Introduction

This Newsletter is designed to provide students and parents with information about recent developments at the College, to highlight forthcoming activities and events, and to provide guidance on a number of important College-related matters. Further editions will be prepared and distributed in the Spring and Summer Terms.

The College website is also an important ongoing source of information www.colchsfc.ac.uk. The ‘Documents’ section has a range of very useful materials, including the Student Handbook and the Parent Handbook. From early November, the website will also include copies of invitations to the forthcoming Parents’ Consultation Evenings. The News section provides regular reports and photographs from some of our student activities.

Term dates for this academic year, and 2017/18, can also be found on the website. See Term Dates for details. Please note that Friday 2 December 2016 will be a ‘non-student’ day (a staff training day). Students will not be required to attend the College on this day, although the Library and all independent study facilities will be available for any students who would like to study on the College site. There will be slight adjustments to our timetable arrangements between Wednesday 19 and Friday 21 October related to our Open Evenings on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October for prospective students. Many thanks to our current students who have volunteered to help during these evenings.

At the start of term, all students were issued with a paper copy of the Student Handbook and Charter. This document, and the 2016/17 Parent Handbook, are available on this website within the Documents section. The handbooks provide in-depth information regarding College policies, procedures, systems and arrangements. If any students have not received a copy of the Student Handbook, or if parents cannot access either document from the website, please contact my secretary, Catherine Lilley, or the College General Office and paper copies will be provided.

Students have ongoing access to internal communications and a large range of teaching and learning materials through our ‘Moodle’ facility. Each student has an individual Moodle account and login facility. Students should check Moodle, and also their College email, at least twice a day. Our College communication systems rely very heavily on these electronic forms of communication. In the event of an emergency or instances when there are severe weather conditions, updated information will normally be posted on Moodle – and also on the website for parents.

All students at College, born between 1/9/98 and 31/8/2000, have recently been offered the opportunity, by the NHS, to have a vaccination to protect against Meningitis W. This is part of a Government initiative national immunisation programme with students encouraged to have this vaccination to provide protection against a particularly virulent form of disease - which can be fatal (in approx. 1 out of 10 cases). The 16-23 age group is deemed to be amongst the higher risk groups in terms of infection and the national programme, the Government. Therefore, given priority to providing free vaccinations for those 16/18 year olds who would like to be immunised. Information was posted up on Moodle in September – and has also been posted on the College website. This Autumn over 1800 eligible students have already received the vaccination through the NHS programme at the College. There will be final vaccination opportunities made available in January or February for those eligible students who have not yet been able to take advantage of the opportunity. Thereafter, the relevant aged students will need to make arrangements through their GP practice or a ‘Walk in Centre’. Older students, who were born before 1/9/98, will need to make arrangements with their GP practice to receive the vaccine. We understand younger students, born after 1/9/2000, will be included in the national NHS vaccination programme scheduled to take place in schools and colleges next academic year.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is always a primary concern. As a safeguarding measure, in line with expectations of Government agencies, we now require all our students to have their College Student Card on their person at all times they are on College premises. Staff and Visitors are required to wear visible ID in the form of lanyards or clip badges. More generally our Assistant Principals, Senior Tutors and Personal Tutors have a Student Welfare and Health Support Coordinator, Karen Cooper, together with a team of trained ‘first aiders’, available to also help support our students. They will deal with any health issues, illness or injury problems that may occur whilst students are present at College. If a student needs to be sent home, then we would normally expect a ‘responsible adult’ to collect them from College. Where this is not possible, we will normally arrange a taxi to take the student home, but you may be liable for the cost. It is essential that parent/guardian ‘contact details’ are kept up to date so that we can, where appropriate, contact home in the event of an accident or illness, during the College day.

If parents/carers are not available ‘for emergency contact’ for example, during their son or daughter’s participation in a residential College trip or visit, and/or where parents are out of the country on holiday or business, it is important that clear arrangements are made for a nominated ‘responsible adult’ contact who can and will assume ‘duty of care’ for their son or daughter. The College needs to be made fully aware of the detail of this arrangement prior to the relevant trip taking place. Students wishing to participate in any College trips and visits must ensure that all health difficulties, physical and/or mental, are declared to the trip organisers on the application form relating to the trip. In some instances, risk assessments will need to be undertaken.

Details of our Child Protection Policy and other policy documents, including the College Prevent strategy, are available from the College Policies section of the website - and are within the Parents section.

The College Friends welcome parents of ‘new’ students and hope that you will be able to support its fund-raising activities to enhance the facilities available for students at College. Funds raised by the College Friends are currently being used to provide extra student independent study facilities. Many thanks to all who have supported or will support our students’ experience at the College.

Where needs arise, please contact your son or daughter’s Personal or Senior Tutor and, if appropriate, Carol McAuley, Assistant Principal with responsibility for student matters. Please do contact me if you feel this appropriate.

Ian MacNaughton
Principal

2016 Examination Results and Destinations

The results achieved by our students in the summer 2016 public exams were excellent - well above the national benchmark levels.

90% of last year’s Year 2 A level students achieved an average 3 or more A levels passes – significantly above the national average of 77% for 18 year olds in all schools, academies and colleges in England including independent and grammar schools. Our cohort of Year 2 IB Diploma students achieved an average IB points score of 33, significantly above the international average. The ‘top 100’ achievers at the College again attained average UCAS and DfE point scores better than those achieved by the ‘top 100’ students in any selective or independent school in the country and our students had the highest level of overall achievement in any College in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Over 1000 of last year’s Year 2 students are now studying for degree courses at universities, specialist visual arts, design or performing arts courses, or have arranged ‘GAP’ or other ‘Year Out’ placements and experiences before they enter higher education in 2017.  Others have obtained employment and training opportunities in London or in the local area or abroad.

Our current Year 2 students also achieved excellent results in their AS exams in the summer, with overall pass rates and A - C grades above the national averages. The AS marks achieved generally provide a sound basis upon which Year 2 students can build for success at A Level next summer. Students who take ‘unreformed’ AS subjects need to make skilful and considered decisions about AS modular re-sit exam entries next summer.

At GCSE, where the majority of our students were repeating examinations to improve grades from Year 11, results were also excellent – overall approximately 10% above the national average level in the A*- C grades range for 16-18 year olds. GCSE English and Maths resit results were really outstanding – considerably higher than national average.

Congratulations must be offered to our students for their hard work and successes last academic year, and credit must also go to the College staff who supported the students in their studies and wider experiences. The achievement of last years’ second year students will be recognised at the Annual Reunion and Awards event to be held at Charter Hall on the evening of Tuesday 20 December.

Year 2 Students

We anticipate that nearly 1000 of our Year 2 students will apply for higher education courses - either for 2017 entry or, on a deferred basis, for 2018 entry. Staff are currently very busy advising and working with students to help them prepare and finalise their UCAS applications - and a good number of applications have now already been dispatched to UCAS.  The specified deadline for the receipt of applications for most degree courses at UCAS is 15 January 2017 although for some degree courses deadlines dates were substantially earlier than this. (Relevant dates have been clearly and regularly communicated within College).  Please note that from the ‘first submission of a draft’ UCAS application to our staff, there is a very significant amount of checking, administrative work, and reference preparation by staff that needs to be undertaken. Last year, on average, draft UCAS forms were sent back to students by staff for necessary amendments nearly three times. We therefore require that draft applications, are completed and submitted to College staff by Friday 18 November at the latest to enable staff to ‘despatch’ by the ‘end of the term (mid-December). An internal deadline of just a week later (25 November) then applies for the College to guarantee to be able to meet the 15 January UCAS deadline.

We have strongly advised all year 2 students to submit their UCAS applications as early as possible. Feedback received from universities indicates that early applications are generally given greater and more favourable consideration by Admissions Tutors.  When making the final UCAS choices from offers received, we strongly advise that students should have a ‘fall-back’ option as their insurance ‘2nd choice’. This should allow students to be confident they can achieve an ‘offer’ that is likely to reflect ‘Current’ grades - although it may be below ‘Target’ grades.

Students considering applying for competitive employment or sponsorship options to many of the national and multi-national organisations will, in most instances, need to make early applications; students are advised to undertake their research as a matter of urgency to avoid the risk of missing deadlines.

Certificates for all the AS Level and GCSE exams taken at the College last summer will be distributed to relevant students, via Personal Tutor Groups, in December.

Year 2 IB students are currently finalising their Extended Essays (deadline 3 November) and Theory of Knowledge work needs to be completed by the 1 December deadline. Year 2 IB mock exams will be held between 4 January and 10 January 2017 and students should ensure they are well prepared for these. The IB external exams period is from Monday 1 May to 19 May 2017 (N.B. - although Monday 1 May is a UK Bank Holiday, there will be IB exams taking place on that day). IB results are scheduled for release in early July 2017 – over a month earlier than the Government release of AS and A2 results on 17 August 2016.

Year 1 Students

We have been very pleased to welcome our newly enrolled students this term and the first signs are that the vast majority are settling very quickly into their individual programmes of study and the College in general. Forward planning is important. We feel it important to highlight to parents and students the Summer Term 2017 arrangements. The main period for the national AS Level exams in 2017 is between early May and early June. In some subject areas students will complete practical assessments, or language orals, or assessed projects or coursework, in the period between October and May. Each subject area will give students the relevant detail of the applicable assessments and dates which students are then encouraged to record in the diary section of their Handbook, together with details of homework and other work set.

The main AS level Exam and Study Leave period is in the May and early June period (firm dates to be confirmed). Please note that the Easter break period, in April, is just before of the start of the AS exam programme. Students should therefore plan to make substantial progress with their independent programmes of revision and preparation for the AS level exams during the Easter period – and as highlighted in the Induction Parents Briefings held in June, Easter is not a good time for our students for major holidays. There will be Revision Classes and Workshops offered in many subjects during the Easter break period.

First year IB students will have their ‘Internal Exams’ in May (Tuesday 2 May–Friday 5 May). From Monday 8 May to Friday 26 May, normal timetable arrangements will resume for IB students. From Monday 5 June to Wednesday 14 June, the students will be engaged in a mixture of study skills, TOK and Extended Essay work, a Group 4 Science Project and ‘Model United Nations’ activity. The IB Internal Exams will help ‘inform’ the Predicted Grades process subsequently used for UCAS/HE applications completed in the early autumn period.

On Wednesday 14 June 2017, Year 1 AS Level students will return to College after their exams to re-commence their studies and in the period to the end of term (18 July), the teaching of A Level courses will begin (and IB teaching continues). Attendance is essential for students to be able to progress to study a second year programme in September. Students intending to keep the option of a second year of A level study open are expected to be in classes for the teaching of the first A level work during this 5 week period. We remind students and parents that holiday should not be taken by students at any stage within term time including within the second half of the Summer Term.

Students should be aware that in July some work will be set by staff in each A Level subject area for completion during the summer holiday period. IB students will also be expected to make significant progress over the summer regarding preparation of their Extended Essays as well as completing some work in most subjects.

To inform and guide students, and their parents, an outline of 2016-17 working arrangements was included in the Student Handbook - and can also be found in the Parent Handbook.

Most first year Tutor Groups have now identified their Tutor Group representatives and the process of nominations and hustings, culminating in elections, is now underway for our College Council Executive Committee (student elected body). Over the next few months, each of their committees will also be electing new Chairs. All students who wish to get involved are welcome to join one of the committees – Social, Arts, Cultural, Sports and Science and Environment. Any students wishing to undertake a College Ambassador role should contact Adrian Frost, Assistant Principal or Rachael Mulvee, Admissions department.

All Students

On an on-going basis if parents/carers particularly wish to discuss a matter with their son’s or daughter’s Senior or Personal Tutor, please contact them directly by email or phone. Next month there will also be an opportunity to make an appointment for one of the forthcoming Parents’ Consultation Evenings (details in the section below).

A major College programme of Higher Education and Employment progression information and guidance will begin in January. The annual Careers Fair will be held in the Multi-Purpose Hall on Wednesday 25 January 2017 with approximately 70 exhibitors attending including representatives from Universities, Employers, Apprenticeship providers and ‘Year Out’ providers. Please see our Careers section on this website for further details. There will also be a Higher Education and Employability Briefing Evening for students and their parents, on the evening of the 21 March 2017.  Students have recently had an opportunity to attend the Colchester Careers Convention; there will be an excellent opportunity for students and parents to attend the major regional Higher Education Superfair to be held on 14-15 June 2017 at the University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park. All students are able to sign up for individual careers appointments, as appropriate, on an ongoing basis.

Students with Learning Support Needs/ Exams Access Arrangements

Please be aware that we have recently asked all students who have Learning Support Needs and/or wish to request Exam Access Arrangement to check the details that we have listed on our College database this week.  Students can check this detail by logging onto Moodle and then Selecting ‘Exam Entries’ in the ‘My Information’ section (top right hand corner).

The detail should display below with a code outlining the specific Learning Support Need (e.g. Dys for Dyslexia) and a summary of the Exam Access Arrangement (e.g. 25% ET – 25% extra time).  If there are no records under the headers then we do not have anything listed in our database.  If there is a blank under the headers and you or your son/ daughter believe that this is inaccurate or there is information we have not been made aware of, then it is vital that this is updated as soon as possible.  If it this is case, students have been asked to email the Director of Learning Support, Sarah Prince (princes@colchsfc.ac.uk) as soon as possible outlining what needs to be amended.

All exam centres have been given a very short window this year in which to apply for Exam Access Arrangements with the Government’s agency JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications).  Therefore, it is imperative that this information is checked this week and any changes or amendments are passed on by the end of November.

Failure to update the records now could mean that if is not possible to put the Exam Access Arrangements in place for the summer examinations this academic year.  We have stressed that it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that the correct information is recorded for them, so please do encourage your son/daughter to check this as soon as possible.

Reviews/Parent Consultation Evenings/Reports

All students have recently undertaken Initial Progress Checks with Personal Tutors. Full Progress Reviews with subject teachers will take place in early November, culminating in overall progress discussions with Personal Tutors. Following this, Progress Reviews will be completed for all students and published to both students and parents via Go4Schools on 23 November. Students and Parents will be emailed to inform them that the Review is available online and with details of how to log on to their Go4Schools account. Subject focussed Consultation Evenings will then be held for parents of all students on Thursday 24 November, Tuesday 29 November and Thursday 1 December. Letters inviting parents to make specific appointments with relevant staff, for one of the evenings, will be distributed after half-term (details will also be available via the website). Students are, of course, also warmly invited, and indeed encouraged, to join their parents for these meetings. If the specified date initially allocated to you is inconvenient, there is flexibility, so please simply make your appointments on one of the other two evenings. If you feel it necessary, appointments can be made with Personal Tutors and Senior Tutors in addition to subject teachers.

Full Reports for all students will be prepared and distributed in mid-February – following a further Progress Review – also via Go4Schools.

Parents of students (and the students) following the Advanced Foundation Programme were invited to the Consultation Evening we recently held (5 October) and this gave an opportunity for dialogue at a vital early stage. Parents will, of course, also be invited to the November evenings.

Summer 2017 Results and Post Results Arrangements

We understand that the relevant Government Agencies and Examination Boards are planning to release summer A and AS Level results on Thursday 17 August 2017 - with GCSE results released on Thursday 24 August 2017. Results will be released electronically via individual student Moodle accounts. Alternatively, results can be collected in person at the College from 8.30am on the 17 August. Year 1 AS Level students should ensure that they are available to come into College at some stage within the period between 18 and 25 August to receive post-results help, advice and guidance, should this prove to be necessary. A large team of Senior and Careers Dept. staff will be in College from 17 August to help students and parents to offer guidance and advice. Enrolment for ‘new’ students will begin on Tuesday 29 August 2017 and all students returning for Year 2 A Level or IB study will need to be in College on Thursday 31 August for their re-enrolment.

Expeditions, Trips and Visits and Language Day

A large number of trips and visits are scheduled for this term or are being organised for 2017. Students will continue to be informed, as appropriate, via departments or in the Student Bulletin and Moodle as appropriate as specific opportunities arise. Recent trips have included an Applied Business visit to Colchester Zoo, Physics students visit to University of Cambridge, Geography students were involved in local fieldwork, Art students visited the Tate Modern Gallery, History students visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and another group of History students are visiting Berlin. There have been, or will be a whole series of Arts trips (see later section).

In November, a group of students will be visiting Krakow and Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Memorial Programme, Art students will be visiting the Royal Academy, Performance Studies students will be attending a performance of Sweeney Todd at the Mercury, Drama students will be attending a performance of King Lear at the Barbican and Psychology students will be attending a Conference in London.

In December, Psychology students will be visiting University of Essex, Maths students will be visiting Cambridge, and English students will be attending the Playhouse Theatre to see a performance of An Inspector Calls. The Arts Committee are organising a visit to the Harry Potter Studios.

A group students will be visiting the Russ Foundation in Southern India over the Christmas and New Year period and the group are actively involved in fund raising and preparatory activities. The College has been organising India Expeditions for approx. 25 years – and the College is the main supporter of the charity aiding this disadvantaged community. Weekly collections, contributions from former students and the profits from the Russ Shop all provide invaluable support.

In January, Politics students will visit Westminster and also a group will visit Brussels, February sees Modern Languages visits to Mallorca and Bremen, Geography department have visits planned for Italy, Iceland, Arran and Wells. In March, Maths students will attend a Conference in Ipswich and Music students will visit the Barbican. Sociology and Art students will be visiting New York and Physics department are planning a visit to CERN in June. Sports students who qualify for the finals of the British Colleges Championships will be competing over a long weekend at the University of Bath.

In March, Maths students will be travelling to Ipswich and Music student to the Barbican.

Looking further ahead, an Expedition to a disadvantaged community in Paraguay is being planned for Summer 2017 for a group of current and former Spanish speaking students.

A European Day of Languages took place on Wednesday 28 September. This featured a large number of language ‘taster’ sessions many of which were given by students. Relevant national foods were also supplied! The events were very well attended and staff were very impressed with the amount of effort that students put into delivery of high quality presentations.

The Arts

A number of last year’s Art and Design Department students currently have work presented in an exhibition at the Minories Gallery in Colchester. The work is from a range of Fine Art, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles students. The exhibition runs until 29 October. This exhibition also presents a range of work by A level students from a number of other schools in the North Essex region and is organised by The Essex Area of The National Association of Decorate and Fine Arts Societies. A group of our IB Visual Arts students are helping hang and organise the show.

After a busy July in the Performing Arts Dept., with a series of performances and also a Performing Arts Careers Conference, including visiting workshops from Alumni now working and training in the Industry, our current A2 students are now drawing on these experiences to inform their applications and preparing auditions for universities, Conservatoires and professional opportunities.

The Performing Arts Department have a significant programme of events scheduled for this term.

  • The Still I Rise Theatre Festival at the Mercury Theatre will be on the evening of Wednesday 19 October and will feature nine of our dance students and seven of our drama students who will be performing on the main stage. This is an exciting and challenging project. Our students have devised an original piece of dance/drama inspired by the poem ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou.
  • Our Production group will be performing ‘Poppy’ on the evenings of 8, 9 and 10 November at 7pm (Tickets £4 for students and under 18s, others £7). The play is a pantomime parody and explores British Imperialism and the 19th century opium wars. This musical drama looks at Victorian values, exposing hypocrisy, racism drug dealing, money worship and sexual repression of the time through the favourite entertainment form. Characters such as Dick Whittington, his man Jack, Sally the principle girl, the Dame, two panto horses and others are all brought on to tell the serious and finally devastating story.
  • The Autumn Music Concert will be held on Tuesday 15 November 7:30pm in the Drama Studio and will include a wide range of performances from the Band, Orchestra and the Choir as well as soloists and ensembles.
  • On the evenings of 7 and 8 December at 7pm in the Drama Studio we have organised Dance Evening Performances that will consist of a range of work from AS and A level Dance students, ChoreoLab and Dance Club students as well as EPQ Dance students. We will also be pleased to premier the work of the newly formed Youth D. C group and welcoming year 11 dance students from Honywood school.
  • Also in December we will have evenings of performing arts performances running within the week of 5 December. More details to be available at a later date
  • The Annual Carol Service will take place on Tuesday 13 December at St Peters Church North Hill at 7.30pm. The features a large number of contributions from the College Choir, Orchestra and Musicians. All are welcome and there will be complimentary mince pies and mulled wine in the main Refectory at College after the event supplied by the College Friends.
  • We will present a Shakespeare and EPQ Evening on 14 December at 7pm in the Drama Studio. Members of the College Shakespeare Club will be performing individual sonnets and monologues, which they performed (or will be performing) for their RADA Bronze, Silver and Gold award performances. As part of their EPQ work, students (from Drama and Theatre and Performance Studies) will also be sharing performance based work content from which they will be basing upon their final assessed production log and essay.

Storm Records, our College record label, have signed two new artists (Harry Dedhar and Alfie Beer) and have also signed a new contract with Tom Bellis. Harry Dedhar and his band ‘Misprinted Lines’, are an exciting new act whose well-recorded catchy songs will be major hits in the local area. Alfie Beer and his band, Weatherwax, are a hard-hitting grunge band who have excellent live performance skills. After a successful year with Storm Records last year, Tom Bellis has developed his style with his new band, while maintaining the familiar chilled feeling.

Rock Workshop activities are held every Wednesday and an annual programme of ‘Unplugged’/’Plugged’ lunchtime performances is well underway. This started with performances within the recent Knollfest. Through the late autumn/winter period, ‘Battle of the Bands’ heats and finals will take place.

We continue to nurture our links with local schools, offering workshops and practical sessions to introduce them to the diversity of all our Performing Arts courses. Colchester Youth Dance Company - is a new project, working in partnership with the Dance Network Association (http://www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk/) and is open students in Years 9 -11 and Sixth Form students.  Taught by ex-student Hannah Redfearn, who graduated in 2015 from Trinity Laban, the workshops will take place on Wednesday evenings from 4.30 – 6.30pm beginning on Wednesday 2 November, at The Sixth Form College Dance Studio.

Dance, Performance Studies and Performing Arts will be visiting Dance East to see Jasmin Vardimon's Pinocchio on 16 December; AS Dance students will be studying the work and choreographic style of Vardimon after Christmas.

Dance and Performance Studies and BTEC Performing Arts students will be attending a performance of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes at Sadler’s Wells in December.

BTEC level 3 Performing Arts and A2 Performance Studies students will be attending the Sondheim Musical Sweeney Todd at The Mercury Theatre on 1st November.

Sport

The College has begun the year with another comprehensive fixture list, covering a very wide range of sports. Information from the team managers will be made available on a half-termly basis on the College public web site, summarising the team performances to date. The Netball team in particular appear to be extremely strong this year, coached by Shelley Johnson and Angie Syrett. The men’s Basketball team is also strong this year. The Association of Colleges regional sports competitions began in October and the College is looking forward to another successful year with hopefully, a large number of successful qualifiers for the finals. Indeed, we have, already have qualification success in two sports, Josh Coleman and Mandy Lee are through to the National finals in the Golf and Badminton competitions respectively. Miagh Downey is representing Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Ladies football.

We continue to work in collaboration with the satellite Volleyball Club in partnership with The University of Essex, furthering the opportunities available to students to begin, continue and improve their skills.

The Principles of Coaching Sport groups, level 2 and 3, continue to attract large numbers of students wishing to gain skills and qualifications and also they enhance the links the college has made with local primary schools. A number of students continue to gain initially part time and later full time employment from these awards.

An excellent range of competitive and recreational opportunities continue to be made available to all students with the overall strategic aim of encouraging greater sports participation. Our College Sport Activator, Tori Yates, has put together a wide range of exciting initiatives. She comments, ‘An exciting start to the year with lots of new activities such as clubbercise and spin class and some last year’s popular activities are back again with parkour, cheerleading, boxing, zumba and yoga. A variety of other activities will also be offered as the year progresses. We recently held a promotional day giving any student the opportunity to take part in zorb football - which was a great success!’

Charitable Activities

A significant level of charitable activity and support has taken place, or is planned, this term. On an on-going basis, the College supports the Russ Foundation Community in Kerala southern India. The Russ activities support a disadvantaged community of orphaned children and community healthcare projects. The weekly collections and profits from sales from the Russ Shop and Coffee Bar continue to raise funds to support the Russ. Students who are taking part in the visit to the Russ this Christmas are undertaking a programme of fund raising activities that has included a recent successful cake sale and a Quiz Evening and an auction of promises will be held. All monies raised will go towards supporting this visit – with the aim of making a sizeable donation to enhance facilities at the community.

A cake morning has recently been held in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, which raised over £190. Other charity activities that are planned for the period ahead include fund raising on Pink Day to support Cancer Research, activities and fund raising in conjunction with World Mental Health Day. Further ahead, activities include Children in Need Day and Red Nose Day. There will be an Invicta Foundation collection during the Open Evenings. The Invicta Foundation, which supports former members of our Armed Forces and is one of the Lord Mayor’s five charities this year, has been chosen by our Charities Committee as one of the specific charities they wish to support in 2016/17.