As 2019 comes to an end, the Senior School’s student journalists – who write articles for ‘The Occasional’ newsletter as part of Thursday afternoon activities – have taken a look back at some stand-out moments throughout the year at Ipswich School.
In January, the school acquired the Anglesea Heights complex which will be used to help in the education of all pupils. Also, art scholars started creating one of the many Elmer elephants that were to be showcased across Ipswich later in the year.
In February, our school charity concert at St Peter’s by the Waterfront raised a grand total of £1152 for the Marine Conservation Society – the Senior School’s charity of the term – and featured the Chamber Orchestra and Big Band.
In March, the Year 12 students formed a Model House of Commons on Wednesday lunchtimes where pupils could participate in debates on current political issues – a student-run club that has thrived to become a popular lunchtime activity.
In April, Ipswich School became the first school to have a hi-tech ‘hydration station’ installed, in order to reduce plastic waste, as yet one more measure we have taken to help the environment.
During May the Snape Spring Concert took place and the headline acts for the Festival of Music were announced, such as the Swingles, and world famous jazz musician Courtney Pine. The Founding Futures campaign to raise money for more bursaries was also launched this month
As the year began to heat up, in June the school was joined by Elmer Armstrong, part of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk, held throughout Ipswich to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice.
In July we rounded off the school year with Sports Day and Speech Day, featuring a guest speech from Dr Adam Rutherford, Old Ipswichian and scientist, author and radio presenter, before swiftly heading off to enjoy the summer holidays.
As August came around, some year groups returned to receive their much anticipated A Level and GCSE exam results. As the Sunday Times Parent Power report revealed later in the year, these made Ipswich School the top independent school in Suffolk.
Returning to a new academic year in September with many new faces to get to know, the Sixth Formers enjoyed a social evening on the school field. The U15 girls’ cricket team also took the silver medal spot in the national T20 competition.
As part of the tenth Festival of Music this year in October, the Chamber Orchestra surprised shoppers with a flashmob at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich, to open a week of great performances by professional musicians.
For anti-bullying week in November, Lower School pupils wore odd socks to celebrate the differences we all have.
The year was rounded off in December with the traditional Carol Services, and pupils in Years 10 to 13 were able to vote in a model General Election at the same time as the real one.
Look out for more exciting school news in The Occasional every week in 2020. Happy New Year!