Faye's Fortnightly Email

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

Hello KS5,
First term almost done! It's always a tricky term for KS5 with Y12s finding their feet, Y13s making big decisions about their future, parents evening and mock (plus real) exams looming. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to making this first term at BC6F such a busy and exciting place to be. It It is certainly beginning to feel much more festive thanks to our busy elves in Y13.

It was really great to see some inspirational 6th form girls taking part in the Empowering Women event earlier today to commemorate 100 years since some women won the right to vote. The girls were excellent role models as ever and inspirational conversations were had about using women's voices positively and the importance of understanding exactly what feminism means. Thank you to all who contributed.

Final Week Arrangements
A reminder that on Wednesday, there will be no food available at lunch time unless you have pre-ordered your Christmas lunch. Please make your own arrangements for food if you didn't sign up. We will be running lessons as normal up until end of P2 on Friday. KS5 students are expected to attend as usual and then are free to go from P3 onwards on the last day. We will come back on a WEEK 2 so ensure you are prepared for that first Monday back on 7th January.

Y13 UCAS Deadline Today at 4pm
Without exception, any UCAS applications not paid for and submitted today will be deleted and not supported through the college. Brilliant to hear that lots of students will be breaking up for Christmas with all (or most) of their offers in. Those who have attended an interview have really impressed me with their thoughtful answers in the preparation interviews we did. Don't forget to let me know if you are invited for any interviews next term as I have lots to help you prepare. Special congratulations to Maddie V, who secured a conditional offer to study to be a paramedic (a job she has wanted for as long as I can remember her). One thing that is very important to think about when accepting offers is what to do with 'unconditional' offers. These have become more and more popular in recent years, and are often used by 'recruiting universities' to encourage students to choose them. However, many of these are actually 'conditional unconditionals' as they stipulate that you have to make them first choice in order for them to be unconditional. I would consider very carefully whether an 'unconditional' choice would be the best option for you long term. Do come and speak to me if you would like advice or clarification on your decisions. There is an interesting article here to consider:
https://www.ccss.co.uk/news/beware-the-unconditional-offer/

Year 13 Mock Exams
Mock exams for Year 13 students (and a few Y12 for Business, Computing, ICT) will run from Thursday 10th January to Thursday 24th January. You should all have collected your personalised timetable by now. Please check with your subject teachers if you are unsure about any arrangements. It has been great to see so many of you using your free periods to study and it is imperative that you take these mocks seriously in order to fully prepare you for the demands of the summer examination season. Equally important is ensuring you are in a positive routine in terms of study, sleep, exercise and diet. Have a look here for further advice from past students:
https://www.goconqr.com/en/a-levels/revision-tips/

Common Room Conduct
In light of the previous notice, I would like to remind you that the use of the Common Room is a privilege and not a right. Any rowdy or disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated and we will be monitoring this closely from now on. During lesson time, noise should be kept to a minimum to allow an atmosphere conducive to quiet study and revision. Music must only be played at break and lunch times. Please ensure you are respecting both each other and your learning environment.

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.

Go4Schools
A reminder that students (and parents) should be regularly accessing G4S to access attendance and punctuality data as well as current/predicted/target grades and attitude to learning. There are still students and parents who have yet to log on this academic year. Please speak to one of the IT team if you or your parents need any support with this.

Breakfast Club Volunteers
After Christmas, we are starting the daily Breakfast Club for KS3 and KS4 students and we would really like KS5 volunteers to help run it. It will run from 8.15am – 8.50am each day and duties would include setting up, making toast and handing out drinks. If you are able to help out even on just one day per week it would be a great opportunity to be able to act as role models to the younger students. Please email me or Melissa if you are interested.

University in the USA – Information Evening Tuesday 29th January 2019
6:00pm – 7:30pm
We have been invited by Nottingham High School the opportunity for students and parents to attend a free outreach Information Evening on applying to University in the USA, to be held in the Player Hall at Nottingham High School on Tuesday 29th January 2019, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm

The evening takes the form of pre-event refreshments (from 5:30pm – 6:00pm) and a presentation followed by a Question and Answer session, delivered by Stuart Gordon who is Head of UK Outreach at Harvard University. The presentation is aimed at students currently in Years 11 and 12. If you are interested, you will need to email me by Friday 18th January at the latest to register for your place.

PWC Y12 Work Experience and Y13 Degree Apprenticeships
Caryn Welch emailed you a few days ago about two fantastic opportunities for students.
Any Y12s interested in a work experience placement with PWC should register here:
https://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/school-jobs/jobs/work-experience.html

Any Y13s interested in some fantastic degree apprenticeship opportunities should register here:
https://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/school-jobs/jobs/flying-start-degrees.html

Y12 Ambition Nottingham Scheme
Ambition Nottingham is a free, two-year scheme for Year 12 students. The activities support progression and application to a university of your choice. Examples of past activities include things like:
Course taster events
Revision skills
Subject masterclasses
Workshops
All great for increasing your skills and making your post-18 choices.

Please click here for more details:
https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/schoolsliaison/services/ambition-post-16.aspx

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
We will be awarding 2 Winner of Pizza Awards (WoPA) per fortnight. 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 Thursday 20th December. They are:

Roza for her fantastic work as a Teaching Assistant at the Year 5 Taster Day.

and

Jordan for a really impressive photography final piece.

Please put your orders in with Melissa by Wednesday 19th December at the latest.

Have a lovely Christmas break.

Faye