Despite the College’s partial closure on Wednesday, our students remained committed to their learning, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and support.
Last week, I was pleased to welcome Oliver Longworth from the DfE to the College to learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB). During his visit, he spent time speaking with our Maths and Languages students and staff, who shared their experiences of an IB education. With more than 30 years’ experience as IB educators, it was a pleasure to share the benefits of IB with the Department of Education.
On 23 February, eight of our Impington International College Sixth Form students travelled to Churchill College in Cambridge to take part in the European Youth Parliament debating competition. The Global Politics students were assigned the role of the Employment Committee, and competed with six other schools to have their policy proposals agreed to and passed. Despite fierce defence from other committees, our students’ motion to increase digital literacy in member states was undefeated.
Students are able to take part in debate club throughout their College experience through our iCAS programme. Congratulations to all of our students who took part!
Star of Mary Poppins pops in for a visit
Prospective Performance School students who are hoping to join Impington International College enjoyed a taster workshop on 22 February with alumna, and West End star, Beatrice Penny-Touré. Following her graduation from our Sixth Form, Beatrice has starred in both Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera. The participants loved hearing about her experience of studying at the College and her journey to West End performer. It was a pleasure to welcome her back to the College and I am looking forward to seeing her on stage again soon!
World Book Day
Our students enjoyed a visit from local children’s author, P.J. Canning, on Friday 3 March to celebrate this year’s World Book Day. After sharing his journey as an author with our Year 7 and 8 students, P.J. ran a series of engaging characterisation workshops in the afternoon for our students who had completed their gold bookmarks. World Book Day aims to inspire a love of reading in young people, and I know that P.J.’s visit has ignited a deeper appreciation of reading – and writing – for pleasure in our students.
We are also hosting a book swap in the College library for the next two weeks, where students can swap their pre-loved books with different ones, to enable them to explore new genres and authors.
Sixth Form applicant update
I am pleased to see so many of your children considering joining our Sixth Form in September. Students have been meeting with our teaching team for their guidance meetings during the past fortnight and I am pleased to report that the meetings have been overwhelmingly positive so far.
If your child(ren) is/are looking to join our Sixth Form, and you have any questions or queries, please contact us.
Celebrating World Engineering Day
Tomorrow (Saturday 4 March) will mark World Engineering Day. Mathematic skills are crucial in establishing a successful engineering career, and, we are pleased to be supporting the potential engineers of the future through our robust Maths programme and extensive cocurricular opportunities through our iCAS programme. Our students have a long history of success in the UK Mathematics Trust Maths Olympiad competitions, and student, Fin S., recently took part in the Parallel Circles series with Science author, Simon Singh, and Countdown champion, Junaid Mubeen. I am looking forward to seeing our students go on to achieve great things as engineers, should they choose.