Twice a year staff are asked to nominate students from the college community to attend a lunch and certificate presentation with the Principal. Dr Nevin recently asked teaching staff and tutors to nominate students they felt deserving of special recognition.
Ashton Sixth Form College was awash with festive spirit yesterday as the whole college community gathered together for carols around the Christmas tree. Students and staff sang along with the Mossley Hollins Brass Band and the Tree was lit by our special guest in a red coat and white beard! After a couple more tunes and opportunities for selfies with Santa staff and students enjoyed hot Vimto and mince pies – courtesy of the College Chaplain, Jean Hurlston.
Today 13 of our Oxbridge applicants were put through their pace in tough, but supportive(!), mock interviews.The interviews were arranged by Karen Kennedy, our Ashton XL Coordinator and offered to all students awaiting interviews at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. Staff were impressed with the subject knowledge, passion and confidence in opinions shown by the students. This experience of being in the hot seat, alongside the individualised feedback and coaching received by the students, will undoubtedly help the students when they are called for their real interview.
Battle of the Bands was a great opportunity for budding artists from local schools to showcase their talent in front of a live audience and compete for the chance to win a recording session with the Music Technology team. Last year’s winners The Retainers from Audenshaw School were in attendance and showed everyone how far they have come in the last 12 months with a crowd pleasing set of original material. Competing for top spot on the night were rockers TOMAHAWK, representing Audenshaw School and solo artist Mason Thomas from Alder Community High School. The two performances were worlds apart but equally entertaining with both acts really engaging the crowd and impressing the judges.
Topical world issues were the main item of the agenda when Ashton Sixth Form College students visited Priestley College for their model UN conference. The debate focused on the Russia and Ukraine conflict, Palestine and religious freedoms. XL coordinator Karen Kennedy said: "It was a great opportunity for our students to meet with their peers from Priestley and debate some really topical issues."
Representatives from the award winning MyKindaCrowd recently visited college to ask students “What will you do after sixth form?” and explore post college options. MyKindaCrowd provides industry and business linked challenges which offer students the opportunity to engage with industry leading organisations and gain valuable project experience. Simon Bates from MyKindaCrowd talked to students about University and the other options available after college such as higher apprenticeships as well as moving into full time work. The session worked towards students collaborating to create a rap about their future and their thoughts on University life, before performing their verse for the audience.
Students from the Health and Social Care and Early Years departments have been raising funds and sponsorship for the Christmas Shoe Box appeal and Key 103 Mission Christmas which last year delivered over £1.3 million worth of gifts to over 32,000 children in Greater Manchester This year’s fancy dress theme was ‘chocolate bars’ and the students have been hard at work creating their costumes over the last couple of weeks. Through sponsorship of the fancy dress and collecting donations around college the students have already raised over £1200 with more still to come!
Over 400 Ashton Sixth Form College students gathered together to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, as well as all those who have been involved with and affected by war and conflict. Lessons were postponed in order to allow students to gather in the courtyard to hear readings and observe the 2 minutes silence. Led by College Chaplain Jean Hurlston the service included readings from 1st year Public Services students Lukasz Krause (Fire Service Cadet) and Thomas Broadway (Police Cadet), whilst the Last Post was performed impeccably by second year music student Alice Thompson.
2014 another successful year for degree students at Ashton Sixth Form College. The last of our 13/14 degree students completed in September 2014. We are proud to announce that 40% of our BA students achieved First class honours!
Motivational speaker Andy Walker recently visited the college to speak to staff and students. Andy runs live your dream consultancy, working as a life coach and motivational speaker. At the age of 28 whilst in Goa, Andy suffered a life changing C4/C5 spinal cord injury whilst jumping into the sea. Andy gave students tips on setting goals, staying positive, overcoming obstacles and achieving ambitions. Andy has had to adapt to and deal with huge change in his life and the students could really feel the authenticity of his life advice.
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Tickets are now on SALE for this years college production of RENT