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November 2018

  • Ely College remembers with hundreds of handmade poppies as the Last Post is sounded

    Published 09/11/18

    On Friday, Ely College students and staff marked the Armistice Centenary and remembrance weekend with a moving Last Post Ceremony. All 1100 students from Ely College and Bishop Laney Sixth Form gathered together as a community to show their respects for the fallen. They were joined by Mayor Rouse and representatives from the Royal British Legion.


    Over the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday, Ely College students have enjoyed helping the textiles department create an inspirational art installation to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One, the fallen of all conflicts and those who still serve. Every student hand made a poppy, with hundreds of them being hung in the main hall. Assemblies and tutor time activities have explored the nature of service, sacrifice and remembrance for the victims of conflict.

    At the Remembrance service, students and visitors fell silent for two minutes at 11am, after which the Last Post was sounded as Principal Richard Spencer read The Exhortation.

    Joined by standard-bearers from the Royal British Legion and one of the ‘There But Not There’ Tommy silhouettes, students were praised for their respect. Having hosted a touring exhibition that details a centenary history of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, students reflected on 1918, which saw the heaviest losses for the 1/1st Battalion, more so than any other year of the War.

    Mr Spencer commented: “Working in partnership with the local groups and historians has allowed students to gain a deeper understanding of the events of WWI. Ely College and the people of Ely shall not forget.”













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  • Bookbuzz free books for Ely College students encourages a passion for reading

    Published 01/11/18

    This week, as students at Ely College were welcomed back after the half term break, a special assembly hosted by Ms Shaw and the English department saw every Year 7 student get a FREE book.

    Thanks to the Bookbuzz reading programme run by the UK’s largest reading charity, Book Trust, each student was given the opportunity to choose their own book from a list of selected fiction titles with the aims to encourage and inspire a love of reading for pleasure.

    Ms Shaw, Manager of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) explained: ‘At Ely College we feel reading for pleasure is important and by reading regularly, both independently and during dedicated time, students are able to fulfil their potential. Bookbuzz has really boosted the reading culture in school and we hope parents will encourage this at home’.

    These books are now theirs to keep free of charge, and come with a series of linked activities and challenges to complete as part of student PLEDGES. Swapping title with friends, exploring new genres and reflecting on their reading is all encouraged. By entering fun inter-house competitions, including a design challenge and being photographed reading on location students are able to earn PLEDGE points.


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  • Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2018

    Published 01/11/18

    Just before half term, EAL Co-ordinator Gosia Bates accompanied four Ely College students to Murray Edwards College in Cambridge for the Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2018 award celebration.

    Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national project, led by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy with a poetry competition for 11-16 year old Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and English as an Additional Languages (EAL) students,  run in this region by Routes into Languages East.

    Four of our students were shortlisted for awards and all of their poems are now published in the competition's anthology. This year there were 99 entries from 14 schools in the East region in 22 languages.

    Huge congratulations to Tymek Niewodniczanski who was a winner in Year 7 category. His parents also attended the award night and as a college we are so proud of the hard work and passion all of our EAL students have shown by entering their thoughts and poems into this annual competition. Well done to all involved and huge thank you to Mrs Bates for her support!


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