Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Rebecca Poole visits the College to prepare for January concert
Sports student trains with GB Rowing coaches in Nantes
Amnesty International group focuses on human rights
Politics students visit Houses of Parliament
Student Liam Sanford selected for the U18 England Hockey squad.
Leander test for Olympic hopefuls
Henley College Welcomes Olympic Rowers for Charity Event
Students Get on Their Bikes
Environmental Studies Students Put Sustainability into Practice
Marc Antoni Director Shares Experience With Learners at The Henley College
An Inspiration to Others
The Henley College students enjoy a visit from 'The King'
Public Lecture by Chairman of PAW Conservation Trust
Tickets now on sale for 'Joseph' production
Students raise money for Children in Need
The Henley College hosts 'Partner Schools Day'
Maths students perform strongly
STEM Ambassador visits College Science Department
Oxford University Student Returns to Share His Experience With Students
Students Learn About State of the Art Surgery
Students to help raise thousands for charity
Henley College Welcomes Guest to Talk About Human Rights
Students work with marketers from Dixons Retail PLC
Former student performs at Wembley
Paralympian and Former Student Opens New College Sports Facilities
Principal Tom Espley Features in '100 Faces of Henley' Book
Moon rocks land at The Henley College
Student wins Bronze for GB at Kayaking
College Rugby players participate in Altitude Training Research
Open Auditions for Joseph
Former student competes in Paralympics
Exam Results 2012
Sports Hall almost complete!
Lecturer holds Olympic Torch
Tree of Light Festival
Student Success Celebrated at the Regal Cinema
MP and students discuss Arms Treaty
Field trip to Harcourt Arboretum & Oakley Wood
Geology talk for 2nd Year students
Engineering students visit F1 factory
Sports Hall nears completion
Former student wins award
Eleanor goes worldwide with her CD design
William wins Leaders Award
Biologist of the Year Awards
Anatomy Masterclass & Neuroscience visit to Oxford
Student Union organise debate with John Howell MP
Outstanding work at the Extended Project Exhibition
IB Students raise £300 for Helen and Douglas House
Spanish students visit Seville
John Howell MP visits college to give talk on Citizenship
Dr Norman Finkelstein lectures at the college
Success in Public Speaking for Henley College Students
Modern languages Conference
Gifted and Talented Academy
Preparing for the Olympics
Professional singer/songwriter and former student Rebecca Poole visited the College on Wednesday 13 December to work with students from the Music Department and begin preparing for a special concert being hosted at the town's Kenton Theatre on 17 January.
In the build-up to this year's Remembrance Sunday Rebecca released the single 'This is the Song', the official track for this year's fundraising campaign by the Help for Heroes charity and proceeds from the upcoming concert will be donated to the cause.
Rebecca, who has performed at venues including Wembley Stadium and the Royal Albert Hall, said: am very excited about working creatively with the talented students and musicians of Henley, especially as I'll be performing in my home town.'
Backing vocalists Chloe Hillyar, Grace England, Gabrielle Pausey and Hannah Walters talked about their excitement for the forthcoming concert. Chloe said: 'We're really looking forward to performing with Rebecca. It is a great opportunity and experience for us, we're really excited!'
Gabrielle added: 'It will be brilliant to perform something different like jazz, rather than pop.'
And Hannah said: 'My Dad saw Rebecca sing at the rugby at Twickenham and thought she was really good!'
To buy tickets for the 'To Remind Us' concert, supported by The Henley Standard, please visit www.henleycol.ac.uk/rebecca.
Sports student Sebastian Devereaux has joined GB rowing coaches for a week of training in Nantes.
Sebastian joined The Henley College as part of the new partnership with Leander Club to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).
Programme Leader for Sports, Martyn Watkins said "Seb is progressing extremely well on his Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and is managing to balance his commitments as an elite athlete with the academic demands of the Diploma. Seb has been nominated by his tutors to meet with the Principal in recognition of his outstanding achievements."
Mrs Devereux, Sebastian's mother stated "he is absolutely thriving at Henley and Leander. I don't think I've ever seen him happier."
On Wednesday 13 December the Henley College Amnesty International group held a stand at the College's Deanfield Reception as part of the 'Write For Rights' campaign. Students were given an opportunity to learn more about human rights issues around the globe, including recent high profile cases, and to show their support for those affected by leaving messages and signing Christmas cards.
Second year student Clara Godwin Suttie was one of the students involved. She said: 'It is really important to show our support for those people who have had their human rights abused. It's not like we can fly to another country, but we are able to put pressure on the authorities to make a change. It's great that we have an Amnesty group at College – it has really helped to raise student awareness of these issues.'
A group of 14 Government and Politics students enjoyed a trip to London on Friday 7 December where they visited HM Treasury and the Houses of Parliament with Tutor Julian Pandya.
The A Level course aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the decision making processes in the UK, and includes a study of government across many levels. You can read more about what the course involves by visiting the course page.
This photo was taken by student Matthieu Gougeon who desribed the trip as 'very enjoyable and interesting.'
Liam joined The Henley College's hockey team this academic year and to date has scored an impressive 11 goals.
Liam said: 'It has been really exciting being chosen for the U18 England squad. I played for the U16 team but sustained an injury, so to be able to recover from that and be selected again was great. The College has been really supportive, particularly in helping me to attend training.'
Rebecca Honour from the College's Sport Department said: 'Liam is a keen, enthusiastic and highly talented player from Wycombe Hockey Club, but he is also happy to coach beginners and intermediate players and umpire challenging games. He is a very welcome addition to the team!'
Leander Club visited the College last week to test students for possible selection for Olympic Rowing training.
Students studying A Level and BTEC courses were tested by coaches and athletes from Leander and then measured against Talent ID start profiles. Height, weight and the all-important span were measured and weighed alongside two strenuous strength tests on specially designed equipment.
The College is proud of its partnership with Leander Club which spans more than a decade. A number of College students have been part of Leander's Development Academy Programme, and some have gone on to compete in the GB International Team at Junior, U23 and Senior World Championships.
Livinia Cowell Sherriff, High Performance Coach at Leander, said: 'We have in the past found GB rowers through this testing at The Henley College and the students seemed very excited at the prospect.'
She added: 'London 2012 saw a number of medals won in rowing by athletes who took part in this Talent ID, who knows we may uncover another gem to add to our national treasures.'
For further information about the Leander programme please contact Martin Unsworth: email@example.com.
Seen in the picture are Seb Devereux and Harry Leask both studying Sports Diploma at the College as part of the AASE programme.
No less than eight international rowers, including four Olympic medal winners, joined guests for a charity event organised by students from The Henley College on 5 December.
The 2nd year BTEC Business students (Team Arona), alongside five other teams, are helping to raise thousands of pounds for charity as part of Sue Ryder's Big Wigs Business Challenge 2012.
Paying guests enjoyed dinner at Temple Golf Club, Maidenhead, with an international rower hosting each table. The evening also included a prize raffle.
The guests of honour included double Olympic silver medallist Debbie Flood, Olympic silver medallist Alex Partridge, and Olympic bronze medallists Will Satch and Ric Egington. They were joined by international rowers Louisa Reeve, Polly Swann, Victoria Thornley and Marcus Bateman.
Rachael Staines, a business tutor at the College, said: 'I have been really impressed with how the six teams have risen to this great fundraising challenge, it has been a steep learning curve for these entrepreneurial students in how to delegate team roles, negotiate tasks and to organise a large scale event.'
Six teams made up of over 65 students from the College are taking part in the charity challenge, which also forms a part of their studies. Other organised events have included a 'bake off' at Henley Town hall, a stall at Henley's Christmas Market and a 5-a-side football tournament.
In total Sue Ryder raised over £100,000 through last year's Big Wigs Business Challenge, enough to cover the running costs of one of its hospices for two and a half weeks. All participating students are also invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on 12 December, held at The Sue Ryder Hospice in Nettlebed.
Three students at The Henley College are set to benefit from a new scheme which aims to get more students cycling.
On Wednesday 5 December Principal Tom Espley was delighted to present three students with new bikes at 'Henley Cycles' on Reading Road.
The College received a grant following a successful bid to the Oxfordshire County Council Post 16 travel fund, allowing the College to purchase and maintain bicycles to be loaned to students who live in Oxfordshire.
Mr Espley said: 'This is a good way of supporting a local business as well as a way of keeping students fit. As a member of Sustrans I am very committed to developing sustainable transport and, in particular, encouraging students to cycle. '
'As a College we have done amazingly well at encouraging young people to keep fit through traditional sports, as well as running activities students have never tried before such as fencing or Zumba. This cycle scheme is just one part of this very successful policy.'
Students George Maxted, Nat Robinson and Josh Norris will be able to borrow the bikes for the duration of their studies, providing them with free and environmentally friendly transport to College. They were full of praise for the scheme and were keen to encourage other students to take advantage of it.
Nat Robinson said: 'It's a great way to get people using another form of travel, stop wasting petrol and a great form of exercise.'
Josh Norris said: 'I found out about the scheme through the College's Student Newsletter. It is a brilliant help with getting to College.'
George Maxted said: 'It is a really good way to get people using bikes. I wouldn't have been able to get a bike without the scheme and it is fantastic that I can use it for the whole two years that I am at College.'
Henley Cycles owner, James Miller, added: 'The scheme is a great idea and I hope more students decide to take it up – especially with the parking problems in Henley. It also helps reduce the number of cars on the road.'
Environmental Studies AS students at The Henley College have taken their learning beyond the classroom following a donation from Project MAYA, a community interest company which works to promote environmental sustainability following the principles of permaculture.
Emily Lambert from Project MAYA kindly donated a collection of seed balls to the College, to be planted around the newly developed Sports Hall at the Rotherfield site. Students placed seed balls containing Ox eye daisies, Forget-me-nots and Poppies, all native species which will be both attractive and help to vegetate and stabilize the ground.
Seed balls are made of clay, compost, and seeds (with chilli powder), with their small size making them easy to scatter. The dried clay then acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate (helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls). The chilli powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.
Sandra Wickens, a Programme Leader at the College, said: 'This was a great opportunity for the students to enhance the College environment in a sustainable way.'
Vocational Performing Arts students travelled to London's West End on Monday 26 November to see "Our Boys" at The Duchess Theatre, Covent Garden.
One of the cast was former student, Lewis Reeves, who plays a wounded soldier. The role is Lewis' first major West End role and comes after just a year since graduating from drama school. Before that, Lewis was a student at The Henley College studying the Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts.
The play is set in an army hospital and tells the story of six soldiers who are all being treated for injuries received in the line of duty. Despite the serious nature of the story, the play contains many light hearted moments. The play has received some very positive reviews and has a very starry cast including Laurence Fox, Matthew Lewis and Arthur Darvill.
The day after the students saw the play, Lewis came back to the College and spent over an hour answering their questions on a whole range of topics, including how he approaches his work and what life is like working in the West End.
Nic Saunders, Director of Drama, said "It was really kind of Lewis to come back to college and share his experiences with our current students as only 4 years ago or so he was sat in their place doing their course. It was great for them to see a former student now working professionally as he proves to them that they can succeed in this very tough profession. It was also good that Lewis reinforced the need to really work hard and value all the teaching and training they receive before they try and do it for real."
Second year student Nienke Verwer commented "It was really inspirational to hear Lewis speak and see that it is possible I could become an actor."
First year student Jordan Peedell added "Hearing Lewis speak has really motivated me to work hard and commit to my work. Lewis is where I want to be in a few years, so knowing he can do it really makes me to buckle down and do well in my studies."
In preparation for his role as The Pharaoh in The Henley College's upcoming production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' performing arts student Daniel Linney received a visit from 'The King' on Thursday 29 November.
Leading Elvis tribute performer Gary Roman, from Maidenhead, very kindly agreed to visit the College to give Daniel a master class and share his experience from over 500 live performances.
Director Nic Saunders, Head of Drama at the College, explains: 'The Pharaoh is played as a pastiche of Elvis in the show and his songs are all homages to Elvis' hit records, so Daniel is keen to master his Elvis act.'
'Daniel showed Gary his performance and together they spent an hour or so working on vocal inflexions and signature dance moves that will help an audience believe Elvis is once again taking care of business. It's certainly helped Dan's confidence and it's always great for students to work alongside professionals.'
Daniel said: 'It was a real honour to get Gary's help as he's someone who makes a living from being Elvis – his input was invaluable and he was really supportive, so I hope I can do him and Elvis proud in Caversham next month.'
'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' opens on Wednesday 12 December and runs until Saturday 15 December at St Andrew's Church, Caversham. Tickets are available now from The Henley College or please call (01491) 579988.
Mr Bruno Giamattei, Director at the award-winning Marc Antoni salon chain, visited The Henley College to talk to learners on Thursday 22 November. He shared his insights on how to create photographic style collections with Level 4 Salon Management learners.
Twice named Southern British Hairdresser of the year, Mr Giamattei now travels the world working as a sought after Art Director on photo shoots for leading companies such as GHD.
Denise Monaghan, Head of The Henley Training Company at the College, said: 'Bruno is passionate about hairdressing and believes that the more he puts into the industry, the more he gets out. He admits that he had some excellent mentoring and support from other leading names in the industry along the way and he offered to mentor any of our learners should they need it.
'It was a truly inspirational talk, enjoyed very much by everyone. The Henley College is very grateful to Bruno and very lucky to have such locally based talent to help our learners.'
Part of The Henley College, The Henley Training Company provides Government backed apprenticeships for learners aged 16-24, in areas such as Business Administration, Customer Service, Early Years Care and Education, Hairdressing, Professional Cookery, Hospitality, Management, Team Leading, Teaching Assistants and Playwork.
The Henley Training Company also delivers a wide range of part-time courses for adults, in areas ranging from business to photography
The College welcomed Will Fox, Chairman of the PAW Conservation Trust, to give a public lecture on the real issues facing the African Leopard and the future conservation needs for the last of Africa's free roaming big cats.
The lecture titled 'African Leopard - The Last of the Big Five Roaming Free'was on Wednesday 5th December in Rotherfield Hall.
Tickets are now on sale and already selling fast for this year's Christmas production, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat".
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, "Joseph" was a landmark in musical theatre and has become a family favourite. Containing countless well known songs and featuring a host of unforgettable characters, "Joseph" introduced the world to the teaming of Webber and Rice and follows last year's production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Like last year's show, "Joseph" is being staged at St Andrews Church, Caversham (click here for a map) and, in an exciting move, will also feature children from the local primary school.
Director Nic Saunders said "Joseph is just a great night out with songs to sing along to and some memorable characters. We've been rehearsing for a term and, like always, the show features a mix of students from across the College. David and Alison Golby have been working all hours to get the best from our student musicians and singers and Tara Ward has been putting together the dance sequences – it's a real cross college event – and hopefully it will be as popular as last year's show which was a complete sell out. The addition of the children from the Caversham Primary School is an exciting extra and will add a real family flavour to the proceedings. It's been immense fun to work on and hopefully that will come across to the audience."
The show runs nightly from Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 December. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.00pm. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets are on sale from The Henley College in person, or over the phone on (01491) 579988. £8.00 / £7.00 (concs).
The production opens with a Preview Performance on Wednesday 12th December at 2pm, tickets £4.00.
The Henley College Student Union encouraged everyone to 'Dress Up for Children in Need' on 16 November, combining the fun of dressing up with fundraising for charity.
Student Jake Smith Student, Secretary of the Student Union, said: 'In total we raised £160 for Children in Need. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would like to thank everyone who took part. It is heartening to know that the money The Henley College raised for Children in Need will help support disadvantaged children and young people throughout our country.'
Year 11 students from The Henley College's four local partner schools were welcomed on Thursday 15 November to experience a taste of College life.
The students from Gillotts School, Icknield Community College, Chiltern Edge School and Langtree School were greeted by College Principal Tom Espley and enjoyed taster lessons in subjects of their choice.
One visiting student commented: 'I had a fantastic day and it was great to try some of the different lessons on offer for next year. Henley College is for me!'
Another student added: 'Henley College was good. I really wish I had a picture of me dressed up as a forensic person!'
The College also welcomed year 9 students as part of its Gifted and Talented programme. Impressively, in just a few hours, the group produced a short but highly entertaining silent movie which will be shared on the College website soon.
Dave Lamont, Head of School Liaison at the College said: 'Teaching staff thoroughly enjoyed Partner School Day and were delighted by the energy, enthusiasm and ideas shared in lessons.
'As a College we are very proud of our longstanding relationships with our four partner schools, and we look forward to welcoming many of the students back in September as they begin their studies at the College.'
This year, 40 students represented The Henley College in the regional heat of the Senior Team Maths Challenge held at Highdown School on 12 November 2012. They gave an excellent performance with 8 students gaining a gold certificate, 12 gaining a silver certificate and 11 gaining a bronze certificate.
Double Maths student, Will Manson, qualified as one of the 1000 top students in the country, for the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1. George O'Brien, Callum Eldrige, Sophie Lea and Sam Lee have also done well in qualifying for the Senior Kangaroo follow on round.
Sponsored by Rolls Royce, the nationwide challenge consists of 50 regional heats and culminates in the UK final, to be held in London next February.
The regional heat featured 22 teams and consisted of several rounds including group questions, a numeric crossword and a relay round.
Tutor Julie Varley said: 'Against some tough opposition our team came 7th out of 22 teams, with Eton taking the first prize. Well done!'
Earlier this term, former Henley College A Level student Nik Muldal returned to share his experiences with our current students. Nik, who is now in his second year of a Molecular Biology degree at Sheffield University, has been selected as a STEM Ambassador. Part of his new role involves talking to A Level students about the benefits of studying science at university level and The Henley College was very pleased to offer Nik the chance to practice his talk in familiar surroundings before he starts going into schools around the country.
Nik gave a fascinating talk about how studying science can benefit students and gave a bit more insight into what life is like at Sheffield University. Current A Level students Emma and Sophie, who have both applied to Sheffield University to study Chemistry, said they had particularly enjoyed hearing about the practical investigations and the university tea drinking club!
Former Henley College A Level student, Jake Reich, recently returned to talk to a group of current AS Level Science and Maths students as part of the College's programme for gifted students.
Jake, who is in the final year of his degree in Biochemistry at Oxford, gave an entertaining and informative talk to 30 students about life at Oxford University, explaining the mysteries of the Oxbridge collegiate system, how the tutorial system works, the day-to-day life of a science student and entertained us all with his 'Oxbridge myth busting', highlighting how much Oxford had change since the 1950s. Jake took many questions from the group about the interview process and how best to prepare.
Jake said: "I didn't initially consider applying to Oxford in my AS year but I am really glad I was encouraged to do so. It has been a fantastic experience and I would seriously recommend that any interested students visit the University to find out more."
2nd year BTEC Business students at The HENLEY College are helping to raise thousands of pounds for charity as part of Sue Ryder's Big Wigs Business Challenge 2012.
As well as backing an excellent cause, supporters will enjoy an opportunities to win a meal at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant, The Hines Head, in Bray, or to have dinner in the company of several Olympic rowers from Team GB at Maidenhead's Temple Golf Club.
Launched as a fundraising activity by the Sue Ryder Hospice in Nettlebed, this national competition challenges participants to turn the £50 that they receive in September in to as much money as possible by 6 December.
Rachael Staines, a business tutor at the College, said: 'I have been really impressed with how the 6 teams have risen to this great fundraising challenge, it has been a steep learning curve for these entrepreneurial students in how to delegate team roles, negotiate tasks and to organise a large scale event. I am looking forwards to attending their events and hopefully seeing at least one team form The HENLEY College winning a prize at the Sue Ryder Awards ceremony in December!'
6 teams made up of over 65 students from the College are taking part in the challenge, which also forms a part of their studies.
Each team has been challenged by Sue Ryder fundraiser and former Henley College student Emily King to raise £2,000 through a wide range of activities ranging from cake sales to raffles, culminating in a larger scale event. Upcoming events being organised by the student teams include:
- 14 November, 8 – 10pm, Kidmore End War Memorial Hall
Gig Night for local bands and artists (BLOOM, Mo Evans, Jordan Pettet). Tickets £4 (Team Odyssey)
- 25 November, 12.30 – 2.30pm, Henley Town Hall, Henley
The Great Henley Bake Off… £5 to enter a cake, and the winning entry receives a meal at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant, The Hines Head, in Bray (Team Cloud 9)
- 26 November, 7pm, Abbey Rugby Club, Emmer Green
Quiz Night (Team Synergy)
- 30 November, Henley Christmas Street Market, Henley
Stall with games and stocking fillers for sale (Team Green Fox)
- 2 December 5-A-Side Football Tournament and charity raffle, Tesco Astroturf Henley
£20 to enter a team and a prize for the winners (The Henley Commission)
- 5 December, Temple Golf Club, Maidenhead
Sit down meal in the company of Team GB Olympic rowers, quiz and raffle
£30 per head (Team Arona)
In total Sue Ryder raised over £100,000 through last year's Big Wigs Business Challenge, enough to cover the running costs of one of its hospices for two and a half weeks.
All participating students are also invited to attend the Awards Ceremony on 12 December, held at The Sue Ryder Hospice in Nettlebed.
Student Charlie Howe, from Shiplake Cross and team leader for Team Green Fox, said: 'This is a great way to get involved in a community challenge and have fun raising money on the way, as a team we are really enjoying the task and are now planning our event on 30 November at the Henley Christmas Market'
Student Gatien Proyart, from Reading, said: 'This is a really positive challenge and it's a good way to learn new skills and to learn how well you work in a team, it's been a really good experience.'
See The Henley College Flickr stream for photos of recent fundraising events.
At the end of October, six students from the College's Gifted and Talented programme were invited to visit Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, for a tour of the operating theatres and a demonstration of the Da Vinci Si Robot.
Wexham Park Hospital is a world leader in robotic assisted surgery, and the Da Vinci Si Robot is the most advanced surgical robot in the UK. Operated by a surgeon, the machine performs minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon controls the robot by working at a separate console, moving the arms of the robot, which then operate on the patient. Because the surgery is so precise there are significant benefits for the patients, including a much shorter recovery time than open surgery. The robot can also be used to operate remotely on patients in different hospitals, and even in different countries.
The students met Mr Omer Karim, who is a leading prostatectomy surgeon based at Wexham Park. He gave a talk to the students and demonstrated how the robot works. The students were able to operate the machine and take part in a question and answer session with Mr Karim and his colleagues.
Tutor Denise Carroll said: 'It was an excellent and very interesting day out for our students who are planning to study medicine at university.'
See The Henley College Flickr stream for photos from the visit to Wexham Park.
On 8 November The Henley College was delighted to welcome Mr Benny Wenda from West Papua, to give a very personal and moving talk on human rights issues in his home country.
Mr Wenda was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for raising the West Papuan independence flag at a peaceful rally, and after one year in prison, escaped, fleeing across the mountains to Papua New Guinea. His first child was born whilst he was in prison, and he didn't see his wife or daughter for over a year, until they were able to join him in the UK where he now has political asylum.
Students from the College's Amnesty Group heard a song about freedom which Mr Wenda wrote whilst he was imprisoned and he shared many insights into his experience of growing up in West Papua.
Mariama Connell, a student at the College said: 'The visit from Benny reminds us why we're part of Amnesty. His story was deeply moving and thought provoking. He is an inspiration to our generation.'
Mr Wenda now devotes his time to travelling around the UK and overseas, giving talks to raise awareness of human rights issues. As a tribal leader, he proudly wears his feathered hat, even though it can come as a surprise to western audiences.
BTEC Extended Diploma Business students at The HENLEY College spent a morning with speakers from Dixons Retail PLC on Monday 5 November.
Liz Lamb, Head of Insight and Brand Strategy at Dixons and her colleague, Gina Riley worked with students who experienced first-hand some of the qualitative research work that Dixons undertake for their PC World and Curry's brands. Students will use this unique insight to help them with their Marketing units studied in the first and second year of their Extended Diploma.
Dave Lamont, Head of Marketing at The HENLEY College, said: 'We are delighted to welcome highly experienced marketing professionals to the College. Our students will continue to benefit from this unique and valuable insight into the challenging UK retail industry, in an economic climate where brand and market insight and research are arguably more important than ever.
Liz and Gina will return to the College in December to share some feedback from their national marketing research campaign.
The Henley College's new blog went live this week. The Principal, Tom Espley, along with students and staff will be blogging about events, activities and successes across the College so please do visit regularly to keep up to date: www.thehenleycollege.wordpress.com. You can also find and follow the College on Facebook and Twitter.
Rebecca Poole, a former student at The HENLEY College, appeared at Wembley Stadium on 12 October 2012.
She led the flags out and performed her new single 'This is The Song' before the England football team's match with San Marino in front of a television audience of millions. Rebecca was supported by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.
She has previously performed with stars including Katherine Jenkins and Andrew Lloyd Webber is known to be an admirer.
The single will raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity which raises money for ex-servicemen and women. Rebecca will also be performing on Remembrance Day in Trafalgar Square and appearing in an upcoming documentary. Visit www.rebeccapoole.com and www.helpforheroes.org.uk for further information.
London 2012 Paralympian Scott Moorhouse officially opened The Henley College's new state of the art Sports Hall and facilities on Thursday 27 September 2012.
A proud former student of the College, F42 Javelin thrower Moorhouse said: "Looking back since my time at The Henley College, time has flown by and it's crazy to think what I have achieved in that time. It emphasises the importance of being open to, and making the most of, opportunities when they arise. I really miss my time at Henley - I met some great people and enjoyed learning - it was all over too quickly.
"Like going to college, the Paralympics have been another milestone in my life and one I feel very privileged to have been a part of. The investment and work that has been put into the games has without doubt played a key part in making the Paralympics the success it was. New training facilities and access to those from a young age right through to college level and beyond play a major role in developing and supporting individuals from grassroots to international athlete.
"I am therefore very honoured to be a part of launching the new Sports Hall at Henley and am sure it will continue to support aspiring athletes who attend the College."
Moorhouse also carried the Olympic torch through North London in the presence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Located at the College's Rotherfield site, the new £2million Sports Hall will be widely used by all students, including those studying AS, A Level and Diploma courses in Sport and those involved in the College's many sports clubs and teams. The new facilities include a fully equipped gym and fitness room, a brand new multi-purpose sports hall, high quality changing areas and flexible teaching space.
Tom Espley, Principal of The Henley College, said: "Sport is one of the many strengths of the College and we have a record number of students participating in sports activities, which range from Athletics to Trampolining. To support and enable the continued excellence of sport at Henley, we have rebuilt our sports hall and added facilities which make it suitable for the 21st century.
"In the year of the Olympics and Paralympics it is great news that this wonderful new facility is to be opened by Scott Moorhouse, a former student and a Paralympian. As a college we strongly believe in competitive and recreational sport and we will do our utmost to keep up the Olympic and Paralympic spirit of 2012."
Also among the many invited guests who attended the official opening was another former student, London Wasps and England U20 rugby player Alec Hepburn (pictured left). Hepburn benefited from the College's Sports Development Programme, specifically designed to support students who show particular potential in key sports. Students enjoy access to top-class coaches and the College has strong links with clubs including London Wasps, Henley Hawks (rugby), Leander (rowing) and the Reading Rockets (basketball).
The College is also firmly committed to supporting individual students who excel at regional, national or international levels across all sports, and to making sport accessible and enjoyable for all students as part of its unrivalled health and fitness provision and enrichment programme. In the most recent OFSTED Inspection this was an area considered to be 'outstanding'.
Students at the College currently competing at international level include Brandon Hepburn (GB Kayak), Luke Neslon (England Basketball), Pippa Rogan (Republic of Ireland High Jump), Freya Szmidt (England Netball), Rhiane Szmidt (England Basketball) and Sebastian Deveraux (GB Rowing).
For further information about Scott Moorhouse see his official website.
See The Henley College Flickr stream for photos from the opening event and of the new Sports Hall and facilities.
Principal Tom Espley has appeared a new book which showcases the '100 Faces of Henley'.
The project, the brainchild of photographers Claire Smith and Janet Hanton, began in 2011 and set out to capture faces from the Henley community and to raise funds for the Face of Henley charity.
138 people from the area gathered at the town's Old Fire Station Gallery to pose for their photo, designed to highlight and represent their role in the local community. The College's Graham Horner and former students Alex Frank and Liam Taylor are also featured.
Those photographed will appear in the book, and the portraits were recently exhibited at the gallery. Other faces include Henley MP John Howell, former Mayor Pam Phillips, magician Paul Daniels and Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell.
"The result," said Claire Smith, "exceeds all our expectations. We're thrilled with the final product; it's fun, vibrant and full of surprises. We photographed an amazing and diverse group of people and their stories make fascinating reading. We can pretty much guarantee that everyone will recognize several of the featured 'faces'."
Over the past decade the Face of Henley has raised upwards £70,000 and helped more than 40 local organisations and individuals. For further information please visit: www.thefaceofhenley.org.uk.
A Level Geology students at The Henley College received a visitor from space last week in the form of lunar rocks from the Earth's moon.
On loan from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the rocks arrived under a degree of secrecy and with a high level of security in place. Collected during the ground-breaking NASA Apollo missions, the rocks are literally 'priceless'.
The University of Reading's Department of Environmental Science also loaned several large meteorites to the College.
Sandra Wickens, Programme Leader for Geography, teaches Geology at the College. She said: "This was a unique opportunity to see and hold such rare material."
The College also welcomed students from Gillotts School, one if its four partner schools, who enjoyed the rare opportunity to view the rocks and to learn more about the moon. Many other students and staff at the College also took a great interest, with photos being taken to mark the occasion.
One student commented: "It was really interesting to find out more about the moon and to see the rocks up close. I don't think a lot of students realise that subjects like Geology are available at A Level – I am definitely very interested."
Tharane Gunasingham is a student at The Henley College. She said: "Fascinating I cannot believe they are from the Moon"
Anna Hewett, a fellow student, said: "It's very interesting to see Lunar samples and I will probably never get the opportunity again".
Interestingly student Tom Phillips was able to show Geology students the Philliips Lunar Crater, named after his great grandfather.
See The Henley College Flickr stream for photos of the lunar rocks.
Congratulations to Henley College student and kayaker Sam Kirschstein who represented GB in the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Szeged, Hungary in September. Competing in 3 distances (200m, 500m & 1000m), they achieved a bronze medal in 1000m, a 4th in 200m and a 7th in 500m which made them the most successful GB boat.
Sam took up sprint kayaking at the age of 10 and trains 10 – 16 hours per week. This year he became five times National Champion, winning five gold medals and two bronze in the U16 category at the National Sprint Championships in Nottingham.
The Henley College / London Wasps AASE players have taken part in a research study by the Altitude Training Centre as part of their pre-season training. The study consisted of a series of maximal treadmill sprints with half of the group operating on only 13% oxygen as opposed to the usual 21% in atmospheric air. The players completed twelve of these sessions during their pre season in July and August.
Head Coach Dan Batty said "Undergoing the treadmill tests has been an important part of our pre-season. The exhaustive nature of the sessions means that our players will have reached new heights, not only in terms of their physical fitness but also their mental toughness."
Harvey Galvin an Exercise Physiologist from the Altitude Training Centre, based in Putney, has been very impressed with the determination shown by all the players involved in the study "the boys have pushed themselves to the limit and are sure to reap the benefits in their early season games."
The Henley College, who finished runners up in the AASE Championship last season start their league campaign with a trip to Cornwall this week to play Truro College. Next week (Wednesday Sept 19th) they entertain Filton College under floodlights at Dry Leas, kick off 7:00p.m
The Henley College Theatre Group will be holding open auditions on Wednesday 12th September for the annual production.
Following the success last year of "Jesus Christ Superstar", the College Theatre Group will be performing Andrew Lloyd Webbers other Biblical musical this Christmas and are looking for actors, singers, dancers, musicians and backstage crew.
No previous experience needed and nothing needs to be prepared for the audition - just come along. The audition is open to all college students regardless of course of study.
Former student, Scott Moorhouse, competed in the Paralympics as an F42 Javelin thrower. Scott was a student at Henley from 2005-2007 completing A Levels in Business Studies, Law and ICT.
Business Teacher, Clare Forgie, remembers Scott well “Scott was the type of student who was never afraid to voice his opinions on subjects or get involved in discussions. He was always popular with his peer group and never seemed short of self-confidence. He had his leg amputated when he was a baby due to an accident however it never prevented him from getting involved in sport of some kind. At College he was involved in basketball and badminton Enrichment programmes on a Wednesday afternoon. So it came as no surprise when I learnt that he had trialled for Paralympic sporting talent and had been directed towards javelin throwing.”
Scott also carried the Olympic Torch in North London, where the event was attended by the Prince of Wales click here for the full story >>Sports Hall Almost Complete!
Our new £2million Sports Hall is almost complete! The College is really excited to be able to offer this fantastic new facility to students from September. The new building includes a fitness room and multi gym, as well as a brand new Sports Hall that will benefit hundreds of students playing and studying sport at the College.
There will be an offical opening ceremony on Thursday 27th September, details to follow.
Find out more about Sport at Henley click here…
The College would like to congratulate Sports Teacher Martin Unsworth whose son Will Satch won an Olympic Bronze Medal for Rowing at the Olympics. Martin is pictured centre with some of the other proud parents at the event.
The HENLEY College's students have achieved their best results ever despite the downward pressure on higher grades at a national level. This has led to a record number of students progressing to Oxford and Cambridge and Russell Group universities.
Tom Espley, College Principal, commented "I am delighted that our strategy of encouraging even more students to aim for the most competitive universities has paid off. One example of this is that we have entered more students for the Extended Project with 14% achieving an A* and 28% gaining an A* and A. This is a qualification respected by universities as it provides evidence of exactly the skills required for first degrees."
Overall, nearly 50% of A Level students gained A* to B grades, including the Extended Project, the best ever outcomes. The College is equally proud of its vocational students where for the first time the Distinction* grade has been awarded. 13% of students gained a triple Distinction*; an outstanding achievement. Tom Espley commented "Since becoming a Sixth Form College in September 2010 the College has learnt much from high performing Sixth Form Colleges and has introduced a "Gifted and Talented" Academy. This has helped improve our focus on the most academic students as well as to continue our success with students of all abilities. I would like to congratulate all our students and thank our teaching staff for all they have done for their students."
One of the top performers at A Level was Ed Wickens, 18 from Checkendon, who is a former pupil at Langtree School in Woodcote. He received A*s in Physics and Mathematics and As in German and Further Mathematics and will now study engineering at Cambridge University.
Fred Cascarini (pictured above), 18, from Sonning Common, achieved A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Chemistry and an A in Physics and will read Chemistry at Keble College, Oxford.
Charlotte Beaumont, 18, from Ipsden, will be studying Psychology at Sussex University after achieving straight As in IT, Business studies, Psychology and Mathematics. "I am really delighted" she said "I had to do lots of revision".
Rebecca Gilroy, 18, from Sonning Common, achieved an A* in English Literature and Bs in Human Biology and Drama and will be studying American Studies and English Literature at Sussex University.
Arun Kachhwaha from the Science Faculty was delighted to have the opportunity to hold the Olympic torch when it visited Henley on Tuesday 10th July. Arun is pictured here with torch bearer Roy Clarridge.
"The Tree of Light – A Force of Nature" event is a two day festival event to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. According to the organisers it's "an extraordinary explosion of music, light, dance and theatre" – and Henley performing arts students are taking part.
Under the direction of dance lecturer Tara Ward, the students have been rehearsing for weeks and will see their work performed as part of the event on 9 July in South Park, Oxford and 21 July in Stonor Park, Henley on Thames. Says Tara, "It's great to be involved in such a huge event and really good for the students to work alongside professional performers and choreographers."
More details and ticket can be obtained from www.thetreeoflight.org
This year saw the first ever Media and Film Red Carpet Awards ceremony to celebrate student achievement held at The Regal cinema in Henley-on-Thames. Categories included best student in both disciplines alongside best cinematographer, best horror trailer, best film poster, best drama, best editing, best documentary and best thriller. Next year we are hoping to extend the categories to celebrate a wider range of talents. The event was a wonderful success and all who participated had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We are all looking forward to next year's event.
Henley MP, John Howell, joined The Henley College's Amnesty International group of students on Friday (15 June) to discuss the UK Government's position on the Arms Trade Treaty which is to be discussed in New York in July. The treaty will help to regulate properly the international trade in conventional arms.
"The students I met cared deeply about this important issue. What I think surprised them was that so did I and so did the Government. A global Arms Trade Treaty has the potential to prevent human rights abuses, reduce conflict and make the world a safer place.
"The students were very well informed and took a very practical approach to the treaty; for example how it could be policed in the future. I think some may have been a bit surprised and a lot pleased that a Conservative MP and an Amnesty group could have had so much in common."
The meeting had been arranged by Sue Bingham, a modern languages tutor at The Henley College who is also Amnesty International Youth Group Leader. Seven students attended the discussion.
Sue Bingham said:
"The main aim of the meeting for the Amnesty students was to ask John to urge the Prime Minister to speak out publicly in favour of the Treaty, along with Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. The students very much appreciated that John agreed to come and discuss this issue in person with a small group, and they really enjoyed meeting him and having an in-depth discussion on such an important subject."
"The British Government maintains a leading global position on this issue discussing it with other Governments around the world. It has specifically stated that the UK supports a treaty which is comprehensive and which includes small arms, light weapons and ammunition. What this is all about is improving the safety and security of citizens around the world."
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Environmental Studies students enjoyed a varied day starting at Harcourt Arboretum. With Oxford Botanic Gardens ecologist Sarah Lloyd, the students learnt about arboriculture and the sustainable management of the 130 acres containing the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire, with some of the oldest redwoods in the UK. They explored a variety of natural and managed environments: meadow, woodland, coppice and plantation. Having understood the concept of diversity and the impact of management strategies on diversity they went on to use sampling techniques, collected data, calculated species diversity and make comparisons.
After lunch with the peacocks, they moved to Oakley Wood recycling site, with Mark Watson and Becky Lake from Oxfordshire County Council Waste Management. Here they learnt about the very high rates of recycling in South Oxfordshire, in comparison with the rest of the UK and considered the reasons for their success. The students were able to see the highly organised waste separation and discover the different uses of materials which would otherwise be put into landfill. They also saw the nearby contaminated land which was being closely monitored for methane and leachate which could pollute the locality. A very memorable visit.
On Tuesday 24th April the second year Geology students were lucky enough to receive a visit from Dr Janice Weston, a biostratigraphy expert from RPS Energy. Dr Weston delivered a fascinating talk on microfossils and the use of biostratigraphy in the oil industry.
Thousands of different types of microfossil exist such as single celled Foraminifera, Conodonts, Radiolaria, pollens and spores. These fossils are usually not visible to the naked eye often being as small as one micron; they are incredibly intricate. Dr Weston brought a range of fossils with her, both big and small, together with a field microscope so the students were able to inspect for themselves a variety of these beautiful specimens. She went on to explain how microfossils are used in biostratigraphic correlation to help identify similar rocks in different locations and then described two case studies demonstrating the use of this technique in very different situations in Canada and Uganda.
Ross Brawn, the F1 Mercedes team principal, recently invited The Henley College to bring a group of students interested in working in engineering to visit his factory. Following an internal competition to find the most enthusiastic students and motorsport fans, a group including 15 students from the Extended Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering and 4 A level students, set off to Blackley on April 27th.
They were given a very warm welcome and spent some time admiring the trophies on display alongside the 2010 season Mercedes F1 W01 car, before learning more about the factory which employs 500 people working around the clock to design, maintain and build 2 two F1 cars each year.
Ross then took time out of his busy preparations for the next Grand Prix race to meet the group and answer questions about how he had progressed from a milling machine operator up through the ranks to become the owner of Brawn GP in 2009, the year in which his team won the constructors' championship. They were then taken on a tour of the factory and the students were able to see for themselves how manufacturing machinery used in College is employed, on a much larger scale, in F1 manufacturing. One student said "the best bit for me was talking to Justin, one of the mechanics rebuilding Schumacher's car, who told us about his life as an F1 mechanic and just how to change a tyre in under 3 seconds!"
The Sports Hall £2million project is nearing completion and the new rooms which will house the fitness suites are well into the construction phase. The extension will include new male and female changing rooms, disabled toilet, store cupboards and two new rooms-a fitness room and multi gym.
It promises to be a premier facility for the College and most of the building will be ready in time for the Olympics and certainly completely finished by the start of the new academic year.
The College goes from strength to strength in sport and the new facility will be very welcome as an essential resource for the hundreds of students playing sport at all levels. There are over 20 sports on offer in the College’s enrichment programme, while players are coming from all over the country to play rugby as part of the Wasps AASE squad and basketball for Reading Rockets as well as row for Leander RC.
Congratulations to former Henley College student, Rajan Zaveri, who has won the Award for Photographer of the Year in the Guardian Student Media Awards 2011.
Hundreds of entries were submitted, with finalists being shortlisted by a panel of judges including Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger.
Rajan who is currently studying Digital Journalism at SAE London, focuses on the social and cultural interests of a community both locally in the UK and internationally; with recent projects in Croatia, Bosnia and Egypt.
Rajan, who studied A Levels at The HENLEY College commented "My goal is to become a successful Travel and Conflict Photographer. In my generation it has not only been the Terrorist War, or the Oil War, it's also been the Media War. No such battles have been, or could have been, so well documented as they are today. We now have the ability to find out what is happening anywhere in the world with the touch of a button in the safety of our own homes. This is something that I aspire to do, providing a better picture of what is happening around the world, of different cultures and societies, people and places."
Along with all her other photographic work, Eleanor Hardwick was commissioned to produce the cover on the Manic Street Preachers latest CD National Treasures. After having taken a series of spell-binding photographs for her AS Extended Project Eleanor posted her photos on her own website where they were spotted and world-wide fame followed. She had to re-shoot the photos in a disused pit in Wales.
Congratulations to College student Shannon Bird, who was one of the Award winners from secondary schools throughout Oxfordshire who received prizes for the Sixth Form Biologists of 2011 at a ceremony at Oxford University Museum of Natural History in Oxford. Students were given a tour of the museum and then joined parents and teachers for a lecture given by Timothy Walker, Director of Oxford University Botanic Gardens. Mr Walker talked about the positive changes that Biologists can make to reduce the extinction of a wide range of plants across the world.
The OISSP Project Director Tom Kempton said: 'This event is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the outstanding effort being made by students and their teachers in all schools across Oxfordshire. We are particular short of students opting to take sciences at A Level and this award recognises the efforts being put in by high achieving students. We hope that by recognising their efforts, they will be encouraged to continue biology-related courses at university.
At the end of the spring term there were two 'supercurricular' events in Biology. Firstly, former Henley College A Level student, Paul Saunders, now in his 4th year of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge University, returned again to lead an anatomy masterclass. This year, the event was so popular that Paul, together with a friend from Cambridge, ran three one hour, hands-on sessions. As well as learning some advanced dissection skills, the students received valuable advice about how to get a place on a veterinary course, the importance of work experience and what studying at Cambridge is really like!
A Level student Troy Higgins, who is planning to study veterinary science, said "Today was fantastic! I have learned so much about anatomy and what is important on a university application form". Rhianna Boxall added, "It also made me realise how helpful my Extended Project dissertation on Bovine TB will be when applying to vet school".
Biology teacher Alex Barr took 10 A level and IB students on a visit to Oxford University's Anatomical Neuropharmacology unit for an introduction to the work of brain scientists. The lab mainly researches the connections between nerve cells and analyse the molecules involved in transmitting information between neurones in relation to health and disease. The students described their visit as "inspiring" and we hope to be able to arrange some work experience in the labs in the future.
The Henley MP was invited to the college by Jess Angell, president of the college's student union, for a question and answer session. About a 100 students attended the event to question Mr Howell about subjects ranging from tuition fees and the NHS to international aid and civil liberties.
He said: “The hour seemed to go very quickly with far more questions than there was time to answer. As usual for students at The Henley College, the questions were relevant and probing. There was a good, friendly atmosphere and a real sense of positive debate. I was hugely impressed with the level of serious engagement with critical issues.
“Obviously we didn’t all agree on everything but we had a good discussion and it was a great opportunity for me to understand some of the students’ concerns and views.
“I anticipate we might want to continue the debate on another occasion.”
The College’s first extended project exhibition took place in the Rotherfield Hall from 27th -29th March. The extended project is an AS level qualification which enables students to develop an area of personal interest which can be an extension of their main programme or take them into an area where they can be creative and develop new skills.
Principal Tom Espley opens the exhibition
The exhibition brought together work from a range of subjects across the college and was fascinating and visually stunning. An exciting and vibrant atmosphere was created by using a large screen to project videos made by students onto the stage, as a focal point. The work projected included impressive animations by media and engineering students, and included other performances such as singing, dancing, swimming instruction, documentaries and a film showing an imaginative dream sequence.
Visitors at the Extended Project Exhibition
IT practitioners displayed their work on a projector and screen to the side of the hall and on the opposite side was a wide screen TV showing PowerPoint presentations by A level students on a variety of themes including the American Revolution, dress design, advertising, sculpture installation and album cover design. Work from A level students included three large oil paintings to illustrate a scientific understanding of visual perception, other work included photographic composition. Health and Social Care students produced memory books and diaries for residents in elderly care homes, a beautifully made game and display board for teaching phonics to young children and a dress that had been made by hand for a young child. Creative and media diploma students created an impressive display of work on laptops supported by photographs and printed work. Students and parents who visited the exhibition gave very positive comments. It was definitely an experience to be remembered!
Five IB students rallied to the request for volunteers for the Henley half-marathon last October and by doing so recently received an unexpected donation of £300 for their nominated charity from the Henley Rotary Club. Maria Febres Cordero, Rosie Frost, Laurence Holmes-Smith, Lili Matthews and Georgie Wilkins worked as car park attendants as part of their service hours on the Diploma.
Once again this annual trip was well-supported by Spanish students and 22 came this year. We were fortunate to enjoy the best of weather and the group was one of the most enthusiastic and appreciative ever, embracing the charms of this delightful city and making the most of the exotic culture on offer. The flamenco lesson showed them that this may not be their strength but they certainly had fun trying! Several students are using the trip as the basis for their AS oral and aim to talk about the Moorish architecture of the city.
The college was delighted to welcome John Howell MP, who gave a talk to students about citizenship issues including the Big Society, voting, human rights and civic duties such as jury service. Mr Howell spoke of the importance of interesting students in taking an active role in society.
L-R Robbie Walker, John Howell, Chloe Hawkey and Jess Angell
Robbie Walker who introduced the talk, said that “as a group of young people, we cover a wide spectrum of views, beliefs and interests and I think the coalition government reflects this. It was good for Mr Howell to hear our views.” Chloe Hawkey said, “It was great that Mr Howell came to talk to us.” Jess Angel said, “There needs to be more talks like this, enabling people like us to talk to MPs”. She enjoyed the opportunity to meet an MP so much that she has already arranged with the Student Union for Mr Howell to come back to the college to talk to students about tuition fees in April.
John Howell talks to students in a packed Rotherfield Hall
Reality, Human Rights and International Law
Dr Norman Finkelstein , an American academic and writer, included Henley College on his major UK Lecture Tour which started in Queen’s University, Belfast before moving to Edinburgh and Glasgow universities and afterwards to Imperial College in London. His talk was organised by the College Student UN group as part of a series of lectures on world issues. He talked to Henley students on Middle East politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to a packed Rotherfield Hall.
A Level student reaches final stage of Science & Engineering Project Competition
Students talk to Dr Finkelstein after his lecture
Congratulations to science A level student Adam Parkes Bowen who has reached the final stage of the National Science & Engineering Project Competition. Adam, who is studying Physics, Further Maths and Biology, completed his project (supported by a Nuffield Bursary) last summer while on work experience at the Department of Oncology, University of Oxford. Working with two other students from Oxford, Adam created a game to help children and adults understand cancer and its treatment. This project has already won Adam a Gold Crest Award.
Adam will now take the project to the Big Bang Fair in March, when he and the other finalists will present their projects to the public and several judges over 3 days at the NEC in Birmingham. The final winner will be selected by a panel of celebrity scientists including Prof. Brian Cox.Success in Public Speaking for Henley College Students
Prize winners Jake Smith, Louisa Carlisle and Matthieu Gougeon
The importance of Confidence as the key to success was
The HENLEY College’s topic for the Henley Youth Speaks competition help at The Kenton Theatre on the 24th January. Our team consisted of Matthieu Gougeon, our chairperson for the evening, Louisa Carlisle, delivering the vote of thanks, and myself, Jake Smith, performing the main speech.
We started the Public Speaking enrichment run by Shirley Jenkins-Pandya last September. We had all been involved with public speaking at our secondary school and we were eager to compete in the competition again. We discussed and practised rhetoric, writing speeches which we then performed to the group on topics we felt passionately about. We decided what roles we would fill on our team and set to work. After months of writing, practising and performing, the day arrived. We competed against many other schools and colleges including Gillots, Chiltern Edge, Reading Blue Coat and Claire’s Court school in front of a packed Kenton Theatre. We performed adeptly, with all of our speeches earning praise. Although we did not progress to the next round, we were thrilled that Matthieu won best Chairperson of the evening and I was awarded the joint prize for the best Main Speaker.
The students with lecturer Shirley Jenkins Pandya >
After months of immersing ourselves in the world of rhetoric we are proud to have represented our college and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We would all like to thank Shirley Jenkins Pandya for her commitment and support that helped us to perform with confidence.
Article written by Jake Smith (A Level Student)Modern languages conference Southampton University
13 students of AS and IB French, German and Spanish attended a sixth form conference at the University of Southampton. Three language specific taster classes showed the students what studying at university can be like. The students of German found out that grammar is more than just rules but can also be used to describe the differences between standard German and colloquial use.
The Henley College students worked together with sixth formers from various schools and colleges from the South-East on acting out a scene from a popular German soap-opera and also listened to a passionate lecture on the various effects of German unification and how this can be studied from a linguistic/ discourse analysis point of view. The lectures and taster sessions in French comprised of various interactive activities and a reading comprehension on equality between women and men as well as a lecture on the suburbs ('banlieues') of Paris and the riots of 2005 and 2007.
In Spanish, students discussed misunderstandings ('Los Malentendidos') that can be caused by translating from English to Spanish as well as cultural traditions in Spain. Their lecture was on the evolution of culture. The students also had the chance of a taster session in a totally new language like Swedish, Portuguese, Italian or Bulgarian. All in all, it was a most interesting day which encouraged the students to seriously consider studying a modern language at university.
'It was great having the opportunity to be in a university language learning environment and to learn some more about employment prospects with a language degree'- Elizabeth
'I had been considering not going to uni but now I'm certain I want to. Both the Spanish teachers were inspiring and generally the whole experience was really good'- Rose
'The day has made me enthusiastic to continue languages at university, and all the language sessions were useful. Very insightful day'- Peter
'I've always considered languages to be a worthwhile option. The study day at Southampton has increased this belief. The interactivity and positive atmosphere has convinced me even further that languages are amazing. A very thought-provoking day overall.'- Mariama
'Before I went to the uni I didn't know if I wanted to continue a language but now I can see myself doing a combined course with a language definitely'- MichaelaPreparing for the Olympics
Henley College students gave up four days of their Christmas holidays to be trained for acting as security personnel for the Olympics next summer. The special training course was offered by the Bridging the Gap project and enables the students to be employed as door supervisors for the Olympic Games; the qualification will also be useful for other jobs in security the students may seek in the future.
Ten students took the four day course and found the experience very rewarding and are looking forward to putting their skills into practice at some of the sporting events next summer.
Gifted and Talented Academy
The HENLEY College is holding an Information Event to introduce its Gifted and Talented Academy.
The evening will include the following presentations:
from Tom Espley, Principal
Peter Allen, Assistant Principal
Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Oxford University and College Governor
Chris Price, Regional Director, North America Preparation for Life Education Consultants
College's Rotherfield Hall, Paradise Road, Henley on Thames. There is no need to book a place. Please note parking is very limited on College sites.