Summer is well and truly upon us as seen in the soaring temperatures of the last two weeks or so and students and staff are enjoying a well-earned break after a hectic term.
Summer term is always challenging in a college: examinations are spread over a number of weeks and the students not only face these but the L6 go straight into three weeks of A2 level classes. This gives them an excellent ‘head start’ on the time they have for next year’s course content and gives them a focus for keeping up their learning over the summer break. Some students also have a longer period of work experience arranged which is a great idea as it will help them refine their university choices.
Our leavers all have conditional offers from the college or universities of their choice, apart from the option of studying in Germany which is always a late entry. We are delighted with the successes these young people have enjoyed and are looking forward to results day, 13th August, when we will be able to confirm choices with them. The College will be open from 9.30am until12.30 pm for students to come in and pick up results.
Examinations were not just the focus of last term. We enjoyed some fantastic Enrichment experiences plus extra workshops in Art. The whole College was privileged to be in the audience for the Performing Arts examined pieces and the cast of the adapted ‘The Crucible’ were outstanding. The PA students also managed to write and record a charity single for Cancer Support Mallorca which was produced to educate young men about the risk of testicular cancer. This was so successful that the British charity ‘Ball Boys’ is to make us a visit. We were honoured to receive a plaque from The Rotary Club to mark our involvement in the charity walk last September as the school or college with the highest proportion of students to take part and we are looking forward to this year’s walk.
As always we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those in the workplace who give up their time to work with the young people. Adults who give up time to inform, educate or provide work experience are invaluable in enriching the lives of youngsters and helping them to explore future options.
Our Leavers Dinner held this year at Bar Cuba was a lovely evening with all the students looking their best. We now have to look for a larger venue for next year as the College is growing quickly. There are very limited courses with openings for this September.
Looking ahead, the College is in great health and we are adding an additional A level course in ICT for next year. We have many different nationalities represented and look forward to welcoming students on 2nd September with AS students joining us at 9.30 and A2 returning at 12. We will also be inviting parents only to an information and informal gathering on Friday 4th September on the terrace of ABC magazine.
All that remains for us to say is enjoy the beautiful summer on our wonderful island!