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Sixth Form Taster Day

Thursday, 18th June saw St John’s College’s first ever Sixth Form Taster Day at our Sixth Form Centre in Eastern Business Park. There was a tremendous turnout of over 40 pupils from both St John’s and a range of other schools (with apologies from another dozen who were away but will be visiting later this term).

Following registration, everybody headed to the Lecture Theatre for a welcome from the Headmaster, Mr Moody, and a presentation by our guest speaker, Richard Parks. Richard explained how, as a professional rugby player at the peak of his game with Barbarians and Wales caps, this was suddenly all taken from him with a career-ending shoulder injury. He demonstrated to the pupils the importance of resilience, describing his struggle to overcome depression and find new challenges in life – in his case, a range of mountaineering and polar expeditions, culminating in setting the “737 Challenge” world record of climbing the highest peaks on five continents as well as trekking to both poles, all within a staggering seven months. Richard explained how the relevance of this charity fund-raising success lay in the months of meticulous planning; an illustration that preparation is the key to any achievement in life, A Levels included! He kindly stayed on to answer questions and chat over refreshments, particularly to our imminent Romania Expedition students.

Next, a series of Taster Lessons was run, illustrating what is involved in A Level classes and courses, alongside timetabled lessons where our visitors were able to drop in and see our current sixth formers at work. Enormous thanks must go to the many A Level teachers who gave up non-contact time so that the whole range of the Sixth Form curriculum was accessible.

Everyone ate at the popular on-site cafe, which is being significantly expanded for September and will reach almost to the area designated for the new gym facility which should also be ready for next term.

The day ended with Mr Taylor and co-curricular staff outlining the many opportunities for our students, including Sport, Duke of Edinburgh Award, the EPQ, Enterprise, LAMDA, Music (Choir, Orchestra, Big Band) and Debating. This was followed by a Q and A session with current students who were able to give invaluable tips on the differences between pre- and post-16 education and how to cope with them. All in all, the day was a great success and certainly one to be repeated next year.

19 June 2019

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