The Newsletter aims to provide students and parents with useful dates and information, to highlight a number of key arrangements, activities and events over the forthcoming period and to feed back with regards to a number of recent activities.  I have also recently sent a letter, by email, to parents of all Year 2, Advanced Foundation Programme and IB students, who will be leaving College at the end of their academic programmes this summer - and outlined information and issues relevant specifically to leavers and their parents.

Yr.2 IB external exams have recently begun.  Year 1 A level and Year 1 IB students are now underway with their May Internal Assessments.  

External A level, Applied General and GCSE exams will begin shortly.  Important guidance notes relating to both the examinations arrangements and requirements and, more broadly, the summer period, have recently been distributed to all Year 2 and AFP students.  These notes provide details of summer examination procedures as well as giving a series of relevant dates, information and guidance relevant to the May to September period.  We advise that parents, as well as students, read these guidance notes carefully and we strongly recommend that the guidance notes are then kept at home in an accessible place for reference over the period to early September.  The guidance notes are also electronically posted on the College website under ‘Documents – Student Notes’ and students can also access the information via Moodle.  

A summary of key dates for the immediate period ahead is also included at the end of this Newsletter and the College website provides many key items of information including Term Dates for 2019/20 year.  The Provisional Term Dates for 2020/2021 year will be finalised and posted on the website later this month 

In addition to information in this Newsletter, details of a wide range of student activities at the College can be found in the ‘News’ Section of the College website http://www.colchsfc.ac.uk/news/.  This section is updated regularly and provides magazine style coverage of a range of student activities  All key documents and important information for parents are posted on the College website (as well as on Moodle, for students) and parents may wish to check the website  in order to stay up to date.  

A very busy Tutorial Programme has taken place throughout this academic year.  The three main themes have been personal development and wellbeing, progression and engagement with society.  Specific activities have included sessions relating to Online Safety, Safeguarding and Prevent, a series of Charity and Community Support activities, Health Awareness and Coping with Stress, Armistice Commemoration.  A group of our students and staff have been actively involved in a range of citizenship activities including the College Friends not Foes group, who have been working with the Borough and other local agencies to support local Syrian refugees (see later section for detail) – A group of students has been actively involved in Colchester Citizens who have been working in conjunction with other local organisations including the University of Essex, local charity, church and community groups.

The College will be holding a Reunion and Awards Event (for students leaving us this summer, their parents/family members and friends) at Charter Hall, on the evening of Wednesday 18 December 2019.  A wide range of student achievements and contributions will be recognised and celebrated on the evening.  Invitations will be sent out to all parents of students leaving the College this Summer in the mid-autumn period (and to our former students via their parents’ home address as we will not have accurate ‘new address’ information).

With great sadness we have report that Sarah Painter, our Head of Geography subject area has recently passed away following illness.  Sarah had been receiving medical treatment from last May.  Sarah had taught some of our current year 2 students when they were in their first year.  We have organised a Memorial Meeting at 3pm on 16 May in the Drama Studio and if any students or former students are able and would like to attend along with staff and close family members they are, of course very welcome.

Where needs arise, please contact your son or daughter’s Personal or Senior Tutor or, if appropriate, Jo Cadman, Assistant Principal with responsibility for student matters, or myself.

Ian MacNaughton
Principal
May 2019         

Public Examination Arrangements 

The summer programme of public examinations is now underway.  The IB Diploma public examinations for Year 2 students recently started (on Tuesday 7 May).  A large number of oral and practical assessments and some external exams have taken place over recent weeks in a range of A level subjects and also for a number of other qualifications and the exam sittings for  the A level exams begin in late May and for GCSE and AS levels a little earlier ...

In March, all A level and GCSE students were given outline individual examination timetable information for the summer period and students now have a paper copy of their final detailed individual exam timetables.  This information is also available to them electronically, on an ongoing basis on their Moodle account.  Where appropriate, students have received notifications including ‘clash re-arrangements’ or ‘access arrangements’.  It is imperative that all details are checked and that, if there are any problems or issues, they are reported immediately to the Examinations Department (01206 500718/500789 or email exams@colchsfc.ac.uk).  

The Internal Assessment and Study Leave period for Year 1 A Level students commenced at 4pm on Wednesday 8 May and for Year 2 A Level students Exam and Study leave begins at 4pm on Wednesday 15 May.  

All Year 2 students have also received detailed notification of the public examination procedures and instructions within the guidance notes referred to in the first paragraph of this Newsletter.  They have also had a verbal briefing relating to the key public examination procedures and the other arrangements relevant to them through the May to September period.  It is crucial that each student is fully aware of, and then follows, the procedures and arrangements that are in place. 

All students on Exam and Study leave will, of course, continue to be able to study in the College Library or the Pavilion or use other study facilities within the College throughout the Examination and Study Leave period.  Teaching staff will also be available to help and support their students and there will be further revision classes and workshops made available in a number of A level subject areas in May and early June, including a number of options in the forthcoming Half Term.  The revision classes and workshops organised for the Easter vacation period were very well attended.  The Library will also be open in Half Term for any students who wish to use the facilities (from 9.00 to 4.00 Tuesday 29 May to Friday 31 May).  

Should there be any ‘mishap’ (e.g. significant illness or injury) which upsets a student’s preparation or affects his/her exam performance on the day of the examinations, it is very important that the College is informed about this as quickly as possible.  If the circumstances warrant it, we will write to the relevant Examination Board and to any prospective employer or Higher Education Institution to explain the circumstances.  Examination Boards will usually require a medical certificate, from a GP or a hospital for a student to be eligible for ‘special consideration’ where there are significant last minute medical issues.  It is essential that we are notified as quickly as possible of any problem which emerges and which is relevant to specific examination(s).  

Students are strongly advised to note, very carefully, all the specific detail within their individual exam timetables, in particular the detail regarding the specific exam dates and also the am (morning) or pm (afternoon) sitting arrangements for each of their examinations.  Students who miss a morning exam will not be allowed to sit it in the afternoon (or on following days).  

All morning public examinations will begin at 9.15am and afternoon public examination sessions begin at 1.45pm (unless students are notified otherwise).  Students are urged to plan their travel arrangements and to allow plenty of time for any potential or unexpected disruption, to ensure they are not late for the start of their examinations.  We strongly advise students to give a copy of their timetable to parents to help them with their organisation and to avoid making serious mistakes. A student who mistakenly attends an afternoon session instead of a morning session or attends the day after their exam has taken place will not, in any circumstances, be allowed by the Examination Board to take that examination - and this will then mean that they will not be awarded a grade in the relevant subject.

In line with Government and Examination Board regulations, students have been briefed and they must ensure they do not bring mobile telephones, iPods, iPads, Tablets or any other programmable electronic device into an examination room.  This includes not wearing programmable technology such as i-Watches.  Examination Boards will disqualify candidates if students breach these regulations.   If students feel it necessary to bring in such items into College on the day of an exam and cannot make alternative secure storage arrangements, the College operates a system where mobile telephones and other electronic items can be handed in, and left for safe keeping with the General Office during an examination.

From 15 August, (when A level/Applied General/EPQ results are published), and then from 22 August (when GCSE results are published), each of the public Examination Boards provide a range of post result services and facilities including ‘computer checks’, ‘re-marks’ and ‘access to scripts’.  Please be aware that most of these services are only available upon request and the exam boards levy charges.  Requests can also only be made within a very limited period of time after the publication of results.  Staff from the College Examinations Department will be happy to help with any enquiries about the services available or any concerns regarding examination arrangements.  

Most results will be released to students electronically, on the relevant days.  A level/Applied General/EPQ students will be able to access their results on Thursday 15 August from their Moodle accounts.  GCSE students’ results will be available from their Moodle account on Thursday 22 August.  It is expected that A level/Applied General/EPQ and GCSE results will be electronically available from approx. 8am on the relevant days.  Alternatively, if students prefer to receive their results in person at College, they will be able to come into College to either use our ICT facilities or collect printed results from the Drama Studio from 8.30am onwards.

Year 2 IB students will be able to access their results electronically from the IBO website on Saturday 6 July using their IB pin code, or alternatively can receive them in person at the College on Monday 8 July from 9am.  (IB Leavers’ Day is on 8 July.) 

Year 1 Students

This term Year 1 students have continued giving consideration to appropriate future career and progression routes.  The HE and Employment Careers Convention, held at College in February, gave students an excellent initial opportunity to begin to think about future progression options and an HE and Employment Introductory Evening for parents also took place at the beginning of February – and was very well attended.  The presentations used on the evening are available to view on the College website under the Careers section or can be accessed here.  

The second half of the Summer Term Tutorial Programme has a very strong progression, HE, Employment and Careers focus.  Students will have opportunities to attend presentations and workshops, during the Career Progression Event (20 and 21 May) where a wide range of progression options and activities have been organised.  A number of departments organise progression activities on 20 and 21 May or at other times. A UCAS Regional HE Convention (‘Superfair’) will be held at the University of Essex, Wivenhoe Campus on 13 June.  Further detail will be given to students in mid-May.  

There will be an opportunity for parents to discuss their son/daughter’s progress with teaching staff on Tuesday 2 July at the Parents’ Consultation Evening.  HE Update and Finance presentations will also be offered on this evening – with a choice of sessions to attend either at 6:15 p.m. or (repeated) at 7:45 p.m.  The briefing will also include an outline of the national HE financial arrangements that the Government has in place.  For those who wish to attend the Parents’ Consultation Evening on 2 July, appointments with subject staff will need to be planned around a chosen presentation time.  The presentation is expected to last about fifty minutes.  Invitation letters and further detail regarding the arrangements for 2 July will be distributed in mid-June to parents via email and will also be copied electronically to their son or daughter. 

It is essential that all students hoping to progress to a second year of study attend all classes in College and work consistently throughout the May/June/July period and until the last day of term on 17 July.  A considerable amount of A level and IB teaching will be undertaken and appropriate work will also be set for completion in this period - and also work will be set for the first days of Autumn Term (from 28 August), when most Year 2 students are not needed in College, as we are enrolling students new to College at this time. All Year 2 students are, however, required to be in College on Tuesday 3 September (and thereafter). 

Following their May Internal Assessments, a good number of Year 1 A level students, including those applying for competitive degree courses or employment areas, will progress with an individual Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  There are many ways that an EPQ can be achieved and EPQ briefings have been given in the Spring Term period outlining the criteria, arrangements and the series of possible EPQ pathways and options.  Many of the students embarking on EPQs are advised to undertake their EPQ work on an ‘accelerated ‘basis in the June/July/August period.  

Students have been made well aware that if they do not fulfil the necessary attendance and study commitments in each of their specific subjects during the May/June or July, or the summer period, as well as meeting the general and subject specific academic progression requirements, they will be unable to progress to a programme of Year 2 study in September.  

Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June are the College Induction Days for our prospective students.   Year 1 students will not, therefore, generally be required to attend College on either of those two days but students will be set work in each of their subject areas - to be completed at home or using Library study facilities at College if preferred.  

There will also be a briefing evening, on Wednesday 3 July, for the parents of those students potentially considering an application for courses at Oxford or Cambridge Universities.  Admissions Tutors from two ‘Oxbridge’ Colleges will give presentations and then answer any questions.  Interested students are also encouraged to attend.  

Current year 1 students will return for the start of year 2 on Tuesday 3 September 2019 at 9.05am.  The day will have a slightly adjusted timetable with the day starting with registration and Tutorial - but all students will be in their specific timetable teaching classes at approximately 10am.  Please note that our newly enrolled Year 1 students and returners for the Advanced Foundation Programme, will have commitments from 27 August onwards.

Transport

First Essex Buses have indicated that, from the start of the 2019/20 academic year,  they will be offering a new facility to our students.  They will offer discounted tickets and other benefits for those who study at College via the First mobile ticketing app (First Bus mTicket app). By purchasing an mTicket, students can buy and use bus tickets on a smartphone. New tickets will also be introduced, providing students with more choice and convenience. Furthermore, all travel information will be located in one place – tickets, bus timetables, route maps and up to date notices affecting First Bus services. Further details of the new arrangements will be provided by First Essex in due course. Students continuing with their studies at the College in 2019/20 year and who currently have a First Essex Bus pass will receive, by post, details for their Autumn Term pass during the first week of June. Applications for the current ‘paper’ pass with payment must be returned to college no later than 12 July to guarantee collection at the start of term. (New students enrolling at College in September will receive details within their Induction pack.)

Advice and detail regarding the range of concessionary transport schemes available in 2019/20 can be obtained from the General Office. Updated 2019/20 ‘Transport Guidance’ will also be posted on the College website (via Parents Page link on the home page) - as soon as the range of transport operators have confirmed their 2019/20 arrangements.  

Those who are resident in Essex and believe they meet the criteria for concessionary travel passes, and wish to apply or re-apply for an Essex County Council (ECC) travel pass, can apply from now - through to 30 September.  This is done via ECC.  Information is available regarding ECC travel support at www.essex.gov.uk/schooltransport.  

The Suffolk County Council web page www.suffolk.gov.uk/EducationAndLearning/Schools/TransportToSchool also has the appropriate information regarding SCC concessionary travel passes for students who are resident in Suffolk. 

Please note that a number of our students may find local transport providers offer cheaper termly concessionary season ticket options therefore made available to our students than the concessionary passes offered by ECC or SCC and we advise researching both options.

Year 2 Students

Year 2 A level students will begin their A level Exam and Study Leave period at 4pm on Wednesday 15 May 

In late April a letter with attached materials was emailed to parents of Year 2 students.  There is an outline of the key dates and arrangements for the period from April to September.  The documentation included information regarding arrangements and availability of study facilities, exam results, higher education, employment progression guidance (following publication of A level results on 15 August), and also a pro forma for completion in connection with book and learning resources deposits.

Students leaving this summer have been given detailed written instructions and information, supported by an oral briefing held in March, regarding their examinations and leaving procedures.  The written instructions can also be found on the College website (via Downloads/Year 2 Leavers’ Notes) and will remain there until early September.  The official ‘Leavers’ Day’ for all students who are completing their A level or GCSE programme of study this term is Wednesday 3 July and for IB students their ‘Leavers’ Day’ is on Monday 8 July.  Students should return all their text books and any materials or equipment that belong to the College on or before these days.

IB exams started on Tuesday 7 May and will finish before the end of May.  IB students will be able to access their IB results using their personal IB pin code, on Saturday 6 July.  Results will also be released in College from 09:00 am on Monday 8 July and the College will have a team of IB, Senior and Careers Staff available to support any IB students who may need help between 8 July and the end of term - and again from Friday 16 August onwards.  

The College is very pleased with the HE offers that our second year students have received to date.  Approximately 1000 students now hold degree course offers with approximately 500 students now holding offers from Oxbridge, Medical Schools, other ‘Russell Group’ universities or very competitive degree courses. We are also pleased with the employment and training offers that students have received and reported to us.  

In March parents were invited to a Year 2 ‘HE Evening’ update held on Wednesday 3 April.  This briefing provided an outline of key information relevant at this stage, with regard to national higher education finance and the facilities in place for those commencing Higher Education in the 2019/20 year.  For those unable to attend the briefing notes from the evening can be accessed via the College website under the Careers section or here.

A large team of Senior and Careers staff will also be available in College to support those A level students who need help during the period between A level Results Day (15 August) until the start of term on Tuesday 27 August.  It is recommended that appointments are made via our switchboard (01206 500700) for those that wish to arrange a meeting or need guidance.  

The Arts

On the evening of 7 May the Performing Arts Department held their annual awards. This was to celebrate the success and commitment of students to the department in their academic, practical and extracurricular activities. Our guest speaker this year was ex-student Kaia Goodenough who graduated from London Studio Centre in 2016. She is currently the first ever Associate Junior Artist at Dance East, creating and producing for own company, “Kaia Goodenough Dance”. 

All subject areas nominated students for awards in their specialisms and there was also an award presented to a student who has shown exceptional commitment to the whole department through their involvement in extracurricular activities. This year we awarded this to Alex Terry. We also gave special recognition to three students who have helped the department in specific areas such as creating a show reel for our website: Grace McBurney; for taking photographs of students’ practical work: Dion Duke; and for directing a Musical theatre production: Andrew Carrington-Moule.  It was a very positive and very well attended event and a lovely way to say goodbye to some of our year 2 students as well as celebrate and recognise significant achievements.

The Dance curriculum area has had a very busy 2019.  Yr.2 students completed their practical exams, with Yr.1 students involved in this series as dancers for their group choreography. The exams went well with the students clearly proud to share their hard work with their visiting examiner.  Last term our Choreographer in Residence Project was selected to perform at Dance East in the regional final of U Dance 2019 – an annual National Dance Competition.  The group have now been chosen to represent the Eastern region in the National final to be held in July at the Southbank Centre in London.  The weekend will consist of professional workshops, career advice and their final performance on the professional stage.  The seven A Level students involved in this project have worked very hard alongside our ex-student choreographer, Hayley Lemon, and we are all very proud of their success.

Sarah Pritchard, Head of Dance, would also like to recognise the hard work and tenacity of A Level Dance student Sandra Maduoma, who is one of the dancers involved in the U Dance performance.  Sarah has indicated that it was a real pleasure to watch Sandra performing at Dance East with the National Youth Dance Company. Sandra is now preparing herself for her final exams before she leaves college to study Dance and Professional Practice at University of Bedfordshire next year. Dance students have also been supporting a provision of dance outreach work which takes place work in a number of local secondary schools.  This term they have been involved in leading workshops for Year 9 to Year 11 students and performed as guests in The Gilberd Dance Show. 

Year One Dance students will be taking part in a programme of workshops, led by some of our ex-Dance students.  The former students who will attend are all currently involved in the Dance industry.  They range from university lecturers, performers and professional dancers including a number involved with leading European dance companies.  A group of ex-students return to the Sixth Form every year, to pass on their knowledge and guidance to our students.  They offer their time and expertise free of charge, giving our students an insight into the possibilities ahead of them.  

We also have trips to our local dance productions and theatres planned, students immersing themselves in the professional world of Dance. This includes supporting the work of our ex-student Kaia Goodenough. She will be sharing her work at Dance East alongside Intoto Dance – London Studio Centre’s graduate company, where Kaia trained after leaving the Sixth Form College.

We will be launching our Gold Arts Award option for all Dance students for the next academic year.  All Year Two Dance students will be given the option of complimenting their studies with either a Dance Extended Project Qualification or Gold Arts Award. Encouraging all students to extend their involvement in dance and receive recognition for their hard work in the form of UCAS points for their next adventures once leaving college.

We will also continue to support the work of The Dance Network Association, housing the Youth Dance Company in our Dance Studio every Wednesday evening.  A number of our A Level Dance and BTEC Performing Arts students are involved in this company as an opportunity to further develop their Dance practice.  For details of this weekly class, please contact info@dancenetworkassociation.org.uk

A Performance Showcase was presented on Thursday 2 May by our second year Applied General (BTEC) Extended Certificate course Performing Arts students - and is also the practical part of their Unit 3 exam.  The students had to create original devised pieces, based on the stimulus “Notes on the Art of Poetry”, by Dylan Thomas, in groups.  The pieces are a culmination of workshops and study of different dance, drama and musical theatre practitioners and styles over the last two years.  Three groups presented highly imaginative and creative work, which the audience greatly appreciated. A performance by the first year Performing Arts Certificate course students was included as part of The Gilberd School Dance Show and a quartet of dancers from our first years also presented their practical exam piece as part of the show.  This was a performance of “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago, by Kander/Fosse.  

The first year A level Drama and Theatre Studies students are currently working towards their first practical assessment. The exams will be performed on the 2nd and 3rd of July.  Parents and friends are welcome to come and watch the performances (times will be published nearer the time).  The exam along with accompanying coursework forms 40% of their A level assessment. Students are creatively adapting short stories by a variety of authors including Truman Capote, D. H. Lawrence and Italo Calvino.

On 4 July, the Performing Arts Department will be hosting an H.E conference involving a large number of our ex students who are either studying or working in the Performing Arts field.  They will be speaking to our current first years and answering their questions on options available for study and work beyond college. This has been a very positive event in the past and it is always lovely to welcome our past students back to college. 

The College has also had an excellent programme of visual arts activities throughout this academic year and activities and events will continue until the end of term.  The series of practical exams and assessments across the range of A level and IB visual arts courses have now been completed.  There will be an Art and Design Private View on Thursday 20 June 4.15pm until 6pm.  Come and see our students’ A level work across the full range of Art and Design specialisms.  The Private View will be held on the top floor of the Main Building in the Art Open space and other art classrooms.

An Arts and Culture Festival will take place on Thursday 11 July involving the whole student body.  The programme of events will be broad including a range of creative workshops such as drumming, printing and oil painting as well as a wealth of performances to watch from dance, performance and music students.

Visits, Exchanges and Expeditions and other Activities

A large number of successful field trips and visits have taken place through this academic year.  Much was reported in the Spring Newsletter but a good deal has taken place since - and in the period after the public exams there will be a further series of opportunities. 

During late April the Geology, Geography and Environmental Science department carried out field work at Flatford and a group of geographers travelled to Bournemouth.  In late April, 16 sports students successfully qualified, in a range of sports, and participated at the AOC National Sports Finals at the University of Nottingham (see lower section for detail).  A group of Psychology students visited Vue Cinema at Westfield.  Students from the English department will have ‘fieldwork’ in Stratford upon Avon from 14 to 16 June and a group of Modern Languages students will visit Bremen 16 to 24 June.  Environmental Science students will also be visiting Kew Gardens in late June.  Students from the Art department will be visiting the Sainsbury Centre (Art Gallery) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich in late June; Geology students will be travelling to Arran, 29 June to 4 July.  IB students will be visiting Wells Next to Sea 8 -10 July and a group of Modern Language students will be travelling to Paraguay 12-27 July for a major expedition – working in a disadvantaged community.  A group of staff and students are also underway with preparations for a major expedition to the Russ Foundation Community in Southern India over the forthcoming Christmas/New Year period.

Environment Committee and Conservation

The College is hoping to attract a colony of swifts to 14 nest boxes which were installed on our Midsite building in February. Swifts are naturally cliff-nesting birds that have adapted to thrive in the roof spaces of houses and churches.  However, in the past 20 years UK numbers have declined by 50%, due in part to changes in the construction of buildings.  Liam Monahan of Richard Fordham Tree Surgeons in Bures loaned the College a cherry-picker for a day so that the boxes could be fitted high up under the eaves of the building.  A further generous contribution was also made by the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Colchester group.  Acting Chair of the group, Diane Cattermole, said: “The installation of the Colchester Sixth Form College Swift nest boxes is exactly the sort of local wildlife initiative that we like to support."  

The Swift nest box appeal is the latest conservation project at the Sixth Form College reflecting widespread interest among young people in environment and conservation issues including mass extinctions and climate change.  Later this term, the College will again, for the third year, be running a Peregrine Watch Point - inviting staff, students and members of the public to enjoy superb views of the falcons which have chosen to nest on Jumbo, Colchester’s landmark water tower. Courtesy of student Gemma Polley, who was awarded a Jack Petchey Award and decided to use the grant to continue with the quest to improve bio-diversity on campus, two large bug hotels and two hedgehog houses have been purchased and have been installed in the wildlife area and in the garden of No. 58 North Hill.

The Environment Committee invited students and staff to take part in the “No Planet B” forum on Wednesday 1 May.  There were talks and discussion about Environmental Activism, its history and place in society, Green Crime, Illegal dumping of waste into the oceans, Bees and Habitat: importance, threats and solutions. The talks were received well and gave the delegates plenty to think about. Moving forward, the Environment Committee are hoping to host similar events. The next project will be looking at the demise of the turtle population in Nicaragua and the committee will be aiming to raise awareness and hopefully raise funds to help the cause.

The College again supported Jane’s Walk this year, a well-attended walk entitled “Hope, Help, History and maybe a little twitch” A tour of the College to discover our environmental and sustainability work, our history, a talk by presented by Mark Goacher, Michael Padmore, Keith Ellis and students.

May is national walking month so we have been promoting walking as an alternative and sustainable method of transport. During June The Active Essex Foundation are organising a 30:30 initiative. 3030 Essex is a great way to begin or refresh your journey to work while getting more physically active. 

Charity and Community Activities

Further to the range of activities mentioned in the Spring Term Newsletter, the Charities Committee have again been very active.  During February and March bucket collections supported World Cancer Day raising £450, Red Nose Day including a Balloon drop and Guess the Cake sweepstake raining £250.  Wear a Hat day in support of Brain Tumour Research raise £100 and over 200 Easter Eggs were donated from our students and distributed to the Children’s Ward at Colchester General and Colchester Food Bank.

Sport

The colleges Girl’s Squash team have had a very successful year and came 5th in the country at the National Schools Squash Championships. A parent, Tim Barrott, organised the team and took them to the various qualifying rounds and eventually the final.  This was held in Nottingham in March. The team finished 5th overall and to their credit they were the highest ranked non-public school in the country.  The team lost their first match against Gosforth Academy (the ultimate winners) 1-4 - but Gosforth had a squad of 8 county players!  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 with Elli Barrott winning her final match quite convincingly to give the College the third win.

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 to the general way in which they approached a day when they were most certainly up against extremely strong opposition. 

On Friday 26 April, 18 students made their way to the AoC Sport National Finals held over a weekend at the University of Nottingham.  The students represented the College and the Eastern region in Table Tennis, Cross Country, Men’s Volleyball and Women’s Volleyball. It was the first time that the college have had a Women’s Volleyball team qualify through the Regional competition and make it to the Nationals (although we are former winners of the Mixed Volleyball event) – and they finished 4th. Our Cross Country performers finished 14th (Daniel Millward) and 28th (Joseph Boden) – and they helped achieve Gold medals for the Eastern Region team. Arran Hutchinson won the majority of his matches to help the region finish 6th in Table Tennis. Our Men’s volleyball team had a tough group stage against the likes of Newcastle, Petroc, Barnet & Southgate, and Wales but managed to finish 6th overall. Every student expressed how much they enjoyed the long weekend, of sports and activities and staff were very happy with how everyone performed throughout the competition.

Both our netball teams have had a successful season. The first team have finished 5th in their league, which considering the strength of the opposition, is a pleasing result. The second team also finished 5th. Player’s Player of the Year for the First Team went to Amy Wickens and for the second team Emily Eagle was the winner.

After a strong start to the soccer season and a disappointing second half, the College team ended the season positively with a win at Moulsham and finished 3rd overall in the League. We were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Essex Cup competition. Congratulations to Elliot Moss, who was awarded Player of the Year.

Despite hockey fixtures being far and few between this year, the students have turned up to each game with a determination to win. The recent game against Long Road, Cambridge demonstrated the team’s high level of ability and teamwork and they came away with a very pleasing 4-1 win. The College finished 2nd in the AOC mixed league. Congratulations to Jack Berry who was awarded Coaches’ Player of the year. 

Rugby and basketball teams all enjoyed successes during their seasons and enjoyed some excellent fixtures.

The annual Sports Awards Event took place on Thursday 2nd May and, at a packed event, we celebrated the wide range of significant sporting success and contributions throughout the year. Congratulations to Piper-Rose Tatum, who was awarded the ‘Faith Ressmeyer Athlete - Scholar’ trophy for her high academic achievement within A Level PE and across her subjects, in addition to national/international representative honours in squash. 

College students are organising the Primary Schools Tag Rugby Competition to be held on 22 May.  This tag rugby tournament runs every year at Colchester Rugby club and has been very successful and has grown in size.  This year 44 primary schools in the local area will be attending! It is organised and run by students following the Level 2 Coaching Sport and Physical Education through Rugby award. The aim is to provide the children with some experience in rugby and hopefully encourage them to play more rugby outside of school. It will provide the children with teamwork, communication and friendship skills. The tournament attracts local media attention so look out for the coverage shortly after the event; spectators are also very welcome.

Congratulations to a number of individual students who have been very successful in competition. Firstly, George Dobson who competed in the English Trampolining championship qualifiers in Eastleigh: George won (by 2.9 marks) with the highest difficulty tariff in the whole competition. George is now through to the English Championship Finals in September.  Benjamin Merry has been selected for the Maltese national basketball team and Lucy Butt, a talented horse rider, competed in a second Elementary competition and came 2nd in the competition amongst national riders.  Casey Clarke has recently qualified for the NDP regional team finals in Trampolining in Birmingham at the start of June.

Sophie Lecomber is playing U19 National Level Water Polo and Aaron Mellor has reached National Level in Karate.  Miscia McLeod has recently competed in a dance competition called U Dance along with Lucy Stokes and won the regional competition, gaining a place in the nationals.

2019 KEY DATES:

Progression Activity (Yr.1 students) 2 Day Programme
A level Teaching continues
Yr.1 IB College Activity days
Half- term  
Non-Teaching Days – Induction
Parents Evening
A level and GCSE Leavers’ Day
IB Leavers’ and Results Day  
Last day of term  


Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 May
Wednesday 22 May
Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May
Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May
Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June
Tuesday 2 July
Wednesday 3 July
Monday 8 July
Wednesday 17 July


   

Examinations, Internal Assessments and study leave. 

IB (Yr.2) Study Leave starts
IB External Exams start  
Yr.1 Internal Assessments and Study Leave
Yr.1 IB Internal Exams  
Yr.2 A level Study Leave starts    


Tuesday 30 April at 4pm
Tuesday 7 May to Friday 24 May
Monday 9 to 17 May inclusive
Monday 13 May to 17 May
Wednesday 15 May at 4pm


   

Release of specific Examination Results:

IB (Yr. 2)  
A/Applied General/EPQ
GCSE


Monday 8 July
Thursday 15 August
Thursday 22 August


         

Start of the new academic year for Year 2 students – Tuesday 3 September 2019.

NB.  Year 1/newly enrolled students term begins on Tuesday 27 August 2019.