Wyke Sixth Form College’s Men’s Football Team have won another accolade, being crowned ‘Sports Team of the Year’ at the Hull Daily Mail Sporting Champions Awards. The men’s football team fought off stiff competition from two other fantastic teams in the region who have also had amazing success this past year. Staff and ex-students from Wyke’s National Championship winning football team attended the event at the KC Stadium, where they collected their award amongst the nights other sporting heroes.
It’s been an incredibility busy summer for Georgia McGrath. Not only did Georgia collect fantastic A level results (A* English Literature & Language, A* Drama & Theatre Studies, A Law), she also received a £300 prize for winning the Ron Worsdall Young Person’s Award 2017 from the Hull Paragon Rotary Club for her outstanding ability, achievement and aspirations in the Arts.
Georgia, who’s ambition is to work in the media industry, said, “I was thrilled when I found out that I was the winner as this meant I could put the money towards new equipment and editing software which I use to produce my own shorts and small adverts.”
“Initially I was set on going to university to study English and Drama and I knew that I would enjoy this. However, I’ve since made the decision to take a gap year after speaking with the executive producer at the BBC who recommended gaining as much experience in the industry as possible.”
As a result, over the last few months Georgia has spent time doing work experience with local theatre companies and major public broadcasters. She also had the privilege of working within the production teams on various UK films. She was recently cast as the female lead in the TV pilot ‘Misunderstood’ and will begin filming for this in Newcastle in October.
Georgia concluded that “Winning the Rotary Club Funding has opened many doors which enable me to unleash my creativity and passion for the arts, whilst creating content on poignant societal issues in order to educate and challenge perceptions amongst all generations. And so, it is a real honour to be the winner of this award.”
This half-term a small group of Wyke students and staff will take a leap of faith from 15,000 feet. On Monday, seven students and two members of staff are taking part in a tandem skydiving session organised at Hibaldstow airfield.
Tandem parachuting allows newcomers to experience the thrill of freefall skydiving without any extensive training and is our most popular UK skydiving course.
After a short tandem briefing, the students and staff will jump harnessed to the front of a fully qualified parachuting instructor from 15,000 feet. From this height, they will enjoy one whole adrenaline-fuelled minute of freefall reaching terminal velocity at 120mph.
Organiser and Head of Maths at Wyke, Sally White said, “It’s the ultimate form of stress relief from all the pressures of exams. I took part in my first skydive last year and realised that this should have been an experience I did when I was young”.
This unusual activity is an added dimension to the already diverse range of enrichment offered at Wyke. To find out more about this and our range of overseas visits, new students should attend the enrichment evening being held during this year’s Wyke Start induction event.
Wyke Sixth Form College have made history by becoming National U19’s champions. The men’s football team travelled down with staff and coaches the night before the 11am early kick off on Thursday 4th May to prepare for what may well be, the biggest game of their footballing careers. Staff and students then followed suit with a very early start on Thursday morning to ensure they didn’t miss a second of the eagerly awaited cup final at the Bescot stadium in Walsall.
Wyke got off to a fantastic start scoring early in the first half with a goal from Chris Causier and an epic scorpion kick clearance off the goal line from Connor Boyd, and were leading into half time. The first forty-five minutes were certainly a battle of wits with two players clashing heads and having to be bandaged up before returning to the field.
Wyke came out for the second half all guns blazing and after a direct cross finding the head of Sam Robinson, Wyke scored their second goal of the game. South Devon were not down and out yet though as they were awarded a penalty and with their England capped striker stepping up to take it, hopes of making a late comeback were looking strong. However, Wyke sealed their fate by being awarded a penalty themselves in the eighty seventh minute after Tom Bolton was brought down in the penalty box. Chris Causier bravely stepped up and scored his second goal of the game and Wyke won the match convincingly 3-1.
As the final whistle was blown, everyone who had made the journey from Hull erupted into rapturous cheers and Wyke were crowned U19 Men’s National Champions.
Coach Nick Barmby was delighted by his team’s success; “It was a brilliant game, my boys thoroughly deserved the win and what an unbelievable achievement for them; the best college team in the country.”
“Credit needs to be given to not only the boys who played today but for everyone at Wyke Sixth Form College. They allowed the boys to travel down the night before on the Hull City bus, stay over and really prepare for the game ahead, giving a real professional feel to the whole event and the lads repaid this by doing the business today and returning victorious.”
Nick explained what wining means to everyone; “not just for the college, but for the whole area to win a National Cup at U19 level and to be the best men’s college team in the country is just amazing. It is a massive statement and great for the college to be able to make and shows the high standard of football that has and is being played at college level. South Devon had a couple of England school boy’s playing, so for us to beat them shows the level and strength of our team and I am so proud of them.”
Michal Pujdak who also coaches the team along with Nick added that; “we are all over the moon for the boys, they have been magnificent for the past two years and we are all immensely proud of them and their achievement and hope to continue this legacy going forward.”
Exhausted yet ecstatic still, everyone began the journey home ready to continue the celebrations and place that cup, pride of place at Wyke Sixth Form College.
The Art & Design department are celebrating after collecting a number of awards from a local photography competition. UNTITLED is open to all regional sixth formers and organised by the BA (Hons) Photography programme at Hull School of Art and Design.
This year eleven of the twenty-four shortlisted pieces were submitted by Wyke students. The theme is open, hence the name UNTITLED, and yesterday Wyke students won the “People’s Choice Award”, collecting an overall third prize from across all categories.
“The competition is a great opportunity for us to discover what’s happening in local schools and colleges. It also raises awareness of the exciting opportunities that come with studying photography with us at degree level”, enthuses Mark Terry, Course Leader in BA Photography at HSAD.
Award winning Wyke student, Lydia Shearsmith, submitted an inspiring image of a Hull street scene taken down The Land of Green Ginger, near Whitefriargate (the image at the top of this post).
“The photograph tells a story. The two relaxed characters in the foreground are oblivious to the camera. But the younger couple are aware and cautious of the camera, and also of the two older figures.”
“It gives an indication as to how generations react to each other. It also gives an insight into society and how people act and react in their environments.”
Lydia’s hard work has already paid off, as she has been accepted onto a prestigious photography course at Falmouth University.
Paul Hughes, Head of Photography at Wyke College, encourages all of his pupils to enter the competition: “The UNTITLED exhibition is great for their confidence, as their work can be seen and recognised. I think it also raises awareness of creative study in Hull.”
“We have some really talented people in our city and exhibitions like these promote creative thinking.”
Wyke recommend that you visit the exhibition while you can, which can be found in The Brodrick Gallery at Hull School of Art and Design (Wilberforce Drive in Hull city centre). It runs until Friday 24 February.
Congratulations are once again in order to the College’s Dance Troupe who have reached the National Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ dance competition following their success at the semi-final stages at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Wyke were the only act from 20 participants from an educational establishment, with the other 19 competitors coming from professional dance schools.
The dancers ended the day winning 3 trophies, placing 2nd in the senior category for their classic piece, 3rd in the senior category for the contemporary piece and best concept for their contemporary piece which was performed to The Greatest by Sia.
Following the event, Head of Dance Toni Daddy said: “Myself and Hannah could not be more proud of the girls. To get through to the semi-finals was an outstanding achievement in itself, and we knew the competition would be extremely strong considering we are a Sixth Form College up against dance schools that train over 8 hours a week. But every single one of the 15 students that we took were phenomenal and upped their game on the stage.”
In March, the students will perform at the Liverpool Echo Arena to compete for a National Title. We wish them every success in the final stage of the competition.
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.
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!
The College would like to congratulate our students who participated in the 2016 British Biology Olympiad. Approximately 7,200 students from across the country entered the contest, with 22 of these entries coming from Wyke students.
The competition consisted of two examination papers taken in January which were designed to assess knowledge of Biology beyond A-Level.
The students that took part from the College placed highly in the challenging test and received commendations from the Olympiad association.
Zoe Booth, Jess Sharpe and Josh Leeman achieved Bronze awards, which placed them in the top 15.5% of competitors nationally. Tom McKenzie and Holly Smith achieved Silver awards, which placed them in the top 9.5%.
Each of the Bronze and Silver winners were invited to the Royal Institution in London for the official prize-giving ceremony which took place on Thursday.
Well done to all.
Congratulations to Will De Vries for receiving a ‘highly commended’ mark on his essay written for the Robert Walker Prize.
The Robert Walker Prize for essays in Law was launched in 2013 and is named after a retired Justice of the Supreme Court who studied Law at Trinity College, the University of Cambridge. The prize is open to Year 12 and 13 students and aims to encourage them to explore and produce an argument about a legal topic, encourage those interested in Law to pursue it at university and to recognise talented individuals from all backgrounds.
This year, the 2000 word essay asked students to discuss the issue of offensive remarks on social media. His work was marked within the top ten essays and received some fantastic comments from the judges: “[Will’s work] clearly addressed the question, brought a range of perspectives and substantiated its assertions.”
As a result of being placed in the top ten, Will has been invited to attend an event at Trinity College to visit the campus and the Law Fellows on the 29th June. Well done once again Will, we hope that you have a fantastic time.