Churchill Academy

Sixth Form: Wider Curriculum Opportunities

Over half-term, 33 Sixth Form students took part in Churchill’s History trip to Berlin.  After an early flight on Friday morning, the students visited the German Historical Museum that included a fascinating insight into The Cold War.  A guided walking tour of the City on day two was followed by a visit 200m up to the top of the TV tower and a relaxing (if competitive) game of Ten Pin Bowling.  Perhaps the most harrowing part of the trip was a visit to Sachenhausen Concentration Camp where over 100,000 people died during the Nazi period.  Other highlights of the trip included: a visit to The Reichstag, home of the German Parliament and featuring great views of the city from its glass dome; The Eastside Gallery – a mile long section of The Wall decorated by artists; and a tour of The Olympic Stadium, designed for the 1936 Olympics.  A successful trip for both students and staff.


We were pleased to see our Year 12 and 13 students return safely from their Berlin trip last week.  This week Year 13 heard about the opportunity to volunteer with Mend the Gap, a local charity that organise relief and community work in Kenya, a fantastic opportunity to gain cultural experience at the end of Year 13.  Ski instructors from Mendip Ski and Action Centre visited Year 12 and promoted an exclusive opportunity for Sixth Formers to take part in eight free ski lessons, either as part of the Specialist Tutor Programme or in their own time – contact the PE department for more information.  Our weekly programme of Access to Bristol, which provides the opportunity to take part in a series of taster seminars and workshops in undergraduate streams, is now in its third week, for more information visit the Access to Bristol website.  
Today, some of our Sixth Formers are taking their RFU Level 1 Refereeing course, which allows them to referee up to Year 8 with an RFU certified award; a great opportunity to develop leadership skills.  Tonight, Dr Liam Fox’s political debating competition launches (the final is here at Churchill in December), with George Rabin & Thomas Dalton  and Lauryn Maine & Oli Guckian taking part in the first round, good luck to them!   Please note that Friday 11th November is a reading day for Year 12 and 13, as Year 11 will be ‘moving up’ to Sixth Form for the day.