Epic New Zealand Journey

By Adam Bantick, History Dept., 2 February 2021

Well done to former college student Shay Broomhall, who is currently engaged in an epic journey from the top of New Zealand to the bottom. He is walking, running and canoeing the route, and has currently completed the North Island section. He is supporting Care4Calais who provide essential aid such as tents, food and clothing for refugees in France and Belgium. A link to his fundraising page is HERE

College Squash Team

By Jo Lawrence, Head of Sport and PE, 16 February 2020

Once again, the College squash team organised and coached by Tim Barrott have successfully reached the next stage of the National Schools Competition. Before Christmas the college squash team played in Stage 1. The team was superb, winning all three matches quite comprehensively. Despite the college team winning, they scored fewer points overall than Felsted A and The Leys and initially were disappointed to be put through to the Plate rather than the Championship group. However, following discussion with England Squash, the college team have been allowed to go forward to the full competition. The next round of the competition is on 27th February at Aylesbury.

Fencing Kit

By Mike Cura, PE Dept., 26 January 2020

We have recently passed some of our unused fencing kit to Colchester & District Fencing Club (CADS), who will be using it for their younger fencers.  One of the coaches, Andy Page, who coaches full- time at Cambridge University, Felstead school and other primary and secondary schools in the Eastern Region will, we are sure make excellent use of it. He is a qualified British Fencing coach and, the equipment is made out of plastic instead of metal, younger children can join his lessons.

Restart a Heart Day

By Jo Lawrence, Head of Sport, 21 October 2019

A big thank you to everyone who got involved in "Restart a Heart" Day. 

Last week Colchester Sixth Form College students participated in ‘this national event, with the aim of getting as many students and staff as possible trained in CPR.

Chris Cheetham and a team of first responders from Mersea Island kindly came into college for the whole day and led the event to students and staff. PE students had the opportunity to be involved in the morning and afternoon sessions and there were open sessions provided throughout the lunch period for all staff and students. These events were great fun, but with a serious intent to help folk save lives using CPR and defibrillators.

Basketball Victory

By Jo Lawrence, Head of Sport , 3 October 2019

Well done to the basketball squad, who beat Oaklands Sixth Form College 67-61 earlier this week 

Squash Team Success

By Nesta James, Head of Sport & PE, 30 March 2019

The squash team played extremely well in national championships last week. They ended up 5th in the country in Key Stage 5 - and as the highest ranked non-public school in the country.

They lost their first match against Gosforth Academy (the ultimate winners) 1-4, however the girls got together and then won their next two matches beating Wycombe Academy 3-2 and then Aylesbury 4-1.

Every one of the girls ended up winning at least one of their matches and the girls were a real credit to the College with their positive attitude all day, with their friendly approach to everyone, including their opponents during their matches and with the general way in which they approached a tough day!

(L-R - Elli, Georgia, India, Piper and Izzy)

Guest Speaker

By Shelley Johnson, PE Dept., 11 February 2019

The Sports Department was delighted to receive a visit from David Dein MBE, the former vice-chairman of Arsenal Football Club and former vice-chairman of the Football Association. The room was packed; he spoke to well over a hundred students,. He was very engaging and we have had some very positive feedback from students since. David said in turn that our students were a real credit to the college.  He was about to fly off to Rome for the UEFA congress for two days, so it was great that he came to us beforehand.

Heart of the Matter

By Mike Cura, PE Department, 4 February 2019

On 18th December Essex University Masters Student Katherine White attended college to present a practical workshop to all year 1 PE students. The workshop and presentation, which supplemented work done at A Level and introduced students to the potential for university study, involved students using portable gas analysers and heart rate monitors to assess cardiovascular response to exercise.