Newsletter February 2001

Inspection

As you will probably know by now the school is to be inspected in May. Mr David Morton, the Registered Inspector is holding a meeting to hear parents views about the school on April 25th at 7.00. Do try to come along if you possibly can: Please also complete the questionnaires that he has sent out and return them by April 5th. It is important that inspectors know parents thoughts about the school.

PIP

On March 27th we hold the first Parents in Partnership meeting. Massive changes are to be made to our catering arrangements from May when we introduce a pre-payment cashless system and a revised menu. It is a chance to hear about plans, see the system demonstrated and offer advice about the range of items on sale in school. Everyone is welcome.

School Day

The changes we had hoped to make to the school day will not now go ahead until August 2002. There will be further consultation with parents on this in the late Summer or early Autumn.

Guardian Competition

There Ms Riley's 8I class has been discussing what makes "The Ideal School". Their thoughts have gone into poems, stories and a video, all of which have been entered for the newspaper's "The School I'd like Competition".

Dance

The Friday morning pre-school group is busy choreographing and rehearsing dance routines for assemblies with the theme "Being".

Lake District Challenge

Congratulations to the 6 Year 11 students who came 4th in a land and water based activities competition held on Lake Windermere over the 3rd/4th February. Carl McGowan, Elisha Holt, Kate Legname, Kristina Greenwood, Matthew Farrington and Anthony McLoughlin, had a great time orienteering at night, raft making and fell running with milk crates !

Theatre Visits

The English Department is maintaining its lively schedule of theatre visits. On April 5th Year 7 students visit Blackpool to see " Alice in Wonderland" and year 10 will be watching "Saturday Night Fever" in Manchester. (some tickets remain for this trip). There will be a further chance for GCSE students to see "Blood Brothers " in June.

Cross Country

Well done to the 10 Ivy Bank students who represented Burnley in The Lancashire Schools Championships in Blackbum. The Year 7 team did outstandingly well finishing second, well done to Jade Williams our only Year 7 representative.

Girls Football

Well done to our Junior (7/8) and Senior (10/11) sides who both competed so well in the recent Burnley Schools tournament. Both teams finished 3rd.

Motorola Youth Parliament With the help of local M.P. Peter Pike eighteen students have been recreating the atmosphere of the House of Commons in school. Having processed in ceremonial splendour through the building there was a lively debate on a government bill to compel schools to appoint an anti bullying officer. Kate Moggeridge was the Prime Minister for the duration of the event while Daniel Foxcroft led the opposition. The debate was a very lively and active affair with speeches of considerable quality being made by all participants. The whole event has been captured on video and entered in the Motorola Youth Parliament competition. Results of the regional final will be announced in late March.

Gymnastics

Thanks to our colleagues in PE 80 gymnasts took part in The GTE Sports Burnley Schools Gymnastics competition in February. 19 entrants from Ivy Bank performed to a very high level with some excellent results. Our Level 2 team emerged as Bumley Champions. Individual Medals went to: Fa1lon Eglin, level 2 gold: Joanne Ellins and Danielle Newton, silver, Lucy Corvino took bronze. At level 3 Gold went to Rachel Ford. Gymnastic club meets from 3.00- 4.15 every Thursday. Everyone is welcome.

Basketball

Well done to the Year 10 basketball players who have reached the next phase of the Lancashire Competition. We will discover our opponents shortly.

Fixtures

Hockey, netball and soccer teams are all in training for an extensive list of fixtures coming up shortly.

Geography GCSE. Year 10

Despite the Foot and Mouth outbreak we plan to go ahead with the Field Study at Malham on May 10th, The work produced counts for 10% of the GCSE grade, The weeks after the visit will be spent on producing this assessed piece by the exam board deadline of June 15th.

Road Traffic Studies

The area outside school next to the sports facility will soon be used for the practical element of our GCSE examination. If you are visiting school during lesson time on Tuesday or Wednesday please do not park here. Please do not park here any night after 3.10pm.