Newsletter – 8th June 2023
Welcome back to term six! The year seems to be going very quickly but we are packing a lot into this summer term. In school this week we have continued with the external exams for years 11 and 13, as well as trips for year 10 to the apprenticeship fayre at STEAM on Wednesday and a trip to Oxford Brookes University on Thursday.
Pride Month is considered to be an important holiday, one that details the history of the LGBT community finding acceptance in the world. While it’s more widely accepted today than ever before, history is able to tell long stories of why this was not the case for a very long time.
Get Educated About Pride Month
One important way to celebrate Pride Month is to learn more about this history of the LGBTQ+ movement. Take a look at these interesting facts that might be good reminders of how far the world has come in accepting everyone:
- The designer of the rainbow flag that represents the LGBTQ movement was Gilbert Baker, and the flag was first created in 1978. Seeing it as a symbol for anyone involved in Pride, he decided not to trademark the flag.
- Henry Gerber was the founder of the first gay rights organization in the United States, called “The Society of Human Rights”, in 1924. He was arrested in 1925 and the organization folded out of a lack of resources.
- Bill Clinton was the first sitting US President to recognize Pride Month. Prior to 1999, it was a grass-roots event that was not recognized by the US government.
- Originally used by Nazis to shame homosexual men in concentration camps, the Pink Triangle (with the point at the bottom) was reclaimed for LGBTQ Pride.
Employer Engagement - RAF
The end of last term saw a visit from the RAF, they ran an assembly and careers stand to show our students the opportunities available to them when they leave school. Our year 10 students also spent some time off timetable taking part in some personal development tasks hosted by our visitors.
Year 11s summer Barbeque party!
The Year 11s BBQ party will be on Friday 23rd June here at UTC Swindon. Dress code is casual smart. This will be an opportunity for students to see their friends again before starting the new phase of their lives and celebrate their successes here at UTC.
There will be delicious food, soft drinks and games. An allocated space for pictures, cakes, etc.
We are asking for a minimum contribution of £5.00 to help buy the food, drinks, etc. Please make payment via parent pay:
Please complete this form to give your student permission to attend the party: Year 11s summer Barbeque party! Permission Form
Are you enthusiastic about technology and interested in exploring and expanding what you know about staying safe online? CyberFirst’s programme of free face-to-face and online summer courses could be just the thing to develop essential skills and bring a fresh purpose to your break.
The CyberFirst Defenders, Futures and Advanced courses are for 14 to 17-year-olds. You’ll learn all kinds of practical insights into digital safety and how everyday technology really works. Course content will be delivered in our usual fun and interesting way, and you’ll get to meet lots of like-minded students.
More information can be found here;
The Student Leadership Board is providing a variety of enrichment activities to those in the
school community so that students can socially engage in non-curricular activities and have some fun.
Each club has a designated leader and room. Equipment is not provided for some of the clubs, such as music and DnD, so participants need to make sure they bring their own items when needed.
Please ask your student to contact any of the Student Board Leaders or Dani for more information
If your student intends to join the DnD club, please can you give consent for them to stay after school hours: Parental Consent
The timetable for the clubs is as follows:
Ever thought of being a governor?
Becoming a school governor is an invaluable role, contributing to “transforming lives through learning” of all Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) learners. This is an extremely rewarding opportunity to make a difference and give something back to the local community. Becoming an ALET governor will allow you to use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You would also be joining the largest volunteer network force in the country, with over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
To become a governor, you must be aged over 18 and have the necessary skills, attributes, and time to positively impact our learners. You do not necessarily need an understanding of education systems to be successful in this role as plenty of training and support is available and school governance benefits from a range of backgrounds such as from business, HR, legal, marketing and property. Our schools and University Technical Colleges in Theale, Bicester, Reading, Didcot, Swindon and Hillingdon need the benefit from a wide range of professional knowledge to provide a balanced and diverse range of knowledge, skill, and experience to be effective. As noted by Ofsted – the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management, which includes the governing body.
Should you wish to discuss what this role entails in more detail, please contact Heledd Walker, Head of Governance and Compliance via email Clerk@alet.org.uk.
The Fashion Event - Swindon
Former UTC Swindon student, Liam, is modelling for a Charity Fashion Show in Swindon on 1st July, as a friend of Liam's took his own life in March, they are raising funds for Young Minds Charity.
The Fashion Event in memory of Euan Schaub will be held at the Doubletree Hilton on July 1 from 4pm to 8.30pm. Guests are asked to wear something yellow, which is the colour associated with Young Minds UK.
In addition to the fashion show, there will be an auction, a showcase of clothing from Laurence Lewellyn Bowen's and he may also be attending.
For more information, visit The Fashion Event Facebook page and look for the Swindon date.
Please do join our Parent Facebook Group, this is a community page, giving you the opportunity to meet, help each other and discuss anything related to UTC Swindon. Please be aware that this should not be used to liaise directly with the school. You can join the group here: UTC Swindon Parents Group
Dates for the diary
- Monday 15th May up to and including Wednesday 28th June 2023 - Year 11 and Year 13 Exam Period
- Thursday 17th August – A level results day
- Thursday 24th August - GCSE results day
Remaining Term dates for 2022 to 2023
- Summer Term 2: Monday 5 June 2023 – Friday 21 July 2023
Term dates: Academic year 2023-24
- Autumn Term 1: Tuesday 5 September 2023 – Wednesday 18 October 2023
- Autumn Term 2: Monday 30 October 2023 – Wednesday 20 December 2023
- Spring Term 1: Wednesday 10 January 2024 – Friday 9 February 2024
- Spring Term 2: Monday 19 February 2024 – Thursday 28 March 2024
- Summer Term 1: Tuesday 16 April 2024 – Friday 24 May 2024
- Summer Term 2: Monday 3 June 2024 – Wednesday 24 July 2024
Further details can be found on our website: Term Dates
Have a great weekend