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Sport

In addition to their timetabled PE and games lessons, Years 7 to 10 also take part in a series of interHouse tournaments. These usually take place across a whole morning, with all students from the year group participating, but some tournaments are held at lunchtimes. Houses learn to work together as a team, and students enjoy the competition.

Clubs are organised for a range of sports: rugby, football, hockey, netball, cricket, tennis, short tennis, basketball, badminton, rounders and athletics. Clubs are open to all students, regardless of ability. There is also a comprehensive midweek fixture list involving teams from St Ivo competing with other local secondary schools. St Ivo students are invited to trials for District and County teams, and we enter teams to National Cup football competitions. Please see our sporting success page for more details.

Dance

During the week the Dance Department runs a number of lunchtime and after school clubs such as Tap, Ballet, Key Stage 3, Street Dance, Reflex, Rebound and Ivo Dance Companies. Please refer to our clubs timetable page for more information. Every November the department produces our annual performance of Ivolution, a dance show held at the Burgess Hall where dancers from every year group, clubs, and BTEC courses perform to live audiences. The department also holds a smaller performance during the spring term in the school’s main hall. The department has recently added a new charity event, “Dance Dash” in which Year 11 students create a dance to perform as many times as possible in as many locations as possible during one day, all in aid of charity fundraising. Our students regularly perform in events at DanceEast in Ipswich, watch live performances on trips, lead dance activities at local primary schools and participate in workshops led by visiting professional dance artists.

Drama and Theatre Studies

Throughout the year there are a number of performances in drama; we will be presenting ‘Annie’ at the Burgess Hall in February and holding a number of performances of exam pieces in the drama studio.

Languages

Students in Year 7 take part in the “Foreign Languages Spelling Bee”. By taking part students practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and memory skills in French and German

Year 9 students take part in the “Foreign languages Translation Bee”. This competition helps students to improve their tenses and grammar – an essential foundation for going on to achieve well at GCSE.

Music

We have numerous peripatetic instrumental teachers at St Ivo, teaching 1:1 lessons to students on strings, brass, drum kit, voice, piano and keyboard, woodwind, guitar and ukulele and recorder. These are taught by private music teachers who come into school on a weekly basis, and we aim to give access to these lessons to all students although there is a cost involved to parents/carers. Students can take up these lessons at any point in their time at St Ivo.

We also have a range of free extracurricular music clubs on offer such as Vocalise, Samba band, Guitars and ukuleles, Recorder Group etc. The department holds a number of concerts per year  which are of an exceptionally high standard, and also regularly contributes to community events such as the St Ives carnival, concerts in St Ives and Cambridge and charity events

Press Matters

Items are released to the local press regarding school or individual achievements.

Eco-Ivo

The Eco-Ivo group comprises students who are interested and enthusiastic about getting involved in environmental projects both locally, nationally and globally. Meetings are held every fortnight in the geography department to discuss strategies for promoting eco ideas and events and for raising environmental awareness in school. Meetings are held in N21 on Thursdays, Week B. All new members welcome!

Duke of Edinburgh

St Ives DofE Open Award group have been offering DofE programmes to young people in the local area for over 20 years. The current coordinator has grown the programme from 8 participants, 20 years ago, to a current annual cohort of around 90 young people at Bronze, Silver and Gold level of DofE. The Award group thrives due to the continued commitment of a strong team of volunteer leaders and helpers. It is the largest Open Award group in Cambridgeshire.

The group operates out of Broad Leas centre in St Ives and run as an Independent Award group in partnership with the St Ives Locality team. As an Open Award group we can take young people from any educational establishment and even those who have full time jobs or who are home schooled. All are welcome from Year 9 upwards.

Young people can join a DofE Award from Year 9 at Bronze level, moving to Silver level in Year 10 and Gold level after their 16th birthday. Young people are accepted at any level provided they meet the age requirements, they do not have to work their way through all the Award levels.

The Award itself is built by the young people depending on their interests and activities. It is split into 4 sections at Bronze and Silver Level and 5 sections at Gold Level. Each section has equal merit and the whole award cannot be gained without completing all the sections.

Young people must take part in a Volunteering activity, a Physical activity, a Skill activity and an Expedition. At Gold a Residential experience is also a requirement.

Many activities that young people already do can be used to help them to gain their DofE Award, eg Music lessons are a Skill, football club are a Physical or helping out at cubs is Volunteering.

St Ives Open Group monitors and guide young people in their choices and support them along the way until they have fully completed their award. They also operate a full training programme for the Expedition section of the DofE Award at all levels. Expeditions at Bronze take place in neighbouring counties, at Silver expeditions go slightly further away, choosing The Peak District, Shropshire Hills or The Pennines, and at Gold all expeditions must take place in “Wild Country”. In the past assessed expeditions have been completed in The Dales, The Lake District and in Wales. The group has even started doing cycling expeditions at Bronze level as well as the traditional walking expeditions.

Any DofE Award at any level is an important part of a young person’s CV as it shows their commitment to a range of activities over a period of time. All DofE Awards are looked on very highly by UCAS, and employers, a recent survey showed that employers regard DofE second only to exam passes. The Gold Award is the culmination of the range of Awards and is particularly highly regarded because of the time and effort it requires to complete.

It really is worthwhile taking on the challenge and making yourself stand out from the crowd.

Recruitment at St Ives Open group takes place in the Autumn term every year before October half term. If you would like to find out more send please email tracy@stivesdofe.co.uk or tracy.grant@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Please note that the St Ives Open D of E group and organisation runs separately to St Ivo School, other local organisations (scouts, cadets etc) also offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Charity Events

The school has a long tradition of raising money for charity, the following gives a snapshot of typical activities:

  • The Sixth Form supports a number of charities throughout the year. These include breast cancer research with fundraising through ‘Pink Day’  and collecting boxes for Christmas presents for disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe.
  • The whole school raises around £1,500 for Children in Need, and £1,500 for Sport Relief. Fundraising events included a non-uniform day for students with sixth form students wearing fancy dress, sponsored silences, cake stalls and live music at break and lunch time.
  • A cake sale is held for Macmillan Coffee Morning, with the House that raises the most being rewarded with House points.

St Ives Youth Town Council

This council was set up in 1999, with proper elections held in the school. Each year group has two representatives and the council has made major contributions to the planning of the St Ives Carnival and other celebrations. Five members of the council visited their counterparts in Stadtallendorf. A major project has been setting up youth groups in the town and working on the St Ives regeneration.