Friday 25 November
Mock exams for our Yr13 students start on Monday 28 November. Attached is the timetable and some really useful advice on how to prepare for exams. If exam stress is affecting the wellbeing of our students, please remember that support is available from the team in college.
This link is also excellent and focused on tips for coping with stress: https://www.themix.org.uk/work-and-study/study-and-exam-tips/exam-stress-1241.html
On Tuesday 22 November we held another successful open evening for prospective students, welcoming around 250 people to look round the college and learn more about post 16 options.
On Thursday 01 December we are holding a virtual parents evening between 4pm and 6pm for year 12 students. Over the next week, staff will be contacting parents to book an appointment.
Don’t forget that we offer tours for anybody who is considering their post 16 options and would like to see our facilities and experience college life here at S6C. Our next tour day is on Monday 12 December. Please go to https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/study-with-us/open-evenings/ to book your place.
A request from an Extended Project Qualification student
Rebecca Anderson – Teacher of English
Our EPQ students are making excellent progress with their research into a wide variety of topics – the potential impact of misogyny on the value of art, the effects of intergenerational trauma, strategies to improve performance in sport, the psychological effects of a cancer diagnosis and trends in weddings since 1900 and the way this links to societal change, to name just a few. Artefact projects will produce an original game design, a video essay on film making, and an educational presentation on overcoming stereotypes of autism. One student is researching the environmental factors that affect our mental health and would appreciate as many responses as possible for this entirely anonymous survey. Students are encouraged to collect their own data, as well as researching and evaluating a wide range of academic sources, so please do take a few minutes to complete this. Thank you. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0mCLaufQ-XEDJehQC3SXB6LL4a9DyjRpvQFBTAUDAooQ5ow/viewform?usp=sf_link
Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Fine Art and Photography
Year 12 Photography students have been exploring ‘Abstraction’ and have produced some interesting outcomes. The mini project has given them the opportunity to look carefully at their surroundings and practise using their camera settings. Using digital editing software is an essential part of the course yet sometimes the simplest of edits such as cropping can produce the best outcomes. Can you tell what these are?
S6C Change Your Mind Team
Catherine Pennington – Mental Health Lead
The S6C Change Your Mind Team delivered their first assembly to Year 7 at Wyvern St Edmund’s school. The team have been researching the five ways to well-being which is a mental health research study conducted by The New Economics Foundation for the government. The year group at WSE really enjoyed seeing former students come back to talk about How to be Happy and we plan to go back in the new year to deliver more fun mental health workshops on Healthy Relationships and Managing Conflict. The team are working towards either a Bronze, Silver or Gold award at the end of this course, so we wish them all the very best of luck. If you would like to find out more about the Five Ways to Well-being and boost your happiness, visit 5 steps to mental wellbeing – NHS
Rebecca Anderson – Teacher of English
A reminder that we can arrange additional careers appointments with our external careers advisor as well as with a range of staff. Any student needing to do an interview for apprenticeship, employment or university can come and see Rebecca to arrange some guidance and practice. And any student needing advice on volunteering, work experience, or wider engagement, to prepare for strong applications, should talk to their teachers, tutor or Rebecca as soon as they know what area they may be interested in. The most important thing remains making excellent progress in subjects.
Knitting and Crochet Club – Christmas Project
Nicola Miller – Assistant Head of College
Every Wednesday at S6C the knitting and crochet club meet to work on their projects. We regularly have 15-20 students attending the group, with a range of skills from complete beginners to very competent knitters and crocheters. Knitting is a great way to socialise and relax and it is also a really useful skill!
This term we have been working on making mini Christmas stockings and other Christmas decorations, with the aim of making 60 stockings with treats inside for residents of the Wessex Care homes on Tollgate Road. If any of our families who knit or crochet at home would like to participate in this project please send in your Christmas stockings by Friday 09 December.
To find a free pattern please try websites such as loveknitting.com
Sally Tye – Head of Humanities and RS
This week the baking club tackled another frugal family dinner of chicken and bacon pie. Alana even made pastry from scratch which is an incredibly cost effective way to cook as ready-made pastry is twice the price. Here is a sweet version from Chloe, Elise and Alida.