Apologies for the late Blog but my technical support team – i.e. Ryan was out in Portsmouth last week, more on that later in the week’s blog.

Charity Events

Update on fundraising, we raised £97.80 on our Mufti Day for Children in Need. Thank you for all your contributions. Our next charity event will be https://christmasjumperday.org/ in support of Save the Children on Friday December 16th. If you don’t already have a jumper you need to get making or knitting one!

Workshop Fun

We welcome Steve Pritchett back to college after a serious accident in the summer. It has been great to see our students back in the workshop under the guidance of Steve. Brilliant!

Staff Training

Teaching staff took part in their TEEP training last week, led by Natalie. It introduces staff to some new and engaging learning tools such as Classdojo, Kahoot and Free Rice. All of these tools have large benefits to learning and puts an innovative and fun twist into learning, and I for one can’t wait to see the students using them. Thanks Natalie!

Parent Forum

Don’t forget this week is Parent Forum and Babcock will be in to discuss ‘employability’ – if parents want to know what the process for Apprenticeship applications is all about please drop in on Wednesday 30th November at 5pm.

What’s on the week?

This week is AIDS Awareness Week and our Head of Keystage 5, Peter Bragg, is organising the assembly on Friday. Also, out English teachers, Elle/Itasha, will be doing some starters in English to link in with this.
We have a whole school vote on ‘Are libraries still relevant?’.
The Student Leadership Team will be doing learning walks as of next week. The first one will be on Wednesday. The theme is ‘student engagement in lessons.’ The students will be feeding back to SLT/governors.
Healthy Body Healthy Mind continues this week with the next 5 a side match between Sophie’s tutor group and Walt’s.

New Teaching Staff

Kellie Macmillan has joined us as Science teacher; she is also taking on a role of leading EPQ and BTEC.

“Coming from an FE and HE background I am experienced across a wide-range of science-based disciplines. As a trained biologist and enthusiastic biomedical researcher I am excited about guiding UTC’s Next Generation of Scientists into HE and into the scientific workforce.”

Welcome to the team Kellie!

Portsmouth Trip
A group of year 12 students had the opportunity to stay aboard HMS Bristol, based in Portsmouth, for the duration of last week and took part in a range of activities all surrounding the topic of engineering. Each day the students looked at a different aspect of engineering, these included weapon engineering, air mechanics and mechanical engineering. Some of the activities throughout the week included stripping down weapons, driving boats around Portsmouth harbour, taking apart and fixing helicopters, inspecting a variety of engines and machinery, and looking at a range of Navy ships. Ryan, our marketing intern, who went with the group of year 12’s spoke of how well our students performed throughout the week, with the students excelling at the hands on and theory based tasks. Well done guys!

Open Evening

We had 12 new signups for next year which is great news and thank you for all students and teachers who contributed to an amazingly positive evening. We even got two New Year 11 students who started this week! Welcome, Lewis and Jordan.
Parent and student recommendations really helped us achieve these sign ups, so we thank you all! Please continue the great support you have all shown.

Our next open day is March, but between now and then I am happy to take potential students on tours during the school day. We also have several meet the Principal days on the calendared whereby parents of future students can make appointments to visit and meet with me.

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Reminders

• Tuesday 6 December is a half day with student’s finishing at 12.55 pm. This allows time for teachers to mark and analyse interim assessments.
• As the cold sets in with freezing temperatures forecast can I remind parents to ensure that students have winter jackets and coats. We had a lot of students walking in looking particularly cold this morning.

Thanks for reading
Polly