Year 9 Visit to Chester University

ChesterUniOn Wednesday 29th March the Careers Team went to Chester University with 50 Year 9 students.  We were taking part in a day introducing life at University with participation in 2 group activities and a tour of the campus.  An interactive board game highlighted the pathway to University and student life, and the Dream University activity made the Year 9s think about how University is an aspiration and achievable goal for many and what individual Universities can offer.  All the students were a credit to the College and listened well to the student ambassadors who gave us the tour.

World Book Day 2017

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Stepping inside the College on World Book Day was like being transported to a film set or the pages of all your favourite books. Stalking the corridors were Harry Potter, Fantastic Mr Fox, Mary Poppins, Just William, Sherlock, Dr. Watson, Where’s Wally, to name just a few. What’s more, Dracula had seized control! There were many very creative homemade costumes, all of which deserved a prize. However, the overall winners were: First Prize - Lily Green as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland; Second Prize - Abi Brayford as the Demon Dentist by David Walliams and Third Prize - Lily Clarke as Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith. £337.20 was raised by this activity for the Harry Johnson Trust, which supports local children receiving treatment for cancer.
The Inter-House Bumper Book Quiz gave students the chance to revisit some of the most popular books for young readers and proved to be a lot of fun. Sydney was the clear winner with 40 points; Joint Second were Webb and Darwin with 31 points and Third was Clive with 26 points. The Cakes and Books Sale at lunchtime was well-supported and raised £124 for Book International and the College Library. We are grateful to everyone who dressed up, baked delicious cakes, donated or bought books, took part in the quiz, helped out with the sale or generally supported the events by participating and helping to make the day so enjoyable.

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Business Challenge

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On 8th March 2017, five business students from The Community College took part in a Business Challenge which was hosted by Wrekin College in Telford.

The aim of the competition was to bring business students together from all over the county to compete and share ideas. The main idea of the challenge was to present students with a real life business person who had a genuine issue that they needed solving. It was then the job of the students to analyse the issue and come up with some proposals to help solve the problem. Our team’s business was a big national distribution and logistics company which was having problems with the motivation and happiness of its staff. We had to come up with solutions which would boost the morale of the workers whilst at the same time being as cost effective as possible.

The team worked very well and after a lot of discussion and analysis came up with a variety of strategies such as introducing a quarterly staff magazine which celebrated success, providing meetings which singled workers out for promotion, social events such as football and providing opportunities for workers to give feedback to managers. The students had to present at the end of the day and The Community College were judged to be the winners of their group, and overall runners up. We were particularly complimented on justifying why our proposals where cost effective as well as being easy to implement for a large organisation.

Well done to Harry Barrett, Liam Richards, Kayla Higgins, Joe Bradbury and Clem Hankin all pictured above. A great day out!

 

Worcester Warriors Trip

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On Saturday 28th January 2017 thirty Key Stage 3 rugby students attended Worcester Warriors Rugby Club for a match day experience.

A training session in the morning focusing on tackling and rucking was delivered by the Worcester Warriors expert coaches and then an opportunity to see the professionals play with an Anglo-Welsh cup game v Harlequins in the afternoon. Unfortunately Worcester were defeated 28-22, but Bishop’s Castle students enjoyed an exciting game.