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Year 12 Progression Week

This week students in Year 12 have been off normal timetabled lessons and have been participating in a variety of enrichment activities to help them prepare for their futures. The week began with a look at post 18 pathways and included a number of speakers about UCAS, student finance, choosing the right university, studying abroad and volunteering opportunities. A key message students took away from the day was to make a life, not just a living, and to choose a pathway they ultimately enjoy.

On Tuesday the theme was healthy living and students made a pledge to be a dementia friend and explored mental health and ways to manage stress and anxiety. The day finished with a retro style sports day. Newman house were victorious on the day, with More House winning the prize for the best dressed.

Wednesday was focused around life skills, and students looked at renting accommodation, using the internet and building confidence and self-esteem. Students also took part in a cooking on a budget challenge to cook the tastiest meals for the lowest price – there was a lot of pasta on the menu! Later that day students received a talk about the careers available within the Civil Service.

On Thursday students reflected on the current refugee crisis in Syria and then attended workshops on the Holocaust, Britain’s response to the Holocaust and about not being a bystander in the face of injustice. Later that afternoon, Ernest Simon, a Holocaust Survivor, shared his experiences as a Kindertransport refugee and the key messages that should be learnt from the past.

Many thanks must go to the numerous visitors and staff, who have freely given up their time to support the students in ensuring that they are fully prepared for their futures and to help them develop as young, responsible Catholic citizens within the Twenty First Century.

Thank you to:
• Nick for sharing his experiences of studying in the Netherlands
• Maddie from Frontier
• John from UNIFROG
• Johnny from Push Talks
• Sam from the Alzheimer’s Society
• Helen from the Children’s Hospital Forward Thinking programme
• Onyi from Barclays life skills and the Transformation Trust
• Jane and Suki from the Civil Service
• Kat from the Holocaust Educational Trust and
• Ernest Simon for sharing his testimony as a Kindertransport refugee

Many thanks also to the countless staff who have contributed to the success of the week, especially: Mrs McGinley, Mrs Doyle, Mrs Fluke, Miss Eden, Mrs Cross, Mr Nolan, Mr Jaep, Mr Tinsley, Miss Moran, Miss Jones and to all of the Sixth form team for their continued support – Mrs Baker, Mrs Bell, Miss Clarke, Mrs Davies, Mr Docherty, Mr Harrison, Mrs Killingworth, Mrs Lavin, Mr Martin, Miss Simpson, Mr Ridgeway and Mr Wesbury. Without their support the week simply could not have happened. 

Mr Miastowski
Head of Year 12

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