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July 2018

  • Scott House visit their House Charity

    Published 20/07/18

    Scott House visited the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity to celebrate the end of term and present them with a large cheque for the money raised this year. Student enjoyed a tour of their new facilities and beautiful gardens. The were all very pleased to see how their fundraising efforts were being put to good use to benefit those in need; their creative ideas were flowing as they discussed fresh ideas for fundraising in the new year.  

    Well done to all Scott House students for supporting your House charity and working towards your Charity PLEDGES! Those with their Bronze PLEDGE will now be looking to step it up a gear, aiming for Silver and  Gold!

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    As part of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust’s well-established PLEDGES system, Ely College held a Charities Day dedicated to fundraising. Through fundraising for a local charity, students could work towards their pledges or broaden their experiences as they work towards their future careers.

    PLEDGES were introduced at Ely College last year and are vital in ensuring students leave college as well-rounded individuals, to support their academic and career paths. A system of rewards and behaviour, PLEDGES help students develop character and responsibility that can be taken into their adult life. They encourage students to get involved with the wider experiences the college and community has to offer them.

    In the lead up to the big charity day, the students came together in their form groups and Houses to vote for their House charities for the year. The kind students of Scott House voted to support the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

    Students brainstormed fundraising ideas, planned and prepared their stalls and the culmination of their hard work came together on Wednesday 13th December as ‘Charities Day 2017’ took place. The school site was divided into event areas with a food court, media zone, disco and even a haunted house! Soak the teacher was very popular as were glitter makeovers and various delicious cake sales.  As well as the traditional lucky dips and tombola’s we had some fresh ideas. From karaoke to Elfie Selfie stations, console room to sweet casinos; there was something for everyone!

    The event was well supported by the local community, with Gourmet Brownie and the Ely Fire Service joining in the fun to raise money for these great causes. Principal of Ely College, Richard Spencer, thanked his staff and all who supported the event and said: “PLEDGES and Futures Days are so important because they play a vital part in helping our students to develop empathy as well as more tangible skills such as the teamwork and responsibility that comes with event planning.

    “Handling cash with an insight into customer service and building communications skills that will benefit them throughout their lives, preparing them for life beyond the classroom. We are delighted with how the students have embraced their House Charities this year and we look forward to running fundraisers for them throughout the year.”

    From everyone at the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity we would like to say thank you to all the students and tutors from Scott House. We were absolutely delighted to be the recipients of £429.12. The funds raised will help us to provide vital care to people dealing with a life limiting illness.

    Thank you so much and we look forward to working with you all in the future!

    Article taken from the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity website after student visited to give them the House Charity cheque. See the full story on their website here: http://www.arhc.org.uk/news-item.asp?$=1300&o     

     

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  • Ely College wins Secondary School of the Year!

    Published 19/07/18

    Every year, the Cambridge Evening News host the prestigious Cambridge Evening News Education Awards, where schools and individuals can be nominated for a variety of awards, celebrating excellence across the county.

    We are pleased to announce that two CMAT schools were shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year award this year. Ely College and North Cambridge Academy were both shortlisted, along with one other school, with Ely College taking the award home on the night. This is the second time North Cambridge Academy have been shortlisted for the award since joining the Trust, with them taking the title in 2016.

    To be shortlisted, secondary schools needed to demonstrate that their pupils have been not only academically successful but have developed more broadly, through an inspiring range of activities, subjects and experiences.

    In their full report, the Cambridge News said: “Ely College has had a challenging few years, with changes in leadership and a poor reputation – but what hasn’t changed is the unwavering dedication of the staff and the desire to support the children.

    “Under Richard Spencer’s leadership the school has now completely changed, and is thriving. Results are massively improved but more importantly, the school is a place children want to go to, where they feel supported, valued and part of a very special community.

    “The smart new uniforms, the massive improvements in exam results and the community opinions of the college have been fantastic. It’s great to see so many families making their community school their first choice again.”

    Ely College’s science department were also shortlisted for the ‘Science Project of the Year’ award for their Science Festival earlier this term. It was a fantastic collaborative event which invited primary schools and parents to visit and celebrate the hard work students had put into their science projects.

    It is fantastic to see the hard work and dedication of our schools being recognised regionally for their excellence and the opportunities we provide to their students. Huge congratulations to all our staff and students!

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  • 10 Years of the Dorset Walk for Ely College

    Published 17/07/18

    10 years on and Ely College students still taking on the Jurassic Coast to raise money for Local Charity

    In July 2008, a small group of students from Ely College took part in the first Dorset Walk. Ten years later, The Malcolm Whales Foundation is going from strength to strength as the students and staff at Ely College continue to support this epic fundraiser.

    The walk, which is organised by The Malcolm Whales Foundation, has just completed its 10th Dorset Walk. Students of Ely College and the community around Ely, have played such a huge part in its success, in terms of the number of participants and the money raised. Ely College continue to inspire a large number of participants from the college on a yearly basis.  £150,000 has been raised over the 10 years and provided crucial funds for charitable causes linked to Cancer, especially within children.

    Ely College students tackled the famous Jurassic Coastal Path walking just over forty miles in three days, starting at Weymouth and finishing at Knoll beach in Studland. They battled against steep climbs and descents into Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Tyneham and Kingston villages.

    The money raised gives light relief to families affected by cancer and help them to rebuild their lives, through holidays, granting of wishes and outdoor activity weeks in collaboration with other local charities.

    Stuart Patman, at Ely College and Trustee of the Malcolm Whales Foundation, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our students participating in The Malcolm Whales Dorset Walk this year, which for me has been the best yet. It was a great opportunity for our students to meet new people and experience something truly inspirational as well as physically challenging. As part of the walk, students teamed up with staff and students from other schools, and adults and families linked to the charity as well as other charities. They had the opportunity to meet first hand the people who have benefited from the fundraising they were part of."

    “A huge thank you goes to the staff involved in organising the trip, the students for their determined efforts on the walk and the parents for showing exceptional support prior to and during the walk. I would also like to thank Ely College for its continued support of the Walk as well as the wider community who support it with sponsorships, donations and encouraging participation form the generations coming through. It is lovely to feel the community come together and get behind the charity, allowing it to grow the way it is.”

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    @TheMalcolmWhalesFoundation 

    @TMWF_Dorsetwalk

    Visit the website and donate: http://www.malcolmwhales.co.uk/

     

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