Following our successful authorisation to deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), I am delighted to share exciting news from one of the Eastern Learning Alliance family of schools and other recent College highlights with you.
Cambridge – the home of the free IB!
I am so excited to share that from September 2024, Girton Glebe Primary School will become the first state primary school in the East of England to deliver the IB Primary Years Programme as a candidate school! This will enable students in Cambridge to follow the prestigious IB pathway from age four to 18 years old, free of charge, with a two-year gap to complete mandatory GCSE examinations.
I firmly believe that an IB education is the best way for students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in life. Thanks to our partnerships with Girton Glebe Primary School and The Cavendish School, we are now the first cluster of state schools in Europe to offer IB programmes for students aged four – 18 in primary, secondary, sixth form and special education.
Learn more at one of Girton Glebe Primary School’s Open Events, taking place on 19 October and 14 November between 1:30 – 3:00pm.
The Great European Bake-off
As an IB World School, every student at the College studies at least one foreign language to gain a deeper understanding of how people from different cultures live and communicate. 26 September marked the European Day of Languages and, this week, the College has been a hub of Language celebration. As well as daily assemblies focused on different languages and cultures, we hosted an international cake competition that challenged students to bake a cake from a European country of their choosing. From German Marmorkuchen to French Gâteau aux Pommes, the students baked an international feast. Congratulations to all students who took part and to students Emily G., Sienna P., and Lily K. who all won £10 Amazon Vouchers.
We strive to create a truly inclusive learning environment at the College and this extends to imbuing a strong community ethos within our students. Last week, our Year 10 sports leaders supported the Power2Inspire Powerhouse Games; sports days designed to be accessible for people with and without disabilities. The students joined others from across the country taking part in boccia, kwik cricket, sitting volleyball, touch rugby, walking football and goalball, and were commended by organiser, John Willis, for their enthusiasm, confidence and teamwork. I am so proud of them all for representing the College in such a positive manner.
Congratulating our hockey star
I would like to say a big congratulations to student, Molly D., who has been selected to play for Cambridge County Hockey Team! Molly first tried hockey after encouragement from Miss Mugan and has since thrived. Initially playing for her local team, she then received a call up to play for South Cambridgeshire before being asked to join the Cambridge Country Hockey Team over the weekend. We will all be following her progress with the team and cheering her on.
Open Evening – thanks for joining us
On Wednesday, I was so pleased to welcome around 800 attendees to our Year 7 Open Evening. Prospective students and their families got to explore the benefits of studying the MYP with us through a range of interactive and engaging activities, including live dance performances, Mathematics challenges, fencing demonstrations and more. If you were unable to join us, highlights are available on the College Instagram page.
As a reminder, we will be hosting our Year 12 Sixth Form Open Evening for prospective students and their families on 18 October. Learn more and book your place.
Going for gold
We have been facilitating the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) scheme at the College for more than 20 years and students are able to complete Bronze, Silver and Gold awards as part of our extensive iCAS Xtra programme. This week, a number of students striving to achieve their Gold award travelled to Snowdonia National Park and, despite some wet and windy weather conditions, the students successfully fulfilled the awards’ expedition requirements. Congratulations to them all on their achievement.
‘CAP’-ing off a great week
Finally, thank you to the Impington International College team who have been participating in the recent CAP Post-16 information evenings. A number of staff, including Assistant Principals; Heads of Sixth Form, Bronwyn Wilson and Leanne Gibbons, have been visiting schools across Cambridgeshire to discuss our IB Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme with students who are exploring their Sixth Form options. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I look forward to welcoming students and their families to our Open Evening on 18 October.