Weekly College Update

Friday 8th April 2022

Over the last two weeks Covid seems to have accelerated and impacted on staffing and student absence more than any other time. This has hit pockets of our curriculum and students have had to work without face to face contact with their teachers in a number of subject areas, although some have been able to deliver online where our member of staff has been well enough to teach from home.  Staff have tried diligently to set creative and productive work on Google Classroom.  Where possible, we have managed to staff the gaps as best we can, with staff stepping in to advise and guide. When we return from the Easter break, we will take the time in those classes to ensure that students are confident in their own learning journeys and have a clear understanding of what they should have covered. If we need to do any reteaching of any elements then that will be planned for.   Some immediate staffing changes have been made to support longer absences, and parents will have been contacted separately about this to understand our plans. 

There has been a focus this week on progression planning for year 12 and 13 students.  We had representatives from the Army deliver  a careers talk for year 13 on Wednesday.  And of course, our Year 12 students attended Winchester University yesterday for the  UCAS Fair.

You will hopefully have received a letter shared to year 12 parents and carers from Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead, regarding Work Experience taking place at the end of the summer term.  This letter follows up from a year 12 tutor time session this week concentrating on work experience and giving advice on gaining a placement.  If you have not received a copy of this letter please contact the main office on office@s6c.mlp.college

The Easter break is a chance to relax and recharge but also gives students the opportunity to take some quiet time to continue their studies and revision.  We send alongside this weekly update a copy of our Revision Guide for students and parents.  This gives students helpful tips and hints for setting up a productive and effective revision programme, and also gives some advice for parents on how to support your young person through what can be a challenging time for them.  

When we return next term, staff will continue to deliver structured lessons for examination classes, providing a variety of revision style lessons.  These will continue for year 13 classes beyond the May half term, and will run until the final examination paper for each subject which for many subjects is late June. Staff will be there to support and guide students right up to their final exams.  

I wish you all a wonderful Easter break.  I hope you have the chance to have quality family time together.  We look forward to seeing students back for the summer term on  Monday 25th April.

Best wishes, 

Louise

Head of College

UCAS Fair at Winchester University

Rosie Roberts – Careers Lead and School Liaison

On Thursday we had 152 students from Year 12 attend the UCAS Fair at Winchester University. The exhibition had over 100 representatives from universities, colleges and further and higher education providers from all across the country. There were seminars running throughout the day on topics such as researching future options, applying to university and student finance as well as well subject information sessions.  Students found the day really useful.

Dates for your diary –  Summer Term 2022

25 April        – Summer Term Starts

26 April        – Sexual Health Development Day – Year 12 & 13

28 April        – Year 12 Reports home

28/29 April  – Year 12 Parents Evenings (virtual) 

2 May            – Bank Holiday

3/4 May       – Vocational External Exams

5/6 May       – Year 12 Parents Evening (selected students only)

9 May           –  Mental Health Awareness Week

10/11 May  – Vocational Exams

16 May        – Summer Exams start for year 13

27 May         – Bank Holiday 

30 May – 3 June – Half Term 

6 June    –  Return to College for Term 6

June        – National Pride Month

20 June  – Year 12 Internal Exam week begins

29 June  – Summer Exams Finish – Contingency Day

30 June  – Freshers Day for new year 12s (some current year 12s to assist)

1 July      – Year 13 Prom

6 July     –  Destinations Day for year 12

11-13 July – Work Experience for year 12

13 July   – Last Day of Term

Weekly College Update

Friday 1st April 2022

You will have seen at the beginning of the week a reminder for the UCAS Fair for Year 12 students which is taking place on Thursday 7th April at Winchester University. All Year 12 students are expected to attend this trip as it provides an important enriching experience of visiting a university campus, as well as finding out about possible degree courses, career pathways or apprenticeship routes. If you have any queries please contact the office at office@s6c.mlp.college.   Students will be expected to wear their lanyards  as there are other colleges and 6th forms present at this event.  In the summer term, tutors will  increase their focus of Life skills sessions on career pathways and progression planning for university, Apprenticeships or employment after year 13. 

It is also really important that students ensure they wear their lanyards at all times when they are in the college  building.  Our lanyards are a way for students and staff to identify themselves as part of the college community.  By wearing the lanyard students are safeguarding themselves as well as others within the college environment.  Last week we had a small group of students who are not part of our community come onto site to wait for friends. This was addressed quickly, but we want to avoid this to ensure we maintain a really safe and trusting environment. 

If your young person has  lost their lanyard then they need to speak to our reception staff and request  a replacement. The cost is £10.  Without it, it makes it very prohibitive for them to access the different floors of the building that operate on a key card safety system and prevents them from printing. Thank you for your support with this.

With one week to go until the Easter holidays, I just wanted to remind everyone that the college building will be closed over the two week Easter period.  Year 12 and 13 students need to continue with their independent study and exam revision, and see the Easter break as Reading Weeks where they are still progressing with their learning. A few teachers are able to run  online revision sessions for specific subjects for Year 13, and this has been arranged with the students, using our college Google Meet platform.  All students and parents will receive a revision guide next week, to support the final preparations of revision and advice on maintaining wellbeing during what is going to become a more pressured time period leading up to and through the summer exams. We want to provide advice to parents so that we collectively support our young people,  so that they can excel. 

On Tuesday this week our co- Chair of Governors, Sharon McKinley visited the college to join the Senior Leadership Team for our weekly meeting. We discussed how we are supporting student progress and developing the curriculum experiences for our young people.  Sharon met with some staff and will be back in again next term to drop in to lessons.  We were also pleased to welcome our Personal Development Governor John Hawkins for a visit this morning to meet with our SENDCo and Safeguarding Team. 

Thank you to all those who have already completed the MLP Parental Survey sent through last week.  If you haven’t yet, the closing date is Friday 8th April. 

Best wishes, 

Louise

Head of College

Cross-curricular Working

Mary Gannon – Teacher of Biology and Applied Science

The health and social care students study a wide and diverse course which includes learning about and understanding how the human body works. This week they had the opportunity to delve deeply into how the eye is structured and functions by joining up with me in the biology lab to study some real eyes. The pigs’ eyes were chosen because they closely match the size of human ones! It was a fantastic chance to share expertise between departments and the students loved applying their theoretical knowledge to the real life organ. Some amazing skills with a scalpel were demonstrated along with a wonder for the skills that surgeons conducting eye surgery possess when working on such a complex and delicate organ.  Plans are already afoot for the next practical together………….

BTEC Business: #BemoreHarry

Steve Price, Deputy Faculty Lead for Humanities and Teacher of Business 

If you met Harry, he is the most unassuming, humble and kind S6C student. In fact I am sure he will be very embarrassed by us telling his story, but it needs to be told, he is an example of the importance of ‘effort based ability’ , the impact of great teaching, support and care. 

Harry applied to join S6C in September 2020, he is the first to say that he found school a struggle, his GCSE outcomes did not reflect his potential despite lots of  hard work. For Harry it was about finding his niche, at S6C studying BTEC Business he found his passion.

Harry is dedicated, never misses a deadline, stays after class to go over his learning, completes extra lessons and always seeks feedback. Realising success is not instant,  unit by unit his confidence has grown, Harry’s work ethic never wavering. COVID came and then went, came back again and still hasn’t gone, Harry just keeps focused, is resilient and determined, his attendance over the last two years is over 98%. 

Harry interviewed for a role with the NHS, he sailed through the interview and start’s employment this summer. He also has two offers to study Business Management at University West of England, Bristol and Bournemouth University for September 2023.

This week Harry achieved a Distinction in his  Business Decision Making Unit, placing him in the top 8% nationally of all students taking the external examination. He has also achieved more than the grades required to take his university place. Harry is a typical S6C student,  he is too humble to shout about his achievement, so S6C will, he is an outstanding student, who we are very proud of. 

Sports 

Luke Muchmore – Teacher of Sport

After a two week delay due to COVID, a group of Sports Diploma students finally made their way down to Poole to experience the state of the art football training and analysis facilities. This links really well with their studies in Performance Analysis and Fitness Testing. Students were able to take part in multiple activities such as testing reaction time, speed, agility and comparing them to each other.  Alongside this, everyone enjoyed testing football-specific skills such as passing, shooting, quick feet, dribbling and scanning.

The pick of the test results were:

  • Seb Osmond showing off his speed and acceleration with a 2.2second 20m sprint
  • Harvey Wilman with a 2.5 second hill sprint
  • George Donohue breaking a 100 point score with his quick feet and passing

Overall a great trip and the students look forward to heading back next year!

Why not check out some of the videos from our day on Instagram  @sport_s6c

Baking & Plant Sale Fundraiser

Student Sophie Marshall and a team of year 12 students last Friday held a cake and plant sale in the foyer to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee, who are coordinating support in the Ukraine, as well as providing ongoing relief in Afghanistan, and ready to act where needed..  They raised a whopping £125.00 in sales of cash and online donations.  Well done everyone!

Clubs and Societies

Baking club – Dr Sally Tye, Baking Club Lead

Online baking clubs were getting into the Easter mood this week by making some delicious cream egg brownies.  Suffice to say the ones left in the staff room did not last long!

Weekly College Update

Friday 25th March 2022

Important Message from Sarah Busby, CEO for Magna Learning Partnership

Warm congratulations to Louise Henderson who this week was appointed Headteacher of Wyvern St Edmund’s Academy. She will take up her post in September. You will be aware that collaboration between the college and the school has been strengthened this year through a strong working partnership forged by Mr Bruce Burley, the Interim Head of School and Louise Henderson; this partnership working will continue and develop next year as part of both academies’ journey to excellence and Louise will continue her involvement with S6C. I want to take this opportunity of thanking Louise for all she has done for the college over her time as a founding senior leader and most recently, Head of College.

We will be advertising shortly for a new Head of College for S6C and will keep you informed with progress.

Sarah Busby

CEO

I am incredibly proud of the exceptional college we have created, with the most dedicated staff and wonderful students and supportive parents. My focus as Head of College will continue to be unwavering, with my commitment fully on supporting every young person to thrive and grow with us. The culture of love, care and aspiration is deeply rooted here at S6C, and I will continue to support the college’s development in the years to come. 

So how has this week looked at college?

On Monday the parent, student and staff Surveys from the Magna Learning Partnership were distributed.  This is part of the annual MLP Stakeholder Surveys.  Last November we had  really positive responses from all stakeholders and we hope this will continue again this year as we strive to support all our young people in their academic and personal development. The closing date for responses is Friday 8th April 2022. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the college. 

As you are aware we work in close collaboration with WyvernStEds, and I wanted to make you aware that they are currently looking for a Parent Governor to join their governing body. If you or someone you know is a parent of a WSE student and would like to be involved please see the link on our website;  https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/about-s6c/vacancies/ .  You can also see other MLP vacancies currently available. 

Emma Thompson, one of our Teachers of Sports Studies has returned to college this week as her maternity leave came to an end.   It was fantastic to have Emma back with us and slotting back into college life so well.  Netball club students were particularly pleased to have her back taking netball on Wednesday afternoon. 

I wanted to say a very public congratulations to one year 12 art student, Scarlett Allen, who on Wednesday this week, took part in the final of the ARTiculation at the National Gallery in London and won second place!  She did amazingly well and was one of 11 students from all around the country picked for the final. Everyone here at S6C is very proud of her achievement and we are delighted for her. Scarlett has written a little extract about her experience later in this update.

On Thursday we had a termly fire drill practise, students evacuated the building very quickly and maturely onto the forecourt and found their muster points with their tutors.  I just gave students a reminder that if they are not in lessons and are situated outside on the college grounds they still need to make their way onto the forecourt and meet with their tutor as if they were in a lesson, to ensure their safety.  

Year 13 parents should now have received reports from the last set of mock examinations. Subject teachers have been busy organising parents evenings appointments for all students next week from Monday to Wednesday.  If your young person has not mentioned this to you, please do contact the class teacher and we will accommodate appointments being made at the start of next week. 

I hope this sunny weather continues and that  you have a lovely weekend. Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday. 

Best Wishes

Louise

Head of College

Youth4Ukraine

Sarah Busby, CEO of Magna Learning Partnership

Wiltshire Youth Council has written to all Wiltshire schools and colleges to propose that Friday 1st April will be a day in which students can attend wearing blue and yellow for a minimum donation of £1. MLP Academy Leaders decided yesterday that we want to contribute to this and we aim to raise a minimum of £4000 across the Trust. MLP have members of the Wiltshire Youth Council at Sarum Academy and are delighted to support their initiative.

The money will be donated to The Ukraine Disaster Emergency Committee Crisis Appeal who are providing urgent humanitarian aid including food, water, shelter, healthcare and protection. 

This campaign will be marked as Youth4Ukraine. Please publicise this widely and set up payment systems in your academy to ensure that everyone, staff and students, contribute £1 (or more) to this cause. We know that the money we raise will make a significant difference to people in Ukraine.

https://www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org/news/items/wiltshire-school-non-uniform-day-to-raise-money-for-ukraine-1st-april-2022

ARTiculation – Outstanding Achievement in the National Finals

Scarlett Allen, Year 12 Art Student

On Wednesday the 22nd March, I went to London for the grand finals of ARTiculation. Although having practised over and over, nothing could have prepared me for my presentation in-front of roughly 300 people at the National Gallery. The experience (although scary) was incredible! I met some lovely people and had a really amazing time listening to everyone’s presentations. Winning second place was just the cherry on the top of what had become one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

Although people were not allowed to take photos inside the event, here are a couple of photos Scarlett took as a memento of her visit. 

History Visit 

Dr Sally Tye – Faculty Lead for Humanities

This week at S6C we were delighted to welcome Prof. Johnathan Phillips,  Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway,  for a bespoke lecture and Q& A on Saladin and the Third Crusade.

Year 12 and 13 history students were joined by year 11 historians from WSE. Students were able to get an introduction to A level topics and university style lectures as well as ask questions directly related to exam and coursework questions. Professor Phillips is a leading historian in the field and author of several major works which was an incredible opportunity for these students.

Art and Photography Trip to Southampton 

Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Art & H&S Care

Art and Photography students were lucky enough to have lovely weather for their trip to Southampton on Tuesday with Rich Eno, Faculty Lead for Creative and Hanna Njimgye Tekumafor, PA to Head of College.  They visited the John Hansard Gallery, where they were able to observe some wonderful exhibits in the Human Conditions of Clay exhibition, as well as taking part in some weaving with a visiting artist. 

Students then headed over to Watts Park to take some photos and sketches of how nature makes them feel. The sun shone and the magnolia trees looked magnificent! For the last part of the trip Students had the opportunity to visit Southampton National Gallery and were able to see some wonderful paintings from artist Julian Perry, on Climate Damage and Rising Sea Levels. It was a great opportunity to develop everyone’s cultural capital. 

Brain Day

Kirsty White, Faculty Lead for STEM

Last Friday, we welcomed back Dr Guy Sutton for his fabulous ‘Brain Day’ seminar! Covid has prevented us from being able to run this event so it was amazing to have him back in the college and the students were fantastic. Dr Sutton focused on a range of topics, including addiction and drugs, schizophrenia, criminal psychology and neurons. He introduced us to new developments in psychology, including the not-too-distant future of neural implants that can boost a person’s memory and problem-solving, and the ability to quite literally read minds!

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the sheep brain dissection – students saw a live dissection and were able to hold parts of the brain to see the different structures. Our students were incredible, asking some brilliant insightful questions and showing their genuine interest in the brain.

Yoga Club – supporting wellbeing

Hanna Njimgye Tekumafor

Yoga Club is one of our many clubs that  runs each Wednesday afternoon, as part of our Clubs and Societies programme here at S6C.  This week yoga students explored Muladhara, ( Root Chakra). Chakras are energy points within the body and the Muladhara is situated at the base of the spine and relates to feeling grounded, safe and secure. This is particularly important to connect with if students feel life is getting too busy, hectic and out of control.  We kept our flow of postures low and mat based, and worked through a range of movements to open up the Muladhara such as supported bridge pose.  Students enjoyed a relaxing Savasana (yoga sleep) at the end of the class, wrapped in blankets and lavender eye pillows, allowing them to feel safe, secure, grounded and connected to who they are.

Development Days

Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

We have two upcoming compulsory Development Days: off-timetable days designated for promoting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and equipping students with the skills and resources they need to thrive.  They are compulsory for all students and it is very important that every student attends. 

Tuesday 26th April is our Healthy Relationship and Sexual Health Development Day – this will be an inclusive, informative, positive, and supportive day of talks, workshops, and resource sharing, with visiting speakers from the local sexual health clinic and from the community policing team. All students will need to attend, and will be given a programme before the Easter break. 

This year, Year 13s will also be given an opportunity for some study support in their subjects on the day, in and around the main timetable, as we are keen to support them in closing any covid-related gaps. We are also giving advance notice of Destinations Day, on Wednesday 6th July – this is compulsory, for Year 12 only, and is our main S6C careers event – with talks, workshops, and a huge number of invited guests sharing practical experience and industry linked information across a wide variety of fields. The day is equally focused on pathways to university, apprenticeships and employment, and is an amazing opportunity to research a range of options and interests. We do not need students to know what they want to do at this stage, but we do need them to know how to research their options, how to identify and develop the skills they need, and how to use multiple brilliant resources to find a path that is just right for each individual.

Weekly College Update

Friday 18th March 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers

There has been a real  buzz around the college this week with a number of exciting activities and visitors supporting a really enriching experience for our young people.  

I would like to thank Kirsty White, Faculty Lead for STEM and all of the STEM team for arranging and hosting a whole package of events for Science week this week.  Kirsty, with the support of Lisa Rodway, our science technician has helped to provide thought provoking and enjoyable experiences for year 12 and 13 students.   

Secondly, a huge thank you must be extended to the Wyvern St Edmunds staff who brought over 150 year 9 students from the school to college on Wednesday, and to S6C staff and students for providing such a welcoming and warm environment for their visit.  Our student ambassadors from year 12 and 13 were exceptional, they showed strong leadership skills again in how they presented and managed the groups.   

We  had our National Citizen Service representative in college this week, for a talk with our year 12 students during their tutor time. We hope that our students will consider the fantastic opportunities they offer.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes

Louise

Head of College

Year 9 Visit from WSE

Louise Henderson – Head of College

We were delighted to host half of the year 9 cohort of WSE at college this week. The students were able to sit in on lessons and get a feel for what learning was taking place and how lessons are structured in a college environment. There was the opportunity to speak to S6C students about what the college experience is and have a tour of the facilities.  The year 9 students had the opportunity to ask questions about college life with year 12 and 13 students in an open discussion session, many of these were around how students at college utilise their time and study effectively.   Students had the chance to try some cooked food and snacks from our Taste It Cafe here at college.  We look forward to hosting the rest of the WSE year 9 on 4th May. 

Young Carers

Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

Wednesday was National Young Carer Support Day:

We made students aware that if they are Young Carers then support is out there from Carer Support Wiltshire – who offer support at the carer’s own pace, and the carer can choose how much they wish to connect with the support; where to meet etc.  S6C have a close working relationship with Young Carers and students can ask Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead for more information and a contact form. 

By definition, a young adult carer is someone aged 16 – 25 who  looks after a family member or close relative who has a physical or  mental health condition, or misuses drugs or alcohol.

They may also help look after siblings or elderly relatives too. 

They take on extra  responsibilities, like dressing the person they look after, cooking,  cleaning, shopping, collecting prescriptions or offering emotional or health support.

It’s a lot to take on as a  young person and we want you to know that we see you and want to make sure you are supported too, so you can support those you are close to.

Please see this useful video:  https://youtu.be/60Al58MxQb0

More information can be found at:  https://carersupportwiltshire.co.uk/ 

Life Skills

Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

This week Year 13 did a session with tutors on living more independently, including information on uni accommodation, moving away for an apprenticeship or employment, or contributing more at home. Tutors responded to their group’s questions – with common themes being TV licences for BBC iplayer in student halls, contents insurance, and whether those staying at home should be paying parents rent!

National Citizens Service

Rosie Roberts – School Liaison and Careers

On Wednesday we had Louis Dougherty from NCS to talk to our Year 12 students about an amazing opportunity with NCS this summer. Students heard about the life skills and employability skills that students can gain through this 2 week experience in the summer holidays and all students received a booking form to take part if they wish.

Our Art-zin’ Project- creating a magazine

Laurance Rushby – Teacher of Art

Our Identity Project- A Punk State Of Mind

Earlier in the year, our Art and Photography students undertook a project looking into identity. One specific topic we focused on were Punks. Students researched  the history of punk culture and state of mind; how this scene came about, their style and the music. They researched how the era emerged in 1976, coalescing from the Sex pistols. 

Image by Amber Archer

The Sex Pistols created the punk movement when they released their song ‘God Save The Queen’ which began to represent the UK as they created a break with the past. A lot of their style was designed or influenced by McLaren and Vivienne Westwood as they had an aesthetic of rips, fractures and tensions which captured the free and rebellious mood of the 1970s, showing a link to our theme of social change. 

The students planned a photoshoot, incorporating their style to mirror the  hand gestures and style and fashion. They then edited these photos to represent the way we view the punk era.  Students developed a great appreciation of culture and history. 

Images by Kai Warrington

You can now follow S6C Art on Instagram at @s6cart

Science Week 

Kirsty White – Head of STEM Faculty & Teacher of Psychology


This week was British Science Week and we have been celebrating here at S6C with a number of events.

Tuesday 15th March: ‘Meet the animals’ 

An opportunity for students and staff to handle and hear about different creatures, including a snake, a bearded dragon and a tortoise. They also brought along their therapy dog, Quest!

Our thanks to Lisa Rodway, our science technician, who once again organised a very successful event for our students. 

Wednesday 16th March : Meet a Psychologist

Psychology students had the opportunity to hear from a range of psychologists working in various fields. We were lucky enough to be joined by researchers looking into animal studies of :

  • memory, 
  • schizophrenia, 
  • online gambling 
  • brain injuries 

Students really enjoyed the opportunity to speak to these specialists and said “it was really informative and really showed how diverse psychology can be”, as well as helping some of them with ideas for future university courses and careers.

Thursday 17th March: The Nature – Nurture Debate

Psychology students had a talk delivered by Bristol University on the nature-nurture debate, an integral concept in psychology. They heard about current research into developmental psychology with babies and how genes and the environment can contribute to a child’s development. This overlaps with the topics currently being taught in Year 12 (psychopathology and attachment). We hope this visiting speaker has helped bring the learning from the classroom alive, using real life scenarios. 

Friday 18th March: the return of Brain Day! 

A whole day seminar delivered by the fabulous Dr Guy Sutton.  Next week, staff and students will share their experiences – as the event is currently taking place today. 

Weekly College Update

Friday 11th March 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers

Last Wednesday saw the end of this session of mock exams and S6C staff were really impressed with our students’ attitude towards those exams and the pressure they bring, especially since they have not taken part in many over the past few years. Student’s normal timetabled lessons have now resumed and lessons will run up to the last exam they take in the summer.

Fern, our college dog was back onsite this week and bringing smiles to all she visited. She went for a few walks around the second and third floors of college and sat in on some student meetings and lessons. She is fitting in really well and staff and students are seeing the benefits. 

This week students explored International Women’s Day during their Wednesdays Life Skills sessions. There are further details below from Rebecca Anderson.

Wyvern St. Edmunds are bringing half of the year nine year group to S6C next week to experience college life. They will have the opportunity to attend some lessons and have a tour of the building, along with a chance to meet some of our students and ask questions about the student experience here at S6C.  We hope it will be a really positive day for them. The other  half of the year group will join us later in the year. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes

Craig

Assistant Head of College

National Careers Week

Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead and School Liaison 

“National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.” There is a website with resources to support the week: https://nationalcareersweek.com/ 

Throughout the year our teachers link careers to the curriculum but this week we had a particular focus on looking at career and labour market information about the job roles linked to our subjects. Teachers spent time in each lesson discussing with students careers that relate to the curriculum and looking at up to date labour market information for those careers using the following websites:

https://swlep.co.uk/programmes-swlep/careers-hub/careers-explorer

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers

This website also has local information and a short video explaining why labour market information (LMI) is useful: https://workwiltshire.co.uk/lmi/#other 

You might also like to take a look at the links and resources in this helpful website which brings together lots of the National Careers Week events. This was shared with students in the Google Careers Classroom: https://padlet.com/Empowercareers/ugvxk5h6iyvkt6ha?fbclid=IwAR0VXXlJTnvGeZ7jtow6P5uIRTtofvQyjWotP2bHHTrGuT-1XvYU59kfBWs

This week also saw the start of 1:1 career guidance appointments for Year 13s and in the coming weeks Year 12s will also be able to book a 1:1 guidance interview.

Live Apprenticeship Vacancies

Rosie Roberts, Careers Lead and School Liaison 

Every week we will be updating our Careers page with a list of apprenticeship opportunities within the Wiltshire area. To check out the latest apprenticeships available, check out the link here – https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/students/careers/

International Women’s Day 

Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

This week we celebrated International Women’s Day,  which encourages us all to imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. 

We can make this happen by:

  • Celebrating women’s achievement. 
  • Raising awareness against bias. 
  • Taking action for equality.

Students were invited to look at a short UK government report on inspirational Afghan refugees who were invited to the Houses of Parliament this week to share their stories, an article on the history of International Women’s Day (which has been celebrated for over a hundred years, inspired Russian women to strike for ‘bread and peace’ in 1917, and is now a global movement used to celebrate, challenge and make changes for a more equal world);  and a creative presentation from the official International Women’s Day campaign. In Year 12 Life Skills we ran mini-events in each tutor group, with students listening to an address from the United Nations and then exploring and discussing a range of material including unhelpfully gendered language and social conventions, persistent stereotypes, the Bechdel test for gender equality in films and TV, and a reminder that EVERYONE is needed if we are to achieve equality – International Women’s Day is for all humans! 

Inspirational Afghan women invited to Parliament for International Women’s Day – GOV.UKhttps://www.gov.uk/government/news/inspirational-afghan-women-invited-to-parliament-for-international-womens-day

Break The BiasYouTube video   ‪2 minutes‬

IWD: History of International Women’s Day https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Activity/15586/The-history-of-IWD

International Women’s Day 2022 (8 March) – UN Chief message | United Nations

Work Experience in the Creative Faculty

Sophie Bellars, Teacher of Health & Social Care

Hello I am Rachel Fernandez and I am a Year 13 Extended Diploma Health and Social care student. I am writing about how I came to working at Salisbury District Hospital as a Healthcare Assistant in theatres, whilst studying.

I first applied to the job via NHS jobs and went through two interviews and was successful in both. This was when I chose to accept the position in Theatres as this was the closest I would get to experiencing procedures linked to my future career choice. The main aim of working at the hospital was to gain the experience I needed prior to going off to university, so that I was able to have an insight into the practical side of my career choice. I have just completed my first week in which I worked 3 shifts (in total 26 hours).

I have witnessed multiple operations from minor procedures such as tooth extractions, to more complex such as replacement of the head of a femur in the orthopaedic-trauma. It has been an amazing start and I have really come to know of the passion and the ability I have for this sector.

The career I would like to pursue in the future is Midwifery, and being able to have the opportunity to work as a Healthcare Assistant will enrich my work ethic, and develop the confidence and skills needed for my future. (Hopefully I will witness a Caesarean section in the near future).

Weekly College Update

Friday 4th March 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers

This week has seen the start of the year 13 Mock Exam week, with exams  taking place in the Theatre and Dance Studio.  Students have worked well and all students have been respectful of others by conducting themselves in a quiet and mature manner around the building, which of course we would expect nothing less from our young people. So thank you to everyone for that. 

Today we very sadly said goodbye to Gary Kinsey, our Data Manager, who is retiring. Gary has been with the college since its inception 8 years ago, and has worked tremendously hard in many roles during the set up and then the smooth running of the college thereafter.  He will be greatly missed, but we will wish him well for his retirement.  Gary’s replacement is Joanne Thompson, who has come to us after previously working at South Wilts Grammar schools as a Data Manager, so we wish her a warm welcome to the S6C support staff team. 

March is a busy month for Careers events within the College, please see the section below for some important key dates. 

You will have seen earlier in the week a letter regarding the support for the Humanitarian needs for people in Ukraine. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the college community for their donations and contributions to this cause. We  continue to send our thoughts and prayers to those dealing with this terrible ordeal. 

Finally, I wanted to explore again with our parental community the opportunity to join our Governing Body. We are keen to expand our Governing Body,  who work hard to support the college.  If you feel you could commit some time periodically to visit the college, discuss the progress we are making and join our  Academy Governance Committee for a termly evening meeting then we would love to hear from you. If you are interested, please contact Carina Sawyer, MLP Head of Governance, (csawyer@magnalearningpartnership.org.uk) for an application form, or to find out more about the role and the appointment process. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes

Louise

Humanitarian support from the S6C Community

Thank you from all at S6C for your contribution

Careers

Rosie Roberts, Careers and School Liaison Lead

National Careers Week 7-12 March 2022

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support our young people leaving education.

Students will have the opportunity in lessons to discuss careers related to their current learning and find labour market information using the following websites:

LMI

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers

Parents are also welcome to explore the online resources from National Careers Week and details of the virtual information fair here: https://nationalcareersweek.com/ as well as exploring the careers links we have on our website here: https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/students/careers/ 

Parents’ Guide to National Careers Week can be found here:

https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/whats-next?fbclid=IwAR20f2oYraPigQ4Ltf1EXJCbtXlP_-xxw7pNZglzqs6HyPR5_dnvFAEA0hM

Upcoming dates for all of Year 12 were circulated this week.

We are really pleased to get back to our programme of in-person speakers and events, in addition to your usual Life Skills tutor sessions. These will be compulsory for all students in the year group and students must be present. 

16th March (in the Careers Passport slot) will be a talk from NCS for the full year group, about their summer programme. 

23rd March Life Skills will be a speaker talking to students about next steps, getting the most out of the Careers Fair, and how to get the most out of university Open Days. 

30th March students have a talk (in the Careers Passport slot) from The Halo Trust, arranged by Speakers for Schools, about this famous landmine clearance project. 

7th April the whole year group will go to the Careers Fair in Winchester. The cost of this is already covered from the student enrolment and further details will follow separately. 

Amazing Applications 

The Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub is hosting a Learn Live ‘Amazing Applications broadcast during National Careers Week on the 9th March 2022.   11-2pm and 6-7pm on replay every hour. Once you have registered, you can watch the hour-long broadcast, or individual videos, on demand anytime for 12 months after the live broadcast date.

During this  broadcast we would like to use this opportunity as a learning experience for students, teachers and parents/carers. There will be downloadable resources and employers will be on hand to answer any questions. Please register: https://learnliveuk.com/amazing-applications

The ‘Amazing Applications’ broadcast will involve showcasing the various routes of recruitment processes and employment. The aim is to ensure that participating students understand the various methods of recruitment in 2022 as opposed to the traditional way which we are all accustomed to and to prepare them for their next best step.

We would like students to become work ready by starting with basics on how to apply and interview for the world of work. The broadcast aims to be engaging and have resources available for schools, parents and students so they can continue using the resources throughout the academic year.  

The list of recruitment practices in this broadcast will cover:

  1. Virtual interviews
  2. Assessment centres
  3. Video / Pre-recorded questions and video answers
  4. Online testing
  5. Group Assessments
  6. Psychometric testing
  7. Social media recruitment / presence

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Apprenticeship vacancies will be shared with Year 13s on the Google Careers Classroom as well as on our website. Please see linked here a list of Apprenticeship vacancies that will be updated regularly: https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/students/careers/ 

Pastoral 

Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead

We are aware that people will be saddened by the crisis in the Ukraine – students and families may also feel anxious and uncertain, especially as everyone is still affected by the pandemic. We shared an article with students on how to approach these concerns, and how to offer active support to those directly affected. 

If you don’t want to read the full article – here are the headlines, with advice from Mind, and from clinical psychologist Dr Emma Hepburn. 

1) Our thoughts are with those directly affected and they remain at the centre of this situation – but it is okay to recognise that we feel sad, worried, anxious, uncertain etc.

2) Try to do the things we know are good for us – connect with people, take a walk, practice gratitude, and be kind. There is so much we cannot control – but we can control our sleeping, eating, exercise, study, social connections etc. 

3) Avoid ‘doom scrolling’ and constant checking. Find reliable sources of news, and if you want to keep up to date, allow a set time to check. Try to avoid constant news feeds as they offer little additional information but are known to heighten anxiety.

4) Take positive action to help those directly affected. This brings us back to the first point. Some will have brought in items for the collection, but there are lots of opportunities to donate to one of the refugee support charities listed in the How to Help Ukraine illustration. 

We are also aware that we have a number of students with family members in active service. I have added a link that signposts support for military families.

Don’t forget that Helplines such as The Mix, Samaritans, Shout , Childline etc are all experienced in talking about these things and are there for you 24/7. Students can also talk to your tutor or teachers, or to Rebecca or Catherine. 

Look after yourselves and each other.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60557186

https://www.army.mod.uk/people/join-well/managing-stress/ask-for-help/

Creative Media Update

Rich Eno – Faculty Lead for Creative

Health & Social Care students have been studying dementia this week and it has proved to be a fascinating subject for students and the teachers. Teacher Jo Mason says, “Teaching this unit helps the students understand just how emotional this condition is for the carers and families. It’s helping the students gain acceptance of people who suffer from this condition.” 

Health & Social Care students are always busy with their studies but this doesn’t stop some of them from gaining work experience, volunteering and part-time work in a related field. For example, Rachel Fernandez has been working in a theatre at Salisbury Hospital where she has observed a tooth extraction and a stomach reconstruction! 

Students in Art and Photography are this week preparing for the annual ARTiculation Prize. ARTiculation is the Roche Court Educational Trust’s national and international public speaking initiative, championing the appreciation and discussion of art. It enables a wide range of students aged between 14 and 23 to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and reactions to the visual world. S6C is really thrilled that we have yet again students entering into this amazing opportunity. 

Sport students are off to FTY Lab in Bournemouth in a couple of weeks and they are already really excited about it. FTY Lab is a revolutionary take on football training, and the first facility of its kind in the UK. Packed with an extensive range of hi-tech equipment, aimed to maximise improvement to every aspect of your game. This high tech analysis equipment links well with the Unit 5 studies that we completed prior to Christmas. Students will have the opportunity to analyse their own performances using the equipment provided.

Creative Media Practice students are deep in production for their Tiny Horror Stories project. Ideas range from witches in the woods, cursed necklaces and an animated monster film. 

On Wednesday evening our Salisbury Spitfires continued their progress in the British Esports Association fixtures. The Overwatch team have now finished their Spring Season and, although they may be slightly disappointed with their final placing, can rest assured they have laid strong foundations for future Spitfires Overwatch teams. Spitfires Rocket League bounced back from last weeks showing with an impressive 3-0 win over their Scottish counterparts, really pushing for a Play-Off spot in the Spring Series. Spitfires Valorant came away with an impressive 13-2 victory, further establishing themselves in the mid-table of the UK’s Valorant teams.

Humanities

Sally Tye – Faculty Lead for Humanities

Year 12 RS students took a pause this week to discuss the current situation in Ukraine. Judith Harris Head of History at WSE and teacher of Year 12 History at S6C put together some resources on the history, current situation and what it means for our students.  

STEM

Kirsty White – Faculty Lead for STEM

Lots of work is going on in planning for Science Week, more details will be listed in next weeks – students may like to sign up to the following Challenge. 

Weekly College Update

Friday 18th February 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers

Wednesday was unfortunate to leave us with a power outage that lasted over 2 hours, impacting on all our services in the college, primarily the loss of water pumping which impacted sanitation, and leading to the decision to close the college on health and safety grounds.  The students were fantastic and continued to try and work where IT was being used, despite the lack of internet services available.  The outage affected the Eastern side of the city and power was restored in the afternoon.  All our students left the site safely  to go home, and we can only apologise that we were not able to send messages out to parents until a staff member was able to do so off site.   

Today, we have faced another closure due to Storm Eunice, and made the decision yesterday as a Trust to keep our community safe.  

If we were in need to close the building early again in the event of an emergency, as  Head of College, I will make a decision early each morning as to whether the college will remain open. If the decision is to close, parents will be informed via  email. We will also publish updates via our website and social media platforms.  Please inform the college if email addresses or mobile numbers have recently changed.

In the event of an emergency occurring during the college day, we will contact parents/carers in the same way. If this was to be another power outage we would use the support from one of our partner MLP schools to access our systems to ensure the communications could be sent.

The mock exam timetable has now been sent home to parents and carers and has been distributed through a Year 13 assembly and the Student Information Classroom.   We have made a late change to how the second week of mocks are conducted – moving from the classroom to the Theatre to mirror the first week experience.  When we reviewed the overview of the second paper, it had created some inconsistencies particularly due to timings of lessons and papers having to be split. The student experience is the most important factor here, to allow students to experience as close to the summer exams as possible in their preparations. Therefore the 8 day timetable in the exam halls has been scheduled to support our young people and make sure all students including those with access arrangements feel fully supported. 

I hope you have a restful weekend.

Best Wishes

Louise

Absence Reporting

Bridget Siddle, Pastoral Assistant – Attendance 

A reminder that if your young person is going to be absent from college, we require a parent/carer to contact the college each day they are going to be absent either by phone: 01722 597970 or email: office@s6c.mlp.college.

If their absence is due to Covid, we only require one call/email from a parent/guardian on the first day they become aware that they have Covid.  As per government guidelines, if students test negative on days 5 and 6, students may return to college, however, if they continue to test positive after this point a daily call or email is required.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your young person’s attendance, please contact Bridget Siddle, Pastoral Assistant – Attendance, either by phone: 01722597970 or email: bsiddle@s6c.mlp.college.

English Literature – Partnership working with Alumni and supporting Initial teacher training

Rebecca Anderson 

 We have been very pleased to have the expertise and enthusiasm of trainee teachers Holly and Clare in Year 12 classes. Holly is an S6C alumni student and so had studied the course she was now teaching – she has built on her A* performance with us by attaining a first class degree from Exeter University, and working for a year as a teaching assistant in a local secondary school, prior to embarking on her postgraduate training. Holly has been a regular visitor to S6C to promote the wonders and realities of university study on careers days, and it was wonderful to welcome her back to the front of the classroom. In our last session Clare shared her experience of twenty five years in the PR and journalism industry and gave students some practical labour market information and tips for careers in this field, including the importance of safe and savvy use of social media to build a platform. She also encouraged students to take opportunities, be daring, and be willing to make changes in their careers so that they keep their hopes and dreams in sight.

In Year 12 and 13 we are complementing our mainstream studies with a celebration of LGBTQ+ history month. We are exploring the poetry of WH Auden and Danez Smith, comparing the experience of LGBTQ+ poets living in an era where they needed to hide their identity, due to prejudice and the threat of the law, and those able to live their identity openly, whilst , sadly, still navigating some of that same prejudice. Both poets present a vision of the hope and beauty of freedom and acceptance. 

Psychology trip to Marwell Zoo – 15th February

Kirsty White, STEM Faculty Lead

On Tuesday, Polly and I took a group of Psychology students to Marwell Zoo to attend their Animal Behaviour conference. Students were given the opportunity to see how concepts we cover in lessons apply to the zoo and how psychology contributes to the conservation efforts made by Marwell. Students then had the opportunity to apply their research method skills to designing and conducting a comparative study on two species of their choice. They then presented their findings to one another and considered the limitations of their studies. Despite the wet weather, our students were amazing all day and enjoyed their time exploring the zoo independently (and the gift shop!). Check out our STEM instagram account for more pictures (@s6cstem) and some students’ views below:

“Whilst we were there, they talked about how the keepers use classical and operant conditioning to help calm the animals for things like injections by using food and porcupine needles. This was really interesting as we were actually able to see what we have learnt being used in a real environment.” – Thomas, Year 12

Creative Media

Rich Eno, Creative Faculty Lead

Year 12 Creative Media students have completed their Sparks Music Video Project and submitted all their work. It’s been such a fun experience and so we’re thrilled to present a selection of the work for your viewing pleasure! Click on the images. 

Eaten By The Monster Of Love – Sparks – This edit is from Liv Bowman who also completed all the animations for the group. 

Next we have Ash Capon’s edit of Sparks’ My Baby’s Taking Me Home

Here is Ewan Bond’s edit of his group’s production of Sparks’ song, I Like Girls. 

And finally here is Harry Palmer’s edit of his group’s video interpretation of their recent song, ‘So May We Start’ which also features Adam Driver on vocals. 

*WARNING* CONTAINS PUPPETS. 

With that project now behind us we have moved on to the next one which is called, Tiny Horror Stories. Stay tuned.

LBGTQ+

Kirsty White – Faculty Lead for STEM and LGBTQ+ Society Lead

The LGBTQ+ Society here at S6C decided to use LGBT history month as an opportunity to fundraise for an LGBTQ+ charity. We settled on MindOut, a mental health charity that offers support for the community. 

Their mission statement is to “provide advice & information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, wellbeing activities and events, a peer mentoring service, an out of hours online chat service and more”. Between our students and staff, we raised an amazing £119 for the charity, including £49 in cash contributions. Unfortunately, the power outage on Wednesday did cut the day short! 

If you would like to contribute to the cause, you can continue to donate to our JustGiving Page on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s6clgbthistoryday – Thank you. 

Football Match Report  S6C 0-3 Bishops – 16/02/2022

Match report written by Lewis Elshaw

The S6C football team was up against a tricky physical Bishops side but after winning their first 2 games 3-0 and 2-1, they were going into the game with high hopes. However, 10 minutes in, a good cross from the Bishops winger found the head of the determined striker who found the back of the net to give the Bishops an early lead. The S6C players fought hard though and created a few chances which was the most promising they looked in the first half. S6C kept their spirits high with good defending but 35 minutes in with a scrappy piece of play it broke to the Bishops’ attacker who turned well and made the finish look easy to score his second and made it 2-0 to the Grammar School.

At the break Bishops lead 2-0 and S6C needed something big to have a chance in the game. As the game went on, S6C created chances and worked it well into nice areas but loose touches and good defending from Bishops kept it at 2-0. Bishops made a lot of subs and changed it up alot. S6C kept going and started to look stronger, George Donohue collected the ball from 40 yards out and felt confident, he took a powerful and high shot that the keeper misjudged but managed to tip it over after George’s great effort rattled the crossbar. Lewis Elshaw took the corner with his favoured left foot which he delivered in well but went through a crowded group of bodies where no one from S6C could get the end of it. With 15 minutes to go it was a very open game and Bishops started threatening again which had William Davis pulling off some brilliant saves including a fantastic double save which denied the Bishop’s attacker his hat-trick.

With a few minutes left, Bishops’ counter attacked from an S6C set piece which left no defenders back and the Bishops’ winger carried the ball and calmly slotted in the goal to give them a 3-0 lead and secured the away win in the poor conditions at Bishopdown Sports Field. This was S6C’s first loss in 4 years as a team, the pick of our players on the day were George Allen and debutant Harvey Wilman who worked hard and put their bodies on the line despite the result. Debutant right back Harvey Wilman came away as MOTM. Our next game sees us go away to South Wilts with a place in the Wiltshire Schools Cup semi final on the line. 

Lineup: W. Davis, H. Wilman, J. Price, B. Hayward ©, G. Goff, S. Osmond, G. Allen, L. Cartwright, G. Donohue, H. Roberts, L. Elshaw

Subs: A. Ford, I. Samuel-Obong, H. Arnold Drewett

Baking Club

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

Baking club celebrated half term with a carrot cake! We also learnt to be flexible with cup cake and loaf versions

MLP Trust wide Trading Standards announcement 

Wiltshire Council Trading Standards have received a report from a parent of a 13 year old student stating that her daughter had been able to purchase e-cigarettes, vaping products or puff bars at a market stall on Salisbury market, mostly on Saturdays.  It seems that she has been able to make these purchases on multiple occasions.  No ID check has been made by the trader.

The trader has been advised and spoken to by an officer from Trading Standards, however, we would ask that all parents/carers check with their young person to see if any purchases have been made at all.  This trader has potentially committed a criminal offence by selling these items to persons under 18 years of age.  Parents are free to contact  tradingstandards@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Weekly College Update

Friday 11th February 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers

On Monday and Tuesday we undertook an External Quality Review (EQR) of the College’s Technical subjects. This review was requested by the college as part of our quality assurance process and to validate the good work we are doing and exploring how we can further enhance our curriculum and the experience for all our students.  This sits alongside our very successful validation of Behaviour and Attitudes in October.

The 3 reviewers were; Rob Savory – Director of Teaching and Quality or The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, Simon Wright – Director of Sixth Form, Strode’s College (part of The Windsor Forest Colleges Group), and Ali Foss – former Principal at Queen Mary College.  The review included observing 23 Technical lessons, meetings with students, teachers and leaders in the college. 

The key findings include:

  • We offer a broad technical curriculum  (as impressive as that of a college with 3000 students), which is student centred and  where curriculum provision is effective.
  • Students are confident in terms of engagement because they feel safe,secure and supported. They saw students happy to take risks in the classroom, without fear.
  • Staff actively monitor and provide feedback during the lessons.
  • The embedded use of ‘Google classroom’ was a key strength, students across all VTQ subjects felt they were well supported. 
  • Students felt well prepared for their January examinations.
  • There was a lot of evidence of employment based learning.
  • Students were skilled in the use of work based vocational techniques.
  • Classrooms were disciplined and skillfully managed, with care and compassion at the centre of what we do. Behaviour expectations are observed well by the students.
  • Relationships are strong.
  • Employability skills are embedded across the courses.
  • Career pathways were visible, with some outstanding practice, British Values are embedded as well as mental health.

Areas of consideration for college leaders are:

  • A review of how students manage student workload across mixed programmes with A Levels
  • To consider the impact of January examinations and how we manage  and support retakes.
  • How do we continue to drive the new Attendance strategy launched in January?
  • Tutoring needs to be consistent for all learners – and a relaunch of this is already planned to take place next term to provide a strong experience for everyone. 
  • Clear and specific guidance about what is expected of students in Independent Study across some subjects. 

We are really proud of the culture at S6C and have worked hard to further develop work related skills and business contacts that connect to our curriculum. It is clear  that our young people are growing and developing a wide range of employability skills as they emerge as young adults.  

Since the release on Tuesday of the examination guidance for topics and themes  that will be included in the summer papers, staff have been reviewing this and sharing this information with students. This is mainly for Year 13 students but also includes GCSE resit Maths and English and Core Maths for Year 12.  A formalised document to highlight this information will be shared in subject Google Classrooms early next week.  The initial feedback from staff is that there are varied approaches across subjects; some subjects have a significant amount of topics omitted and in other subjects there are strands removed with few overall topics changed. What is important is that the picture will be national, so students will have the same experience as others from all centres across the country.  All examination entries have been made and statements of entry are now being distributed to tutors for students to check and sign. 

Immediately after half term, Year 13 and GCSE Maths students will sit mock examination papers. The timetable has now been formalised and will be shared with students and parents separately. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Best Wishes

Louise

Paying 

Kathryn Clarkson – Business Manager

Apple pay is now available as a new way for parents and students to pay for trips and equipment. 

Please see the instructions below for paying via this method. 

SchoolMoney ApplePay Instructions

If you have any queries please contact office@s6c.mlp.college

International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11th February

Kirsty White – Faculty Lead for STEM

Today S6C and S6C STEM celebrate International Women and Girls in Science Day.  Here is a quote from Mary Gannon our Teacher of Biology and Applied Science;

“About age 10 I was given a very inexpensive and unassuming book called simply “Marie Curie”. It was in a plain red cover and had few pictures. Those it did have were poorly printed and in black and white on poor quality paper. Nonetheless that little book changed my world. Contained within its pages was the story of an extraordinary woman. The first woman to win two Nobel Prizes for science and a mother of daughters, Irene and Eve, who were extraordinary too. In 1903, Marie Curie made history when she won the Nobel Prize in physics with her husband, Pierre, and with physicist Henri Becquerel for their work on radioactivity, making her the first woman to receive the honour. The second Nobel Prize she took home in 1911 was even more historic: With that win in the chemistry category, she became the first person to win the award twice. She still remains the only person to ever receive Nobel Prizes for two different sciences. Her story of overcoming adversity was inspiring, her thirst for knowledge and how she overcame the societal barriers of the time to get a university standard education and pursue a love of science appealed to my sense of drama and insatiable curiosity about the world around me. Marie Curie still stands out as one of the most influential and inspirational women in history and her contribution to science outstanding.”

Sports

Luke Muchmore – Teacher of Sports

In year 13, sport students have started a new unit based upon Kinesiology & Biomechanics! In layman’s terms, movement analysis and the physics of sport. Students have been very engaged, covering topics such as planes, axis, levers and moments! As this unit progresses between now and Easter we will be looking at more complex concepts such as kinanthropometry, linear and angular kinematics and kinetics! 

Two weeks ago, year 12 sports students completed their first filmed practical assessment in singles badminton. This week saw the boys travel to 5 Rivers Leisure Centre to complete a team sports assessment in Futsal. This is an adapted version of football that takes place indoors and originated in Uruguay in the 1930s. 

LBGTQ+

Kirsty White – Faculty Lead for STEM and LGBTQ+ Society Lead

The LGBTQ+ society is raising money for Mindout, a mental health charity for the LGBTQ+ community. Next Wednesday (16th February) is a day where they are encouraging all staff and students to dress in bright colours/clothes that demonstrate support and bring a pound to donate as part of LGBTQ+ history month

Yoga Club

Hanna Njimgye Tekumafor – PA to Head of College and Yoga Teacher

This week in Yoga we explored Gratitude; building up self confidence and self worth and feeling thankful for who we are and what we have.  Remembering that gratitude comes from within. Students worked on improving their Warrior asana sequence, as well as flowing through sun salutations.  Students really embraced and connected with this week’s theme. 

Baking Club

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

This week Baking club made cheese and onion pasties, here is Sophie Marshall’s delicious results. 

A Valentine’s Day Challenge

Joe Francis, CEO of Brillder, who spoke at the Sixth Form College’s Winter Conference in January, has designed a Valentine’s challenge. Joe has sent us this new challenge with Valentine’s Day in mind. It is aimed at sixth form college students (but staff or parents may enjoy too!):

This clickable PDF produced by Brillder contains six bricks for Valentine Doubles which students can pair up to play. The URL links are embedded in the brick covers.

Brillder Valentine Doubles PDF

Weekly College Update

Friday 4th February 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers

This week we have been hit very hard with staff sickness  and a number of classes have been affected. Where staff have been out of college but well enough to teach, lessons were running online in their usual timetabled slot.  Where staff had been too unwell to teach students had been set work to be completed in their allocated lesson slot through the Google Classroom.   We are hopeful that most of these staff will be able to return at the start of next week and we will ensure that learning activities are revisited to ensure our young people are not affected by this.

You will have seen that we have now been able to release the year 12 and 13 reports which have gone out to students and parents this week.  Thank you for your patience on this matter.  If you have any concerns or queries you would like to discuss, then please do get in touch with the class teacher or Faculty Leader. 

We have recently completed our annual Safeguarding Audit within the College, we are confident from completion of the audit that we are highly effective in our provision.  To strengthen this further, we would like to ensure that future iterations of our  policies are consulted on with our college community,  when reviewing safeguarding policies  including our Acceptable usage and ICT policy.  In the summer term we will be inviting interested parents to join a Parental Group within the college and one of the tasks of this group will be to be involved in the review cycle of some of our Safeguarding policies and procedures.  If you would like to know more please contact Nicky Miller – nmiller@s6c.mlp.college

On Tuesday 7th February we will receive  information from the examining bodies to provide clarity on what content will be excluded in the summer examinations across our A Level subjects. Staff will use a training session next Friday to collate this information into a document that will be shared with students. 

On Thursday evening I had the pleasure of watching A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream presented at Wyvern St Edmund’s Academy, our sister school in the Trust. The performance was exceptional and delivered with great humour.  As part of collaboration with WSE and extending Clubs and Societies next academic year, we hope to encourage our S6C students to take part in such events. 

Wishing you a restful weekend. 

Best Wishes

Louise

Online Safety

Nicola Miller – SLT, DSL, SENCO & Teacher of Biology 

February 8th is safer internet day with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.  We want to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for our  young people, and to get our community including parents to partake in   a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.

The pandemic has seen a significant increase in internet use by young people.  56% of young people surveyed said they had chatted to people they do not know whilst playing games online.    Whilst this contact can be a positive experience for some it can leave young people open to abuse.  Internet safety is covered throughout the different key stages in education and is covered through our Life Skills programme at S6C.  Young people and adults however are still at risk of online abuse.  

Recent research by Childnet found that 77% of young people have spent more time playing online games and apps during the pandemic than ever before, so we are very 

excited to cover this theme and to give topical and helpful advice for children and young people across the UK.

Within the college we have had recent reports to us where young people have had their Instagram accounts hacked.  These accounts can be restored by contacting Instagram directly. Our continued advice to our young people is to be aware of pop up ads that reduce their level of personal account security and ensure that they have different safe and secure passwords for each service they use and these are not shared with others.  S6C uses the Google platform which is monitored and ensures our students’ safety.  Whilst many students use social media outside of college we ask students to only use the Google platform for communication and work in college. 

UK Safer Internet Centre has provided some advice for parents https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022/advice-for-parents-and-carers 

Equality and Diversity at S6C 

Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead & Teacher of English

February is LGBTQ+ history month – an amazing opportunity to live our values of equality and diversity by listening, learning and supporting. Life Skills this week and next week has a focus on Cultural Capital and LGBTQ+ history. The LGBTQ+ society are going to host a Rainbow Day on the 16th Feb (details to follow). Do take a look at this presentation from LGBT Youth Scotland, with a focus on international issues – lots of interesting info, links, actions, resources and signposting for support.

Presentation

S6C’s LGBTQ Society

Kirsty White – Faculty Lead for STEM and LGBTQ+ Society Lead

Here at S6C, we have our own LGBTQ+ Society; we meet every Wednesday lunchtime. It provides a safe space for all LGBTQ+ students, as well as other students who wish to join (such as allies to the community). Students like to talk about a range of things – not all are directly related to LGBTQ+ as we are a society that fosters inclusivity. Our meetings look different week to week – before Christmas, we looked at gay penguins who adopted an egg and raised the chick; in other weeks, we have looked at the concept of gender. This week, to mark the first week of LGBT History Month, our students identified key issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community that they wish people knew more about. Keep an eye out for this on our social media (Instagram: @salisbury6thform and @s6cstem)!

Baking Club

Sally Tye – Faculty Lead and Online Baking Club Lead

This week students baked a Giant chocolate chip cookie in their slow cookers – treats on a budget!

Rebecca and Megan Cowdrey’s M&M Cookie

Weekly College Update

Friday 28th January 2022

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I would like to thank you for your collective response in support of the #ProtectStudentChoice petition – it closed on Sunday with 108,352 signatures. A Parliamentary debate will occur and  we will keep you updated about when that will take place. This is a really important step forward for Post 16 educational choices, building on the one year delay secured in November 2021 to continue BTEC/CTEC course choices.

You will have seen my note home on Thursday regarding the ending of the use of masks around the college site, as set in the guidance from the Government.   We encourage our College Community to be safe  and if students and staff wish to continue wearing masks around the college we respect and support their choice to do so.   As we  receive reports of Covid positive cases we will continue to monitor numbers in the college.  All other mitigating measures have remained in the college including daily deep cleaning. The Covid risk assessment has been amended and is available to read on the S6C website.  

I wrote to parents a couple of weeks ago regarding the delay in the circulating of the year 13 reports.  The reports are generated by our MIS system, but due to the company being severely affected by Covid amongst their staff recently, there is still a delay in the retrieval of these reports. We are chasing and hope to have these sent home in the coming days. This may have an impact on the forthcoming year 12 reports due to be released to parents on 3rd February, but I will keep you informed regarding this if this is the case.  I can only apologise for this delay which is beyond our control.  

This week we had a very exciting visit on Tuesday from our new college dog, Fern. She will begin to come into College gradually to full time over the coming weeks.  Fern was very well received by students and staff and was given plenty of strokes and cuddles to make her feel welcome. Research has shown there are many well-being and mental health benefits in having a dog within an educational setting, some of those include; helping to reduce anxiety, to provide companionship and a shared interest within the college community, a sense of responsibility and a friendly welcome to the college for visitors. You will see below some information about Fern. 

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Best Wishes

Louise

College Pet 

Nicky Miller – Teacher of Biology, SEND, SLT and Mum to puppy Fern

Hi my name is Fern I am the new college dog.  I am a 12 weeks old labradoodle and I love people.  I will be starting to attend college so that I can get used to the environment.  I will spend most of my time in the first floor offices and will start to walk around college when I am more confident.  I will be on my lead just in case anyone is worried about me being able to roam free.  If you see me, check with my carer to see if you can say hello.  I am new to big crowds so I may be a little nervous to start with.  My carer will be able to tell you how best to approach me.

If you have any concerns about me please message Nicky Miller my carer about your concerns nmiller@s6c.mlp.college or on Google chat.

Next week we will send out a consent form to indicate that a student is happy to interact with Fern.

Careers

Rosie Roberts – School Liaison and Careers Lead

This week, Year 12s had a talk from former S6C student Josh Port who is currently completing a degree apprenticeship at DSTL. Josh shared his own experience of what it’s like to be an apprentice, he compared the advantages and disadvantages to a university degree and gave advice on how to apply. 

Next week, on Wednesday 2 February from 12:15-12:45, Year 13s have the opportunity to hear from Mike Holliday from ASK Apprenticeship Service who will be giving tips and advice for making successful applications. All Year 13 students who are considering applying for an apprenticeship or employment should join this virtual talk which will be delivered live on Google Meet. Students who have not made a UCAS application should attend this talk but it is open to all students. 

There are lots of upcoming careers events planned to help students with their future destinations planning. Here are just some dates for your diary where we will have visiting speakers, webinars and opportunities for students to visit a university and experience a work place (during work experience organised by the student)

Upcoming careers dates

National Apprenticeship Week 7th-13th February 

National Careers Week 7th-12th March

International Women’s Day 8th March

British Science Week 11th-20th March

UCAS fair – trip to the University of Winchester which all Year 12s will attend on 7th April

Work Experience days – when all Year 12s will arrange their own placement 11th-13th July

Student Union Meeting

Hazel Wright – Receptionist and Administrator 

The Student Union met on Wednesday 5th January 2022

The first Student Union Meeting of the New Year, has been a ‘to do’ list of new projects.

Members are working both independently and supported by their mentors investigating:

  1. How S6C can become officially titled Plastic Free. 
  2. If we can support a new clothes collection to donate to Women’s Refuge.
  3. How to appropriately mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
  4. Working with the LGBTQ+ Society to do a shared event celebrating February LGBTQ+ month.

The final event discussed was the possibility of an end of year celebration for our Y13.  A questionnaire is being offered to all Y13 to gain a feel for the popularity of this idea so wheels can be put in motion.  Watch this space.

National Holocaust Memorial Day

Emily Millman – Student Union Equality and Diversity Officer

January 27th was Holocaust Memorial Day: it is the day when we collectively remember all those exterminated in those camps or killed by the Nazis – it is estimated over 6 million Jews were killed in the death camps and there were many more casualties above this figure, including the genocide and murder of those of ethnic minority, those who were disabled, and those who were a part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

We remember those who tried to help by hiding or helping those that would be killed just for being who they are. And we remember that many others stood by and did little or nothing.

Yesterday was  the crimes against humanity remembrance day. We remember all those that were lost and we vow that it should never happen again.

Students were asked to  watch a short film made by S6C students which includes staff ands students views, and one by the Holocaust Educational Trust , and explore the websites, podcast and facebook page. We stand against anti semitism, as we also stand against racism, islamophobia, and all other forms of prejudice and violence. And we look at the lessons that history can teach us so that we remember to use our voices and actions to create the Britain (and the world) we want to live in and pass on.

Here are some of the resources that were shared:

https://www.hmd.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/HETcharity/

https://www.hmd.org.uk/resource/learning-from-genocide-podcast/

Yoga Club

Hanna Njimgye Tekumafor – PA to the Head of College and Yoga Teacher

Yoga club has been unable to use the dance studio to meet in person, due to the recent mock exams (although online yoga is still available to both students and staff).  However, this week we were back together again to practice in person. 

We explored Sukha – our happiness, joy and comfort, by working on poses to help increase serotonin (the happy hormone) in the body. We used twists, inversions and hip openers to help elevate our Sukha.  ‘Happy Baby Pose’ (Sanskrit: ‘Ananda Balasana’) was a favourite for the class. 

Baking Club 

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

This week the baking club gave one of Dr Tye’s own recipes a go! 

Super cheap, healthy and high in protein! 

Why not give it a go at home! 

Blueberry breakfast muffins 

  • 2cups/160g oats blitzed 
  • 2 bananas mashed 
  • 2 egg whites 
  • 1 cup/250g 0% yoghurt 
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder 
  • 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda 
  • Juice half a lemon (2 tsp of honey if you need a bit more sweetness)
  •  1 punnet of blueberries 

Mix and bake in a greased muffin tin for 25-30 mins at 180c