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Top 9 for 2019!

It is almost impossible to choose our top nine photos for the final year of the decade at Five Islands - with so many excitements, achievements and events to pick from - what a year 2019 has been in so many areas.

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Academic Achievement: Results Day for Year 11

Our Year 11s grew, matured, worked hard and left us smiling with GCSE results that were above the national average in every measure - attainment across a wide range of subjects, progress and percentages passing English and Maths. Every student was able to access the course of their choice, and they have moved confidently onto A Levels, diplomas and apprenticeships. We wish them continuing success in the 2020s!

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Performing: The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was the whole school crowning glory of the year - an exuberant show featuring both Primary and Secondary actors, singers, dancers, make up artists and stage managers. One of the delights of Five Islands, though, is that everyone gets to shine in smaller performances across the islands: Christmas nativities, class shows and music concerts, from bands playing in assemblies to the multiple trophy-winners at the Cornwall Music Festival.

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Global Citizens: Strike for Climate Change

Our children have shown leadership and passion as ethical environmentalists. We were so proud of their two marches against Climate Change - the second one organised and led completely by the students themselves, which prompted us as a school to sign up to the Green Charter, and the Isles of Scilly Council to declare a Climate Emergency. Research, learning and action in our Project Week titled ‘Let’s not F.A.I.L. the Planet’ launched our new Eco-Schools project, which will make our school an eco-friendly place and will campaign to improve the wider world.

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Reading: World Book Day

It has been great to see personal reading becoming a cornerstone of Five Islands life over the past few years, with more students this year becoming Accelerated Reader Word Millionaires, the Student Librarians creating a whole school library, #extremebookselfie photos taken by our students all over the world and imaginative celebrations across all the bases for World Book Day. We can see this paying off, not just in the obvious enjoyment of reading that has built up through the school, but in the best Key Stage 2 reading results for many years (84% above the expected standard, in comparison to 73% nationally).

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Traditions: May Day and Samson Picnic

We were blessed with stunning weather for some of our local traditions, which still play an important part in our school year, linking us closely to our island communities past and present. May Day dancing and summer shows on St Mary’s and the off-islands brought in appreciative crowds, and we loved joining together for a beautiful Samson picnic, having gathered together stories, memories and photos of this unique Isles of Scilly event over generations of island children.

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Sport: Cornwall Small Schools Cup Winners

Our Primary children in particular have been covering themselves in glory on Mainland sports competitions! We have been so proud of the Gold and Silver team medals in athletics and Cornwall Small Schools football cup winners - as well as remarkable individual sporting achievements in both Primary and Secondary, with students selected for club football, county cricket and athletics and performing impressive indoor rowing feats.

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Publication: Being Scilly Magazine

For the first time this year, our students produced their own magazine for sale across the islands: ‘Being Scilly’ has been a huge success with locals and visitors. It was created in collaboration with Islands Partnership, and features local history, wildlife spotting, fiction, poetry and a personal perspective on island life from our dedicated Year 8 editors. Having been inspired by working with the Isles of Scilly Museum on part of this, we have now set up our own Pop Up Museum in the school, and look forward to working on a ‘Being Scilly’ supplement for 2020.

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Adventures: Vivo Barefoot Swimrun

Our children adventured both near and far afield this year! Rain failed to dampen the spirits of Five Islands students and their enthusiastic supporters for the Vivo Barefoot Swimrun, in which all our children from Nursery to Year 10 participated, getting wetter and wetter both in the water and out, but always smiling. School trips took us camping at Longstone and the Eden Project, orienteering over Dartmoor and Land’s End, exploring careers and colleges across Cornwall, facing our fears and teambuilding in Devon and Snowdonia and even surfing in Morocco. What a year.

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