In our final assembly, for this cohort of year 13 students, we celebrated their achievements for the last time. Starting with a re-enactment of the Disney Film ‘Frozen’ by four students, we then moved onto videos of the prom and their time in Sixth Form. There were awards for outstanding achievements in subjects, form tutor awards and prefect awards. For the final time we wish this fantastic group of students goodbye and good luck.

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    Our new Career’s Fair took place today with over 30 employers. This gave year 12 students the opportunity to talk to real employers and gain key insight into a variety of professions. The day was a huge success with both employers and students commenting on how much they enjoyed the event. Thank you to all those that attended and made the day so positive.

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      This week we had the Sixth Form Induction for our prospective year 12 students. This gave students the chance to try out a Sixth Form timetable, learn more about the fantastic opportunities in Sixth Form such as mentoring, prefects, the council, DoE, trips, activities, enrichment and so on. The day concluded in a team building activity to build the tallest tower possible using just paper and sellotape. Many students commented on what a fantastic time they had and how they are looking forward to joining us in September.

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        In an emotional evening on 22nd of May, we bided farewell to our current year 13 students at the Sixth Form Prom. Our venue, Hotel La Tour, played host to an evening that was one of high spirits, laughter and good food. We even had time to welcome back the annual “Glaysher Awards” - this year with our new host, Mr Morris. There was a number of fun awards and activities including some of the students taking part in a singing competition, a design challenge and a dance off. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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          In the first week of term a group of Year 13s had the opportunity to attend City University London. Over the 2 days they had the chance to see some of the sights of London including the Millennium Wheel, the Thames, the Tower of London, and The Shard. They even experienced walking across the famous Millennium Bridge and walked through the grounds of St Pauls Cathedral.

          During their time at City University they were able to discover how living like a student might feel, with accommodation being the Local Halls of Residence at Liberty Court. The second day brought with it a tour of the impressive facilities at the Universities disposal. On the campus they had a fully equipped radio and television studio, as well as a large gym and sports centre especially for the students. The group I toured with were particularly impressed with the full equipped hospital ward just for teaching. The students thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days getting to hear the experiences of the student ambassadors, how student finance should not be a barrier to higher education.

          Those they attended also received inside information on how to complete their personal statements. For more details on the trip and future events in Sixth Form make sure you follow us on twitter @KESH6thform.

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            Congratulations to our Young Enterprise team Distinctive who last night won Best Presentation and Best Managing Director (Christy) at the Birmingham Finals.

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              Sixth form students and staff organised a fantastic end of term event with stalls, grotto, photo booth's and more. We aren't sure about the Christmas jumpers on show but it was all part of the fun! A well run event giving responsibility to sixth formers is a core value of KESH Academy's sixth form.

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                Diary of a sixth form student...

                    When setting off, we endured 30 hours of travel, which included a very bumpy ride across the English Channel. When reaching Hotel Monte Maggio, there was a loud cheer at the back of the bus where we were situated. This was the start of our amazing 6 days in Italy. On the day of our arrival, we were suited up with all of our ski gear which would be used the very next day for our first ski lesson. On our first ski lesson, we were taught the basics of how to ski, which included how to snowplough. This was difficult for some but they soon picked up on how to do it. On the first night, we got to know the locals who were very welcoming. When arriving back at the hotel most people felt tired, so everybody turned in for the night.

                    When everybody woke up on the second day, we all went downstairs and had a nutritious breakfast together. This would hopefully give us enough energy to get us through until dinner time. When we were all kitted up, it was time to go back onto the slopes and get skiing again. We would now learn further skills that would help us develop our techniques. This is what we would be doing the next day as well, which would mean that on the fourth day, we were ready to go out onto the routes of the mountains, which would turn out to be an amazing experience for everyone. When we eventually went out onto the mountains, we would be in our usual groups and would have teachers with us at all times. In Paulo’s group, there was a phrase that was coming out that was about Mr Burgher. Due to him not being the best skier in the world, he would usually be found at the back of the group always trailing behind. When the group would stop and wait for Mr Burgher, Paulo came out with a phrase saying “Is Symon alive?”. This was told as a joke as Mr Burgher wouldn’t be seen for a few minutes and there was the joking thought of him falling off the edge of the cliffs! This would stick with Mr Burgher throughout the trip.

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                  Miss Sweeney and Mr Tucker had the pleasure of taking a group of Year 12 Public Services students to the Lake District for three days of swimming in Lake Ullswater (nippy!), kayaking, rock climbing and an overnight expedition. The picture shows them after a 'jog and dip' in the very cold lake at about 7am in the morning after their very wet night of camping!

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