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Media Studies

Model Music Video

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The deadline for A level Media Studies and A level Film Studies coursework is approaching. As students are putting the final touches to their submissions, it’s an opportunity to view some of the outstanding work produced by this years creatives.

First up is Maisie Tongeman’s re-working of “1 Night” by Mura Masa & Charli XCX. The video stars a retro shop manikin bought off eBay, shot in a local hotel room and the newly developed Humber Street area. Excellent art direction, skillful editing and quality cinematography – it’s a great piece of work. Well done Maisie!

The full video is available to view on the College’s YouTube site alongside other student production. https://youtu.be/enTmAjogfFI

Chemistry Hull University

Chemistry Visit University Lab

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In preparation for their A level examination, a group of 60 second year Chemistry students visited the Chemistry Department at Hull University.

Besides viewing demonstrations on a mass spectrometer and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, the students also got supported time in a laboratory to conduct experiments. In small groups they were challenged to assemble apparatus to dehydrate a sample of 2-methylcyclohexanol.

The understanding of this process will help refine the students organic practical skills, an aspect of Chemistry A level Paper 3. It was also an opportunity to explore the fantastic facilities at our local university.

Many of the students are looking to progress onto a science based degree and this experience enhanced their understanding of undergraduate study.

https://www.flickr.com/…/72157667935585348/with/41537457981/

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.

Washington DC

Wyke Make Washington Great Again

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From watching the speeding Trump motorcade to cheering on the Washington Wizards, the annual Wyke trip to DC was certainly action packed.

For six days a group of twenty two students with an interest in politics and history toured the US capital taking in all the key monuments, museums and heritage sites. After the 23 hour journey, day one was dedicated to travel.

Day two took in Union Station as the starting point to pick up the “Washington DC Big Bus Tour”. This hop-on, hop-off service allowed the students to see the majestic monuments to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln. The day finished at the Capital One Area to watch the Washington Wizards take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA league. After over 22 thousand steps it was time to head back to the hotel.

Day two started with a tour of the Capitol Building with an opportunity to witness the Senate and House of Representatives in action. From there the group went to Arlington Cemetery, the burial ground of the Kennedys and the site of the Unknown Soldier. The day concluded with a fun visit to Madame Tussauds and a night tour bus to see the spectacular cityscape illuminated.

Thursday was museum day. Starting off at the National Archive, students saw the closely guarded Declaration of Independence and a special exhibition on the Vietnam War. In the afternoon students elected to visit the National Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of the American Indian and the Holocaust Museum. At the end of the day the group came together for a meal back at the hotel.

The final day divided into a visit to the White House, followed by a frantic shopping spree at the Pentagon City Mall. Wow, what a trip. To see what happened, visit the Wyke Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/44105515@N05/albums/72157692859194381

Here’s to next year!

James Goodchild

Culmination of Five Years of Research

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A level History teacher James Goodchild is celebrating the publishing of his latest book. “A Most Enigmatic War” recounts the history of scientific intelligence during the Second World War. The text focuses on the memories of R. V. Jones, a pioneer in the development of scientific intelligence in the conflict against the Axis powers.

The research builds on the work James carried out when he was studying for his PhD in Modern History at the University of Exeter. James began teaching A level History at Wyke in 2015 with the course becoming one of the fastest growing subjects at Wyke with over 250 level three students.

When reflecting on his achievement James said, “It is great to finally have this extensive research published, and I would be delighted if in anyway it could inspire Wyke College students to undertake high quality research at University after their A-Levels.

No doubt the students I teach find it amusing when I get so excited about the history of science, technology and intelligence, especially when it relates to warfare (as it does so often with Y2 History), but equally I appreciate the impressions of fascination that are generated in the classroom when I discuss these issues in lessons. I would be happy to offer any advice on the University path from A-Level to doctorate to any student at Wyke, from any subject – please come and find me!”

Reviews from the wider public have encouraged James to begin writing a follow-up book that examines the emergence of scientific and technological intelligence in the First World War.

“A Most Enigmatic War” is published by Helion & Company Limited and is widely available from high street and online book retailers.

Oxbridge Applications

Record Number of Oxbridge Offers

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Wyke Sixth Form College is celebrating a record number of students receiving Oxbridge offers for September 2018.

This year, eleven students have received offers, with two students offered a place onto a course with just 35 places available nationally.

Assistant Principal and Coordinator of the Flyers Programme Jamie Davies said, “we are thrilled that a record number of students have received Oxbridge offers for September 2018. I would like to pass on my congratulations to all of the students and it is a testament to their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work. They have all taken extra enrichment activities, completed Extended Project Qualifications and participated in workshops and interview preparation events supported by staff at Wyke along with the University of Oxford, the University of Hull and industry professionals from the local area to support their applications.”

Bolder’s Back

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Chris Bolder, Sport teacher and manager of Wyke’s First Football Team, has today been confirmed as North Ferriby United’s manager.

The club’s Twitter account proudly announced that “Chris Bolder is back!” and the former professional midfielder has a clear aim at he takes control of the team at the foot of the National League North.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to work at this level. My immediate goal is stay up and we can’t think about anything else. Long term, it’s about development of players and a club for the local area”, Chris commented on Twitter.

Chris will combine this new role with his teaching on the College’s highly successful BTEC Sports programme and coaching the College first team alongside Nick Barmby. His experience of club management will naturally feed into his teaching and give students a greater understanding of the sports industry and the vocational significance of their learning.

Congratulations Chris.

Oxbridge Applications

Oxbridge Applicants Double

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This year thirty six students from the College’s Flyers programme have applied for a place at Oxbridge, double the once record number of eighteen achieved in 2015.

To help with this challenging process Wyke organised a mock Oxbridge interview evening last week, kindly hosted by the University of Hull. The event centred round a carousel of three sessions; a subject specific interview, a “Thinking Skills” interview and an interview workshop.

Assistant Principal Jamie Davies, coordinator of the Wyke Flyers programme at the College said, “The rationale for the evening was to let students experience an academic panel asking questions about their reasons for applying to Oxbridge. The sessions were designed to allow students the opportunity to verbalise their thought processes, subject knowledge and develop their thinking skills.”

Further information about the Wyke Flyers programme is available at the College in Action day on Friday 17th November and at our next Information Morning on Saturday 2nd December.

College in Action

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Our second College in Action Day of the year will be taking place on Friday 8th December, 10.00am.

This event is open to parents of prospective students of the College who are welcome to visit the campus, meet the senior team and gain an insight into a working day at Wyke.

The day begins at 10am prompt with a welcome from our College Principal Jay Trivedy. Following this, parents will be guided around the campus to see our fantastic facilities and hard working students.

To confirm your place or if you require anymore information about the event, please contact Annabel Robinson, Marketing Officer, by email annabel.robinson@wyke.ac.uk or telephone 01482 346347

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Star Physics Students

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Course News, Mathematics, News, Physics

Wyke A-level Physics have recently completed ground-breaking research into the evolution of the solar system. During the summer, Eloise Buxton (former Driffield student) and Eve Ferry-Bolder (former Newland School for Girls student) conducted their research during a STEM event at the Milne Centre in the Astrophysics Department of the University of Hull.

Eve and Eloise were given a large dataset from several cosmological simulations of spiral galaxies. Eve was asked to characterise the relationship between the ages of stars and their kinematics. Eloise was asked to analyse the distribution of elemental abundance ratios (C/O and Mg/Si) which control the mineralogy of rocky planets.

Physics teacher Stuart Lyon commented, “In nature there is a loose correlation for stars near the Sun, in which old stars have higher velocity dispersion than younger ones. Something causes kinematic heating, whether it is bombardment of the disk by satellite galaxies or gravitational shocks due to spiral arms and giant molecular clouds continuously heating the disk.”

Eve was commended for showing how simulations compare with stars in nature. Eloise found that for the elemental nucleosynthesis models used in the simulations, she found rocky planets to be rich in olivine and metallic iron, with minimal pyroxene – often called ’silicon-rich Earths’ rather than truly Earth-like.

The students’ research was published and showcased during the awards ceremony at the University of Hull in September, to celebrate the CREST research event. Besides being an excellent addition to their CVs, Eve’s work received an iPad is recognition for her outstanding research.