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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Privilege Seat Application Window – Academic Year 2022/23

Privilege Seat Application Window – Academic Year 2022/23

We have been asked by the Local Authority Transport Department to share the following information regarding the Privilege Seat Application Window for the Academic Year 2022/23.

If you have any queries regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact the Transport Department on transport.info@iow.gov.uk or telephone: 823780.

Privilege Seat Application Window – Academic Year 2022/23

Dear Parent/Guardian

The dates for the privilege seat application window for academic year 2022 have been finalised. Should you wish to apply for a privilege seat for your child to use the school bus service you will need to apply between 9am on Monday 27 June 2022 and 4 pm on Friday 8 July 2022 for  children in school years 0 – 11, only. You will not be able to apply for privilege seats for sixth form students (school years 12 – 14) at this time. Please note that the online form will only be live between the above times and that applications received outside of this window will not be accepted.

Further information on the privilege seat process can be found online, here: https://www.iwight.com/Council/OtherServices/School-Transport/Privilege-Seat-on-School-Transport.

Please also note the FAQs, Code of Good Practice and Ticket Terms and Conditions sections available via this webpage. If you scroll to the bottom of the above webpage you will see the bus services for which you can apply. This information will be live from 9 am on Monday 27 June 2022. Should the service you require not be listed you will not be able to apply for that service at this time.

Do bear in mind that making an application for a privilege seat does not guarantee a seat on the school bus.

Privilege seat ticket prices are set costs as follows.
– Up to a full term £130.00
– Up to half a term £65.00
– Up to a full term AM or PM only £65.00
– Up to half a term AM or PM only £32.50

Should you have any queries please contact the Transport Team at the Council via email: transport.info@iow.gov.uk or telephone: 823780.

Important Points to Note
– There will only be 1 application window before the start of the academic year so please ensure you apply during this
window for your child to be considered for a seat.
– Information on bus services that can be offered will be available on the website from 9am on Monday 27  June 2022.
– We may not be able to provide an update on the number of seats available before the application window opens but
please be aware seats availability will be very limited.
– There is be a strict payment deadline for making payment. Should you miss this deadline, the seat offered to your child
will be offered to the next child on the waiting list (should one exist) and your application will be cancelled.
– Once applications have been processed by the Transport Team you will be able to see the status of your application online as well as make payment without having to contact the Council.

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Schools’ Concert for the Platinum Jubilee

Schools’ Concert for the Platinum Jubilee at Osborne House

On Tuesday 7 June, 20 Carisbrooke College students and 7 Medina College students performed alongside a number of local primary schools and Isle Wight Music Centre ensembles at a spectacular Platinum Jubilee Concert at Osborne House.

The rain held off and the large audience enjoyed a variety of outdoor musical performances whilst indulging in cream teas and picnics on the lawn in front of the historic royal residence.

Carisbrooke College band ‘PG13’ (featuring year 9 Luca, and year 8s Cameron, Lucy and Nathan) were first up from IWEF with their powerful performance of Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’. This was followed with a beautiful rendition of Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ from Carisbrooke College’s year 7s Annelise and Tilly.

Medina College year 10 group ‘The Antiband’ (featuring Charlie, Hannah, Khai, Toby, Oliver, Alfie and Talia) captivated the audience with their harmonious cover of The Beatles’ ‘Here comes the sun’, and the final IWEF performance was from the Carisbrooke College Key Stage 3 ‘Sing’ choir with their touching performance of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Photograph’.

The concert was organised by the IOW Music Hub and provided a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with other Island schools and showcase the fantastic talent we have here at IWEF.

We would like to say a big thank you to our trainee music teacher, Jake Winsor, who leaves us at the end of this week. He has superbly supported not only this event but many other musical opportunities in his time here at the Isle of Wight Education Federation and we wish him the best of luck in his teaching career. 

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Interschool Team Show Jumping Competition

Interschool Team Show Jumping Competition

Friday 20 May saw the return of the Interschool Team Show Jumping Competition having not run for the last two years due to Covid-19. Miss Begley and Miss Caddick had the pleasure of looking after the Carisbrooke and Medina riders. Phoebe T, Bailey P and Freya L made up the Medina team and Jessica I, Amelia M and Freya R the Carisbrooke team.

Unlucky poles meant that the Medina team were not in the placings but they all rode well and did us proud. Carisbrooke managed to finish on a total of 12 faults after two rounds but the fast times putting them in the individual placings meant that the team finished 2nd overall. Well done to both teams!



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IWEF Business Innovation Challenge

IWEF Business Innovation Challenge

Year 10 Business students from Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges took part in the IWEF Business Innovation Challenge yesterday (Thursday 26 May), held at Medina Theatre. 

The event was the final stage of a four week project where groups of students were tasked with coming up with their own business proposals for a breakfast product. Judges (IWEF staff and external local business people from related industries) were able to sample products and question students on their proposals. 

Proposals included a full English breakfast smoothie, protein spread, breakfast bars and cereals made using locally/ethically sourced ingredients and many more. 

The students were a credit to the Federation and all received amazing feedback from the judges – who have all requested to come back for next year’s challenge! 

Well done to all of the students involved and thank you to Mrs Mackett for organising the event. Awards will be announced and presented after half term. 




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Students raise £1635.82 for MAD-Aid

Students raise £1635.82 for MAD-aid

This week, members of Carisbrooke College and Medina College’s Student Councils handed over a cheque for £1635.82 to Victoria Dunford of the East Cowes based charity, MAD-Aid. MAD-Aid provide support to Ukrainian refugees who are currently in Moldova and support to Ukrainian hospitals. In addition to the financial donation, students also collected and donated a large amount of toiletries and baby items.

The student council of each school is allowed to decide on which charities we support throughout the year through a termly mufti day. Both schools came together to support this one charity as they felt so passionately about helping those who are fleeing Ukraine. Here are some quotes from members of the student councils to further explain why they chose to support this charity.

“As a school, we chose a Ukrainian refugee charity to donate items to as people have been forced to leave their homes and their nation due to the war, and they have arrived in the UK and many other countries with nothing.”

“Student Council chose to support the Ukrainian refugees through MAD-Aid without hesitation as it’s clear to see the life changing work currently taking place for one of the world’s worst humanitarian events of our time. I hope our contribution supports Ukrainian refugees in need and makes a positive impact on their life.”

“Our student councils as a whole chose our mufti day donations to go to the Ukrainian refugees and we had heard of MAD-Aid that is based in East Cowes and the amazing job they are all doing! We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to help others and we look forward to welcoming the refugees into our community.”

“I felt really proud being a part of this experience. It was amazing seeing all of the donations of toiletries and baby products and huge amount of money raised that we can give to MAD-Aid who are helping the Ukrainian refugees.”

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Dance Live Finals

Dance Live Finals

Huge congratulations to our Dance Live team for making it all the way to the finals and putting on another fantastic performance of their entry ‘Medusa’ at Portsmouth Guildhall this week.

The standard of the competition was incredibly high but we are proud to say that our team held their own and received amazing feedback.

The students showed such professionalism and were supportive of each other throughout the day, as they have been for the last 7 months. They all should be very proud of themselves.

A special mention must be given for the committee who have worked incredibly hard, led by example and have been fantastic role models to the younger students involved. 

We can’t wait to see what they will do next year – roll on Dance Live 2023!

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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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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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