Each year we enter teams into the Woodspring Debate which is a local parliamentary debating competition for schools. Against stiff competition we debated with strong arguments and got pipped by the animation and challenge from other teams.
This year’s motion was ‘Should charity begin at home?’ Jacob Kinsella-Freshwater and Lewis Mason along with Jasmine Mahesan and Eloise Wheeler were highly commended for their fluency and force of argument.
It was a great experience for our students who represented St Katherine’s with pride. Liam Fox commended our students’ performance and nominated Jasmine for speaker of the house.
Year 11 mocks
Year 11 students have had a busy ten days of mock exams which have provided both staff and students with a useful analysis of current strengths and areas to improve. We look forward to sharing their results in January during our mock results assembly, before the subject evening on the 11 January 2017. It was great to see our Year 11 students exploring their sixth form options and pathways at our Sixth Form Open Evening and meet our new Head of Sixth Form, Mr Colebourne.
Sixth formers consider their next steps
Sixth form students have been busy preparing for life beyond the sixth form. This year over two thirds of year 13 have applied to study a range of courses at university. Students are applying to a number of institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Loughborough, Exeter and Sheffield. Equally diverse are the range of courses being applied to with students looking to undertake degrees in education, engineering, law, mathematics, sport, French, history and drama. Students will be receiving offers and interviews over the next coming months and we wish them all the best.
A number of students are also working to secure apprenticeship and employment opportunities in a range of sectors including the hospitality industry, business and finance, media and theatre production. These students have been working on developing CVs and cover letters during enrichment sessions and will be moving onto mock interview practice in the new year. Again, we wish them success in their applications.
And finally, students in our Duke of Edinburgh programme clocked up 117 hours volunteering in the local community during the last school year. That is equivalent to £468.00 in social value. What a great effort!