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#ThankATeacher

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

Last year, the PE, Sport and Dance teachers at Wyke proudly won the Gold Award for “FE Teaching Team of the Year”. These prestigious awards are sponsored by Pearson Education, and backed by the BBC and the Department for Education.

In the build up to this year’s awards, The Teaching Awards Trust, who coordinate and celebrate excellence in teaching, are promoting “The Thank a Teacher Day” on 20th May.

The aim of the day is to raise the profile of the teaching profession, highlight the positive impact teachers and school leaders have with pupils, parents and the wider community, and show teachers how much they are valued.

We’ve all had a great teacher. They show a real interest in who we are, listen to our thoughts, inspire us to learn and encourage us to achieve our best, no matter what our goals are. The influence of a good teacher lasts a lifetime.

If you know someone who deserves a “thank you”, visit: https://bit.ly/2shxPAj. They’ll receive a lovely card in the post as part of the #ThankATeacher campaign. It will make their day and it’s free to do!

Vocational courses: Important information

By | Applied Science, Course News, Criminology, Dance, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, News, Performing Arts

From next week, all vocational courses that will complete this year will no longer be setting work for students to complete, taking work in or providing RAG grades for engagement. Teams will continue to support students with work that may help them to prepare for their planned next step, but there will be no compulsion for students to engage in this, nor will this be monitored.

There are a couple of important exceptional cases:

  • Criminology year 1: All criminology year 1 students will CONTINUE to receive set work on a weekly basis and RAG grades will be provided to monitor engagement until the end of the academic year.
  • Foundation year BTEC courses: These courses will now finish. However, many of you will be wanting to progress to level 3 course next year. If you are in this position, you will receive a letter explaining the conditions for your progression in the autumn.

We still do not have clarity on the process for vocational qualifications. It is probable that we will be asked to complete a similar process to A levels and GCSEs, with teachers providing estimated grades and rankings based on what they judge the students would have achieved if their courses had continued.

There are still some students who have not submitted work that was due before the national closure. If this applies to you, please urgently discuss this with your subject tutors, as staff will not have the evidence they need to support giving you the best possible grades.

If you’d like more information, Ofqual released their consultation on the processes for vocational courses completing this summer last Friday. This is still very much focused about defining the rules for exam boards to use.

You can access it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofqual-consultation-on-awarding-vocational-and-technical-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Edexcel have also been updating their information and have started a weekly bulletin: http://view.ocrm1.pearson.com/

Dance Competition Finals 2020

Dance Bring Home the Bronze

By | Awards, Dance, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to the Wyke Dance Team who claimed third place at the “That’s Showbiz” national dance competition finals which took place at the Liverpool Arena on Sunday.

Their Contemporary piece “Body Popping Sage Grouse” placed 1st in the senior open category and 3rd place overall. This is a massive achievement when you consider that over 220 professional dance schools entered the contest, with Wyke being the only sixth form college involved in the competition.

Commenting on the day, the Wyke Dance team posted; “There are no words, you absolute superstars, we are all beyond proud of you!”

Congratulations to all the students and staff who made this year’s finals another successful year. Bring on 2021!

Mamma Mia

HERE I GO AGAIN!

By | Dance, Drama & Theatre, News, Performing Arts

Next month Wyke Sixth Form College would like to invite you to see the ultimate feel-good jukebox musical, Mamma Mia! live in our Theatre!

Performed by our students, this musical will take you the beautiful Greek island of Kalokairi and will have you smiling, laughing and dancing along to all of ABBA’s greatest hits.

Show Dates and Times
Thursday 5th March 7:00pm-9:00pm
Friday 6th March 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday Matinee 2:00pm-4:00pm

Tickets are on general sale on Parentpay at £5, with £1 from every ticket sale being donated to our #Everyone4Elisee campaign.

dance team

The Fab 4 Return to Liverpool

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

Congratulations to our dance team, who this weekend successfully secured all 4 of their routines a place in the Grand Final of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition, which will take place at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena next month.

Wyke’s dance teachers said: “What an amazing weekend at That’s Showbiz. We honestly cannot begin to tell you how proud we are of you all, every single dancer was amazing. Finals here we come!”

Over the course of the weekend, the team received an astonishing nine trophies for their outstanding performances:

DAY 1 RESULTS
1st in Open Genre for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd place overall for ‘Body Popping Sage Grouse’
2nd in Hip Genre for ‘The Incredibles’
Adjudicators Choice Award for ‘The Incredibles’

DAY 2 RESULTS
1st in Hip Genre for ‘Ghost Town’
2nd place overall for ‘Ghost Town’
Best Small Group for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
3rd in Classic Genre for ‘Anatomical Metronome’
4th place overall for ‘Anatomical Metronome’

It is another fantastic achievement for Wyke’s dancers, who last year were crowned overall champions of this competition for their Contemporary routine “1942 Land Girls Struggle”. The team overcame tough competition from dance groups from over 200 dance schools across the country to bring home the trophy and £2,500 prize money.

This year’s Grand Final will take place on the 22nd and 23rd February 2020 and we wish our dancers the very best of luck in defending their national title!

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.

#MakeItHappen

Sport, PE & Dance Teachers

FE Teaching Team of the Year

By | Course News, Dance, News, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

Wyke Sixth Form College’s P.E, Sport and Dance Teaching Team have been recognised for their “inspirational work in education” at the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Team were awarded Gold in the ‘National Team of the Year’ category at last night’s glamorous ceremony, hosted by BBC presenters Tina Daheley and Sean Fletcher.

Commended for going “above and beyond,” the Team were praised for the significant amount of hard work they put into the College, well beyond their timetable commitments.

The Team are a vital part of Wyke’s success, both inside and outside of the classroom; offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for students including our national award winning dance, rugby and football teams, trips around the world and a high level of dedicated support beyond lessons.

Delighted by the news, Principal Paul Britton said:

“What fantastic news! The staff and students in Wyke’s Sport, PE and Dance team are deserving winners of the Pearson National Teaching Award for FE team of the year.

With literally hundreds of students engaging in sports teams each week we were national semi-finalists in rugby and football, finalists in netball and national champions in dance.  In addition to exceptional sporting success, our students achieve consistently in the top 5% in the country for their main qualifications.  Perhaps most importantly, the team’s goal is to help all students develop the personal qualities that will ensure that they excel in their future careers.

An exceptional team and a great recognition for all their efforts.”

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday, October 26, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

There is also an opportunity to meet with the Team and find out about Wyke’s exceptional Sport offering at our Open Evening, Thursday 24th October, 5.30pm-8.00pm.

Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team wins Silver Teaching Award in UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”

By | Course News, Dance, On Campus, Physical Education, Sport

Selected from thousands of nominations, The Wyke Sport, PE & Dance Team is just one of the Silver Award winners from across the entire country who celebrated today, on “Thank A Teacher Day”, as the Pearson National Teaching Awards marks its 21st year of celebrating excellence in education.

The award-winning Team were presented with the prestigious Pearson Silver Teaching Award trophy this morning to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

The award is truly deserved. Each member of the Team continue to go above and beyond for every single one of their students. The impact of all of their hard work has been evident in outstanding student grades and progression (along with the array of medals in the trophy cabinets!)

Outside of the curriculum, the Team put on a wide range of sporting enrichments which have excellent student engagement. Wyke has 5 male football teams, 5 netball teams, 2 women’s football teams, rugby league and union teams plus 3 teams in basketball. Students also regularly compete in badminton and cross-country. Add to this, the recently formed dance team and yoga classes. The Team have also introduced many positive initiatives into the wider College such as the recent Health MOT’s made available to all students and staff.

Community engagement is also a priority with visits to local primary schools, helping to improve their sporting experience, along with raising money for various charities.

The Team has now been shortlisted to win one of just 13 Gold Awards at the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers” – a glittering event held at the Roundhouse on the 20th October. It will be broadcast on BBC2 the following week, on 27 October, as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes” as a showcase of excellence in education.

Congratulations Team Wyke!

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!”.

Romeo &Juliet

One in a Thousand

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

Former Beverley Longcroft student Beth Curry has recently been cast in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic story. Beth, who studied A level Dance at Wyke, is now in her second year of the BA(Hons) Dance programme at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds.

As well as established professional dancers, Beth was cast as part of an initiative to promote emerging dance talent. She is one of six young cast members who will perform at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre alongside the New Adventures Company. This is a significant milestone for Beth as she was selected from over 1000 applicants.

Beth proudly posted on Facebook that she was “so happy to finally announce that I will be performing in Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures brand new production of Romeo and Juliet as part of their young cast! Very excited to be performing in Bradford on the 22-25 May 2019 with this amazing company.”

Bourne said: “New Adventures’ Romeo and Juliet will be a celebration of youthful energy, talent and creativity both on and offstage and, uniquely, in all aspects of choreography, design and music through the appointment of a series of young associate artists.

“As we enter our fourth decade as a company, I’m finding the development of young talent ever more important and fulfilling.”

Find out more about Dance at Wyke at our Open Morning, 2 March, 9.00am-12.00pm.