S6C Tours of the College

We would like to invite prospective students to a tour of the College building.

A tour gives you the opportunity to see our fantastic facilities, gain information about our courses and experience what it is like to study at S6C. All students are welcome to attend whether you have applied yet or not.

The tour will be delivered by a member of staff or a member of the Student Leadership Team and will give you the opportunity to ask questions about studying at S6C and the application process.

If you would like to attend a tour, please complete and submit the form below:

S6C students experience student life at Oxford University

Year 12 student, Skye Whyntie, shares with us the students’ experience of visiting Oxford and learning about becoming an Oxford University student.

“On Thursday 15th March 12 students from the College went on a trip to the city of Oxford. Elli Burton, Nya Furber, Laura Hesp, Elona Hutchins, Kiri Ingle, Wojciech Kozakowski, Seona Mauchline, Amelia Reynolds, Skye Whyntie, Rachel Day, Celine Werlen and Lucy Howells visited Merton College and St Peter’s College to experience the type of place the students study and live in. The tour guides, one of which was former S6C student Lara Gardiner, then answered the students queries about the college which ranged from the amount of work to the city night life. The first college was one of the oldest that Oxford University own. The students were amazed by the beautiful architecture and gardens which make the college seem idyllic. The second college was more modern which suited some of the students more. They could see for themselves the environment many of the students spend the majority of their time in and were given more information of the importance of the chapels on each college site.

The Bodleian library was stunning and all enjoyed witnessing the setting of some of the Harry Potter scenes. The students were then able to experience Oxford for themselves and explored the high streets and the different markets within it. Before returning to College, students visited Blackwells Bookshop or photography shop which Mr Eno thoroughly enjoyed.”

Skye studies Geography, History and English Language and also does the Extended Project Qualification. She is part of our Aspire to Excellence programme which supports students to apply to top universities and competitive courses.

Lara Gardiner completed her studies at S6C in Summer 2017 and was the first student from S6C to gain a place at an Oxbridge university. Lara is studying History at Oxford University. Of the students who secured university places last year, a fifth went to Russell Group universities with students going to the University of Exeter, Cardiff University and the University of Southampton.

S6C students were also successful in gaining places on competitive degree subjects including Early Years Development and Learning at Norland College, Paramedic Science, Primary Education, Adult Nursing, Computer Science and Dietetics.

For more on our achievements, click here: http://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/about-s6c/our-achievements/

S6C Students visit Auschwitz

Last month, Year 13 students Liam Story and Maddie Harris visited Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust Next Steps Project.

They’ve shared with us their experience of the visit:

 

‘The Holocaust was the attempt by the Nazis and its collaborators to murder all Jews.’

This is one of the definitions used to describe the horrific events that plagued Europe from 1933 to 1945, however this definition does not come close to the reality and gruesome actions that took place. Up to 6 million Jews were killed, 1.8 million Polish citizens, 196,000–220,000 Roma (gypsies) and 1,900 Jehovah Witnesses are just to show a small number of the many millions of people killed. Many believe that statistics do not allow us to understand the holocaust, and while it does not explain why it happened it gives us an idea of the scale of this haunting period in history.

 

A short coach journey from Krakow airport showed the true effects that the Holocaust had on the Polish countryside. The small town of Oświęcim, desecrated by the Nazi collection of Jews, had a sinister atmosphere about it. However this was a stark contrast to Więźniów- the memorial and Museum, Auschwitz 1, frozen in time this eerie and scarred landscape never compared to the mental images and statistics associated with visiting a Holocaust site. The infamous ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign at the entrance to Auschwitz loomed in front of us, translating to “work sets you free”, the original cabins dedicated to the tortured Jews don’t come close to the true horrors that took place. The most striking cabin was the room dedicated to the dehumanizing of the Jews when entering the camp, only two tonnes of the hair was recovered due to it being sold and used in German uniform and clothing, the greying rotting strands was sickening and connects you to the victims it belonged to. Another striking cabin was Cabin 28, one of the drawings found on the walls was by a child, showed someone being hung. This only emphasised that Nazis took no notice of age and gender when carrying out their orders to annihilate the Jews and everyone one that was not part of the Aryan race. Moving from Więźniów to Birkenau the experience sparked a completely new set of emotions, going from an area perfectly preserved and compacted in perfect order to the barren landscape that is Birkenau. The weather made the experience even more harrowing, wearing a minimum of three thermal layers each, everyone was frozen in -25°C conditions, imagining the victims wearing nothing but there pyjamas it seemed impossible how they survived for the length that they did. The Nazi’s attempted to destory Birkenau, leaving nothing but the rubble that remains today, and the sheer size is shocking in itself reaching 40 square kilometers and taking 4 hours to walk the perimeter it seemed impossible to imagine the complexity of this regime. Statistics made it possible to quantify the extent and striking truth, however without experiencing it first hand it is nearly impossible to fully comprehend the horror each one of the millions of victims experienced.

 

By focussing merely on statistics, we are prevented from understanding how and why the Holocaust happened, however it provides us with the understanding of the horrors that occured. The reasoning for such atrocities is inconceivable, and as a result statistics play no part in being able to understand it. However through visiting these sites it is possible to gain some understanding of the horrors that took place, although by focusing on Birkenau, it limits and distorts our understanding casting a shadow over our interpretation of events. This is illustrated by overlooking other Nazi Extermination Camps, such as Treblinka where 700-900,000 Jews were estimated to have been murdered. In addition, Ghettos became socially acceptable demonstrating how Nazis control extended further than just the concentration camps.

 

Overall, The Holocaust Educational Trust provided us with an enriching and unforgettable experience. We aim to keep the memories alive of the Holocaust victims and to re-humanise those lost due to the Nazi’s actions.

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S6C Wins Our City Challenge

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Salisbury 6th Form College’s (S6C) Year 12 group won the A Level (16-18) category in the Our City Challenge with their excellent, well researched project on transport in Salisbury.
The competition gave students from across Salisbury the opportunity to shape the city’s future.
The inaugural Salisbury Schools Business Challenge encouraged students to take a closer look at the Salisbury and form their own views and analysis on the state of the city and its future development.
S6C’s team, Rachel Day, Gemma Hayden, Skye Whyntie, Matt Fergusson and Wojciech Kozakowski, were complimented many times on their project, innovation, presentation skills and being the smartest group there. Rachel Day, Year 12 student, said: “I have really enjoyed being a part of the “Our City” project, It has really has helped me in regards to presentation and report writing skills. The challenge has also increased my understanding of the infrastructure in Salisbury City (particularly surrounding transport issues)” Matt Fergusson, Year 12 student, said: “Taking part in the “Our City” project has been a great experience. Throughout the development of our project I have learnt a lot about the city we live in and am feeling very positive about the potential Salisbury presents. It is great to have a feeling of direct influence in the thought process of Salisbury’s developments and we will be working hard to develop our ideas further before the Summer!”
Nadine Tunstall, teacher at S6C said: “Our students produced an excellent synopsis of the transport situation in Salisbury, covering all major forms of transport. They carried out interviews with members of the public, performed surveys and researched solutions to come up with innovative ideas of how to improve our city. The 4 students who presented were professional, knowledgeable, smart and informed, and did our college, and our city proud.”
Students were asked to consider economic, employment and transport issues, retail, heritage, the arts and tourism, plus local military and scientific expertise.
Salisbury Chamber of Commerce president Andy Rhind-Tutt said: “Their work will be instrumental in feeding into a master plan to regenerate Salisbury. One day it will be their city and this engagement now as Salisbury starts its journey of rediscovery is so important.”
The challenge is a joint venture between Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerce, the Salisbury Journal and the Salisbury Business Improvement District.
Simon Firth, principal of Salisbury Sixth Form College, said: “The Schools Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their local community and think about the issues facing Salisbury in the coming years and how to make the city an even better place to live, work and flourish.”

NCS Assembly 23rd March 2018

We are happy to have our local National Citizen Service (NCS), a government-funded programme for 15-17-year olds to be giving an assembly to all Year 12 tomorrow, as part of our development day.

Please read the letter about this fantastic opportunity.

NCS Pre Assembly Letter

Monday 19th – College Closed

We have made the decision to close the college today. The safety of our staff and students is our top priority. Access to and around the site is compromised and buses are expected not to run in the local vicinity.

We expect to be open as normal tomorrow, Tuesday 20th March.

S6C Tours of the College

We would like to invite prospective students to a tour of the College building.

A tour gives you the opportunity to see our fantastic facilities, gain information about our courses and experience what it is like to study at S6C. All students are welcome to attend whether you have applied yet or not.

The tour will be delivered by a member of staff or a member of the Student Leadership Team and will give you the opportunity to ask questions about studying at S6C and the application process.

If you would like to attend a tour, please complete and submit the form below: