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Dr Nick Long

Wyke University

By | Community, Criminology, News, On Campus, Physchology, Sociology

A diverse array of visiting speakers, together with a modern campus and a growing notable alumni, are offering current Wyke students a slice of university life whilst studying for their A levels.

Recently, the Sociology and Psychology departments have welcomed some renowned academics to the college. Dr Nick Long of the London School of Economics, and Ben Ambridge from the University of Liverpool, have both recently delivered lecturers as part of the student’s course enrichment.

Dr Nick Long’s talk referred to his own research in an exploration of anxiety and depression across global cultures. Ben Ambridge, author of “Are you Smarter than a Chimpanzee?”, held an entertaining session linking aspects of popular culture to A level psychology theories. Throughout both sessions, students took notes, participated in experiments and questioned the academics directly.

Both, Nick and Ben’s lectures are now available on the college YouTube channel, Wyke TV.

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.”

Picture of the Dirar Family

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News, Photography

The College are very proud that artwork produced by three Wyke students – Ethar, Akram and Waieel Dirar will be on display at the Artwaves Festival at the Bridlington Spa.

The theme of the Dirars artwork focuses on telling the story of the perilous journeys that refugees and asylum seekers are forced to endure to reach safety, something that the family have first-hand experience of, living in a refugee camp for four years before moving to the U.K.

In an interview on the ArtWaves Festival website, the Dirars said that “art helped us cope with our life in limbo, living in a tent in a refugee camp… We feel passionately for the refugees risking their lives everyday across the sea. We lost many friends to the sea as they tried to flee. Through our paintings, drawings and words, we share our story in the hope of raising awareness of their plight and this important issue.”

The ArtWaves Festival runs from 22nd-23rd June, with a full programme of events available on their website.

James Hendry

Love Music, Love Life

By | Community, English, Music, News

Great to hear that former Wyke student James Hendry has recently taken up post as a conductor at the Royal Opera House.

In 2008, James came to Wyke to take A levels from Winifred Holtby School before studying BMus (Hons) Piano at Royal College of Music. He is now recognised as an Honorary Associate Artist by the RNCM in recognition of his outstanding achievements after graduation.

A video clip on Wyke’s Facebook page reveals James’ passion and knowledge of opera at a Royal Opera House Insight event discussing “La Traviata”.

James is returning to Hull on Saturday 23rd February as part of Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are available at https://www.hulltheatres.co.uk/

Jemma signs for LFC

Jemma Signs for Liverpool FC

By | Applied Science, Community, Course News, English, News, Physical Education, Sport

Liverpool FC Women have just signed former Wyke A level student, Jemma Purfield. Jemma was one of the star players in a Wyke football team that made the National Cup final in 2015. In the same year, Jemma collected the “Wyke Sports Personality Award”, progressing from college to further her education in the USA by securing a sport scholarship at Arizona State University. Whilst at Wyke Jemma studied A level PE and English Language alongside BTEC L3 Applied Science.

“I’m excited to have Jemma as part of our squad here at Liverpool FC Women. She will add to the depth of our player roster,” said Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson.

“She’s got international experience already and has youth very much on her side. She’s been training with us recently and has fitted in brilliantly with the rest of our squad.

“I’m excited to work with her and see what she can bring to the Liverpool FC Women family. Her international call-ups mean she has played against some of the best teams in the world and now she will have the opportunity to face players of that quality in the WSL.

“It will be good for her development as a player and our development as a team.”

A versatile player with experience all over the park, Jemma will primarily play for the Reds as an attacking full-back or winger going forward.

“I’m delighted and excited to be part of such a prestigious club and can’t wait to get started,” said Jemma.

“It’s a massive club, it’s known worldwide and has always had a fantastic reputation, so I think it’s a big opportunity for me to develop.

“There are some great, experienced players in the squad and there are some youth players coming through the ranks, so it’s a great place for me to learn and take my career to the next level.

“I think WSL has moved on so much in the last four years and I’m going to be challenged on a daily basis.”

We’ve raided the Wyke video archive to bring you the highlights of Jemma’s time at college – the Sports Personality win, the amazing cup final goal and footage of Jemma in the USA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8thTtgqSsWM

Kiana Tait

Wyke Backs Kiana in World Championships

By | Community, Economics, Law, News, Sociology, Sport

Kiana Tait will be putting her college work briefly “on ice” in 2019 as she has been selected to represent Team GB Ice Hockey at U18 level.

Alongside her sporting involvement, Kiana is currently studying A Level Economics, Law and Sociology at Wyke. The former Malet Lambert student said, “It’s an honour to represent my country at such a young age, the tournament is an important step for me as I wish to play for the Great Britain Women’s team.”

The six-team IIHF tournament runs from 6th to 12th January 2019 at Dumfries Ice Bowl and GB will host China, France, Poland, Netherlands and Norway.

GB’s first game is on Sunday 6th January against Poland U18 Women, before facing France U18 Women the following day.

After a rest day, GB then go head-to-head with Norway U18 Women on Wednesday 9th January.

A second rest day is followed by GB facing China on Friday 11th January and the tournament is wrapped up with Great Britain against Netherlands 24 hours later.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “This was one of the toughest under-18 squads the coaching staff have ever had to name.

“There is so much competition for places but that is a great position to be in for the women’s programme.

“It will be a tough tournament for sure as there are some top nations competing and many of the roster are still very young.

“But we have had good preparation and I know the squad is really looking forward to playing on home ice.”

GB U18 WOMEN’S SQUAD
Lucy Beal – Slough/Bracknell
Sophie Campbell – Kirkcaldy/Fife
Grace Garbett – Telford
Megan Gourlay – Solway Sharks
Emily Harris – Bracknell
Aimee Headland – Northwood Huskies
Chloe Headland – RSL Islanders U19
(N/M) Ella Howard – Romford
Verity Lewis – Ontario Hockey Academy
Kaitlyn Morrison – Ontario Hockey Academy
(N/M) Emma Nichols – Chelmsford
Chloe Riley – Sutton/Sheffield
Amy Robery – Streatham
Elizabeth Saunders – Sutton/Sheffield
Jessica Sprules – Okanagan Hockey Academy
Kiana Tait – Kingston
Jessie Taylor – Bracknell
Ellie Wakeling – Romford/Bracknell
Hannah Ware – Sutton/Sheffield
Audrey Wood – Kirkcaldy

Transformers: The Last Knight

King of the Screen

By | Community, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, History, Media, News, On Campus, Performing Arts

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.

Wyke Marks 100th Anniversary of Armistice

By | Community, Course News, Government & Politics, History, Religious Studies

This week, Peter Jackson’s film “They Shall Not Grow Old” will be shown every lunchtime on the Wyke big screen as the college commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The screening will also be supported by poppy sales, fact sheets and word searches. James Goodchild and Andy Bentley from the History department are encouraging all students to participant. James said, “I think it’s important that all our students are aware of the significance of this particular Remembrance Sunday. We would also like other subjects at Wyke to link their lessons to this historical occasion.”

As part of the A Level History curriculum, a party of students and staff are visiting Belgium later this month on a Battlefield Tour.

Copies of Peter Jackson’s film are being distributed to all schools and colleges in the UK. The trailer for this amazing piece of work is available on YouTube and will be broadcast of the BBC.

National Poetry Day

Poetry Celebration

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

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

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.