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 Community School Needs You!
Caboodle is giving away £5000 of National Book Tokens to one lucky school. In addition, you will also get £100 of National Book Tokens for yourself if you win! Anyone can win £2500 for their chosen school library and if you have a National Book Token simply enter the card number and Caboodle will double the prize to £5000! Please share this competition with friends and family members - the more entries for our school the more chances we have of winning.
Last year's winners - Milltimber Primary in Aberdeen - transformed their library with 448 shiny new books. Will it be our school this year? Please help by entering online 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.
Governors Appoint Sue Banks As Headteacher
On the 12th & 13th of March there were two assessment days, where a number of candidates vying to become Isambard’s next Headteacher, undertook a wide range of activities involving students, staff and governors. As a result of this process the selection panel, which included representatives from the Governing Body, Local Authority and an independent former Headteacher from Gloucestershire, made the unanimous decision to appoint Sue Banks, Isambard’s current Acting Headteacher as their nomination for the substantive position. Read more...
We are pleased to announce that the winning ticket in our Dyson Vacuum Cleaner raffle is number 152. Congratulations to our winner, Mrs Wade.
We are extremely grateful to Dyson for the donation of this fantastic prize which has allowed us to raise £230 towards a defibrillator for the school. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket to help us towards our target.
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.
World Book Day 2015
Thursday 5th March saw a colourful array of costumes from students and staff alike as we joined together to celebrate our love of books and reading. Everyone was invited to dress as a character from their favourite book and we were treated to a wide range of costumes depicting everyone from Sherlock Holmes and James Bond to The Mad Hatter and Tintin. We were delighted to raise £291 which will be forwarded to the Send My Friend to School campaign.
Don’t forget our Readathon event which started on 5th March. Participating students are being sponsored to read a number of books over a two week period. Sponsor forms and money will need to be returned to student services by 20th March. This will benefit charities across the country such as Readwell, which provides books and storytellers for seriously ill children in hospital, CLIC Sargent, which provides care and support for children with cancer, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, helping children with serious neurological and blood conditions and Together for Short Lives which provides funding for hospice services. Please help us to help others. Read more…
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.