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: