25th September 2023
Year 13 bulletin
Just a short bulletin this week as we’re still at the start of term - but as the term goes on there will be more events and opportunities coming up.
Shoutouts to the following pupils for making a positive impact:
Praise Postcards for;
Ben R (AST) - 100% in his Chem test
Jemimah (ECO) - amazing presentation in Skills
Khadija (ECO) - excellent presentation in Skills
Samuel T (ECO) - completed an excellent Skills presentation
3 positive incidents in one day for:
- ‘Ted Talk’ What would happen if we didn't sleep
- ‘BBC Ideas’ Are we thinking about alien life all wrong?
A few general announcements:
The Independent Study activities document has been updated by staff so you can build in some super-curricular activities or get ahead with understanding key topics. Remember that you can use any additional reading or research on your personal statement for university to highlight how you have prepared for undergraduate level study.
Please make sure you have completed the Education section of the UCAS application; add your GCSE and AS results and then add the three A Levels you are studying, putting ‘pending’ as the grade and also add Advanced WBQ. Any problems let me know. Even if you do not think you’ll be going to university, please complete this as it’s always an option for you then.
Please also see the latest guidance from UCAS regarding ChatGPT:
'Generating (and then copying, pasting and submitting) all or a large part of your personal statement from an AI tool such as ChatGPT, and presenting it as your own words, could be considered cheating by universities and colleges and could affect your chances of an offer.' UCAS has provided three tips on how students might use AI:
- 'You could use ChatGPT to give you ideas about topics that are relevant to your chosen subject..'
- 'You may want to ask ChatGPT to suggest ways of structuring your personal statement.'
- 'ChatGPT can be used to check your personal statement draft for readability'
Remember that UCAS uses similarity detection software
'If UCAS anti-plagiarism software detects elements of a personal statement that are similar to others, the universities or colleges it is intended for will be notified.'
You will be considering which courses to apply for and it’s sensible to have an aspirational choice, a very safe choice and three solid choices. There is good advice, based on stats, here.
Mrs Hirani is looking for pupils who would be keen to join an intercultural pupil voice group this year. As a school want to ensure pupils’ views, suggestions and ideas are heard to support our work on the anti-racist agenda and as part of our ongoing work as a multilingual school. Please let your LC know if you’re interested - Mrs Hirani needs to know by Wednesday please.
Cymraeg - Welsh Virtual Sessions
Ymlaen Gyda’r Dysgu / Onwards with Welsh provides Welsh sessions to build confidence in speaking the language to 16-18 year olds.
The offer is for learners in years 12 and 13 who are not continuing studying Welsh in A Level.
This is a great opportunity to build confidence in speaking Welsh that will be beneficial when applying for further education, university or jobs.
Further information can be found here: https://e-sgol.cymru/onwards-with-welsh/
There’s a fantastic opportunity with the organisation tutor2u who are offering a Free Online Course for all Sixth Form students. The course includes a mix of videos, engaging activities and resource downloads and covers:
Use the link here to register: Studentshttps://ondemand.tutor2u.net/students/beyond-sixth-form-skills-booster
The Welsh Government has worked with Young Wales to set up the Keeping safe online youth group to hear directly from young people about the realities of being online. The first project is looking at AI and recent technology developments from a young person’s perspective. Group members will have the opportunity to shape and participate in a national event taking place on Safer Internet Day 2024.
If you are interested, please use the link and get involved: Children in Wales | Keeping Safe Online Youth Group
QFF (qualified for the future) are currently looking for applicants to join their Learner Advisory Group and help co-construct the new suite of GCSEs and related qualifications for 14–19-year-olds to support the Curriculum for Wales.
Their initial focus: the new suite of GCSEs and related qualifications:
Responsibilities of members of the Learner Advisory Group
Members of the Learner Advisory Group are central to the development of the qualifications. In this role you will be expected to undertake some or all of the following:
Why should you take part?
Am I eligible to apply?
You need to be:
How do I apply?
Apply to join the Learner Advisory Group
The closing date for applications is this Friday, 29 September 2023, 5 pm.
Aspire is a collection of free careers, university and further education resources. It is designed to give state-educated students the tools and knowledge they need to make more informed decisions about their future. Their ‘guide’ is a free resource, full of information and guidance, designed to inform you and help you navigate the range of careers and further education out there. Access the online version of the Guide, alongside other resources, on the Aspire website,
Many universities have got upcoming Open Days so make sure you have a look at the places you think you may want to study at. Here’s the best place to check dates for Open Days: https://www.opendays.com/calendar/
To make sure you understand the grades you might need for courses you’re interested in and confirm entry requirements please use the following website: https://www.whatuni.com/ Ask your LC to look at courses with you if you’re not sure about things.
UWE Bristol Open Days this autumn:
Saturday 14 October, Saturday 4 November and Saturday 18 November are your chance to explore the university and get a real feel for what it’s like to study there. Subject-specific talks and tasters, sessions on accommodation, fees and funding and the application process, are all part of the Open Day: book your place here.
Cardiff Met have a series of Open Days and Campus tours available:
Swansea University: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/open-days/
Uptree also has lots of information and events relating to Apprenticeships so again, sign up and check them out: https://schools.uptree.co/events/
The company PwC has more information for potential accountants, business management or technology students interested in degree apprenticeships with them. Use the link here to find out more
For those of you feeling anxious about the UCAS process or anything else, as always we are always available to help. If you feel you need more support here are some useful links:
There are also some useful techniques here for those experiencing feelings of anxiety:
- Breathing techniques to calm anxiety Visit now
- Yoga for Anxiety Visit now
Remember it is important that you keep an eye on your emails and our Twitter feed (@stcyres6th). I send out links and tweets regularly so there is a lot of information available, you just need to access it and let me know if there are any problems with you doing that.
As always, if there are any issues get in touch; we’re here to support you.