The Art, English, Welsh and Spanish departments have set tasks for 6th form students to complete over the summer holidays. Students should already be aware of this but they are listed here as a reminder.
To complement the UCAS Induction programme, a workshop, targeting the Medical students, will be run by the Head of Science, Mrs. E. Mitchell.
The workshop will address some of the current issues in medicine which will allow students the opportunity to be prepared for the university application and interview process. Students will also be given advice on suitable reading material that can be carried out in the summer holidays.
This will be run on Activities Day and so school uniform need not be worn. It is, however, advisable to let Mrs Mitchell know that you are attending the workshop in advance.
Please note the application for Oxford, Cambridge and most professional courses in medicine is the 15th of October 2014.
If you need any more help and advice please go to www.ucas.com
On Thursday 8th May 2014 some members of our year 12 drama class went to the New Theatre in Cardiff to watch a performance of ‘See How They Run’ performed by The Reduced Height Theatre Company. It is an essential part of studying drama that our young people are exposed to as much theatre as possible and we are very lucky to have so many theatres right on our doorstep. This certainly proved to be a unique theatrical experience, a play that will live long in the memory.
The play is a farce written by Philip King. Set in the 1940’s it features a cast of vicars, escaped prisoners, interfering neighbours and deserting soldiers. It was a hilarious evening and starred the marvellous Warwick Davies (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short, An Idiot Abroad) in the lead role.
At the end of the show Warwick came and spoke to our students at the stage door, even agreeing to appear in a few selfies and sign a few autographs. He was a charming guy and it was a real pleasure to meet him.
On their website Warwick Davies sets out the core aim of the company as being that ‘Audiences who attend our productions will be treated to a unique and memorable theatrical experience that only ‘The Reduced Height Theatre Company’ can deliver’.
We can all testify that they achieved this aim and look forward to seeing what this exciting and very talented company does next!
On 23rd November, next Friday, myself and fellow Year 13 student Ben Hopkins will be traveling to London to take part in a UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) Debate in the House of Commons. The UKYP are a group of people aged between 11-25 from all over Britain who come together to give the big wigs in Parliament the views of young people on everything that the Government does and this year they are hosting a series of debates in the House of Commons to discuss which one change they will campaign for over the next year. The choices are:
Making public transport cheaper, better and more accessible for all
Equal marriage for all
Introducing an equal national minimum wage
Getting ready for work
A curriculum to prepare us for life
Once everybody in the debate has voted on which change they would like to be made, the winner is announced and a huge publicity campaign is launched. This is your chance to get your voice heard!
If you have something to say, comment on this post or come and see me or Ben around school. Hopefully we will be gathering some information from your Student Parliament Form Reps next week too so you could also tell them. All of the debates will be streamed live on BBC Parliament but assuming that you’ll all be in school you can record the debates or you can catch up on iPlayer.
This is your chance to make a difference: make your opinion count!
An exciting opportunity for all yr12 / 13 pupils who might like to explore a corner of Eastern Europe steeped in myth and legend; Transylvania. The 2week itinerary will include contributing to an existing project within the Roma community as well as trekking over areas of the Carpathian Mountains and exploring the cities of Brasov, Bucharest and Bran Castle – mythical home of Dracula…The trek will take place during the Summer holidays of 2013; the cost will be met by pupils personal fundraising activities – the more you raise – the less you have to fund from the piggy bank! For more detailed information a special assembly by Outlook Expeditions will be delivered on Monday 12th Nov 10.30. Any pupils in yr11 who are interested should see Miss Purcell before Monday.
After more than an hour of tedious waiting in Howell’s Girls School, in a room too small to cage a group of wound up, opinionated, teenage debaters, the highly anticipated judges of the Oxford Debate Union competition finally decided to arrive. The cancellation of one of the two debates due to the late start meant that hopeful teams had only one chance to prove themselves in hope of securing a place in the finals. Oh the pressure!
Easier said than done when you have to argue in favour of the motion: “This house would enforce 100% inheritance tax.” Inheritance tax?! Turns out that if 100% inheritance tax was enforced, it would mean that after your death everything that you owned would go straight to the government and not to your family. How terrible would that be? Especially terrible when you only have 15 minutes to think of arguments in favour it!
But, after 15 minutes that went far too quickly, James Watt and Amy Jones (year 13); Zoe Fullbrook and Kristin Bryce (year 11) and Matthew Knight (year 13) and Martha Reed (year 12) all left to engage in battle. A verbal slaughtering of course!
We all agreed that it was an extremely interesting and exciting debate which saw Britain’s class system, work ethics and morality come under close analysis but congratulations go to Amy and James who, for the fourth year running, got through to the finals along with Howell’s Girl’s School and Monmouth School.
The 6th form enjoyed a visit from Santa at their last assembly before Christmas. However they were disappointed to hear that he could not produce A-level grades, apprenticeships and university places from his sack and they would have to continue their hard work. The mince pies and Christmas cake he did bring helped keep up energy levels for the deadlines most have this week!