Rushcliffe does 'Question Time'
On Thursday 15th March Rushcliffe Sixth Form hosted our very own Question Time event, organised by y13 students Ben Watts and Harry Gardener. It was a great opportunity for sixth form students to engage in debate, express their political opinions and learn more about the policies of the UK’s main political parties.
The guest panel included Cllr Kay Cutts MBE (the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council), Cllr Rod Jones (Lib Dem Councillor for Musters Ward in West Bridgford, Vice – chair of the local party), Umaar Kazmi (Communications Officer for Chris Williamson and Labour Member of Parliament for Derby North) and Allan Hale (Green party press officer) and we are grateful to them all for giving their time and speaking so passionately. A contrasting range of opinions did not take long to emerge and the debate was extremely informative with all the speakers contributing fully to the questions asked by sixth form students and some excellent responses from the floor.
Many of the sixth form students are of voting age with others fast approaching this milestone and Question Time provided an extremely interesting afternoon that allowed us to mature our opinions and reflect on some of the key issues facing British society.
“The talking points were relevant to today and the issue of tuition fees particularly spiked my interest.” Charlie Bell Y13 Student
“… it was incredibly interesting and made me think more of politics.” Carla Jones Y12 Student
“I found the experience really eye opening and made me realise that our vote really matters.” Stephen Ross Y13 Student
Nihal Goindi features at Inspiring Leaders conference
On Friday 23rd November yr. 13 student Nihal Goindi had the fantastic opportunity to be part of the annual ‘Inspiring Leaders’ conference held at the East Midlands Conference Centre.
After participating in Rushcliffe sixth form’s first ever ‘Creative Confidence & Design Thinking’ course delivered by Sarah King, MD of ‘We Are Unstuck’, Sarah asked Nihal to deliver a short talk about his story, educational experience and how essential creativity is in education to a workshop of 30 of school leaders at the conference. Nihal was eager to rise to the challenge as public and motivational speaking is a career path he would love to pursue.
After the workshop, a number of the teachers and school leaders present commented on Nihal’s confidence, how insightful his presentation was and that it should have featured as a keynote speech! We are extremely proud of Nihal, who is not only making great progress in his A-level studies, but also developing skills for ‘life beyond Rushcliffe’ and the world of work. All the sixth form students involved in the Creative Confidence and Design Thinking programme have benefitted tremendously form Sarah King’s expertise and the sixth form would like to thank Sarah for her time and commitment to working with our students.
Year 12 Student Shortlisted For National Education Award
Anthony Nolan – Register & Be A Lifesaver Education Programme
For the second year running representatives from Anthony Nolan held a special assembly for year 12 students to present the Register & Be A Lifesaver Education Programme. Following on from this the Anthony Nolan Team then visited the sixth form on Friday 11th November to hold a recruitment event, aiming to encourage the students to join the Stem Cell Register. The event proved to be extremely popular, building on the success of last year. When asked why he had joined the register, Cameron Hefter, (age 17) explained “I have joined the register because if I was in that position I would like someone to do this for me.”
Keith Sudbury of Anthony Nolan sent the following message to the school following the recruitment event: “Thank you for letting us hold the recruitment event today. As a result there are 59 more potential lifesavers on the stem cell register! This is an outstanding response from your students. Less than 2% of the general population is on the stem cell register which indicates just how well Rushcliffe students have done. Please pass on my sincere thanks to students and staff for their support.”
We are already planning the visit for the next academic year and look forward to working with Anthony Nolan for many years to come.
On October 12th 2016, three year 13 students from Rushcliffe were asked to speak at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the Care and Dementia show. Payam Soleimani-Nouri, as student leader for the YOPEY befrienders’ team from Rushcliffe sixth form, spoke along with Alliah Qadeer and Humaira Ali about the befriending programme which aims to integrate communities. Rushcliffe has enjoyed a productive partnership with YOPEY for over two years.
Many students have not only made a positive difference but benefitted from befriending elderly residents at a local care home who live with dementia. Payam talked powerfully about his own journey in becoming a befriender and the value he clearly places on the experience. The students also spoke to care home owners who are potentially interested in signing up to the programme and accepting local teenagers to volunteer. Well done to all our students involved in this amazing initiative.
RSC Doctor Faustus - Review
The students and teachers of the Rushcliffe Sixth Form A2 English Literature department recently visited Stratford-upon-Avon to see the RSC's recent interpretation of Christopher Marlowe's seventeenth century classic 'Doctor Faustus', in which the protagonist Faustus learns the repercussions of selling his soul to the devil. This was an important visit as the value of the alternative interpretations that different productions of plays can offer is emphasised at A Level, holding a key role in the A2 exam. The RSC's contemporary insight into the play was enjoyed thoroughly as its incomparable originality made it an intriguing, clever and intense viewing experience. Director Maria Aberg's choice to omit the comedic relief of the play's parallel subplot perpetuated the play's already established dark tone whilst the cabaret-esque eroticism served to highlight the bewitchment of the hell, resulting in an overall even more sinister feeling. In addition, her ingenious decision to leave which actor would play Faustus or the devil Mephistopheles to chance, on stage, through the burning of matches, emphasised the duality of the story's most essential characters and their appearance of two sides of the same coin, whilst equally accentuating their connection and companionship, that which was sealed with a kiss in the compelling denouement. Furthermore, the incorporation of musical numbers were an intriguing addition to the play as their use was arguably not entirely befitting of the overarching mood, though they appeared few and far between and fittingly highlighted the mesmerising enchantment of the play's manipulative devils. Whilst left slightly irritated by the pedantic theatre staff, we were nonetheless greatly engaged by the matinee and managed the gauge unusual and original ideas and debates for use in our upcoming exam. A thank you to Miss Allen and other staff for arranging an academically insightful, thought provoking and overall highly entertaining school trip.