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National Careers week 2021 23rd-26th Feb
This year National Careers week moves online! all wee during the first week back of half term there will be videos and activities to help inspire you for your future careers !
Keep and eye out in lessons as your teachers will be doing careers themes in recorded and live lessons and in your year group classrooms fresh clips and information every day!
Virtual Leavers Fair (year 11)
Tips for clearing
Stay calm. First of all, keep a cool, clear mind and don't rush your decision. ...
Do your research. Look into the various universities and institutions that you're interested in and make a short-list. ...
Get support from friends and family. ...
Contact us. ...
Make your final decision. ...
The Year 8 Pathways process for 2020 is now underway, as students start considering their preferred subjects and the Key Stage 4 study pathway they would like to follow from September, in Year 9. This is an exciting, but important new chapter in our Year 8 students’ school life as they progress into GCSE and BTEC study. Students attended the launch event this week and the ‘Year 8 into 9 Pathways 2020’ packs have now been distributed to students – please take time to read this information pack with your child; each pack is specific to each individual student and provides information about subject options.This year’s Pathways Subject Fair Parents’ Evening is on Thursday, 12th March – 4pm until 7pm.Please reserve this date. We strongly advise Year 8 students and their parents to attend this very important evening.There will be an opportunity to meet with subject leaders and gain subject specific information on course content to helpwith these important decisions. Information gained from this event will assist when making final preferred subject choices.Please refrain from finalising your son or daughter’s subject choices until after the Pathways Subject Fair.
Work Shadowing Log
Over the past couple of weeks students have had the opportunity to speak with local employers and had assemblies talking about their career options. We are keen to encourage students to experience the world of work and strive to give them every opportunity to give them inspiration for their future career paths.
During assemblies this half term I have been asking students to take the opportunity to do some work shadowing. This will involve your child coming to work with you, another family member or friend for one day to experience what it is like at a workplace. We understand that not all workplaces are suitable, and in this case you may contact myself or Mrs Settle our work experience coordinator to discuss options. Please take the opportunity this holiday to discuss this with your child as this will provide them with invaluable experience.
We would like the experience to take place during the non-pupil day on February 24th or at a suitable time during the school holidays.
REAL day careers focus
Year 12 focus on Post 18 Pathways
Our annual Post 18 week again proved to be greatly
beneficial for our Year 12 students, with a range of events
and activities to help with their future career planning.
Sessions helped the students to focus on their choices for
when they conclude their A-Level studies in a year’s time.
They looked at higher education, apprenticeship,
employment and gap year opportunities, registering for
UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) and the
job application process.
There was a particular focus on preparing for an interview
and identifying their skills and personal qualities in
preparation for the annual Mock Interview Day. A number of
industry professionals met with each Year 12 student, who
had dressed as if they were attending a real interview. Each
professional was tasked with choosing their best interviewee
in a special ‘Your Hired’ competition. Other awards included
the best dressed student on interview day.
The students also attended the annual UCAS Convention
at the University of Essex, where all the higher education
institutions in the country gave information and advice on
the courses available - over 40,000 different course
combinations, at 130 institutions.
The week concluded with an opportunity to chat with a
number of ex-students (pictured above) - ranging from
those who had recently left, to some who had been out in
the big wide world a while longer. They offered Year 12
students their advice and also
Ready, Steady Cook – Navy Style
Last week, we welcomed the Royal Navy Catering Specialist Team into school for a special careers event. Selected Year 10 Food Technology students enjoyed an energetic and interactive ‘Ready Steady Cook’ competition.
The Royal Navy chef explained that her team are often faced with organising special events on board ship, when the captain entertains local dignitaries at short notice. They regularly have to prepare food for receptions and banquets with whatever they have within their on-board store.
She then tasked the students to cook a two-course meal, as if they were at sea with only the provisions that she had provided in true Ready, Steady Cook style. The students, working in small groups, rose to the challenge and produced some innovative and tasty dishes.
The resulting spread was then judged, for presentation and taste, by our careers team who judged the Shepherd’s Pie, made by Cian, Lee and Jack, to be the winning dish. Lewis, Jamie and Charlie came second with their chicken pie, followed by a chicken chorizo dish by Alex, Freddie and Rhys. A special mention must go to Alyssia who made her own tagliatelle pasta. Well done to all of the students who participated, we hope that the insight into catering opportunities within the armed forces, may help with their future career aspirations.
"The best way to predict your future is to create it"
Futures academy launch
This week saw the launch of an amazing new opportunity for twelve of our Year 10 students – a seven-week work experience opportunity which combines mentoring sessions with local business people, as well as workplace visits. Along with the sessions in school, the group will be visiting Tiptree Jams, Direct Solutions Print & Design in Clacton, the Colchester Foodbank and UK Power Networks.
The course is organised in association with the Futures Academy and started with an activity designed to get the groups talking and working together. Each team had to build a structure of balloons, with a different characteristic of a good employee written on each of them.