Academic Review Day
Friday 21st November is Academic Review Day, all students are to meet with their tutor to discuss academic process. As there no lessons students have been set homework to complete for the subjects they would have had today. Where applicable tasks and resources have been uploaded by teaching staff to Isambard Cloud.
Children In Need 2014
Thanks to the generosity of our students and their families we had 21,119 coins donated on Friday for Children In Need, these coins have all been counted and we can reveal that we were able to raise £475.79! Thank you again to everyone who donated, the coins will be taken to the bank in the next few days.
In case you missed it, every tutor group was asked to create a piece of artwork linked to Children In Need using their coins. You can see the result of 8 Earth North's effort here.
Lions Club Peace Poster Contest
Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme of the 2014-15 Peace Poster Contest is "Peace, Love and Understanding."
Work by Isambard students was celebrated on the 11th of November with an event where the judges selected the 3 winners. Adam (Year 8) won first prize and his work (pictured below) will now be entered for the next stage of the project at regional level. Runners up were Chloe (Year 9) and Amy (Year 8). All shortlisted students received certificates for their work. Read more…
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
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.