Recently A level
Economics students from Emmanuel and St Mary’s combined to take part in the
inaugural A’ level Economics conference.
Students were treated
to talks from speakers from Greenwich University, EzyEducation, Barclays and BT
covering topics such as market structures and studying. Economics at
university. We are grateful to the support from our external speakers who
included CTK alumni. Student feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive.
CTK St Mary’s BTEC
Level 3 Sport and Science students visited UCFB Wembley yesterday.
took part in a number of workshop activities centred around the University’s
many degrees in the football and sports industry. They were challenged to
become an entrepreneur; working in groups to design and pitch a brand new sporting
product to their peers. The most exciting part of the day was that students
were then taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of Wembley stadium; getting to see
the England dressing rooms, the press conference room, player’s tunnel, pitch
side and the iconic Royal box. All students were an absolute credit to CTK
and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
A level French students enjoyed a dedicated translation workshop
at King’s college. They learnt the techniques of translation from one language
to another. They look at the importance of understanding the text, the context,
the period and played with the language. There was also a Q&A about
studying at University and the students found the whole experience useful.
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.
The aims of the Jack Petchey are
twofold. It aims to both inspire and challenge young people to achieve what
they can be.
Normally this takes place before
the award is won, but it doesn’t mean that these are not relevant aims even
afterwards. So was the case when one Jack Petchey award winner decided that she
would take a group of fellow students to Go Ape Battersea, the treetop
Zhanae Payne, who was nominated for the hard work she put into the Chaplaincy Team, decided that the experience would be a beneficial one. The group of students, who were all eager to attend travelled down on Wednesday 15th May after college. It was a fantastic experience. Three courses looped around the trees at Battersea Park, each more challenging, consisting of ropes, bridges and ziplines. Those who were afraid of heights all managed to overcome their fears and by the end everyone was confidently stepping around the course. It was a truly memorable experience, and brought the group closer, as they supported and encouraged each other around the course.
to our Level 2 Business Studies students who received the Runner Up award at
the London Metropolitan University’s Big Idea Challenge finale on the 2nd of
Our students beat 18 other colleges with their business idea “Enough is Enough” (see it here http://bit.ly/2I5DlQt). The finale event was held at the Royal Institute in Mayfair and was attended by Levi Roots, the founder of Cobra Beer and the founder of Mumsnet so it was surely a night to remember!
Law and Politics
students from CTK St Mary’s were delighted to hear a talk from Gary Gibbon who
has been the Channel 4 News’ Political Editor since 2005.
In a highly informative
talk, followed by Q & A, Gary gave students his take on the latest news and
gossip from the corridors of power in Westminster and beyond.
Gary has worked on five
general elections for Channel 4 News. His interview with Peter Mandelson in
2001 triggered the Northern Ireland Secretary’s second resignation from the
Cabinet. In 2006, he won the Royal Television Society Home News Award with Jon
Snow for the scoop on the Attorney General’s Legal Advice on Iraq.
Students left the talk
with a deep insight into the world of Politics which will no doubt help them in
their upcoming A Level exams.
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
The Tour was supported by a number of on air and online platforms as well as it being documented on social media.
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 Forms 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.
TonyST MARY'SGrades achieved: A*A*BAProgressed to: Oxford UniversityCourse: A Level Maths, Physics, Fine Art and Further Maths
“CTK has always encouraged me to aim high, which has led me to apply to the University of Oxford and I am so pleased to begin my studies there. ”
Ella Mae ST MARY'SGrades achieved: A A B AProgressed to: University of SheffieldCourse: A Level Law Level Psychology A Level Sociology Extended Project
“What I enjoyed about CTK was meeting students from different backgrounds and sharing a desire to succeed. As an Advanced Graduate Programme student, I was given the motivation and confidence to work to the best of my ability. ”
ChiefST MARY'SGrades achieved: BBBProgressed to: Queen Mary University Course: A Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry
“I really enjoyed my learning at CTK as lessons were relevant, engaging and challenging, whilst cultivating a warm, dynamic atmosphere.”
PreciousST MARY'SGrades achieved: D*D*D* Progressed to: City University of LondonCourse: BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care
“Studying BTEC Health gave me the best opportunity to realise my dream. I’m incredibly appreciative of all the support and assistance I received throughout my course. From the beginning, the staff recognised my ability and didn’t give up on me.”
OluwafoluhanmiST MARY'SProgressed to: University of HertfordshireCourse: A Level Biology, Chemistry and PE
“Although studying A Levels can be challenging, my teachers make my lessons enjoyable and easier to understand. The teachers at CTK are really friendly and are more than happy to help. I hope to go on to study Physiotherapy at University.”
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