Post 16 Life
The transition from GCSE to A-Levels is often thought to be more challenging than the transition from A-Levels to University. Our aim is to help the students build a bridge from GCSE to A-Level work. As well as work, we like to keep the students engaged with various activities, clubs and challenges. A busy person is often a happy person and happy people are generally more successful.
Throughout the year the tutor groups engage in a series of competitions and challenges. These take part during tutor time and lunch time and are designed to bring the students together in the spirit of competition. This year we took part in tug – o – war, pool tournament, and a few building the tallest tower challenges, one out of paper and one out of spaghetti and jelly babies.
Every Friday during lunch, the sixth form students are able to engage in some friendly team sport competitions on the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) or 4G pitch. We have also held tournaments in football, hockey, handball. The teachers enter a team but the students always seem to win.
There are numerous school trips that sixth form students take part in. There is a skiing trip every year. The Geography and History departments run trips abroad. The Art Faculty runs a myriad of trips in and around England. The music and PE departments attend numerous outings and tournaments.
Being such a large sixth form means the students can choose from a wide variety of clubs, activities, trips and competitions. There is something on offer for everyone and we encourage all students to become involved in our College Life.
Our Enrichment Programme
The Enrichment Programme is an integral part of Post 16 studies which takes place once a week. The college offers this opportunity for several reasons; to provide an interest or hobby for students outside of their academic subjects. However, more importantly, it is no longer sufficient to simply do well in academic subjects in order to secure a place at University or a good job. University admissions tutors and workplace recruitment officers now increasingly look for more seeking rounded individuals who have attempted to explore their potential. It is essential to gain experience in different areas in order to develop a broad range of skills and attributes. Universities are also interested in whether a student has the ability to cope with a broad range of activities alongside their academic work, revealing their organizational skills and personal qualities.
At Helston Community College, we want Post 16 students to have the opportunities to develop fully their talents and interests and to be able to demonstrate a broad range of interests and achievements in the increasingly competitive market for university places and job opportunities. In addition, it is important to have time away from their academic work to relax and pursue broader interests and hobbies.
The Current Enrichment Programme has been affected by the National Restrictions, but usually includes:
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