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Dancers at competition

The Incredibles

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts, Sport

On Saturday our national award winning dance team competed in the heat stages of the That’s Showbiz dance competition at Ellesmere Port and came home with an exceptional 9 trophies, with  4 routines successfully progressing into the semi final stages of the competition which will take place in Blackpool.

Heat 1 results:
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Anatomical Metranome’
Highest Mark in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
3rd place overall in Senior category for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘ The Incredibles’
4th place overall in Senior category for ‘The Incredibles’

Heat 2 results:
Highest Mark in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
1st place overall in Senior category for ‘Ghost Town’

Huge well done once again to all our dancers, bring on Blackpool! 👏

Our dance team will be performing all of these routines at our Christmas Showcase on 3rd December, see our event on our Facebook page for more details.

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Science Joins the Excellence Network

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

Head of Chemistry, Paul Yardley, and Head of Biology, Lee Baxter, have been invited to contribute to a teaching excellence working day this autumn.

Due to the outstanding exam performance in both subjects, Paul and Lee are going to spend the day discussing their teaching methods, spreading their good practice, with other teachers from across the UK.

Both A Level Biology and Chemistry recorded a significant positive value added grade, with students achieving at least half an A level grade higher than their predicted grade. The data is based upon the 2018 A Level results and the science department is looking forward to further involvement when their 2019 exam results are analysed.

The Education Training Foundation (EFT), the government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector, supports this network meeting. With over 20,000 members, it is the largest professional membership organisation for practitioners in the post-16 sector. The EFT remains the only body which confers Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills status and Advanced Teacher Status.

There will an opportunity to talk with the science teaching staff at our forthcoming open events, with dates from October to February. For further details of dates and timings please visit, https://wyke.ac.uk/events/category/open-events/

Andy Takes Silver

By | Awards, Course News, Physical Education, Sport

Congratulations to Andy Dunne, Sport & PE teacher at Wyke, on winning a BTEC Silver Teaching Award.

The judges recognised Andy for his clear passion for sport and a significant contribution to the life and study of others. They also acknowledged his “above and beyond” commitment and his involvement in extracurricular activity.

This year, Andy is helping with the Wyke Kilimanjaro expedition, accompanying students to Thailand and assisting student in achieving their DofE qulaification. All of this is alongside teaching a full timetable and coaching the college’s 5th football team.

Toni Knight, Head of Sport, PE & Dance siad, “Well done Andy, this award is well deserved. The students and staff all recognise the amount you contribute to college life. You certainly have taken your teaching and enrichment roles to another level – the students really appreciate all that you have done for them.”

Wyke Selected for T Levels

By | Awards, Community, Course News, News

Wyke Sixth Form College has been selected by the government to provide the new T Level qualification. The Education Secretary Damian Hinds has confirmed that new qualifications will become a reality from September 2020, as a second wave of further education providers, including Wyke, were announced to deliver courses from 2021.

The move signals a major step forward in Mr. Hinds’ 10-year ambition to overhaul technical education, and is further demonstration of the Government’s commitment to give more young people access to high-quality training opportunities so they can secure rewarding careers.

T Levels will be high-quality technical alternatives to A Levels, combining classroom theory, practical learning and an industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.

As the first T Level providers start gearing up to roll-out the courses from September 2020, the Government has also announced a further £3.75 million for 2019/20 to cover costs such as producing high-quality materials to help them recruit young people, and published the details of how the new courses will be funded.

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said:

“Everyone agrees that a radical shake-up of technical and vocational education in this country is long overdue. T Levels are our chance to do that – offering young people high-quality alternatives to our world-class A Levels from September 2020.

The second wave of post-16 providers we have announced today demonstrates our commitment to making this happen. They will play an important role in ensuring more young people across the country can access these courses and help develop the skilled workforce the country needs for the future.

I’m also pleased to confirm today the details of how we will fund providers to deliver T Levels, and that we are making an additional £3.75 million available to the first T Level providers to support them to develop and offer high-quality courses for every student from 2020.”

1942 Dance

Wyke Win National Dance Title

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

The Wyke College Dance Team are celebrating taking the “That’s Showbiz” dance competition by storm, winning four category awards and picking up the ultimate accolade of National Champions.

Our team of 22 dancers began their long journey to the finals back in 2018, competing in two regional qualifying rounds. Over 6000 dancers participated in this highly regarded competition, from over 200 dance schools and academies. Wyke were the only sixth form college to compete in the finals, held in the Liverpool Arena.

Whilst patiently waiting back stage, Toni Knight, Head of Dance at Wyke, nervously predicted that “this could our year”. The judge’s feedback from the qualifying rounds had been very positive and Wyke took to the stage as one of the favourites to take the national crown.

“Arachnophobia” and “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” won awards in their respected genres but it was the award of the National Champions trophy to Wyke Sixth Form College for “1942 The Land Girls Struggle” that really topped the day.

Deputy Principal Julie Peaks said, “I’m very proud of everyone involved and so happy to have been part of the day. Eden Walker and Daisy Betts have both done a fabulous job as Dance Captains.Thank you also to Toni Knight and Laura Bulless for making this happen. What a fab, nerve wracking and emotional day. Just fantastic!”

After collecting the £2500 prize money and National Trophy, student dancers Keziah Dean and Daisy Grannon were both overwhelmed. “We’re are all extremely proud of everyone involved, we’ve all worked really hard”, commented Daisy. Keziah added, “We must be favourites to win the Wyke College Team of the Year at Wyke Sports Presentation, bring it on!”.

Wyke Dance team

Wyke Dance Away with the Trophies at National Competition

By | Awards, Dance, Performing Arts, Sport

Congratulations to our Dance troupe who won 9 trophies in the heat stages of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition at Ellesmere Port on Saturday.

Competing against professional dance schools, Wyke was the only sixth form college who entered the competition, with 28 dancers from the college performing four dances across two heats.

In heat one, the team came away with five trophies following their performances of Potawatomi, a large group commercial piece choreographed by David Danville and small group contemporary piece Arachnophobia.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • 1st in commercial genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Arachnophobia
  • 4th Overall for Potawatomi

Following a successful first heat, the team then proceeded to win a further four trophies with their performances of Gesticulation, a small group contemporary piece and 1942 The Land Girls Struggle, a large group contemporary choreographed by Julie Lovewell.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Gesticulation
  • 2nd Overall for 1942 The Land Girls Struggle

Following the competition, head of Dance Toni Knight said: “once again, we were the only sixth form college to enter this competition, competing against professional dance schools who train for many hours a week on their routines. Therefore, to get all 4 of our routines through to the semi-finals and take home 9 trophies, was just phenomenal! These are the best results we have ever gained in this round of the competition, therefore I am extremely excited for this squad moving forward. All 28 students involved were outstanding on the day, with this being for many the first competition they had ever been part of. The captains Eden Walker and Daisy Betts did an amazing job at leading this team to victory. Roll on the semi-finals at Blackpool Winter Gardens in January, where the girls will perform to around 3000 spectators.”

Saul for Gold

Saul First for Gold

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Geography, Mathematics, News

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.

 

Cup Final

Wyke Crowned ‘Sports Team of the Year’

By | Awards, Community, Course News, On Campus, Physical Education, Sport

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.

georgia-mcgrath

Summer of Success

By | Awards, English, Media, News, Performing Arts

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.”

Wyke Skydiving

Ultimate Exam Stress Relief

By | Awards, College Trips, News

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.