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The College Library will be opening on Saturdays from Saturday 27th April as a quiet space to study and revise between 10am and 4pm.

The Library will also open on the following Saturdays between 10am and 4pm.

Saturday 4th May
Saturday 11th May
Saturday 18th May
Saturday 8th June
Saturday 15th June

HALF TERM OPENING DATES (10am-4pm)

Tuesday 28th May
Wednesday 29th May
Thursday 30th May

Any students working in the Library on these days will be required to wear their college lanyard at all times.

Stuart Lilford

A Level Media Studies Conference Day

By | Course News, IT & Computing, Media, News, On Campus

The Wyke Media Department welcome Hull University academic Stuart Lilford to the college this week. Stuart, who lectures in Game Design, will be discussing issues of media regulation, censorship, age certification together with legal and ethical considerations in game development, to A level Media Studies students.

Before taking up his post at Hull, Stuart worked for a number of prestigious companies, such as Rare and Codemasters. He also developed his own gaming titles. Time Stone, a point and click adventure game that won the 2013 Adventure Game Studio Award for Best Short Game, and Splodey Vaders, is a mobile game available on Android.

Read more about Stuart’s independent games development company at https://scared-square-games.itch.io/

 

students standing in front of the remains of the Berlin Wall

Stasi, Spionage und Showbusiness in Berlin 2019

By | College Trips, Film Studies, German, History, News

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

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!”.

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

By | Course News, English, French, Geography, German, News, Uncategorised

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

Wyke’s Student Media Teams First Magazine!

By | News, Uncategorised

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

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

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

This March, Wyke Sixth Form College brings you our cross college production of PT Barnum: The Greatest Showman.

The production follows the story inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum. The Greatest Showman is an awe-inspiring musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Make sure that you don’t miss out on what will be a fantastic show.

When can I see it?

Thursday 7th March at 7pm

Friday 8th March at 7pm

Saturday 9th March at 2pm

Where is the production taking place?

Wyke Sixth Form College, Bricknell Avenue, Hull, HU5 4NT

 How can I get tickets?

Tickets can be paid for in cash at our College reception or by emailing boxoffice@wyke.ac.uk

Tickets are priced at £5 for students and £7 for the public.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Digital Skills Conference

Digital Skills Conference

By | Course News, IT & Computing, Media, News, On Campus

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

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.

James Hendry

Love Music, Love Life

By | Community, English, Music, News

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/