|From the Office|
|Thursday 19 September - Senior Speech Day|
Our Senior Speech Day will take place at the Magnet on Thursday 19 September at 2.30pm and is a chance to celebrate the successes of the last school year. All parents welcome, invitations were sent out last week to prize winners.
Friday 20 September - Jeans for Genes Day
£1.00 fine for wearing your jeans to school for this worthwhile charity.
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We are seeking a new Secretary and Treasurer for the main board, to be drawn from our parents or wider related school community. Parents are invited to make contact with Heidi Leigh, Registrar, via email to email@example.com, and we will be in contact quickly thereafter.
Sixth Form Driving policy
The Sixth Form Driving policy has been updated and will be emailed out separately to all parents today. All students who drive to school will need to request a “Permission to Drive” form from the Sixth Form office and return it with necessary signatures.
Sixth Form Social Club Subscriptions
Please can all Sixth Form students who wish to attend the Christmas Party and Summer Ball pay their subscriptions as soon as possible. These should be paid by Friday 27 September. Subscriptions are £50 and cheques should be made out to “Claires Court Sixth Form Social Club”. Cash is accepted but will need to be £50 exactly, and handed in to the Sixth Form office in an envelope with the student’s name on.
Illness and absence from school
If a Sixth Form student is ill or absent from school, please can you let us know by emailing or calling the Sixth Form office by 9.15am that morning. If the absence lasts longer than one day, please can you contact the office for every day of the absence. Should a student be required to leave school during the day for a Dr or Dental appointment, please can you also email or call to inform us of the appointment. You can contact the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01628 327560. Students leaving or returning to school must always use the Sixth Form entrance, not the main school entrance.
Jane Marshall – Optimising futures.
Jane Marshall came to visit Sixth Form today. The Year 12s listened to a lively talk on “Why bother going to uni?" and the Year 13s heard a very informative presentation on interview preparation, which is useful for university, work and apprenticeships. Jane gave them lots of tips to remember. Good examples follow:
1. Logistics – check exactly where to go and when - arrive an hour early, (coffee, re read application, get calm!) Dress appropriately - be smart, show respect, comfortable, modest skirt length, tone down the piercings, bling! Don’t irritate or distract the interviewers. Take water - ask if it’s ok to drink some. Show respect. Smile! Eye contact is polite but its not a staring competition! Body language - do not cross arms! Relax, hands in lap. No chair? I’ll go and find a chair, show initiative. Use common sense, be polite. Shake hand? Yes for a job interview. At uni? Follow interviewers lead ... firm handshake.
2. Be ready to explain why you’re applying. Ice breaker question. Answer positively. Don’t lie in interviews - except about a dreadful journey!
3. Have examples of when you used competency based skills eg motivate a team
4. About the course - read about it, talk about it. Vocational skills eg collaboration, communication. Give examples, include problem solving. Strengths and weaknesses - beginning of Y12 daunted by volume of work, developed good time management skills and am coping well now. Find 3 positive things about yourself. Practice every morning!
5. Subject specific questions. Portfolio for creative subjects. Talk about artists, genres etc. Audition - helps. Maths/physics/eng - algebra, calculus, probability, graphs. Demonstrate working. Talk, show. Geography - where would you most like to be right now? Be topical, include skills you could develop there. Sports management - motivation, sports psychology, current examples, Ben Stokes. Business - how to market rock star eg social media, schools tour, advertising campaigns. Cadbury’s - branded a colour. Biology - May ask you to talk about an object, educated guess if unsure what it is! Don’t have to be right, but show some logical thinking. Physics - talk about this lamp! English - talk about this lamp! Don’t panic. Find a link. Politics - which party, policies you like. Law - what laws impact us? In education/training until 18, safeguarding. Economics - economic value in this bottle of water. Higher in a desert. Use names of economists. Extra reading. Media - ethical reporting, super injunctions, fake news, cyber bullying. Finance - types of profit, taxes etc
6. Think about your contribution to university life or outside interests for job/apprenticeship interview. Talk about joining a society, team, club. What are your outside interests? Have you done any work experience, or volunteering?