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Sixth Sense Spring 2012

South Sefton 6th Form College Newsletter

We’re going Loco for Lesotho! Gangsters’ Paradise

You’re Hired! Moving on up!

THE

NEW YORK EXPERIENCE

Where Aspiration Meets Opportunity


Aiming High With all the news about tuition fees and the expense of university it is worth remembering the benefits of higher education; the fivefold increase in earning potential, the opportunity to become an expert in a chosen field and meeting new people from across the UK and The World. The start of the year saw our students applying to university; they have now submitted their applications and are receiving offers. Popular courses this year include Psychology, ICT and Spanish with students applying to universities from London to Newcastle. Writing a personal statement about their achievements both in the classroom and beyond highlights the amazing range of experience our students have, from achieving Gold in Duke of Edinburgh to volunteering across the city, DJing at local radio stations and even auditioning for films! The greater curricular experience you have, the more skills you develop to help you gain that all important university place!

We have taken a number of students to various events to discover the extensive range of opportunities available at university. In October our music, dance and drama students went to ‘Compose your Future’ in Manchester, which was a fantastic opportunity to see the range of courses available in the performing arts. A month later it was the turn of art students to attend ‘Design your Future’, where universities from across the country promote courses from Photography to Fashion, Interior Design to Graphics. Having close links with all of our local universities, we also took our Social Science students to a conference at Edge Hill University and returned a month later for another conference for those students interested in Primary Education. The Social Science, Law and Criminology Conference proved an enlightening experience for students with a “student experience” talk from a current Sociology Undergraduate, a campus tour and a choice of two subject taster sessions related to students’ interests and degree choices. A successful day out for all, the conference helped students make informed decisions about course choices and the type of university they would like to attend. Visits like this occur throughout the year and are essential in helping our students appreciate the sheer scope of opportunities available at University and just where further study could take them.


Hello Welcome to our spring edition of Sixth Sense as we try to capture a flavour of some of what is going on at South Sefton Sixth Form College. It is hard to believe that we are now into our third year of offering top quality A Level provision to the young people of South Sefton. Indeed last summer we saw the first cohort of our students head off to university and continue to build on the success they had developed at college. Seeing so many smiling faces reinforces our mission statement to be a place where aspiration meets opportunity which was certainly the case on A Level Results Day. At the start of the new term we have just received the news that in terms of value added we are in the top 2% of colleges in the country. This means simply that students at South Sefton Sixth College, or those intending to join us in September, are highly likely to achieve A level results that are at or above their target grades. We work hard with our students to ensure they fulfil their potential; throughout the year there are extra classes to help students with their studies and prepare them for exams. Teachers are always available to help and student success is central to all we do at college. South Sefton is a college for its community, for the young people of Sefton and Liverpool; a place where young people make their dreams happen. It is wonderful to bring such a positive message to all our readers and to wish you all the very best in the forthcoming examinations.

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Dates for your Diary Y12 Consultation Afternoon: Wednesday 18th April Y13 Consultation Afternoon: Wednesday 25th April Bank Holiday: Monday 7th May June Half Term: Monday 4th June - Friday 8th June College Closes for Summer: Friday 13th July. Y12 Enrolment Day Thursday 23rd August


From our own correspondent... Faced with flight delays we were determined to reach the US by any means necessary; the moment we touched down in New York's JFK airport excitement started to set in and we had finally made it! The week that followed was a journey that involved much emotion, education and culture, beginning with a visit to the UN building and an interactive tour. We were educated in the various roles and sectors of the UN and its influence over countries that constitute the UN as one entity. When our tour guide focused the groups attention on the land mine display, we were all shocked to learn that countries, such as the USA and UK in the 1980s, were manufacturing and selling land mines for as little as $4 per unit. Between visits we had the opportunity to take in all that New York City had to offer; from Broadway to the Brooklyn Bridge. The NYPD museum and the 9/11 memorial reminded us of the horrors that the city had endured and how much development of the new World Trade Centre had come along, a real case of overcoming terrorism on political, social and economic scales. We were given an invitation to the prestigious Brooklyn Law School to have a tour of the building and a conference with the Dean. The tour consisted of a visit to their mock court room, study areas and meeting US Law students, who were studying to undertake the New York State bar exams. After leaving the Law school we then travelled into Little Italy passing through the amazing China town en route. After making our way to Little Italy, we found a unique traditional Italian restaurant where we decided to dine. Having eaten, we progressed over to Night Court near City Hall, eventually arriving despite failing to successfully hail numerous taxis. Once in the court we listened to various cases and with them, the defendant’s sentences. I think the group would be unified in saying that this was definitely an experience; good or bad is yet to be determined‌ Coming to the end of the week, a stop at the Empire State Building was warranted. We ascended the 81 floors to the observation deck, and exited the building to view what can only be described as the electric glow of New York City under the cover of darkness; a simply stunning vista. It is safe to say that the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all and will never be forgotten.


Legal eagles take flight for New York


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That was what our students were hoping to hear on their day at Liverpool John Moores University on 22nd February. The Applied Business students were part of an Assessment Centre run by second year university students on the Human Resources Management degree. They were put through a battery of tests that are used to select managers in large companies. This was to give them all a feel of real business in action. Although it was a challenging day, all the students thoroughly enjoyed it and came away with developed skills and a taste for university life.


e s i d a r a P ’ s r e t s g n a G

Our students and staff have recently staged a most successful production of ‘Bugsy Malone’. The team consisted of students from all subject disciplines, as well as those studying Drama, Dance and Music. The production is part of our enrichment offer and so any student keen to experience life on, or behind, the stage can take part. This much loved 1976 musical transported our audience to Chicago, Illinois during the Prohibition era when gangsters like Al Capone ruled the streets. However, instead of blood and gore, Bugsy offered custard and goo with its tongue-in-cheek style lampooning of the era’s excesses. Fun was had by all as we followed the sleek and smooth Bugsy, played by Sean Kennedy, through the dark world of gangland America as he eventually finds love with Blousey Brown. As you can imagine this production can get messy and ours was no different with students revelling in the opportunity to pie and splurge each other at any given opportunity! Audiences were thoroughly entertained by the ‘sell-out’ production. We would like to thank all those involved in making ‘Bugsy’ a huge success and look forward to staging many more entertaining productions.


SStudying tudying in a state s of the art college with such fantastic resources and fa ac fantastic facilities, it is easy to forget that there are those in other parts part of the world who are not as fortunate as ourselves. In recognising this, SSSFC have decided recco wholewhole to continually support a whole-college charity with the aim of improving the living and studying conditions of students in less privileged areas of the world. Lesotho is situated in the centre of South Africa; it is an area of great poverty, with a high infant mortality rate due to the poor living conditions and a lack of opportunity. The residents of Lesotho struggle to access educational resources essential for their learning and development - indeed having a piece of paper to draw on is considered a luxury! As a result, the college charity group has decided to organise and run a series of charity events in order to support the ‘Lesotho Charity’ and to form a relationship with the only school charity situated within Lesotho. The ďŹ rst event that was organised by the charity group was a Halloween fancy dress day along with a Halloween themed cake sale. Students helped to decorate the atrium, with Lesotho is a landlocked country and enclave, completely surrounded by its only neighboring country, the Republic of South Africa


We’re Loco for Lesotho! the college laced in cobwebs and ghouls lurking around every corner. The event was a huge success and raised a total of £386.00. The charity’s’ group are now working hard organising a number of future upcoming fund raising events which include a ‘Show Your Colours Day’, taking place in the New Year. For this event students will be encouraged to come into college wearing the shirt of their football team and to make donations in order to raise money to help provide sports equipment such as football kit, for the students of Lesotho. In addition, SSSFC students will have the opportunity to donate their old football shirts to the charity to pass onto some of the younger residents of Lesotho. The charity group’s students have also designed and ordered a charity wristband in order to raise money for the appeal. The main aim is to have every member of South Sefton Sixth Form College wearing a charity wrist band SFC will before the end of the year. If successful, the students at SSSFC raise a massive £1100 to donate to the Lesotho appeal, making king Show a direct difference to the lives of those less fortunate than your supportt themselves. with a Lesotho

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Loco for Lesotho bands now available from Student Services


Raising the funds

Amy Evans & Adam Jones

Only weeks after our Halloween fund raising day, the College Council organised a lunchtime concert in aid of Children in Need. Showcasing musical talent from across college, groups performed classic tracks from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Blur, as well as stunning solo performances from individual singers, and the college choir lifting the roof of the atrium with their powerful rendition of ‘I Will Follow’. Organised, led and compered by students, this was a day to be proud of and, with a student-organised “Name the Bear” competition as well, raised £318 in total for Children in Need. With their social conscience, South Sefton Students never shy away from helping those less fortunate than themselves, no matter how tough times are. The college choir singing ‘I Will Follow’


Katie Wallace

Kenyan Connection South Sefton College

Katie Wallace, currently a Year 13 student at SSSFC, has her sights firmly set on Kenya for next summer. Applying to study Wildlife Conservation at university, Katie intends to spend two months before she goes in Mombasa, Kenya, working on a project building a school and accommodation for local children and their families. Organised through Camp Kenya, Katie is in the process of raising £2300 to fund the trip herself and is already half way to meeting her target. Keen to make a difference to the world, this is a dream come true for Katie, helping in whatever way to make a contribution to the lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. A once in a lifetime opportunity, Katie's determination to both raise the funds for her project and to get out there and make some difference to our world is testimony that the young people of this college do care and will go that extra mile for something in which they passionately believe.

Mombasa, Kenya


Student Enrichment The enrichment programme at college just goes from strength to strength. An essential part of the curriculum, students have the opportunity each Wednesday afternoon to opt into enrichment sessions from Italian to Photography, Five-a-Side to Zumba. Students can either follow a previously-developed passion - whether that be football, playing an instrument or performing on stage - or choose something completely new such as learning sign language, dress making or raising money for our college charity appeal. Such opportunities help our students further develop their skills and talents giving them that advantage when they apply to university or employment. We hope Sixth Sense has given you just an insight of what goes on at South Sefton Sixth Form College. We always welcome the views of parents and carers and can be contacted by email at admin@sssfc.ac.uk or by telephone on 0151 288 6300. You may have an idea for enrichment, a contact we could use for work experience or simply Name want to share your views. Whatever the reason we would be delighted to hear from you! Name

Where applications are welcomed: South Sefton 6th Form College Sterrix Lane, Liverpool L30 2DB admin@sssfc.ac.uk 0151 288 6300

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