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.
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:
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
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).