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.”

S6C Celebrate Topping Out of new building

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The “Topping Out” ceremony for our new building took place on Wednesday 24 February on the roof of the new building.

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A Topping Out ceremony is traditionally held when the last part of a building is in place and the building has reached its full height. The S6C building was at full height some weeks ago due to the quick nature of a modular build, and so for us, the topping out was an opportunity to celebrate the progress made through staff, students and governors having a guided tour of the building which ended on the roof of the building. Now that the exterior of the building is nearing completion the work continues on the inside of the building in order to complete all of the classrooms and communal spaces ready for teaching to begin from May.

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Principal, Simon Firth says, “In creating a new 6th form college for students, the S6C project is a huge opportunity for providing a focal point for the local community as well as creating jobs. We are looking forward to growing even closer links with local residents, businesses and St Martin’s Church now that we have our own building. It is a very exciting time not only for everyone involved in the project, but also for the future of post-16 provision for young people in Salisbury.”

 

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You can watch a timelapse video of the progress made in recent months where you will see the top two floors being added to the steel frame structure and get a better idea of the height at which the Topping Out ceremony will be held. The time lapse video is available here www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/new-build

On Friday 12 February, the Student President and Vice President, Emily Bisdee and Robben Sherburne travelled to Belfast with Leanne Tarbard (Health and Social Care Teacher) and Rosie Roberts (Student Services Manager) to visit McAvoys, the building contractors for our building on the new site.

McAvoys explained how they create buildings offsite using a modular construction method and then transport the components onto site to be fitted together – this is how they can ensure a quick build time making sure that we can be on the new site and in our own accommodation this academic year.  

Soon, the front of the building will be fully clad and rendered and an S6C logo will take pride of place above the entrance proudly marking the new site.

Student President, Emily Bisdee said, “Getting the opportunity to travel to Northern Ireland to visit McAvoys where our new sixth form building was built was an incredible opportunity. Having a tour around the factory has enabled me to realise the benefits of modular building and I am now able to explain to both current and prospective students more about how the building was built at the McAvoys factory. Getting to see other schools and sixth form buildings that have been built in the same way and seeing how incredible they were has made me more excited to get into the new building. It has also made me very thankful that we will have a sixth form building built this way. Whilst at the factory you could clearly see the passion that everyone had for McAvoys and the hard work that goes into building each section of the building. It was interesting to see how much work goes into the planning stage right through to the sections of the buildings being transported on lorries to the site. We had an amazing day and it has made us want to visit Northern Ireland again in the future.”

Interviews for September 2016 entry

All applicants to join S6C in September 2016 should have now received an invitation to an interview to discuss their application further.

This week and next week we’re in the following schools interviewing prospective students:

Test Valley School

Trafalgar School

Leehurst Swan

Wyvern College

Stonehenge School

St Edmund’s Girls’ School

St Joseph’s School

If you have applied but have not received an invitation to an interview, please email office@salisbury6c.ac.uk

If you have not applied yet and would like to join us in September 2016, we recommend that you complete the online application form ASAP and we will be in touch as soon as we receive it.