Lower 6th Look to the Future
Over the last few weeks of the summer term, the Lower Sixth have been busy with their University and Life Skills programme. These events are designed to help prepare them for the crucial decisions and choices they will be making once they have left the College.
On Friday 8 June the Lower 6th had their ‘Interview Skills Workshop’ presentation. This was designed to help deliver the message regarding the importance of interview techniques and questions. We were delighted to welcome back two former students, Georgie Elliot, who is studying History at Durham and Lucie Sudworth, who is studying Economics at Bristol. Mr Stuart, with Georgie, provided an example of an academic interview; Ms Hearne and Lucie provided an example of an employer interview. Mrs Dickinson indicated how the two interviews modelled differing styles and how the students presented good interview techniques, highlighting the importance of verbal and non-verbal messages and how they may be perceived.
UCAS registration and Personal Statements
The Personal Statement or C.V. first draft deadline for the College was Friday 15th June. This early submission is designed to allow the students to develop the statement over the summer holiday. All Lower Sixth have registered on to the UCAS site and this will make the application process easier in the autumn term; the all-important course and university choices still have to be finalised.
Life Skills, Employability, and Alternative Choices
On Monday 3rd July we began a three-day programme, starting with the theme of ‘employability and alternative choices’. We welcomed back Dan Flanagan from the University of Lancaster, who talked to the students about developing their employability skills whilst at university. He highlighted the importance of taking part in university life, volunteering, gaining employment on the university campus and definitely joining societies. The message was clear – employers expect and need more than academic excellence.
We were delighted to host an interview with Aaron S, a member of the Upper Sixth who has just been offered a prestigious apprenticeship degree with CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world. Based in Los Angeles, California, they operate more than 450 offices worldwide, and have clients in more than 100 countries. Aaron discussed what happens at an assessment centre and the process he went through - from application through to offer. He gave clear examples of his resilience, communication skills, time management skills and many other qualities that make him such an employable young man. Aaron even used the example of Saturday morning school as evidence for how College students are able to manage their time and show commitment. He will be completing his degree at the University of Westminster.
Joining Aaron on stage was John-Patrick (JP to his friends) Daly from Toorak in Melbourne, Australia, who is working in the Prep School as a PE Intern. The College has forged strong links with St Kevin’s College Junior School in Toorak where JP’s father is the Headmaster. JP was able to talk about the challenges that he faced as an intern, including homesickness and loneliness, as well as signing on with a GP and arranging a bank account in this country. He advised the students to ‘step outside their comfort zone’ and take some risks. He felt the whole experience had made him more employable and more ambitious.
Cambridge Cookery School and Financial Awareness workshops
On Tuesday and Wednesday the students visited the award-winning Cambridge Cookery School to learn how to prepare healthy meals on a student budget. They made a variety of dishes and spent a busy few hours cooking Quorn lasagne, soup, stroganoff and cookies. When they finished, they tucked into a hearty feast! Any left-over food was to be distributed to a local Cambridge homeless shelter.
The Financial Awareness Skills Workshops were held on the Tuesday, presented by a qualified independent financial adviser who gave the students a useful insight into the cost of living and the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle after leaving school.
After a busy term we hope that the students are now in an excellent position to develop their ideas and their applications over the summer.
H. E. & Careers