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November 2016

contemporary dance performed at the competition

One competition, four trophies

By | Awards, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts, Sport

Wyke would like to congratulate the 15 students who, as part of the Dance troupe, competed in their first Dance competition representing the College and won four trophies.

The troupe performed 3 dances at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall in the styles of contemporary, commercial and lyrical. Following some tough competition, the students won the best small group dance trophy and 2nd overall from their lyrical routine in their age category. For their Contemporary performance, the students once again wowed the judges and were awarded the highest mark and 1st place overall in their age category.

Following their success at the competition, Head of A Level Dance Toni Daddy said: “Both Hannah and I are extremely proud of the girls and are excited to take the routines to the semi-finals in January. To be the only 6th Form College competing against proper dance schools, and to win, is an outstanding achievement, but was thoroughly deserved after their hard work and dedication to training over the last month.”

In January, the troupe will be performing at the ‘That’s Showbiz’ semi-finals at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in front of 3000 spectators. The College would like to wish them every success in the next round.

students performing Julius Caesar

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend me your Ears

By | Drama & Theatre, English, News, Performing Arts

On 22nd November, 15 Wyke Sixth Form College students took to the stage at the Grimsby Auditorium to perform William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The SSF is one of the UK’s largest youth drama festivals, with over 1100 schools and colleges participating in 2016.

The aim of the festival is to encourage young people from primary school to college age to actively experience and appreciate the work of Shakespeare through the performance of his work. The SSF offer 21 shortened versions of plays for students to choose from and provide support through workshops for both students and staff.

Former Kelvin Hall School student Elsie Loades spoke about why Wyke chose to perform Julius Caesar: “We decided that with the current political climate that the issues addressed in the play mirrored what we are witnessing now. We have had such an amazing day, all of the hard work we have done leading up to the performance has really paid off. I would recommend performing in the SSF to anyone who loves Shakespeare, even if they haven’t performed on stage before.”

Following the performance, teacher of English Literature Catherine Baker said: “Throughout the day, the students were a true credit to the College, their performance was fantastic and I’m really proud of them all.”

“Just-Being-Char”

By | Course News, English, Media, News, Physchology

Media Studies student Charlotte Daly received the star treatment for her work on her lifestyle blog site. Charlotte, a former South Hunsley student, is a massive fan of the ITV soap opera “Emmerdale”, a programme she regularly writes about on her website.

Earlier in the year Charlotte was invited by Yorkshire Television to a private viewing at The Emmerdale Studio Experience, an event exclusive to bloggers from Yorkshire. Charlotte said, “It was an interesting insight into the way television is made, and a brilliant opportunity to meet up with other bloggers from across the region. I got to visit the sets as well as gaining an insight to the production and post-production process.”

Charlotte is currently in her first year at Wyke studying A level Media Studies along English Language & Literature, Psychology and BTEC Creative Digital Media.

To follow Charlotte’s blog visit  http://justbeingchar.blogspot.co.uk

Emily Orchestrates Musical Opportunity

By | Course News, Music, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to Emily Hanover who, for the second consecutive year, has successfully gained a place in the National Youth Orchestra as a cellist.

The National Youth Orchestra is made up of talented musicians from all over the UK aged 13 to 18. Students who wish to join the NYO need to have the skills to pass a Grade 8 musical examination with distinction and complete an audition. Once part of the NYO, students complete three residencies and perform the pieces they have learnt together on tour. As well as performing, the National Youth Orchestra members work to give young people more opportunities to be involved with classical music and classical music performance.

The former Beverley High School student said that she was inspired to take up the cello at primary school: “when I was 8 years old, my primary school introduced music teachers who would come into school to teach violin or cello. I decided to learn the cello and I’ve played ever since.”

When asked if Wyke will help her develop her skills as a musician, Emily said: “Definitely! In comparison to other Colleges and Sixth Form providers the College has a big Music department and there are a lot of extremely talented people. I have already learnt a lot from other musicians who give you support which makes a really nice community within the Music Department.”

See Emily perform the “First Movement of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto” (unaccompanied) on our YouTube channel.

Visit the College in Action!

By | Community, News, On Campus

Friday November 25th is a date for your diary if you would like to visit Wyke to see the college in action.

Parents of prospective students are welcome to visit the college campus. The day begins at 10.00am prompt with an address from the College Principal in the Oak theatre. To confirm your place please email Annabel Robinson, Marketing Officer, at annabel.robinson@wyke.ac.uk After this introduction small groups of visitors will be guided round the College to gain an insight into a working day at Wyke.

This is a new concept in open events to allow parents who can’t attend our traditional open evening an opportunity to visit the College. Experiencing the Wyke atmosphere and seeing learning in action is also a benefit of the day.

If you need any further information please contact Annabel Robinson, Marketing Officer, by email annabel.robinson@wyke.ac.uk

A Golden Year

By | Awards, News, On Campus

The inaugural year of the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in Wyke Sixth Form College was a busy one. Jay Trivedy and Sarah Thackray travelled to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, at which the college was presented with a plaque identifying Wyke as a Duke of Edinburgh DLC holder, entitled to deliver all Duke of Edinburgh programmes to young people. Whilst at Buckingham Palace, Sarah and Jay met the famous Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft MBE, who also has a close association with gold, having won them in the wheelchair 100, 400 and 800 metres at the 2016 Rio Games, inspiring many young people to take up sport.

In 2015-16 , the first fourteen Gold students trained for their practice expedition and started the other 4 sections of the gold award – skills, physical, volunteering and residential. They completed three practice walks in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors honing their skills. Also, two students took part in the thirty mile Spurn to Wyke walk to raise funds for equipment. All fourteen students practised their cooking skills when they used camping stoves for the first time, learnt map reading skills , first aid, hygiene skills, undertook emergency scenario training and learnt how to plan a nutritional menu (which they then promptly ignored when shopping for ingredients).

In July, these students completed their practice expedition in the Lake District. They endured gale force winds, three days of rain and some leaking kit to successfully complete their practice walk. The students might not quite have recognised the natural beauty of the Lakes during the trip due to the unfortunate three days of rain that they endured, but they began to work as a team. They tolerated each other; then made friendships. They learned how to endure the hardships of rain, cold and poor cooking. They survived – and now they are thriving because the group has returned to their second year. Learning from the ardours and trials of the practice expedition, they are already planning hard and making amendments for their assessed qualifying expedition in July 2017.

And the new? Well, the Duke of Edinburgh team this year is now three members strong, with David Pickering and Andy Dunne talking on leadership roles. The team has been vigorously recruiting students into the Gold award since Wyke Start in June, and currently has 32 participants signed up for the first year of the award, a large increase on 2015-16.

This year the teams mission is to continue to promote the award to students, parents and volunteers alike. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is much more than the expedition. Our students are actively involved in volunteering activities. Some are helping in charities; some are volunteering in cat shelters, some are developing new skills such as learning to drive or aiming to attain grade eight in Ballet. Some have returned to learning a musical instrument. They are promoting their physical well-being by being actively involved in a variety of sports; one is coaching a team of young children to play football. Those young children are learning. Our student is learning too.

In truth, those students who are taking part in Wyke’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award have all encompassed the true spirit of the scheme. Wyke Sixth Form College should be proud of these students and their achievements.

They are the pioneers of this new course. Long may their legacy continue!