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Flex Health Work Experience: Will Huyton

By | Course News, Physical Education

A Level PE student Will Huyton is an aspiring physiotherapist and is participating in the college’s Pre-Physiotherapy enrichment programme. He decided to take part in the Flex Health work experience partnership to “…gain a greater insight into the world of physiotherapy, as well as some of the challenges that health care professionals face in everyday life.”

After the pandemic disrupted his initial work experience placement, Will was finally given the opportunity to experience the profession first-hand by the team at Flex Health in February this year.

During his placement, he learned a range of different skills to help him develop his knowledge of the role of a physiotherapist. These skills included the importance of taking an individual approach to each client and how adaptability is key to keeping clients engaged.

Will said: “By providing me with experience in this field, I have a good idea of what to expect when I undertake my first placement at university next year. It reassured me that this is the right career path to pursue for myself.

“Plus, universities love work experience, and in a time like we’re in currently, it sets you apart from the crowd in your interviews!”

He has certainly done his research about what his future career is going to look like. After graduating university, he hopes to join the NHS for a few years before moving on to possibly join the RAF or British Army as a physiotherapist and help those injured in combat and gaining his master’s degree.

“This work experience has been a small but massively important step for me to achieve these goals. But ultimately, nothing is set in stone and my aspirations may change depending on my experiences; but I will do all it takes to have a long and rewarding career which I enjoy.

“The little pieces of advice offered to me by the great staff at Flex Health will certainly be taken on board and used in the future.”

Will has flourished during his time at Wyke and has some encouraging advice for the upcoming cohort of PE & Sport students:

“If you’re interested in the sporting world, or how the body works in relation to physical activity, it’s the course for you. The PE team are easy to speak to, so if you’ve got any questions, or need anything, they’re always willing to help.

“Without a doubt, it’s got to be one of the best departments in the college for both the quality of the content taught and the enjoyment.”

Thank you for providing such insightful answers Will, we wish you all the best for your future!

#MakeItHappen

Wyke partners with Flex Health

By | News, Physical Education

Wyke Sixth Form College and Flex Health have partnered up to create a work experience programme designed to give PE and Sport students on the college’s Pre-Physiotherapy Enrichment Programme an insight into the world of physiotherapy.

Flex Health is the region’s leading provider of Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Neurological physiotherapy, offering expert care for clients suffering from sports injuries, spinal, joint and degenerative conditions and neurological conditions including acquired brain injury, strokes and MS.

PE & Sport teacher, Hollie Rhodes, said: “This partnership offers endless opportunity. It is giving invaluable experience to our students at the very start of their potential career in physiotherapy/sports rehabilitation industry.

“It’s making them stand out from the crowd for university and job applications; along with gaining extended knowledge linking to the CTEC Injuries and Massage modules and Component 1 for A Level.”

Despite the pandemic, Flex were able to offer placements to two of Wyke’s PE and Sport students, Will Huyton and EmmieLou Fenton.

Will, who aspires to become a physiotherapist, said: “I took part in work experience to gain a greater insight into the world of physiotherapy.

“It showed me the almost miracle-like work of physiotherapists. The staff at the clinic managed to get a woman, who had suffered spinal injuries after falling from a horse, walking again. To see it first-hand was incredible.

“This work experience has only enforced my desire to become a physiotherapist.”

EmmieLou, who also aspires to become a physiotherapist, added: “Taking part in the Flex Health work experience allowed me to gain a wider appreciation for how varied the profession is.

“I have learned some of the crucial qualities required to be a successful physiotherapist.”

#MakeItHappen

The Aftermath

Dance Debut

By | Course News, Dance, Drama & Theatre, Physical Education, Psychology

This month, former Beverley High School student, Imogen Wright is making her professional dance debut at Piece Hall, Halifax, in the performance of “The Aftermath”.

After studying A Level Dance, PE and Psychology at Wyke, Imogen gained a place at the highly prestigious Northern Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating, Imogen has embarked on a career in dance, choreography and performance.

“The Aftermath” is an open-air dance theatre piece exploring the passion and agency of youth in the age of COVID-19. In this brand new show devised with the young people of Calderdale, Northern Rascals and Northern Broadsides place them front and centre like never before. 20 young people explore their feelings of isolation, anger and hope about a world hurtling towards a future they will inherit but is out of their control.

Northern Rascals is a Hebden Bridge Dance Company who have teamed up with Northern Broadsides and The Piece Hall to bring you this explosive piece of dance theatre in the unparalleled surroundings of the world’s last remaining eighteenth-century Cloth Hall. Make sure you have booked your free tickets so you can join us for one of the many performances that will occupy the The Piece Hall courtyard throughout the weekend of 26 and 27 September in this celebration of live performance.

Visit the Piece Hall website for further details, https://www.thepiecehall.co.uk/events/the-aftermath

Show Times and Dates

Saturday 26 September 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm

Sunday 27 September 11am, 12.30pm & 2pm

 

#ThankATeacher

#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!

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.

Want to become a personal trainer?

By | Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

This year, Wyke’s Sport department are offering a brand-new Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer Qualification exclusively for students studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport course.

The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing is a foundation course, to be studied in the first year that provides a qualification recognised by employers as a necessity should you be considering a coaching/fitness-based career. Completion of the course will allow students to progress to the Level 3 Personal Training qualification in their second year of study, with Level 2 specialist qualifications including Kettlebells, Circuits, Studio Cycling and Group Exercise available at a discount through our external training provider.

For more information, there will be a talk in Elm 2 on Friday (6th September). The full information regarding the course cost and times are available on the document below.

Personal Trainer Level 2 qualification information

Andy Takes Silver

By | Awards, Course News, Physical Education, Sport

Congratulations to Andy Dunne, Sport & PE teacher at Wyke, on winning a BTEC Silver Teaching Award.

The judges recognised Andy for his clear passion for sport and a significant contribution to the life and study of others. They also acknowledged his “above and beyond” commitment and his involvement in extracurricular activity.

This year, Andy is helping with the Wyke Kilimanjaro expedition, accompanying students to Thailand and assisting student in achieving their DofE qulaification. All of this is alongside teaching a full timetable and coaching the college’s 5th football team.

Toni Knight, Head of Sport, PE & Dance siad, “Well done Andy, this award is well deserved. The students and staff all recognise the amount you contribute to college life. You certainly have taken your teaching and enrichment roles to another level – the students really appreciate all that you have done for them.”

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!

Successful Year for Wyke’s Netball 1st Team

By | Course News, News, Physical Education, Sport

Our netball first team travelled to the University of Nottingham this weekend to compete in the Association of Colleges (AoC) National Netball Championships.

The AoC is the leading organisation for college sport and physical activity in 16+ education. The event saw over 1,800 competitors from colleges across the UK compete in 13 different sports.

Our netball first team performed exceptionally well, coming away with 5th place overall.

The teams coach Debbie Brettell praised the team’s excellent performance; “Our team have trained really hard and have had a very successful year competing in cups and getting through to many finals. The team competed in three rounds to get through to the AoC finals. It was the first year Wyke has ever made it to through to the championships so they have done an amazing job – they are such a good team.”

A big congratulations to Team Wyke for all of your hard work and achievements and well done to all of the other colleges who took part in this national competition.

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!”.