Impart Newsletter March 2016
What a Short Half-Term!
Apart from flying by, it has also been a most busy one, with some wonderful highlights. I consider myself to be most fortunate – I am (Executive!) Principal of a ‘unique and distinct’ school (HMI’s words) and I get the privilege of walking about and seeing and hearing it every day.
We were inspected earlier this month under the new Framework. This means that as a (previously) ‘Good’ school we were subject to a ‘Section 8’ (one day) inspection by an HMI inspector supported by two other inspectors. They visited 22 lessons, interviewed staff and students from all years and reviewed the surveys submitted by students, parents and staff. We have received a draft of the feedback letter but it may not be possible to share its content prior to Easter (as Ofsted has strict rules regarding publication). Needless to say, we are pleased with its content and it was, in the event, a lovely 50th birthday present!
We say goodbye this term to four colleagues who have worked directly with students at the College and would like to thank them for their great contributions:
- Dr Mead has been Assistant Principal: Science for 18 months and been highly influential in developing the Faculty in that time.
- Mike Davies has been a Biology teacher and leader within Science, working at IVC since 2011.
- Rebecca Rose has been at IVC as a Scientist and Chemist for nearly ten years and is relocating with her family to Essex.
- Andy Evans is retiring from teaching Maths here
- Anna Svensen (Russian) actually leaves on 30 April after serving the College since 2004
We have some new members of staff starting in April and will introduce them to you in the week back.
WE CAN DO MATHS HERE!
Under the expert coaching of Mrs Chopra and Mr Balding, a team of Year 10s were placed first across Cambridgeshire in the UK Maths Team Challenge and are looking forward to the national finals. A team of Year 8 and 9 had a fun and challenging day in another regional competition. Many Year 9 – 11 students took part in the UK National Maths Challenge where there were a total of 8 gold certificates awarded. Even better was that three students qualified for the Mathematical Olympiad, the most we have ever had! Mr Thompson took a group of 15 students to the Cambridge Centre of Mathematical Sciences, where they had an array of serious puzzles to contend with. Miss Edgerton has been running Maths lessons for Year 5 and Year 6 students from local primary schools to inspire them further in the subject, and they have been greeted with much enthusiasm by the students.
WE WILL ROCK YOU!
One of the highlights of the year, let alone the term, was the three-night run of ‘We Will Rock You!’ which played to packed houses. It was Jane Milne’s first production as Director of the Performance School and a wonderful testament to the hard work and commitment shown by the whole team. We will be humming Queen tunes for the rest of the year!
WHAT A PERFORMANCE
Not content with wowing audiences with the Queen musical, the Faculty has been entertaining others across what has been a very busy half-term. The team supported a dance event for primary schools and alongside this the Year 10 Drama group performed stories to the Junior school. Dance has always been an excellent subject at the College and our leading performers showcased their IB Dance exam pieces in an evening two weeks ago. Only last night, the Year 12 BTEC Performing Arts’ students offered a selection of Musical Theatre. Next term starts with more performances with a Key Stage 3 Pantomime Festival to be held on 20 April.
MUSIC ON SONG!
This has been a very busy half-term for our wonderful Music team. 17 students from all years created four bands for ‘We Will Rock You’ and provided superb musicianship. Jordan Ashman in Year 7 has been awarded a place to study percussion at the Junior Guildhall School of Music. The annual ‘Music for Youth’ festival attracted two entries from IVC musicians. The orchestra demonstrated their strengths again with a medley of James Bond tunes and were praised for their ‘highly effective and technically good’ playing by the judge. Alongside them was our new string ensemble ‘BaRock’, expertly led by Cath Davis, our strings specialist teacher. There was also excellent representation from IVC musicians at the Impington Music Society concert who performed as soloists, ensemble members and the orchestra (including the first concert performance by our woodwind group led by our woodwind specialist, Sheanna Ashman).
YEAR 8 NETBALL CHAMPIONS
The Year 8 team won the recent District Tournament and have secured a top-placing at the 2016 U14 County Finals for second consecutive year. In spite of a tough draw, they progressed to a final against the regularly strong St Mary’s. However the girls held their nerve and recorded a relatively comfortable 10-7 victory, and a second consecutive District title.
Eight students participated in the Secondary Adapted Multi-Sport PLUS competition. The event saw 45 students from many schools across Cambridge and South Cambs participate in four different sports. Joe Burke, Irish Cruzat, Jack Kimberley, Tess Downes, Ben Jones, Luke Collins and Martyna Czubak did wonderfully and were crowned champions. They went on to represent Cambridge and South Cambs at the School Games Spring Festival where they finished as runners up to Peterborough. Furthermore, our Aspire Netball team representing South Cambs won their competition at the Spring School Games.
Under the guidance and direction of its new leader, Su Conroy, the Art Department has had a busy time. A group of Year 11s visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts to gather primary sources stimulus and material for their exam title 'Past, present and future'. This month, Year 10 and 11 students studying Textiles had a workshop with artist Sandra Scott. Only last week, the IB Visual Arts students exhibited their stunning final pieces in the Prom:
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
Along with the other schools and in partnership with the community, IVC will be participating in the Histon-Impington Mental Health Awareness Week taking place from 18 – 24 April.
As part of the week, Histon & Impington Junior School is hosting an event for parents led by Kim Traicos who is a qualified Psychologist and registered Psychotherapist. This takes place on Tuesday 19 April at 7.30pm. Kim is the Project Leader of the new outreach service of Blue Smile a children’s charity that provides arts based psychotherapy in schools in Cambridge. This presentation will outline the main issues facing children and adolescents as well as the warning signs, risk factors and what parents and significant people in the young person’s life can do to help.
WW1 BATTLEFIELDS VISIT
The annual pilgrimage to Belgium for a poignant visit to the battlefields and cemeteries took place recently. A party of over 40 Year 9s journeyed with a team of staff led by Pete Morris, visiting a variety of sites, memorials and museums including the trenches on Hill 60, the Ypres museum, the Somme battlefield and Theipval, the huge, joint British-French memorial to those whose bodies were never recovered. The group also visited Langemark cemetery where as an international school we commemorated the German war dead and laid another wreath. It was overall another excellent and emotionally-enriching visit.
PSFA 54th Annual Art Exhibition
Another resounding success and over £2000 was raised for the PSFA.
The Association needs your support! We have some long-serving members ‘retiring’ this year. Come along to the next meeting on Monday 1 May at 7.00pm.
I would like to wish you all a relaxing holiday and a Happy Easter!