-Newsletter- October 2001
More Building.
Over the last few months we have been able to improve a lot of the 
facilities in school; this is especially true of Science labs and the 
school dining room. At the present time we are also very close to 
completing a project that will provide us with a third Art Room. 
Later this month we begin a six-month project to build two further 
Science labs. It will cause some disruption to school life but it will 
do much to enhance facilities still further. We have obtained 150,000 
form external sources for the 200,000 project. 

Watersports Trip 
Plans are already afoot for the Watersports Holiday to Spain in the 
September break of 2002. If you are interested in joining the group do 
please see Mrs Fisk for details. 

Call Barring! 
A number of families have a call barring facility in operation on their
telephone system, which prevents incoming calls being accepted from 
numbers that are not recognised. If you do use this please programme the
system to accept our calls (01282775111). We are concerned that we might
not be able to contact you in an emergency. 

School Day 
We aim to extend the school day in August 2002. There will be major 
changes and we would like to take the opportunity to talk to parents 
about the plans and to hear your views. More information will be issued
shortly but there will be a special consultation meeting on October 17th.
Do come along if you are able to. 

Parent Governor 

There will shortly be a vacancy for a parent governor to join the full
governing body. Nomination papers will be issued shortly. If anyone is 
interested in an informal chat about what the role entails do contact 
Christine Hosker, the clerk to the governing body on the school 
telephone number. 


"Religion and Materialism" Unit 
On Sunday 18th November members of the Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies 
group are visiting Manchester's Trafford Centre, to conduct a visit 
into "Religion and Materialism" -"Is shopping the new religion?" 

Soccer
On October 15th 120 young soccer fans went to see England play Greece
at Ewood Park. Many thanks to our colleagues in PE for organizing the 
visit. 

Arts Mark 
On November 7th staff from the Expressive Arts Faculty and students 
will be attending a special presentation to mark our achievement as 
one of the first schools in the country to achieve the Arts Mark 
award. 

Specialist Status 
You will have read in the local press or heard on the radio that Ivy 
Bank aims to become a Specialist College concentrating on Business and
Enterprise. A tremendous amount of work is currently going into the 
preparations. We will be writing to parents shortly to explain something
of the proposals and to explain how you might be able to help. We will,
of course, hold an information evening to which everyone will be invited. 

December visit to Blackburn Cathedral 
Any students wishing to go on a visit to see the treasures and secrets 
of Blackburn Cathedral, should see Ms Greig before the half term break. 

Radio Station 

Ivy Bank FM is now a permanent feature of the school. Opened officially 
by David Blaxhall and a team .of presenters from 2BR on Open Day. 
Students are now broadcasting from the radio studio each day between 8.00
and 9.00 and during lunch break. 

Hockey
In a recent match against Habergham the Year 8 team drew 2-2 and although
the Year 9 team played some skilful hockey lost 2~5. 

Football 
Matches have been played against local opposition with all teams working
well together. 

Netball 
The Year 7 teams have made a promising start and the Year 10 have had their
first victory 17- 7 against Habergham. 

Trampette and Vaulting Club 
New club every Tuesday 8.00am. Open to all year groups, boys and girls. 

Cross Country 
In the first Burnley Schools competition the Year 7, 8 and 9 boys teams 
came 3rd. The girls had some excellent individual results with Roxanne
Newton 8th in the Year 7 girls race and Jade Williams, Year 8 came 8th in 
the Year 8 and 9 girls race. Well done to all.