Once again our annual Open Evening proved to be a huge success, with a record turnout of families pouring in to see for themselves what the school has to offer. Year 11 and Sixth Form students were on hand to give guided tours and each department ran exciting activities for potential new Academy students.
Year 5 and 6 pupils and their families were invited to visit the school to experience a wide range of taster activities provided by each subject and hear Headteacher, Sharon Marshall, talk of the many opportunities and successes enjoyed by students over the past two years. A group of Year 8 students introduced the packed Dining Hall to the Academy’s core values of Hope, Kindness, Courage, Integrity, Trust, Respect and Responsibility
Among the activities, visitors had the opportunity to take part in mini French and Spanish lessons, have a go at mathematical puzzles and create a knightly shield and crest and design a stained glass window. In the Art department, as well as viewing exemplary pieces of art, visitors were able to see current students at work.
The English department took the potential new students on a ‘Journey through English at The Ilfracombe Academy’ and in drama and music performing arts students were demonstrating their talents. Within the media department recently appointed Head Boy, Sam McMillan, could be seen manning the Academy’s radio station which broadcast throughout the evening and visitors could take part in live interviews in our TV studio.
As usual, the science department proved very popular with their ‘Whizz, Bang Explosions’ and Mr Clewer wowed the audience by creating elephant toothpaste!
To the delight of the public, many departments laid on edible “taster” opportunities. Food Technology students were baking biscuits and in PCRE visitors could discover what food is served at a Passover meal and try a traditional Sikh pudding. Anyone feeling full after that could head down to PE to have a go on the climbing wall or challenge our students to a game of badminton, table tennis or basketball.
Our students were the real stars of Open Evening, running activities, giving tours and making our visitors feel welcome. It would have been impossible to put on the evening without their tireless enthusiasm and support.
Everyone agreed the evening was a resounding success!