Mark had great pleasure in cutting the ribbon after a welcome to the new area by Headteacher Peter Shaw who thanked all the staff who had worked over several months prior to the opening of this new resource.
Since the end of June staff have been refurbishing the old LRA and transforming it into a new Carisbrooke Literacy Centre re-titled ‘The Vista’. This name was chosen by student Lewis Hallett who was presented with a prize for generating the new name and logo.
After an enormous removal programme and many hours of hard work the new Vista opened on time and has been welcoming students prior to the official opening.
‘The Vista‘ is a flexible space and has two distinct areas – the literacy zone and the reading and writing zone. In the literacy zone the focus will be on small groups and 1-1 literacy work whilst the reading and writing zone houses subject specific stock, the Accelerated Reading Programme and media resources. In this soft seating space teachers will be able to show films, set students up in reading groups, teach whole and small groups, establish research tasks and run media activities.
This new centre includes such resources as an iPad set for research and for engagement with the online library ‘Overdrive’, magazines and periodicals, reference texts – encyclopaedias and dictionaries, a Phonics Lending Library and a suite of desktop computers and printers.
Recently a full set of leather bound classics have been donated by Alumni.
To supplement the work being organised in ‘The Vista’ which covers Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills an exciting year – long professional writer’s workshop series has been arranged.
As a fringe event of the IOW Literary Festival the first workshop took place on Thursday 16th October. Workshops are open to all students who express an interest in working with a professional writer and the opportunity will be advertised through both the English Department of the College and tutors.
Around 30 students attended the first workshop run by Island based writers Bob and Carol Bridgstock. Focusing on their crime writing Bob told the students that a writing career had never been planned by the couple but with Bob’s career as a Police detective and Carol’s as a civilian working with the police perhaps it was inevitable that now a number of their crime stories have been published and more are planned. As well as writing the couple advise on TV crime series including Scott and Bailey.
Report and photograph thanks to Alan & Suzanne Whitewood