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Hear from the Principal 06.10.21

From competitions to auditions, I am proud to share exciting news about our talented students with you in addition to an overview of a number of educational workshops, activities and trips that have taken place to enhance our student’s learning experience at the College.


Olympic efforts

I was thrilled to hear that two of our students performed exceptionally well in the recent Junior UKMT Maths Olympiad. Neve E., and Fin S., joined 1,200 students for the two-hour challenge, consisting of 16 problems, and achieved a Merit and Distinction respectively. This tremendous achievement is a testament to their capability, and commitment to their studies; I would like to offer them my heartfelt congratulations.


Tomorrow, tomorrow…

Luckily, I don’t have to wait until tomorrow to congratulate our young performers on their successful auditions for our next theatre production. The cast list has been confirmed and students are excited to have begun rehearsals for ‘Annie’, ready to bring the heart-warming story to life next March. I am sure you are as excited as I am to see our young stars tread the boards in a highly-anticipated return to live performances.


Sculpting the future of art

Recently, 65 of our Year 10 Art and Photography students enjoyed an educational visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an open air gallery featuring 100 different sculptures and installations by artists including Damien Hirst, Kedisha Coakley and Joana Vasconcelos, where they immersed themselves in a combination of art, education and the outdoors.


Curwen print study centre

After a practical workshop with printmakers from the renowned Curwen Print Study Centre this month, our Sixth Form Art students have been busy practising their printing techniques. Using their own prepared plates, students experimented with dry point printing styles, including Chine Colle, to create stunning works of art.


Lights, camera, action!

Our Sixth Form International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) students benefit from learning practical skills taught by industry professionals and, most recently, Cambridge TV hosted a number of workshops in our onsite TV studio to develop students’ filmmaking and editing skills. The workshops are always incredibly popular and we are looking forward to continuing to offer our students a variety of skills sessions and training led by professionals in both the Arts and Sports sectors during the academic year.


Japanese exchange

The benefits of being exposed to different cultures are well-established and I am proud that we are one of a small number of schools where students can study Japanese, both as an enrichment activity,  at GCSE and IB Diploma Programme (DP) level. It was evident during our recent, virtual contact session with students at our partner school from the Morioka group how much young people enjoy connecting with their peers around the world. You can find photos from our virtual exchanges on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Sixth Form Open Evening

For our Year 11 parents, we know you are now considering post-16 options for your child(ren) and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you about our Sixth Form Open Evening, which is taking place on 21 October. It is heartening to see that so many of our current students and their families have already registered to attend as they consider continuing their learning journey with us here at Impington. Booking is required to attend the Open Evening and you can reserve your place here.

 

Middle Years Programme (MYP) update

It is wonderful to see so many students in Years 7, 8 and 9 continuing to make connections between their learning in different subjects and develop their critical thinking skills as they embark on their IB learning journey. For detailed information about the curriculum, assessment and grading, download the MYP parent handbook here.