Over the last few months, 5 of our Level 2 BTEC Business
Studies students have been competing in the Big Idea Challenge. In February,
the boys went up against their fellow classmates, pitching their business idea
“Enough is Enough”.
They won the first stage of the competition here at the
college and were progressed to the finals. They have since visited the Natwest
office in the city to refine their idea with their mentor and have had their
pitch professionally recorded. Next month they will be attending the grand
finale ceremony in Mayfair and need your help to win the People’s Choice
Awards. Simply click on the link, watch their pitch and vote for “Enough
is Enough”! http://bit.ly/2I5DlQt
The Minister of
State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP, visited Christ the King:
Emmanuel on Thursday 9 May, to look at the work Christ the King is doing as
part of the Centres for Excellence in Maths programme.
Christ the King
was one of 21 national centres chosen from across England by the Department for
Education for the programme.
for Excellence in Maths is a national programme funded by the Department for
Education (DfE) and managed on its behalf by the Education and Training
Foundation (ETF) with a range of delivery partners, including the Association
of Colleges. The programme aims to deliver a step change in maths
teaching up to Level 2 in post-16 settings to help increase the number of young
people leaving compulsory education with basic maths skills, up to GCSE and
equivalent level. The ultimate aim is to help improve their employability and
engage with further learning.
were selected as Centres for Excellence in Maths, as organisations with the
commitment, capacity and system leadership skills required to drive innovation
and improvement in both their institution and beyond. Christ the King has
a history of being a research driven College, having taken part in schemes such
as the Mayor of London’s London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF).
As part of
the project, Christ the King runs networking meetings with other local schools
and colleges, takes part in evidence gathering, training and development and
has access to support and challenge. The aims of the network meetings are
to share best practice and develop teaching approaches which focus on teaching
maths to students up to level 2.
Milton visited the Emmanuel site in South East London and met with senior
management, governors, ETF representatives, teaching staff and students.
She visited maths teaching classrooms to see the teaching approaches in action.
and Skills Minister, Anne Milton said; “Maths is vital for work and
everyday life and we know that achieving a good level in maths
increases your chances
of getting a job, an apprenticeship or progressing to further and higher
education. So it was fantastic
to see our Centres for Excellence in Maths programme up and running
at Christ the King Sixth Form College and helping arm students with the
knowledge they need to progress. It was a pleasure to meet with the staff
and students today and I look forward to hearing more about the progress they
continue to make.”
Razey, Christ the King Co-Collegiate Principal and lead for the Maths Centre
for excellence said;
the King were delighted to welcome Anne Milton to the College today. It
was great opportunity for us to discuss the work we are spearheading, as a
Maths Centre for Excellence. Christ the King are proud to have been
selected as a Maths Centre for Excellence from such a large number of
institutions nationally and feel the project is invaluable in driving
innovation and in helping Maths students improve their outcomes in London and
the South East”.
Kessell-Holland, Director of Insights at the ETF, said, “The opportunity to
re-engage young people with maths learning up to level 2 through the
programme’s research and evidence is nationally important. The Centres
including Christ the King, the ETF and our expert partners are working together
to make sure the opportunity is taken full advantage of for learners now and in
evidence-based practice and innovation, through sector-inclusive programmes
like Centres for Excellence in Maths, supports the workforce development aim
that the ETF is founded on.”
The University of Northampton Yellow Bus Tour recently
visited all three CTK sites.
Students were given the opportunity to climb on board for
interactive sessions on university applications with their Schools Liaison
team. There was also the opportunity to speak to current Northampton
undergraduates about their own experiences since joining the university.
The Tour was supported by a number of on air and online
platforms as well as it being documented on social media.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) students
from CTK were given the chance to spend an amazing day at the central offices
in London of BNYMellon to learn how to Design an App in a Day.
The Design an App in a Day workshop took key elements from
the Apps for Good course, guiding pupils through an interactive development
model where they began with an idea and ended with a pitch, outlining their
final prototype. Students had the opportunity to hear from BNY Mellon
volunteers about a real-world challenge and then had the opportunity to come up
with a tech solution. Students explored user needs and features, market
research and user profiling before finally, creating drawn wireframes of their
app ideas and pitching them back to the class and volunteers. Collaborative
working, problem solving and communication skills were are all encouraged and
developed during this innovative workshop.
Many students afterwards described the day as being the most
productive workshop of their studies so far!
A member of staff was keen that the community at Christ The
King made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. A group of sixteen staff and students set
off just before Easter.
They quickly settled into the prayerful routine of the place
which is in Bosnia Herzegovinia. Christine the guide who accompanied the
group up Apparition Hill carefully explained the history of the place from when
our lady first appeared at Medjugorje in 1981 at which the country was
under the reign of Communism. Fr Leon who is the English chaplain and who
has visited Woolwich talked to the group of his own religious experience Visits
were also made to Mary TV, Mostar and Cross Mountain. Personal experiences
included the ineffable quality of the music at international services, the
smell of the roses, and the meaningful conversations end encounters that
Our Lady asks pilgrims to promote Medjugorge as the spiritual centre of the world and that we carry out the following; read the Bible, go to confession, receive the Eucharist, fast of Wednesdays and Fridays and say the rosary. To help us remember we can carry five small stones from Medjugorge. The community at Christ the King offers an annual pilgrimage as part of its Catholic life programme. This pilgrimage to was exceptional because of its uniqueness. Everyone in the group returned home a little bit changed for the better and would recommend to all. It was perfect in every way. You will not be disappointed.
On a beautifully sunny day last Wednesday, Christ the King
Sixth Form held its much anticipated annual Sports Day with events taking place
across all 3 sites.
The competition between students was there for all to see
but the gracefulness and comradery which shone through is something they all
should be proud of.
On the football pitch, it was St Mary’s who ran out winners
after achieving a hard fought 1-0 victory over Emmanuel with everyone getting
the chance to be involved in the match and all enjoyed themselves.
Heading inside, onto the basketball court, a rivalry had
been building over the past few months during the basketball season. Emmanuel
had taken the early bragging rights but the St Mary’s team had come roaring
back in recent weeks. It all came down to the final opportunity on Sports Day.
With the Aquinas team added to the mix, it was sure to be an afternoon to
remember. And so, with St Mary’s coming through victorious against both
Emmanuel and Aquinas, they were crowned champions. With Aquinas pulling off a
fantastic win against Emmanuel, they took a well-deserved second place, leaving
Netball and Futsal were both held at Aquinas, and it was
Emmanuel who came away winning both events. The futsal was very competitive, as
expected, with Emmanuel beating Aquinas 13-5 to claim maximum points.
Both Table Tennis and Badminton took place in the St Mary’s
sports hall and it was a real hive of activity. Some very good talent was put
on show with a lot of exciting matches taking place. In the end, a very skilful
Aquinas team took the honours in the table tennis with Emmanuel pulling through
against tough opposition in the badminton.
The new event this year ‘Mini Olympics’ proved to be a hit
and was well enjoyed by all who took part. Events such as standing long jump,
bean bag throwing, soft javelin throw and fun relay races took place with
Emmanuel taking the gold ahead of St Mary’s in the male competition and Aquinas
winning the female competition.
The ‘Gym Challenge’ ended up being very closely contested
with the will to win being shown in abundance. Strength, flexibility, endurance
and aerobic testing are all elements of the challenge and each competitor
showed immense grit and determination in each. It was St Mary’s who scraped it
in the end ahead of Emmanuel.
Overall, congratulations go to Emmanuel who triumphed on the
day ending with 190 points followed by St Mary’s on 170 points and Aquinas with
a respectable 140 points. Everyone who took part enjoyed the day and we look
forward to a fresh competition next year.
First year photography and graphics students from Emmanuel
attended a workshop at Autograph Gallery in Shoreditch earlier this month.
After photographing some of the sights around Brick Lane, we went to
Autograph – a gallery whose mission statement is ‘to share the work of
artists who use photography and film to highlight issues of identity,
representation, human rights and social justice’. In response to the exhibition
by Phoebe Boswell, students made collaborative drawings and a sound piece using
their mobile phones in the workshop. The drawings were then hung up outside in
a space chosen by each group.
Samuel EMMANUELCourse: BTEC Engineering
“My experience at CTK has improved my sense of self-worth and the one-to-one communication has helped me understand what I need to do to achieve my goals. I'm aiming to go to Queen Mary's University of London to study Physics and Aerospace Engineering. My advice to new students would be to enjoy the experience, make friends with people and study hard to achieve your goals.”
Jorge EMMANUELGrades achieved: D*DDCourse: BTEC Sport Level 3
“I've had a great experience at CTK. I've met a lot of new people and gained knowledge that I will need in the future. I'm going to study Sport and Exercise Science at Brunel University. My teachers always went the extra mile to make sure I had all my work completed. I would recommend CTK because the knowledgeable and passionate teachers always help students to succeed.”
Wendy EMMANUELCourse: BTEC Art and Design Level 2 & 3
“I have enjoyed making new friends and also meeting past students at CTK, who have come in to speak to us about what has made them successful. I aim to become an interior designer or textile designer and plan to study Textile Design at university. I would recommend CTK because the teachers always dedicate their time to helping students achieve their goals. ”
“I would 100% recommend CTK to others. The College improves you not only academically but in all aspects. CTK really lived up to my expectations, I have made good friends and the teachers are so supportive. I was so happy to get my final grades, I'm now going to study Biomedical Science at Warwick University.”
RukayaEMMANUELGrades achieved: D*D*DProgressed to: Criminology and Forensic Psychology at Kingston UniversityCourse: BTEC Health & Social Care
“I came to CTK because I heard the College gets great results. My teachers have pushed me to achieve my best and have given me lots of support. I’m so pleased with my grades and looking forward to going on to university.”