Friday 1st July
We have had a wonderful week around the college, on Thursday we welcomed new students for their Freshers Day. It was lovely to meet the new students, although it was a little emotional for me being part of my last S6C Freshers day.
I am so incredibly proud of everyone who contributed to the day, our wonderful student volunteers and Student Union for their enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the college, our support staff for providing such a well organised and variety filled day, teaching staff for planning and delivering exciting activities and lessons; Andy, our invigilator who joined us with his friend for live music throughout the day, and Russell and the HCS catering staff for bringing together a tasty buffet. A special thank you goes to Teresa Salmon, our Admissions Officer, who planned and organised the whole event.
There are some further details and photos of our Fresher Day below.
Whilst we welcome our new students ready for September, in the same week we are saying a final goodbye to our Year 13 students as they have their Leavers Prom this evening. I am certain we will be able to share some wonderful photographs of this next week.
I am delighted to welcome our new Study Skills Tutor, Eva Dyson, to the S6C Team. She is joining us from Stonehenge school. Eva is currently planning an exciting study skills programme for year 12s and 13s to start in September, and will support students through their Careers Passport. We wish her a very warm welcome.
As a reminder to students and parents, next week’s Year 12 activities are different to provide reflection time, and to ensure that students are confident in the support available over the summer break.
As a summary for the week Monday 4th to Friday 15th July we are planning:
• Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as normal teaching days
• Wednesday – Personal Development Day – 9am start Destinations Day with lots of careers planning and career specific speakers.
• Thursday – reports sent home to parents
• Friday – 9.30 am start in the Theatre
The following week is work experience week Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th July.
Review of Lifeskills, Safeguarding and online safety, and mental health support updates for the summer
Using Uni Guide, UCAS and UCAS Apprenticeships
10.15 Registering for UCAS
11.15 am onwards – Re-enrollment into Year 13 by Tutors or Faculty Leaders
If you have any questions about the activities next week please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
History & Philosophy Lecture
Sally Tye – Faculty Lead for Humanities
This Thursday, History and Philosophy and Ethics students were very lucky to be extended an invitation by the very generous team at Arundels to the 2022 Sir Edward Heath Annual Lecture with Ken Clarke & Special Guests including Gyles Brandreth at Salisbury Cathedral.
Students have already been working this year with Arundels on an oral histories project with many also taking up opportunities for work experience over the summer. We are very grateful to be able to take advantage of such incredible local history on our doorstep to help enrich the experiences of our young people. The college recently supported Arundels in a successful national lottery bid and is very much looking forward to further opportunities to become more involved in the local community.
Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Art
Art, Photography and Media students visited the Tate Modern on Tuesday. With the summer exams over and awaiting results, the group was really eager to explore the vast space, look at great art and discuss it together.
Our students work really hard outside of the lessons and their cameras, laptops and sketchbooks will be busy over the summer as they continue to develop their ideas and work on their personal investigations. I hope the trip was as inspiring for them as it was for me. I have lots of new ideas for September!
On Thursday we welcomed students into college who are wishing to join us in September. The day was a huge success with record numbers of students through the doors. Students were welcomed by the new Head of College, Mr Hillier, and were able to take part in a number of lessons of their choice. Students came from many different local schools and they enjoyed speaking to our current student union, year 12 students, as well as staff. There was live music from our invigilator Andy and his friend, Mark, who were ‘jamming’ for the majority of the day and even had one of our current students join them for a great rendition of ‘Wonderwall’ – which was very well received. Russell in the cafe was joined by Matt bringing together a great buffet lunch for all who attended.
Closing of Exams
Lisa Lucas – Examinations Officer
As our exams have come to a close, we thought it would be nice to thank the hard work of all those invigilators who have helped your students through this very high pressured time. Lisa invited them in for a thank you breakfast on Friday. The invigilators highlighted some really positive comments about the season;
Students worked right up to the end of their exam times.
Students were conscientious, and were having conversations between themselves prior and after their exams.
Everyone in college worked well as a team
Students seemed well prepared and practised by their teachers, so they knew what to expect from the arrangements of the exams.
The invigilators felt they were always on hand with a reassuring smile.
A big thank you to the team, led by Lisa Lucas, our Examinations Officer