This week we are celebrating some of the partnership working between Ipswich School and other schools in our local area
Working in schools
Around 60 pupils spend their Thursday afternoons in primary and special schools, working with children, hearing them read and helping in the classroom. This is part of our community service work undertaken by all our pupils in Years 10 and 11.
Our drama students are another group of community service volunteers who go into schools. They visited St Matthews Primary School twice last year, firstly performing their self-devised panto ‘Strictly Cinderella’ and interacting with the students, and secondly leading a one hour workshop with Year 5 pupils.
This afternoon was fun filled, including a fantastic carousel activity comprising of Physical Theatre, Word Splurge and Royal Prop. The aim of the workshop was to encourage the children to think outside the box and help build their confidence in a fun environment.
One of the drama students said afterwards: “It was extremely rewarding to see all the pupils expressing themselves so well, including those with learning disabilities and EAL pupils.”
Workshops to develop skills and knowledge
Our teaching staff organise workshops and events for schools, to share skills and knowledge and help young people to develop.
The popular Science Experience Day for local primary schools focused on the important issue of plastics in 2019. Pupils had a go at making a biodegradable plastic, called casein, which is made from the renewable resources of warm milk and vinegar, and tasted the stretchiness and bounciness of their slime mixtures.
The Festival of Music in the autumn has an education programme at its heart, so that young musicians get a chance to be taught by and work with international renowned musicians. This has been running for ten years now, and has involved over 5,000 children and young people since it started. They have taken part in workshops, listened to concerts, received valuable instruction in small masterclasses and been able to perform alongside world class acts in the festival concerts. In 2019, vocal a cappella group The Swingles gave an interactive performance to primary schools, whilst Oompah Brass led a workshop for Key Stage 2 brass players which then enabled these children to play in a concert with Oompah Brass, performing for other schools.
Sixth formers from local schools who are interested in becoming doctors are invited to our Medics Conference, held annually. This gives them an insight into the attributes needed by doctors, and helps them to focus on what is required from them in the application process.
Maths challenge fun
Each year Ipswich School hosts a Primary Maths Challenge, with schools entering teams of pupils from years 5 and 6 pitting their numerical knowledge against a series of fiendish challenges. Rushmere Hall Primary were the winners in 2017 and 2018, whilst St Margaret’s won in 2019. The challenge is due back in March 2020!