Sixth form induction 2018

Over the course of the first four weeks of the new school year, sixth form pupils have taken part in a variety of activities to both prepare them for study at this level and the next steps after they leave school. During the first days of the term pupils considered what could make the coming months stressful and how they could manage these situations effectively to help reduce any negative impact on their studies and achievements. Pupils were encouraged to manage their time efficiently and apply a number of different strategies successfully in order to do this.

Over the first few weeks pupils were provided with  talks from a number of Welsh universities such as Cardiff, University of South Wales and Aberystwyth. Talks for year 13 looked at applying to University, the UCAS application process and writing a personal statement. Each university presented valuable points on what makes a successful application and gave the pupils plenty to think about when trying to stand out from the crowd. Year 12 were introduced to the concept of Higher education and what it can offer them both on leaving school and in the longer term. Pupils were asked to start researching courses and opportunities available to them throughout this year so that they have all the information they need when applying at the start of year 13.

During the second week of term pupils from both year groups came together for the annual team building session. The aim of this day is to get pupils from across the two year groups working together and supporting each other, this is useful in creating a successful working and friendly environment in which everyone feels welcome and can succeed. In the morning pupils worked in groups on challenges organised by the youth service, these included a physical noughts and crosses to problem solving tasks involving blindfolds and buckets of balls! Later in the day the pupils took part in relay competitions and then activities designed by themselves, these proved to be very creative and extremely competitive! Well done to all who took part, an enjoyable and worthwhile day all round.

Finally in the last week of September a representative from Project Trust visited the school to provide information to Year 13’s about opportunities linked to taking a structured gap year prior to university. These opportunities include voluntary placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The placements encourage young people to be confident, effective, creative, independent and resilient through a challenging volunteering experience overseas. Acting as responsible global citizens the young people make a positive difference to their overseas host communities and share their learning and understanding when they return home. The placement allows the young person to develop and grow in a more holistic manner. Their knowledge and understanding of the wider world grows, whilst they learn about themselves and develop a range of skills. A number of the pupils spent time considering how a placement such as those offered by project trust could benefit them in the future. For more information go to projecttrust.org.uk

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