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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Head of School’s Blog – 10 June 2022

10 June 2022

It has been another busy start to the half term. I hope you all had an enjoyable Jubilee weekend. I have led the assemblies this week with years 7 to 9. The focus has been on Aspire and Achieve, the college’s strapline. I was very impressed with the uniform, attitude and behaviour of all the students and it was excellent to see the students nominated for the weekly subject awards.

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Osborne House Jubilee Concert. We were invited to perform at Osborne House on Tuesday evening along with students from Medina College and other schools on the island. This was to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Well done to all those involved. The performances were fantastic. The weather could have been kinder but at least it did not rain! Huge thanks to Mrs Peckham and all the staff who made the event possible. 

We have ten students from year 10 taking part in a programme delivered by the University of Southampton named Learn with US.  They will be going on Tuesday 14 June and the focus for the day is the development of research skills and will be taught and demonstrated through the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

We have two students, Blake and Twiggy, who are part of the 18 Scouts from the Island who have been selected to make up half of the Hampshire unit that will be travelling to South Korea to represent the Isle of Wight at the 25th World Scout Jamboree to be held in SaeManGeum, South Korea in August 2023.   Blake was asked and has accepted the role of Youth Shaped Champion, so will be representing his unit. There will be some fundraising in school to support this fantastic opportunity.

HPV vaccinations took place this week for year 8 and 9 students.  For the students who were unable to attend, there will be a catch up session towards the end of the month.  Details will be sent out shortly.

Thank you to all the parents/carers who booked appointments for the year 8 parents evening on Thursday 9 June.  The feedback from staff has been very positive.  The next parents’ evening is for year 7 and letters will be sent out in the next few weeks with details of how to book the virtual appointments.

It has been another full week of exams for Year 11. They have continued to be amazing in terms of their attitude and approach to the exams. A letter will be coming home with information about their last official day in school which is Thursday 16 June, after which they will just be expected to be in for exams

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for the last week of last half term. Year 7 Kyle, Year 8 Bethany (second week running), Sophie and Brooke, Year 9 Eleanor and Year 10 Christian.

I hope you have a good weekend. 

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Head of School’s Blog – 27 May 2022

27 May 2022

Welcome to this week’s newsletter

Lots to celebrate this week – Carisbrooke College came 2nd in the Interschool Team Show Jumping competition last Friday. Well done to Jessica and Amelia in year 10 and Freya in year 9 who took part. They were all in the placings individually with Jessica finishing 3rd and Amelia 5th in their section. Freya did incredibly well winning her section.

Congratulations to Grace and Eleanor who were a credit to Carisbrooke College. They were invited down on Tuesday 24 May to meet HRH The Earl of Wessex. This was on the back of the journalism workshops project they have been involved in with Independent Arts. A huge thanks to Mrs Buckett for making this happen!

Medina hosted the Isle of Wight Education Federation’s Business Innovation Challenge on Thursday. I was disappointed that I was unable to take up my invitation to be on the judging panel and, on hearing how fantastic all the students were, I was even more so! A member of staff emailed me to say “Both Medina College and Carisbrooke College students were amazing. You would have been very proud”. Thank you to Mrs Mackett for enabling the students to have such a brilliant experience. Well done to everyone who took part.

We are very proud to hear that Millie in year 9 will be in the Jubilee Parade in London for the Queen’s Jubilee. Millie is a member of the Starlight Academy who are taking part in the ceremony. What a fantastic opportunity for her. Not only is she part of a once in a lifetime event she will get to see Ed Sheeran and George Ezra at the gig that is taking place too. Looking forward to hearing more about her experience and hopefully some pictures.

Year 11 students have continued to be amazing this week. Their attitude and behaviour in the exams and in lessons in between has been excellent. Please continue to encourage your child to revise for their exams and if they have any concerns, to contact the year office. The first week back after the half term break is another intensive one for them. Breakfast will continue to be from 7.45 am to year 11 who have morning exams. It does not seem possible that they have less than two school weeks left in compulsory education!

You should have received information on the Year 8 virtual Parents’ Evening which is Thursday 9 June between 4.00 – 7.00 pm. Letters and links to the system have been emailed 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 this is a great opportunity to discuss your child’s progress so far this year.

A gentle reminder that in the first week back after half term, Year 8 students will be having their HPV vaccinations in school on Tuesday 7 June and year 9 on Wednesday 8 June. If you would like your child to receive this vaccination and haven’t yet completed the consent form, please do so at your earliest convenience.

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for last week – Year 7 Zach and Tali, Year 8 Bethany, Year 9 Hollie and Year 10 Jessica and Lennon.

I hope you have a lovely half term and enjoy the extended bank holiday weekend for the platinum Jubilee.

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Head of School’s Blog – 13 May 2022

13 May 2022

Welcome to the third newsletter of this half term.

I want to start by congratulating Freddie in year 7 who has won a prize in the University of Southampton Maths Challenge. This is an amazing achievement and we are all very proud of his success! You can read more about this further down in the newsletter. 

This week saw the start of the written exams for Year 11 with next week being the start of the whole year group exams with maths, English and Biology. I am very proud of Year 11 with how well they have dealt with exams; their behaviour and attitude have been excellent. Please encourage your child to revise well but remember to take regular breaks and have time to relax. We are offering hot and cold breakfasts for those students who have a morning exam. This will be served from 7.45 am and is a good opportunity for students to discuss any concerns or issues they may have prior to their exams, with a member of the teaching staff. Just a reminder that all morning exams start at 9.00 am. And students need to line up at 8.45 am. Students taking an exam in the afternoon will have an early lunch at 12.20 pm. All afternoon exams start at 1.00 pm and students need to be at the student entrance at 12.45 pm. Important and useful information about examinations can be found here.

Thursday 9 June is the Year 8 virtual parents’ evening. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with their individual subject teachers. Information on how to book appointments will be sent before the end of term.

On Sunday, a group of students are travelling to London to watch the British Basketball play-off final. It looks to be a very exciting event and I look forward to sharing some photos in our newsletter next week. I hope you all enjoy your day!

You have received a letter regarding Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as we are entitled to an additional bank holiday this school year. As this event falls within our current half term we are taking Monday 20 June as our additional bank holiday. Therefore, Carisbrooke College will not be open to students on this day, the only exception to this is Year 11 students taking exams, in which case, these will be taking place on site as planned.

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for last week – Year 7 Lucas, Year 8 Louis, Year 9 Twiggy, Year 10 Lily and Year 11 Matthew.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Head of School’s Blog – 6 May 2022

6 May 2022

Welcome to the second newsletter of the Summer term. I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. 

Firstly, thank you to those year 10 parents who had meetings with their child’s subject teachers on Wednesday for parents’ evening.  Our year 10 teachers found them very useful and we hope parents did too.

I would like to congratulate Kereena  in year 10 on her achievement so far in the Duke of Edinburgh award. Another outstanding participant in the award. Like Grace who I mentioned last week, she has completed the Bronze Award and is now enrolled on the Silver Award. She has signed up to the ‘Introduction to DofE Young Leaders Programme Session’. Well done Kereena.

Year 11 now have 8 days before they have their first written exam. They have been briefed in assembly this week on routines and expectations. All morning exams are expected to start at 9.00 am. Students need to meet at the school entrance where they currently line up at 8.45 am. Students taking an exam in the afternoon will have an early lunch. This will be at 12.20 pm. All afternoon exams are expected to start at 1.00 pm. Again, students will meet at the student entrance at 12.45 pm. Important and useful information can be found on our website here: Examinations

Just a gentle reminder to parents that there should be no parking or waiting for students in front of the barriers on the bus loop. We have had some issues this week with buses not being able to park up to collect our students safely. 

Finally, I would like to congratulate our amazing Dance Live team for their performance on Tuesday evening at the Portsmouth Guildhall.  Unfortunately they did not make the top three but considering they were up against schools specialising in Performing Arts, they did a fantastic job. I and all the staff there supporting them were so proud. We are already looking forward to next year’s entry!

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

I hope you have a lovely weekend 

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Head of School’s Blog – 29 April 2022

29 April 2022

We have had a very good start to the term. Students have arrived dressed smartly and settled back into routines well. I have enjoyed leading the assemblies this week on Respect. As you know, our core values are built around ASPIRE which are Ambition, Success, Progress, Inspiration, Respect and Equality.

During the Easter break some of our students went on a Ski trip to Alpendorf, Austria. It was great to receive positive feedback from the staff on their excellent attitude and behaviour. A huge thank you to the staff – Miss Caddick, Mr Rock, Mrs Mackett and Mr Jones for giving up their time – trips like this broaden our students’ horizons and help them to gain confidence and independence, amongst many other skills. The students made new friendships and memories which will last them a lifetime.

I would like to congratulate Grace in year 10 on her achievement so far in the Duke of Edinburgh award. Mr Bridle is quoted saying “her evidence portfolio is one of the best submissions I have ever seen”. He feels she has the potential to be one of the youngest participants from our centre to reach Gold. She has signed up to the ‘Introduction to DofE Young Leaders Programme Session’. Well done Grace.

We had the moderator in for the sports BTEC. The examiner was very complimentary about our students. He provided feedback to Mr Phillips on how impressed he was with the exceptional behaviour of our students as they moved around the school. He thought the school felt very calm, welcoming and he found our students to be very polite.

Well done to our year 11’s who have completed their Chinese speaking and listening exams this week. It does not seem possible that the first actual written exam is 13 days away – 9 school days and the first exam that affects all of year 11 is on Tuesday 17 May – 20 days away – 13 school days

Next Wednesday is Year 10 Parents’ Evening. If you have not already booked appointments then please do so. This is an important time for this year group as they will be sitting trial exams at the end of June. Knowing how your child is doing at this point in their GCSE journey is vital to making sure they address any challenges now, rather than delay these conversations until Year 11.

Next Tuesday evening is the Dance Live final at Portsmouth Guildhall. All of the students have worked so hard, and whatever the result, they should all be immensely proud of themselves. I would also like to extend my thanks to all of the staff who have worked tirelessly to support this entry. This is an example of The Isle of Wight Education Federation working as one team, at its best.

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for the last week of the Spring term – Year 7 William, Year 8 Louis, Year 9 Isabella, Year 10 Ben and Year 11 Isabelle (for the second week in a row!).

I hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

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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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Head of School’s Blog – 1 April 2022

1 April 2022

Welcome to my fifth blog post for the second half of the Spring term.

Last Friday our dressage team of Freya, Jessica and Amelia had a successful day at the Inter School Team Dressage competition. They, as a team, finished a creditable 2nd which was excellent as they did not have a discard score. Freya won her test, Amelia was 6th and Jessica 8th overall. They all did incredibly well. The Jumping competition is 20 May. Anyone interested in taking part needs to see Mrs Peake or Mr Phillips.

I was so pleased that we were finally able to hold our Federation pantomime – Treasure Island. I had the privilege of attending both performances. The casts in both were fantastic! The production was witty and very entertaining and the lighting and sound effects added to the performances we amazing. A huge congratulations to the cast and staff (Mr Lyle, Ms Elkin, Mrs Peckham and Mrs Shorrock) and the production crew for making it such enjoyable evenings. There are some pictures later on in the newsletter.

The Pathways form was sent home with year 9 students on Thursday. A link to the information on the website is here. We have used the straw poll feedback to create the four blocks in the timetable for the option subjects. We are anticipating that most students will be able to complete it with their straw poll preferences. If you need further conversations, please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance.

Attendance to the Year 9 parents/carers evening was good and feedback from staff has been very positive about the evening.

Next Friday will be a mufti day for all students. The student council wants to support some of the humanitarian initiatives set up for the Ukrainians. Please can we ask that you support us by encouraging your child to dress appropriately for the school environment.

Year 11 has 6 weeks until their first written exam. Information will be coming out next week about revision opportunities available over the Easter holidays. They need to make sure that they use their time wisely – the hard work they put in now will be reflected in their final grades.

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for last week – Year 7 Tali (second week running!), Year 8 Nathan, Year 9 Isabella, Year 10 Alfie and Year 11 Jenson.

Have a lovely (hopefully not too cold) weekend.

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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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Head of School’s blog – 18 March 2022

18 March 2022

It does not seem possible we are halfway through this half term. Year 11’s have eight weeks before the exam season starts. The first exams in the week beginning 9 May are in health and social studies and child development and care. The first big whole year group exam is the following week with the first of the science exams. The year 11 students need to make the most of the time they have left and a timetable of revision sessions during the Easter break will be sent home shortly.

It was lovely to see so many year 9 students and parents at the Pathways evening on Tuesday. Thank you to Mr Krista, the Federated Deputy Headteacher, for delivering an insightful presentation on the process. If you were unable to attend, you can find a presentation and the Pathways booklet on our website: Pathways Information. Don’t forget to get your straw poll forms in. Information has been sent out about making appointments for the virtual parents evening on Wednesday 30 March.

I would like to congratulate Lucy C in year 9 who took part in the national trampolining finals in Macclesfield on Saturday and with a score of 54.25 came 11th out of 42 which makes her the 11th best for her age in the whole of the country. What a fantastic Achievement! Well done Lucy

A group of year 9 students went to Southampton University for a careers event. The students competed against 3 other schools in challenges by a company called UNILOC. The challenges were designed to encourage communication and teamwork skills. They had to design an app for future students to use to help guide them through making career choices. They had to identify the main features that would be most useful, design a logo and talk about how the app would function. The challenges concluded with a five minute presentation to some course leaders in a dragons den style format. They stole the show and came first after an amazing animated and confident presentation. We are pleased to say that Medina followed closely in 2nd place. Whilst they were there the students were shown around the university and able to talk to student ambassadors about life at university. It was really useful to be able to ask questions and see what a real university looks like. Most of the students were blown away by how big the campus was but also the range of courses and things to do. A huge thank you to Mrs Young who was the trip leader and Mrs Norris for her support. Well done to George C, Elleanor C, Sophie Byers, Megan B, Joanna M, Harry M, Amy A, Hadley R, Millie T and Apryl H.

We have a 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 the Tuesday. Tickets can be bought through the school gateway. It promises to be an excellent evening.

Congratulations to our top achievement point winners for last week – Year 7 Samuel B, Year 8 Mia P, Year 9 Twiggy E, Year 10 Maisie -Rae H and Benjamin M and Year 11 Sam I.

Have a lovely weekend.

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