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January 2021

  • Ely College thanks Spotted in Ely for years of support as they honor Mark Cooney with new Community Spirit award

    Published 27/01/21

    Ely College is delighted to launch a very special award. The ‘Mark Cooney Community Spirit Award’ is a personal thank you from all of us at the College; year on year it will allow students to celebrate their peers’ important contributions to our local community.  


    Earlier this week, members of the college leadership team met with Spotted in Ely’s creator and chief editor, Mark Cooney, to pass on their best wishes for his forthcoming wedding and treatment. The college team surprised Mr Cooney over the video call, informing him of the intention to establish this new award in his honour. It will be awarded each year to students who go the extra mile and do something special for their community, as Mark has done for years. 


    Restrictions permitting, we hope to be able to return to Ely Cathedral in the summer to host our annual Presentation Evening. A highlight of our summer term, this fantastic event gives us the opportunity to bring together staff, students and families to celebrate the many wonderful achievements of our students.  


    We have seen that the Ely community spirit is stronger than ever this year, and it is this strength that we hope to pass on to Mark as he moves forward with his treatment. 


    Executive Principal, Richard Spencer, commented after their online meeting: “Mark Cooney has had such positive effect on our community through his work and management of Spotted in Ely. He has led by example, and this new award will embody the community spirit that he represents. His kindness, talent and enterprising commitment to the city sets a fine example to our young people as they become citizens of Ely.” 


    “This is a small way to show our appreciation for the continued supported from the Spotted in Ely team and their commitment to showcasing the positive stories from our college, and those of our wonderful city.” 

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  • WIN a Smart Watch! Physical Activity Log Competition

    Published 11/01/21

    Get active! Get involved! There are a number of physical and mental benefits of Exercise which have been outlined below.

    During lock down we would like you to log your physical activity using the link to a form below. This will help us to record physical activity levels over lock down and will also give you a chance to be entered for a Prize Draw for a SMART Watch!

    After each session, activity or exercise you do, please complete this form as a record (All Students / Staff who complete 10 hours of exercise will be entered for the draw). In addition to the prize draw, a weekly leader board will be published of activity minutes (Top 5).


    *Please enter each session individually rather than a mass of sessions together.

    The prize draw for the Smart Watch will take place on Friday the 19th February at 5pm. All entries to the below form must be dated between the 08/01/2021 and 19/02/21 to be included. To qualify for the draw you must have made separate entries totalling 10 hours of physical activity.

    Physical Benefits

    -Increases bone density and strength

    -Increase cardiovascular health

    -Help with body maintenance

    -Improve muscle tone and strength

    -Increase energy levels

    Mental Benefits

    -Improve your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

    -Regular exercise can help you relax and sleep better

    -Exercise can improve brain function and protect memory and thinking skills.

    Below we have attached a supporting NETFLEX document that provides links to a range of exercise activities from Yoga and Stretching to Circuit work outs; great if you are struggling for ideas or motivation. You are welcome to complete other types of activity and log these such as walking, running and cycling etc.

    Have fun and take part! Stay safe!

    Mr Coe

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