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June 2016

  • Health Related Behaviour Survey - FAQ

    Published 30/06/16

    The Health Related Behaviour Survey in Secondary Schools

    Some Questions Answered

    Why does the survey ask for our postcode and does this mean we can be identified?

    The postcode can not identify individual homes and is only used to look at the information about children’s health in local communities. This is very useful for Public Health who need information to help them target their resources and support most effectively.

    Schools, too, can work with their Locality Teams to identify parts of their communities which may need extra support and care.


    Why my child is asked if they have free school meals?

    The government has set Cambridgeshire tough targets to reduce inequalities in health and achievement for children and young people.  We know that, generally speaking, children from homes with lower than average incomes may achieve less well and have more problems in terms of their health and wellbeing, although, clearly, this is not always the case. The government’s chosen indicator for this group of children/ young people is those who have free school meals and there are plans and programmes to give them and their families’ additional support.

    Being able to look at the survey information for this group of children/young people in our communities can help us see if these programmes are really helping and judge what more could and should be done.


    Won’t some questions upset and worry my child?

    Young people are always told that they do not have to answer any questions with which they are uncomfortable and most of the more sensitive questions have a “Rather not say” option.

    Pupils are reassured that, although important, the survey is not an “exam” or “test” of them. Our experience is that young people find the survey and the areas it covers interesting and stimulating for discussion.


    Is the survey reliable? Surely some young people will lie?

    Yes some probably will. But we take a lot of trouble to stress the importance of honest answers and this is reinforced by emphasising that the survey is genuinely anonymous. Even if some do lie, the size of the sample means that it would take a lot of young people to lie in one way to change the results.


    Is this just more information that will end up in a computer somewhere never to be seen again?

    We are a busy and fully committed school and we would not give our staff and pupils any more work to do if we didn’t feel it was of real benefit to us and what we do. We know this information will help us meet the needs of our young people and their families better. Also we are committed to sharing it with you to support our partnership of care for children and young people.



    A sample copy of the survey currently being offered to Ely College students in Years 8 and 10 can be viewed here.


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  • Short Story Competition Winners

    Published 27/06/16

    Back in April, we launched a short story competition with the Ely News.

    The competition was open to pupils in years 7, 8 and 9, and was kindly sponsored by Toppings Bookshop and Tindalls stationers, both who were involved in the judging, along with college staff and the Ely News reporter and editor.

    We would like to announce and congratulate the three winners – Sam Laws, Katherine Causton, and Abigail Brown – who each received vouchers to spend at Toppings and Tindalls, and also a Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary from the Ely News.

    Ely News editor Wendy Davey said: "We have very much enjoyed working with the college on this competition.

    "The standard of entries was amazing – which made our job as judges very difficult! Huge congratulations to our winners."

    Please take this opportunity to sit back and enjoy the three winning stories...

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  • Mother Tongue Poetry

    Published 10/06/16

    We would like to share with you this lovely poem written by Year 10 student Jiaolin Chen. Our EAL team were very impressed with her original poem and suggested that Jiaolin translate it into English and enter it into the 'Mother Tongue, Other Tongue' competition.

    This Laureate Education Project is a multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages spoken in schools in the UK.

    Below is also a short explanation from Jiaolin. We wish her every success in the competition.

    记忆中的那双手          The Hand in the Memory        

            - 致我的母亲                   - To my Mum 

    陈娇琳                          by  Jiaolin Chen                                                                                                                   

    手,记忆中的那双。                                            Hand, the hand in the memory,           

    摊开时,默默的拉着小手,                                 when spread out hand,       

    然后一起前行。那是一份爱                                 Silently holding little hands,                  

    紧握时,紧紧的握着小手,                                 Then forward together, this is love            

    那是一种力量,也是一种鼓励                             When clasping the hands.                   

    鼓励着我迈出人生第一步。                                 Tightly grip the little hands.                  

    再一次摊开手,                                                     It is a force, it is also a kind of encouragement.    

    慢慢的放开了小手,                                             She encouraged me to take the first step in life. 

    挥舞着双手.                                                           Once again, spread out hand,                  

    是别离,也是期盼                                                 slowly let go off the hands. Waving the Hands   

    默默的擦着脸,留下的是感动。                          Is the separation, it is also expectations          

    当双手并在一起。                                                 Quietly wipe the face, leaving behind the       

    是祈祷,也是一种寄托。                                      Moved                                   

    如今这双手,依旧温暖,但慢慢的变粗糙           when both hands together                   

    泪眼朦胧,心心想念记忆中妈妈的手。               Is prayer, is also a kind of sustenance.          

    记忆中的那双手,我会把它藏在心里,               Now the hands are still warm, but slowly become

    因为女儿对妈妈的爱永远不变                              coarse. Teary-eyed, miss the memory of my

                                                                                    Mum’s hands

                                                                                    Hand in the memory; I will put in my heart.


    This poem’s title is “The Hand in the Memory”. This is my own poem; I wrote this poem in 2015 and I wrote this poem to my mum. In 2002 my dad came to England, he had been in England for 14 years. Over the years I had been living with my mum in China.  My mum loves me very much. When I was young my mum was “Silently holding my hands,” protecting me.  When I was 7 years old, I went to school “Tightly grip my hands”. She encouraged me when I needed to leave her, she prayed for me. So I wrote this poem. I want to say thanks to my mum, and let her know that “Daughter of Mother's Love never changes.”

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  • Year 6 & 7 Disco

    Published 09/06/16

    Ely College are hosting a special Disco on Thursday 14th July at the College for new students and lower school students; Years 6 and 7 only.

    We are hoping that the disco will be another huge success, helping the students to make new friends at the college before they attend in September and to ease their transition into the college.

    We hope that your child will be able to attend after the Induction meetings on the same evening. This is a free event and we thank all the staff and volunteers that have made it possible.

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