We are delighted to announce that this week we have received approval and secured funding from Essex County Council to improve our Expressive Arts facilities at our FRC campus. We will keep you up-dated with news of this exciting venture in the coming weeks, including details of the new facilities which will include extended Dance and Drama space. If you would like to view the plans they are available on the Maldon District Council website.
Aimhigher year 9 cohort visits Colchester United Football Club
On Friday 11th February 2011 the year 9 Aimhigher cohort visited Colchester United Community Sports Trust whose classroom is in the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The programme for the day was ‘The Learning Journey’ which focuses on the journey from choosing year 9 options into a career. Different pathways and opportunities were explored including the distractions along the way which may take you off course, plus the support structures which enable you to get back on track.
Students were encouraged to think through and discuss which factors enabled a smooth journey and what they could do to improve their chances of a successful outcome. The day was very much about taking responsibility for your own journey and gave students plenty to think about with regard to the choices they are going to be making in both the short and long term.
The practical activity involved a tour of the stadium where students took relevant photographs, using cameras provided by the Trust, in order to put together a short 2 minute movie using iMovie and Garage Band. The day was very fast paced and kept the students focussed and on task throughout. They obviously enjoyed using different software and equipment, taking to it all with relative ease. Finally, the students were able to burn to disc the movie they had produced to take home with them. The students were all very positive and clearly gained a lot from the experience.
Mr Barnes and Mrs Demes
Year 12 students visit Downing College, Cambridge
On Friday 4th February 21 students from the Sixth Form College went on an Aimhigher trip to Downing College in Cambridge. The day was led by Carl Griffiths who was the first student from his small Comprehensive in North Wales to attend a Russell Group University.
We had the opportunity to listen to Dr Guy Williams, Director of Studies in Engineering and Downing College’s Admissions Officer who gave excellent advice on writing personal statements and university interviews. It was fantastic to be given this information first hand! He also gave us a lecture on his current research into M.R.I. scanning and its present and possible future applications.
We were shown around the college and were given the opportunity to speak to a couple of undergraduates about life at University, even looking at their bedrooms and accommodation. We then had lunch in the refectory at Downing College.
After lunch we walked around Cambridge looking at some of the other Colleges, [there are twenty-nine of them] and heard about some bizarre traditions and tales, like the Climbing Society in Cambridge re-assembling a working mini on the top of King’s College Chapel!
It was really good to see the University and also to have the opportunity to ask questions about finance and Uni life. Everyone enjoyed it and found the trip very informative, beneficial and interesting.
Joe Williams (Year 12 Student)
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