Year 13 and UCAS

All of our Year 13 students, who are applying for university courses, submitted their entries well before the January 15th UCAS deadline. The vast majority have now received their offers and others are continuing to attend interviews and applicant visit days. We pride ourselves on the high standard of our UCAS applications and this has been borne out by the excellent responses students received from their chosen universities. As always, students have applied for a diverse range of courses from Economics, Engineering and Biochemistry to Fashion, English, Dance and Medicine. Congratulations to all Year 13 and to Hayley Blamphin and Jackie Gray who have received offers from Oxford University to read Chemistry (St Catherine’s) and Modern Languages (Lincoln).

We are holding an additional A Level Information Evening on 13th February, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, where Year 11 students will have a further opportunity to discuss their course options with subject teachers. If you are interested in attending, or would like a prospectus, please contact Director of Sixth Form, Mr Lowe at JLowe@tarporleyhigh.co.uk or Sixth Form Pastoral Manager, Mrs Everton at TEverton@tarporleyhigh.co.uk, or telephone 01829 732558. Applications for Sixth Form close on 25th February.

The Holocaust Educational Trust – Auschwitz Trip

az1On 10th October 2013 Alex (Y13) and I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust. As the two students selected from Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College, we joined a further 200 students from schools across the North-West.

After an initial welcome seminar the previous week, we were already familiar with our group and met at Manchester Airport at 5am ready to start our trip. Accompanied by an ITV News film crew, various photographers and local MP, Stephen O’Brien, we flew to Krakow, Poland on an aircraft chartered especially for the event.

az2Originally built as a labour camp, Auschwitz was much smaller than the recognised Auschwitz-Birkenau site of today. A Polish guide escorted each group; showing us everything from Nazi offices to the last remaining gas chamber. We were surprised at just how close such an horrific historical site was to its neighbouring major town and the atmosphere changed noticeably the moment we walked through the famous gates.

az3Auschwitz-Birkenau was built two miles away from the original site shortly after the start of the Second World War and had only one main purpose, to kill. It is hard to believe the scale of this operation and even harder to imagine spending your last moments there. We learnt that there would be up to 800 people living in one, small, crammed lodge which was not fit for humans to survive. As dusk fell, we attended a Jewish memorial ceremony, just meters away from the remains of a gas chamber which was built to slaughter up to 1000 victims in only 20 minutes. We were each given candles and, after the ceremony, we placed our candles around the site as an act of remembrance to those who died there.

az4Whilst on this trip, it was very important for us to remember to humanise the victims. Over one million people died at Auschwitz-Birkenau and this was just one concentration camp out of hundreds located around Europe. It was an eye-opening experience and one which I will never forget.

Alex and I intend to produce our own memorial to those who lost their lives by presenting our findings to the rest of school in year assemblies, as well as organising a Sixth Form event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

Emma Y13

Sixth Formers Complete DofE Gold Award

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goldgroupOn 14th September, 19 Year 13 students undertook their Gold assessed expedition in  the Rhinog Mountains of Snowdonia, starting on Harlech beach and finishing on the beach at Barmouth four days later. The teams proved to be excellent navigators in wild country. They coped with the difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions whilst carrying rucksacks containing everything required for their time in the mountains, (equal to around one quarter of their body weight!). The teams met the objective of the expedition, which is to be self-reliant and independent whilst incorporating outstanding team work.

The students were rightly proud of their achievements and the much longed for fish and chips in Barmouth were consumed just as competently! Congratulations to
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Y13 Students are Radio Presenters for a Day

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vampsOn the 3rd October 2013, we had the amazing opportunity to go to The Hits radio station in Manchester for a day of work experience. It was a fantastic insight into the world of radio broadcasting and production as we helped James Everton with his drive time show by researching what was happening in the news that day.

We were also shown around the various studios and had an introduction to using the controls for live broadcasting – a very stressful experience!  James was interviewing The Vamps whilst we were there and we actually got to meet them and ask questions about the music industry. It was even more exciting as they had just learnt they were No. 1 in the midweek music chart! Going on this trip really inspired us to continue with our ambitions for careers in broadcast radio. We would like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Everton, who kindly organised the trip, James Everton who took us on for the day and let us help him with his show, and finally The Hits radio station for making it possible for us to be able to live a day in the life of a radio presenter.

by E Stockman and S Passey – Year 13.

Citizenship in the Sixth Form

6thcit1During the first Sixth Form Citizenship Day of this academic year, Sixth Formers were treated to panel presentations from the Universities of Nottingham, Liverpool, Lancaster and Chester, who provided an insight into their individual institutions as well as responding to a fascinating student led question and answer session.

6thcit2In addition, a visit from Bentley Motors, together with a Bentley  Continental Flying Spur, generated huge excitement as students examined the beautifully engineered car in great detail. The thought provoking Bentley presentation included information on apprenticeships and undergraduate schemes.

 

 

 

 

6thcit3At the same time, the Sixth Form Council ran a coffee morning for older members of the community and welcomed guests from the Baptist & Methodist Church, St Helen’s, OPAL, Iddenshall Hall and many others. Held in the Sixth Form common room, our visitors were treated to homemade refreshments and games of bingo with lots of prizes and very imaginative calling! The event was really well received and brought about a lovely atmosphere in the college.

6thcit4Alongside this, Year 13, who are heavily into their university applications, continued to work on their personal statements and UCAS applications together with their tutors. In the afternoon, Year 12 students attended our annual Enrichment Fair, where they were offered numerous opportunities to volunteer both in the wider community and as ‘Lead Learners’ in various subjects and societies within lower school. All Year 12 students take part in our enrichment scheme and are encouraged to volunteer for at least one hour per week, building self-confidence and transferrable skills that will stay with them through university, employment and beyond.

The day culminated in an inter-tutor netball tournament with the boys having to quickly learn the rules of a non-contact sport!  Worthy winners were 12/13FE who are now at the top of the Inter-tutor Cup leader board.

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Head Boy and Head Girl

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We are delighted to announce that our Head Boy next year will be Sam Dale and our Head Girl will be Fern Gibbon; they will be deputised by Mark Bailey and Gemma Penk. The students submitted outstanding applications amongst a very competitive field; they are looking forward to representing the school at a number of events as well as at governors meetings. We are proud that so many of our students are willing to contribute to the running of the school, particularly given the amount of work they have to complete during their final year of A level study.

Goodbye to Year 13

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TinaWhilst the focal point of the summer term is exams, we have also had to say goodbye to the Year 13’s who had their final day in Sixth Form on May 24th. The day itself was filled with laughter, tears and celebrations as the year group were let out into the world to fend for themselves, whether that be at university, apprenticeships or work. The day was designed to celebrate the last two years, reminiscing over old memories and creating new ones. However, the students couldn’t let this happen without their own input, this included filling Mrs Everton’s office with balloons and hanging some conspicuous ‘team J-Lowe’ banners around school.

20130524_151616The leavers assembly was the most important part of the day; this included personal messages from the sixth form tutors and teachers, which brought many students to tears. Whilst tears were a prominent part of the assembly, Mr Lowe also made sure there were many opportunities for laughter, doing this in the best way he knows how … through embarrassment; getting so carried away that the assembly lasted for three hours! The Year 13’s final school day came to an end with a BBQ and cake, giving the year group one final chance to spend time together before all reuniting at prom on 24th June.

Beth Gray

More great charity work by 6th Form students.

bagsFollowing the success of charity week, Sixth Form students have been busy adding to their fund by offering their services to lower school students as ‘Valets for a Day’.  Jobs include carrying bags at lesson changeover and being on hand at lunch and break to procure delicacies from various shops and cafes in the local area!

The Sixth Form charity fund has raised close to £2,000 this year and the trustees on the Sixth Form Council have agreed to donate the money between the following Year 13 students, who are undertaking voluntary work this summer, as well as a number of other charities nominated by the Council.

  • Zak Dunstone will be working with the Stand by Me charity, involving teaching in a Nepalese school and orphanage.
  • Isla McClellan plans to work with Personal Overseas Development, where she will be teaching English to 8-12 year old children in Thailand.
  • Matthew Magee is helping to build a school in a rural community in Uganda as well as supporting conservation efforts with the endangered White Rhino with Camps International.
  • SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society).
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital.
  • Chester & District Committee for the Deaf.

Our Sixth Formers are now deep into the exam season and working hard for their AS and A2-levels, for which we wish them every success and good luck!

Non-uniform Day – Thursday 2nd May.

We are raising funds to support one of our students. Read below to find out the story behind the student and the epic challenge, he has set for himself and for raising money for charity.

My Story so far….

alex2When I ran through the gates at the bottom of Mount Snowdon’s Miners Track route, after 21 hours and 57 minutes of pure exhaustion, it was quite overwhelming to think what had been overcome to get to that point. I’d just become the youngest person ever to complete the National 3 Peaks Challenge on my own, aged just 16, raising £1800 for cancer and endangered animals. Continue reading

Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

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On 19th March, Mrs Everton and 21 intrepid Year 12 students set off to the Elan Valley in Mid-Wales to start a four day practice expedition for our Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. At the time, we were completely oblivious as to what lay ahead and, after a kit check, headed off in good spirits for a short acclimatisation walk on the first afternoon. We returned to cook our tea, only to discover that the weather was forecast to deteriorate and shortly after, as predicted, heavy snow began to fall. After tea we clambered aboard the minibus to get warm before we sheepishly headed to our tents in the cold snowy conditions. Fortunately, Philip, one of the leaders from Learn Outdoors, had been to his store to collect more sleeping bags, which lifted our moods slightly.

linewalkOn day two, our assessors, Philip and Paul, gave us the news that it would be too dangerous to climb to the heights we had planned on our route cards and instead we should follow a shorter route at a lower altitude. This we did and arrived at our campsite at around 3pm. Luckily, we had a really friendly site owner who very kindly allowed us to sit and chill in a dry, warm room, where most of us huddled around the radiator all evening!

groupDay three arrived and we encountered our first full day of 9 hours walking up and over mountains, at times experiencing ‘white outs’ and having to rely on compass work to navigate our route. Although it was a difficult day, we all felt a huge sense of achievement upon reaching the summit, which proved to be a highpoint for many of us, even if we did appear to be in the middle of an arctic expedition! We finally reached our ‘wild camp’ at around 4:30pm and rushed to get our tents up and food cooked before dark. As Mrs Everton, Phil and Paul waved goodbye and set off for their warm house, we headed to our tents, only to be awoken at 1:00am by high winds and snow. Not much sleep followed and we were all up by 5:00am to discover snow drifts leaning into our tents.

scenaryUnfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on your outlook) by the fourth day there was so much snow on the ground that we were unable to risk walking in the hills and mountains and so finished earlier than planned at the Rhayader Visitor Centre, where we were greeted by a café and central heating. Sheer bliss! After a de-brief, those of us who were being collected by parents set off, whilst everyone else headed back to Tarporley on the minibus. We all decided that if we could complete our practice and survive these conditions, then our assessment expedition in September will be ‘easy’!

Emma O’Nions 12SR