Thank you all for a generally smooth start to the academic year so far. I hope Year 12 students feel settled and welcome and that Year 13 students are ready to face their final year at BC6F.
Every fortnight I will be sending out a summary email giving details of opportunities, events, deadlines, notices and of course the famous WoPA (Winner of Pizza Award). Please ensure you take the time to read this email every fortnight as there will be many opportunities and events that you would not want to miss.
Tutor sessions are now updated on timetables and are a compulsory part of your place at college. We have developed a range of sessions to help prepare you for decisions about life after college so please ensure you are clear who your tutor is and when you are expected to attend your tutor period. You can ask for an updated timetable from Melissa if necessary
Thank you to the vast majority of you who are adhering to the Dress Code. We will continue to monitor this so please ensure you are clear about the expectations and see me for any clarification.
As outlined in your student handbook, punctuality to lessons is a must for every KS5 student. Any issues with punctuality are formally monitored and can potentially affect your place. If for any reason students do arrive to college late, they must sign in at reception and provide a valid reason before going straight to lessons.
There are lots of additional qualifications that we are able to offer as part of your timetables. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of any of these:
Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your skills in independent research and project management. It is awarded UCAS points worth half an A-level and is recognised by universities and employers; some leading universities make alternative offers to those students undertaking an EPQ.
The EPQ requires you to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. You then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production. Most importantly, you can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.
Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life problem solving skills. You will study mathematics that can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life. The course will include a financial maths element too. Core Maths will also help your work for other A level subjects, in particular Science, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Computing.
For Year 12, we will begin Mandarin lessons after October half term. Mandarin is the number one spoken language in the world and is recognised as being one of the key languages to be able to speak in the future. Not only that, but 40 hours of Mandarin study followed by a short test will qualify you to be considered for one of the 18 subsidised places available on the China 2019 trip. Please see Melissa if you would like to add Mandarin lessons onto your timetable. This will be considered on a first come, first served basis so get in there quickly!
British Sign Language classes (Level 1 and Level 2) are run on a Thursday after school on this site. Employers and universities will favour applications with this on their CVs and it is a fantastic life skill. Please see Melissa if you are interested.
Duke of Edinburgh (Silver)
If you have completed your Bronze Award and you would like to move up to the Silver Award, there is a meeting at Alderman White School on Thursday 18th October 7.30pm - 8.30pm.
BTEC Level 2 Drivers' Course
An additional enrichment qualification that could get you discounts on driving lessons and insurance. Melissa will email further details.
Y12 NCS Autumn Programme
Following your assembly last week, Year 12s can register to take part in the National Citizen Service Autumn Programme in October. You can specify and ask to be with your friends so there’s no excuse not to go for it and have a fantastic, action-packed week. More information here:
Any Y12 or Y13 student considering a career in medicine should apply for this fantastic free opportunity through Med-Success. Held at University of Leicester on Saturday 6th October, this event starts at 08:30, and finishes at 17:00. It will be delivered by doctors and medical students, who will all be on hand through the day to answer any queries about medical school, medical careers, and the application process.
Students will be able to participate in a variety of great activities, including:
* Multiple-mini interview stations, including feedback
* A one-to-one personal statement workshop
* An interactive medical ethics seminar
* Tips for approaching common and difficult interview scenarios, delivered by doctors who have been on real interview panels
* Q&A session on life as a medical student, and life as a doctor
Students should click here to apply:
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
Leap Skills Workshops
The UK’s largest student accommodation provider, Unite Students, is running free, interactive, 90-minute workshops throughout October to December to help sixth formers feel more confident and prepared for what to expect during the big leap to university. Leap Skills will feature a series of interactive, scenario-based activities and an informative tour. Register your interest here:
Up until Christmas, we will be awarding 2 Winner of Pizza Awards 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 first winners of the year will be able to enjoy their large Domino’s pizzas at lunchtime on 5th October. They are:
Ruya for excellent organisation with her UCAS application preparation and beautiful email etiquette.
Akbar for an impressive start to the academic year and commendable work ethic both during and after college.
Both put your orders in with Melissa by next Wednesday at the latest.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend.