Omar Sharif last visited us in January to share his story of involvement with gangs and knife crime. After seeing friends go to prison and others tragically die, Omar turned his life around. He won a Pride of Britain award and now works as an inspirational speaker.
Students in years 8, 9 and 10 had workshops with Omar today (1st December) via Zoom, where they took away key messages about knife and gun crime, county lines and managing our emotions in a positive way.
Omar is a fantastic role model and motivated our students to consider how they can find ways to cope with pressure and achieve their best.
The Medina College Open Evening has gone online! Join staff and students from Medina College for a tour of our fantastic school and pop into some of the classrooms to hear them talk about the wonderful subjects we offer. Hopefully from watching this video you will get a little flavour of the wonderful learning community we have here.
Please also take a look at our Year 6 Information Hub for more information about Medina College and how to apply to join us in September 2021.
We are absolutely delighted with the way students have started this academic year so positively. After a long period of home learning, the summer holidays and returning to a host of new ways of working around the COVID-19 guidelines, we were expecting students to be a little apprehensive. However, the vast majority have embraced the ‘new normal’ and have returned with a positive attitude.
We are especially proud of our new year 7 students who did not receive the usual transition process. They were not able to visit the school or meet their new peers ahead of the start of the school year, but they have not let this get in their way! They got stuck straight into lessons, have found their way around the school and have made lots of new friends. Mrs Tuck was so excited to hand out the first set of awards in assembly this week and the students were thrilled to receive them. We look forward to giving out lots more awards throughout this year!
Well done everyone on such a positive start despite the challenging circumstances we are currently living in.
The Isle of Wight Education Federation Governors, Leadership and staff would like to commend the Year 11 students from both Carisbrooke College and Medina College for their resilience and understanding over what has been an unusual and uncertain end to the final year of this stage of their education. The students may not have taken exams, but we all recognise and celebrate their hard work and commitment over a period of years which has attributed to the grades that they have received today.
We know that a large amount of students will be continuing their studies with us at The Island VI Form and very much look forward to working with them to further their education in a more independent way. Any student from across the Island who is still undecided on their next step but would be interested in joining The Island VI Form can complete an application form which can be found on our website. Being the only VI Form on the Island with a dedicated site just for our VI Form students does make us unique.
Matthew Parr-Burman, Executive Headteacher for the Isle of Wight Education Federation said “I am extremely proud of the students from both schools and wish them every success in the next stage of their lives. I would also like to acknowledge the immense amount of hard work and integrity that the staff have displayed during this challenging time. I am confident that the Centre Assessed Grades are an accurate reflection of what the students would have achieved under normal circumstances.”