Sixth Form Students at the Houses of Parliament
On the 26th November a small group of Wykham Park Academy Sixth Form students were invited to London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament. The students were shown around all parts of this historic building including Westminster Hall, The House of Commons, The House of Lords and The Royal Robing Room. After the tour the students met with their local MP for North Oxfordshire, Victoria Prentis, for a brief insight into the life of an MP and what it means to play a key role in the UK’s democratic process. Victoria also answered questions put to her by the students on a range of local and national issues. The Horton hospital was discussed as well as school funding, Banbury Magistrates Court, criminal justice for youth offenders and even the prospect of a Nandos finding its way to Banbury soon!
The participating students (and teachers) would like to publicly thank Victoria for her time and for her unique insight into our democratic system.
Mr Ventura – Lead Teacher of Ethics and Law
Read Victoria’s tweet here: https://twitter.com/VictoriaPrentis/status/1067042618239004672
PSHCEE drop down day
On Wednesday 28 November, each year group participated in a day of off-timetable activities aimed at enriching their personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education and embedding the values of the Aspirations Trust through assemblies, activities, visiting speakers and off-site opportunities.
We welcomed some wonderful visiting speakers: BMW on preparing for work and apprenticeship opportunities; Cherwell and South Northants; Co Deskwork; and Bucks New Uni. There were demonstrations using virtual reality of the effects of alcohol and drugs on behaviour.
Other year groups covered a range of topics from sex education, forms of communication, mindfulness through to British Values. Drop down days are part of our PSHCEE (personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education) and SMSC (Social, moral, spiritual and cultural) programme when we cover some of the most important non-examined learning in our curriculum. Our community is so diverse and we celebrate all of the wonderful opportunities this diversity provides.
Japanese students visit Wykham Park Academy
Our Sixth Form was delighted to be host to 12 Japanese students for a second year. We had a buddy up system where our students took their buddies with them to experience some sixth form lessons. This was a fantastic experience for our students.
It was great meeting the Japanese students as they were really friendly and we were able to understand their education system; compared with ours, it is quite different. My buddy ‘Mion’ was lovely; she even offered me different Japanese sweets and food.