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No Smoking / No Vaping

By | Community, News for Parents, On Campus

Here’s a gentle reminder to our new and returning students that Wyke has a no-smoking and no-vaping policy. This year there is no designated smoking / vaping area on campus. The policy also extends to the Kelvin Hall driveway to Bricknell Avenue. When smoking or vaping off-site, please be respectful to our neighbours and local environment. Please don’t gather in large groups that blocks access and make sure that you dispose of any rubbish in the nearest bin. Thank you.

Cam Leighton

World Championship Success

By | Community, News, On Campus, Sport
Congratulations to Cam Leighton on his outstanding medal haul from the World Racketlon Championships.
 
Cam represented Team GB at the tournament held in Graz, Austria, winning a total of four medals. These were silver as captain of u18s GB team, silver in u18 mixed doubles, bronze in u18 junior doubles and bronze in adult GB4 team.
 
If you are not familiar with Rackelton, here is an outline of the competition format. Each player competes against an opponent at table tennis, badminton, squash and then tennis (in that order), with each sport played to 21 points: the player who scores the most points across all four sports wins the Racketlon match. Every point in every sport count towards the score, so there are a lot of tactics and mental pressure.
 
Over the last two years, Cam studied a very creative programme at Wyke which included A Levels in Fine Art, Photography and English Language. This year, Cam is progressing to the Wyke Art Foundation course to build an even stronger portfolio with an aim of gaining a place at a prestigious visual creative undergraduate programme.
 
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On the Waterline

By | Awards, Community, Course News, Geography, News, News for Parents, On Campus

Congratulations to Shelby Coulson and Declan Whittaker for making it to the final of the “Waterline Competition Challenge 2022”. As finalists, they were invited to pitch their idea at the University of Hull, to a panel of judges from local and regional industry.

The competition was open to individuals and teams from across the region and the brief invited entrants to create innovative solutions to environmental problems. Shelby’s and Declan’s project centred on an environmental app with a social media spin.

The app tracks and records an individual’s environmental credentials and translates this impact into tangible outcomes. The social aspect encourages the user to engage with tips and advice on how to improve their carbon footprint. Feedback from focus groups has enabled Shelby and Declan to refine their product, adding more articles and news stories.

Entries were judged by a panel of representatives from Humber-based businesses and organisations (SSE Thermal, Yorkshire Water, Ørsted, Associated British Ports, Willerby, KCOM and more!) with finalists announced ahead of this year’s Waterline Summit and an overall winner announced at the event.

Shelby and Declan, well done on your presentation and amazing app. You’re in with a great chance of winning.

Watch Shelby’s and Declan’s explain their app to the panel of judges on our YouTube channel https://youtu.be/mYfS9jcSg5I

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CSI:WYKE

By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, Criminology, News, On Campus

Interested in Forensic Science? It’s probably the most discussed profession at a Wyke applicant interview. Recently, our second year BTEC Applied Science Diploma students got an opportunity to experience the role of crime scene investigation at a mocked-up incident.

Wearing hazmat suits, latex gloves, visors and face-coverings, students spent the morning at the Atom pub in Beverley, collecting trace evidence and recording findings. This included samples of blood as well as gathering photographic and drawn evidence of footprints and fingerprint data. All their findings were then brought back to the College laboratories to analyse and identify the suspect.

“The sketches, photographs, evidence, and strategies done today will be included in the students written reports back at Wyke. They will also have to complete an analysis techniques report back at the College labs and review witness statements,” said Sophie Thompson, Head of Applied Science.

She added, “We decided to make this assignment an off-site visit so that students get a more realistic experience of working in the field”.

Find out more about our BTEC Applied Science courses at https://wyke.ac.uk/courses/applied-science/

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Preparing for the Gold

By | Awards, Community, News

After a week when the weather flicked between warm sunshine and cold snow, the Spring season began with twenty-four students walking a ten-mile, circular walk on the North York Moors in preparation for their summer expedition as part of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award. The weather was favourable as the Sun shone brilliantly and all but the last traces of this week’s snow hid in the shadowy corners of the landscape.  

The students practised their navigational skills and pitted their fitness against the hills and moors of the NYM National Park, beginning from an Ancient Scheduled monument – an earthwork not unlike an untidy ploughed field a couple of miles from the quaint village of Snainton – and affording magnificent views and instilling an appreciation of the landscape; one of the tenets of the Duke of Edinburgh philosophy.  

The students eager to re-connect with the countryside stomped their trusty boots up and down hills, navigated forests and conquered fatigue (at least until the welcome of a seat in the minibus!). They walked, made friends, and collectively discussed the location of their routes.  

Flagging spirits were lifted when lunchbreak was called in a grassy field where two groups met; an anticlockwise meeting a clockwise group. Laughter was heard as stories of their respective walks were shared.  

“Oh, so cute!” accompanied several other comments when the students came across a field scattered with ewes and their lambs; many were twins, some were triplets. A slight dip in the landscape hid from view the tiniest lamb until we were almost upon it. With startled bleating, it quickly rose to its feet and followed us for a few moments until its mother’s baa-ing coaxed it back.  

A former Wyke student, called Ben, completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award some six years ago (one from our first cohort) and enjoyed his experience so much that he has since progressed to become a DofE Assessor. Ben has returned from time to time to accompany our students on their walks and expeditions, offering advice and help; a legacy of the course at the college. 

The next practice walk is at the end of April when the students will practise and hone their skills further for their summer practice expedition. Their very own Gold edging nearer and nearer… 

Wyke Records

Label Launch

By | Community, Course News, Music, News, On Campus

Wyke has created its very own record label to provide aspiring musicians with a platform to get their music out to the masses.

The Music department has launched “Wyke Records” to give learners studying on its creative music courses the chance to release their own music to the public.

Students signed to the label will see their songs added to leading music streaming platforms, including Spotify, Amazon Music and Apple Music, thanks to licencing and distribution rights arranged by the College.

The record label is coordinated by Digital Music Production teacher, Steve Cutler, who wanted to give students the opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience and gain professional experience of writing, recording and releasing music.

Steve said, “The College are so excited to be launching our own label. Doing so will go a long way to giving the amazing talent we have here the platform to showcase their music and grow their audiences.”

“Run” by “End of the Line” (EOL) is the label’s first release. The band have been a regular at the College’s open music enrichment, “Wyke Sesh”, and have gained a strong following amongst the student community.

Further releases are plan for the summer term. Visit our social media for updates.

Jemma Purfield

Sporting Goal

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

Congratulations to former Wyke Sport student, Jemma Purfield, on her nomination for the Leicester City FC “March Goal of the Month” competition.

Jemma is an established professional in the topflight of the women’s game, playing her third season in the Women’s Super League. At the beginning of the season, Jemma signed for newly promoted Leicester City, having previous played for Liverpool and Bristol City.

Whilst at Wyke, Jemma played in the highly successful women’s team, won “Sports Personality of the Year” and gained a scholarship to USA to complete her sport education. Having adopted 23 as her squad number, Jemma is a recognised attacking full-back, specialising in free-kicks and corners.

During her signing press conference, Jemma highlighted the exciting progression made by Leicester as it transitioned into a full-time, professional outfit last summer, gaining promotion at the first attempt.

“I think it’s been brilliant,” she explained. “You know, Leicester’s team last year was talented, and they’ve got some great players and so I’m looking forward to playing with them.

“And I just think that the vision of the Club and where they’re pushing this team is in the right directions, so I’m excited to join that.

“I know a few of the girls, so there’s some familiar faces about and some that I’ve not played with before. I’m excited to link up with those I know and also excited to get to know the new girls as well”.

Host Family

Host Families required for Study Programme

By | Community, News, News for Parents, On Campus

For the last seven years, a select number of sixth form colleges across the country have been welcoming a small group of Swiss students on a one-year study programme. The programme has been heralded as a great success for the colleges involved as well as the local communities.

From this September, Wyke College is excited to start welcoming a small group of Swiss students as part of this programme. We believe the experience will be of real benefit our local students.

For the programme to be a success, caring host families in Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire with access to Wyke Sixth Form College are needed. Students will be carefully chosen for and matched with the host families involved, who will inevitably enjoy being part of a supportive community network. All of this is managed by Ric Carby of Barnes Host Families.

A Principal from one of the colleges involved said; “Our Swiss guests bring so many different experiences and views with them, which is quite eye-opening for our own students and very beneficial. I think that the Swiss students also gain a great deal from their time here experiencing the local culture. Getting involved in the Swiss programme has been one of our best ventures in recent years and I hope it continues for many years to come.”

Moreover, local families really enjoy the experience of hosting the students as well as benefitting from the extra income. “Luna has enriched our family life and is a pleasure to have around. She has become a true friend and we enjoy sharing activities through fresh eyes.” says host Susan Holloway.

If you have a spare room and are interested in hosting a Swiss student from September for an academic year, please contact Ric on 07748 113782 or email ric@host-families.co.uk

Information about Barnes Educational Services can be found on their website http://www.barnes-educational.co.uk/

John Godber

An Audience with John Godber

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

As a department, the Drama & Performing Arts team are always looking to make connections with local practitioners, to inspire our actors in training. This term, John Godber OBE, the third most performed playwright in the world, visited Wyke to hold an open floor discussion about his work with our second year A level Drama and Theatre students.

As part of the A level, students are studying, ‘Moby Dick’ by Nick Lane, and applying John Godber as their practitioner. John Godber initially developed ‘Moby Dick; as an indoor piece of theatre and during Covid reworked the production with his theatre company at the “Stage @ the Docks”, acknowledging Hull’s fishing docks and historic whaling industry.

John sent Wyke a free copy of Nick Lane’s script Moby Dick along with a recorded version of his production. John has been a massive advocate for aspiring actors and most recently has launched with his daughter, and Wyke alumni, Martha Godber, “The Godber Foundation”. The foundation supports actors in training with fees for auditions and portfolio building, whist also offering industry experience. Wyke have two Alumni currently with the foundation, Laura Banks (Bristol Old Vic) and Sophie Huckstep (UCLan), who will be returning to Wyke this term to workshop with our Performing Arts students.

During the conversation with John, he explained the importance of creating a ‘connection to your own world’. ‘Moby Dick’ is our second year A-level students final extract for their Component 3. The talk helped students identify what is at the heart of John Godber’s methodology, storytelling, physical theatre, fast and sharp dialogue, and emphasised the importance of imagination. Students are now going to, in John’s words, ‘invite the audience to be part of an active part of the play’!

 

Christmas Card

Christmas Spirit

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News for Parents, On Campus, Photography, Student Association

This year, Wyke doesn’t have one official Christmas card, it has five!

Each year, students are invited to submit their designs for the College’s Christmas card. As the response from the students was fantastic, and the quality high, it was impossible to select just one. From Banksy inspired traditional designs with a post-modern twist, to beautifully illustrated penguins performing amazing feats, everyone has their own favourite.

Congratulations to our winning students. Evie Spencer (Penguin with Christmas Tree) Maisie Hart (Bird), Ayah Moudares (Christmas Tree), Leia Tonkin (All I Want), and Isobel Smith (Penguin Bauble).

The brief asked the students to create a design that tackles the climate crisis but with a festive/seasonal theme. They were asked to consider how current climate change and environmental issues could be interpreted into the brief, whether it is through the visual imagery produced, a statement or the materials used.

The winning students will all receive prizes and their designs will be printed for sale from the Student Executive at £2.50 per pack of five, with proceeds donated to the Student Hardship Fund.