4 February 2022

I am pleased to let you know that our website is now up and running following the cyber attack and we are able to return to publishing e-newsletters. The website once again lets you see our latest news stories and general information more easily. Please take the time to have a look. 

I had the pleasure of going to watch the Isle of Wight Education Federation Dance Live performance at the Portsmouth Guildhall last night. They were amazing and came away runners up. These were the first of the heats so we will have to wait and see if their performance was good enough to make the Final – I believe they deserve it from what I saw (not biased at all!). This was a truly federative entry with students working together from Carisbrooke, Medina and The Island VI Form. A huge thank you to Mrs Tuck, Mr Williams, Mrs Lythgoe, Mrs Hookey and Mrs McCarthy for the support they gave them in making it possible! 

We ran our Year 11 trial results assembly yesterday, and I am sure most of them will have shared their results with you. I had some interesting conversations with a few of our year 11 students. Some were really pleased, others a little disappointed, but as we said to them in assembly, there is still time to improve the results. There will be lots of opportunities in lessons,  after school and during the half term holidays for them to get support. A gentle reminder to year 11 parents – don’t forget to book in for the Parents’ Evening on Thursday 17 February. If you are having any problems please contact Mrs Hookey.

Year 9 basketball team was outstanding, playing against Christ The King this week.  Charlie  seemed to never miss the net, Louie was a mountain in defence, Kian, Toby, Alfie and Ashton never stood still, running the length and width of the court.  These students were ably supported by some of our year 8 superstars.  The final score was an impressive 36 points to Christ the King’s 6 points.  Well done team for dominating throughout. 

Some year 9 students have had the opportunity to take part in a ‘Speak Out’ workshop run by the Speakers Trust this week. This was to support them with building confidence in speaking in front of their peers, groups and public speaking. Talking to them, they found it really helpful. 

COVID-19 is still prevalent with a number of students off at the moment. Can we encourage you to use the lateral flow tests or if your child has symptoms please isolate them and arrange a PCR test. If they do test positive, please keep them at home and follow the Government guidance on isolation. 

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for last week. Year 7 Freddie H, Year 8 Jack A, Year 9 Izzy B, Year 10 Jordan P and Year 11 Sam I.

Have a lovely weekend