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16th – 20th December @ilkleygrammar

Dinner Time Rota (No bags in Dining Hall) B Hall

Packed Lunch

Sitting 1

Year 8

Year 7

D1 and D3

Sitting 2

Year 7 & 9

Year 8

B Hall and D2

Year 9

Social Area D Floor

Rotating lunchtime sittings will be for Years 7, 8 and 9 only. Years 10 and 11 have optional sittings. Bags must not be taken into B Hall/The Courtyard Cafe at lunchtime unless you have essential medication (i.e. Epipen or Diabetic equipment).

School Nurse Drop-in Session: Tuesday 17th December – Medical Room No appointments required – they are here to listen not to tell!

iPad drop in session: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12.15pm - K3

Children in Need Update We have an updated total for Children in Need – the Year 8 three legged walk has raised £2662.02 and when added to the other donations we have raised a monumental total of £4011.82. With some donations still to come in, we may even reach £5000! 8KL in particular deserve a well done – they raised over £500 as a tutor group for the walk. Radio IGS If you didn’t catch the Stray FM School show last Friday featuring 9 presenters of the future from IGS then click here to listen again! Personal Best Can I please remind you just how visible you are in your school uniform when out and about in the local community. Unfortunately, some of you have been seen by members of the public smoking at Menston train station (train station platforms are non-smoking areas). We know who you are, so please show, your personal best whether in or outside of school. I don’t expect there to be any further reports like this.

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Christmas Jumper Day - Jump to it! We don’t usually hold two non-uniform days in a half term, but following the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan we wanted you to dig deep and give £1 minimum to this appeal via Save the Children – and wear a Christmas Jumper today. Today is also Christmas Dinner day, so it’s a really good opportunity to eat and be merry for a very good purpose.

Lost Property 21 memory sticks, 2 watches, 1 calculator, a pair of glasses, several bunches of keys and assorted items of jewellery – these are just some of the items handed into the Library as lost property last week. Larger items can be found in the Key Stage 3 Hub lost property box – go and have a rummage if you have lost anything this term. Both the Library and Key Sage 3 Hub will be clearing out lost property before the end of term. You have until Wednesday 18th December to be reunited with your items. Mrs Harrison and Ms Butterfield

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Success Noticeboard!

A 2 week trail has started for year 10 to take their bags with them into the Courtyard Café at lunchtime.-form. Well done to Adam Leach (11KPC) who travelled to Birmingham with 19 other textiles students to see his textiles project on display at the Clothes Show Live event. Adam did fantastically well to get through as one of the final ten and the quality of workmanship on display was outstanding. There could only be one winner and unfortunately it wasn’t to be Adam this year. The event was a great opportunity for the Year 10 and 11 textile students to see fashion and design at its very best – they also managed to catch glimpses of a celebrity or two, including the illustrious Zandra Rhodes. Well done Adam – we are very proud of you!

Well done to Aisling O’Neill and Matthew Spencer (both 8JP) who are our first Year 8 students to achieve their Bronze Awards.

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Congratulations to Emma Powell (8JP) who has been climbing her way to success again! Emma took part in the Scottish Tooling Series at Glenmore Lodge in Scotland, where she competed for the Youth Ice Cup. Emma is so good she was included in the senior’s category and qualified in 2nd place. The finals included 11 routes which were outside and pushed the climbers to climb through tyres up to the stones and chains. She did incredibly well, securing a 4th place. Well done Emma! Emma is now in fulll training mode ready for the Junior Ice World Cup in France in February.

Netball News Our U13A team drew against Skipton this week 10-10 player of the match went to Izzy Atkinson (8HM). The U14B team lost with player of the match going to Roisin Ramage (9DMM). Our teams were successful against Holy Family on Monday. U13A won 14-1 player of the match was Sophie Armitage (8ADM). The U15A team won 27-8 player of the match went to Maya Booton (10VEB). On Wednesday our U14C team were narrowly defeated 3-4, player of the match went to Mackenzie Shearn-Miller (9JLF). Finally on Wednesday the U15 team took part in the Bradford Tournament, they reached the semi-finals but were pipped to the post by Bradford Grammar School. Well done girls!

Well done to Sam Harris (7DSF), Ben Bearpark (8GPS) and William Lovell (10PPB) who have just taken their piano exams.

Sam Harris passed grade 4

Ben Bearpark passed grade 6

William Lovell passed grade 7

They all passed with distinctions and as their piano teacher said, ‘Distinctions are rare enough, so for all three of them to achieve this is really pretty exceptional!’

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It was great to see our radio stars of the future feature in the Gazette this week.

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Next Week’s Menu Fuel for the body is fuel for the mind – get your tank topped up at lunch time. Remember the meal deal is only £2.15. Menus will change in January.

Challenge and Celebration Week Friday 20th December is an important deadline day for the second payment for Challenge and Celebration Week. If you are participating in any of the activities and visits it is vital that you make this deadline as the school has payment deadlines of its own to make. Please make sure that all monies are uploaded to ParentPay for this date. Mr Washington GCSE Overview

Mr Swain

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Condolences Many of you will remember Michael Cumbers (a bus driver with Transdev Keighley and District) who used to regularly take you down to the fields on the games bus. Sadly, Michael has died following a long battle against cancer. I’m sure you join us in passing on our respects to his family

Roll Up, Roll Up! Whole cast meeting for school production! The first meeting as a whole cast will take place on Tuesday 17th December in B Hall 3-4pm. Important information and rehearsal schedule will be handed out at this meeting. All cast members are expected to attend. Any issues please see Ms Ramrattan, Miss Murray or Miss Watson.

Miss Watson

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IGS Hour of Code Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the IGS Hour of Code this week. We hope that you enjoyed your introduction to Computer Science and continue your quest in learning to code.

If you would like to learn more about computer programming, why not download one of these free apps?

Or try an hour long programming project available from: Or check one of the free online courses available from: and Or speak to your ICT and Computer Science teachers for more information!

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Kid Stuff The Wise Guys Tell me That Christmas Is Kid Stuff. Maybe they’ve got Something there. Two thousand years ago Three wise guys Chased a star Across a continent to bring Frankincense and myrrh To a kid Born in a manger with An idea in his head… And so the bombs crash All over the world Today And the real wise guys Know That we’ve all got To go chase stars Again In the hope That we can get back Some of that Kid Stuff Born two thousand years ago. Frank Horne December 1942

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Charity at Christmas As we approach the third advent Sunday, most of our thoughts are turning to present buying, parties and meeting up with family at this special time of year. Although it’s a time of festive fun and excess – not everyone has the same Christmas as we do. Typhoon Haiyan was 300 miles across when it struck the Philippines on the 8th of November and was one of the most intense tropical storms to ever make landfall anywhere in the world. It brought torrential rain, sustained winds of over 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30 feet that devastated coastal areas. There are millions of people who have been affected, including hundreds of thousands who have been forced from their homes. Many of these families in the Philippines will have a very different Christmas – without food or shelter there won’t be much to celebrate. The pounds you donated today for ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ will have an impact on their lives;  £21 could provide a month's emergency food for three families  £40 could buy essentials for a family whose home has been destroyed – tarpaulin and blankets, medicine, cooking equipment, buckets, candles and a torch. Your small charitable gestures make a big difference. Thank you!

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