-Newsletter- November 2001
European Space Agency

The GCSE Drama project that we are running with Robert McBride's has been identified by 
the European Spacce Agency as one of the most inspirational projects taking place in 
Europe. Ms. Riley went to The Netherlands over half term to speak to 250 delegates about
"The Mission to Mars" - a simulated space flight that students undertook at the Nationa1
Space Centre course. 

Staff News 

We have been joined by two new Maths specialists Mrs. Start and Mrs. Johnson. We are 
delighted that both have been able to take up their posts without delay and we look 
forward to working with them. Mrs. Thakur has left us to take up a post in Texas. 


On November l2th the school proudly played host to the Lancashire R.E. Teachers 
Conference which launched the new syllabus for the subject. 


Any students in Year 11 who are still awaiting a Careers interview can see Mr. Burbery if
they wish to be seen earlier. Alternatively it is possible to speak to the Careers Service
in Burnley by phone. 


There are still some places on the Spanish Watersports holiday for next September. Anyone
interested should see Mrs. Powell. 


The annual 'It's a Knockout' has raised 5000 in sponsorship so far. The money supports 
an extensive range of sports fixtures and helps to maintain and run the school minibus. 
A huge thanks to all fundraisers. Thanks also to LCCS for donating a mountain bike as a 
prize for the top fundraiser and to Apollo Cinemas for organising a 'Harry Potter' 
preview for other students who raised substantial sums. 

Pendle Witches 

Year 8 History students have been on the trail of the Pendle Witches from Colne to 
Lancaster Castle. They intend to use the bewitching experience to enter a competition 
being run by English Heritage and The History Channel. 


We are experiencing some real inconvenience at the moment as building work continues on 
the two new Science labs. We hope to move into the rooms ear!y in March; by this time we 
will have spent about 320,000 on creating top class specialist Science accommodation. 

Girls Football 

Year 8 girls are in training for the first round of The National Wagon Wheels Competition
which begins in December. Everyone is welcome to attend the Tuesday training session. 


Friday morning Dance Club is busy rehearsing for their next performances in assemblies at
the end of the term.

Baby Think It Over 

Several Year 9 students are working on a DfES funded project to encourage more boys to 
take the infant simulator home for a time. Parents' views will be sought in the near 


Ivy Bank is now affiliated to The Technology Colleges Trust. This is a London based 
organisation which win help us with our bid to become a Specialist College. 


Congratulations to Danielle Newton who is excelling at the sport and who has competed at 
national level. Year 7 and 8 teams recently competed against Walshaw. All were successful 
with 8A winning 24-0 and 7A 16-0. 

Cathedral Visit 

A visit to see the 'mysteries and secrets' of Blackbum Cathedral is arranged for Saturday 
8th December. A few places remain. Anyone interested should see Ms. Greig. 


The Council Chamber was the venue for a recent debate held with Towneley High School. 
Members of the Borough Council attended and were impressed by the debating skills and 
conduct of the students. Congratulations to all who took part. 


The Under 16 side comfortably defeated Walshaw in a recent game and are now looking
forward eagerly to the first round of the Lancashire President's Plate in which 
competition will be 
much sterner. 

Christmas Cards 

The RE. Department is raising money for Christian Aid through the sale of cards; they 
are available from D2 at break time. 

Brook Competition 

Year 9 students can now enter a poster competition to promote the services of The Brook 
Advisory Group. Winning entries will be displayed and may be published professionally. 
Mr Burbery has the details. 


The History and RE. Departments will provide students with the chance to take part in a 
Holocaust Day Workshop in school. Scheduled for next term the event will be run by The 
Manchester Jewish Museum and a Holocaust survivor will be present. Further details will
be sent to parents in due course. 

Cross Country

Ivy Bank girls have excelled once again in Cross Country. In recent competition held at 
Towneley, the Year 10 and 11 teams became town champions while the lower school.girls 
were runners-up in their events. Well done to the junior boys who came third in their

Arts Mark 

Students and staff from school recently attended an event at The Lowry to receive our Arts
Mark and to celebrate excellent work going on in the Arts in schools across the North West.