Claires Court Bulletin

SIXTH FORM

FROM THE HEADS OF SIXTH FORM

Moving on from the examinations, the students have been involved in several activities this week including a Maths trip, music concert, Young Enterprise trade fair at Windsor, Sports Leaders refereeing the Junior Boys football tournament and fund raising activities.

We look forward to seeing Year 12 parents with the students next Thursday evening.

As it is National Careers Week next week do have a look at the several excellent opportunities outlined below.

Andy Giles

Stephanie Rogers

FANCY DRESS FUN RUN FOR 3FOR3

The Year 12 BTEC Sport group are organising a charity Fun Run to raise money for our 3for3 charities this year, Alexander Devine Childrens Hospice, Rosies Rainbow Fund and Daisy's Dream. This will take place on Monday 7 March from 3.30-5.00pm on the College Ave sports field and all Girls from Years 3-11 and Sixth Form are invited to take part. Dress up in your favourite costume, pay £2.50 to enter and have a great time with your friends! As the money goes to charity why not ask your family or friends to sponsor you per lap?

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT 3FOR3

DONUT EATING COMPETITION

The annual Sixth Form effort to raise money for 3for3 took place on Thursday with Year 13 yet again having the bigger mouths and stomachs! I guess they are a year older, bigger and greedier!
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FORTHCOMING DATES

Mon 7 Mar - National Careers Week

Mon 7 Mar - BTEC Fancy Dress Fun Run for charity 3.30 - 5.00pm

Mon 7 Mar - Senior Music Concert

Thurs 10 Mar - Year 12 Parents Evening 6pm

Fri 11 Mar - Trip to Royal Holloway University Library (4 students only)

Fri 11 Mar - A2 Media Studies mock exam 2pm HM4

Mon 14 Mar - National Science Week

Mon 14 Mar - Year 12 to UCAS Higher Education Exhibition Guildford

Wed 16 Mar - AS Media Studies mock exam 2pm HM4

Thurs 17 Mar - Year 13 Parents Evening 6pm

MOVING HOLOCAUST ASSEMBLY

Lauren Walters and Tom Williams who travelled to Birkenau - Auschwitz to learn about the Holocaust gave a very moving assembly to the Sixth Form and Year 11 this morning. It was clear that they had learned a great deal from the experience, both historically and emotionally, and were keen to educate others. Two memorable moments from their presentation were the sheer numbers of people murdered and that there were many other groups of people killed besides Jewish people, and the unbelievable cold that the inmates must have endured wearing just flimsy pyjamas all day.
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MATHS INSPIRATION TALK

On Monday over thirty Year 12 and 13 mathematicians had the opportunity to travel to Reading Hexagon to hear three fascinating talks by inspiring mathematicians. One (Hannah Fry) told us how all types of human and animal behaviour (including match making, crowd movements and starling murmurations) can be modelled, predicted and copied by mathematical equations. Another, an architectural engineer demonstrated some of the maths and aesthetics of building arches and roofs at football and olympic stadiums and the third Rob Eastaway demonstrated how probability can help us make big lifetime decisions and improve our chances at gambling! As the date was 29th February we were also treated to many important facts of leap years too! All in all it was an interesting and inspiring morning.

Mrs Burdett

MUSIC CONCERT AT SENIOR GIRLS

It was a thoroughly entertaining evening on Thursday and a real delight to see how much talent we have in our current Sixth Form. Congratulations to Flora Gault, Emily King, Ed Axtell and Jack Jesseman for their excellent items. Thank you also to Annabel Mears, Sophie Parsons and Alastair Roberts-Rhodes for their contribution to the choir.

We say 'best wishes and good luck' to some of our boys who will be joining with Senior Boys on Monday evening for their concert.

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UCAS HIGHER EDUCATION EXHIBITION

Year 12 students have registered to attend the UCAS Higher Education Exhibition at the University of Surrey, Guildford, on Monday 14 March. A coach will transport students to and from this event where they will be able to explore the entry requirements to courses of interest. Even students who are currently not sure about going to university should attend, as it will help them to clarify their ideas about further or higher education. Students should ensure they have printed their entry ticket out and bring it into school with them. Anyone having a problem with this should speak to Mrs Rogers as a matter of urgency.

WOMEN IN ENGINEERING

At The Aspire Centre, 350 Edinburgh Avenue, Slough SL1 4TU

On 16 March 2016 9.30am-1pm.

This half day event aims to encourage and motivate young women to become engineers and pursue STEM careers. With apprentices and other associates from Mars Chocolate UK there on the day to present to the students and offer advice on how to succeed in the industry, attendees will have a brilliant opportunity to learn first-hand about life as an engineer with one of the world’s most famous brand names. Our students can find out about the apprenticeship and graduate options available and have their say about how to inspire women to get into engineering and other STEM roles.


Student's should book direct - via Fiona Jones manager@sloughaspire.com or call 01753 530146

SUMMER PROJECTS

The International Conference Centres for Young Leaders (ICCYL) is inviting UK pupils, aged 13 to 17, to join its 2016 Easter and summer programmes. This UK organisation has brought students together since 2013 to inspire their learning and engagement in the challenges facing a changing world. All three UK conferences take a project-based approach to learning which enhances skills in communication, research, team working and leadership through practical and enjoyable activities. Over the two-week programme students can participate in workshops, group discussions, project visits and debates while at the same time developing a team project on one of our three conference topics: climate change, emerging leadership or safe and sustainable mobility. Students have valued the opportunity to meet and work alongside their peers from around the world while also hearing from leading organisations including Oxfam, The University of Oxford and Climate Outreach.

Bookings are now being taken for the following dates:

· 21 - 31 March (St Edwards School, Oxford) Easter promotion applies

· 11 - 21 July (University of Reading, Reading)

· 25 July - 4 Aug (Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames)

More information on ICCYL can be found at: http://www.iccyl.com/

CISCO APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Denis Savostiyanov, Engineering Manager at Cisco, came to speak to our students just before half term and inspired them to think about careers in STEM related areas and engineering. He has invited our students to apply for work experience with him at Cisco this summer which will be beneficial in itself and also enhance their CV and applications for university and/or apprenticeships or employment.


Cisco are also offering students the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships with them. Below is some of the information Cisco have sent us and anyone interested should speak to Mrs Rogers who will supply more details.


'We bet that you, along with billions of people everywhere, use the internet every day without really thinking about what makes it tick. Whether you’re streaming music, blogging, chatting to friends, sharing cat videos or perhaps even applying for jobs, Cisco powers the technology that connects you to the world. Why not consider joining us?

As a Cisco Apprentice you’ll be part of a team that cares about its customers, has a lot of fun, and even takes part in changing the lives of those in our local communities. There are now more mobile devices than every human being on the planet!'

BUSINESS STUDIES DROP-IN SESSIONS - Change of day and time

These sessions are open to all students who would like specific help with their studies. Come along any Tuesday lunchtime from 1.00 - 1.30pm with your questions ready. Starts on Tuesday 1 March in HM2/HM3.

PTA SUMMER BALL - 14 May 2016

Great Gatsby Ball - 14 May 2016

We now have reservations for well over 400 people for the annual ball, quite amazing! If you have reserved a table you have until 1st April to pay. If you would still like a table please let us know and we can add you to the waiting list pta.ccgs@gmail.com

SPORT

The U18 netball team lost to Leighton Park 15 - 28. Moyin Forsythe was player of the match.

All football matches were cancelled at the very last minute which was very disappointing for our teams.