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16 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

Year 12 student Keith Chirozva has been announced as the overall winner in the secondary category for the national Childnet Film Competition.

 

With over 130 entries in this year’s competition, Keith was one of the 9 finalists to attend the finalist’s event at the British Film Institute in London with his film ‘We have a choice to make a better internet’. A panel of experts from the BBFC, BFI, PhonepayPlus, beauty vlogger, Lily Pebbles and previous film competition finalist, Jude, judged the films before they were shown on the big screen.

 

Keith won a trophy along with a host of media resources for Weavers Academy.

 

Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, said:

"The internet is a tremendously powerful tool that is changing the way our children learn and stay in touch but we cannot afford to be complacent about the risks - the dangers of the virtual world are no less pressing than those in the real world. It’s through initiatives like the Childnet Film Competition that we can make sure children really harness all the opportunities that the internet provides while at the same time giving them the information and tools they need to protect themselves online. Well done to all of those who have taken part.”

Keith's winning film can be viewed below.

 
16 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

Following our victory in 2014, this year was the turn of Wrenn Academy to host the 2015 Sixth Form Olympics. Despite a programme that was intermittently interrupted by the heavens opening, the event continued to represent the good humour and friendly competition that has long been a feature of the games. There were many closely fought contests, however Weavers’ students excelled in a number of team events, namely boys and girls football, boys and girls basketball, mixed volleyball and the tug of war.

 

We narrowly missed out on achieving what no school has yet achieved, retaining the title of Wellingborough Sixth Form Champions, finishing a close second to Wollaston who succeeded in demonstrating a consistently high  level in all the events. Credit needs to go to all the students involved who conducted themselves honourably and with admirable sportsmanship, they played an essential role in the success of the day. Thanks to the staff and students at Wrenn for hosting the event and we all look forward to renewing the competition in 2016 when Wollaston will play hosts.

 

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16 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

Last week Year 11 leavers and Sixth Form applicants returned to the Academy for the 2015 Sixth Form Induction. We were also delighted to welcome back former Sixth Form students who came in to share their own experiences of Sixth Form life and where it has taken them.

 

The first day gave students the opportunity to try lessons in their proposed Sixth Form subjects. This provided them with a realistic experience of A-level and Level 3 lessons and is designed to help guide students towards the best possible choices for them to be successful.

 

Tuesday’s sessions had a specific careers focus, enabling students to learn more about academic and career routes based on A-level, Level 3 vocational and        university course selection. A series of seminars and talks were provided enabling students to access information and guidance from a wide range of local employers including Barclaycard, the University of Northampton as well as from the fields of engineering and law. In the afternoon, each student was given a mock interview by one of the employers with the additional benefit of feedback and advice.

 

Wednesday saw the annual Sixth Form Olympics hosted at Wrenn Academy. Weavers, as the previous title holders, narrowly missed out on retaining the cup for a second year, finishing a close second to Wollaston. Nevertheless, an enjoyable day was had by all with Weavers dominating in football, basketball and volleyball.

 

On Thursday there was a study-skills focus with students receiving sessions led by Mr Wallace covering note-taking, active listening and synthesis. The final challenge of the morning saw students placed in random groups to deliver a three-minute speech based on a single stimulus word; the engagement and focus the students demonstrated throughout was excellent. In the afternoon we were delighted to welcome back former students Riyah Patel (studying for a PHD in Psychology),  Puja Mulgi and Kris Ardle (studying maths at university), Perry Cayford (studying at the University of Northampton Police Officers Academy) Jamie Martin (STEM representative for Cummins Engineering) and Jack Dimmock and Ben Pegg (both enrolled on apprenticeship schemes) – to give brief talks on life after Sixth Form and to answer any questions students had. The final session on Thursday was led by David Hargreaves, former Housemaster at Westminster School who gave students a talk on educational aspiration and the mentality of the high-achieving student.

 

On Friday, a very tired student body needed to have some fun, so we concluded the week with final subject sign-up and a range of activities designed and led by the Sixth Form Leadership Team. All that remains is to wish all students well for their results in August. We look forward to welcoming you again in September.

 

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01 July 2015 In Sixth Form News

The CET Essay and Public Speaking Prize launch was held at Abbeyfield Academy last week. The event welcomed esteemed academics to deliver elements of the launch and two of our students who attended share their thoughts below:

 

“The Public Speaking prize was in the morning. We were given the task of presenting a three minute speech on a specific word. Some words were difficult to talk about for three minutes (words such as ‘hollow’ and ‘speed’) but once we started thinking outside of the box, our thoughts and ideas made it easier. Once we had finished, we heard last years’ winning speech, which inspired me to think about giving the Public Speaking prize a go. For the Essay Prize, we were split into four different groups by topic - English, Humanities, Material World and Maths/Science. Meeting Professor Jonathan Katz was a real pleasure as I enjoyed listening to his insight to English and his huge depth of knowledge; this was apparent throughout the event and a feature of all of the speakers involved.”  Aimee Hudson-Brown

 

“Before attending this event I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. However after attending, I feel the experience I gained through meeting peers of a similar age range and being addressed to by the likes of Hugh Aldersey-Williams has put me in a position to start this project positively. I decided to go outside of my comfort zone and take an interest in science. l found the topic highly engaging as it discussed morals surrounding science. I then moved to a discussion surrounding the material world, seeking to answer the question, ‘useful is always beautiful, beautiful is useful’, I am now very much looking forward to researching my chosen subject title and producing a successful piece of writing.” Vinay Hill

 

16 June 2015 In Sixth Form News

Year 12 student, Sammie Allen has been awarded a placement at Northampton General Hospital to take part in a microbiology project. The project looks at methods for identifying bacteria in blood cultures and how this work can be developed to improve methods of targeting and identifying bacteria in blood. The improved methods can then be used to aid the development of immunisations in the future. Sammie’s induction takes place next week and hopefully this will be a significant step on her road to genetic research in the future. Sammie gained this placement through the Nuffield Research Project. 

15 June 2015 In School News

As mentioned in a recent letter to parents of Year 7 students please see the below exam support materials.

18 May 2015 In Sixth Form News

On Thursday, 7th May, Sixth form students, Bobbie McVey, Holley Green, Jakub Wojciechowski, Samantha Allen, Sam Garner, Vinay Mulgi and Yasmine Burton took their final journey to Warwick for this academic year. By participating in this project students were given the opportunity to undertake extended science practicals in a biology, chemistry and physics. The project concluded with a series of presentations - year 12 students presented posters and year 13 students presented projects to an audience of academics, lecturers, scientists, parents and fellow students.

Congratulations go to our own Samantha Allen who won an annual subscription to a science magazine for the ‘Best poster presentation’ on DNA Synthesis, titled, ‘Birds cannot taste – can you?  

‘The Warwick project was a thrilling experience; it gave us the opportunity to use facilities not usually presented to us and develop skills within science, possibly being beneficial to a research based university course. I would suggest to any eager science student, if they get the opportunity, to take it. You won’t regret it!’

 (Samantha Allen – AS student)

Massive well done to all the remaining students who did brilliantly, and presented very interesting topics: Holly Greene on ‘Saponification’, Jakub and Vinay on ‘Polarimetry’ and Sam and Yasmin on ‘Azo Dye Experiment.’

Bobbie on the other hand did incredibly well presenting alongside another student on a challenging physics project ‘Oscillations’ a project that she had been researching over the year. The Sixth form team would like to wish her well as she will be soon on her way to study Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.

‘The last two years of being part of the science in action project at Warwick school have been very valuable for me. I have become more skilled and more experienced in practical work and I have also deepened my knowledge in the use of mathematics for calculations in science through modelling oscillations with differential equations.’  (Bobbie McVey – Head Girl)

Lastly, our special thanks goes to Mr Mike Jenns, a lead biologist, and the backbone of this programme; his commitment to ensure that the programme was effectively supported meant that he on every Thursday would drive the group of students to Warwick and with his wealth of experience in the field of science, he was able to guide the students with their projects. We from Weavers would like to wish him a ‘very happy retirement’.  

 

 
28 April 2015 In Sixth Form News
This year CET held their first Sixth Form Public Speaking Prize, inviting students from the
Trust's sixth forms at Ash Green, Rugely, Abbeyfield and Weavers to address the
question, 'The Youth of Today Have Never Had It So Good'. Following an elimination
round the finalists and supporters gathered at the priory rooms at Coventry Cathedral
to be heard by a panel of esteemed judges including broadcaster and journalist
Miranda Sawyer as well as our Trust Director Marc Jordan. It was a pleasure to hear a
series of such opinionated, well-­‐constructed and passionate arguments addressing the
brief. Scott Poole gave a fascinating speech and was praised greatly for his charismatic
delivery and extensive and insightful research.
 
28 April 2015 In Sixth Form News
The sixth form fundraising team held a Students vs Staff charity basketball game to
raise funds for 'Mikey's War' -­‐ a charity which aims to support the funding of treatment
costs for Mikey, a student at Freemans Primary School. The team also baked a vast
array of cupcakes and provided much needed refreshments to support the event.
Special thanks goes to the students who put in an immense amount of hard work and
effort in organising and preparaing for the event.
 
28 April 2015 In Sixth Form News
Pictures from the 2014 Sixth Form Christmas Dinner held at Wellingborough Golf Club.
Students enjoyed a fantastic meal, disco and each took home a present from Santa!
 

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