Month: April 2022

4Ps Project Success

4Ps Project Success

Students from Carisbrooke College, Medina College and The Island VI Form have now taken part in Vectis Radio’s 4Ps Project and have seen great success. 

The project aims to support young people with and without additional needs gain useful skills which will help them in the wider world. Specifically, they learn about the 4Ps of the radio industry – 

  • Presenting
  • Production
  • Podcasting
  • Promotion

Take a look at the information below where stories are shared from students across our Federation of Schools. 

We are incredibly proud of the students who have taken part so far and are grateful to Vectis Radio for providing this opportunity. It is great to see the confidence of our students grow through this exciting project. 


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Head of School’s Blog – 8 April 2022

8 April 2022

This term has seen a variety of activities take place and most excitingly, the return of many off site visits, as well as events that have not been possible for the last two years. It has been great to see students interacting more and enjoying themselves in ways that some have not been able to experience in their secondary school journey so far.

We have had the pleasure of holding celebration assemblies this week, and I know the students and staff love seeing success being acknowledged. The first week back after the Easter break, I will be leading assemblies on the ‘Respect’ element of our ASPIRE core values. I will explore the message that I am sharing in the first newsletter of the new term.

Carrying on from my exam tip about mobile devices and watches last week, this week we have an exam venue guidance and a revision tip.

Food and drink : Students may not take food into an exam (except in exceptional circumstances and by prior arrangement). Drinks must be in a clear/see through bottle, with no labels, writing or logos of any kind. Chilly bottles, or similar metal bottles, are not allowed.

Revision timetable: If students have not yet created a revision timetable then now is a great time to do that. They can use the Easter break to look at the dates of their exams (which can also be found on our website here). It will help them focus and ensure that once exams have started they are revising the right subjects at the right times. It will also take some of the potential stress away if they feel organised and in control.

Next term has some important and exciting events, including the Dance Live final, Year 6 in to 7 transition, which will be in person this year, Awards Evening, the Year 11 Prom, Parents’ Evenings for Years 10, 8 and 7, as well as the GCSE and A Level exams. We will be sharing information and write ups about these using all of our usual methods of communication.

We hope the students and staff who are travelling to Austria over the Easter break to go skiing have an amazing time – we look forward to reading about it on their return.

Thank you for your continued support and, as a general reminder, please ensure that all students start the new term positively, by being on time, in full uniform and equipped, with a positive attitude, ready to learn.

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Head of School’s Blog – 8 April 2022

8 April 2022

Dear Students, Parents & Carers

I would like to wish you a happy Easter break, as well as remind you that this is a key time for revision in preparation for the Summer exams.  By the end of Easter we recommend that the production of revision materials (mind maps, flash cards etc.) has finished and work switches to using these materials to burn the knowledge into your long term memory by repeat, repeat, repeat.

I get questions from parents about how they can help?  At this stage it is about supporting the basics and encouraging routines. Good systems and routines beat good intentions every time for most people.

Routines / systems:

  • Healthy diet / regular lunch & evening meal
  • Produce and stick to a revision timetable
  • Regular breaks
  • Regular bed time / enough sleep
  • Planned day / time off
  • Revise without distraction (leave phone in another room)
  • Work / school work balance (able to do more work shifts once exams are over)
  • Easter revision sessions at VI Form

The Easter revision schedule has been emailed to all students and parents this week and individual exam timetables; which include dates, times, room locations and seat numbers have also been shared via email. Paper copies of these timetables can be requested via Student Services or Main Reception. 

Finally, thank you to all students that helped with our German visitors this week. You made them all feel very welcome. They now travel home, having enjoyed a fantastic week. 

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Head of School’s Blog – 8 April 2022

8 April 2022

It has been another busy week at Carisbrooke. I have very much enjoyed attending the end of term celebration assemblies. It is lovely to hear about individual success in the year groups. A large number of students have received their Diamond and Platinum awards. A huge well done to our year 7’s Tali and Layla for being the first to achieve the Federation Award for achieving over 500 reward points. 

Year 7 had their disco on Wednesday afternoon. It was great to see them all enjoying themselves. There were some very good moves on the dance floor! A huge thank you to the tutors and other staff who supported the event.

The raffle organised by year 11 to help support their Prom was drawn on Wednesday lunchtime. Well done to all involved, especially Mrs Hookey who worked tirelessly selling tickets and getting prizes. Thank you to everyone who supported by either purchasing tickets or donating prizes.

Thank you so much for supporting the student council initiative in raising money for some of the humanitarian causes set up for the Ukrainians on the Isle of Wight. Payments can still be made via the school gateway. 

There are a number of revision sessions available during the Easter break for year 11. The students need to use their time wisely. A list of all the exams can be found on the website or via this Link. It is important that year 11 get some down time during the Easter break but they do need to make sure that they have a revision timetable in place. It will help them to focus and revise for the appropriate exams at the right time. 

Student council has asked if the lunch breaks can be reversed so Year 9, 10 and 11 can be the first half of lunch with Year 7 and 8 in the second sitting. We are going to trial this after the Easter break as it feels fair to rotate them. It is unfortunate that the canteen is not big enough to cater for all year groups at one time. Whilst talking about the canteen I would like to share some positive comments I have received from the staff. They reintroduced plates and metal cutlery for main meals. They are really impressed with how students have responded in returning plates and cutlery to the station and clearing their plates. The students are very polite and always say please and thank you!

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for last week – Year 7 Tali (third week running!) and Layla, Year 8 Izzy, Year 9 Riley, Year 10 Freddie and Year 11 Isabelle and Teyha.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday 25 April. Hope you all have a lovely break.

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IWEF Ski Trip 2022

IWEF Ski Trip 2022

Over the Easter break, 38 excited students from Carisbrooke College, Medina College and The Island VI Form set off on the Fishbourne ferry for an action packed week of skiing and snowboarding. Accompanied by Miss Caddick, Mr Rock, Mrs Mackett and Mr Jones, the students embarked on the 22 hour coach journey to Alpendorf, Austria.

On arrival the weather was amazing, with blue skies and warm temperatures to compliment the ample snow conditions. Five hours of lessons for five days produced some outstanding progress on the snow. By the last day most were out and about exploring the mountain with their instructors and taking in the views, not to forget racing each other down the speed trap before it melted too much.

Learning to ski and snowboard is extremely challenging. There were some inspirational students who faced that challenge head on, and all of them found new skills in the form of resilience and determination. They were a fantastic mix of students who entertained each other, and the staff, all week. Students made new friendships and memories which will last them a lifetime.

We have already been asked when the next trip will be! We are currently making enquiries for Easter 2024 and will be advertising details soon!

“Learning how to snowboard was very challenging, but was one of the best experiences of my life. It was my first time and I fell over a lot, but I loved every moment. I especially enjoyed snowboarding down the whole mountain, because the views were amazing and it was a satisfying experience to see how far I progressed throughout the week.”

Lennon

This was my second time going on this trip. I would recommend this experience to anyone who is debating going snowboarding. Overall the trip was hilarious, great fun and, all in all, an awesome week.”

Sebastian

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Miss Keogh raises £1400 for Ukraine!

Miss Keogh raises £1400 for Ukraine!

Well done to Miss Keogh who shaved her head during the Easter break to raise funds for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Thank you so much to everyone in our community who sponsored her. The combined total from Just Giving and School Gateway is currently at £1400! This is absolutely amazing.

It is not too late to support Miss Keogh. You can donate on School Gateway or via the following Just Giving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/donna-keogh3?fbclid=IwAR1_tGZDzVZt4oDBOnBTQpPbx7f_vYjoL1yN05j8AqIy2lT6ftQc3vNPyrg

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Excellent Costume work in Year 9 Drama

Excellent Costume work in Year 9 Drama

Year 9 have been exploring the scripted and design elements that will be covered in GCSE Drama. In their recent lessons, they have been designing their own costumes based on scripted extracts. We wanted to share some designs that we thought were brilliantly detailed and thought out. 
A huge well done to: 
Summer 
Elise-May 
Kiera 
Keep up the fantastic work! 
Mr. Worsley and Mrs. Shorrock



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Year 7 Literacy Week – The Tempest

Year 7 Literacy Week – The Tempest

An important part of our Literacy Strategy is to ensure that Key Stage 3 students are equipped with the key literacy skills required and the belief that they can succeed at GCSE level. In order to achieve this we aim to remove as many taboos about Literacy as early as possible and make it seem less scary to year 7 students as well as building their confidence with regards to school and their own abilities. 

Last week we took a small group of year 7 students and immersed them into the Shakespeare text, The Tempest. Initially, students were worried about not being able to understand the words and the writing but by approaching the text through The Arts, the students soon became comfortable with the ideas and themes within the plot. 

These year 7 students worked with local artist and forest school practitioner, Steph Brittain, and English teacher, Mrs Smith to access this tricky text. Through drama, music and art the students were plunged into the Elizabethan text and encouraged to think about the characters and how they felt. 

By visiting the beach the students were able to experience the atmosphere of the sea and understand and appreciate its power. They were able to imagine that they too were castaways washed up on the sand and how frightening that might have been. The beach also allowed the students to create some fantastic art works and to act out sections of the text. When visiting the forest they were able to feel nature and talked about the language that could be used to describe the environment. They worked with clay to recreate characters using woodland materials to help add detail and texture to their work.

Back at school, students used their beach experience to compose a musical response with Mrs Peckham. 

Later in the week, students performed Act 1 Scene 1 with Mr Lyle to gain further appreciation of the text. 

All of these project activities allowed students to break down any preconceived notions they may have had relating to Shakespeare. Students ended the week by producing an exhibition for parents last Friday afternoon.  

Thanks to Miss Begley for driving the minibus and Ms Ryan for supporting throughout the week. A big thank you to the Creative Arts Faculty for their assistance and unending positivity.






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Annual Basketball Tournament Successes for The Cougars

Annual Basketball Tournament Successes for the Carisbrooke Cougars

Carisbrooke Cougars have recently been competing in the annual basketball tournaments at Medina Leisure Centre. Over 50 students represented the Cougars over the five tournaments with some excellent individual and team performances. Shai was the teams Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the U12’s outfit who just came up short losing in the final game against The Bay to claim runners up spot overall. An outstanding achievement for their first competitive outing together.

The U13’s again represented themselves with pride and, despite finishing with a losing record overall, Matthew captained his team and produced some stunning performances to also claim Carisbrooke’s MVP.

The U14 tournament was a strange one as some teams who were expected to win comfortably slipped up against perceived easier opposition, but then beat teams they probably did not expect to before the tournament started. The Cougars were not exempt from this. After losing two of their first three games, they then went on to win their final four with superb team play throughout. This allowed them to eventually come joint runners up after previously losing on a shootout to The Bay and eventual champions Medina by two points. MVP for the Cougars went to Charlie but Matthew playing up an age was a close contender.

In the U15s competition, the Cougars struggled with consistency but, despite losing all their games, they did so by fighting hard within every game and did themselves proud. Alfie, for his composure, was awarded MVP for Carisbrooke.

In the final tournament, our U16’s started with one of the more exciting games of the season in which they were down 2-6 with 30 seconds left. With Matthew again playing up and showing no fear, he came on and attacked the basket straight away scoring a superb jump shot. Shortly after Carisbrooke were able to steal the ball and quickly level the score at 6-6 which meant, as the final whistle went, the Cougars had the opportunity to get one over The Bay who previously beat Carisbrooke in a shoot out in a previous tournament. After both schools missed their first shots, Oakley (MVP for Carisbrooke) stepped up and scored the winning bucket to give the Cougars a surprising win over a very dominant side. Despite this being the only win for the side, this did not stop them from enjoying the rest of the tournament and, with others such as Charlie, Ashton and Alfie playing up to support a depleted team, the Cougars have a bright future in front of them.





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Biosphere Trip to Yaverland and Dinosaur Isle

Biosphere Trip to Yaverland and Dinosaur Isle

Hopefully many of you were able to join us on our recent trip as we completed a student takeover of our social media platforms! However, for those of you who were not able to see these posts, please read on to hear a little more about it.

This week a group of Key Stage Three students bravely battled the wind and rain to capture some amazing viewpoints in our diverse Biosphere.

The day started with us making our way to Dinosaur Isle where we met our Artist in Residence, Trudie Wilson. We are lucky to be working with an artist who is so knowledgeable about our local environment; we were fortunate to hear stories of dinosaur excavations that she has been a part of! We spent time in the museum, drawing, sketching and taking photographs. We were then able to see some fossils up close, creating watercolour studies within our new sketchbooks!

Our studies completed on today’s trip will help to inform the legacy work that is being completed towards the end of this project.

As the rain started to ease, we walked along the coast to explore the beach at Yaverland. It was here that we were able to appreciate the incredible sea views and geographical beauty that our Island has to offer.

A big thank you to Trudie and all the team at Independent Arts for supporting us with this project.

Stay tuned for more Biosphere news soon!




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