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Weekly Words from Mr Giles

Every week the Bulletin newsletter is sent home from the School Office highlighting important forthcoming dates and events, along with a round-up by Mr Giles and the team about the week gone by.  Read below recent messages from the Head's desk.

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 10

    Published 16/03/18, by Kim Hall

    This week is charity week and the Sixth Form decided to abandon the usual Year 12 vs Year 13 doughnut eating competition for a much healthier Girls vs Boys Charity Netball match. Supported by their friends, plus Mr Hope, Miss Bhajwa and Mrs Hall, the twist in the tale was that the boys had to wear the girls’ kit and vice versa. This gave rise to some interesting moments when most of the boys struggled with pulling down their short skirts as they ran around the court – a successful ploy by the girls to help them win, perhaps? Unaware of, or unbothered by the rules, the boys had some interesting interpretations of the step rule, the offside rule and the obstruction rule – perhaps no-one told them netball is a non-contact sport? 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 9

    Published 09/03/18, by Kim Hall

    This week is National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week. The students have been busy thinking about their future plans. Kim Martin, from ASK Apprenticeships, also came to speak to the students about apprenticeships. You can also visit our new apprenticeships hub– it covers everything from the different types of apprenticeships, how to find and apply for them, and their advantages and disadvantages. 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 8

    Published 01/03/18, by Kim Hall

    Jack Clark from United World Schools came to speak to the Sixth Form about the UWS school in Pong Tek, Cambodia. He gave us all a potted history of Cambodia, spoke about the school and how is was set up and continues to run and how the students could get involved.   

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 7

    Published 23/02/18, by Kim Hall

    The Sixth Form mocks have been exhausting this week, with over 500 exams being taken, but all has gone very well and it is with great relief that we go into the weekend. Students should act on any feedback given by teachers once they receive their results. Mock exams are invaluable in giving students much needed practice in exam technique, application of knowledge, time-management and all the skills they need to complete exams in pressurised, timed conditions. 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 6

    Published 09/02/18, by Kim Hall

    Lizzy Horrocks from Whatuni came to present to Year 12 in assembly today. She spoke about how the Whatuni website and app can help Year 12 with their university and course choices. 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 5

    Published 02/02/18, by Kim Hall

    Iwan Hopkins from Cardiff University came to speak to the Year 12s about choosing universities, courses and about how life at university is different to being at school. The Year 12s were very interested and it has made them start to think about their options after Year 13. Iwan is returning to us in April to help the Year 12s begin their Personal Statement writing. 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 4

    Published 26/01/18, by Kim Hall

    Year 13 English students competed in their very own “Mastermind” Competition this week, with Mrs Robinson standing in for John Humphrys. The quiz followed the usual Mastermind format - complete with big black chair and scary music - 'Approaching Menace'. Their specialist subject was 'Victorian Poetry' 1837 – 1901, followed by a general knowledge round. Sameer had a convincing win with 17 points and was awarded this glamorous trophy. James came second with 10 points.  

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 3

    Published 19/01/18, by Kim Hall

    Local businessman and entrepreneur, Christopher Ward, came to speak to the Sixth Form this week. His business, which sells exclusive watches and accessories, is now 13 years old and has a £11million turnover. He now has offices in the UK, USA, China and Switzerland and his latest deal is with the new aircraft carrier, HMS Elizabeth. 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 2

    Published 12/01/18, by Kim Hall

    The Sixth Form had a very informative workshop on resilience this week with psychologist, Mark Mercer. End of Term reports for the Sixth Form will be posted later next week, once students have reflected on their content and set SMART targets going forward.  In Year 13, all the UCAS applications have now been sent, well before the deadline, and we look forward to hearing about students’ offers as they come through. 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Lent 1

    Published 05/01/18, by Kim Hall

    It was wonderful to welcome back some of our Summer Leavers earlier this week, who returned to collect their exam certificates. They were full of stories of their new experiences, be they at university, or gap years or in employment and it gave us real pleasure to know that they were all doing so well.

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Autumn 12

    Published 08/12/17, by Kim Hall

    This has been a very long term, culminating in the Christmas tests this week. All the students deserve a good break and we wish you all a restful and happy Christmas. Here are several of them in their wonderful Christmas Jumpers with the many kind donations of chocolate that they brought to school. 

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  • Heads of Sixth Form Autumn 11

    Published 01/12/17, by Kim Hall

    PCSO Kelly Farace came to talk to us in assembly about how to stay safe when we are out and about and also what happens if you are stopped and searched, especially important at this time of year. Also, the Sixth Form did a fantastic job on Sixth Form Open Evening. We were hugely grateful to all the students who gave up their time to help out. We could not run this evening without their help. We had around 80 sets of parents visit, who were very complimentary about the quality of our students who they described as confident, personable and articulate. 

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