Headteacher’s Weekly Message

Year 7 and 8 students have taken part in an immersive French language escape room activity this week. Within the escape room there were a series of puzzles and riddles designed to get students using French language speaking and comprehension skills in a fun and challenging environment outside the classroom. This was the scenario: students are at the French border waiting to return home, but there’s one problem… their passports are locked in a safe! The clock is ticking and students have 30 minutes to find the key to the safe before the ferry departs without them. In order to escape the room students will need to work as a team, using their French language and problem-solving skills to solve a trail of fun puzzles and uncover hidden clues.

Having spoken with our students, they seemed to have loved the challenge. Reed and Bailey in Year 8 sent me an email saying this:

Dear Mr Barrow
First of all we would like to give a huge thank you to our escape room host, Juju! Secondly, we agreed that our biggest learning point was needing to cooperate with each other so that we were an effective team. We nearly made it out but didn’t because we didn’t look at the right clues!

Can we do it again next year please. We did learn lots of French.

Bailey and Reed

The escape room will be back next year!

The GCSE options process has now begun for Year 9 and I was pleased to hear that yesterday’s assembly and subject presentations went well. Mr Jackson, Senior Tutor, will be leading next Tuesday’s Information Evening and we look forward to seeing parents and carers at the event.

In terms of future events, a reminder that our next Parents’ and Carers’ Forum is on Tuesday 28th January (9.30-10.30am). We also have our next Kitchens of the Globe event for Year 9 Parents and Carers that day. Invitations have been sent out and I should be grateful if parents and carers would confirm their attendance with Miss Hunt before then. At Tuesday’s Friends of Ixworth meeting, it was agreed that our next event will be a Quiz Night – Mr Beales is already designing the questions so please watch this space for more information!

Overall, a busy and positive week.

Mr M Barrow
SET Ixworth School