Newsletter – 2nd March 2023
It’s been a great week, filled with trips and visits from external speakers, all supporting our students with their learning. We are firm believers for using the resources around us to help our students learn and gain experience outside of the classroom.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Yesterday our Y10 Engineers had a visit from Anthony Atkinson from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. He was giving valuable environmental information about birds & conservation linked to their NCFE Bird Box engineering projects. We hope the students gained an insight into why bird boxes are so important and the things they need to factor into their designs.
On Tuesday we had a visit from Wiltshire Police Cybercrime prevent and protect officers. They will be brought their Police exhibition vehicle onto site for students to come and discuss the threat of young people becoming involved in becoming money mules and county lines but are gave advice on all matters of cyber security/online safety.
University & Apprenticeship Fair Bristol
On Wednesday, ten of our Year 12 students visited the University & Apprenticeship Fair in Bristol, the perfect opportunity for them to choose which university or apprenticeship is right for them. They had the opportunity to speak to a multitude of exhibiting universities and apprenticeship providers including Russell Group, red brick and modern institutions, as well as apprenticeship providers and local colleges. It was a very informative day for all.
Year 12 Trip to the Southern Manufacturing Show at Farnborough
Thursday 9th February saw our Year 12 Engineering Students travel to Farnborough for the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show. Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the UK and a major pan-European showcase for new technology in machinery, production equipment, electronic production and assembly, tooling and components as well as subcontract services across an impressively wide range of industry. It was an opportunity for our students to see the engineering processes that they have been learning about on their BTEC Level 3 and talk to industry experts. Students engaged with a wide range of companies and potential employers.
We were also lucky enough to travel on the Barnes coach used by Swindon Town FC which was very fancy!!
Carbon capture: What is it and how does it fight climate change? Burning fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal to generate electricity emits CO2, which is the main driver of climate change. The carbon capture process stops most of the CO2 produced from being released, and either re-uses it or stores it underground. Find out more about this ground-breaking power station and the science behind carbon capture here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-64723497
Carbon capture: What is it and how does it fight climate change?
Burning fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal to generate electricity emits CO2, which is the main driver of climate change.
The carbon capture process stops most of the CO2 produced from being released, and either re-uses it or stores it underground.
Find out more about this ground-breaking power station and the science behind carbon capture here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-64723497
SPACE In-Person Event – 4th March
As part of the SPACE (Supporting Parents and Carers in Education) programme, Study Higher are running a free, in-person event, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, MADE and Villiers Park.
This is an exclusive, invite only event, taking place on Saturday 4th March, open to the parents of those who have participated in a Study Higher event or workshop this year.
If your young person is considering higher education, come and join the FREE, informative, and fun session which will provide you with the tools and knowledge to support your young person with their journey to higher education.Find out more and register here: SPACE In-Person Event - Invite only
Y12 Career Placement Opportunity
A widely recognised programme, Nuffield Research Placements, offer students the opportunity to be matched to a placement in line with their subject interests and future career. Find out more about the programme at https://www.stem.org.uk/nuffield-research-placements
Fully funded placements take place during the school summer holidays before Year 13, offering students the chance to gain real-life career experience, networking opportunities and receive accreditation to add to their personal statement/UCAS/etc.
With a 31st March deadline, now is a great time for students to apply: https://www.nuffieldresearchplacements.org/
Maths interventions - Year 11
Based on PPE results, the maths department have developed some intervention sessions to support our year 11 students. The sessions will focus on exam techniques, how to approach exam questions to minimise misconceptions, and further enhance students' problem-solving thinking.
The maths interventions are after school from 15:40 - 16:10. If you would like your student to have this opportunity, please follow the link to give your parental consent: Maths Intervention Consent form.
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. The timetable for the clubs is as follows:
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
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
- 8th March – Year 10 and 11 Amazon challenge day. Year 12 and 13 will have remote learning off site.
- Monday 8th May 2023 has been confirmed as a Bank Holiday in celebration of the coronation of King Charles
- Monday 15th May up to and including Wednesday 28th June 2023 - Year 11 and Year 13 Exam Period
Term dates for 2022 to 2023
- Spring Term 2: Monday 20th February 2023 – Friday 31st March 2023
- Summer Term 1: Wednesday 19th April 2023 – Friday 26th May 2023 – Reflects the INSET days planned on 17th and 18th April.
- Summer Term 2: Monday 5 June 2023 – Friday 21 July 2023
Further details can be found on our website: Term Dates
Have a good weekend
With good wishes