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Hear from the Principal 02.11.20

COVID-19 Update

In light of the government’s announcement on Saturday and further advice and support from Public Health England, we are making a number of changes in College from 5 November to maximise the safety of our College community. We have put together a Sway here with key updates and also updated our full risk assessment, but the key changes are as follows:

  • Students will be assigned to a zone in College and will have all of their lessons (with a very small number of exceptions) in the same set of classrooms, with teachers moving to them
  • Face coverings will be compulsory in all communal areas, except when eating, including outside. These will be part of the College uniform, and if students cannot wear a face mask, they will be issued with a sunflower lanyard (indicating a hidden disability).
  • We will be adjusting the timings of the end of the day with students finishing as follows:
    3.15pm: Year 7, Year 8, Year 10
    3.20pm: all other year groups

This week in College

It has been great to welcome back our students this week for the beginning of our second half term. A welcome addition has been the reopening of the canteen, which has been incredibly popular! Due to our planned changes the schedule is as below from Thursday 5 November:

  • Year 7: Main canteen Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime
  • Year 8: Main canteen Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime
  • Year 9: Atrium every day break time
  • Year 10: Atrium every day lunchtime
  • Year 11: Main canteen every day break time

Maths Olympiad successes

We are very proud of our sixth form students on their fantastic performance in the recent Maths Olympiad for Girls 2020. This year due to COVID-19 the UK Mathematics Trust did not issue certificates or prizes, but a letter informing each student of their amazing achievement was sent to us and Ms Sale had the pleasure of presenting them to our incredible students: Beatrice, Catherine and Laila.

Students at Ethelred House

As a College we always strive to develop our students into caring and principled young people, and it was very heartening to learn of the generous and kind action of two of our Year 7 students who used their pocket money to buy flowers for the care workers at Ethelred House as a way of saying thank you for all their work. I enjoyed meeting with Isabella and Finley to pass on a thank you token from Ethelred House. The College has a very strong relationship with Ethelred House and typically as part of iCAS, our students are placed there for their service element. We hope that our students will be able to return in the New Year.

Roundup of Sixth Form Open Evenings

It was brilliant to welcome so many families through our doors the week before half term for our Sixth Form’s physical COVID-19 secure Open Evenings; it certainly brought some normality to our lives! We have had a very positive response about our Sixth Form from all the attendees. If you joined us and would like to apply directly for a place to Impington International College, you can do so, here.

If you didn’t manage to secure a spot, you can view our Open Evening Sway presentation, here. Alternatively, if you would like to book an individual meeting with a member of the senior leadership team to find out more about our wonderful Sixth Form provision, you can do so here.

Year 13 and 11 mock examinations

Our Year 13 and 11 students are working very hard and preparing for their mock examinations, which will take place from the 9 – 20 November for the Year 13s and 23 November – 4 December for the Year 11s. We wish them the best of luck!

Meet the SLT Member: Chris Gee

What is your role in College?

I have two key roles at IVC. Firstly, is oversight of all the Houses, and how students are supported within those Houses.  The second part is Student Experience, which covers a range of elements from iCAS and tutoring to the IT systems we use.

How long have you been at IVC, and what did you do before you joined?

This is my fourth year at the College, and my 14th in education. Before that I had a senior role leading Humanities and English at a school in Somerset.

What do you like most about IVC?

Impington is simply the most amazing place I have ever worked. My colleagues are excellent to work with and the students are brilliant. What I enjoy the most is the cohesion of the College community and the benefit that we all get from that.

What do you enjoy in your spare time?

Outside of family life, I enjoy reading and learning, about anything (mostly). My current fascination (inspired by Hamilton – the musical – which is brilliant) is the founding of the United States of America.

November 5, 2020