I would like to thank S6C Governor Dom Simmons, who has offered his expertise to give our student’s UCAS application forms and personal statements a final check. Dom is a highly experienced teacher and UCAS coordinator who now works as a university entrance coach so is well placed to offer this support as a friend of the college. Dom will also be able to offer some advice on improvements to our system and quality of references as we navigate the new system, all of which is hugely welcome.

Last Wednesday we observed Elf Day in support of The Alzheimer’s Society and students and staff dressed as elves or wore elf related clothes. The Student Union sold cakes and treats during breaks and I am delighted to say the total amount raised on the day was £284! I’d like to thank Emma McAndrew, Teacher of English, for organising what turned out to be a really fun day. Emma is already thinking about our next fundraising activity so watch this space.

On Thursday we held our Healthy Relationships and Sexual Health Development Day. Our students spent the day exploring this important area of personal development and safety and there are loads of online resources for them to refer to in their own time. Thanks must go to Rebecca Anderson, Pastoral Lead, for her work in curating our Development Days throughout the year and for making them interesting, informative and entertaining in equal measure!

Every year, at this time, we expect there to be a small amount of staff absence due to illness and this year is no exception. In the event that a teacher is unwell, work will always be set for students on Google Classroom. There is a significant amount of work for students to work through on Google Classroom and there should never be a time that a student has nothing to do. Part of the college ethos is to teach students to manage their own learning and study independently and the absence of a teacher over a short period of time should not significantly impact a student’s progress. Please get in touch with me by email if you have any further questions or concerns.

The link below has been sent by Dame Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England. This national campaign is a survey for all children aged 0-18 and provides an opportunity for the children of England to tell political decision makers what is important to them ahead of the General Election. Dame Rachel De Souza will be sharing the responses with the Government to ensure that children’s voices are heard. This is a great opportunity to teach children about politics and why it is important for them to use their voice! Complete the survey here: THE BIG AMBITION – HAVE YOUR SAY!

Memoto is a company that has been created by two S6C students and is a brand dedicated to subtle LGBTQ+ clothing which features a hug logo. The students pitched their idea to me and I have been hugely impressed with their products and the company ethos. Please support this brilliant enterprise by going to memoto.co.uk.

Thursday 14 December
Year 13 University Mock Interviews
Friday 15 December
Term ends – Students will be expected to attend their lessons in Period 1 then there will be a staff v student quiz. College will close at 12.15pm.
Thursday 04 January/Friday 05 January
Staff training
Monday 08 January
Term begins
Wednesday 10 January
Exams begin
Thursday 11 January
Cause for concern parents evening
Wednesday 17 January
St Joseph’s School Science Day at S6C
Thursday 18 January
Interview evening 5pm to 8pm
Monday 22 January
Exams end