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Sixth Form News - December

This Term has been packed full of trips, visits and hard work! I have been incredibly impressed with how hard students have worked during this long term and hope to see it continue into 2020. Despite this usually being the half term that is known for illness and low attendance, I am thrilled to announce that the KS5 attendance figure has finished at 96% for this term. We have you enjoy reading what we have been up to and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Royal Navy Challenge 

We are making steady progress on this year’s Royal Navy Engineering Challenge, with manufacture of the vessel now started and development of the different aspects of the challenge being explored. This year’s challenge is for us to build a machine to load several model shipping containers onto a jetty after manoeuvring around a course in a water tank, complete with artificial current provided by pumps.  The event takes place during March 2020 at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth, with the team staying on HMS Bristol the evening before.  We are hoping to go one place better than last year’s second! 

First Tech Challenge 

GPUTC hosted the First Tech Challenge organisers and four school teams including GPUTC at a “Scrimmage” event in the Event Space.  The organisers erected an arena to demonstrate this year’s challenge, and gave guidance and assistance to all the teams present.  It was also useful to see the progress and design decisions made by the other teams, and to be able to speak to their members to help us to develop different ideas and strategies.  It was a most successful and enjoyable afternoon, with the GPUTC team making great progress on the construction of our robot.  It’s not too late to join us if you are interested in robots and would like to become involved in the challenge.  We meet on Thursday Enrichment in the ground floor engineering workshop.  

The Subway Challenge 

30 Year 12’s were invited to take part in the Subway Challenge.  The task involves designing a subway sandwich for a particular target audience and coming up with original and unusual marketing plans.  The winners take part in the regional final at Cambridge University and have the chance to have their Subway sandwich sold across East Anglia.  A wide range of ideas were identified including the Bank Holiday Big Un - to celebrate May time.  Other sandwiches targeted commuters with tasty breakfast combos.  All participants had to present their idea and were given the opportunity to further develop their presentation and enter the wider competition.  The best presenter was Louie Lawes.  Other great ideas included sandwiches targeted at older people – including marketing it towards afternoon tea style socials that help combat loneliness amongst older people.  

Careers Fair 

It was a very proud moment to catch up with some of our previous Sixth Form students, now settled into their work placements and apprenticeships with some of our sponsor companies. It was encouraging to hear how our students were prepared for their next steps and to listen to their memories of their time here at the UTC. The staff could not speak highly enough of our alumni. We are currently taking application for our Sixth Form and will begin the interviewing process in the New Year. Should you wish to discuss a place in our Sixth Form please contact our admissions team via email. 

 

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