Month: March 2022

Car Washing for Prom

Car Washing for Prom

The Student Voice group held a car wash at the VI Form site last week. They washed cars all day for donations towards their Year 13 Prom. More than £100 was raised and they had lots of very happy customers (with very clean cars!). Great effort – well done! 

The group have more fundraising events planned which  include a raffle with some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses, and more car washing.

The prom will take place on Thursday 30 June at Landguard Manor in Shanklin. Tickets are available to purchase now on School Gateway. 


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Head of School’s Blog – 25 March 2022

25 March 2022

I hope the making of revision notes, flashcards, mindmaps etc. is going well? Remember, we recommend that you have finished creating these as soon as possible (Easter break) so that revision can switch to repeating rather than creating.  Repeating means; going over your notes again and again to burn it into your long term memory.  No-one can do this for you. Teachers will be helping with exam technique and marking criteria to help you get the highest possible grade.

2 weeks until Easter break – 8th April
8 weeks until Year 13 study leave for exams – 20th May
13 weeks until Year 13 exams finish and Year 12 end of year exams start
18 weeks until Summer holidays – 22nd July

If you are struggling with revision, mental health or anything else, please speak to us (Teachers, Mentor or Student Services). Exams can be stressful, so ask for help, revise, sleep well, eat well and exercise.

The Year 12 Virtual Parents’ evening is coming up on Thursday 7th April and further details will be shared with you next week.

Have a great weekend. 

Mr Mumford

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Head of School’s Blog – 25 March 2022

25 March 2022

I would like to start this week with a reminder about the Year 9 virtual Parents’ Evening, which is next Wednesday, 30 March between 4pm and 7pm. Letters and links to the system have been sent home. Thank you to all of you that have booked appointments already. If you have not yet done so, then please do book them as it is especially important to have these conversations because of the KS4 Pathways process that is currently underway.

We are very much looking forward to the Federated ‘Treasure Island’ performances next week, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, which are being held at Carisbrooke College. Thursday is the performance where the Medina College students will be taking the lead roles. If you have not yet bought tickets and you would like to, then please do so through School Gateway, It promises to be a fantastic evening. 

Easter revision sessions for Year 11 are being planned and information will follow next week regarding what is on offer. As always, please encourage your child to keep on top of their revision. The more good habits they can get into now, the easier it will be for them once the exams start. It is equally important to make sure that students who do feel anxious and revise a lot, also take time out to do something different that they enjoy and find relaxes them. 

Finally, a huge well down to our Year 9 basketball team who played brilliantly and won the IW Basketball Tournament held at Medina on Wednesday. They went unbeaten winning all seven of their matches. More details will follow on our social media and website.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mr Parr-Burman

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Head of School’s Blog – 25 March 2022

25 March 2022

We had some good news this week – Carisbrooke College Cyber Ambassadors have been nominated for an Amazon Web Services Cyber Ambassador School Award. Winners will be announced at a special celebration awards ceremony on Friday 29 April, to recognise the outstanding contribution volunteers and partners make to policing and in keeping the community safer. Well done to Amy, Evie, Ben, Tom, Poppy and Sam.

Last Friday there was a ‘Music Morning’ held at Medina College for all our Year 9 students and KS4 Music groups from the Federation. The morning featured presentations and performances from local musicians JC and Angelina, Strings Venue manager Claydon Connor, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra members, and a video interview with Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob Da Bank.

I was privileged to take our cohort of year 7 students involved in the Tempest Literacy Project to Brooke beach on Monday and Parkhurst forest on Wednesday. Their engagement and enthusiasm was excellent. The final project piece that they put together was fantastic. Well done to all involved.

Don’t forget to get tickets for the Federation performance of Treasure Island on Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 March which is being held at Carisbrooke College. Carisbrooke College students will be starring in the lead roles on Tuesday. Tickets can be bought through the school gateway. It promises to be an excellent evening.

Information about the year 9 parents evening has been sent home. If you have any problems please contact Mrs Smith. This is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about their chosen pathways

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for last week – Year 7 Tali, Year 8 Izzy, Year 9 Izzy, Year 10 Freddie and Year 11 Olivia.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Begley

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Year 7 & 8 Rugby

Year 7 & 8 Rugby

The Year 7s and 8s took on the Island Free School last week and came out victors 36-5!

There was some excellent defence on display with debutant Nicholas, Ethan and Colby leading from the front. George and Jack led by example in attack throughout the match, scoring many of the tries.

It was a real team effort and the boys should be extremely proud of how they played and represented the school. It bodes well for next season!

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World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day

Thank you to everyone who wore their mismatched socks on Monday to celebrate and support World Down Syndrome Day. 

Year 11 student, Chris, also raised £77 on the day for the local charity Rainbow Club Isle of Wight. The Rainbow Club does amazing work to support children with special needs and their families. Chris spent his break time selling sweets and rainbow wristbands whilst raising awareness. Well done Chris! 


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Year 9 Music Morning

Year 9 Music Morning

Last Friday, 18 March, we held a ‘Music Morning’ at Medina Theatre for all of our Year 9 students and KS4 Music groups from both Carisbrooke College and Medina College. The morning featured presentations and performances from local musicians JC and Angelina, Strings Venue manager Claydon Connor, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra members, and a video interview with Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob Da Bank. There were also inspiring video messages from some of our IWEF musical alumni (many of whom are now working as professionals in the Music Industry), and a number of staff also shared some of their musical experiences and talents.

Music has been very hard hit by Covid, with singing and instruments only recently allowed to be used again in curriculum lessons, extra-curricular clubs slowly starting back up and live performances tentatively being scheduled; this ‘Music Morning’ was arranged to enthuse and inspire our students, and show them how far their musical aspirations can take them. It was wonderful to see many of them going forward to sing and play percussion on stage with JC and Angelina, and their insightful questions, conduct and enthusiasm with all our guests throughout the morning was superb.

We have many exciting upcoming musical opportunities for our students at IWEF: please talk to your Music teacher to see how you can get involved!

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Year 7 CPR Training

Year 7 CPR Training

Mrs Lythgoe is so proud of year 7 as they have embraced the CPR Training and worked so hard during the sessions.

Dana Edkins-Wherry, who is training our year 7 students, is so impressed with how mature they are being and how engaged they are. Great questions and discussions are coming out of the sessions. 

A huge thank you to Dana for sharing her knowledge with our students and giving up her valuable time to teach our year 7 students such a valuable skill. 

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Easter Raffle

Easter Raffle

Year 11 have been working really hard to organise an Easter themed raffle to raise funds for their prom. Please support them by buying a ticket! They are £1 per strip and can be purchased on School Gateway.

Prizes include:

  • Wax Melts Kindly donated by Sarah’s Lush Melts
  • 1 Family Swim at Leisure
  • Tapnell Farm park entry for 4
  • £50 Domino’s voucher
  • £25 Castle Inn
  • £25 Valentino’s voucher
  • £10 Mr T’s Voucher
  • Lot of Easter Eggs
  • Easter Egg Hamper
  • Cuddle Easter Rabbit
  • Warm Velvet Throw
  • Sweet Cones
  • Oreo Chocolate Bouquet
  • Bunny Jar full of eggs
  • Easter Egg donations From Asda
  • 2 boxes of cupcakes- Donated by P041
  • 2 tickets for Bar 74 for an evening out
  • A voucher for 4 Ice Creams from The Plaza Ice
  • Cream Van
  • Commodore Cinema- Family voucher

The draw will take place in school at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 6 April 2022. 

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Year 8 Basketball

Year 8 Basketball

Year 8 played in their first basketball tournament today (Tuesday 22 March) and, although results didn’t go our way, they were competitive in all of their games, playing some fantastic basketball.

Big shout out to Rory and Ashton for scoring huge 3 pointers. Well done boys, keep practising. 

Mr Williams

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