Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Autumn Leaves

Here's some pics and videos of recent performances from our amazing 6th form Music Performance lot!



'Deep Breath In' performed by Turtles - Jake Cox, Lewis O'Brien, Helen Davis, Luke French and Arron Green, and written by Turtles.


'Crumble and Fall' live and acoustic version, recorded in our studio by Helen and Jake and written by Jake.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Jamie Reed's Christmas card... Who can you spot?

Looking for work?

The Job Centre in Bluewater, has contacted us with an urgent vacancy for a new shop in Bexleyheath. It is callesd 'S-BLENDED MILKSHAKES' and they are looking for Enthusiasic, smart, bubbly people to be able to start immediately. Initial interviews and training will be in Bluewater.

Duties to include - Serving Milkshakes, taking orders and clearing tables. Age 16+ , Minimum wage.

TO APPLY- Phone the Bluewater JobCentre on 0845 603 0662 and mention that you heard about the vacancy via the BYA Connexions Centre.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Message from Miss. Beer

Thank you to everyone who supported the sixth form raffle. We raised over £300 and this money went towards buying the £100 vouchers, other prizes and to their sixth form ball. Thank you to Florence Farley who was the only person to donate a prize! As the sixth form were very mature and sensible, we will be getting our deposit back from the boat company and some of this will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

Below are the results:

FIRST PRIZE- £50 BLUEWATER VOUCHER= JASPREET VIRDI (YEAR 13)

SECOND PRIZE- £20 BLUEWATER VOUCHER=MISS ROUTLEDGE (Languages dept)

THIRD PRIZE- £10 BLUEWATER VOUCHER= SAM STOREY (ex student who attended ball)

FOURTH PRIZE= £10 BLUEWATER VOUCHER= BRET STANLEY (guest of year 12)

FIFTH PRIZE= £10 BLUEWATER VOUCHER= ALEX FLYNN (YEAR 13)

SIXTH PRIZE= TIN OF HEROES CHOCOLATES= SARA MORRISON (PE DEPT)

SEVENTH PRIZE=TIN OF ROSES CHOCOLATES= AMY CLEMENTS (YEAR 12)

EIGHT PRIZE= BOX OF ROSES CHOCOLATES= FLORENCE LANCASTER (YEAR 12)

NINTH PRIZE= CHOCOLATE SELECTION PACK= MARIA BUYET (YEAR 12)

TENTH PRIZE = CHOCOLATE SELECTION PACK= EMILY PRESTIDGE (YEAR 13)

ELEVENTH PRIZE = CANDLES=MISS OGUNLANA (MATHS DEPT)

TWELTH PRIZE= BEAUTY SET= STACEY CRAIG (YEAR 13)

If you are a winner and you were not at the ball to collect, it will be delivered on Monday to you.
Thanks again to everyone who bought a ticket. Your support is always appreciated.

Emily Beer

Monday, 6 December 2010

Post 16 Parents Evening

Please note that Erith’s Post 16 Parents Evening has been re-arranged for tomorrow, 4-6pm.  Bexleyheath’s 6th Form Parents Evening has been postponed until the new year.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Welling School is still closed

Welling School is closed today,
Thursday 2nd of December and
tomorrow Friday 3th December,
but hope to reopen on Monday 6th December

Dirty Dancing Trip - Thursday 2nd December 2010

The above trip has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions and problems with public transport. All students will receive a full refund - please see Ms Beer on our return to school. Apologies for any inconvenience and disappointment caused.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Erith’s Post 16 Parents’ Evening

Due to the bad weather, Erith’s Post 16 Parents’ Evening has been moved from 1st December, to next Tuesday, 7th December. It will be slightly earlier: 4pm to 6pm.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

SNOW DAY

Mrs. Khanna has made the decision to shut the school tomorrow (Wednesday 1st December) due to the hazardous conditions.

Please check the school website (http://www.blogger.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.welling.bexley.sch.uk) on a daily basis to see update of situation.

This is a link to the LA website for updates - for Welling, Bexleyheath and Erith
http://www.blogger.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://map.lgfl.org.uk/opencheck/default.aspx?la=303

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Apprenticeship?

Are you interested in an electrical, plumbing, heat and vent and engineering maintenance apprenticeship?

JTL a national training provider are now accepting applications on line - you do not need to have GCSE's English and Maths C grades but you do need to pass the assessment test.

JTL do not advertise on the http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
so if you're interested in JTL then apply direct to them online by clicking here

Autumn Leaves Show

Attendance figures from 1/11/2010 to 5/11/2010

T. BENFIELD- 96%= WELL DONE! FIRST PLACE AGAIN!

I.ELMSLIE-95.83%= A CLOSE SECOND! WELL DONE

N. ROUTLEDGE-94.86%= THIRD

M.MAJOR-94.67%- FOURTH

J CARTWRIGHT-94.62% FIFTH

J.TAKPI-94.17% SIXTH

J. GONCALVES-90.83% SEVENTH

B RAJI- 84%- EIGHTH

Christmas Ball

Final ball payment by Monday
We need to get this sorted asap
DO NOT give to Miss. Beer
give straight to office in an envelope

BT launch new apprenticeships

http://www.careersbox.co.uk/


BT launch new apprenticeships.


BT's award winning apprenticeship scheme is now open. All applicants will need to have a minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE's including Maths and English Language and a FulUK Manual Drivers Licence.

The new telecoms apprenticeships will be in Customer Engineering and Delivery and once qualified, apprentices will have a guaranteed job with BT, working at the forefront of technology and new innovation.

To apply now visit bt4me.co.uk

Tariff Points and Progression Accord with the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at LSBU

Increase in UCAS Tariff Points

London South Bank University (LSBU) has revised its UCAS Tariff point entry requirements for some of its undergraduate programmes commencing in September 2011.
 
MESSAGE FROM LSBU:
Progression Accords with the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences at LSBU
 
As we have a progression accord with your institution, I wanted to make you aware of this and to reassure you that our old tariff points as stated in our progression accord will still apply to applicants, from your institution, who apply to one of our courses, in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, for 2011 entry.
 
Therefore our Progression Accord will continue to work in the same way, as follows:
 
1. Guarantee of a conditional offer from LSBU if students apply through the progression for one of the following courses:

  • - LLB (Hons) Law - BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • - BSc (Hons) Criminology - BSc (Hons) Sociology
  • - BA (Hons) International Politics - BA (Hons) Tourism & Hospitality
  • - BSc (Hons) Social Policy - BA (Hons) Film Studies
  • - BA (Hons) Urban & Environmental Planning - BSc (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies
  • - BA (Hons) Digital Media Arts - BA (Hons) Print & Online Journalism
  • - BA (Hons) Digital Film and Video - BA (Hons) Game Cultures
  • - BA (Hons) Music and Sonic Media - BA (Hons) Creative Writing
  • - BA (Combined Honours) English Studies - BA (Hons) Arts Management
  • - BA (Hons) Drama & Performance Studies
  • - BA (Hons) Theatre practice: Creative Producing
 
2. Guarantee of a place on the above courses if students meet our (old) entrance criteria of 240 UCAS points for Law and Psychology and 160 UCAS points for all the remaining courses. With respect to Access Courses, we require a Pass.
 
To ensure that Welling students benefit from our progression accord which maintains our old entrance requirements, students will need to enter the words:  PA followed by Welling School in the further information column, next to the LSBU course choice.
 
We hope that our position with progression accords reassures your students. Our progression accord has the benefit of a guaranteed conditional offer as well as lower tariff points than our new standard offer. We have therefore stayed true to our mission to widen access to higher education to all those who can benefit.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Minutes of 6th form Prefect meeting – 4/11/10

Year 8 disco 8th December
Poster and tickets – Mikey, Beth and Sam
People on the night needed
Selling tickets – Olivia, Flossie, Emily, Sonia, Lucy, Sarah
DJ – Sam Montgomery ??


Silly Tie Day
Need to raise £1000
Half of the money to British Heart Foundation in aid of Mr.Hewitt recently having heart surgery.
Other half for the Christmas ball.

Wednesday 10th November – Year 11-12 evening. 6-8 PM
Prefects to:
Help departments
Meet and greet.
Talk to parents
Have a good presence on the evening

Common room
WELL DONE!!
Need to still keep tidy.
All prefects need to support one another in decisions with the common room.
Prefects need to take responsibility.


Charlie Benn – Jack Petchey award
Suggestions as to where money could be spent and what on.


Flash mob suggested with proceeds going to charity

Proposal to put on a show for 7,8 and 9

Karaoke night
Charlie Benn to organise
End of November.
Gemma Gibson and other prefects to help run and organise.

Year 12’s to organise small events such a cake sales to raise money for Christmas ball
All suggestions to Miss Beer.
Year 12 to lead.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

YEAR 12 PREFECTS

Angelica Rae
Lucy Jones
Katherine Brunt
Luke Robertson
Thomas Forest
Sarah Barker
Alan Jones
Mo Sawyer
Tommy Drummond
Florence Lancaster
Olivia Demuth
Lewis O’Brien
Harriet Hawgood
Danny Hackett
Emily Neil
Sakithya Kamalarajah
Sonal Rabadia
Sonia Lall
Yonlada Jittakham
Lauren Watson
Beth Rashbrook
Luke Robinson
Samuel Olaleye
Jack Marshall ( maybe)
James Tripp
Sam Town
Michael Selby
Michael Masher
Zoe Haines
Jordon Auguste-Ryan
Lawrance Odulawa
Beatrice Fatusin
Kristina Cunningham

Monday, 18 October 2010

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Well done to Gemma Banham who has had a conditional offer from Lincoln University!

WELL DONE to Caroline Gittins!
The second person to complete UCAS!

Monday, 11 October 2010

PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT TRAINING EXHIBITION

PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT TRAINING EXHIBITION
Saturday, 6th November, 2010
Sofitel, Terminal 5
London Heathrow Airport
(Opening Times 10.00am – 5.00pm)

The Professional Flight Training Exhibition is an exciting exhibition for anyone considering a career as a commercial airline pilot.  Many of the leading flight training companies from across the UK and Europe will be available to answer questions and give advice on a career on the flight deck, including the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

For full details and ticket information please contact Julie or Ellen, Room A124 or email www.flyer.co.uk/exhibitions

Assembly: Monday 11th October

  1. Well done for excellent behaviour at Skills for London – trip was very beneficial
  2. Well done city walk group. Chocolate prize
  3. Sam Marchant – pupil of the week – last week
  4. Employer info day- please sign up for work shops  or guiding
  5. Other educational tasters to tell you about
  6. Catch up work- ask before you go not after!
  7. Christmas ball- Bexleyheath will be given more tickets
  8. New York insurance details - please collect

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Leadership through Volunteering

See below details of a Year 12 Leadership programme that Aimhigher (Bexley) and the EBP are planning to run this year.  It is initially targeted at four of your Year 12 students with the view to engaging further volunteers from the school. 

There will be two training sessions to enable these four students to support pupils effectively in local primary schools and recruit their peers . These training sessions are on the following dates:

Date:         Thursday 14 October 2010
Time:         4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Venue:       H1, Hill View, Hill View Drive, Welling DA16 3RY 

Date:         Tuesday 19 October 2010
Time:         4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Venue:       H1, Hill View, Hill View Drive, Welling DA16 3RY 

If you would like to take up this opportunity please see Miss. Beer

Student of the week: Week ending 8th October

ANIMATED STAR DIVIDER Pictures, Images and Photos
SAM MARCHANT

BEST DRESSED
SONIA LALL AND LUKE ROBERTSON

 

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

UCL October 2010 workshops

As part of this programme UCL are running a series of FREE workshops for KS4 and 6th Form students. The first set of workshops will run in October half term - 25th-29th October.
 

See attached poster which lists the workshops available -

    * Making Democracy Happen (A-level)
    * Debating: Law and Order (A-level)
    * First Aid (GCSE)
    * Self-Defence (mixed A-level/GCSE)
    * Talking Enterprise (A-level)

- 30 places on each session
- each session will be organised at the UCL Campus
- each session includes an optional campus tour
- all sessions are free of charge

There is a website address on the poster -
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/widening-participation/horizons/one-off-workshops
- where students can sign up - also attached is a sign up sheet

There will be  more sessions for the February half term holiday and for a week in the Easter holiday, which will cover different subjects

for more info contact Charlotte Riley at UCL 

ucraclr@ucl.ac.uk

University of Salford - Student Shadowing Opportunities

Prospective students spend half a day on campus with a current student and experience first hand what it’s like to be a student at the University of Salford. Students attend a lecture or workshop from their subject of interest, have lunch with current students and go on a walking tour of the main campus. Student shadowing provides students with an opportunity to witness the university teaching environment first hand and see how they will be taught in their subject of interest. The student shadowing can also help students decide whether the subject is right for them. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE)

Student of the week: Week ending 1st October

ANIMATED STAR DIVIDER Pictures, Images and Photos
GEMMA BANHAM

BEST DRESSED
LUCY JONES AND EMMA BRIGLY

 

Monday, 4 October 2010

Voluntary Opportunity

Fosters Primary School is really interested in having some art students helping out. Hannah Moore helped at the first of these special art classes for the gifted and talented last Friday and the main goal of the lessons is to create a mural in the KS2 corridor. The school would really like Welling students to help with designing and creating the mural. It will be on the first Friday of every month. If you're interested please contact Hannah for more information. Write 'Helping at Fosters Primary School' in the subject line haphannah@hotmail.co.uk

Assembly: Monday 4th October

  1. THANK YOU for all the help on Open Day. Please ensure your name is on the list if you took part. I have got most names but there were one or two of you that did not sign the list and deserve recognition too!
  2. Please check your options. Few people have dropped options. We must get this right!
  3. PSHE TOMORROW- Mr Chat’s class go to room as normal. All of Year 13 go to the LRC. The rest of year 12 please head to the hall at 8.45am tomorrow to help guide year 6 parents around.
  4. Quiz night this Thursday- please come and support.
  5. CITY WALK- Please see me briefly today. Sonal Rabadia and Michael Selby are reserves. Unless I call you tonight, you will not be needed.
  6. Skills for London and Southbank trips are now closed. It is too late to give in your forms.
  7. Christmas Ball-promises made to hand in money. …… by Wednesday please. Extra tickets will now be sold at Bexleyheath  so there’s no chance of getting them the week before now.
  8. Absence- please e mail early/phone and leave message FOR MISS BEER. Please also e mail subject teachers.
  9. Trips- not needed for every trip. Prioritise. Some are free , some are not!
  10. Common Room- keep it tidy.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Tutor Group Notices: Thursday 30th September

CHRISTMAS BALL WITH BEXLEYHEATH SCHOOL
Please get your £10 deposits in asap

SKILLS FOR LONDON
CLOSING DATE TOMORROW

CITY WALK TRIP= FULL!

DIRTY DANCING- STILL PLACES- PLEASE PAY ASAP

SOUTHBANK TRIP- 7 PLACES LEFT. GET THE LETTER IN QUICK

EMENTORING FOR OXBRIDGE- CLOSING DATE FRIDAY


MADRID TRIP- SEE MR CARTWRIGHT AS THERE WILL BE AN EXTENSION FOR THE DEPOSIT

I.D. CARDS MUST BE WORN

AT ALL TIMES PUPILS MUST WEAR THEIR I.D. BADGES. THIS WILL APPLY AT BEXLEYHEATH SCHOOL AND ERITH SCHOOL TOO.
Please see Gerri if you are yet to have your photo taken and please also see your tutor to get a temporary note to explain the absence of the card

Monday, 27 September 2010

Madrid Arts Trip 2011

Personal Statement - Have you done yours?

Remember the deadline for your Personal Statements is FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER. This is for your final draft by this date you should have completed at least 2 drafts and had your UCAS Bingo card stamped. Also remember the buzz word for our school is WEARESIXTH, you will need this to sign up to UCAS.

For help writing your personal statement see links and documents below:

FREE STUFF...

Free downloadable resources provided by www.keweipress.com.

CLICK ON THE ARTICLE/ BOOK YOU WANT THEY ALL HAVE WORKING LINKS

In addition, there are another five free articles, all with an economics bias:
There is also one cultural article:

Assembly: Monday 27th September

  1. COUNTDOWN COMPETITION TEAMS- SOON TO MISS BEER 
  2. BUSINESS TRIP NEXT TUESDAY 5TH OCTOBER- CITY WALK 
  3. SKILLS FOR LONDON- 8TH OCT- PLACES NEED TO BE CONFIRMED BY WEDNESDAY
  4. DIRTY DANCING AND PROM- GET MONEY IN! 
  5. SAT OPEN MORNING - HELPERS PLEASE FOR OPEN DAY AND DO BOARDS THIS WEEK 
  6. NEW YORK PEOPLE PLEASE SEE MISS BEER AT 3PM IN HER OFFICE 
  7. YEAR 13- PERSONAL STATEMENT DEADLINE IS 22ND OCTOBER 2010. ROUGH DRAFTS SHOULD BE WITH MISS BEER/MISS FORD BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

Student of the week: Week ending 24th September

ANIMATED STAR DIVIDER Pictures, Images and Photos
JACK MARSHALL

BEST DRESSED
DANNY HACKETT AND LUKE ROBINSON

 

Art Enrichment

We are looking for one/two sixth form students who would be interested assisting with Primary Colours Art Club on Tuesdays. The club runs form 4pm-6pm but one hour of help is absolutely fine. We are looking for someone with an interest in art and that perhaps is considering working with young children in the future. They will be asked to help the children (age 5-7) with the art projects and also give assistance to Louise Ungpakorn who will be teaching the class.

Please see  
Cassie Hyland for more info

OPEN DAY: CITY UNIVERSITY LONDON

Undergraduate Open Days 
Saturday 9 October 2010 &
Saturday 6 November 2010
10:00 - 15:00
Our next Undergraduate Open Days will be held on Saturday 9 October 2010 and Saturday 6 November 2010 from 10:00 - 15:00 at City University London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB.

Monday, 20 September 2010

What's coming up? Be in the know!

Make sure you check the calendar so you're not left out, there are closures to several school sites!
Click here to view and there is a link on the top left

Assembly: Monday 20th September

Kings College Lectures



Are you interested in medicine? Then this opportunity is for you! Kings College are running a series of Science & Medicine in Action Lectures just for Sixth Form Students these are free of charge and would be invaluable for anyone thinking of going into medicine.They are also putting on a series of mentoring sessions providing advice on such things as UCAS and applying to medical school.

If you are interested please see Miss Forde for more information, the first lecture is on 20th October

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Applying to Oxbridge?

With September now upon us, (where did summer go?!), we understand that your key focus is to ensure that your students put their all into tackling the different stages of their Oxbridge applications. I hope that your students’ personal statements are progressing well (we know it can feel like a lengthy process). The effort is worth it, as over 70% of the applicants we worked with last year were asked about their statement in the interview. It is so important therefore as you know, that students spend time ensuring that their statement reflects their opinions, academic understanding of their subject and evidence of their work beyond the syllabus.

We understand that your attentions will be turning to admissions tests – a crucial part of the Oxbridge application process. Having spoken with many applicants who went through the tests last year, we know students feel much more confident if they understand the format of their admissions test and practise the skills which it requires. Last year, a number of applicants expressed concern over the time constraints when it came to the real thing, as well as being unsure as to how to best prepare given it feels that so much of the test still feels ‘unknown.’

To help strengthen students’ core analytical, logical and critical thinking skills required in the BMAT, Cambridge Law Test, ELAT, HAT, LNAT, TSA Cambridge and TSA Oxford, we are running two one-day Admissions Test Seminars in London on Saturday 9th & Saturday 16th October at the London School of Economics.  

These seminars will be led by our fantastic and ‘inspirational’ consultants (to quote feedback from a number of recent applicants!) who will ensure that the students work hard throughout the day and understand that the tests can be enjoyable as well as challenging. They will explain how to approach questions and how to structure answers so that students demonstrate their analytical skills and express their ideas coherently. Students will sit a mock test on the day, and our consultant will mark their test and return it within ten days of the seminar – explaining what went well, where students can improve and how their score compares to other applicants at the seminar. For further details, or simply click here for more information and how to book, as places are filling up fast.

We have a special schools price of £90 per applicant, for all seminar bookings made through the school. You simply need to enter the code ‘schools2010’ at the checkout, and the discount from the standard price of £180 will be applied.

And... to help get those admissions test juices flowing, why not ask your students to have a go at answering the taster questions in our brochure attached. If you then log onto www.oxbridgeapplications.com you can see how their answer compares to ours... but ask them to refrain from taking a peak at the answer before they have had a go themselves!

Wishing all the best for your students. If your students cannot make it to our seminars, we do have mock tests available online. Just click here to find out more. 

Future Pathways Evening

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Work experience and a bursary!

Deloitte is a professional practices firm specialising Tax, Audit, Corporate Finance and Consulting. Our Scholar Scheme is a gap year program that involves a 30week placement within a service line where students will gain some solid experience in the working world before heading off to University and receiving a £1500 bursary, which they will receive each year of study. Going to University is a non negotiable condition of the scheme as hope that our scholar will return as graduates.  There are a number of insight days that the company are running for students who are interested in the scheme.  

More information can be found on our website:  
http://www.deloitte.co.uk/scholars/meet-us.cfm
Please note these events will only be open to students who meet our academic criteria.  GCSEs - all applicants must have a strong set of GCSE (or equivalent) results with a minimum of grade B in Maths and C in English Language.  A-Level - Our predicted A-Level requirement is ABB (320 UCAS tariff points)

Monday, 13 September 2010

No lessons at Erith...

There will be no period 5 lesson on the following 2 days at Erith:
Thursday 16th September
Wednesday 22nd September

Peer Listening Training: Thursday 7th October

Prefects in Year 13 will be involved in training with Childline all day so they are in a position to set up a peer listening service after half term.

Student of the week: Week ending 10th September

ANIMATED STAR DIVIDER Pictures, Images and Photos
ROBYN LIDSEY

BEST DRESSED
SAM MONTGOMERY
 

Skills for London trip - FRIDAY 8th OCTOBER 2010


100 PLACES FOR WELLING SIXTH FORMERS
See your tutor for a letter this week
For more details of the event, follow the link below:

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Start as we mean to go on...

To all new students please ensure that you are dressed to impress tomorrow, remember business dress is a requirement, and you may not be able to enrol if you are not dressed appropriately

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Start of Term!

YEAR 12= FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER AT 9AM= Meet in P2 (Mr Elmslie's room)

YEAR 13- FRIDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER AT 12PM= Meet in P2 (Mr Elmslie's room)

If you would like to ask Miss Beer anything about your return, you can contact her via e mail on beere@welling.bexley.sch.uk


It would help if pupils email their subject choice to Ms. Beer as confirmation, this will save time on Friday 3rd September 2010.

Many thanks

Friday, 16 July 2010

Student of the week: Week ending 16th July

ANIMATED STAR DIVIDER Pictures, Images and Photos
GEORGIA COVILL

BEST DRESSED
ALEX FLYNN
 

My experiences of university... Mr. Vankoningsveld

I went to university in the Netherlands. I wanted to study Medicine, but because of the lottery system due to oversubscription, I did not get a place. Instead of waiting a year to re-enter the draw, I decided to study Chemistry, my second choice. The university I went to was the University of Groningen, which has a well-known science faculty and the city is a typical university town, so lots of opportunities to socialise. As it was more than an hour away from where my parents lived, I moved to Groningen to a house I shared with two other students. I really enjoyed the responsiblilities that came with living on my own and be able to do my own things. 

The beginning of my study was really hard. The increased pace was something I had to get used to and I had to do a lot more revision and private study time. I showed me I had to work independently. During the first year I also had lots of practical courses in the lab which were a nice break from the theoretical subjects. During the first year I passed most of my exams, so I was confident that I could continue the complete course. After the second year we had to choose a specialism for which I picked Biochemistry as I was very interested in the chemistry of living things. During my specialism I did a 20 week practical which was very interesting and for which I had to write a full report. It also included a internship in Cambridge, where I was working in a lab or half a year. This was a unique opportunity as I got to work in a lab which was run by a Nobel prize winner! Also, living abroad for half a year made me realise there is more to the world than the Netherlands. Even so that after I got my degree I decided to come back to the UK and do my PhD at Queen Mary University of London.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

My experiences of university... Mrs. Raji @ Goldsmiths College


Where you went?
I went to Goldsmiths College, which is part of the University of London

Why you chose there?
Originally I was supposed to go to DeMonfort to study performing arts, but after a long summer away my boyfriend (who is now my husband) decided that he didn’t want me to go far away for uni. So having done A Levels in Drama, Performing Arts and Media, I went through clearing and got on to a Communications and Sociology course as I didn’t have enough points for the Media and Communications course. It so happened that I became critically ill and had to take a year out the uni agreed to keep my place but I asked if I could get on to the Media and Communications course this time, and after a short interview they agreed! So basically my only reason for going there was because it was the only good uni left on the clearing list that has a course I wanted to do.

What you enjoyed?
I enjoyed the theory side of it and that every term there where overarching themes split into sub sections that you knew about in advance, so if I missed a lecture then I wouldn’t choose to write my termly paper on that topic. I like the fact that on the practical side you got to get a taster in year 1, then specialise in two things in the second year I did radio and photography, and then specialise in 1 thing in the third year. I like the fact that many of the exams were seen exams and that I had a choice as to whether I wrote a dissertation, or took on an extra subject with and exam. Sorry couldn’t tell you about the social side as I didn’t really partake in the typical social side of uni, I did join the ACS the Afro-Caribbean Society.

Any negatives /positives of that uni
It was close to home and parking was relatively easy, the seminar leaders were usually students so they understood the pressures we as students were under. I don’t have any negatives