The summer term is often a busy time for Sixth Form students and this year has been no different.
As part of the Higher Education Preparation Programme, Lower Sixth students attended two events aimed to encourage girls to think about their futures.
Joined by students from our partner schools, Kensington Aldridge Academy and Greenford High School, thirty-eight of our girls attended our annual OxCam conference here at Godolphin and Latymer. In subject groups they engaged in a range of activities including discussing their personal motivations, asking and answering unexpected questions, and articulating their passion for their chosen course(s). The morning ended with a talk from Connor Wilmington-Homes, Schools Liaison Officer at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, on making a successful application. It was a hugely enjoyable and informative outreach event, which we hope inspired many attendees to consider including Oxford and Cambridge on their UCAS forms this coming Autumn.
Aspiring medics and dentists were also joined by students from Greenford High School for the Medic Portal's UKCAT and BMAT training day. This intense course offers students the opportunity to apply new strategies to solve problems at speed. The day was also a perfect opportunity for students to share the insight they have gained through work experience placements and recommend to each other the lectures, books and online courses that have inspired them the most over the last year. In support of their application, our Lower Sixth girls are now looking forward to their independent structured visit to a place of medical significance in London which includes an exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal London Hospital Museum.
While some Lower Sixth students were busy considering their futures, IB Biologists were focused on the present; spending four days in Suffolk sampling streams, looking at woodlands and learning fieldwork techniques as part of their IB qualification. The techniques they learnt allowed them to identify a suitable research idea for which they were able to gather data and analyse using statistics they know. The girls have gained much from the visit, including unexpectedly hearing the call of migrating cuckoos in the woodlands.
Finally, we were treated to a visit from The German School in Richmond as part of a new German-English exchange. The visit gave students from Die Deutsche Schule a snapshot into life at Godolphin. After half term, our girls will have the opportunity to practise their language skills and immerse themselves in an authentic German environment for the day when they host us for the day. Aside from the obvious advantages that this new German-English exchange offers, our girls get to form new friendships with their German cousins.