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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!

James Goodchild

Culmination of Five Years of Research

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A level History teacher James Goodchild is celebrating the publishing of his latest book. “A Most Enigmatic War” recounts the history of scientific intelligence during the Second World War. The text focuses on the memories of R. V. Jones, a pioneer in the development of scientific intelligence in the conflict against the Axis powers.

The research builds on the work James carried out when he was studying for his PhD in Modern History at the University of Exeter. James began teaching A level History at Wyke in 2015 with the course becoming one of the fastest growing subjects at Wyke with over 250 level three students.

When reflecting on his achievement James said, “It is great to finally have this extensive research published, and I would be delighted if in anyway it could inspire Wyke College students to undertake high quality research at University after their A-Levels.

No doubt the students I teach find it amusing when I get so excited about the history of science, technology and intelligence, especially when it relates to warfare (as it does so often with Y2 History), but equally I appreciate the impressions of fascination that are generated in the classroom when I discuss these issues in lessons. I would be happy to offer any advice on the University path from A-Level to doctorate to any student at Wyke, from any subject – please come and find me!”

Reviews from the wider public have encouraged James to begin writing a follow-up book that examines the emergence of scientific and technological intelligence in the First World War.

“A Most Enigmatic War” is published by Helion & Company Limited and is widely available from high street and online book retailers.

Promotional advert for the Kings of Hull

Wyke confirmed as Cultural Icon of Hull

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Wyke has been acknowledged as a cultural icon for Hull in the promotional material for Kings Of Hull, a comedy written and directed by John Godber.

According to the Hull 2017 website, “The Kings of Hull tells the remarkable story of the King family across three generations. From life on the docks, to Hull prison, a lottery win and success in the coal trade; this is a family whose sons and daughters are struggling to cope in a changing world. The Kings are a family bonded by love but divided by rugby, a river and sibling rivalry. Join us at their Golden Wedding, before the gloves come off; for a celebration of life in town, from the 1960s through to Brexit and beyond. Whether it’s love, hate, success or failure, the Kings always come out fighting.”

The play will be performed at the newly renovated Hull New Theatre from 27th September-7th October.

Emma Hardy

In the Red Corner

By | Community, Government & Politics, News

Congratulations to former Wyke student Emma Hardy on her election to Parliament. Emma is now the Labour MP representing Hull West and Hessle. She successfully contested the seat against a challenge mounted by a confident Conservative candidate to the seat formally held by long serving former Labour Minister Alan Johnson.

Emma will face another former student, Andrew Percy MP, who is the Conservative Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, representing Brigg and Goole. Andrew has now defended his seat at three successive elections and is seen by many as a rising star in the world of politics.

You won’t be surprised to discover that both studied A Level Government & Politics whilst at Wyke.

RAR

Rock Against Racism Hits the Street

By | Fine Art, Government & Politics, Graphic Design, News, Sociology

A visually stunning retrospective exhibition reflecting Hull’s fight against racism is being held at Wyke in March. The original silkscreen posters, designed by Richard Lees, for Hull Rock Against Racism 1979-82, are being hung on the Learning Street corridor of the Oak building.

“This Is Hull!” presents a body of work in the revolutionary tradition of German Expressionism, Soviet Constructivism and Paris 68 Atelier Populaire. Alongside the screen prints will be a student response entitled “Fifty Protest Songs”, a series of framed images produced by the Wyke A level Graphic Design course.

Hull Rock Against Racism got started in 1979 when community activists, grassroots anti-racist campaigners and musicians came together to promote regular RAR gigs with local bands in the heart of West Hull.

With production runs of around 250 , Richard Lees’ silkscreen posters were fly-posted all over Hull, often in blocks of 4 -8 posters per site, creating a powerful and sustained anti-racist street art presence in the city, just as important as the events they promoted.

The bands and the community centre have gone but the posters are reaching out to new audiences: with six on permanent display at Hull’s Wilberforce House Museum, the whole lot are on a UK tour, to Manchester’s People’s History Museum, London’s Rich Mix, Edinburgh’s Summerhall and now at Wyke Sixth Form College.

Further details of a private view and public access will be available shortly through our Facebook page.