13 May 2022

Welcome to the third newsletter of this half term.

I would like to start by saying well done to the Year 11 students who have now started their exam season. Their behaviour and attitude this week has been superb. Next week sees the bulk of the exams start in earnest. This includes English Language, Maths and Biology. As I shared last week, the full exams timetable and details can be found here. It is now more important than ever that the students have good routines, both with their revision but also with their sleeping, eating, drinking, as well as taking time to relax.

Next week, a small group of Year 7 students will be taken on a Tempest adventure to develop their understanding, engagement and enjoyment of literacy. This is part of our literacy development strategy. They will read Shakespeare’s Tempest at the sea and in a forest, work with an Island based artist, as well as two drama and music specialists. This will help develop their understanding and knowledge of literacy through a range of mediums. The students will write stories, act, create rhythms, create art in 2D and 3D forms and then in a finale on Friday they will exhibit their work to their parents, peers and staff. This is an exciting activity which we hope the students will enjoy.

Year 8 parents/carers will have the opportunity to meet virtually with their child’s subject teachers on the evening of Wednesday 8 June. Details of this will be shared over the coming week. Please take this opportunity to check and talk about how your child is progressing.

You will have received a letter regarding the IW Festival weekend, but as a reminder, for safety reasons, Medina College will not be open to students in person on Friday, 17 June. The only exception to this is Year 11 students taking exams, in which case these will be taking place on site as planned. For all other year groups, teaching will be delivered remotely via Google Classroom. It is important that their learning continues and they submit the work that is set. Additionally, in line with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 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, Medina College will not be open to students on this day. As with Friday, 17 June, the only exception to this is Year 11 students taking exams, in which case these will be taking place on site as planned.

I hope you enjoy the weekend.