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Transformers: The Last Knight

King of the Screen

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If you’ve recently streamed the latest Transformers movie you may have spotted a former Wyke student in the cast.

Liam Garrigan plays the role of the legendary King Arthur in a scene narrated by Anthony Hopkins in the latest instalment of the global sci-fi franchise “Transformers: The Last Knight”. After studying A level Theatre Studies, History and English Literature at Wyke, Liam attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Soon after graduating from drama school Liam became a household name, playing the role of Nic Yorke in the BBC TV drama Holtby City. Since then he has appeared in a number of film, television and theatre productions in both the UK and USA.

In between his busy schedule, Liam finds the time to return to Wyke to offer advance to our current performing arts students. Drama teacher Andy Feetom says that having regular input from working actors is invaluable. “Alongside Liam, we have also had talks from other successful former Wyke students, such as Rob Aramayo (Harley and the Davidsons, Game of Thrones) and Marc Pickering (Sleep Hollow, Boardwalk Empire). The students really appreciate the opportunity to question former students who had been there and done it.”

At present, the Drama department are in the early stages of this year’s cross-college production, “P T Barnum, the Greatest Showman”. For further information on the college’s outstanding drama and performing arts provision, visit Wyke at our up-coming open events.

National Poetry Day

Poetry Celebration

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Students at Wyke will be celebrating National Poetry Day on the 4th October by hosting their own poetry reading in the Oak theatre.

Jenny West, Head of A level English Language and Literature, wants to extend the invitation to the whole Wyke community. “Anyone is welcome to come along and read their own poem, or a poem they love, or simply to listen and enjoy.  It’s free to attend.  The point is just to enjoy poetry!”

Jenny has also organised a poetry competition to coincide with National Poetry Day. It is open to all Wyke students and the brief is very open as the only restriction is length. The poems can be in any form but no longer than 45 lines. For added interest and independence, Jenny has invited Hull’s premier rap artist Chiedu Oraka to judge the entries.

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, the mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The celebration day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and of course Wyke Sixth Form College.

The Wyke Poetry competition deadline is 3rd October at 4.00pm. All entries should be emailed to jenny.west@wyke.ac.uk

BSF

British Science Festival

By | Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, College Trips, Community, Course News, News, On Campus, Physics | No Comments

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.

Drawing Time

“Drawing Time” – from Darfur to Hull

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Wyke student Ethar Dirar and her family are celebrating the success of their art exhibition “Drawing Time” which was held at the WISE Building to coincide with the city’s Freedom Festival.  Last year, Ethar successfully completed a Foundation year at Wyke and has now progressed onto A Level Chemistry, Biology and Fine Art.

The exhibition tells the story of the Dirar family’s journey from war to peace. From Darfur in Western Sudan, to Libya, four years in a refugee camp in Egypt, and finally to resettlement in Hull. The family will recount their journey through their artwork and words, drawn and painted onto a reconstructed refugee tent as an installation.

In 2015 Ethar and her family, were given the chance to resettle in Hull through the UK government’s UN gateway resettlement programme. The family had fled from war-torn Darfur to safety, across borders in the back of trucks, in cars and on boats. During their flight, the family of six spent four years living in a tent in the Salloum Refugee Camp in Egypt.

To help cope with the cramp living conditions of the tent, Ethar’s mother organised art workshops and drawing competitions. She acquired basic materials, pens and crayons, from the aid agencies at the camp. Soon the walls of their tent became their visual gallery of coping with their situation and a life in limbo. The tent walls became the backdrop for their storyboard of memories, thoughts, hopes and dreams.

“Drawing Time” at the WISE Building, next to the Wilberforce Museum in the Hull old town, runs until September 9th. Admission is free.

Paul Britton

Wyke Welcomes Paul Britton

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After yet another year of exceptional success, Wyke welcomes Paul Britton as the College’s new Principal. Paul replaces Jay Trivedy, who after guiding the College through a period of growth and academic achievement, retired from Wyke this August.

Paul was previously Vice-Principal at Nelson and Colne College in Lancashire, responsible for their outstanding advanced curriculum. As an Oxbridge graduate, Paul is passionate about education and the pathways it can open.

“I am extremely excited to be relocating to Yorkshire to help lead Wyke Sixth Form College to continue to offer exceptional sixth form education for the young people of Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

The College already offers a true ‘sixth form’ experience with high quality specialist teaching, a university style campus and a culture that fosters independence and encourages students to be themselves, which we will endeavour to continue with going forward. This is highly successful at supporting students to great destinations with very high numbers progressing to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities, including an unprecedented 8 students securing their Oxbridge offer this year.

I hope to help even more students make exceptional progress while studying at Wyke Sixth Form College, along with developing the wider personal qualities that ensures they truly stand out. Jay and the team have done a fantastic job; our next target will be to confirm our place as the highest performing provider of sixth form education in the country. I very much look forward to meeting you all in the autumn.”

GMB Thanks

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A level results day 2018 at Wyke was a national event. From 6.00am ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” broadcast live from the college campus as students nervously opened their results. In appreciation of the all the students and the their supporting family and friends, Wyke have received thanks from the GMB production team.

“Hello to all the students and staff at Wyke College, Hull.

I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who bravely opened their results this morning live on Good Morning Britain.

It was a pleasure to work with you all, and this morning’s coverage has already been shared online by some of the national papers.

I’m sure that everyone who read their results aloud on our programme will go on to do the most amazing things and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

On behalf of everyone at Good Morning Britain – Thank you again, and best of luck!”

Joe Patrick
Researcher | Good Morning Britain

If you missed the broadcast, here’s the YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAFDEprU2jg

 

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.

 

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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.

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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