HE parents evening
You may have noticed that we originally had the HE evening on our College calendar for Tuesday 28th March. We have moved this back a week and will now be on Tuesday 4th April. The evening is predominantly to explain to parents of First year level 3 students how applications to University work within the College. We also have speakers from University to tell you what they are looking for in applicants and the benefits of going into higher education, how student finance works and the opportunities to draw down additional funds as scholarships and information on the new Degree Apprenticeships. The evening begins with light refreshments at 5.45 with a prompt start at 6.00pm. We expect the evening to end at around 7.15
There is plenty of parking in the NCP car park behind College and costs are reasonable. Please be aware if you park on other car parks such as Mecca, there is very limited free time.
We will have a second evening in September where we will have different providers in to speak and also more information on alternative pathways to HE.
The majority of our students apply for university and the evening offers you the opportunity to focus on the process. Our students in year 1 are already looking at how to research courses and the careers HE day lets them look at some potential options and Universities in more detail
Please can you use the online booking system to book a place. It is not necessary for your son/daughter to attend as they will receive relevant information in College.
Easter Egg hamper and Tombola in aid of Cystic Fibrosis
Dear parents, if you are able to, please can you donate an Easter egg, of any size from a creme egg to as large as you can afford.
From Monday 27th March we will be selling raffle tickets to win either an Easter Hamper or an Easter egg from or Tombola. We will also be donating some of the eggs to the Urban Outreach Grub Tub collection for children who are Image result for easter eggsunlikely to receive eggs this Easter. We are also taking donations for Urban Outreach and hope to fill our Grub tubs for the food bank before we break for Easter on 6th April.
Packet and tinned foods, toiletries and cleaning materials are all gladly received.
Prizes will be drawn on Thursday 6th April
All monies raised will go to the chosen charity of our student council, Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Details of the work both organisations do can be found in the links below
Critical Point in the Year
As you will be aware, we recently published student performance in Assessment 11 for Year 2 students.
This is a critical point in the year for all students. Year 2 must now consider their strengths but also areas to work on as we only have around 10 academic weeks until the public summer exams begin. It is never too early to begin revision and there is plenty of support offered by subject areas, learning support and the College as a whole.
Please encourage your son/daughter to have a revision plan and to check off the sessions they complete. Too many students I speak to about their progress after an exam period have no idea how many hours they have accumulated. Please see the tab – revision skills on the portal for ideas of how students can help themselves to succeed.
Year 1 should now be making good progress in their subject areas and their current grade should be around their Minimum Performance Grade (MPG) ideally. Staff and progress tutors will be reviewing progress and setting targets to ensure they are ready for the internal summer examinations. Students will need to perform well in these in order to be able to progress in their subjects to year 2. Any having difficulties at this point should discuss this with their teachers and progress tutors so we can put relevant support in place. Much of the effort to achieve must come from students, they should be undertaking 13 – 15 hours a week of private study.
There will be revision sessions for Year 2 A level subjects the first 2 days of the Easter holiday. Details will be made available by 17th March. Please encourage your son/daughter to attend. There will be additional Saturday classes in May, again details to follow.
Safeguarding including Prevent
As you know, safeguarding our young people and ensuring that we discharge our statutory duties is really important to us. We also provide a wide range of wrap around care, advice and guidance on a whole range of related issues throughout the year. If you are not aware, the PREVENT agenda is part of safeguarding and in December we had a British Values/Prevent day. As part of that day we practiced our Lockdown Procedure or Invacuation of the campus. Whilst students are very used to evacuating for fire, they have less exposure to the idea of Invacuating for certain circumstances when an evacuation could put more people in danger. Whilst the likelihood of such an event is very rare, even in a country like ours which remains on the alert of ‘severe’, we need to be prepared. We will be holding a further Invacuation drill before we break for Easter.
Attendance and Punctuality
I am sure that you would agree as your sons and daughters become young adults that punctuality and attendance at College should be paramount. Lack of attendance means lost learning and makes fulfilling their potential more difficult. Whilst we have a system in place for students to repay lost time, this is no substitute to being in the class when the material is taught. Please support us in ensuring early buses are caught and that attendance is excellent.