This week’s assembly theme is ‘Caring for our planet’.
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How amazing is this?! Two Sixth Form Leavers Joshua L and Tabitha M collected their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Buckingham Palace this month. A very proud moment for them, their family and The New Sixth.
We’ve over 20 students taking Gold D of E this year and look forward to celebrating their successes in due course.
Miss L Butler
Director of Sixth Form
Last week’s Progression Week was a great success with an imaginative variety of events and activities to prepare students for their next steps. There were speakers from InvestIN, Pathways CTM, UWE and Professional Apprenticeships talking about future opportunities, careers, personal statements, cooking on a budget, well-being student finance as well as sessions with tutors to log in to UCAS and Unifrog to name just a few!
Thanks to everyone who supported the event – staff, students and guests including:
- Wize Up (Managing your finances)
- School Nurses (Staying Safe)
- James Shone (Inspirational speaker)
- InvestIN (Ambition and Action)
- Professional Apprenticeships (Apprenticeships)
- WON Group (UCAS and Personal Statements)
- Bath University Lecturers and Ambassadors (Resilience and time management)
- Miss Auburn (Cooking on a Budget)
- Mrs Parker (Pathways CTM)
- Palate and Pasture (Ice creams)
- Mr Robinson (Meditation)
- Mrs Bowden Mrs Powell and Mrs Nokes (Art and Craft)
- Miss McCarthy (Dance)
- Mr Ackland (Sports)
- Bath Football Club (Football for Fun)
- Active Trowbridge (Inflatables)
- Mr Burn (Computer Puzzles)
Last Friday, Year 13 started study leave with a great celebratory breakfast party and an opportunity to say thank you and to wish everyone the best of luck in their exams. There was such a lot of laughter from the student video’s and talks from the Head Boy Marcus M and Head Girl Abi E, and plenty of tears from Tutors and students alike. It’s an emotional time but a positive one too with new adventures ahead. Everyone has so much talent and generous personalities, they will all go far.
Thank you to Abi H in Y13 for her amazing creation of a specially commissioned celebratory cake. The result was breath-taking and tasted even better than it looked! The proceed from Abi’s bakes are being used to support her mission trip this summer and to hone her skills before embarking on a patisserie and baking course next year. If you would like to commission a celebration cake to be made by Abi, please get in touch with Mrs Nokes (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will pass on your enquiry. We cannot recommend her more highly!
A reminder to all our leavers that staff are always here to help and support so do get in touch if you need anything.
Miss L Butler
Director of Sixth Form
This week’s assembly theme is ‘World Down Syndrome Day’.
Thank you to everyone who came along to our first PTFA meeting of the year! It was lovely to see so many new faces as well as those who have given their support to the PTFA in the past. More
On Tuesday of this week, we were delighted to host a day of the CAFOD Young Leaders’ Course which a group of our sixth formers take part in. Students from St Peter’s, Gloucester, St Augustine’s in Trowbridge and St Brendan’s joined us in being led by CAFOD and Dave Wheat focusing heavily on the actions young people can take for environmentalism. CAFOD have recently launched a new campaign called ‘Our common Home’ which challenges our young people to become zero heroes, and seize the momentum that is around at present to challenge our leaders and become less of a polluting nation.
Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.
– Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 13
Led by the fantastic paring of Sarah Burrows from CAFOD and our Diocesan Youth Co-ordinator, Dave Wheat, we explored the ways in which we can push our MPs into acting on climate change. Later on in the day, Kezia, who is currently taking part in the CAFOD ‘Step into the Gap’ programme, spoke to students about her experiences of fundraising, campaigning, working in a retreat centre and recently going out to the West Bank to meet CAFOD partners and learn about the work they undertake.
Since Wednesday, our group of leaders have been inspired to take on the mantle in school and push for changes in the way we recycle and look after our own school environment. I look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour. We hope the other sixth form students and staff enjoyed visiting The Well and come back again next year!
Mr M Robinson
This week’s assembly theme is ‘Role Models’.
Towards the end of last term, Year 13 Biologists attended a DNA workshop at We the Curious Museum in Bristol. We sampled our own DNA from cheek cells to explain why some of us could taste a bitter compound known as PTC. Spinning our samples in a centrifuge, we separated the cells to obtain our DNA which we then amplified using the polymerase chain reaction – 35 billion copies each were produced! At each stage we learnt how to use micropipettes to transfer very very small quantities—down to 1/5 of the size of a raindrop!! The workshop was fascinating and we were able to apply what we’ve learnt this year.
Thanks to Mrs. Baker for organising the trip. And a shout-out to Mike from We the Curious!!
A quick reminder that the next PTFA meeting will be held this evening, Tuesday 23 April, at 6pm in the Bond Pavilion at St Gregory’s. We look forward to seeing you there. More