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Impington Village College

Impart Newsletter October 2015

It has been another wonderful start to the academic year at Impington. Hopefully this newsletter will give you a glimpse into some of the events that have taken place over the past eight weeks.

 

VERTICAL TUTORING

This September saw the arrival of a new (but ‘old’) pastoral system at Impington with a return to ‘vertical tutoring’. In this structure, students from Years 7 to 11 are placed in tutor groups comprising all five years. It has been great to see students from all year groups working collectively on tutor group projects. Alongside the success of the post sixteen evening on Wednesday 14 October, Year 11 students have started the UCAS process for post 16 options and looking forward to revision for the upcoming mock exams. As a drive to enhance learning relationships and to enable staff to provide exemplary levels of academic tutoring, support and guidance, the size of groups has diminished significantly to an average of just 18. In addition, each group has two tutors, one Lead, one Co. This has meant some staff taking on a tutoring role who have not done so previously whilst others (such as yours truly!) are returning to tutoring after a long break (15 years!). Overall, we believe it’s been a great success. We will be asking Year 7 and 11 parents/carers to complete a short questionnaire on survey monkey to provide us feedback. This is will enable us to review the great work that has taken place and allow for any changes to be made.

Yr 7: Click Here
Yr 11: Click Here

NEW SEATING FOR K BLOCK

In February last year, we changed the locations of where students could eat their food at break and lunchtime. Quite rightly, we insisted that students eat their food in either the Dining Hall or in K Block (where food can be additionally served). To enable more seating in the latter area, we embarked upon some fund-raising and with generous support from the PSFA, we have now taken ownership of seating which will enable us to house an even greater number of students.

K Block with its new tables/seating for students
K Block with its new tables/seating for students

PARTNERSHIP WITH HISTON FC

As reported in the local newspaper, Impington is delighted to announce a partnership with Histon Football Club for September 2016. This will mean that footballers who join the club as part of their Academy will be educated as part of the International Sixth Form. It is a great opportunity for both parties.

COLLEGE WALK FUND-RAISING

In July of last academic year, all students in Years 7 to 10 took part in our second annual College Walk, journeying nine miles across our catchment area, taking in Histon & Impington, Oakington and Girton. As a result of sponsorship, over £2000 was raised for good causes. In particular cheques for £1000 were presented to East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH based in Milton) and to Oxfam. Thanks to all who put their best foot forward!

Year 11 Student Ambassadors join Mr Kelsall, Vice-Principal, in presenting the cheque for £1000 to EACH.
Year 11 Student Ambassadors join Mr Kelsall, Vice-Principal, in presenting the cheque for £1000 to EACH.

IVC ACTIVITY

A very busy half-term of events including:

  • A wonderful celebratory week of languages’ events to coincide with International Day of Languages
  • GCSE Geographers heading to North Norfolk for their fieldwork
  • Year 11s exhibiting their debating skills in front of local MP, Lucy Frazer, who judged them; the two ‘winners’ will proceed to a final taking place at the Houses of Parliament in November
  • Duke of Edinburgh ‘Bronze’ practice expeditions for 81 Year 10 students
  • Theatre visits to take the whole of Years 10 and 11 to see ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’ respectively
  • Visit to a local art gallery and a workshop in partnership with the Royal Academy
  • A dance workshop for students of all year groups with the Rambert Dance Company
  • A ‘personal development’ day for students including the first of the House competitions
  • IV See, IV Hear music concert

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER (MATERNITY COVER)

Impington employs a Family Support Worker (on behalf of our local primaries) who provides an intensive support service to pupils and/or their parents, identified by the schools as ‘vulnerable’ or ‘in need.’ We are looking for a suitably skilled/experienced person for a Maternity Cover. The post holder will provide a link between home and school to help resolve difficulties at an early stage. We are looking for a candidate who can:

  • build positive partnerships between school/s and parents in order to improve attendance and behaviour and support children's development and learning
  • identify and tackle difficulties at an early stage and link families to more specialised help and support when necessary
  • organise, plan and run groups as deemed necessary to support families and achieve the objectives of the project, such as parenting, self-esteem and coffee mornings

Closing date is Monday 2 November. More details at www.impington.cambs.sch.uk If you require any further information please contact Susan Kay, Personnel Manager, 01223 200429 or email on skay@impington.cambs.sch.uk.

PSFA NEWS

The Parents, Staff & Friends Association of IVC continues to grow and promote great work within the College community. We held our AGM last month and new faces presented themselves to help. However, we could always benefit from more help. Please volunteer or join our 200 Club. More details from the website.

PSFA Fireworks

The annual Fireworks Display takes place on IVC’s fields on Saturday 7 November. This is always a wonderful community event and raises valuable funds for the College. Tickets are already selling fast. Contact the Finance Office to secure your tickets!

PSFA AGM and Online Safety Talk – Monday 9 November

On the Monday after the Fireworks display, the PSFA will be hosting a talk/workshop for parents on the topic of ‘online safety’. This will be presented by Max White from the Internet Watch Foundation and IVC Assistant Principal, Katie Jarvis. Many express their concerns regarding the safety of their children online and we hope this session will enable parents to identify ways of supporting their children better.

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS @ IVC

During half-term next week, Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas comes to Impington with a series of events exploring Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus connection. The highlight of the week is a symposium entitled ‘Gropius’ Impington, Power and Space, Art and the Rural’. Tickets are available (but limited!) from www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk

 

And finally...
There is a real spirit of optimism across the College this term and we very much look forward to working with you over the year ahead to building an even stronger and more cohesive community.

Robert Campbell
Principal