It's been a busy week of lessons in the Sixth Form, as students in the Lower Sixth continue to develop their knowledge and understanding on a wide range of courses, and the Upper Sixth reflect on tests that will prepare them for their Christmas revision. There's been a studious buzz around the Sixth Form centre, and I have been very proud of the dedication and purpose on display.
There have been some co-curricular highlights too. On Tuesday the Sixth Form had the chance to spend some time talking with our wonderful Chartwells team, who spoke with them about healthy eating and balanced food choices, but also outlined their own philosophy in terms of sourcing local and sustainable supplies and reducing air miles and packaging within their own organisation. It was eye-opening to consider the scale of the logistics involved in feeding our community, and our students gained a real appreciation for the work that goes into every meal.
On Wednesday our Upper Sixth students met to plan and rehearse Sixth Form Ents, which is being produced as a film this year rather than a live event. Always a gloriously fun affair, this year's offering promises to be no different, and we're looking forward to seeing the results of their labour, as the whole year group are planning to be in school this weekend, getting the filming done. The Sixth Form bar was a big hit in the evening, as always!
On Thursday we welcomed a new member of the team into the Sixth Form Centre. Mrs Huff's lovely black Labrador Elsie joined us for the day and was an instant hit. I long line of students could be seen outside the office, all wanting to play, stroke or just spend a bit of time with Elsie. She's a great therapy dog, and we are looking forward to seeing her again, and having another stroke!
The week finished on Friday with some of our Lower Sixth talking to the Fifth Year about life in the Sixth Form over hot chocolate and cookies, and with an inspiring Find Your Future Friday, organised by Mrs Ferguson and led by The Leap, a partner organisation that offers student the chance to plan and fund productive, exciting and valuable gap years after their A-levels. It was inspiring to know that, even in the midst of Covid-19, there are still opportunities for a meaningful gap year to be had, and wonderful to see our students have the chance to take them.