Thank you so much for your support throughout the first half of the Summer term – I cannot believe we are already at the halfway point! I hope you and your child(ren) enjoy the Half Term break.
AMGEN Biotechnology experience
Recently, our Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology students enjoyed taking part in the AMGEN Biotechnology Experience, which enabled them to put their classroom learning into practice through a series of practical, hands-on experiments involving the engineering of a plasmid. The expert guidance and resources the students accessed during the experience are usually only available at university level and they thoroughly enjoyed the exclusive opportunity.
Star of the sports field
I have been proud to share the success of many of our students throughout the first half of the Summer Term and, this week, I would like to highlight the recent achievements of our Year 9 student, Henry. Not only has Henry made excellent academic progress and is above his targets in a number of subjects; he has been shining on the sports stage too. As well as representing the school in a recent rugby competition, he was part of a team that played in the national hockey finals. Congratulations, Henry!
Every Half Term, the Heads and Deputy Heads of Houses nominate students for their academic, personal or extra-curricular achievements including strong progress or success. During tutor times this week, it was my pleasure to host nearly 100 students from Years 7 to 11 to celebrate their achievements. Congratulations to all of the students who were nominated!
Duke of Edinburgh
I would like to commend our Year 10 students: Ben, Matthew, Sam, Henry, Sammy, Zedie and Elliott, who have been volunteering to pick litter in the village for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme has been facilitated through the College for over 20 years, with participants completing a number of different activities including volunteering to achieve their awards. The students involved specifically chose to pick litter for their volunteering action as it would have a positive impact on their local community and I am tremendously proud to see the IB ethos of creating a better world in action.
Read more about their experiences here.
Year 13 CAS projects
Recently, our Sixth Form students have completed their Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Big Project interviews, reflecting on the impact and outcomes of their community work. The students were involved in some inspiring projects including a clothes upcycling project that involved partnering with a school in Finland.
Another student, Juliette, who took part in one of our international visits to India, developed a project focused on period poverty in the region. Following her project, Juliette has decided to take a gap year and volunteer to support the same school she visited. I am tremendously proud of our IB Diploma Programme (DP) students who are positively impacting the global community.
Last week, two years of hard work and dedication culminated in our Year 13 students’ May Ball! A good time was had by all of the students who attended and I highly recommend visiting our Sixth Form’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to view the highlights from the evening.
End of IB examinations
Finally, I would like to congratulate all of our Year 13 students who have completed their IB examinations! Every student has worked tremendously hard throughout their time at Impington International College and I look forward to sharing their results with them on 5 July. Last year, our DP students achieved an average point score of 36 – significantly higher than the global average of 31 – and over a third (35%) of our students attained 40 points or more; the equivalent to four A* at A Level.
I look forward to celebrating the success of this year’s cohort in July.