Parents' evenings will be running on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 15th January from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the main school hall and drama studio. These are an opportunity for you to meet with each of your child’s subject teachers for five minutes to discuss their current progress.
In order to maximise the number of available appointments, both evenings will be open to students in all years. We are sure you will appreciate that many teachers will potentially have students from six or more classes to see and will sadly be unable see everyone, so please only book appointments for the teachers you need to see. Appointment slots are likely to fill quickly.
If you wish to speak to Mrs Masters, our Additional Needs Coordinator, then she will be available both evenings on a drop-in basis.
Hour Of Code
Week commencing 8th December, all of Key Stage 3 and GCSE Computing and ICT students have once again taken part in 'The Hour of Code'.
This is the second year of the week long, world wide incentive to introduce students to computer coding. Over 70 million students have taken part world wide, working towards the goal of 100 million people trying to code. Read more...
Asda Bag Pack
Isambard students supported the Swindon Foodbank on Sunday 7th December raising funds and collecting food donations at Asda in West Swindon.
We were overwhelmed by the amount of support the community gave to all the students and we would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who donated. The Foodbank arrived at 3pm to collect what we had raised so far, and at that point, it was over half a ton of food. We had also raised an incredible £1037.38 in cash donations. Read more...
STEM Challenge Day
On Monday 24th November sixty of our Year 9 students spent a fantastic day with three engineers from First Great Western. The day was funded and run by the Smallpeice Trust, a charity working to engage students in STEM subjects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The focus of the day was to for the teams to design, cost and construct of a defensive sea wall and railway bridge, a task based on the Dawlish sea wall repairs that took place earlier this year.
The teams’ efforts were judged by the visiting engineers and congratulations go to team 5 (Lewis, Ali, Naomi, Harvey , Chloe and Olly), who won based on the performance of their design, and on their fantastic teamwork.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned a lot about working in Engineering.
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. Read more...
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".
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