July is a strange time of year in education. On the one hand we are coming to the end of the teaching year and looking forward to a summer of sunshine. Staff will be taking a well-earned rest before their thoughts turn towards preparing for the new year. It is a welcome time to recharge for everyone. On the other hand, the sense of endings is more poignant for some – Year 6, Year 11 and Year 13 students will be moving on, some leaving the IET family entirely.
This is also the time of year where we see most staff changes. We thank those who are moving on, and wish all of those who are not returning in September the very best of luck in their new endeavours and adventures.
If you are one of those people moving on for (staff or student), then I think Dr Seuss (“Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”) sums up exactly the sentiments I and IET want to send you off with
“You’ve got brains in your head
You’ve got feet in your shoes
You can see steer yourself any direction you choose”
“You’re off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
If you will be returning in September, refreshed and ready for new challenges, then we look forward to working with you to make sure that when your day comes, you will be equally well prepared to climb the mountains of your choice.
However you are spending your summer, enjoy and steer yourself carefully, safely and well.
CEO Isle Education Trust
Coritani has continued to deliver a series of firsts over the summer term. In May we offered SATs to our Year 6 learners for the first time and we genuinely couldn't be more proud of our learners who completed every part of the exams. In June it was the turn of our Year 11s who stay their GCSEs the usual English, Maths and Science were joined for the first time by Photography, PE and Hospitality. Again a huge well done to all of our learners who have been involved in these tests.
The end of June witnessed the first ever Coritani Key Stage 2 to 4 awards ceremony at Glanford Park, and our first ever whole school rewards trip to Flamingo land - you can read about these below.
So it is with great pride that we say farewell and good luck to our learners going on to secondary school and to further education colleges next year. You should be extremely proud of what you have achieved. You have shown that you can be Safe, Ready and Respectful and will go on now to inspire excellence in others. We know you will continue to make us proud.
For the rest of us, it's nearly time for the summer holidays, we hope you are safe and have fun wherever they may take you this year and we will see you all again on the 6th September
Inspirational Art and Photography
The GCSE Art, Craft and Design and GCSE Photography work produced by our learners looked fantastic and so colourful when it was all set up in the art room ready for AQA moderation.
It was such a pleasure to see the great arrangement of images showing the creativity of Coritani students and all the hard work that had been accomplished throughout both GCSE courses. Teachers and students had the opportunity to look at the fantastic portfolios and final pieces. Well done.
Coritani Mindset Celebration Day Returns
After a two year gap for “you-know-what” our Coritani Mindset celebration day returned and was brilliantly supported by the families of the learners at Coritani Academy. In a full house at the Executive Suite at Glanford Park, learners, governors, staff and families saw our first Key Stage 2 awards presented to our first Year 6 leavers.
The day was all about inspiring excellence and it was fantastic that many learners received awards showing their wide range of skills and interests. This fantastic return to our Celebration Day was only possible because of the hard work from staff, the support of families but most importantly the learners who have shown the Coritani Mindset throughout the last few difficult years.
Noise Academy Award Excellence
During this year Coritani has introduced the students to Noise Academy, a group of enthusiastic DJs who inspire excellence in music. Most of the learners have chosen to be involved but one person, Richard, has won a national award for his skills and focus. Noise Academy reported “Since starting Noise Academy, Richard has progressed massively with his musical knowledge and confidence. He never misses a lesson and brings brilliant ideas of how he can challenge himself to each session.
He is always thinking outside of the box, making great use of all the effects and techniques. Richard is always innovative and is an absolute pleasure to teach. Well done on your Noise Academy Hero Award Richard.
Safe In The woods
This half term we took the students form the academy to Primrose Hill to complete some forest school activities. The learners took part in fire lighting, backwoods cooking and some team building activities.
The learners created a fire using a flint and steel, they then used the fire that they had created to boil a Kelly kettle to make some hot drinks. They then used the fire to cook some sausages and s’mores.
In the afternoon the learners learned how to erect a tent and get it back in the bag. They also had to complete some photography challenges.
Ready to Explore
Introducing students to new experiences and giving them the chance to visit different places is important to us at Coritani. This builds an understanding of the rich culture across the UK or ‘cultural capital’.
Learners were wowed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and saw works by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth as well as enjoying 500 acres of woodland. There have been trips to Messingham zoo for animal experiences, as well as to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Flamingoland. Most recently we had a hugely successful Forest School week where the children enjoyed fire building, cooking on the camp fire and a series of team building activities. We are so excited we are planning our trips for next year already.
Key Stage 4 learners participated in democracy day run by the youth council at the Baths Hall. They had the opportunity to debate on local issues and completed workshops centred around government policy.
The learners representing Coritani should be so proud of the way they conducted themselves, staying focussed and giving their opinions in such a mature way. Their new knowledge has sparked an interest in politics and who knows, we may have the future Prime Minister here at the Academy.
Safe from Bullying
Our Key Stage 3 learners attended the anti-bullying ambassador training this term. The Princess Diana Award is a nationally recognised certificate supporting students to champion young people’s right to be safe in schools and beyond.
Coritani worked alongside many other schools in the authority to understand: looking after their peers, the importance of being kind and, speaking out to adults. This work will continue back in the Academy to achieve the full award and further promote the Coritani Mindset into the future.
Parents Safely sleeping
Our parent workshops continue monthly with ‘Sleep’ being the topic in July. Thank you to everyone who has attended this year, it is a great opportunity for parents to meet each other, share experiences and gain useful information to help with your child at home. The ‘with me in mind’ service continue to support the Academy and are available on the ‘eclinic’ app during the holidays.
The calendar of workshops for next year is available on the academy's website - please come along if you can. Feedback so far has been positive and parents are building a support network of their own whilst accessing professional expertise