Headteacher's Blog | News

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Headteacher’s Blog where we round up all the events and celebrations that have been happening in the school this week.
We truly believe that Isca students are the greatest and look forward to sharing all their amazing achievements with our community each week.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to our students of the week who have impressed teachers this week through their fantastic attitudes to learning, politeness and support of other students.
Well done all, your awards are very well deserved.

This week’s winners are:
Year 7 – Max Ferris
Year 8 – Poppy Louise Carpenter
Year 9 – Seb Garcia-Borski
Year 10 – Hettie Ruddy
Year 11 – Daniel Devenish

Ten Tors Training – a very wet weekend

Our first camp of the season took place last weekend.  Forty-seven participants embarked on their training routes on the west side of Dartmoor after a night of very heavy rain.  The forecast was for more to come.  We anticipated that the rivers we aimed to cross would be swollen and we adjusted the routes accordingly to cross them higher upstream.  Walkers coped brilliantly with the extra distance and rougher terrain, as well as intermittent heavy rain and wind.  We camped at Runnage Farm, allowing us some relief with shelter in the camping barn.  Participants camped and cooked for themselves, and we enjoyed a visit from Mrs Joyce, who brought very welcome doughnuts!  Participants got up and were walking early in the morning on Sunday, with the first group away at seven o’clock.  The weather was a bit better and the terrain easier, but it was still a very tough day.  We can already see how those who finished their routes are more confident.  They can cope with anything.  Our next camp, on 21-22 Jan, will be a wild camp, with no facilities.  Another big step!
A huge thank you to our dedicated team of staff and volunteers who make these experiences possible – what a truly amazing team.

Year 11 Parent’s Evening

It was a pleasure to welcome parents into school on Thursday evening for our Year 11 Parents’ Evening. We had so many positive and constructive conversations with both parents and students, building on the success of the recent mock examinations and growing confidence and ambition as we head toward their GCSE exams in just a few months’ time.

English Top Readers are 7xEN4 and 8yEN2

Every week there is an opportunity for the English classes to achieve a place on the Sparx Reader Leader board.
Each class competes with the other classes in the year group for the most submissions each week. There are prizes each term for the classes that are making the most progress!
Well done to 7xEN4 and 8yEN2 who have won first place on the Leader board this week.

Sports News

Year 10 v St James Football
Year 10 boys football strike again, this time with a 5-2 win v St James.
The year 10 boys had a quiet first 20 minutes with the score remaining 0-0. With a few changes in attack we soon found our form and, through fantastic interlinking play between Ned, Corbin and Sam M, found the back of the net. The second half started 2-0 but St James soon fought back and though a mistake at the back from Isca, it became 2-1. The boys went on to dominate the second half eventually winning 5-2.
Sam M and Ned A were joint man of the match.
The next game for year 10 is 23rd January v QECC away.

Year 8 v St Peters Football
This week, our Year 8 boys had a football fixture against St Peters under the floodlights in the pouring rain.
The evening involved 2 teams of 8 a side, who competed in 4 mini games.
In the first round of games Isca were dominant and won both. Scores; 3-0 and 4-0.
The second round of games proved to be tougher for one team. We won one game and drew the other. Scores; 5-1 and 0-0.
Overall some fantastic display of football from both teams. Isca were clinical in their finishing and put on a great display in the pouring rain. Player of the tournament Charlie O who scored a total of 7 goals.

Next Week’s Fixtures:
Tuesday 17th January -Year 7 Rugby vs Teignmouth
Wednesday 18th January – Year 8 Rugby vs Teignmouth

Next week:
Monday/Tuesday: Year 9 Art groups visit Exeter Cathedral
Weekend: Ten Tors Training