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Students on a visit to Thailand

World Wide Wyke

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Alongside offering an excellent array of Level Three courses, our College offers a multitude of trip and enrichment opportunities to our students.

Only five weeks have passed in the new academic year and we have already confirmed that 29 different trips will be on offer to our students over the upcoming year.

From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to the Duke of Edinburgh expedition to Keswick, all of our visits add a richness and depth to learning a subject by actually giving our students the opportunity to visit the key locations they are studying.

Our visits also provide our students with once in a lifetime experiences, building memories that they will treasure long after leaving the College.

BSF

British Science Festival

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A large contingent of Applied Science students will be visiting the British Science Festival next week as this prestigious event comes to Hull for the first time.

The students will be attending two lectures held at the Hull University campus. “Space Medicine” looks how space exploration affects the health of astronauts. The second talk, “The Weight of Expectation”, explores the health debates surrounding the obesity crisis.

Both lectures are not only informative; they also directly link into the student’s assessment and qualification. One of the units on Applied Science, “How Scientists Communicate their Work”, is supported by the information available at the festival.

The British Science Festival is the longest-standing science Festival in the UK. Organised by the British Science Association, it grew out of the tradition of the annual meetings of the Association – first held in York in 1831, and annually at cities across the UK. The four-day event is one of Europe’s longest-established science festivals, which each year travels to a new part of the UK, bringing a vast array of events, performances and exhibitions with a scientific twist.

Working in partnership with the University of Hull and other organisations in the Humber region, the British Science Festival is a flagship event as part of Hull’s City of Culture legacy focusing on three key areas – energy and the environment; health and the medical sciences; and exploration, movement and discovery.

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.

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.

Battlefield Tour

History Prepare for Battle

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After last years successful visit to Belgium, the History department are organising another trip to the Flemish countryside to include next years first year students.
 
James Goodchild, Head of History at Wyke, is taking deposits of £75 from current students who want to be on the three day visit. The total cost is estimated to be £295.
 
The tour takes in some of the most famous sites from World War One, including Ypres and Vimy Ridge. The visit also extends to the Napoleonic Wars, visiting the Hougoumont farmhouse, a key location from the Battle of Waterloo.
 
Photographs from last years trip are currently on our Flickr site
 
Contact James Goodchild by email at james.goodchild@wyke.ac.uk for further information. There is also a pdf handout with details of the itinerary, travel and accommodation to download.
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.

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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!

Wyke Skydiving

Ultimate Exam Stress Relief

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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.

The Boulevard Fountain

Unravelling Hessle Road

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The academic status of the Wyke Geography department at the College has been underlined by the publication of a paper in a leading subject journal.

The research article, written by Wyke Geography teachers Kerry Spamer (Head of Subject) and Cyril Clark, discusses the focus for their A level Geography “Changing Places” unit.

Entitled “Unravelling the Palimpsest of Hessle Road”, the report looks at how an inner-city area with a proud history has developed over the last century. The work, published in the Geographical Associations quarterly magazine “Teaching Geography”, centres on students using their “geographical eyes” in their fieldwork to peel back the layers of the area surrounding Hessle Road in Hull.

This local fieldtrip is complemented by overseas visits to the likes of Iceland, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. Each year the department alternates the destination to allow a broad experience.

“Unravelling the Palimpsest of Hessle Road”, the full article is available to read on this downloadable pdf document.

A Place in our Nation’s Collective Memory

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Four A level History students, Courtney Brown, Benjamin Johns, Lauren Goodson and Tom Heath, have been selected to take part in the Holocaust Education Trust Lessons from Auschwitz project, representing the Yorkshire and Humber region.

The Trust says: ‘based on the premise that ‘hearing is not like seeing’, this four-part course explores the universal lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance for today. The project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust for young people and to clearly highlight what can happen if prejudice and racism become acceptable’.

The visits to the former Nazi concentration and death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau are preceded and followed by half-day seminars in order to ensure an exceptional educational experience’. By partnering with Wyke the aim is to ensure that the Holocaust has a permanent place in our nation’s collective memory.

Visit http://www.het.org.uk/lessons-from-auschwitz-programme for further information about the project.