Ipswich High School’s week-long literary celebrations kicked off with a very popular Book Fair, giving all the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior School pupils the opportunity to purchase a book of their choice. On World Book Day the whole school dressed up as book characters of their choice; the spectacle of creative and colourful creations was enthralling! Waterstones’ Children’s prize-winning author, Michelle Harrison, took the year 7-11 pupils on an adventure in her fun, inspirational and interactive talks held in the theatre. A neighbouring school, Holbrook Academy, were also invited to share in these special sessions which culminated with a Q & A where the pupils’ discovered how the author commences writing and creating characters and enabled all to gain an insight into the ‘writing to published book’ process. Many pupils left the sessions clutching signed books which they were eager to read. Michelle Harrison is a full time author who lives in Essex. Her first novel, The Thirteen Treasures, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and is published in sixteen countries including the UK. It was followed by The Thirteen Curses and [...]
The GCSE and A Level performance tables for 2017 were published recently by the Department of Education showed that Ipswich High School is the top performing school in Suffolk for facilitating A Level subjects. ‘41.4% of students achieved AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects’, widely seen as a benchmark for selective universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Facilitating subjects include A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths, Geography, History, English Literature along with Modern and Classical Languages. Russell Group Universities (a group of 24 leading UK universities) in their “informed choices” brochure recommend A Level students opt for facilitating subjects at A level. “If you take three facilitating subjects, you’ll have the largest number of degree courses to choose from further down the line – all the courses which require one or more of your subjects as well as those which have no specific subject requirements. Taking two facilitating subjects will also keep a wide range of degree courses and career options open to you”. Cambridge University colleges, for example Trinity College state on their [...]
Below are the latest notifications from Ipswich High School about the Orwell Bridge Closure: 24.01.2018 - 14:13 - The Orwell Bridge is open. The buses will leave the school campus at the normal time. 24.01.2018 - 13:48 - The Orwell Bridge is still closed and is expected to be open 'by 3pm'. We have made arrangements for the buses to arrive at the school earlier. The buses will leave the school campus at the normal time. 24.01.2018 - 10:06 - The Orwell Bridge is closed. The school is open as normal. We are monitoring the situation closely. 24.01.2018 - 07:41: The Orwell Bridge is open. The school is open as normal. 23.01.2018 - 16:06: As you may be aware, the Orwell Bridge is likely to be closed tomorrow morning due to forecast adverse weather conditions. We have communicated with the coach companies so they can check their routes to try to ensure that your child has the smoothest journey to and from school tomorrow. We will of course alert you if there are any changes to the normal coach [...]
Tickets for the next school production 'Beauty And The Beast' are now on sale through the Wolsey Theatre. Performances will be running on 6th, 7th and 8th February 2018, held in the Hayworth Theatre at the school. Click here to purchase your tickets now The Hayworth Players look forward to welcoming you to Ipswich High School, where you can Be Our Guest and enjoy the magic of a Tale as Old as Time…
As we come to end of the Autumn term we can reflect on all the sporting successes that the pupils have achieved this term. Hockey The pupils have been focusing on refining their slap shots and receiving the ball. During competitive play, they have worked on improving their positional play and defending skills. This has been evident in the fixtures that they have played. Our group attack is continuing to improve but we have been unfortunate in our ability to finish. All but a few pupils within the Prep School have taken part in a competitive match against another school as well as inter-house matches this term. House Hockey Year 5 and 6 pupils combined to form two teams per House to take part in the House Hockey competition. Congratulations to Centuars who won both the A and the B league and therefore won the overall title this year. Overall, Gryphons finished second, Dragons third and Unicorns in fourth. Football We have started to look at other sports within the curriculum this term with two teams taking part [...]
Year 11 artists had a productive two-day GCSE mock examination, working hard to create a diverse range of outcomes. From figurative painting to abstract sculpture, each piece reflects the individual student’s own investigation. The changes to the AQA specification this year include the stipulation that the coursework consists of a sustained project supported by a selection of further work, and thus the work produced in their mock will contribute directly to this. It is great to see such staggering technical skill and creative ideas emerging from the students. Special thanks to Ms Rice for the technical support, the students are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to request canvases and boards made to order. By Imogen Vickers, Head of Art
As we began our Shakespeare Schools Festival journey in September, I told the cast and crew that our job was to fully understand the SSF abridged version of Shakespeare’s complicated story, and to share that understanding with our audience. On the 14th of November, I had the privilege of spending a thoroughly enjoyable evening at Dance East, watching them do exactly that. The storytelling was clear and successful, the language handled with skill and ease, the ensemble built the world of the play and drew the story together, and the technical crew ran the lighting and sound flawlessly – working fully independently with the professional theatre equipment. I was able to stand at the back of the lighting box, in my silent supervisory role, and enjoy a quality piece of theatre. The feedback we received on the night, from our professional appraiser, audience members and the other schools performing, was testament to the hard work and dedication of the cast and crew. It is no easy task just remembering the lines and planning the technical aspects, never mind bringing them [...]
It was great to see so much support for Art and Design at the Anna Airy presentation evening on Friday. The selection of Art and Design work from all the Suffolk schools continues to improve in quality and challenge every year. We had 26 pupil’s work selected from the school to be part of the exhibition. Work from Year 10 - 13 students sitting against mostly A Level work from other schools. It was pleasing to see how strong our collection of work was in that context. Three of our Design students were highly commended for work they produced last academic year. Wai Y. for her DNA inspired sculpture, Isobel D. for her deconstructed Geodesic Dome sculpture that they both produced in yr12 and Olivia T. for her Spiral Birdhouses that she produced in her GCSE exam. If you have the chance to go and see the exhibition at UCS waterfront building in Ipswich, it is still on until 29th November.
We’re excited to announce that world-renowned acapella group Out Of The Blue will be performing at Ipswich High School on Monday 4th December and tickets are available now for parents. The group have travelled around the world and were even semi-finalists on Britain’s Got Talent, performing their irresistibly catchy acapella for crowds in Edinburgh, Japan, Switzerland and more. The group will be performing both original music and acapella renditions of contemporary classics by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Shakira and Mariah Carey, so they’re sure to have you snapping your fingers and singing along. Here's a taster of Out in the Blue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYrWtBmJPw8 Tickets for the performance cost £5 per person and can be purchased on ParentPay: https://www.parentpay.com/public/client/security/#/login The performance will begin at 7pm in the Hayworth Theatre. During the day, the group will be holding exciting workshops for our pupils, who will then have the opportunity to be involved in the evening’s performance. A letter will be sent home soon concerning sign-ups for the workshops.
Pupil's Unique Design Featured in Prestigious Exhibition Millie Harpur, aged 15 and a pupil at Ipswich High School, was invited to the annual Young Furniture Makers’ Exhibition in London, which took place earlier this month. The event showcases the talent of GCSE and A Level design technology students from around the UK. It was attended by the likes of Sebastian Conran. Millie’s table design was inspired by an entrance to a “brutalist period” piece of architecture. She has taken the bold rectangular forms and combined them to create a scaffold like structure, as if the legs are temporarily holding up the floor of the room above. ‘It was part of my GCSE coursework, seeing the degree level work was really inspirational' said the Year 11 student. The Furniture Makers Company was so impressed that Millie, along with her family and other students, were invited to the annual Young Furniture Makers’ Exhibition. Mr Joe Earley, Head of Design and Technology at Ipswich High School, said: “We are extremely proud of Millie, and of our many students across the year groups. “The [...]