Year 12 Poetry by Heart Competition.
PoetrybyHeart is a National Competition organised by the Department for education which challenges students in years 10-13 to choose a poem from a list of “classics”, learn it by heart and perform it to an audience.
Every student in Year 12 at Loxford chose a poem and attempted to learn it by heart. The students then performed these in class heats to choose a couple of representatives to go through to the final which was held on March 15th. Some were more successful than others but most students managed to memorise at least a few lines of their chosen poem.
The finalists’ performances were of a very high standard with all the students remembering their poems very well and the best contestants also producing dramatic and emotional performances.
The three winners for the year group were Kemal Cakli, Aaron Peters and Tanya Ahmed. The winners will now compete in the regional contest and hopefully get through to the national final in April.
Year 12 Maths Mentors.
Year 12 Maths whizzes at Loxford are sharing their expertise with year 11 students as part of an innovative scheme to use sixth form mentors with strong maths skills to tutor year 11 students who need extra help in preparing for their GCSEs.
The Year 12 Maths Mentors all had to have a grade A in maths themselves to enable the m to apply for one of the prestigious paid positions as a Maths mentor. The Year 12 students were very keen to participate and over 40 of the able youngsters applied for the positions. All the applicants were put through a rigorous interview process to check they had the necessary communication skills to coaxh the younger students effectively and those selected were delighted to have been chosen by the Headteacher for this responsible position.
The Year 11 students were really pleased with the additional support and said that it was sometimes easier to ask another student (even an older one) to explain rather than asking the teacher.
Wadham College, Oxford helps our students with their Personal Statements
On Friday 11th January 2013, 12L had a very special visit from Oxford University to teach them how to further their education after sixth form. We were taught about building our ‘UCAS’ by writing a personal statement and handing them in to our designated universities. This session was extremely useful as we gained an idea on how the application process works when applying for your chosen universities and how your personal statement is to your future. We learned that in our personal statement, we have to present our skills and personnel as best as possible and convince the potential universities why we should be offered a place. In the 1 ½ hour session, the visitor explained each step of the university application process and even presented us with examples of personal statements. These statements for Medicine, Maths and Computer Science showed us how significant it is to have a lot of experience for your desired university course. The dedication shown in your statement, the bigger the likelihood that the university will understand your passion and accept you as a part of their community that’s why, the most important thing I learnt is that it’s not impossible to achieve your dream it just takes a lot of hard work and perseverance!
Anayeth Ali 12L
An Enlightening Visit from a Renowned Accounting Organization
Ernst and Young is one of the world’s leading professional accounting organizations in the world. It has workers in over 140 countries. It supports small start-up businesses to well-established companies by making financial decisions and exploring new opportunities. EY (shorthand for Ernst and Young) has recorded a 22 billion turnover in 2011 and is still rising.
The visit was quite beneficial and very intriguing I would like to explore further as I will consider this as an alternative career route. The representative that visited gave us an insight in to what EY is all about. She also gave us an account of her story - about how she heard about the programme and how she is where she is today. The visitor explained on how to join the programme through various ways which suit every individual.
EY offers programmes for people at different stages in their education. The first one is called the EY school leaver. As soon as you leave sixth form after finishing your two year course EY will take you on straight away. To get a head start into your preferred career, you would jump straight into proceeding gaining technical skills and also professional qualifications. This would be without the stress of university fees which makes the programme so appealing.
Another programme is EY degree which is a university course that combines studies with an eighteen-month paid work placement which ends with professional qualifications and a graduate job offer. This programme gives you an amazing opportunity to study at a world-ranked management school.
The Ernst and Young Organization is an incredible way to step into the business world – doing high profile work on business advisory and financial issues. It is definitely a career path that I will consider pursuing. I would strongly recommend others to research further. It may not be your preferred career choice however it gives you an alternative route and a wider goal for your future.
Written by Simi Oremosu in Year 12
HEAPs Cambridge Residential
One of the best opportunities that Heaps offered us was the chance to have a Cambridge University Residential stay for four days in the Easter holidays.
After arriving, having lunch in the Corpus Hall and checking into our rooms, we participated in an Apprentice Challenge that entailed several tasks such as collecting specific objects that could only be found in one or two shops all over Cambridge! It was a great opportunity to meet new people and being able to solve problems in a team that you have never worked with before. Our team working skills were also challenged that same Sunday evening where Future Foundations arrived at the McCrum Theatre, using their powers of persuasion and skills to allow students to notice that taking on leadership roles does not always have to be daunting, but rather exciting. We were then sorted into Pastoral groups where we were able to explore what we had learnt and discuss what we would do differently in the future as a result of the day’s activities.
On the second and third days, probably the most intense two days out of the whole of the Cambridge Residential, all students attended subject sessions. I attended the English subject stream, as a small portion of what we were learning would form part of my revision for my English exam. Analysing poetry with PhD students and lecturers was very exhilarating although I nearly fell asleep in two of the ½ hour sessions! The style of teaching at University particularly surprised me as many lecturers were reading off a sheet of paper for the whole hour, a form of teaching that no year 12 students would have experienced at Sixth Form. The most daunting activity of the subject sessions was the presentations that we had to prepare in groups of three. Presenting our ideas on specific poems that we had chosen was incredibly uncomfortable, particularly as we had to present in front of specialists of English Literature at Cambridge! However, it did go better than expected!
I learnt tonnes of new skills in the four days- the Formal Hall Dinner was particularly exciting and a brilliant end to those four days at Cambridge! Many students fell in the river while Punting, which was probably the most memorable experience!