Expect to see Philip Reeve, Phil Earle and Elen Caldecott at Isambard along with our local artist, Fred Blunt, and the acclaimed performance poet, Ash Dickinson. Selected students will also be invited to see Steve Cole at the Wyvern Theatre and David Gatward at Highworth Warneford School.
There will be competitions, the annual inter-school Bookquiz, The Fastest Story in the West and another chance to meet our Patron of Reading and Writing, Joffre White. Please see Mrs Rogers in the LRC if you would like further information.
Ahead of this fast-paced, fun-packed week, there is a Creative Writing Competition for you to enter, click here for full details.
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.
Isambard Young Ambassadors
Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, joined Young Ambassadors from across the country including Isambard's own Vitoria and Tom as part of the Send my Friend to School campaign. We look forward to sharing Vitoria's latest report which will feature in this term's newsletter, due out on 17th July.
TV presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan also joined the event to highlight the needs of 58 million children worldwide who are still missing school.
There will be a national day of action on Friday 26 June when over 4,000 schools across the UK will be speaking to their MP about what world leaders need to do to ensure every child is able to attend school. In 2000, world leaders promised quality primary education for every child in the world by 2015, but there are still 58 million children missing out on even a basic, primary education. Millions more struggle to learn in crowded classrooms. In New York this September, a new set of sustainable development goals will be agreed. The Global Campaign for Education UK is campaigning for education to be at the heart of those development plans.
Isambard Alumni Network
The Isambard alumni network is a great way of keeping in touch with the people you went to school with as well as letting us know where you are and how you are getting on. We will keep you up-to-date with news from the school and offer support and guidance to help you take the next step. Read more...
Robotics Competition 2015
We were delighted to be joined by a group of able, gifted and talented Year 5 students from Bridlewood, Catherine Wayte and Red Oaks schools for our first ever STEM Robotics event here at Isambard. Two impressive arenas, each four feet by eight feet, were set up ready for our teams to compete against each other in a battle of strategy and skill.
Each team was tasked with building a chain reaction and there were points for the first team to finish with a working model. Teams had to work closely together and follow instructions which they did admirably. Afterwards, there was a plenary session to discuss any improvements that could have been made. Everyone agreed that the event was great fun and they all went home with a robot-themed goody bag. More information, including a video of the event, can be found here.
2015-2016 Term Dates
Term dates for the next academic year (2015-2016) can be found in the letter from Mrs Banks available here.
Isambard In The Work Place
The phrase work related learning sounds dry and dull. However, when twelve of our students spent the day at WRc plc documenting its prestigious annual conference, the world of work became very real and exciting to them.
During the day, our specially chosen team of artists, photographers and film-makers had to plan, discuss, capture, interview, edit, collaborate and employ a hundred other real-life skills. Their work was skilfully edited into a three minute video which was shown to the 400 delegates at the end of the day.
We are very grateful to WRc plc for giving us this experience and very much hope to be invited back in the future. Traditionally, school partnerships with businesses are all about asking for funding or help with work placements. Our students and staff have skills, talents and a unique perspective which can benefit businesses. This model shows that the best work related learning is a two-way process. More details on the day, including the finished video, can be found here.
BP Experience Event
In celebration of International Women’s Day 14 Able, Gifted and Talented students from Years 9, 10 and 11 took the opportunity to attend the BP Experience Event on 2nd March. The students got a chance to experience what it’s like to work for a multinational company - to think like businesswomen and to make meaningful connections with female professionals.
It was a hugely inspiring and rewarding day, one of the students commented: “It fascinates me how individuals, working together, can make such a huge impact and create amazing things. This reinforces my determination to be an individual that makes a difference to the world.”
International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. A video of the day is available to view here.
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.
Key Stage 3 Artist Of The Year
Last term several of our Art students were selected to have their work displayed in an exhibition at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery as part of the annual 'Swindon Young Artist' competition.
The exhibition featured work from 7 participating secondary schools across Swindon and we are proud to say that Isambard student Amy Cooper won the 'Key Stage 3 Artist of the Year' award for her stunning portrait. Well done Amy! To view Amy's portrait in full, please click here.