Newsletter 20 March 2017

March 20, 2017 1:10 pm

20 March 2017

Newsletter 20 March 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We continue to provide out-of-school experiences for our students. Year 10 scientists attended UoL last week to hear lectures on: ‘What are the links between Arctic Climate Change and UK Extreme Weather?’ and Sherlock Holmes and Chemistry. Following on from a great trip for Chemists, the Year 12 Physicists enjoyed a few hours on: Optics on an OHP.

To further develop our curriculum, staff have been visiting Luxus in Louth, one of our Gold partners, to finalise curriculum delivery arrangements as well as touring Cottam Power Station to continue discussions about a partnership working with them and specific science curriculum input. In Life Guidance, Dr Nicky Knight from Addaction/ The Amy Winehouse Foundation is coming to do a focus group with ten members of Year 10. Whilst as part of National Apprenticeship week, Fairfields are coming to advertise their apprenticeship scheme to Year13, continuing the excellent relationship we have with them by letting our students know about the opportunities before they go public. Year 10 are having their Health and Safety Briefing in preparation for work experience week next week. Year 12 have a presentation on Centigrade testing (https://www.coa.co.uk/programmes-and-aptitude-tests/centigrade ). On Friday all Year 12 (apart from the mathematicians) are on a trip to Leeds Beckett University for a bespoke taster day in engineering and science.

SAM-Learning has received mixed reviews and parental comments are welcome. However, many students are taking full advantage of this on-line revision and review portal to improve their grades and consolidate progress. The top students so far are:

Harrington, Reece 121,408
Fuller, Samuel 36,569
Walker, William 35,287
Baldock, Christopher 34,541

 

World Autism Awareness week runs from 27th March – 2nd April. As a college we will be celebrating and raising awareness of autism spectrum disorder through a range of different activities. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, a selection of Year 10 students will get the chance to experience a sensory room where they can learn and understand how hypersensitivity can affect people on the autistic spectrum during their day to day lives. On Friday we will be hosting the Lincoln UTC Bake Off! Staff and students have been asked to bake their most fabulous cakes and sweet treats, on the theme of blue/purple/Easter for us to judge and then sell to raise money for the National Autistic Society. On the 23rd March, Miss Donaghey and Miss Doughty will be attending the Lincolnshire Autistic Conference. They will be talking about the Mindcraft intervention that they run each week, to support our pupils with communication, independence and dealing with emotions.

After our success last year Mr Lewin took a team back to the Royal Navy University Training College Young Engineers Challenge. HMS Sultan welcomed youngsters from across England to take part in Operation Amphibious Angel 2017.

Held in partnership with University Technical Colleges (UTCs), Young Engineers and BAE Systems, the challenge encourages young people to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. A total of 70 teams competed in the Challenge, with several of the teams enjoying the opportunity to experience 24 hours of naval life, including a night on board HMS Bristol.

Themed around the Royal Navy’s role of providing disaster relief, the students were tasked with designing a remote controlled vehicle capable of operating on land and water, negotiating dangerous debris and retrieving vital supplies from a safe location and delivering them to the affected island.

Assistant Chief Of Staff Training, Commodore Andy Cree Royal Navy said: “The Royal Navy is proud to support the UTC Engineering challenge at HMS Sultan. The event is about inspiring the engineers and scientists of tomorrow and encouraging innovation.   It enables the Royal Navy to highlight the variety of exciting roles and opportunities available to engineers, not just within the Royal Navy, but across the whole engineering and scientific community, which in turn, is helping to build a better future for the United Kingdom.”

Out of 70 teams the LUTC Team “Trident Tested” finished 2nd overall in the main competition and won the prize for best presentation. The students who attended the Royal Navy Young Engineers Challenge were: Nathan Bailey, Sam Baxter, James Beaumont, Hayden Laughton. We are delighted with the team as this was very much their own project.

In addition to this impressive success, I would like to congratulate Jacob Pasco, Kieron Price and Benjamin McCarter for winning the weekly Awards draw.

Last week I hosted a team from Honk Kong’s Vocational Teaching Council and met leaders from Lincoln College to discuss possible collaboration over a new course in cyber security. We continue to explore ways in which Lincoln UTC can provide pathways into employment, training and education and are proud of our success. Schools should be more than just examination hothouses and we pride ourselves on preparing our students for their future through a host of unique experiences. Year 10 start their work experience next week and school finishes on Friday 31 March. Lessons resume on Tuesday 18 April, after the Easter Bank Holiday.

Yours sincerely

Paul Batterbury

Days to first examinations: KS5, 21; KS4, 25

Reminder: Ski trip meeting Thursday 23 March