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Wyke’s Student Media Teams First Magazine!

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You may have noticed Wyke’s new Student Media Team busy around college over the last few months.

The student media team is a new enrichment activity at Wyke. Students with an interest in any aspect of the media can get involved in the team alongside their academic programme.

The team consists of photographers, journalists, videographers, editors, social media managers and graphic designers who work together to report on all of the latest news and events from across the college.

Student News includes features on trips to New York, Berlin and Poland, an interview with our Netball Team and much more. The magazine is a product exclusively designed, edited and publicised by our students.

Have a read of the first edition here: http://bit.ly/2O9MAjP

students standing in front of the remains of the Berlin Wall

Stasi, Spionage und Showbusiness in Berlin 2019

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In the very wee hours of the morning, the Berlin trip departed from Wyke Sixth Form College for 4 very full days of history, culture, participation in the Berlinale film festival and German language!  17 students, largely from the German and Film departments and 2 staff enjoyed a veritable smorgasbord of activities throughout the week and fell into bed exhausted every night, after averaging 22,000 steps each day!

On the first day we ascended the Berliner Fernsehturm, the tallest building in Europe. In the 1960s, the GDR government arranged to have the TV Tower built at its current location, with the aim of demonstrating the strength and efficiency of the socialist system in mind.  Today the Tower defines the silhouette of Germany’s capital city – a symbol of the reunified Germany, just like the Brandenburg Gate. We also saw a very moving Japanese film called ’37 seconds,’ which followed the struggles of a 23 year-old woman with cerebral palsy as she navigates the world of work and sexual relations. A real eye-opener, providing food for thought for all.

The next day we all visited the highly informative DDR museum, a vast treasure trove of East German artefacts and memorabilia with real insights into life behind the iron curtain. A well-balanced experience, the museum described the underbelly of socialism – how the elite, whilst preaching equality for all, creamed off the luxury goods, had private healthcare and escaped to secret holiday destinations.  The students experienced life in a Stasi prison cell and the lack of creature comforts in the Plattenbauten (GDR concrete apartment blocks). On the other hand the interactive displays described a happy life under socialism – where nature was appreciated, sport was encouraged and a feeling of community was engendered.  Because of the shortage of basic goods and the lack of choice, materialistic consumption was not an issue and people enjoyed sharing with one another, camaraderie and building a life for the greater good.  After time for shopping and eating, which all thoroughly embraced, we headed over to the Zoo Palast for our second film screening, namely ‘Bulbul can sing,’ an Indian European premiere about 3 teenagers on the verge of adulthood.  The experience of first love puts them under the pressure of high expectations and strict moral codes of the villagers, resulting in tragic consequences.  Students gained a real insight into the cultural differences across the globe, especially when the director appeared live on stage to do Q&A.  We also found time to pay our respects to the victims of the terrorist attacks of 2016 when a truck drove through the Berlin Christmas market outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtnis-Kirche, a bombed church, deliberately left in its post-war ruined state to act as a daily reminder of the horrors of war.  In the evening, after a delicious curry, we had an audio tour of the Reichstag, the German houses of parliament which had previously been burnt down during Hitler’s reign and had been re-built with a glass dome by architect Norman Foster, enabling one to look down on the government when they are in session, the idea being that the people are ‘above’ the government. Germany’s aim was to create an open building where politics are ‘transparent’ and not hidden, unlike those of the Nazi era. On the return to the hotel, we happened upon a very lively German busker who was keen to indulge their requests – I shall never hear John Denver’s ‘Take me home, country roads’ again without reflecting on how our jolly bunch sang and danced along!

The third day saw us split into 2 groups, in which film students went to see an American teen film about the disappearance and subsequent death of a schoolgirl. The film bordered on experimental and was reported as being somewhat absurd, with the events driving the inhabitants into a nightmare of angst and suddenly revealing strange personal details about themselves. Students found it quite quirky yet sinister, however they appreciated the creativity of the director in her use of bizarre visuals.

The German and history contingent spent the morning meandering down the Bernauer Strasse, a famous ‘memorial street’ which was cleaved in half overnight as the Berlin Wall was constructed. Locals jumped out of their windows to avoid being trapped in the GDR, some being caught in blankets held outstretched by the West German fire brigade. Many of these horrifying escape attempts ended in death and the street tells the poignant stories of many individuals who did not escape unscathed, serving simultaneously as a museum and memorial. The tall visitor centre enabled us all to look at a preserved section of the Todesstreife (death strip) with its bleak watchtowers and barbed wire fencing.  In the afternoon we ventured to the East Side Gallery, the last remaining section of the Wall, 1.3km in length, upon which political / controversial art is exhibited.  Students really enjoyed interpreting the meaning of said art and graffiti, for instance where Honecker is kissing Brezhnev, in a supposedly fraternal gesture of friendship, although many view it as satirical.  Later we all reconvened to visit the Holocaust memorial and to reflect on the horrors and magnitude of the suffering of the Jews under the Nazi regime. The memorial consists of 2711 concrete pillars of varying heights erected on a slope, with the ground underneath undulating.  As you walk deeper into the memorial, the blocks become taller, shutting out the light and you easily become disoriented. Many students experienced uncertainty, a feeling of oppression, a sense of giddiness and felt that the smoothness of the concrete left no way of vertical escape. A moving plenary followed this.  We watched our penultimate film screening at the rather glamorous Haus der Kulturen der Welt which was ‘Guo Chun Tian’, a Chinese film about a teen smuggling iphones across the Hong Kong border, in a bid for independence and to raise money for a long-desired trip abroad. We experienced the ups and downs of the girl’s emotions and experiences and most enjoyed the insight into the people who commute daily between Mainland China and Hong Kong. The subsequent Q&A with the director and main stars was riveting and provided some great tips for budding filmmakers, such as our students!  We then sauntered to the fabulous Lindenbräu restaurant in the impressive Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz where we all gorged on some very tasty and satisfying Bavarian fare.

Our final day saw us heading to Checkpoint Charlie, a famous crossing point on the Berlin Wall and was accompanied by a trip to the Mauermuseum there: Haus am Checkpoint Charlie where gruesome stories and documents describe attempts to escape over, under or through the Berlin wall; many of which were near misses.  In the afternoon we split off again with the German students delving into the very strange world of global secret service organisations at the interactive Spionage Museum.  Upon discovering an early German enigma machine and other gadgets utilised by secret agents, I fear our students were a little too keen to join MI6! They rather overlooked the whole ‘risking your life’ element and assassinations by Bulgarian umbrella.  The film students were meanwhile watching a screening of ‘We are little zombies’, a tale of 4 orphaned Japanese children and their lives after the deaths of their parents, involving a good dose of tragedy, comedy and social criticism, as they start a rock band together.   Finally, after a hearty lunch and final chance to spend our remaining Euros in the Arkaden at Potsdamer Platz, we hefted our luggage back to Schoenefeld airport in readiness for our return flight to Manchester. We were back at Wyke at 0100 on Friday morning, exhausted but uplifted.

The trip participants were absolute an absolute pleasure to lead around Berlin. Punctual, organised, enthusiastic and at all times respectful – even waiters commented on their politeness and overall comportment.  They soaked up all the experiences offered to them, asked pertinent questions and were cautiously adventurous. Harvi and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with them – they were a delight, keenly trying out new foods and Berlin specialities.  Have any of you tried Currywurst, a Spezi, Kaiserschmarren, Gulasch mit Knödel und Rotkraut, a proper Turkish Döner or a KiBa? Go on. I dare you.

 

Heather Lorch

Teacher of German

1942 Dance

Wyke Win National Dance Title

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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!”.

“You could have a heart of stone and Paris would still melt it”

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Whether it’s the buzz around the iconic Eiffel Tower, the spare, tranquil beauty of the Place de la concorde, or the Sacre Coeur, you could have a heart of stone and Paris would still melt it.

The trip was an opportunity to experience this beautiful city in its fullest sense: whether by foot or by Metro, we saw famous landmarks and uncovered hidden gems.

Those students studying French, got lots of practical experience, speaking French whenever possible. (One particularly moving day was when students translated Charles de Gaulle’s address to the French people inscribed at the Arc d’Triomphe.) French-speaking was optional for English students, whose focus was to explore the context behind some of the texts we study in our Paris Anthology.

So, if you like the idea of eating crepes, soaking up the view from the Eiffel Tower, or having a Dan Brown-inspired dash through the Louvre museum (OK, more of a gentle walk, really), then you would probably have enjoyed the Paris trip as much as we did!

Jamie Farrow, English Teacher and Head of Faculty

Digital Skills Conference

Digital Skills Conference

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Students with an interest in Computing, IT and Media attended a Digital Skills Conference in February, hosted by the University of Hull. Wyke students joined their peers from colleges across the Venn Partnership as part of an initiative organised by Wilberforce Sixth Form College.

Ben Wallis, Wilberforce Vice-Principal, addressed the opening of the conference to an audience of 200 tech-savvy students. Ben highlighted the rapid pace of change that the digital industries had experienced and how Moore’s Law was continuing to accelerate.

Contributors from major employers through to emerging companies were part of the agenda. John Polling from Sauce software development was keen to highlight the many routes students can take post-college. He said, “Students should also consider advanced apprenticeships as an alternative to the traditional university pathway.”

In the afternoon, the day concluded with an opportunity to network with the guest speakers and tour the university campus. Wyke Careers Coordinator, Vicky Riseham said, “This is such a great opportunity for students to talk face-to-face with their potential future employer.”

Romeo &Juliet

One in a Thousand

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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.

James Hendry

Love Music, Love Life

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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

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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

Weatherill Twins

Oxford Twins

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2018 was another outstanding year at Wyke Sixth Form College. Students on the college’s flagship Flyers programme celebrated a record number of offers from Oxford and Cambridge. On A Level results day, eight students confirmed that they had achieved the grades to study at two of the most prestigious universities in the world. This was an even greater achievement when you consider that other institutions in the region had reported limited success in progression to Oxbridge.

 

Former Withernsea High students Lucy and Katie Weatherill gained excellent A levels in Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry to secure their offers. They are currently both studying at the University of Oxford, Katie reading Physics at Christ Church College and Lucy taking Chemistry at Balliol College. “Proud Mum” Mrs Wetherill recently emailed Wyke photographs of both Lucy and Katie attending their matriculation, a ceremony that marks their formal admission to the University.

 

To see how we can help you in securing a place at a Russell Group University or how to access the Flyers programme, come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 17th January 5.30pm-8pm.

“An excellent preperation for applying to Medicine”

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The eyes of millions of breakfast television viewers were on former Hornsea School student Max Joy as he opened his results live on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, revealing the 1 A* in Chemistry and 2 A’s in Biology and Maths that secured his place at Hull York Medical School.

“I chose Hull York Medical School after attending open events where I fell in love with it. The staff and the experiences that I had there were amazing. As a student at Wyke Sixth Form College I was part of the Pre-Medical Programme which was excellent in preparing for me for the whole process of applying to Medicine which included help with the entrance examinations, advice on my UCAS application and mock interviews.

Wyke is a fantastic college and I have absolutely loved every single moment. My subjects, the experiences and the teachers are amazing.”

Max was just one of 9 Wyke students who secured a place on a Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science (MDV) courses last year.

Wyke’s Pre-Medical Programme

We recognise that University applications for MDV courses are highly competitive, therefore, we offer an established two-year Programme to support students aspiring to these careers.

Our Pre-Medical Programme ensures our students are well advised about all aspects of their future career and receive all of the guidance and support needed to make a competitive application. Whether this is individual subject support to secure top grades, help locating work experience, information on university applications or preparation for interview, Wyke Sixth Form College is there at each stage of student’s Medical career journey.

We also welcome first-class speakers, organise high-quality workshops and run a variety of events including the popular Royal Society of Medicine Careers Day.

Visit our next Open Evening where there will be a dedicated talk on the Programme or see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz_PZUgehtE