Post 16 News and Events
Year 13 Chemistry students took part in an outreach programme with the University of Westminster this month, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Students were shown analytical techniques and how to interpret spectra from infrared and mass spectrometry. Darren Pink, the outreach technician, brought along an infrared machine for students to have hands-on experience of the technique and to develop a greater understanding of how the processes. Darren even let the students complete an analysis of the aspirin they had produced themselves as part of a core practical.
All students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and appreciated 'the additional techniques for deciphering spectra' and 'being able to use a real IR machine'.
All Post 16 students have had the privilege of receiving a study skills seminar from Tim Foot Seminars. The year 12 seminar focused on the transition between a GCSE student and an A Level student. The year 13 session provided practical advice on how to prepare for the upcoming PPEs and summer exams. Feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive with comments like 'Tim was so enthusiastic', 'the session was funny AND I was learning at the same time!', 'Tim helped me understand how lazy I actually am' and 'it changes my perspective on how I should prepare for my exams' After the event Tim emailed the Academy 'to say how very much I enjoyed working with your students, what a fantastic bunch!'
Our student President, Aaron Pearson, and Vice President, Buce Gurgen, represented the Academy alongside Mr Andrews, Director of Post 16, and Mrs Williams, CEO of Legra Academy Trust, at the annual Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph. The students laid a wreath on behalf of all at the Academy as part of the service.
On October 23rd Mrs Page had the privilege o travelling to the Excel centre in London to attend the Diana award. Eddie Feddon, a year 13 student at the Academy last year, was nominated by Mrs Page to receive the special award, on the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, for his efforts both inside and outside of the Academy. During his time with us Eddie held the post of Student President and was a fantastic role model to our younger students. Outside of the Academy Eddie held the post of Deputy Youth Mayor for a term and was subsequently voted in as Youth Mayor for the town. Eddie also works tirelessly for Dementia Friends.
Eddie is now reading Politics at the University of Bath.
We are still immensely proud of Eddie and are pleased to see his efforts recognised on an international stage. Well done Eddie!
Year 13 drama students presented their first formal performance this month. The performance was their own creation based on Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka under the guidance of Mrs Rolfe. Each performance had its own unique take on mental health issues and were fantastic demonstrations of their abilities. A great night was had by all. We are very proud of the performers that each student has grown in to.
Year 13 students have been practising their culinary skills this month. At the end of last year, the students identified life skills for university as something they wanted to develop in enrichment lessons. Mr Andrews has taken them into the food technology rooms each Thursday to practice basic cookery skills. Students were able to select their own menus but had to ensure that the meal met two criteria: to be as cheap as possible and to be ready in 30 minutes! The quality of meals was excellent and students should now be able to feed themselves once they live away from home.
Ten Post 16 students took part in the first ever Southend Mock United Nations (MUN) conference at Southend High School for Boys. Our delegates represented the countries Egypt and Ethiopia. In preparation for the event students had to research their designated countries views on topics such as climate change, the North Korea crisis and LGBTQ+ rights.
Our students were fantastic ambassadors for our Academy with the host school saying 'they were very strong and well prepared. There was also some outstanding speaking from both delegations. Your students were a credit to you and your school'.
We would like to thank Southend High School for Boys for allowing us to take part. The students are already looking forward to next year!
Well done to Aaron and Edmund who both achieved fantastic results in their Level 3 certificate in Financial Studies. Both boys appear in the top percentage of students nationally and received certificates and a bursary as an acknowledgement of their fantastic achievement. Well done boys, we are very proud of you!