Weekly College Update

Friday 15th October 2021

We had a really positive start to the week  with our Personal  Development Day which was exploring Mental Health organised by Rebecca Anderson our Pastoral Lead – it was a packed day full of insightful talks and opportunities for students to explore their Mental Health in more depth.  In the afternoon we had a number of activities on offer for students such as, knitting, mindfulness, drumming, yoga, and a series of talks on sleep, exam stress, using apps & gaming to support mental health, and how to support a friend in need. Thanks are due to the MHST (mental health support team), Dr Orla Baird from SDH, and Kaya Drumming, for sharing their expertise.  

Luke Muchmore and Steve Price took our S6C football team over to The Burgate School on Wednesday afternoon, for a match against Burgate 6th Form football team.   As you can see from the match report below it was a successful trip for us. 

On Wednesday evening we held the first Open Evening of the year,  welcoming students and their families into the college community to speak to staff, find out more about subjects and to view our facilities.  It was so wonderful to see so many families enjoying our facilities and having the opportunity to speak to our wonderful teachers and some of our current students.   Our next Open Evening is Tuesday 23rd November 5.30pm – 7.30pm  if you would like to book on with a Year 11 child please follow the link: 

I would like to say a collective thank you again to the student ambassadors from both year 12 and 13. They showed outstanding leadership skills and parents were very complimentary about how passionate and articulate they were about their studies. 

Covid cases remain very low in our college community and we continue to review cases weekly to ensure we are confident our measures continue to be appropriate. Covid rates are rising in Wiltshire so we need to continue to be vigilant, keep testing and maintain good hygiene at all times. 

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Louise 
Head of College

Mental Health Development Day – Rosie Roberts, Career Lead and School Liaison 

This week, as part of the Development Day, Year 13 students had the opportunity to focus on Destinations, as well as their mental health, as requested in their feedback last year. They were able to  meet with representatives from the University of Bath, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Winchester to get feedback and advice on their university Personal Statements. We also welcomed Careers Adviser Polly Wiggins in to conduct careers guidance appointments with Year 13s. 

All students can get virtual support with their Personal Statement at any time by submitting it to the University of Portsmouth Personal Statement Hub.

Also this week, Year 12 students have been set a task to help them prepare for the “Your Choices” event on Tuesday 19th October. Students can access the independent study task in the Careers Google Classroom.

‘Your Choices’ is a free event for young people and their parents in Swindon and Wiltshire on Tuesday 19th October 2021 during the College day from 11-2pm, or in the evening between 5-7pm.     

This is an interactive event, giving you the chance to ask questions directly to our local colleges, universities, training providers, employers and speakers, to help you in making your future career choices.

Students, Teachers and Parents/Carers – Register for free here:

https://learnliveuk.com/your-choices-2021-2022/                                              #MyChoices

EGX 2021 – Nathan David, Teacher of Esports 

Last Friday, over 30 Esports, Media and Software Design students travelled to the Excel Centre, London, for the annual gaming convention, EGX. Students used the trip as an opportunity to network in their chosen career paths, engaging with industry professionals such as; content creators, game developers, and cyber security agencies as well as chats with University representatives within their chosen fields. The students then had the opportunity to play lots (and lots) of video games, some retro, some brand new and even some not out for release yet. We’re already looking forward to EGX 2022 – come join!

Student Union – Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

The Student Union, ably supported by Hazel Wright, are shaping the college with their feedback from Student Voice and their reflections on their individual focus areas. They are joining the Senior Leadership Team on Monday to discuss their recent requests, are working on audits of their areas, joined the team of amazing Student Ambassadors on Open Evening, and are working on their first independent task, planning the S6C Christmas Community Project. Cara Hellis, our mental health officer, suggested that we include a reflection on covid as part of the Development Day and students had an opportunity to discuss what they feel they have lost, what they have gained, and what gaps we can help with, as well as reflecting on current national statistics and sharing their feelings and views. Student feedback on the session was very positive and we will be looking closely at the issues they have raised for support and celebration. 

S6C Football – Luke Muchmore – Teacher of Sports

S6C 3-0 Burgate 

Goals: George Donohue, Finn Russell, Lewis Elshaw

MOTM: Ben Hayward

Lineup: W. Davis, N. Halliwell, B. Hayward (C), J. Price, G. Goff, L. Cartwright, G. Allen, A.Ford, F. Russell, L. Elshaw, G. Donohue   Subs: R. Fernando, H. McDonnell

S6C were back in 11 a side action on Wednesday afternoon, playing an away friendly against a good Burgate side. The opposition dominated early possession before coming unstuck due to good pressing from striker George Donohue led to a simple finish. 1-0. A solid start for the lads led to us playing well for the rest of the half, we were unlucky not to go into the break with another goal after a good header from captain Ben Hayward was saved.

The second half saw changes for both teams, but S6C remained on top – a rejuvenated Finn Russell scoring a weak footed volley midway through the second half. 2-0. S6C finished the game off after Lewis Elshaw scored the rebound from a George Allen free-kick. 3-0. Overall a great game with a flattering scoreline – the boys were buzzing to be back in action after a COVID-affected season last year. Next up is our first league game against Devizes.

Follow us on Social Media

The Official logo of the S6C Esports team – Salisbury Spitfires has been created by S6C Alumni, Jordan Markham.   You can follow the Salisbury Spitfires on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/enn_dee_esports/

We have also seen the launch of our STEM Faculty Instagram  – you can follow the STEM team on : https://www.instagram.com/s6cstem/

Our S6C College Social Media Accounts are please do follow us for regular updates: 

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https://twitter.com/salisbury6form

Weekly College Update

Friday 8th October 2021

Here at college we have had another busy week,  which included a visit from Portsmouth University for our Year 13 students to have the opportunity to understand how to complete an effective UCAS application.  This was very well received by students and more details about the visits are below.  Year 13 students have completed their formal assessments this week and staff are now marking papers to prepare actions and direction to support students’ next steps.  Reports to parents will be sent home after half term and students targets and progress will be reviewed in class together.

This week I have had the opportunity to lead  some of our feeder schools assemblies, presenting to year 11 students at St Josephs, Trafalgar and Wyvern St Eds.  Students are embarking on their career advice for colleges,  and I hope that many siblings and young people in our local community join us next year, and experience the warmth, care, support and challenge that our students receive.  

We have been contacted by the Department of Education to actively encourage parents to support their child in the participation of regular lateral  flow testing.  S6C as a registered site has had a drop off of registered students completing Covid tests.  We know from talking to students that many students are actively testing each week, but are forgetting to register the result.  This will affect the stock that we receive to replenish the test kits needed for distribution, so it is important that we aim to register all results so there is a more accurate representation of testing taking place in our community. A guide to regular rapid COVID 19 testing.pdf

This week parents will have received home a letter from Rebecca Anderson regarding the mental health development day on Monday next week.   Below is some further information regarding the day. 

Have a great weekend. 

Louise

Life Skills & Pastoral – Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

Black History Month: 

S6C celebrates Black History month in October, and every day. Shared education and the willingness to listen and learn about each other’s lives and pasts is key to building a fair, equal, diverse and thriving society. Across the month we will be celebrating and learning more about Britain’s black and other ethnic minority communities – on the plasma screens, in the Information Classroom, by making direct links in each subject, and taking the opportunity to explore material in Life Skills and share our ideas and new found knowledge on jamboards. The Student Union have put up a series of infographic posters. Rebecca is hoping to run a trip to the National Maritime Museum, later in the year, for students interested in thinking further about Britain’s colonial past and its ongoing effects – students are encouraged to get in touch with an expression of interest.

Mental Health Development Day. 

We are really excited to be able to run our first Development Day of the year, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, in person and with a full range of activities, guest speakers, and workshops to promote mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. The timetable and information has been shared with parents and students and we are really looking forward to a fun, positive and practical day including 5 Ways to Wellbeing, Coping with Stress and Pressure, Reflections on Covid (suggested by the Student Union), How To Support a Friend in Need, Practical Tips for Exam Stress, Young Carer Support, Student Health Guide Publication Launch, Wellbeing Walk, Drumming or Knitting for fun, Yoga, Mindfulness Activities and Colouring, Gaming and Wellbeing, Apps/Video Games/Books for Positive Mental Health, Guided Stress Bucket Activity, and Getting Good Sleep. As ever, we will be encouraging students to look after themselves and each other.  A full list of the programme has been sent out to parents. 

Career Curriculum – Rosie Roberts, School Liaison 

Personal Statement presentation from local University

On Wednesday 6 October, Ruth Walton from the University of Portsmouth presented to Year 13s on Writing their Personal Statement. Ruth gave practical advice on what to include, how to structure it, tips on a powerful opening statement and where to get advice on your first draft. 

Ruth also provided helpful resources including a worksheet to help students structure their Personal Statement, and she invited students to submit a draft of their Personal Statement for checking and advice from university representatives through the Portsmouth Personal Statement hub here.

The slides from the presentation and the worksheet will be shared with students in the Google Careers Classroom (if students have not joined this Classroom yet they can follow the link in the Information Classroom to join).

Subject News 

Psychology – Kirsty White, Faculty Lead for STEM and Teacher of Psychology

Students were invited to join an online conference of Psychology talks organised and run by Oxford High School. A range of talks were provided, such as a talk on the teenage brain by Professor Sarah Jayne Blakemore and talks on forensic psychology and the impact of covid-19 on mental health. I would like to thank Oxford High School’s sixth formers for arranging such an incredible day! Here are some students reflections:

“The psychology talk by Professor Goddwin on the psychological effects of covid-19 was interesting and allowed me to learn something new in psychology to further broaden my knowledge. A lot of which Professor Goddwin talked about applied to current everyday life and therefore made it relatable.” – Bethany Cookson, Year 13

“The psychology conference I watched with Ms Keelie Persham on forensic psychology was very informative. It was interesting to hear about what forensic psychology is and what it is like when first starting to work in that field.” – Alanah Evans, Year 12

Clubs and Societies 

STEM club

Videos of STEM students firing a rocket out of a cannon, powered by gun cotton (gun cotton is made by nitrating pure cotton wool). The students then made their own cannons and packed in the gun cotton. We tried to do some target practice on the board but the students have yet to devise a method of identifying where the rocket has hit….maybe next week we’ll have cracked it and there will be some sharp shooting in STEM!

SPITFIRES MAKE THE PERFECT START – Nathan David, Teacher of Esports

On Wednesday afternoon the Esports society, Salisbury Spitfires, kicked off their British Esports Association Championship season in Rocket League and Valorant. The Rocket League (a sport/racing game) team overcame Bournemouth and Poole College in a brilliant showing coming out 3-0 victors, seeing themselves at the top of the table at this early stage of the season. The Valorant (a first-person shooter) team produced a dominant performance over Reading College, ending the game 13-2 in the Spitfires favour. The teams move on with morale high for their fixtures next week. Come to TF02 from 3pm every Wednesday to support – everyone is welcome!

Weekly College Update

Friday 1st October 2021

We had a great Virtual Welcome Evening for parents of year 12 students this week.  It involved a talk from myself and Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead, to provide further guidance and information about the college processes.   Parents had the opportunity to split off into separate groups to meet with their young person’s tutor.  This gave parents the opportunity to ask any questions about college life.  If you were not able to attend or would like the opportunity to follow up on any further questions then please do get in touch.

Today, the first year 12 reports have been sent home to parents, this will give an indication to students and parents on the transition they have made in subjects from GCSE to A-level or their Level 3 BTEC/CTEC courses.  Staff will support students where early indications show the student has not performed well.  Some students may find the transition after a difficult year hard to manage. What is critical, is the students’ commitment to working with us to make improvements, and this comes about from showing positive attitudes to their learning not just in the classroom but in the Independent Study work required to support their progress outside of lessons.  Our expectations will always be high, so students not fully engaged will have subject conversations with teachers to work out what barriers are getting in the way. 

Next week is year 13 Assessment week, the first for this academic year. Some assessments have taken place already  in some subjects but the majority of students will be sitting a past paper to measure their progress.  Students are working really hard and have returned to college very focused and determined to fulfil their potential. 

This afternoon, our vocational classes have been closed period 3 to ensure that staff have the time together all afternoon to complete moderation and sign off of unit grades we are awarding in vocational courses. Students in year 13 have completed a number of course units and these will be submitted to the exam boards next week.   This process has to be rigorous and we need to ensure we provide the staff team with the time needed to decide on the right outcomes for all our students.  

Please see below further updates from this week. 

Wishing you all a great weekend, let’s hope the weather improves quickly. 

Louise

Dyslexia Week – Nicola Miller, SENDCo and DSL

Next week is National Dyslexia week.  The theme for this year is invisible dyslexia.  Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that shows no visible signs.  For a person with dyslexia they can feel that they are isolated and unsupported.  At S6C we work hard to make sure that our students with dyslexia and any SpLD (specific learning difficulties) are well supported by inclusive classroom practice.  To support learning in the classroom and during independent study we subscribe to Read Write for Google.  This is an assistive technology package that can support any student with their learning.  Students just need to be logged into their college Google accounts to access this package.  This means our students can use it to support their learning anywhere!  Read Write will read Google docs, PDF, web pages and other sources.  They can use it to dictate their work or apply screen colours that suit their learning.  For a full list of tools that are available please follow the link below.  If you or your young person would like to know more about Read Write please speak to Nicky the college SENDCo or Diane the college learning mentor.

Link to Read Write for Google instructions 

Psychology Talk – Kirsty White, Faculty Lead for STEM and Teacher of Psychology 

On Wednesday, Dr Alex Corcoran delivered a hands-on session focusing on roles and careers in the NHS to Year 13 students. They heard about the huge variety of options (over 350 roles!) and the different routes into them. Students then had the opportunity to try out some real equipment on themselves and each other – a stethoscope, a pulse oximeter, an otoscope and a blood pressure cuff. The session was engaging and will benefit the students who attended, giving them access to a professional in the healthcare field and helping them to add vital experience to personal statements and applications. We will be running the same session for Year 12s in November.

“The practical sessions were fun and educational. Letting students help with sessions also helped our confidence. I was helping with the pulse oximeter station and quickly learnt it was easier for me to time everyone at the same time and it created a smoother process. I would like to become a paramedic and this immersive talk really helped, especially the fact that it was in person.” – Rosie McAllister, applying for paramedic science.

“The session provided a range of useful information about working for the NHS including the diversity of jobs available, the different pathways of entering and the variety of opportunities such as working abroad. It helped me to think about the different qualities needed to be an NHS worker which will help me whilst writing my personal statement.” – Ed Smith, applying for Physiotherapy

Health and Social Care – Jo Mason, Teacher of Health & Social Care 

Today (Friday) Health and Social Care students arranged a cake sale to raise money for Macmillan Cancer.  The total raised will be confirmed in next week’s update.  Thank you to our community students for supporting this and to Abby Currie and Paige Withell for their hard work in arranging

Baking Club – Sally Tye, Faculty Lead for Humanities and Baking Club Lead

This week on the menu for the online baking club was chocolate brownies.  Below are some photos of the wonder creations students have made, in particular those made by Madaline Wood.

Weekly College Update

Friday 20th September 2021

We have noticed a decline in Lateral Flow Test reporting amongst students recently.  It is important to continue to test and report your results each week. Along with good hygiene, this helps to prevent the spread of Covid 19 and allows S6C to replenish their stock for students and staff via the government portal. If you require some more tests please ask at reception. 

This week saw the full throttle launch of our clubs and societies, with both year 12 and 13 attending.  

Some clubs took place on site at another Magna Learning Partnership Academy, Wyvern St. Edmunds, enabling us to build relationships and collaboration with local secondary schools. 

Over the coming weeks Louise Henderson, Head of College will be joining some of the secondary schools to carry out assemblies and speak to their Year 11’s.  Some representatives from our current student body will accompany her to present back to their old schools.  This is a great opportunity for students to develop their presentation skills and share their positive experiences of their journey from school to College. 

Have a great week.

Craig Chambers
Assistant Head of College

Subject News

Biology – Mary Gannon, Teacher of Biology 

This week Year 13 Biologists visited St Martin’s church graveyard to look at the distribution of lichens as part of their Core Practical activities, exploring the relative abundance of British native plant species. It was a fantastic opportunity for students  to put their sampling skills into practice to better understand the ecology of this wonderful environment on our doorstep. The bonus of having some late September sunshine helped make this even more enjoyable: the autumnal leaf changes were particularly beautiful.

Clubs and Societies News

Gaming Club – Nathan David, Teacher of Esports

During Gaming Club we have created a fun, engaging and inclusive environment for our students. So far we have had 18 students attend, most of which are our competitive Esports students practicing for their upcoming tournaments with the British Esports Association in titles such as; Valorant, Rocket League and League of Legends.

Whilst we have also welcomed students that choose to use their enrichment time to bring in handheld consoles, too. There’s plenty of space for more students – come join!

The Volunteer Hub Supporting Enrichment at Wyvern St Edmunds

Steve Price – Teacher of Business

One of our commitments for the Volunteering Hub is to support the Clubs and Societies run by one of our MLP partners, Wyvern St Edmunds (WSE). Working with pupils from Year 7 to 11 our students supported them in activities such as German, Dance, Homework Club, Film Club, Football, Cooking, BBC Young Reporter and Fencing.

For  the S6C students it was a chance to support and guide younger pupils with their learning. WSE were very welcoming and appreciated the energy and enthusiasm that the S6C students provided, we are very proud of them.

We will be supporting at WSE every Wednesday afternoon, we look forward to providing updates with our progress.

Yoga Club – Hanna Boddy, PA to Head of College and Teacher of Yoga

In Yoga this week we were exploring our self worth, learning to love ourselves for who we are, and not allowing others to determine our self worth for us.  We were able to flow through postures to open up our hearts and relax our minds and bodies; enabling us to see our true value. 

The students said they felt more relaxed by the end of the session, ‘like they were floating’.  Always the sign of a great yoga class!

Pastoral Care

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead

Oxbridge Entry: We are in the privileged position of living in a country with so many pathways after sixth form study: employment, apprenticeships and university. We want all of our students to find the pathway that will inspire and challenge them and in Year 12 LIfe Skills this week we were contemplating what makes for a ‘successful’ life and how this will vary from individual to individual.

For some of our most academically capable students, Oxford or Cambridge is an excellent choice, although this must be seen in the context of there being many exceptional courses and university options.  We are now preparing Year 13 students for these applications and wish them all the best.

Careers at S6C

Your Choices Learn Live Event: 19th October

‘Your Choices’ is a free event for young people and their parents in Swindon and Wiltshire on Tuesday 19th October 2021

The Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub are offering a FREE, virtual post-16 and post-18 options event to all young people in the area (aged 14+). This is an interactive event, giving you the chance to ask questions directly to our local colleges, universities, training providers, employers and speakers, to help you in making your future career choices.

This is available during the school/college day from 11-2pm, or in the evening between 5-7pm.

We welcome parents to sign up and access the event at a time convenient for them.

Students, Teachers and Parents/Carers – Register for free here:

https://learnliveuk.com/your-choices-2021-2022/

#MyChoices

Weekly College Update

Friday 17th September 2021

It has been such a wonderfully busy week this week at college.  I had the privilege of meeting with our new Student Union Team (SU) on Tuesday and discussing with them their leadership roles and early planning for the year ahead. The SU is supported by Hazel Wright, Receptionist and Pastoral Support and Rebecca Anderson, our Pastoral Lead. Lots of important and exciting events will be planned for students this term, including celebrating, Black History Month throughout October, National Poetry Month on 7th October and our Mental Health Awareness Development Day on 11th October.  We will feature these in the weeks to come. 

We also had Nicola Bull, Director of Education for our MLP Trust in college this week.  Both Nicola and myself had the opportunity to go into lessons this week and see how our new year 12s were settling in their transition from secondary school to college and how year 13s were making that step up from year 12 to their final year of study.  The students were happy and engaged in lessons, and there was some really in-depth and complex learning happening throughout the college in many different subjects.  Year 12 Esports students were also showing incredibly confident presentation skills, pitching ideas to each other in their entrepreneurial  unit of their course. It was very impressive.

S6C is seeking two new parent governors to join the Local Governing Body. The Local Governing Body (LGB) is appointed by, and reports to, the Magna Learning Partnership Trust Board. Its role is to provide focused governance for the College at a local level. It does this by supporting, challenging and encouraging in two principal areas: Vision, ethos and strategic direction; and the educational performance of the College (students and staff). Governors come to us through a variety of routes and with a range of different backgrounds, skills and experiences, but they are all volunteers who work together for the benefit of the academies and are the link between the academy and the community it serves.  If you are interested, please contact Carina Sawyer, Head of Governance (csawyer@magnalearningpartnership.org.uk) for an application form, or to find out more about the role and the appointment process. Closing date is 8th October 2021.  The S6C LGB work closely with the senior team and we would really welcome further support from our parents if you feel you can contribute a small amount of your time each term.  We really would love to hear from you. 

Please see below further updates from this week. 

Wishing you all a great weekend, 

Louise

Pastoral Care – Rebecca Anderson Pastoral Lead

EPQ – We have been very excited to enrol students onto our EPQ course this week. The Extended Project Qualification is an independent research project, with taught skill builder sessions, and can be adapted to a wide range of academic and career interests. Students will either have sessions added to their timetable, or will take the course as a Club on a Wednesday afternoon, so that they get the teaching support they need. It is interesting to note that the resources we use to deliver the programme come from universities, who promote the programme because they value the qualification. The project builds skills which are useful for competitive applications to universities, apprenticeships and employment. It equates to half an A level and students will need to commit to independent study of around 80 hours across the year, in addition to the taught course. Applications will remain open next week if anyone would like to join. Students should contact Rebecca Anderson for more details.

Aspire To Excellence –  The S6C extension programme is for students with high achievement or high aspiration. As part of our vision to see every student become the best version of themselves, we aim to challenge even our most able learners, nurturing and supporting them as they study and prepare for their next steps. We have invited a group of students to attend the programme but all students are welcome. We run a monthly meeting focusing on areas which will support excellent progress in their subjects but will also help them put in competitive applications for university, high or degree level apprenticeships, or aspirational employment. This is followed by a speaker programme shaped by the students, and then 1:1 support moving into Year 13. It was exciting to see so many students in our first meeting and we are looking forward to getting to know each individual!

Online safety – Just a reminder, following on from the notices we shared with students on their first day in college this term, that students are asked to use the G suite of programmes in college for communication, and not to contact each other on Snapchat, Air drop or Instagram in study time. Not all students have access to these apps for safeguarding reasons, so it is more inclusive, and much safer, to use our college platforms. We would also suggest that, whether at college or not, students set those apps to only receive messages from existing contacts, so they are not getting communications that may be distracting (at best) or cause concern or harm (at worse).

Careers at S6C – Rosie Roberts, School Liaison 

This week, Year 12 were introduced to the Careers programme at S6C. The programme is led by Careers and Pastoral Leaders. Year 13 students are using this resource to support their progression planning. 

S6C aims to ensure every student is able to progress onto the right pathways for them. Our careers programme supports entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.  Students will learn about careers that relate to their chosen subjects through visiting speakers and careers activities both in the classroom and through a programme of careers activities that take place outside of lesson time. 

Careers guidance with an external adviser is available when significant career choices are being made and tutors and teachers are trained to offer advice.   

We recognise that parents also have an important role in supporting their young person to explore all of the opportunities available to them and to make decisions about their future study and work. We would therefore encourage you to take a look at the information and links available on our website relating to careers information: https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/students/careers/

We would also like to share with you the slides from the introduction session which was delivered to all Year 12s today: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-9_R66Mm4-m4SFTju2X608zgKCyB9Vfm/view?usp=sharing)

MLP CAREERS Instagram account

Find out about careers events going on in College and across the Magna Learning Partnership.

Plus, don’t be the last to know about other exciting careers events and initiatives taking place across Salisbury, Wiltshire and the whole of the UK.

This may include:

  • Apprenticeship / job opportunities
  • Work experience placements
  • Free online courses for all ages
  • Talks and workshops happening online and in person
  • Advice about all aspects of education, training and employment

We recommend that all students are following this new account and welcome parents to follow it too. Download the Instagram app if you don’t already have it and add MLPcareers to your favourites

Clubs and Societies/ Collaboration work with MLP Schools 
The Volunteer Hub at S6C – Steve Price, Teacher of Business

As part of our student offer this year we are launching ‘The Volunteer Hub’. As you may know S6C provides a large Clubs and Societies Provision, normally on a Wednesday afternoon in order to support personal development and crucially provide leadership opportunities during their time at S6C.

With a significant number of students already signed up, we start our Volunteering Programme next Wednesday 23 September with our students supporting ‘Clubs and Societies ‘ at one of our Magna Learning Partnership (MLP) schools, Wyvern St Edmunds. They have provided our students with fantastic leadership opportunities in Dance, Fencing, BBC Young Reporter Programme, Language Code Breaking Club, as well as  a chance to support GCSE students with their learning in Art, Design and Technology and Maths.

Over the next term the scheme will grow and S6C students will be working with local charities and community groups, including supporting a ‘befriending scheme with a care home’. Volunteering for our students is about living our core values, providing opportunities that drive equality and inclusion, allowing us to collaborate and integrate not only with our MLP partners but also the wider community. 

On that note if any stakeholders have volunteering opportunities they would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Price at sprice@s6c.mlp.college I am sure we will be able to help and please look out for our regular updates.

Photography at S6C – Laurance Rushby, Teacher of Art and Photography

With year 12 photographers this week, to explore the history of photography, we have processed dry plates glass collodion images from 1890 using a cyanotype solution. These photographs came from Laurance’s husband’s grandfather who traveled the world. 

The images were revealed for the first time ever to the viewer. Truly exciting to see ghost images revealed before your eyes.  

Weekly College Update

Friday 10th September 2021

It’s been a really busy beginning to the term, and it has been fantastic to see our young people starting to adopt their new routines and start their year 1 or 2 courses.   

We have managed to complete all our lateral flow testing for years 12 and 13.   A big thanks to all the staff involved in this process particularly Lisa Rodway our Science Technician who has done a great job in keeping the system running efficiently.   A copy of our most recent Covid risk assessment has been updated onto the college website in Statutory information for your information. 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has produced a toolkit to encourage COVID-19 vaccine uptake for young people.  The toolkit includes new materials from Public Health England (PHE) to help everyone promote the benefits of the vaccine to young people. 

We encourage you to use the links and read and watch the materials.  We want our students to exercise their Individual Liberty in making informed decisions with your support. 

Today you will also have received a Key Dates document for the academic year.  This will include when students assessment windows take place and our Development Days which have focused themes to support their personal development.  Each term we will update the document and share this with you.  

At the beginning of the academic year, I think it is important for you as parents to be well informed with what is happening at S6C.  We produce this weekly update on a Friday every week, but please also take this opportunity to start  following us on our social media platforms. 

https://www.instagram.com/salisbury6thform/

https://www.facebook.com/SalisburySixthFormCollege

www.twitter.com/salisbury6form

Wishing you all a restful weekend, 

Louise

Pastoral Care – Rebecca Anderson Pastoral Lead

It is a genuine pleasure to be able to support these wonderful young adults on their academic and personal journey. Student wellbeing (physical, emotional and mental) is so important to us at S6C and we have lots of support available from teachers, tutors, pastoral lead, college counsellors, the MHST (mental health support team) and external agencies. Our pastoral systems are outlined in the S6C Handbook and on the website and students can find information in the Information Classroom (under Wellbeing) and on the back of all the toilet doors in college. Please keep in contact with us and get in touch if we can help in any way.

Notices 

Thank you to our students who have been so patient with technical issues this week. Now that almost all students are set up online, please can all students be reminded to check notices on the plasma screens and to have notifications on for Chat, Information Classroom and Subject Classrooms. Notifications can be set to reasonable working hours as part of good online practice.

S6C Student Union

We are really looking forward to getting started with our new Student Union team. S6C is a very collaborative college and we are always keen to develop in line with student needs and feedback, working closely with our SU. We asked them to write a brief introduction.

Emily Johnson – I am the President of the Student Union. As a Union we are dedicated to making sure that every member of the S6C Community has a voice which will be valued, respected and heard. The team and I are really looking forward to embarking on this journey and working with fellow students, colleagues and parents!

Lily Jackson –  I’m going to be Vice Student President. I am looking forward to working with all the students and teachers to make the college a comfortable and inclusive environment for them.

Emily Millman – I am the Equality and Diversity Officer. I look forward to supporting everyone in the college from different backgrounds and origins, or anyone that feels like they don’t fit in a “stereotypical“ box. We are here to help and support.

Cara Hellis –  I am the Mental Health Officer. I hope to help raise awareness on this topic and provide a voice for those who may not otherwise be heard, creating a supportive environment for everyone. 

Tom Booth -I am the new Ecological and Sustainability Officer. It is an understatement to say this area is of some importance these days and I’m looking forward to being the persistent person who always brings it up! There are many ideas that I feel can be incorporated and maximised.

Angus Archer – Events Officer, including developing Awareness Days. Our college is an amazing place to help young people develop for their future and I’m excited to help improve that even more. 

Clubs and Societies 

This week students have started to sign up to our Clubs and Societies, which will start on Wednesday next week.  We have a variety of activities available to students, from active sports in Dodgeball, Football, Netball, Yoga, and Badminton to creative opportunities including Music, Film, Gaming, Baking and Volunteering. The range of options is wide. 

This term we will  start our  collaboration with  WyvernStEds  Enrichment Programme to help deepen the breadth of Clubs available over both sites. Students will have the option to participate in some clubs or volunteer during the Wednesday enrichment option at WyvernStEds.  

S6C Cafe Promoting Healthy Eating Choices

S6C is very proud of HC3S ‘Taste It’ Cafe at S6C run by Russ, who has many years of catering experience.  

We are able to bring students a varied and extensive menu of both mid morning snacks, sandwiches as well as hot healthy dinners.  Russ is always open to listening to students preferences of food choices and these can be discussed with him directly or through the Student Union.  
The menus are available here: https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/s6c-coffee-lounge/

Letter to Year 12 – Welcome to the S6C Community

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the S6C Community

I hope that your son or daughter has enjoyed the first few days here at S6C. We are delighted to have been able to fully open college and run a normal timetable. We recognise that this is a ‘new normal’ and some adjustments have been necessary to keep everyone safe. However, it has been wonderful to see the smiling faces of students returning to our building. The years 12’s have made an excellent start and have adjusted quickly to the Covid protocols and being back in a learning environment.  I met many of the students yesterday and they were an absolute delight, and the staff had a fantastic day stating that they are a really special group of young people. 

It can be hard letting go and seeing our children develop into young adults. I found this difficult myself 3 years ago when my eldest child joined S6C.  We can’t underestimate the role parents and siblings play in their success until now. You helped them manage challenging classes, helped them with their homework, supported them through their schooling, guided them through friendship issues and even asked the questions they were too embarrassed to ask themselves when they needed advice.  

Students will develop a new level of independence at S6C and over time will learn to master the balance of study in and out of class and how to maintain a good wellbeing.  This doesn’t happen overnight! Despite now being a college student, your son/daughter will still want you involved in their progress, development and career planning. Many parents can be unsure about whether they should be hands on and involved in this journey, or whether they need to take a very different approach to school.  Our view is that communication with parents is really important to us, and is probably really important to your child as well. What we would ask of you is to not be strangers, please do reach out and contact if you have a concern or query, we are always here to help. A calendar of key dates will be issued to you next week and we will actively encourage you to stay involved in your son/ daughter’s academic and personal progress. 

It may appear rather strange that timetables are now so different to a school timetable that was filled every session of the day with taught lessons.  Post 16 studies require a significant amount of time for students to consolidate their learning and build on taught content out of lessons, after all the courses are challenging and require a lot of thought for students to succeed. At S6C we take this responsibility very seriously and operate a 50:50 Curriculum, preparing students for the next step of their education at University but also for all learners to be prepared for the world of work that requires them to work independently and with resourcefulness.  The independent study time on timetables therefore is a compulsory element of the timetable, and students should be completing 4-5 hours of study for each individual subject they study each week.  If students are studying a diploma or extended diploma then this time doubles or triples for out of class work to be completed.  Initially students will be fully guided on what to  complete as a series of  activities set by their class teachers.  Over time, and certainly by year 2 of their courses, we would hope that all students would manage this time effectively, requiring less guidance on activities they need to do out of the classroom, and build autonomy to their learning.  From next week, please do expect your son/daughter to be set a range of activities to complete.  There are many workspace to complete this in college. 

Over the summer we have changed IT providers. This has caused a delay in getting all student accounts functioning as we need to provide full access to all the communication services the students need. We anticipate this will be resolved early next week and then students will have full access to their chat functions, emails, and their separate google classrooms where they can access resources and collaborate with their teachers. 

If you have driven past our building recently you will see that we currently have scaffolding covering the front and side.  Rendering work has to be completed, and although this is unsightly it is work that needs completing.  It will not affect the student experience in any way or health and safety on the site.    Inside the building we have a lovely community atmosphere.

In any normal year, we would be inviting you into college to meet us and the tutor team. We have made the decision to host a Tutor Evening virtually on Tuesday 28th September 6 – 7pm. Please save the date so we can interact online. Details about the event will be sent out in the coming weeks. 

Attached is also a copy of our  Parent’s Handbook with information that you should be aware of.  We hope you find it useful as it provides key information for parents including many aspects of keeping your young person safe. Link to Handbook

Every Friday you will receive an email with a link to our News section of the website with a Head of College weekly update for the week. Here we share key messages and celebrate the success of our students across their curriculum and clubs and societies. We hope you find this informative.

If you have any queries in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us here at the college on 01722 597970 or office@salisbury6c.ac.uk .

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Kind regards

 
Louise Henderson
Head of College

Letter to Parents – NHS Lateral Flow Device Testing

Dear Parents and Carers

NHS Lateral Flow Device Testing – Tuesday 7th September 2021

The majority of Year 12 and 13 students have taken a lateral flow test in college this week and did so confidently. Thank you for supporting their choice to take their tests and to help keep themselves and our community safe.  All students that have completed the test should have also taken home a testing kit.   If this is not the case then they can collect a kit from reception on Monday.

Both year groups will have access to testing again on Tuesday 7th September.  On Monday morning sign up sheets will be available for students to choose a time slot that does not affect their learning time for lessons.  We would actively encourage all our students to continue on the testing programme.  Once this second test has been completed at college on Tuesday then we will continue to encourage them to test two times a  week. 

Please contact us if you have any questions. You can contact the office via office@salisbury6c.ac.uk

Yours faithfully, 

Louise Henderson 
Head of College

Lateral Flow Tests: Letter to parents

Tuesday 24th August 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

NHS Lateral Flow Device Testing – Year 13 students from Friday 3rd September

To return safely to college and to maintain accurate scientific records of COVID transmission for the NHS, we have been asked to start the academic year with Lateral Flow testing for all students. 

By testing, we will help to reduce the spread in college through asymptomatic transmission which enables us to keep S6C open as safely as possible. We will be, once again, testing all students on site when they return in September. We will carry out one initial on site test and following this we will then return to a home testing programme. The tests are free and on a voluntary basis, but I am strongly encouraging all students to partake in our testing programme. 

We will be looking to test all staff and  students as they return to college. On Friday 3rd September,  all Year 13 students will return to college at 8.45 am, to allow an initial re-introduction to COVID control measures and the issuing of timetables during period 1. Throughout the morning, students will go as a tutor group to the Dance studio for their LFT.   Those taking the test will be supervised by Lisa Rodway, our science technician and COVID Lateral Flow Test Coordinator in the first instance. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of the nose and throat, and students should be very familiar with this process. Students will register their tests and the results will be processed by the college. The majority of students in Year 13 have already been part of the on-site testing programme in March and therefore, there is no need to provide consent again.

We will then ask students to take the test kits home and take a second test on Tuesday 7th September.  

Recording results

It is important that all students record their results in the final step of the process on the NHS site either using their phone or computer. This is explained in the booklet and is a quick and straightforward process.  Not only does this allow large data sets to be analysed by the scientific community to review rates in the local area, but it also  provides an accurate usage count  for the next distribution of test kits arriving on site for staff and students. 

All students must register all negative results on the Government website that same day (please see below for further information on positive results).  Reporting results is easy. Go to report a COVID-19 lateral flow test result or call 119 free from a mobile or landline. Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm. 

Please note that if your young person has previously tested positive for COVID-19 they are exempt from testing from both LFD or PCR tests within 90 days of a positive result, unless they develop new symptoms. If this applies to your young person  they will not be part of the testing programme in September could you please email office@salisbury6c.ac.uk to advise us of this. 

What if the result of the Lateral Flow test is positive?

If a student tests positive on a lateral flow device, the parent/carer will be contacted and asked to collect them immediately. The student will be directed to  reception where they will await collection. The results of all positive cases will be reported to NHS Test and Trace, via the Government website, by the college. The student will need to self-isolate immediately and a confirmatory PCR test ordered. The confirmatory PCR test should be taken within two days of the positive LFD test. If the confirmatory PCR is also positive, follow guidance from NHS Test and Trace and continue to self-isolate. If the confirmatory PCR is negative the student can stop self-isolating and return to college. Should a confirmatory PCR not be obtained, the student should self-isolate for 10 days from the result of the positive lateral flow test.

Testing at home

Students will be provided with an information guide with their test kit, but an electronic copy of this information is attached here: 

Self Testing Instructions

Another useful guide to testing for parents can be read here by following the link

A guide to regular rapid Covid-19 testing

Students and staff are asked to complete 2 tests each week thereafter, 3 to 5 days apart.  For many students a test in the evening may be more manageable and less time pressured than early morning before college.   We have not yet received a timescale of how many weeks we are asked to undertake the tests, so we will update you when we know. 

We will support our students throughout, but please contact us if you have any questions. You can contact the office via office@salisbury6c.ac.uk

Yours faithfully, 

Louise Henderson 

Head of College

A Level & Vocational Results 2021

Louise Henderson, Head of College at S6C is extremely proud of how well students have achieved this year, especially after such a difficult and disrupted 2 years of study. There are many exceptional achievements across the A Level and Vocational courses, and a higher proportion of students than ever before have chosen a university route for their next pathway. More students than ever have achieved aspirational pathways with a high number of students in particular heading to the University of Exeter in September – these are so well deserved. University pathways have become more diverse this year for S6C students and reflect the strengths in our curriculum, including students studying courses such as Computing and Artificial Intelligence.

Louise said, ‘All our students worked really hard with great resilience and we thank our teachers who have worked tirelessly to ensure students are all able to progress onto the right pathways to university, apprenticeships and employment. We are proud of every student, how they have coped with the pandemic and shown such individual perseverance, care towards each other and our community, and tenacity to deal with the challenges they have faced. They are an exceptional group of young adults, and we all wish them every success for the future’.

It was fantastic this morning to celebrate student’s success with them, and their parents, something we were hopeful could happen. Students were delighted and in some cases relieved by the grades they were awarded, and felt that they were as expected based on their performance and hard work. Huge praise was given from parents, thanking staff for the quality of care and learning experience students have received over the 2 years.