First Aid:

40 Year 12 & 13 students took part in a QA Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work course which involved being trained basic first aid procedures, carrying out practical demonstrations and testing our knowledge with an exam. The course was an excellent opportunity for us to gain key life skills that will benefit us both in the workplace and everyday life. All students successfully passed the course and obtained a QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF).

Summer School:
Congratulations to Year 12 student Levi Davies who successfully obtained a place at a university summer school in London, beating out hundreds of other applicants and taking the first big step towards reaching her goal of having a career in Law. Levi will attend the summer school for one week and will get an insight into university life with a top university, as well as acquiring great experience and skills that help Levi when applying for universities in the future.

Primary School Placements:
As part of their Welsh Baccalaureate volunteer work and career planning, a number of Year 12 students have secured long term work experience placements at our local primary schools this year. The students will act as classroom assistants they will gain first-hand experience within in this field and a number of them already have specified education as their career choice. We wish them all the very best and we are truly grateful for the primary schools for their support.

Cardiff University Open Day:

55 Year 12 students attended the Cardiff University open day in March.

We were able to attend lectures discussing different subjects, as well as explore the campus and talk to university students who were able to give us advice and details about their time at the university. This was an exciting opportunity for us to find out about the courses we are considering and meet professors and students who were able to answer any questions we had. The day was an effective and enjoyable chance to find out more about university life.

UCAS at University of South Wales

Year 12 students were invited to attend a UCAS Apply Session at Treforest Campus to begin working on our UCAS applications. An experienced member of the team was able to guide us through our applications – offering practical advice and assistance. The session involved an interactive personal statement workshop, which was an effective way to get us thinking about the importance of these applications. This proved to be a beneficial opportunity to begin thinking more about our higher education choices. The deadline for our university applications is December.

Year 13 Prom:

With Prom getting closer, Year 13 have been full of excitement whilst preparing for the day. Over 58 staff and 68 students will be attending the prom at the Marriott. We hope they have good night!

Year 11:
The Cardiff University Step Up Programme came into the college and delivered an insightful talk to the Year 11 students about the exciting opportunities offered. University of South Wales representatives also delivered a talk to Year 11 students involving sports development and coaching. This has given year 11 students a clear long term goal to aim for and provided an excellent opportunity for the students to begin to take the first steps towards higher education.

Most of the current Year 11 students have decided to return to Sixth Form in September. With more course choices on offer this year than ever before; we continue to work closely with the 5 consortium schools to give our students the best possible package of courses that the College can offer. We look forward to welcoming the new year 12s!

History Year 12:

Year 12 (Consortium) History students attended a thought-provoking talk given by a Holocaust survivor, where the students were able to listen to a first-hand account of the events and take part in a Q&A. This event was held at one of the consortium schools and allowed year 12 History students to experience a day that they will never forget.

Business Studies

Well done to the 30 Year 12/13 Business Studies students who took part in the stock exchange competition and came 2nd place against 25 other sixth form colleges in Wales. The competition was a great chance for the students to display their numeracy and team work skills.

This has been a great term for Post 16 – good luck to everyone for their exam results in the summer!

 Stacey Millard