Easter Appeal – Donation Day!

In March we launched our second annual Easter Egg Appeal which saw students and staff across the sites purchasing chocolate Easter eggs, big and small, and handing them in to our onsite donation points. The appeal gained lots of attention from students as they continued to demonstrate a great attitude towards almsgiving and outdid themselves with donations!

Come Community Day, more than 300 eggs were rounded up and hand delivered to the Demelza Hospice in Eltham. We were greeted by the amazing nursing staff who gladly helped to unload the special delivery and reminded us of the immeasurable impact that such gifts would have on the children they care for. We would like to thank all who contributed to this virtuous cause and also to think of the families affected by children suffering serious illness and would like to thank organizations like the Demelza Hospice for all the work that they do. 

Sports Day

We were jubilant to finally have the ability to hold our cross-site Sports Day for our learners last week, which saw many of the sixth forms gifted athletes turn out to the sporting event, keen to claim the title of CTK Champions! 

Events began at each site at 1:45pm with Badminton, Football and Table tennis taking place over at St Mary’s, Netball at Aquinas and Basketball hosted by Emmanuel. Once the coaches of students arrived at the relevant sport-hosted site, students were informed of the round-robin style set of rules and eagerly took to their sporting locations. 

This was a wonderful opportunity for students from the pre-existing CTK Football, Basketball and Netball teams to come together and show off their skillsets.

The cross-site event also gave students the ability to converse and mingle with their fellow CTK learners. 

So, which CTK campus was crowned the victors? After hours of sporting amusement, the scores were as such: 

  St Mary’s Emmanuel Aquinas 
Basketball 15 10 
Table Tennis 10 15 
Football 10 15 10 
Badminton 15 10 
Netball 15 10 

This means, with a total of 65 points the CTK Sports Day 2022 Winners are ….

St Mary’s! 

We would like to say a huge congratulations to those at St Mary’s and a very well done to all for the skills, dedication and effort shown towards success! 

Easter Community Day

The last day of the Spring term saw countless activities taking place across the three sites and all in celebration of Easter Community Day! 

ECO: We were pleased to see students incorporating the sixth form’s Eco-friendly ideals into the Easter Community Day by involving themselves in various eco projects that day. One activity involved up-cycling used jam jars and other recyclable masonry to create tea-light lanterns. These were then hand painted, ready to be taken home and used as an eco-friendly alternative to an electric lamp. 

In another mini-Eco Project, students took to the outdoors to hang bird boxes around the sixth form in the hopes of encouraging more bird wildlife on site. The students showed much enthusiasm as they painted and decorated the boxes before picking the perfect locations to hang the new bird homes. 

Cultural: The Easter Community Day continued to be a success with plenty of cultural activities taking place across the sites. This included the likes

of henna hand painting and even live performances in the main hall with renditions of beautifully recited gospel songs. But it didn’t end there. The talent- showcasing continued in the LRC as tactical-minded students took on both peers and staff in a nail-biting chess tournament

Fundraising: The day saw multiple fundraising activities taking place and we couldn’t be more proud of our students for the initiative and generosity shown towards charity work. We were delighted to see students from the ALS department run a sweet stall that raised money for Demelza Hospice, a charity that we have worked with many times in the past supporting the work they do with the families of terminally ill children. 

Another group of students raised money by putting on sporting tournaments whereby entrants would pay a small fee to gain access to the Sports Hall and go head-to-head with an opponent in games such as table tennis and badminton.  

The list of activities was endless and both staff and students alike had great fun, raising over £500 for charity and fully immersing themselves in the spirit of the Easter Community Day! We would like to thank all staff and students for their commitment to making the day special and for all the hard work they have put in over the past term! 

LGBT+ History Month

CTK Celebrates a month looking at the History the LGBT+ Community

We welcomed the celebration of LGBT+ History Month here at Christ the King this February with a variety of activities and displays which sought to illuminate some of the amazing actions members of the LGBT+ community have performed throughout history. 

In the LRC (Learning Resource Centre) we have had wonderful displays installed detailing both prominent historical figures from the LGBT+ community as well as more recent individuals who have achieved something remarkable. Many people have found these displays incredibly interesting and thought provoking. An example of someone on the board was Nicola Adams, who was the first openly LGBT+ woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal in the boxing competition. 

The LGBT+ Society, a student-led group acting as a safe and secure environment to talk about issues relating to the LGBT+ community, has also been discussing LGBT+ history, as well as the positive changes to civil rights in recent history and the landmark events that led to where we are now, including the 1969 ‘Stonewall Riots’ and origins of the Pride in England to name a few. 

Our 10:10 reflection at the start of the month was also dedicated to LGBT+ history month, which emphasised the importance of respecting human identity, dignity and worth, and that whoever we are, our self-understanding can be affected by our past, present and future. 

CTK is an establishment that reveres acceptance and respect, and we are delighted to be able to be able to shine a light on the importance of the LGBT+ community and the positive impact they have made in making our world a better place. 

Social Action

A week of Social Action activities take place across the CTK sites!

At Christ the King we are big proponents of social action in our communities and are regularly running events and activities for the benefit of charities in and around our local communities. Below are a few of the recent social action events that have been taking place across the CTK (Christ the King) sites. 

Recently learners and staff were encouraged to wear expressive clothing in aid of “Dress to Express Day”, a day that aims to raise both money and awareness for the charity Young Minds, a charity that seeks to ensure all young people and their families receive mental health support, if they need it. This day raised over £350 for the charity and cannot wait to see this money put to good use. 

In a similar vein, students also took part in “Onesie Day”, which saw learners attend their sixth form in all manner of humorous onesies. This event was run by the learners themselves and was in aid of Mindout, a charity focusing on improving the mental health of people in the LGBT+ community. 

Learners also ran a heart-shaped lollypop stand in the canteen, with the profits going towards the charity Tender, a charity whose mission is to help young people who are the victims of domestic abuse. This was another charity selected by the learners. The total sales managed to raise a fantastic amount of £70 for the charity. 

The grand total from these events was over £400, and we are so immensely proud of our learners for running events like these, whilst simultaneously committing to their studies. It demonstrates how deeply they care about social action and how much making a difference means to them. 

We eagerly await the opportunity to inform you of more acts of charity and social action occurring around the sixth forms in the future. 

Easter Appeal

CTK launches Easter Appeal fundraiser

Christ the King is proud to announce the launch of our Easter Appeal, a fundraiser seeking to raise both gifts and money towards two amazing charities, CAFOD and Demelza.  

CAFOD (Catholic Aid for Overseas Development) is a Catholic organisation that aims to assist anyone in the world who requires aid. Demelza is a charity that assists families with young members suffering from terminal and very serious illnesses. 

The appeal is set to run throughout lent and encompasses a variety of social action initiated by our learners, including a chocolate Easter egg appeal, a GoFundMe donation page and a milkshake stand amongst many more. We are honoured to be organising such an event and are excited to be able to update you once we have news on the status of the appeal. 

If you would like to donate items or funds to the appeal, you can do so in a variety of ways: 

  • If you would like to donate monetary funds, please follow the link which will take you to our GoFundMe page, where we are raising money for the two charities. 
  • If you would like to donate chocolate eggs to the appeal, please bring them to either the chaplaincy, or the reception where they will be collected by the team. 

We would like to take this moment to thank our fantastic chaplaincy team for organising the appeal and continuing to facilitate and run events throughout its course. 

Equality and Diversity

Following the launch of CTK’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy we were delighted to welcome Dr Maxine Room CBE to CTK who delivered an outstanding briefing on Protected Characteristics. 

CTK Sixth Forms continues to celebrate its diverse community in many ways including through a number of staff and student led societies and clubs.  Our student lead societies meet regularly and our staff and students ensure that Equality and Diversity is embedded and promoted within our curriculum and 10:10 programme. At each site our LGBTQ+ groups meet regularly and are currently planning for the celebration of LGBTQ+ history month.

The sixth form’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and working groups have organised sessions for  staff and students on unconscious bias, decolonising the curriculum and on the achievement of ancient Africans.

Miss Amony, Assistant Principal, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion said, “We have an outstanding community at CTK, our staff and students come from such diverse backgrounds, it is important that we celebrate our community.  We continue to raise awareness of all protected characteristics with our staff and students and I am so proud of our communities engagement and commitment to promoting equality and diversity.”

Month of Advent

CTK Celebrates the weeks leading up to Christmas

As you may know, we have now entered into the month of Advent which transpires on the last Sunday of November, right up until Christmas Eve. It is the preparation period that leads up to Christmas, also known as the ‘coming’ which is where the Latin word of ‘Advent’ is derived from.

At CTK we have been preparing for Christmas with prayers and liturgies, we have also started lighting our purple Advent candles. You will notice that the candles have different colours and therefore different meanings.

The first candle symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets.

The second candle represents faith. It is called the “Bethlehem Candle” as a reminder of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the “Shepard’s Candle,” and is pink because rose is a liturgical colour for joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is intended to remind us of the joy that the world experienced at the birth of Jesus.

On the fourth week of Advent, we light the final purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance. This final candle is known as the “Angel’s Candle,” and symbolizes peace.

Finally, the white candle is placed in the middle of the wreath and lit on Christmas Eve. This candle is called the “Christ Candle” and represents the life of Christ. The colour white is for purity.

To learn more about Advent and how it is celebrated by the church, you can watch our Advent liturgy on YouTube led by CTK deacon Javier Elderfield.

We would like to wish you all a calm and reflective last few weeks of Advent and a very happy holiday season!

Christmas Gift Appeal

We have raised more than £3,500 for four charities as part of our Christmas Gift Appeal!

CTK, partnering with the Kent-based EKC Group, brought in over £3,500 with a GoFundMe campaign and charity art auction.

The money will be split between Porchlight, Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Refuge, and St Vincent de Paul Society.

The art auction – which ended on Friday – consisted of pieces donated by staff members and students, raising £621 by itself. Highlights included Heritage, a St Mary’s learner, who’s George Floyd diptych brought in £38 and a signed limited edition photographic print from award-winning Photographer and Lecturer at EKC Group’s Folkestone College, Zak Waters, which raised £100.

Meanwhile the GoFundMe, brought in £2,910 altogether. The top donations saw £1,000 given by Metric Capital OurTurn Global, £500 from David Kelly and £500 by DSP Drainage.

On top of these two efforts, CTK and EKC Group have organised a donation drive for gifts in aid of those less well-off this Christmas. In total, students and staff members have handed in approximately 2,000 gifts which have since been distributed to the charities.

This charity drive has been running alongside a number of charitable deeds at both College groups. At our sites we ran a “Jumpers for Jimmy” event, which raised money for the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, a charity to support young people across the UK by challenging them to be the change-makers & peace-makers in their local communities. Also, at Emmanuel, some of our learners organised a cupcake sale for Child Bereavement UK which is a charity that supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Over at EKC the Animal Management students at Canterbury College created festive packages for their four-legged friends at Dogs Rescue and AA Dog Rescue.

We would like to thank everybody who donated to the Christmas Gift Appeal and hope that our contributions to these charities helped in some way to make the festive period better for those in our communities who are less fortunate.

CTK Staff Conference- A Time to Change

The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all – Pope Francis (Laudato Si 2015). 

This year’s annual CTK Staff Conference on environment and sustainability focused on how as a community CTK can continue our journey from an “emerging “to “established” sixth form in promoting environmental sustainability, deepening our understanding of environmental issues and reducing our Carbon footprint.  

We were delighted that Steve Frampton, FE/HE Climate Commissioner launched our conference this academic year. The conference was opened with an overview and discussion of our role as a sixth form in tackling the climate crisis. 

The day was packed with guest speakers, experts in their fields on sustainability and environmental issues. 

Two speakers from C40 cities took part, Andrea Fernández and Aaron Kiely. Around the world, C40 cities are taking bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. They drive the global climate action agenda by creating unique opportunities for cities to come together and showcase their achievements and underscore what needs to be done to secure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for all citizens. 

Andrea Fernández introduced the science of climate change, its impact and the importance of the global climate conference in Glasgow in November. This followed a discussion on how to maximise the opportunity of COP26 for our sixth form. 

Aaron Kiely, Senior Campaigns Manager for Youth Initiative at C40 Cities, led a discussion on how youth around the world are engaged and what are the key issues for young people, followed by a discussion on how CTK could engage students on this topic. 

Our approach adopted to sustainability at CTK is based on engagement, education, communication and involvement and our second keynote speaker Charlotte Bonner, National Head of Education for Sustainable Development (ETF), discussed what is ESD, the current ESD landscape in FE and how we can embed sustainability in our learners’ experience and also within our community. 

Deacon Javier and Susan Kambalu from CAFOD  presented ‘Caring for our environment’. They explained the work of CAFOD and the call by Pope Francis inviting everyone to take seriously the need to care for creation. Susan explored why we are called by Pope Francis to care for our common home, through sharing the work of CAFOD and providing us with practical actions and resources to help us respond to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si’ 49). 

The CTK Environmental Green Group have this year focused on developing a 10-point Environment plan. We were excited to be able to launch this to our CTK Community. All members of the CTK community are encouraged to contribute to the CTK 10-point environment and sustainability endeavour, working collectively and individually to promote the common good and to model attitudes through the way we act. These breakout sessions will provide an opportunity to attend two workshops on how we can make a change by following our CTK 10-point Environment plan. 

Our afternoon session heralded an opportunity to listen to our own CTK researchers as they presented our sixth annual Teach Meet. We are always encouraged by their generosity in sharing their pedagogical reflections and research. 

Covid 19 Updates and Information

Christ the King Sixth Forms are committed to keeping our staff and students staff during Covid-19, in line with guidance from the Government, Public Health and Infection control.

Our Sixth Forms are following Health and Safety Executive advice including a full and regularly updated COVID risk assessment, which implements key preventive actions, including:

  • Ensuring students who are required to self-isolate do not attend Sixth Form
  • In communal areas such as corridors and the LRC face coverings continue to be worn 
  • Students and staff reminded to  clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual
  • Ensuring good hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach 
  • Enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often
  • Minimising contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible 
  • Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated 
  • Promoting lateral testing

CTK students’ artwork featured in SFCA National News Exhibition

The Sixth Form Association (SFCA) launched a national art exhibition this week, featuring work from CTK students. Entitled ‘Fake News’ the exhibition showcases students’ creative interpretation of the Fake News theme and their reflections on how hard it can be to distinguish fact from fiction.

More than 250 students from 58 colleges submitted their artwork for the exhibition, which runs from 1st to 22 July.  All pictures can be viewed at the SFCA gallery website here.

Art work from numerous Christ the King Sixth Form students has been included in the online exhibition;

‘Fake News’ by Jessica Benjamin, an A Level Photography student

‘Mid Cap Value Equity’ by Mya Scott, studying A Level Graphic Communication

‘Monitor’ by Amrit Khaira, an A Level Fine Art student

‘Schrödinger’s Cat’ by Rimmini Cameron who is studying BTEC  Extended Diploma Art & Design

‘Segregation’ by Destiny Kiberu, an A Level Graphic Communication student

‘Surveillance’ by Nathan Osei- Prempeh an A Level Graphic Communication student

‘Textn’ by Victoria Pansu who is studying A Level Graphic Communication

‘we’llwatchtheworldburn’ by Matilda Millbank, an A Level Graphic Communication student.        

 Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said:  “The Fake News exhibition is a celebration of the arts and a recognition of the excellence in sixth form colleges, which are a vital supply pipeline of talented artists. But it also highlights how young people feel about having to navigate the vast amount of news and information that is available in the modern world, and at the same time, to discern what is the truth. Art has always played an important role in social and political commentary, and the students featured in Fake News have shown they have the talent to communicate their feelings about this important subject in a powerful and effective way”.

More than 250 students from 58 colleges submitted their artwork for the exhibition, which runs from 1st to 22 July.  All pictures can be viewed at the SFCA gallery website here.

The SFCA will be promoting the exhibition online using the hashtag #6thFormArt2021

Three CTK students receive Metric Capital Scholarships

We are delighted to announce that progressing Christ the King Sixth Form Students students; Jason Bassock Leugoue, Lorena Piedrahita-Lopez and Aisling O’Hara  have each been awarded scholarships with Metric Capital Partners to support them in their studies in Higher Education.

So far, twenty-one scholarships have been awarded to students at CTK by Metric Capital Partners and which gives them £15,000 each to support them in their studies. Metric Capital Partners are a capital fund management company and it is believed to be the first partnership of its kind between a college and a business.

John Sinik, the firm’s managing partner, was introduced to CTK by Seni Fawehinmi, whom he had met through a scheme designed to partner up deprived children with an adult mentor:

“When I first met Seni he was 10 years old,” John says. “His father had left, his brother had passed away from a blood disease and he was in a tough spot. We remain very close today.”

When Seni enrolled at CTK, he introduced his mentor to our principal. From this meeting, the Metric Capital scholarships were born, and since then three Metric scholarships are awarded every year – one to a student attending each of the three colleges that make up Christ the King Sixth Forms.

The students are selected according to academic performance and financial means-testing, before undergoing a formal interview. The relationship does not come to an end once the student heads off to university: they are required to update John each term about how well they are performing academically, and what they are spending the money on.

This is what the recipients have had to say about their scholarships:

Lorena Piedrahita-Lopez who will go on to study Psychology at the University of Cambridge – “It’s great to be awarded a scholarship that will help me to focus more of my time on my studies”.

Jason Bassock Leugoue who will go on to study Physiotherapy at the University of Essex – “I really appreciate that John and Metric Capital Partners have put their faith in me by awarding me this scholarship”.

Aisling O’Hara who will go on to study, Human Physiology/Biomedical Sciences at the University of Glasgow “I am so excited to go to uni and to be given a scholarship which will help me financially is going to be such a big help”.

Metric Capital Students get coverage in the News

https://www.rcaoseducation.org.uk/11201/

CTK Wins SFCA Award For Community Impact

CTK won the prestigious award for their Charity Christmas Gift Appeal, which raised over 1000 gifts and almost £6000 to help those in need.

The Christ the King Sixth Forms Christmas Gift Appeal has been acknowledged by the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) at their annual awards. The SFCA is the established voice of dedicated sixth form education and the hub of a national network of sixth form providers. The awards celebrates and showcases outstanding practise in education for 16 -19 year olds, through a range of categories. CTK were awarded the SFCA 2021 Community Impact Award, for making a special contribution to the wider community.

The Catholic Sixth Form group with sixth forms in areas of high deprivation, saw many staff, students, and their families disproportionally effected by COVID19. Wanting to do something special to help the local community, CTK launched a Christmas Gift Appeal, encouraging locals to buy Christmas presents or to make a donation towards helping a local disadvantaged child and giving the gift of joy at Christmas.

Students and staff worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the campaign and to generate donations from the public, local business and supermarkets. The Sixth Forms even held an art auction, with work donated by both staff and students, which raised over £1,000 for the appeal.

The campaign was a huge success, with over 1,000 gifts donated and almost £6,000 raised for three local charities, St Vincent de Paul Society, Lewisham Refuge and Demelza Hospice.

Shireen Razey, Principal of Christ the King Sixth Forms said: “We were delighted that CTK’s community work was acknowledged by the SFCA and we have been awarded the prestigious SFCA Award for Community Impact. Social action is an important part of the work our Sixth Form College does, and our students strive to make a real difference to the local community. Christ the King Sixth Forms work tirelessly to support charities and during Covid19 this has been more important than ever. It’s great that we were able to make such a difference to those that have experienced real hardship this year”.

CTK Wins SFCA Award coverage in the news 

We are delighted that CTK winning a SFCA award has been featured in the media.

Maritime Radio Sixth Form wins prestigious award for Charity Christmas Appeal – Maritime Radio

Sixth form college wins award after charity appeal raises nearly £6K for disadvantaged children – South London News (londonnewsonline.co.uk)

Christ the King Sixth Forms wins Sixth Form Colleges Association Award for Community Impact – Education Commission for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark (rcaoseducation.org.uk)

TES Award

Outstanding A Level Chemistry and Physics Teacher, Dr Jose Bravo has been shortlisted for prestigious Times Education Award – Teacher of the Year. The online awards will take place on Friday 28 May 2021 at 8pm.

CTK Aquinas student nominated for Lewisham Mayor Award

Amy Ohiomoba nominated for supporting GCSE Maths students during lockdown

Amy, an 18 year old A Level Biology, Psychology and Maths student at CTK Aquinas, a selective A Level Sixth Form in Brockley, came up with the idea on her own to set up free Maths tuition for Secondary School students who had fallen behind during lockdown, when education moved remotely. Amy is a keen A Level Maths student who felt she knew the Maths GCSE specification really well and wanted to help students who needed booster sessions to go over topics that they had not been able to learn or had fallen behind in.

Amy felt the sessions were important for young people whose parents could not afford additional tuition. Amy decided to promote the free Maths tuition sessions on her Snapchat story at the beginning of every week. Then every Friday, she chose four new students from those that contacted her, to join her on free Zoom sessions, which she hosted. She quickly gained more students from more and more Secondary Schools wanting GCSE Maths tuition, as word of mouth spread.

Amy set this tuition up completely of her own accord and gave her own personal time to help these students, as she felt passionate about helping young people who were finding learning difficult during lockdown. She put a lot of her time into planning lessons and responding to the topics that students wanted help with.

Amy says; “I’m thrilled to have been nominated for a Lewisham Mayor’s Award and specially selected to appear in the video. I enjoy helping others and feel privileged knowing that I was able to help so many people. The pupils I helped were always really grateful and appreciative.

I plan to continue with my online Maths tuition in the Summer so I can help even more GCSE Maths students”.

Lesley Davies, Assistant Principal for Character at CTK Aquinas, who nominated Amy said: “Amy is a very kind, caring person, who is always helping others. She is a real role model for CTK Aquinas students and we are so proud of everything she has achieved!”

Amy was specially selected to appear in a video, alongside other shortlisted nominees for the Lewisham Mayor’s award. You can view her video here https://www.iamlewisham.uk/mayors-awards.

Amy will receive a certificate and a badge and as a lasting legacy, her name will be entered into the Mayor’s Awards Book, kept at the Civic Suite in Catford.

Cllr Joan Millbank, Chair Mayor’s Awards Panel 2020 said ‘On behalf of the Mayor and your fellow citizens I wish to thank you most sincerely for your contribution. You help make Lewisham a special borough characterised by neighbourliness, caring and a strong sense of community’.

You can read more about Amy’s story with the following links: https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/62450-ctk-aquinas-student-nominated-for-lewisham-mayors-award

https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/19043535.lewisham-mayor-awards-celebrates-response-covid-pandemic/

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13827/catholic-school-pupil-nominated-for-lewisham-mayor-award

https://thecatholicuniverse.com/ctk-aquinas-student-is-nominated-for-lewisham-award/
https://www.rcaoseducation.org.uk/8883/

Christmas Gift Appeal

Christ the King Sixth Forms and East Kent Colleges Group are overjoyed with the results of our 2020 joint Christmas Gift Appeal. 

Together we raised £4337 via our GoFundMe page and £1058 in our Artwork auction, making an incredible grand total of £5,395! Along with an equal share of the monies raised, our three charities also received an equal share of 2168 items which included:  

561 gift items, including children’s toys, books and games, 

382 toiletry items 

826 food items 

7 brand new clothing items 

152 items were donated to a local charity shop 

240 luxury biscuit and chocolate items 

We are elated by the outcome of this year’s Christmas Gift Appeal and cannot thank the staff, the students, our partners, and local residents enough for all that they have kindly contributed to the cause. Our charities St Vincent de Paul Society, Refuge and Demelza Hospice are ever grateful, and it brings us enormous delight to know that we’ve had such a positive impact on the lives of families and young people at such a special time of year. 

To all, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

From Christ the King Sixth Forms.

Charities 

The charities we have supported in this appeal are: 

Demelza Hospice Care for Children https://www.demelza.org.uk/ 

St Vincent de Paul Society https://www.svp.org.uk/node/606 

Refuge https://www.refuge.org.uk/  

Our Gift Appeal in the Press

South London Press

You can read the full article at https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/more-than-2000-items-donated-to-schools-group-to-make-christmas-a-little-better-this-year/

South London Press

You can read the full article at https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/schools-appeal-for-money-and-donations-to-help-families-over-christmas/

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

You can read the full article at https://www.rcaoseducation.org.uk/8333/

The Catholic Universe

You can read the full article at https://www.thecatholicuniverse.com/DE/UNI201127tm.pdf?mc_cid=549d336d46&mc_eid=b84cea81aa

In Your Area

You can read the full article at https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/canterburys-iceland-stores-donate-to-local-christmas-appeal/

FE News

You can read the full article at https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/58649-college-couple-team-up-to-make-christmas-special

Maritime Radio

You can read the full article at https://www.maritimeradio.co.uk/colleges-come-together-to-make-christmas-extra-special/

Kent Online

You can read the full article at https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/colleges-team-up-for-christmas-gift-appeal-237664/

South London Press

You can read the full article at https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/colleges-launch-campaign-asking-for-presents-for-needy-families-this-christmas/

The Lewisham Ledger

You can read the full article at Lewisham Ledger

The Catholic Universe

You can read the full article at The Catholic Universe

Husband and wife principals launch Christmas campiagn

You can read the full article at https://www.tes.com/news/Christmas-colleges-husband-and-wife-principals-join-forces-christmas-campaign

CTK Staff Conference 2020

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28 August 2020 

Christ the King Annual Staff conference – Staff Wellbeing  

 Helping our community live happier, healthier lives together   

Christ the King Sixth Forms annual staff conference took place on 28th August with a focus on staff wellbeing.  There has been a noticeable reminder in recent years of the importance of improving staff Wellbeing and this has been made even more apparent following the COVID-19 Pandemic. At Christ the King Sixth Forms we have had a real focus on Staff Wellbeing during the 19/20 academic year and this has resulted in a number of fundamental changes going forward. We hope you find the Wellbeing Conference insightful, informative and engaging at the start of the Autumn term. 

We were thrilled to have a range of outstanding keynote speakers presenting at our conference.  The conference opened with keynote speaker Chris Lubbe who told his inspirational story of his journey from Apartheid to Truth and Reconciliation.  Chris said; “My purpose is to inspire positive change and to help others discover their own purpose. I believe that each of us has an in-built ability to make a positive contribution to the world”.  Chris shared his own unique story of South Africa’s’ transition from ‘apartheid’ to a democracy. Born at a very difficult period in South Africa’s history, Chris made a decision early in his life to become an activist and to oppose the racially based system of ‘apartheid’. This decision was to put him on a direct collision course with the ‘apartheid’ regime which resulted in several spells of incarceration, torture and near-death experiences. After Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990 and the fall of ‘apartheid’, Chris worked with Nelson Mandela until his retirement as a bodyguard and also got involved in the delicate negotiations with the ‘apartheid regime’ resulting in subsequent agreement and the drafting of the new constitution. Apart from sharing his own personal story, Chris shared from the many important lessons and anecdotes that he learned from working with Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The key themes from his message were determination, courage, perseverance, persistence and the power of forgiveness.  

We were also joined by Chief Executive at Education Support Sinead McBrearty, who discussed the extensive work she is currently doing on the wellbeing and mental health of the whole education workforce.   

 Anne Lamb and Kendra Houseman shared their story of working with the most vulnerable students.  Kendra has been involved with Gangs, Exploitation and CSE for over 28 years on many different levels.  Originally from south west London, Kendra grew up with a complicated background living on an inner-city estate and that, and the contribution of a lack of communication and failings between adults in her growing up, are just some of the factors that lead to her having to make some life changing choices starting at the age of 11. These choices led to many consequences and created “Blondy” the name and person she was known as on the streets of south west London.  

 Kendra drove forward and she fought hard, which led to her breaking the difficult cycles encompassing her and she is now able to boast a degree in Health and Social Care and is currently studying a Master’s degree in Safeguarding.  Kendra has worked in various settings, all with the same focus, supporting children and young people at risk of gangs and exploitation and working with professionals who work with these young people in managing their wellbeing.  She developed Out of the Shadows delivering presentations and motivational talks, including real life case studies to practitioners, young people and parents/carers. 

Anne trained in Restorative Practice in early 2016 and supported Margate Police’s weekly Restorative Clinics for a number of years.   She developed a Family Liaison role across the Thanet Pupil Referral Units and worked closely and proactively with some of the most challenging students and families, many at the cusp of ‘gang’ involvement and some entrenched. Within Out of the Shadows she is delivering bespoke workshops to professionals and students to encourage a wider understanding and knowledge of the ‘less understood’ issues young people are facing. She helps professionals to manage their wellbeing when working with young people who are exposed to external influences.  

Mike Armiger, our fourth speaker, is an experienced Mental Health Advisor and a former Head of Educational Provisions for young people affected by trauma, care experienced children and children with SEND and mental health needs. He also works with universities on models and approaches to student wellbeing. One of his main roles is that as a specialist advisor in relation to trauma and mental health. Mike also advises on creation of specialist care & education provisions, trains nationally and internationally and is the author of the Regulation framework- A whole school system and support planning framework for young people affected by trauma. This has now been adopted by health and education teams in 5 European countries.   

The afternoon session will provided an opportunity for staff to attend two workshops and listen to our own CTK researchers as they present our fifth annual Teach Meetwhere staff who have carried out independent research, shared their pedagogical reflections and research. 

Former Nelson Mandela bodyguard Chris Lubbe will tell his story in ...Chris Lubbe  

Sinead McBrearty 

Chief Executive at Education Support 

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Kendra Houseman  

Founder of Out of the Shadows 

Anne Lamb  

Restorative Justice Professional        

Mike Armiger  

Education & Mental Health Advisor 

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CTK’s ‘Teach Meet’ 

2019-2020 Bursary Research Projects  

As professional practitioners we are constantly searching for ways to improve and enhance our lessons in order to motivate students. At Christ the King Sixth Forms we have a number of forums where we share ideas and common areas of challenge with our colleagues. 

This session provides us with a further opportunity to do so. A group of colleagues will share their findings. Each presentation will be approximately 5minutes. 

This Teach Meet will enable us to continue to build on our approach to sharing ideas and research, to inspire and encourage us all in our profession.  

Staff Member Project 
Isaac Whitcombe      Drawing and Thinking Critical: Thinking Through Drawing  
Maya Stiasny      Race, ethnicity and inclusion: improving A-Level recruitment at Christ the King: Aquinas  
Alison Murphy and Lesley Davis            Managing Student Behaviour  
Shahada Hasan    Effectiveness and Implementation of a Wellbeing Programme  
Josephine Okolo-Erokwu   Changing Landscape: Post 16 T Levels, Legislative Framework  
Tumay Gunduz cid:BEBF54D9-01EC-4BA8-B9D2-8F89208A7EAB  Report on Maths Centre for Excellence 

Results day 2020 at Christ the King Sixth Forms

Students and staff were delighted with their results and university destinations, including Cambridge University. 

Students and staff at Christ the King Sixth Forms celebrated another year of examination results at all three sites.  Students overcame adversity, taking part in distance learning during Covid19 and Christ the King students, will be progressing to universities across the country or into apprenticeship or employment opportunities. 

Executive Principal Shireen Razey said “We are so proud of our students who have completed their studies during unprecedented times. It was delightful to see our students on site and to have the CTK community together again.  CTK students have shown resilience, enthusiasm and dedication throughout and we wish each of our students every future success”. 

Temitope got AAA and is going to Cambridge University to study English Literature. Temi says; “When I started CTK, applying to Oxford or Cambridge was something that I had thought about but I just didn’t feel like it was within my reach. On enrolment day, I was told straight away that because of my GCSE results, applying to Oxbridge was something I could look at. I brushed it aside. It didn’t feel achievable.  The moment that changed everything was when I attended an alumni evening for Scholarship Graduate Programme students. It gave me the amazing opportunity to speak to past CTK students who had progressed to Oxford and Cambridge. That was the moment I realised it was something I really wanted to do and something I could achieve if I wanted to. It changed my whole mindset. I really don’t think I could have got to where I am now if it wasn’t for all the role models CTK introduced me to, all the external speaker events where I saw Nigerian young people succeeding, this really inspired me to do my best and to achieve the highest I could”. 

Temi was one of three students to receive a CTK Metric Capital University Scholarship worth £15,000 each. Temi says; “  Since I found out that I received an offer from Cambridge I had been looking for a scholarship because I don’t necessarily come from a family with a lot of money and didn’t want to put too much strain on my mum. To apply, I had to write no more than 500 words on why I felt I deserved the scholarship and any obstacles that I overcame. This got me thinking about something that held me back for a very long time. I opened up more and really dug into all the health issues that I experienced growing up and how it made me really limit the way I saw myself. My health issues were what led to me discovering a love of reading, and also made me realise that I could write my own stories.  When I was younger, I suffered from health problems and I was bullied at primary school which affected my body image all the way to high school.

And then I read an online novel called ‘Becoming Beautiful’ written by a teenage girl. This book honestly changed my life. It made me realise how amazing a book can be.  When I read this book, I had never felt so understood. That’s why I’m so interested in all the words we use, especially what is going on right now – how damaging words can be – and how much of an impact words can have over others. All of this inspired me to want to study English Literature at University! 

I am also very grateful because I have an amazing mum and two older sisters who are inspirational to me. My mum pulled me up through every situation and continues to be the most inspirational figure in my life. She moved here from Nigeria with my dad to give me and my older sisters a better life. No matter what happened to her – what she went through, she always faces things with a kind smile. I try to take on her approach as best I can and that has inspired me and kept me going”. 

CTK students were able to secure places at top universities, Brian was delighted to get D*DD in Health & Social Care and is going to study Pharmacy at East Anglia University. Brian said “I would 100% recommend CTK to others, the teachers push you to be the best you can be”. 

Joseph got A, A, B and is going to Newcastle University to study Combined Honours in Geography, Media and Communications. Joseph said; “I feel proud because I got what I expected and what I feel I deserved.” 

Marceli was really pleased to gain grades A, A, B and will go on to study Business and Law and Queen Mary’s University.  He said; “My time at CTK has been inspiring, helping me to find new interests that broadened my perspective on life”. 

Olivia was delighted to achieve grades A, A, B and is going to the London School of Economics to study Sociology; “I’m happy with what I achieved. Focus on your weak points rather than just doing what you know you are good at.” 

The CTK class of 2020 are to be congratulated on their hard work during difficult times and uncertainty and are sure to go on to great success.

“A year of Great Success at Christ the King Sixth forms”

We are also pleased to announce that South London Press has recognised the achievements of our hardworking students and has published this recent article. https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/a-year-of-great-success-at-christ-the-king-sixth-forms/