As part of the transfer to Sixth Form our first week was jammed full of activities which were designed to help make new friendships and to bring the two sixth form year groups closer together.
On our second day, the school outsourced a company to run outdoor exercises to encourage teamwork, communication and to help turn our brains back on after so many weeks out of school. The groups were made up of around 10 people from Years 12 and 13.
In these teams we completed a number of challenges throughout the day, some much harder than others. One my group found particularly difficult was the Chinese Whisper themed game. This involved the group passing information along a line of people in order to recreate a shape using the same blocks on the finishing side of the line. After many attempts, the team was able to complete the challenge as we began to learn from our mistakes.
Probably the most enjoyable activity was when our team split in to two see who could build the tallest tower out of bamboo, tape and string. This was a extremely competitive activity as the other groups tower was right next to ours. Amid a very competitive atmosphere, each team raced to make the tallest tower. At the end there wasn’t much difference in height but our team won.
I think the day was extremely helpful in making my transition to sixth form easier and much more enjoyable.
Report by Joe Harte Y12
On 9th September there was a transition day for the new Year 12s who have recently moved up from Year 11.
Both Year 12 and Year 13 were split into teams to participate in an activity, the task was to shape, design and make a brand of bread complete with packaging. Since both years were mixed up it created a great opportunity to talk and work with people that we might not have spoken to before.
Coming up with ideas for the logo, shape, brand name and packing was a lot of fun to do because it got everyone in the team involved and it was fun to see people coming up with interesting ideas. By the end of the day you got to know the people in your team a little bit better than you did at the start of the day. Having the activity be a competition was also a great idea for motivation because everyone was very competitive.
One of the most interesting parts of the day was the end as you got to see the end product of each teams, which included alphabet bread where you could spell your name; loafers which were bread slippers for making sandwiches; a crown, as it was the same day that the Queen became the longest-reigning British monarch, as well as many more. It was surprising to see how many different and unique ideas people came up with for their bread company.
The other exciting part was to see which team won the competition, each team had to do a presentation in front of the judges as well as receive a vote from the audience which would contribute to their overall score. In the end the winning bread was the tetris bread which was bread shaped into tetris blocks so you could play with them.
Overall the day was a huge success and everybody really enjoyed themselves.
Report by Tan Suntronsaratoon Y12
King Edward VI High School is proud to announce that our Sixth Form students have achieved excellent A-level results for another successive year with a 99% pass rate, with the vast majority of students attaining their first choice university placement.
Students doing particularly well include, Luke Acton 3As and 1B, Jenna Clayton 1A and 2Bs, Luke Bond 1A and 3Bs, Rhys Castellan 3Bs, Tim Pettifor 1A* 2As and 1B, Sophie Watson 2As 2Bs and Amy Wright 2As and 1C.
Mr Christey, Headteacher, commended the “excellent achievement of our talented students” and congratulates staff and students on their hard work and commitment throughout the year.
Leader of Sixth Form, Mrs Gibbs, congratulated A2 students moving on to university, college or new careers for two years of hard work. "It has been a pleasure to work with you through your Sixth Form years and I wish you every success in your future careers. You have been a credit to the school, your teachers and your parents."
On the 9th July, we had a transition evening for the Year 11’s coming up to Year 12 in September.
Our newly elected Head Girl (Fran Bishop) and Head Boy (Brandon Mceleny) gave a speech to prepare the future Sixth Formers for their first year out of KS4. It was very informative and helped the Year 11’s to understand and prepare them for the big step up from GCSE to A Level.
The Student Leadership Team were there to help out by answering any questions asked by the Year 11’s and giving advice. This was beneficial for the Year 11’s as it began to improve relations between the two years. We were also there to provide refreshments and answer any questions from our experience of our first year of A Levels.
The evening had a good turn out with many parents and students there, who all felt that the event was useful.
Year 11 students were also given a folder with helpful information and resources. For example, folder dividers and plastic wallets were given which will be used frequently by A Level students when they begin to organise their folders.
They were also set a summer project to get them thinking about the next two years.
We hope this evening has given all the new sixth form students a helpful insight into the sixth form life and we hope that it has prepared them for the difficult but worthwhile years they have to come!
Jess Edwards, Jess Hill and Megan O'Gara
On the 23rd June 2015, KEVI’s new SLT met for the first time to discuss what we want to achieve together for both the school and the Sixth Form. As you can imagine, with a team of 14 members, we are all eager to become an active and recognisable group throughout the school, and are already planning to put some of our new ideas into place! The new members of the Student Leadership Team are as follows: Fran Bishop (Head Girl), Brandon Mceleny (Head Boy), Archie Perry, Alex Manley, Georgie Rowe, Pia Dodd, Eden Davis, Tom Bowers, Megan Pilling, Grace Edge, Jasmine Horsley, Jessica Hill, Bethany Knott, Hannah Musgrave and Megan O’Gara.
Some of the priorities we have discussed already include refurbishing the Sixth Form common room, improving relations between us and the rest of the school, and making the house competitions as interesting and diverse as possible- so everyone can get involved, not just the sporty ones! As well as this, we would like to encourage more fundraising activities throughout the school such as a charity water fight or dance-a-thon, and would like to make sure everyone is regularly kept up to date via the Sixth Form blog about what it is we’re doing. We have also discussed making non-school activities such as cadets more readily available to students as we feel they are both positive and enriching experiences that have become important parts of many of the current students’ lives here at KEVI. Finally, we would like to improve the already existing Hear for You campaign within our school, and make sure everyone feels they have somewhere to turn- whether that be face to face or through an anonymous email service. However, things of course do not end here; we want to hear what you have to say so that we can make the school a better environment for everyone- not just the Sixth Form!
Report by Grace Edge
On 12th March, Year 12 went to Manchester for a higher education fair run by UCAS. After having to get up at a ridiculous hour to then sit on a coach, the fair was going to have to be good to cheer up the tired and moody sixth formers!
The fair was held in a humongous hall room filled with hundreds of different universities from around the UK and other various career and future provider options including MOD recruiting and apprenticeships from graphic design to working for Rolls Royce.
Throughout the day there were seminars on different aspects of the application to university and life at university and if you weren’t interested in anything educational, you could spend the day trying to collect as many pens, pencils, chocolate and other freebies!
Many students have said that the fair was very useful, informative and valuable. Another said ‘It has given me motivation to go to university and you can’t say no to freebies’ another said ‘it was extremely helpful and helped me decide which university to go to’.
The fair was packed full of ambassadors from UCAS and universities willing to answer any questions or offer any guidance you need.
The fair is a great day out and we will all recommend going!
UCAS is the organisation that processes all full-time applications to UK universities and colleges. It is there to support you – as well as your son or daughter – through every step of the application process. UCAS sends all applicants a monthly newsletter, full of useful information, reminders, advice and competitions. But did you know you can get information from UCAS too?
You can sign up to monthly parent newsletters quickly and simply online. They’re completely FREE and contain timely information and advice about your son or daughter’s journey to higher education and what you can do to support them.
For further information about the UCAS process, take a look at the advice for parents on UCAS.com.
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