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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!”.

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

Life at Wyke with Chris Brooks

By | Course News, Sport

What School did you go to?

Wolfreton School

What subjects are you studying at Wyke?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I chose to study at Wyke due to the wide range of opportunities available that can further enhance your education such as the sports teams and trips.

I also felt like Wyke had a really nice learning environment which encourages independence. There is also lots of support available to help with your studies.

Have you taken part in any of our enrichment opportunities and if so what did you enjoy about this?

I am part of the Wyke Men’s Football team. It is a great team to be a part of and I really enjoy both the training and matches. Being part of the team has been significant in helping me develop my skills and in meeting lots of new people.

I also take part in the DoE Gold Award challenges which are available at the college.

What is your greatest achievement at the College so far?

Getting into the academy teams for football after being successful in the trials has got to be my greatest achievement so far.

What are your aspirations for the future?

My overall goal is to secure a place at university to study Sports Rehabilitation and then pursue a career in this.

 What do you like to do outside of the College?

I am really into my sports so outside of college I also play football and then play tennis as well.

 

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Life at Wyke with Isabelle Heath

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

Where did you go to School?

Wolfreton School

What are you currently studying at Wyke?

A Level Dance

Physical Education

Criminology

Why did you choose to study at Wyke?

I chose to study at Wyke due to the specialist A Level teachers, good facilities and wide variety of courses to choose from such as Dance and Criminology.

There is also a more mature approach to learning compared to school and it provides a new and exciting environment with lots of opportunities.

What is your favourite experience of Wyke?

My favourite experience of Wyke so far has got to be the Sports presentation as it is a really fun and inclusive event celebrating sporting achievements throughout the college.

Have you taken part in any of our enrichment opportunities and if so what do you enjoy about this?

Yes, in my first year I was involved in both the Netball first team and Dance team and I have followed the Dance team through to my second year. I really enjoyed both of these enrichments.

In your opinion, what is your greatest achievement at College so far?

Getting through to the Blackpool Winter Gardens semi-final competition in Dance has been my highlight. Wyke were the only college there, competing against professional Dance groups!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am aiming to study a degree in Professional Dance in London at a Vocational College and then progress in a Dancing career from there.

What do you like to do outside of College?

Outside of College, I Dance at NAPA three days a week.

If you had to describe Wyke in one word, what would it be?

Exceptional.

Wyke Dance team

Wyke Dance Away with the Trophies at National Competition

By | Awards, Dance, Performing Arts, Sport

Congratulations to our Dance troupe who won 9 trophies in the heat stages of the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national dance competition at Ellesmere Port on Saturday.

Competing against professional dance schools, Wyke was the only sixth form college who entered the competition, with 28 dancers from the college performing four dances across two heats.

In heat one, the team came away with five trophies following their performances of Potawatomi, a large group commercial piece choreographed by David Danville and small group contemporary piece Arachnophobia.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • 1st in commercial genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Arachnophobia
  • 4th Overall for Potawatomi

Following a successful first heat, the team then proceeded to win a further four trophies with their performances of Gesticulation, a small group contemporary piece and 1942 The Land Girls Struggle, a large group contemporary choreographed by Julie Lovewell.

  • 1st in classic genre
  • Best small group piece
  • 1st Overall for Gesticulation
  • 2nd Overall for 1942 The Land Girls Struggle

Following the competition, head of Dance Toni Knight said: “once again, we were the only sixth form college to enter this competition, competing against professional dance schools who train for many hours a week on their routines. Therefore, to get all 4 of our routines through to the semi-finals and take home 9 trophies, was just phenomenal! These are the best results we have ever gained in this round of the competition, therefore I am extremely excited for this squad moving forward. All 28 students involved were outstanding on the day, with this being for many the first competition they had ever been part of. The captains Eden Walker and Daisy Betts did an amazing job at leading this team to victory. Roll on the semi-finals at Blackpool Winter Gardens in January, where the girls will perform to around 3000 spectators.”