Parental Communication 04.12.16

December 5, 2016 7:35 am

I hope that you have had an enjoyable weekend, particularly if you headed into Lincoln to join in with the Christmas Market festivities. It was great to see so many people in the City on Saturday, enjoying the stalls and entertainment and appreciating the dry weather.

Last week was a very proud week for me as a number of our students achieved great things. On Monday I was greeted by Josh Nevard (Year 11) who proudly showed me a beautiful gold medal. Josh competed at the Trampolining British Age Group Championships last weekend and is now the National Trampolining Champion for his age group. Josh has trained exceptionally hard and this is a rich reward for all his efforts and commitment.

On Tuesday I was delighted to walk down to Siemens with our shortlisted Siemens Top Talent Scholarship applicants. Ten students were selected from the many applicants: Shea Couling; Matthew Wells; Thomas De Serio; Toby Knell; Reece Harrington; Benjamin Welch; Kaylee Ogden; Charlie Cox; Lewis Brooks; Daniel Parkinson; Abigail Coope. These successful students were invited to attend three hours of psychometric testing at the Siemens Main Works site. The testing is identical to that complete by Siemens apprenticeships during the selection phase so this was a great opportunity to attempt the tests and impress the Siemens staff. The staff will select the successful Siemens Scholars and we hope to hear who the lucky students are in the next week or two.

When speaking to some of the students afterwards, a few commented that they found it challenging to remain fully focused for the long test period. I believe that this is an important lesson and wish that other students could also experience this type of interview activity. Nowadays, with the fast pace of the Internet, the increase in handheld devices and the immediacy of communication, young people find it increasingly difficult to concentrate for an extended period of time. Students are typically required to focus for up to 60 minutes at a time during the working day, but then they sit examinations they will remain focused for up to two and a half hours. Please do encourage your sons and daughters to take part in activities that require them to focus and remain free from distractions for an extended period of time, as it will be very beneficial for them as they sit examinations and move into further education or employment.

On Friday I was very privileged to see our first UTC graduate complete his first phase of training in the Royal Navy. George Westman completed Year 13 this summer, achieving Distinction / Distinction / Merit on his BTEC Extended Diploma Engineering course. He was successful in securing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering with the Royal Navy and started his basic training ten weeks ago. On Friday I joined his family at HMS Raleigh, Plymouth, and we watched him at his Passing Out Parade. It was a very proud moment for us all and George has done phenomenally well to complete this very rigorous training programme. He starts Phase 2 training on Monday and we look forward to hearing about his future successes on HMS Sultan.

As we look to the week ahead, the Year 11 mock examinations start tomorrow. Students require black biro, pencil, eraser, ruler and calculator for their examinations. Please ensure that your son or daughter also brings their locker padlock and key so that they can store their coats and bags securely during the examinations. Those items cannot be taken into the examination room under any circumstance.

Tomorrow we will be welcoming Ian Duke from Linwave to tour the UTC and discuss how his engineering company can become involved in the work of the UTC. We will be meeting with Nigel Croft, Headteacher of Redborne Upper School, Bedfordshire, to share best practice and I look forward to attending the Lincoln College Group Awards Evening on Thursday.

 

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