Friday 03 March 2023
Our week of mock exams is nearly over but let’s not forget there is an Art exam on Monday morning. Well done to everyone for working so hard. We all know how tough exams can be and I am so proud of our students for their resilience, determination and enthusiasm for their chosen subjects.
Our focus this term continues to be attendance and punctuality; our teaching and learning group are identifying ways in which good practice can be shared and our work experience group are busy ensuring all students have a meaningful work placement. We are also considering how to find time in our already really full timetable to increase tutor time and one-to-ones.
We are all very excited to be celebrating World Book Day at S6C! Albeit a week late due to mock exams, on Thursday 09 March there will be literature related activities throughout the day and both staff and students are being encouraged to dress up as a character from a book. We are also asking students to submit a photo of themselves reading in an ‘unusual place’ (obviously avoiding anything dangerous!)
Looking ahead we have our parents coffee morning on Friday 10 March. I would be delighted if you could join me for an informal chat from 08.30am to 10.30am and if anyone would like to have a look round, we would be happy to provide a short tour of the college.
If your financial circumstances have changed since joining S6C and you feel you may be eligible for a bursary, please complete the form in the attached link.
|WANTED – PARENT GOVERNORS TO JOIN OUR GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE|
Salisbury Sixth Form is looking for a parent governor to join its Academy Governance Committee. The Committee’s role is to provide focused governance for the college at a local level. It does this by supporting, challenging and encouraging in two principal areas: vision, ethos and strategic direction and educational performance.
Your role will be to work with the other governors, using your own professional or community expertise, to benefit the school and enhance the experience and opportunities for our pupils.
If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and an application form.
Fine Art and Photography
Sophie Bellars – Teacher of Fine Art and Photography
Year 13 Fine Art and Photography students have started their externally set assignment. They now have 13 weeks (including holidays) to complete a wide range of experiments and development of ideas that will lead towards their 15 hour exam. The dates are:
19 April, 20 April, 24 April
25 April, 26 April, 27 April
National Careers Week – 06 to 11 March
Rosie Roberts – Careers Officer
“National Careers Week (NCW) is a one-week celebration of careers guidance (and education). Our aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people develop awareness and excitement about their future pathways.” (https://nationalcareersweek.com/)
At S6C there will be a focus in lessons on careers that link to the curriculum and what the labour market looks like for those careers. Students will be able to discuss with their teachers where their subjects could lead to and how important skills and knowledge they’re gaining now will benefit their future career.
There is a publication just for parents about National Careers Week which has comprehensive information about future options. It’s called The Parents’ Guide to NCW 2023 and you can access it here: The Parents’ Guide to NCW 2023
As well as the careers in the curriculum discussions taking place in lessons, we will have a visiting speaker in Study Skills lessons from 13 to 17 March to talk about Labour Market Information: What is it? Where can you find it? And how can you use it? All Year 12s will benefit from this talk.
This week forms part of the bigger careers programme which happens throughout the year at S6C and you can learn more about what we do or submit feedback on the careers programme on our website here: https://www.salisbury6c.ac.uk/students/careers/
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
In Life Skills, Year 12 are continuing with their pathway on Community and Values and Year 13 are still Looking Ahead to a more independent life. With these focus areas in mind, everyone has had a chance to think about the political spectrum, the values that define modern Britain and make it a safe place for all, about the nature and danger of radicalisation, and about LGBTQ+ history (which we celebrate in February, and throughout the rest of the year). Year 13 have also had a talk and discussion on online influence, and have been encouraged to choose their role models and online inspirations as. carefully as they would choose their friends. Year 12 have had additional support from their tutors in choosing a work experience placement which will really benefit them. Students have had a chance to feedback their thoughts and take home points on all these issues, and we are in dialogue with them as they shape their ideas. We encourage them to base their ideas on sound evidence alongside open mindedness, and to share them with sensitivity. We take opportunities to address any misconceptions, misunderstandings, or potentially unhelpful ideologies, in the course of our main sessions or with individuals. It is a real privilege to be working with a group of young people who are reflective and keen to learn, willing to stand up for what is right, and always looking out for each other’s welfare. Please do get in touch if you would like to talk with us about any of these issues or would like to know in more details what has been covered.
Rebecca Anderson – Pastoral Lead
Every term, every student should be seen by their tutor for a 20 minute Performance Review appointment for a chat about their attendance, progress, development of skills and experiences, online safety, personal development, citizenship, and wellbeing. Young people should remind their tutors if they are yet to be seen and must make themselves available at a time that works for their tutor. This is an amazing opportunity for us to get to know our young people and for them to feel seen and heard and supported. We can put a huge amount in place to help academically, personally, financially – and for emotional, physical and mental health – but only if we know. Please keep in touch with us – we really value direct communication with parents and carers and students.
S6C v Marlborough College
Luke Muchmore – Teacher of Sport
The S6C football team played a spirited match against Marlborough College last week, with goals from Callum Wohler and Lewis Elshaw. The match ended in a respectable 2-2 draw, with a special guest appearance from former England and Arsenal Captain Tony Adams.