Happy New Year! I hope that you and your children enjoyed the winter break and have had a positive start to the year. It has been a joy to welcome your children back to the College this week, and I am pleased to share that there have already been numerous highlights and student successes.
Towards the end of the Autumn Term, I was pleased to welcome local Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Lucy Frazer, to the College to judge a student debate competition on the subject of inheritance tax. Many of our students are passionate about debating and are able to refine their skills during the College day through our iCAS programme, where it is one of more than 40 opportunities available.
Lucy was highly complimentary of our students and praised them for their preparation and delivery. I am so pleased to share that students, Fin S. and Nas R., will now go on to represent the College at the House of Commons. Best of luck!
Transatlantic sporting success
A huge congratulations is in order for former student, Tyger Smalls, who has been drafted by American Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Charlotte FC! During his time with us, Tyger was a Football Scholar at our Sixth Form, Impington International College, where he was able to combine professional football coaching, delivered by the Norwich City Football Club Regional Development Programme, with the academic rigour of the International Baccalaureate (IB). He was selected as a first round draft pick and will now train under the guidance of former Premier League manager, Dean Smith. I cannot wait to cheer him on when the MLS season starts in February.
Shaping their College experience
The voices of our Sixth Form students are championed through our Student Congress and they have been working hard over the past few months to further shape their College experience. Towards the end of the Autumn Term, they launched the first edition of our student paper, IIC News. All of the articles are written by students about their experiences within the College and being involved with the production of the paper contributes towards their IB Creativity, Activity and Service portfolios.
Elsewhere, the Student Congress has also been improving the students’ common room area and, thanks to a generous donation, secured a ping pong table for students to enjoy during their breaks. After transporting the table through the village, it has been safely installed in the common room and I would like to thank them for their work in improving the College experience for all students.
Due to internal promotions and a member of staff leaving us for a new adventure abroad, we are recruiting for a number of teaching positions. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining East Anglia’s Comprehensive School of the Year 2024 (Parent Power List), please apply before 29 January.
Learning opportunities for all
Finally, I am looking forward to welcoming new learners to the College for the first of our recently relaunched Adult Education classes, starting on Monday (15 January). From pottery and resin crafting, to ballroom dance, foreign languages and more, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking to try something for the first time, or refine your skills in a specific area, I do hope you will consider exploring the available options. There are limited spaces remaining for some of the classes so visit our website to learn more.