Tour our brand new building!

Have you booked on to our new building tour this week yet?

All applicants and Year 11s are invited to book onto a tour at 4pm on Tuesday 24 or Thursday 26 May.

Just complete this short form here: http://goo.gl/gURpSj

S6C Induction Day for new students – Wednesday 29 June 2016

Our Induction Day is on Wednesday 29 June 2016. The Induction Day will be an opportunity for prospective students to meet with teachers and experience studying at S6C. We will also provide any materials needed to prepare to study with us in September such as enrolment information, subject transition information and details about the first day of term.

The Induction Day will be held in our new building on Tollgate Road and, as such, you will be amongst the first students to tour the brand-new facilities and experience learning in our fantastic, new, purpose-built building on our new site. Students will need to arrive at our new location, 66-78 Tollgate Road, Salisbury for 9am and the day should conclude by 3pm.

It is essential that all students wishing to join us in September 2016 have collected a copy of the Student Handbook and the subject transition material prior to the start of term so that they can complete any summer preparation work. Therefore, it is important that all students considering S6C as an option attend the Induction Day. If you cannot attend the Induction Day, please contact us as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for collection.

S6C Students visit Auschwitz

Last month, two S6C students had the opportunity to go to Auschwitz.

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Year 12 student, Charlie Sessions, said, “The purpose of the trip was to educate students about Auschwitz and what took place there, a goal that they definitely achieved. The trip started when Dr Tye (S6C History teacher) picked me up at 2am before going and picking up Daisy from Salisbury. We then travelled down to Exeter airport for our flight at 7am and after a short delay we took off at 7:45am. Three hours later we arrived in Poland and were taken to coaches that took us to a large, pre-war Jewish Cemetery. It was at this cemetery that we saw the grave of the last Jewish person to live in that town. From the Cemetery we went to Auschwitz and had a tour of the site including the surviving gas chamber and unsurprisingly it was incredibly moving. We then moved onto Auschwitz-Birkenau and had another tour of the complex. After we had the tour we had a Jewish Ceremony at the Memorial out of respect for those who were killed at Auschwitz. We then were transported back to the airport and then home. Overall it was an amazing trip that was very emotive and I would recommend it to anyone that has the chance to go.”

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Year 13 student, Daisy Vanderputt, who also attended, said, “Going to Auschwitz was one of the hardest but eye opening experiences I’ve ever had. Before going I really struggled to humanise the statistics but going there helped me to realise that everyone who was there, victims and perpetrators were individuals with their own stories.”

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S6C students lead science sessions for Exeter House School students

Science students at S6C were invited to Exeter House School to run some fun activities there as part of National Science week. Our students spent the morning making bouncy putty (ever see the film ‘Flubber’?) out of PVA glue and letting off water bottle rockets, for five groups of Exeter House School Students over the whole age range from primary to sixth-form.

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Our students were brilliant, showing great enthusiasm and really helping the Exeter House School students on an individual level. Our students got a lot out of it too. They were struck by the determination of some Exeter House School students to be able to take part.

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S6C students who took part were were:
Rachel Barlow
Corrina Begley
Sam Budworth
Jake Charman
Ellen Cook
Ben Pike

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Acting Deputy Headteacher from Exeter House School said, “I just wanted to say that our students had a fantastic morning with the Science students from the Salisbury 6th Form. Mr King planned some really exciting activities for us, and the children loved working with the 6th Formers. We hope that you would like to come and work with us again.”

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Spring news from S6C

Our latest newsletter is available here: S6C Newsletter A4 Issue 14

It has an update on the progress with the new building as well as key dates for applicants and current students, including our Induction Day on Wednesday 29th June 2016.

Physics students attend Particle Physics Masterclass

Physics students at S6C attended a Particle Physics Masterclass last week at the STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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Students toured the facility, including one of the experiment bays where various materials are positioned in front of an incredibly bright and focused X-ray beam.

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Students analysed trace images, looking for signs of the Higgs Boson. Students had to find one Higgs trace in only 200 collisions; in reality, a sign of a Higgs boson might appear less than once every billion collisions.

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Year 12 student, Jake Charman said, “I didn’t realise the amount of real world applications of the work carried out in particle accelerators.” Another Year 12 student, Rachel Barlow, said “I was fascinated by the talk about the applications of accelerators and how they can be used to treat cancers as I had no idea that they did this and that it was possible.”