Faye's Fortnightly Email

The fortnightly email from the Head of Sixth Form to our students

Hello KS5,

One half-term finished already! The weeks really have raced by since we started the new academic year and it is unbelievable that exams for Y13 begin in just over 30 weeks. Hopefully that fact will motivate you to continue pushing yourself with work and revision - it is never too early and you should all (Y12 and Y13) be consolidating your knowledge independently once you've covered things in lessons.

We have a busy week once we return after half term (it will be WEEK 1) as it is our 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday 8th October between 6pm - 8.30pm. We really would like as many of you as possible to volunteer to support at the event so please do let me or Melissa know if you are able to help. There are various roles needed, from directing people to the correct rooms, chatting to parents and prospective students to supporting teachers with their subject stands in classrooms. There are BC6F t-shirts for you to model and food available before the event, too. Email us to confirm you are available.

You will have noticed it's a little bit quieter in the Common Room now our 18 intrepid adventurers are now over half way through their epic trip to China. Melissa and Alan have updated us regularly and I know they're all having a fantastic (if exhausting!) time. I know from last year how incredibly hard they will all be working (see first picture below looking very professional and formal), but it's great to see that they're having fun too (see second picture of Alan bravely grappling with an alligator...) We look forward to hearing all about their visit once they're back after half term. Don't forget to follow the Bramcote College Instagram and Facebook accounts to keep updated.

Finally, remember tomorrow (Friday 26th October 2018) is INSET so you do not need to attend college.

Please read all notices below:

Equipment
As KS5 students, you are expected to come to college fully equipped with everything you might need for lessons that day (pen, pencil, ruler, calculator etc.) It is unacceptable to be asking your teachers to borrow these things each lesson. After half term we are going to be running a 'shop' for students to buy any equipment they may need or have forgotten. I will circulate more information on how it will work after half term.

Email Etiquette
I would like all KS5 students to adhere to polite email etiquette in all emails between staff and students, just as we expect staff to. Please remember:

- Include information about what is in the email in the 'Subject' at the top (e.g. 'Biology homework')
- Always use a polite salutation (e.g. 'Hi Faye')
- Always sign off politely (e.g. 'Thanks', 'Best wishes' 'See you tomorrow' or 'Kind regards') and include your name.

You are much more likely to get a favourable response if you are using polite and correct etiquette.

Seneca
Thanks to those of you who attended the recent Seneca assembly on effective revision techniques. I would like you all to register for a Seneca account and have a look at the wealth of resources there are to support your different subjects at KS5. Please note you must use Google Chrome to be able to access the programme. The link is here to register:

https://senecalearning.com/

Y13 UCAS Applications
Congratulations to those students who have already submitted and paid for their UCAS applications. Many are now receiving either invitations to interview or offers. Those of you who are still to pay, please ensure you do so as soon as you can, and certainly no later than the end of the first week back after half term (unless you have been granted an extension by me). As you can see, many university places will have begun to be filled very quickly already and it would be a real waste to miss out. Please remember that once you have paid and sent, the application comes to me before I check it and process (which can take upto two weeks or so depending on how many I am dealing with). To help manage and make things fair, I will now operate on a first come, first serve basis so the sooner you get applications in, the higher up my list you will be. Please use tutors to support or see me with any queries.

Channel 4 Employability Workshop
We have managed to secure upto 20 places on an Employability Workshop in Nottingham run by Channel 4 on 13th November. I have already shortlisted 20 students and am in the process of sending out information individually. I will confirm names and arrangements for the trip in the first week back after half term.

National Council for Young Women Conference
For the past two years, BC6F students have participated in the National Council for Young Women (NCYW) Conference at Nottingham Girls' High School. This year it is taking place on 27th November at the same venue. The event is open to male and female students and you will get a chance working with students at other schools on topics such as how problems like domestic violence can effectively be tackled. It is a great event and students in the past have really loved being involved. The cost is £8 per student (or free for bursary students) and this includes entry to the conference plus lunch. There are limited places but if you are interested, please email me to be considered.

Y12 Oxbridge Applicants
Any Y12s considering applying to either Oxford or Cambridge university (typical entry requirements are A*AA in facilitating A Level subjects), there are some residential and trip opportunities available after Christmas. Please see us if you are interested.

Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)
The APP supports high achieving Year 12 students from low income backgrounds across the UK to access top universities and careers. We offer support through our four pillars:

1. Mentoring by a professional
2. Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
3. University application support and guidance
4. Internships with top employers
Students must apply by Friday 21st December 2018 by completing the online application form. More information here:
http://www.socialmobility.org.uk/programmes/app-residential/

Please see Faye if you think you might be interested. A fantastic opportunity for those eligible.

WoPA
Up until Christmas, we will be awarding 2 Winner of Pizza Awards (WoPA) per fortnight. After Christmas we will move to one winner per week. The winners will have been nominated by staff (or other students where relevant) for exceeding expectations in terms of effort, work rate, kindness, attitude. The winners will be able to enjoy their Domino’s pizzas at lunchtime on Friday November 9th. They are:

Mahee, Andrew, James, Kirtan and Klaudiusz (all Y12)

For volunteering to participate on the Extended Engineering Project working with Rolls Royce. It's great to see you're wanting to get involved with such an exciting opportunity. Please put your orders in (you will have to negotiate and agree toppings as you'll be sharing!) with Melissa by Wednesday 7th November at the latest.

Have a fantastic half term.

Faye