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Victoria series 3

Back to the 1850s

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BTEC Creative Digital Media students will be stepping back over 150 years as they visit the set of an internationally acclaimed television period drama.

Over three days the cast and crew of Mammoth Screen have been shooting scenes for series 3 of “Victoria” on High Street in the Old Town of Hull. Against a backdrop on cobbled lanes and fine Victorian architecture, the High Street has been dressed to disguise any indication of modern life. Street lighting has been covered with stacks of wooden barrels, period posters have been placed over modern billboards and the yellow double lines have been painted over in a dull grey paint. These simple changes have made one of Hull’s most famous streets the ideal film set.

Rebecca Ives, Head of Media and Film at Wyke, is using the occasion to inform her students about the employment opportunities in the wider media industry. She said, “On Friday I will be talking two groups of BTEC Media students to observe the media industry in action. It’s great for students to experience the scale and professionalism of such a well-respected television drama. Not only will they see the use of camera, sound and lighting, they will also see the supporting assistant directors, the set dressers and continuity assistants.”

Mammoth Screen selected Hull over many other rival locations. The scenes shot on the High Street will form 15 minutes of action on screen when the new series is aired later this year.

Saul for Gold

Saul First for Gold

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Ten months after completing his A levels, former Wyke student Saul Phillipson collected his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from a special event held at Buckingham Palace. Saul, who achieved straight A grades in Geography, Maths and Further Maths, is the first Wyke student on the DofE enrichment to receive the organisations top award. “Pretty damn awesome” was the way Saul described the day and the whole DofE experience.

Wyke has been delivering the DofE since September 2015. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, the College hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Through the DofE, Wyke is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family.”

Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.

Visit www.DofE.org for more information about the DofE, and to find out how you can support the Charity in its Diamond Anniversary year, go to www.DofEDiamondChallenge.org.

 

mixer

City of Culture Legacy

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Wyke are celebrating the donation of professional sound equipment from local health and safety supplier Arco. The equipment was originally part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 Beats Bus project supported by Arco, a mobile community studio facility.

As Wyke offers a number of music, media and performance related courses, the donated equipment has been very well received. Teacher of Music, Ben Newton said “The generous donation of equipment from Arco is a great benefit to all students throughout the college and will open up additional performance and production possibilities.  It is gratefully received.”

The new equipment will help add to the production quality of Wyke student performances like the monthly “Wyke Sesh” and the cross-college theatre productions. There is also talk about facilitating a College radio station.

Last year staff and students from Wyke regularly worked on a number of City of Culture projects, including the “One Word” video that involved staff from Arco reflecting on their experience of 2017. The music department also composed a “Song for Hull”, a composition that involved early years children from across the city.

it-students

Stepping Stone to a Career in IT

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Jobs within the IT & Computing sector are highly paid and professionally rewarding. The BTEC IT & Computing courses at Wyke have an established track record in supporting students into their first job within the industry.

The list of blue-chip, national, local and international companies that now employ a former Wyke IT student is impressive.

From Microsoft to BAE Systems, from locally based firms such as Smith & Nephew to Sonoco-Trident, Wyke provides an ideal learning environment for students looking at a career in the technology sector.

Former Wyke IT & Computing students are now employed at: –
Advanced, APD Communications, Attest, BAE Systems, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, BemroseBooth Paragon, Blinkbox, Bluesmith Information Systems, Breaking Blue, Centroid, ClearSky Contractor Accounting, Cleethorpes Academy, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, ECM Systems, Harris Lacey & Swain, Hull Daily Mail, IT@Spectrum, KCOM, Lakeview Computers, Legend Club Management Systems, Legendary Entertainment, Local Transport Projects, Longhill Primary School, Microsoft, Mobius Media, Omega PLC, Polarisoft, Portakabin, rrader, Safelincs, Sainsbury’s, Select Group, SGS, SGSCO, Smailes Goldie, Smith & Nephew, Sonoco-Trident, Spencer Group, Strawberry, Talk-Talk, Tevalis, The One Point, Verve Personnel, Wren Kitchens, X-Lab.

Applications are still open for students looking at a September 2018 start. Visit our website for course details and to apply online. www.wyke.ac.uk

Atom Visit

Business Tour

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BTEC Business students teamed up with a highly successful local business to investigate the use of physical, technological and digital technologies.

The Atom Brewery, based at Malmo Food Innovation & Technology Park on Sutton Fields, was the revenue for Wyke students as they developed their coursework submission for Unit 2 “Business Resources”. The main activity involved a guided tour of the brewery conducted by co-founder Allan Rice. Aside from gaining an insight to the brewing process, the students were able to discuss the digital marketing strategy adopted by Atom.

Through the use of Twitter, the brewery has amassed nearly 6,000 followers that have help spread the brand across the globe. This combined with an interest in building a face to face relationship with their clients through public tours of their premises, plus a commitment to using the brewing process as a vehicle for education, have laid firm public relation foundations for the business.

Elizabeth Blakely, teacher of Business at Wyke, said, “The visit was a fantastic success. Atom were incredibly helpful, holding two tours to accommodate all of our students. Next year we hope to revisit with even more students.”

The links between Wyke and Atom go even further. Sarah Thackray, co-founder of Atom, also teaches Physics at the College. Next month the “Corn Exchange” in the city centre will open as Atom’s first bar. Besides offering their beers to a new audience, the company are also keen to use the pub as an educational revenue.

Library

Saturday Library Opening Times

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In preparation for exams, the College Library will be opening on the following Saturdays from 10am to 4pm as a quiet space for students to revise.

28th April
5th May
12th May
19th May
9th June
16th June

Students are welcome to use the facilities for the duration of the day or for a shorter period of time if preferred.

During the May Half Term, the library will not be open on a Saturday but will open on Tuesday 29th May, Wednesday 30th May and Thursday 31st May from 10am to 4pm.

Kofi Smiles

Kofi gets Social

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Kofi Smiles, the BBC “Face of 2017 Hull UK City of Culture” has contacted Wyke Media and Film department to discuss an exciting new online platform. ‘The Social’, a website for 18-35 year olds, is made up of content for them and produced by them.

Kofi has an interesting way of describing this new hybrid concept. “Think of it as if BBC Three and YouTube had a baby and then raise it in Hull and the East Riding.”

The project has already been successfully launched in Scotland with those contributing to the site using it as a gateway to producing work for BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and Netflix. To get a better understanding of the possibilities visit https://www.facebook.com/bbcthesocial

Kofi is now gathering together enthusiastic partners who would be interested in participating in this project, hence he contacted Wyke. “We are literally just getting started so right now we’re looking to see who’s out there, who’s creating, who’s interested in taking part, who’s got great ideas and who want to be part of this in the next few months.

This can be anyone, 18-35, film makers, music makers, script writers, comedians, videographers, bloggers, vloggers, gamers, sport enthusiasts, any individual who wants to do something or has something so say.”

The initiative is still in early stages of development and Wyke will be inviting Kofi to speak to students on campus in the coming months.

Cup Final

Wyke Crowned ‘Sports Team of the Year’

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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.

Wyke students with Xander Parish

Students Star with Royal Ballet

By | Community, Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to Daisy Betts, Keziah Dean, Isabelle Heath, Mia Stocks, Jade Thrustle, Eden Walker and Amelia Swift on their performance on the opening night of Hull New Theatre.

The dance they were selected to perform with Royal Ballet Principals was a contemporary ballet, called ‘Death of the Spoken Word’.

The concept behind the dance is that in today’s modern world of technology, people don’t speak to each other anymore. Everything is done by message, social media or emails. The dance explores the reality that without technology, people would speak face to face much more.

An excellent, modern day piece choreographed by the Head of Dance at Napa, Julie Lovewell, and Hannah Goodhall.

The group also performed outside during the day at Hull Trinity Square. There is a compilation of this public performance together with an extract from their dress rehearsal on the College YouTube channel https://youtu.be/IPFNmUp24yc

Promotional advert for the Kings of Hull

Wyke confirmed as Cultural Icon of Hull

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Wyke has been acknowledged as a cultural icon for Hull in the promotional material for Kings Of Hull, a comedy written and directed by John Godber.

According to the Hull 2017 website, “The Kings of Hull tells the remarkable story of the King family across three generations. From life on the docks, to Hull prison, a lottery win and success in the coal trade; this is a family whose sons and daughters are struggling to cope in a changing world. The Kings are a family bonded by love but divided by rugby, a river and sibling rivalry. Join us at their Golden Wedding, before the gloves come off; for a celebration of life in town, from the 1960s through to Brexit and beyond. Whether it’s love, hate, success or failure, the Kings always come out fighting.”

The play will be performed at the newly renovated Hull New Theatre from 27th September-7th October.