Month: June 2022

Students provide weather forecasts for the IW Festival

Students provide weather forecasts for the IW Festival

Students from the Medina College farm club read the weather to organisers over the festival weekend.

Medina college has a weather station on top of the school that was supplied by ProData (https://www.weatherstations.co.uk/) and it sends lots of data to an app that students can collate data from. Students used that information this year to produce a weather report and read it to festival organisers.

We collected data from our weather station on top of the school and wrote a weather forecast for each day of the festival. We were collected by Dougie from Solo and escorted backstage to have a tour and then read the forecast to festival organisers each day.

On Friday, it was the hottest day of the year with forecasted temperatures of 30 degrees. Talia and Aurelia read the forecast to John Giddings who spoke to them about how he started to organise the festival and asked them questions about the weather that day. They were very professional and had an amazing time!

Saturday it was the turn of Bee and Ruby to read the forecast. The forecast was for very strong winds of up to 40mph and that is exactly what happened with the festival having to stop for a little while to make the stage safer in the strong winds.

Sunday was the final day of the festival and Apryl and Bea read the forecast with a very cloudy and chilly (at times!) day. They even had some rain forecast too.

Our weather station was very accurate and all the students had an amazing time. Thank you to Solo for giving us this fantastic opportunity!

Parents can download the app to see what the weather is like at school and at any other part of the Country that has a Prodata weather station installed.

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IW Festival Documentary

IW Festival Documentary

Get the red carpet ready! The Medina College Film Club were poised, cameras in hand to capture all the action of festival weekend, as part of their documentary.

The group (which meets every Friday after school) explores how to make your own films by demystifying the production process. Covering everything from stop motion animations, music videos, to dramas, even deconstructing how blockbusters are made, and how to steal their camera work.

The club were lucky enough to have a backstage tour of the artists village, check out the SkyArts set, and get a personal tour of the main arena before gates opened. They also interviewed some of the hottest local acts performing on the main stage, as well as some of the key people behind the scenes that come together to make the festival.

A massive well done to all of the students for capturing some amazing coverage, and a huge thank you to Isle of Wight Festival Ltd for accommodating us. The documentary is currently being edited and will be available on the website soon – watch this space!

Mrs Shorrock and Mr Martin

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Recycling and Carbon Footprint Studies at the IW Festival

Recycling and Carbon Footprint Studies at the IW Festival

As part of a project started in school called ‘Using Resources’, the science department took a group of students to collect data about carbon footprint and recycling. They collected data to analyse the carbon footprint of festival goers, counted and calculated the impact of food vans attending and researched the use of recycling on site. The group concluded that although there is going to be an environmental impact to hosting a large festival, the organisers had tried their best to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible.

The data also showed that most festival goers were also aware of their carbon footprint and tried, where possible, to keep it low. The most popular answers to helping with this were: using the festival buses or car sharing, taking home camping equipment to use again in the future, using refillable drinking bottles and using as little amount of single use plastic as possible. The group counted lots of black and green bins and most festival goers were attempting to use the correct bin for their waste.

Finally the group analysed the food vans and concluded that, although there were over 100 vans, almost all of them were serving food in recyclable containers and there was a minimal amount of single use plastic drinks bottles for sale. When questioned, most had also only travelled within 50 miles to the festival and used off peak ferry travel.

The analysis is continuing in school with the students working towards designing a ‘Fantasy Carbon Neutral Festival’.

Mrs Smith. 

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A Level Geographers visit the IW Festival

A Level Geographers visit the IW Festival

How smelly is the Isle of Wight Festival?

This important question and others were investigated by Geography A-level students when they visited the Isle of Wight Festival during their lesson on Friday 17 June. 

As part of an investigation into the importance of arts led regeneration on the Isle of Wight, students tried out sound scaping, emotional and smelly mapping and conducting an urban drift through the festival site.  Students learnt how to use sampling strategies to choose their sites and created environmental quality indexes that suited a festival. These skills will in turn support them in their own coursework investigations for the remainder of the term. 

We had fun, we learnt some new skills and we found out that the IW Festival is a very noisy, smelly place indeed!

Mrs Allen.


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Students perform on the Kidzone Stage at the IW Festival!

Students perform on the Kidzone Stage at the IW Festival!

48 students from Carisbrooke College, Medina College and The Island VI Form had the amazing opportunity of performing at this year’s IW Festival!

Music has been very hard hit by the impact of covid, with singing and ensembles only this year being allowed to form, but our students have rehearsed endlessly and shown incredible effort and enthusiasm in putting these performances together and gathering the confidence needed to stand up in front of a field full of people cheering them on.

Students performed on the Kidzone stage at various times over the weekend, and had the unique opportunity to see first hand how stage managers and sound technicians operate, learning all about set logistics, scheduling, soundchecks and life backstage.

Carisbrooke’s Key Stage 3 choir ‘Sing’ performed hits by Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. Various bands and ensembles from Carisbrooke College’s popular ‘School of Rock’ club performed a variety of songs they had all chosen themselves, ranging from Queen to Green Day. Medina College’s year 10 group ‘The Antiband’ performed hits by The Beatles and year 11s from Medina joined with students from The Island VI Form to lead a lively closing set on Saturday afternoon.

We are incredibly proud of these students. The time and energy invested by them in this event is highly commendable. We look forward to seeing our musical project at the IW Festival go from strength to strength in the coming years.

If you would like to get involved in similar musical activities, please speak to your Music teacher – all welcome!

Mrs. Peckham, Mr. Turner, Mr. Winsor and Mr. Wiseman








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Head of School’s Blog – 24 June 2022

24 June 2022

Wednesday night we held the Carisbrooke College awards evening at Medina Theatre for this academic year. It was so nice to once more be able to hold this very special event. This is one of the highlights of our calendared events as it is when we recognise individual students for their contributions to lessons and other wider curricular opportunities. There were over 70 deserving recipients across the year groups. We could have presented double, if not triple the number of awards – I know there have been numerous discussions in department areas on who the recipients should be. I would like to congratulate all our award winners – You should be very proud that you have been recognised by your teachers for your hard work and excellent attitude. Well done to all our students who participated in the musical performances during the evening. You were all amazing. I would also like to thank the fantastic staff that have helped develop these young people.

You may have noticed that we have a large stone just inside the gates. It will be turned into an incredible sculpture to form the legacy piece of our Biosphere Project. Both students and staff across the Federation will have the opportunity to make their mark on this sculpture, working closely with our Artist in Residence to capture elements of the beautiful biosphere reserve in which we all live.

Students from both Carisbrooke and Medina College are attending a floral workshop at the Independent Arts Hub where they will be making centrepieces for the tables at the Royal County Show. They will be using pressed flowers, foraged from our local Biosphere to tie in with our current project relating to the local environment.

Well done to all our students that performed at the festival last weekend. You are a very talented group of young people and I look forward to more of your performances.

Year 11 sat their final exam on Thursday this week. They should have received an invitation to the Year 11 into 12 Pre-Enrolment on Monday 27 June 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. We are very much looking forward to seeing them at their prom.

Year 10 start their mock exams next week. This is an opportunity for them to get a feel of how their GCSEs will run next summer. Morning exams start at 9.00 am. Students are expected to be in the student entrance by 8.45 am. Afternoon exams will start at 1.00 pm. They will have an early lunch on days when they have exams in the afternoon. Again they will be expected to be in the student entrance at 12.45 pm to make sure they are ready to enter the exam hall for a prompt start. They had an assembly yesterday setting out our expectations and we ask that you reinforce the importance of not having a phone or watch on them in an exam. Phones must be turned off, even if it is in their bags and all alarms disabled on both phones and watches.

Have a lovely weekend

Message from Matthew Parr-Burman, Executive Headteacher, Isle of Wight Education Federation

I delivered assemblies to all students this week about the consultation that we have open. They listened maturely and in some cases asked some very considered questions – I am very proud of them. Please remember, if you have a comment that you would like to contribute regarding the consultation , please do complete the form which can be found here. This can be a concern but can also be a message of positive support, both are important to know. If you have questions or would like to discuss your concerns then please email, anna.mursell@iwef.org.uk who can arrange a phone call with me. This may then help inform a representation you may wish to make.

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National School Sport Week Roundup

National School Sport Week Roundup

Year 7 & 8 had a great game of rounders in the sunshine on Tuesday! They were narrowly defeated by Cowes Enterprise College in a nail biting match. 

All of our players gave it their all and we are so proud of their pride in representing our College. 

Wednesday saw a fabulous afternoon of cricket, hosted by the Isle of Wight Cricket Board at Newclose. Well done to the girls who took part. 


Also on Wednesday, there was a hotly contested Staff v Student rounders match. Huge thanks to the staff and students who took part. The student team were indeed victorious! 

Huge thank you to Michelle Davis from Starlight Boutique for running an incredible dance workshop on Friday. Dance Live 2023 – we are coming for you! 


What a great opportunity for our Year 8s Friday morning; a Volfsball activity session! This was the students’ first experience of this super game, designed by the Larwood family, here on the Isle of Wight! 

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Southampton University Global Challenge

Southampton University Global Challenge

On Tuesday, 14 June, we took a group of year 10 students from Carisbrooke College and Medina College to Southampton University to take part in a global challenge. 

This was a debating challenge in which Medina’s A Team came 3rd out of 9 schools; a massive achievement. 

The students worked hard on their research, presentation and debating skills all day and were a credit to both their schools and our Federation. They remained engaged, focused and perfectly behaved all day. Well done! 









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Biosphere Blog – 24 June 2022

Biosphere Blog – 24 June 2022

We are very excited to announce that we are now at the next stage of our Biosphere Project.

On Tuesday 22 June we took delivery of a rather large piece of stone that will be turned into an incredible sculpture to form the legacy piece of our project. We are hoping that both students and staff across the Federation will have the opportunity to make their mark on this sculpture, working closely with our Artist in Residence to capture elements of the beautiful biosphere reserve in which we all live. 

We would like to extend our thanks to both George Jenkins and Geoff Banks who have very kindly sponsored the outcome of this project. 

Please watch this space for further updates!


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Year 8 Inter-Tutor Football

Year 8 Inter-Tutor Football

In the scorching summer heat the four tutor groups battled it out, with some amazing football skills and real teamwork. For the first leg 8A were up against 8B and this round finished with 8B winning 2-0. Meanwhile, 8C were battling it out against 8D and the score finished 1-0 to 8C.

The winners from each round played each other,so 8C were up against 8B, and the final score was 2-0 to 8C. Meanwhile 8A & 8D were playing off for their final positions in the competition. This was a tense game, and ended at 0-0. A penalty shoot out finished the match, with 8A leading over 8D.

Final Positions:
1st – 8C
2nd – 8B
3rd – 8A
4th – 8D

Very well done to everyone that took part! We look forward to more competitions next year!




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