SIXTH FORM OUR First half term BLOG

WELCOME TO OUR BLOG!

It's been a long, exciting and peaceful summer away from the bustle of teachers, exams and early 7am alarms but as Year 12s and Year 13s, we have returned to sixth form raring to go for the next chapter at college.

For some of us, however, it's been a completely new chapter altogether. New arrivals (Year 12s) have lunged into A Levels after a mighty eleven weeks away from school - it's been an intense experience so far to say the least! Although, for others, the new start to the term has just marked the beginning of a very important year ahead, as Year 13 pupils proceed to finish their final year at sixth form and make their way onto universities, apprenticeships and other exhilarating adventures beyond the school gates.

With that being said, how could we not go on to share life in Ormskirk Sixth Form with so many important and exciting events happening over the next year? We hope this new and more interactive blog can give you a much broader insight into the aspirations, projects and goings-on that live behind those two front doors.

Here, we will be able to share photos, stories, videos, events and much more that reflect our time at sixth form, updating you each half term. Enjoy!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS?

Frankie Yarwood, Year 12
"I'm really enjoying my time at sixth form so far. Even though it's such a big step away from what I'm used to, it excites me. There's a much more relaxed feel here in college and I'm starting to gain a lot more independence." - Frankie Yarwood
Connor Griffiths, Year 12
"My first impressions of sixth form are good so far. I really like how small the classes are as I feel like I can benefit more from this in my lessons and get good feedback. The great food is also a bonus." - Connor Griffiths

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Sign language has proven to be a great source of enrichment to us this half term. So far, the alphabet, numbers, family members and greetings have been learnt already - happy signing sixth formers!

As well as sign language, both Year 12 and Year 13 students have been participating in other enrichment activities such as enterprise, art, sport, cooking and Gold DofE on Wednesday afternoons. Students were given the option on which they'd like to take part in at the start of the year, allowing them the freedom to carve out this year's path of extra-curricular activities. It has provided a nice break from the stresses of everyday lessons and given everyone the ability to learn a new skill or get involved with something they've never tried before.

The enrichment activities we have been offered this year may also contribute to university applications, which is an encouraging benefit for those few struggling to string a sentence together in their personal statement!

Year 12 and 13 practising their BSL numbers
Frankie Yarwood's art enrichment classes have definitely made a statement at sixth form already...
Nicole, our BSL instructor

MENTORING MORNINGS

"MENTORING IS A BRAIN TO PICK, AN EAR TO LISTEN AND A PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION."

Monday and Friday mornings for Year 7 pupils have been slightly different this half term as sixth formers have permanently stepped into progress groups in order to help younger students with key aspects of their life at high school. Many members of Year 12 and 13 have been assisting those in the younger years with numeracy, literacy and even reading, in the hope that they can inspire them to succeed in their lessons as well as help to break the awkward boundaries between the young and the old at school! This mentoring scheme has benefitted us sixth formers too though: many have been able to add this to the list of personal statement mentions and even include it as part of volunteering for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award - it's a win for all!

YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING 2016

Whilst the corridors of the school were bustling with fresh-faced Year 6 pupils eager to embark on their next chapter at secondary school in the next academic year, our new Head Girl and Head Boy (Grace Houghton and Kai Smith pictured below) took the opportunity to talk to parents about their time here at Ormskirk School. Performing their speeches, they shared advice, aspirations and general information with the audience, who were keen to listen to the student's perspectives of life at Ormskirk School.

Head Girl and Head Boy: Grace Houghton and Kai Smith

It was a great chance for them to introduce themselves as the new Senior Students, so how could we not welcome them in this half term's sixth form blog? Both Kai and Grace have done a fantastic job in representing the pupils of Ormskirk School and Sixth Form College so far, along with their fellow Senior Student team (Luke Chorley, Daniel McCann, Emma Kirk and Jess Foster), inspiring and setting a great example for all of the student body. We'd like to take the opportunity in congratulating them on their amazing achievement of earning the titles of Head Girl and Head Boy, and we are excited to see what they have in store for the rest of their time at sixth form!

SPORTING SUCCESS: GLORY IN GOLF AND A FOOTBALL PHENOMENON!

Sixth form sporting enthusiasts have kicked the start of the academic year off with amazing successes in both golf and football.

GOLF

Daniel Whitelaw - Year 13, Ben Wainwright - Year 12, Ryan Trainor - Year 11, Josh Fallows - Year 10

Thanks to the four budding golf players above (two of whom are part of our sixth form), Ormskirk School took home second place in The Annual Schools Golf Championships. On Wednesday 21st September, our golfers travelled to Pleasington Golf Club in Blackburn, ready to defend the winners trophy that was ours for the taking last year. The boys played in a four ball stable ford format where the best two scores were taken from each hole but unfortunately, with 84 points to a whopping 93 points from Sedburgh College, the lads just missed out on first place. It wasn't all doom and gloom though, as we hear they finished the day off with a lovely meal out, and our own Josh Fallows managed to win the prize for the nearest pin in two shots! Well done lads!

A special thanks to the Forty Club for holding the golfing event. The team are already eager to return again next year.

FOOTBALL

The girls football team also achieved an amazing 1-0 win this week with just seven players on the pitch to a mighty eleven opposing players, proving to be the true champions on the field. Despite the girls' dubious minds at the start of the game with their mere handful of players, they still managed to show great resilience and persevered to miraculously win the game - much to their opponent's annoyance! Lucy Staunton-Turner scored the impressive goal from far over the halfway line, causing Ormskirk Girls football team to take the lead. Despite having a disadvantage of only seven players, our Ormskirk girls have done us proud once again. Clearly they haven't lost their touch over the long summer and we hope they will continue to bring home their wins for the rest of the year. Well done ladies!

TEAM: Ella Brighouse, Erin Staunton-Turner, Lucy Staunton-Turner, Elise Rimmer, Helen Jones and Amelia Size

THANKYOU FOR READING

We'll see you next half term for more updates on Ormskirk Sixth Form!

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