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GET SET FOR A BRAND NEW COLLEGE EXPERIENCE! A new and exciting college year is upon us. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the summer and are now gearing up for a successful start at Wilberforce Sixth Form College. When you join us in September, you’ll be able to make use of the college’s bigger and better facilities, including a new social area! You’ll also see the results of our “Where’s William” competition from Welcome Day, so get involved (details inside) and you could win an iPad. We really look forward to sharing your college experience with you and can’t wait to welcome you here at Wilberforce. Good luck with your exam results and we’ll see you soon for enrolment! The Wilberforce College Liaison Team


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bigger & better Site developments in full swing to be ready for September include: The Quad: an exciting new extension to The Dome where you can spend time with your friends Multi use games area: join in with sports on our all-weather pitch Music centre: the latest technology, recording studios, practice rooms and instrument store

virtual network We have invested in virtualisation technology to enable you to work without being tied to a college desktop. This means that from September, you will be able to access your college data and software anytime, anywhere and on any device! • Access to up-to-date systems and data anywhere, anytime • Access specialist licensed software from home • Access a desktop from mobile devices within college as well as from home

The new voice of wilberforce

Have you heard our new radio advert on Viking FM and KCFM yet? It was voiced by one of our own students, Louisa Thompson, who we picked after seeing her perform in the college musical, At the Hop, as feisty waitress and wannabe TV chef, Kathryn.

We knew Louisa would be perfect as the voice of Wilberforce in 2012, so we took her along to the Viking FM recording studios to give her a real taste of radio. The staff at Viking FM were hugely impressed with Louisa’s professionalism in the studio, and we were amazed to hear the finished ad. No doubt Louisa has a very bright career ahead of her! Listen out for the advert on Viking FM and KCFM, or visit our YouTube channel (wilberforcecollege) and let us know what you think!

may the force

Be with you!

This summer we launched the ‘Student Force’. The Student Force will be a vital part of our marketing team, representing the college at places and events all over Hull and East Riding. Whether there’s a charity event in the park, a gig at Hull Arena, or the Prime Minister’s in town – you can bet that the Student Force will be there! The team is led and managed by students, with some help and funding from the college, so if you are looking to gain real-world experience in events, marketing and business, this could be a great opportunity for you. You can find out all about the Student Force and how to get involved when you get to Wilberforce College.


Creative olympic torch Arts festival

Talented students at Wilberforce have been hugely busy over the last few months, performing, exhibiting and showcasing the exciting projects they have been working on over the past year. The biggest event of the year was the Creative Arts Festival, where the college was transformed into a gallery for the night, showcasing the work of students from Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media and English. Most students involved were sharing work created as part of their A-level and BTEC courses, but some students were involved in dance, drama and creative arts as part of the comprehensive programme of enrichment activities on offer at Wilberforce. The annual musical also gave students from across the college the chance to take centre stage, and perform to an audience of staff, fellow students and parents. Students also performed in a dance showcase and variety show, taking audiences through a huge variety of musical, theatrical and dance performances, from Jay-Z covers to an Alice in Wonderland inspired dance. You can see all of the performances on our YouTube channel (wilberforcecollege). If you are interested in dance and drama, then there will be lots of opportunities to get involved when you join us in September.

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Crowds gathered outside Wilberforce College on Monday 18th June, eagerly awaiting the passing of the Olympic Torch. Residents from neighbouring residential home Saltshouse Haven, pupils from nearby Tweendykes School and people from the local community joined college staff and students to celebrate this exciting moment in history. The Olympic Torch passed down Saltshouse Road on its way through Hull, as part of the nationwide relay from Athens to the Olympic Stadium. To celebrate, we held a good old-fashioned street party, enjoying tea, cakes and sandwiches, whilst watching dance and musical performances from students of the college. Student band, ‘The Propellers’ entertained revellers with their wonderful acoustic performance, whilst the enrichment dancers had us in stitches with their Austin Powers inspired number. Anticipation built as the procession of London 2012 vehicles rolled out, and the crowds moved into place outside the college to get the best view. Finally, the moment we were waiting for came as the torchbearer, Cath Delsignore, passed by the college holding the Olympic flame. “Everyone was cheering and the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. It really was an unforgettable moment”, said one spectator. There is a whole summer of sporting activity to look forward to, but at Wilberforce it will continue long after the Olympic flame has been extinguished. “The Olympics is such a fantastic event for the country, so we have to keep the legacy going. We will be taking steps to make sure Wilberforce continues to push forward with sports provision and opportunities for our students”, explains Steve Allison from the Sport department. “We will be able to offer a hub in East Hull, and we will go out into the community.” You can check out our photos from the event, including the front of college after being ‘union jacked’ on our Facebook page.


last year’s university Destinations

welcome day

On Friday 28th June, the college was packed with new students, finding their feet at Wilberforce before enrolment in September. Here are a few snaps from the day!

In 2011, students from Wilberforce started courses at over a hundred different universities across Great Britain, from Hull to Oxford.

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What’s next?

KEy dates Enrolment: 28th - 29th August College Starts: 3rd September Half-term starts: 29th October First term ends: 21st December

We have a devised a little bit of summer fun to keep you busy between leaving school, and getting ready to start college. For those of you who made it along to our Welcome Day on 29th June, you will know all about ‘Where’s William?’ and that chance of getting your hands on an iPad for completing the challenge! As a reminder, check out the info enclosed or visit our Facebook site (wilberforcesfc). This should contain everything you need to get involved! We can’t wait to see the ‘William’ exhibition at Induction in September!

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College News - July 2012