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6th May 2013 Edition 6

Sixth Form Newsletter Your guide to everything that is going on! Inside this issue Trip to New York Student news Results Day Ideas for Gap Years University News Useful websites

Read about the Expressive Art trip to New York inside!

Half term trip to New York!

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From Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2013, 30 of us set off to explore the wonders of NYC on our Performing Arts trip. We all arrived at school excited at the prospect of visiting a city that most of us had never been to before. The next day we set off on a water taxi around the Statue of Liberty and then had lunch at an amazing Italian restaurant (who served us the best bread in the world!). We had a very moving experience at the Ground Zero 9/11 memorial. We then saw our first Broadway show of ‘Jersey Boys’ which was an awesome production and one of the best we’d ever seen! The next day we participated in a dancing and singing workshop with a cast member who we saw in the show. After a very windy experience at the top of the Empire State Building, we finally had time for shopping on 5th Avenue!! The night was finished off with a standing ovation for ‘Mamma Mia’ where they got us on our feet dancing in the aisles. On our final day we had an acting workshop followed by a huge lunch in a typical American diner! We really weren’t ready to leave and could have stayed another week! It was a truly amazing trip. By Emma Stafford

Student achievements Well done to Ella Augier who took part in an aerobic gymnastics competition GB vs France Ella came .... 1st in the individual event 1st in the trio 1st in the group and GB were the winners overall !

Tell us what you have been up to out of school. Celebrate your achievements with the 6th form!

Photography Well done to Elena Denny who has won the district level of the RIBI Young Photographer competition, and who will now be entered into the National Level.

Bangover Well done to Fionn Lawton and his band, who are now in the semi-finals of the 'Metal 2 The Masses' competition, and the semi-final round is on May 12th!


Results Day 2013 Thursday 15 August - AS, A2 and Level 3 BTEC A2 and Level 3 BTEC can be collected between 7am and 9am. AS can be collected between 8.30am and 10am. Staff will be in school to help with any concerns between 7am 3pm on Thursday 15 August. Alternatively you can call on the day on 01344 624826 extension 778 or 776. If students are unable to collect their results in person, they have two options: Inside Story Headline

Option 1 Bring a 1st class stamp and confirmation of your name,candidate number and the address you wish the results to be sent to into the Exams Office before the end of term so that your results can be posted to you. Please do not bring a stamped addressed envelope.

Option 2 Write a note giving a named person (such as one of your parents) permission to collect the results envelope on your behalf. The person collecting the results must have proof of their identity with them. In the absence of either a note of permission or proof of identity, your results will not be given out. Results are not allowed to be given out over the telephone.


Want to work at Tirabad? Do you enjoy working outdoors and with young people? Find out more about being a trainee at Tirabad: tabid=79&CategoryId=10&JobId=1434

See Mr Wright if you want more information on this!


Gap Year opportunities in Schools Bishopsgate School Gain experience of working in a busy and happy prep school. The expectations of the post are set out below; we promise you an interesting and rewarding year! Tasks include helping children in the classroom, assisting with sport, assisting in the Design & Technology Studio and helping with clubs and occasional duties

Not sure what to do next year? Thinking of a Gap Year? Make Insideyou Storyhave Headline sure something lined up to keep you busy and earn some money!

Please contact the headmaster for further details:

Eton End School, Datchet Another Gap Year placement available in this school. Suitable for anyone interested in primary teaching, social care etc. Contact Mrs Stokes at Eton End School: 01753 541075


Gap Year opportunity in Oman Considering taking a Gap Year, and looking for an adventure of a lifetime? We are excited to announce that for the third year running, we will be returning to Oman in January 2014 for the awe-inspiring Empty Quarter Expedition. This will involve an unforgettable adventure through an expanse of 1200km of desert, mountain and coastal terrain. Participants will carry out ground-breaking environmental research into a fragile ecosystem, and for those interested in media-related activities, there is now a module focused around photography and photo editing, adventure filmmaking, travel writing and more. What’s more, Explorers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into a culture entirely different from their own. Find out more and apply to join on the Empty Quarter Expedition webpage: Age1825/EmptyQuarterExpeditionOman2014.aspx

If you are interested in something more adventurous, look a this opportunity.


Summer study experience in Hong Kong The Hong Kong Economic Trade Office in London is offering sixth-form students (years 12 and 13) the chance to participate in a summer course at a Hong Kong university. Hong Kong is Asia's world city, a place where East meets West, blending Chinese and Western cultures. Now you have an opportunity to study in this dream destination. To enter, students are asked to conduct research into why British students should consider Hong Kong as a destination to pursue higher education. The research can be presented in any medium, including essays, social media or even a blog, so be creative! Entries will be judged on content, creativity and presentation. The objective of the competition is to enable British students to better understand Hong Kong's advantages as a regional education hub and to consider pursuing tertiary education in Hong Kong. The best five entries willl be sponsored to visit Hong Kong and join a summer course for secondary school students at a Hong Kong university. Go to To find out more! The deadline for submission is 20 May 2013. The five winners will be announced at the end of May. The summer schools will take place in July 2013 (dates differ according to the university.

University News Is a website produced to help parents to advise their children about the decisions relating to HE and post education opportunities. All access and use of this site is completely free of charge to users. The site will contain a lot of useful tips and hints and information about Clearing, decision making and so on. It will also host links to universities wishing to advertise their clearing vacancies in the form of banner advertising.


A new careers website

We would like to make you aware of a new careers website called 'Plotr' which can be accessed at: It is very user friendly. It has sections on: Opportunity Finder - You can type in a postcode and then click on local jobs, apprenticeships and volunteer opportunities that are available

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Career Worlds - Get information on different jobs as well as watch video clips Resource Centre - Provides tips on a whole range of things To access some sections, you will need to register which is straightforward. Finally, it has a 'Chat Directly' facility where you can talk to a professional about careers. Hope you find this of use.


University Taster courses You can preview the 2013 university taster courses at to find out which taster courses have so far been confirmed for 2013. The university taster courses are listed by subject area as well as by university. Students will be able to apply to the taster courses and get further details of all taster courses taking place in 2013 on our website The Taster Course Programme provides year 12 sixth form students with a taste of what life at a university in London is like. All our taster courses free for students to attend. The following university institutions have so far confirmed they will be running taster courses in 2013: Birkbeck, University of London BPP University College City University London Courtauld Institute of Art Goldsmiths, University of London Imperial College London King's College London London Metropolitan University LSE London South Bank University Queen Mary, University of London Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Veterinary College St George's, University of London The Careers Group, University of London UCL University of East London 11

Useful Websites Finance information: finance_fulltime_guide_2013? mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222 Unistats Compare official course data from universities and colleges: Check out the last editions for more inHeadstart courses for Year 12s: formation about the se websites. Also for all the information on apprenticeships. february-half-term-special-to-czech-republic (for medics) educationaladvisorsandschools/schoolsandcolleges/ outreach.aspx (Student shadowing) about_oxford/podcasts/index.html (Oxford Podcasts)

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