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
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”.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
The charities we have supported in this appeal are:
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 Meet, where staff who have carried out independent research, shared their pedagogical reflections and research.
Chief Executive at Education Support
Founder of Out of the Shadows
Restorative Justice Professional
Education & Mental Health Advisor
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.
Drawing and Thinking Critical: Thinking Through Drawing
Race, ethnicity and inclusion: improving A-Level recruitment at Christ the King: Aquinas
Alison Murphy and Lesley Davis
Managing Student Behaviour
Effectiveness and Implementation of a Wellbeing Programme
Changing Landscape: Post 16 T Levels, Legislative Framework
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”