Monday 09 January 2023
Welcome to the S6C Spring Term! I hope you have all had a restful break and are looking forward to tackling the challenges of the new term. The beginning of a new year is always the perfect opportunity to reflect and consider how we can build on previous successes and all of us at S6C are excited to be entering 2023 with such a positive foundation to build on.
We begin the term with Vocational Technical Qualifications (VTQ) exams. A letter has been sent to everyone involved but if you need any more information or help please talk to our Exams Officer Lisa Lucas.
This week we are welcoming colleagues from Woking and Farnborough Colleges who will be conducting an External Quality Review (EQR) in the areas of personal development and careers. The EQR system is invaluable in allowing peer observation, the outcomes of which help us to provide the best possible experience for our students.
DC7 reports for year 13 students will be sent to parents on Thursday 12 January and GCSE resit results will be published on Thursday 12 January – good luck to everyone waiting for their results!
Looking ahead, some other notable dates for your diary include Yr 12 assessment week commencing Monday 16 January and University Mock Interview Day on Tuesday 17 January. We have an army officer lead recruiter on site on Thursday 19 January and an apprenticeship and careers fair on Tuesday 24 January. On Thursday 26 January we are offering another family tour day and applications close for 2023 entry on Tuesday 31 January.
Please be aware that we do have a small amount of staff absence at the moment. If your child’s lesson has had to be cancelled due to staff illness there will always be work on their google classroom for them to complete.
National Apprenticeship Week
Rosie Roberts – Careers and Schools Liaison Officer
The 16th annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 6 to 12 February 2023.
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2023 aims to shine a light on the amazing work being done by apprentices, employers and their training providers across the country.
The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is ‘Skills for Life’.
The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will reflect on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.
S6C will be hosting our own events in the lead up to the week, which will include a Yr 13 talk from Mike Holliday from ASK Apprenticeships on how to apply for apprenticeships, the Apprenticeships Fair for all students and parents on Tuesday 24 January and talks from apprentices and apprenticeship employers on 8 February for Year 13s and 22 February for Year 12s. For more information about national events happening during the week please visit naw.appawards.co.uk.
You can also keep up to date with the latest National Apprenticeship Week news by following @Apprenticeships and @AmazingAppsUK on Twitter and Apprenticeships Gov on LinkedIn.
Emma Thompson – Teacher of Sport
Clubs and societies are as popular as ever with an eclectic mix of activities available for students and staff to join. This term there are sign-up sheets for Art Projects, Badminton, Basketball, Book Club, Christian Community, Curation Project, Drama, Environmental, Esports & Gaming, Football, Gym, Knitting, Netball, Photography,
Psychology, STEM, Young Activists Club, Video & Board Games and Volunteering. We also welcome suggestions for new clubs and students can run their own club if they wish.
Sally Tye – Faculty Lead (Humanities)
Students started their curation project with Salisbury museum this week, starting with a 16th Century ‘witch bottle’!
Aspire to Excellence
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
Don’t forget our S6C Aspire to Excellence programme, which is open to all. We have identified opportunities which are free or under £10 to boost applications to university, employment and apprenticeships. Everyone should be doing something in the programme so please encourage your young person to talk to their tutor about what they would like to do.
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
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.