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Friday 18th November 2022

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 past 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 been nominated by their teachers for great attitudes towards their learning, being polite and cheerful at all times, and demonstrating our Isca values.
This week’s winners are:
Year 7 – Lacey
Year 8 – Precious
Year 9 – Alex
Year 10 – Thomas
Year 11 – Jack

Introducing MISSY

Students may have noticed a new addition to our team this week as Missy officially joined us in school on Thursday. Missy is a Saint Bernard who will be working in school as a wellbeing dog. She is very friendly and looks forward to meeting everyone.

Golden Ticket Winner

Our Golden Ticket winner this week is Myles in 8SDO. Every student with 100% attendance is entered into a draw and the winning name on a Monday receives a £20 Just Eat voucher to spend on a take away treat with their family. 

Geography: Year 11 Mock preparations

Our Year 11 geographers have been working hard to complete exam questions each week to prepare them for their mocks. A big well done goes to Mrs Shaw’s group who had the highest completion rate of 82% for week 6. A special mention goes to the 36 students listed below who have completed every piece of homework so far showing a strong commitment to improving their exam technique.
Cass, Emmie, Noah, Alfie, Muhieddeen, Luca, Nancy, Tyler, Zac, Lily, Toby, Jess, Ryan, Sam, Mia, Queenie, Theo, Millie, Aswin, James, Cameron, Morgan, Josh M, Matthew, Josh N, Ed, Leo, Jack S, Abby, Ollie, Harry, Lucy, Jake, Jack S, Alice and Rosie.

Computer Science: programming opportunities

Year 9 computer scientists have received letters inviting them to go to workshops at Exeter Maths School to become even better programmers. This is a great opportunity to have a look at the facilities available at the Maths School which could be their destination after GCSEs.

History Celebrations 

Miss Lewis has been busy writing celebration postcards to historians who have shown resilience, diligence and a positive attitude in lessons. Well done.
Keep an eye out for your post.

Basketball Match Report

Isca year 9 and 10’s travelled to Exeter College last week where they competed in a highly anticipated Basketball tournament.
Isca played 3 games, winning the first game against West Exe 22 – 8. The second game against St James was very well matched with both teams performing well but won finally by the St James team 18 – 24.
Big shout out to all those involved and great performances for their first school fixture; Jake, Stan, Mingyang, Jakub, Will, Jan, Max, Henry.

Art – perfecting prints in Year 8   

Year 8 students have been printmaking in their art classes this week with Mrs Hughes and Miss Sastre. They are producing some really fabulous work, learning lots of new techniques and really enjoying the process working with lots of new materials.

Cadets : training and promotions

Cadet Corporals Gutierrez and Hall-Hewitt thoroughly impressed on Tuesday evening as they helped 2, year 9 cadets each develop their weapon handling skills.
Both corporals had no warning that they were to help revise a new drill, but both stepped up. They were patient, kind, and calm. Both looked as if they’d been teaching for years.
Gutierrez R and Hall-Hewitt E have recently been promoted to corporal, along with Molloy T, Parker S, Ford S, Hitchmough H, Hitchmough N, and Travill L.
Additionally, after demonstrating exceptional leadership, Cadets Peggs, Ward L, Thomas E, and Tarling M, have all been promoted to Lance Corporal. Very well done all.

Library: Check out the new stock on display 

There are lots of new books in the library that can be borrowed by students, so go and check out the new titles during any break or lunch time.

Breakfast Club

The Isca Breakfast club supports any student that might need some extra time before school to prepare themselves for the day. This week students have been meeting up and doing their homework, having a relaxing start with some sensory play-doh play and even starting the day with a brain-stimulating game of chess!


Special Mentions

Georgia, 10KWA
Georgia has received her music results this week and has gained a very well deserved Distinction in her Grade 1 exam. Well done Georgia!

Noah, 7MKI
Noah is one of the voices featured on recording of climate stories released over the duration of the COP27 conference. The project has been led by the University of Exeter along with partners including the Met Office, RAMM and the British Council.
The stories can be accessed at https://greenfutures.exeter.ac.uk/article/we-still-have-a-chance-digital-recordings/ and Noah can be heard on Day 10’s story entitled Wait Here.

Next week:

Thursday 24th November: Cross Country Event: Exeter and East Devon finals
Saturday 26th November: Ten Tors Day Walk
Year 11 Mock Exams start on Monday 28th November