Vibrant Sixth Form Life
Student life at Salesian Sixth Form is active and vibrant. There are many activities that students can get involved with each week which gives the Sixth Form Common Room a lively atmosphere. All students enjoy being part of a busy schedule with many enrichment opportunities and we are confident you will too.
In the Drama department we offer a number of opportunities outside of the normal timetable. As well as the annual School Production held in the Spring Term over four nights, there is the Performing Arts evening in December, The Sixth Form Revue in association with Alton Convent, regular Theatre Trips and a summer trip to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.
HCPT Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The HCPT Pilgrimage to Lourdes is one of the great Sixth Form traditions at Salesian College. It is a unique week and the opportunity to work with disabled children teaches you a great deal about yourself as well as giving you the chance to help others for the week. It is also special because it is shared by everyone in the Lower Sixth and there is time to relax as a big group in the evenings. It is a memorable week for all concerned, with memories that will last a lifetime. We hope you will take up the challenge next year.
Mentors support, guide and act as a role model for younger members of the College. There are two forms of mentoring: Pastoral Mentoring and Academic Mentoring:
Pastoral Mentoring: you are assigned to a Year 7-9 pupil and monitor his work/organization skills/homework etc.
Academic Mentoring: you are assigned to a particular subject of your choice to support the teacher. This can be at Key Stage 3 or GCSE depending on your preference and the needs of the department concerned.
The Salesian Order is the largest educational teaching order in the world. In the Sixth Form, we have three programmes working with Salesian institutions all over the world - an exchange programme with the Salesian Institute in Barcelona, and an education programme with our Salesian partners in Zambia. We have also linked up with the Salesians in France, Italy, South Africa and the West Coast of America as part of various international tours. Add to this the opportunities to visit Cern, Switzerland in Physics, Edinburgh Fringe in Drama, HCPT to Lourdes, A level French Trip to Paris, Rome and Greece Tours in Classics, History Trips to Berlin and Russia and Iceland with Geography you can clearly see that the Sixth Form really is a "worldwide experience."
There are many sporting extra-curricular activities on offer in the Sixth Form including football, rugby, netball and cricket teams which compete in competitions across Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. Furthermore Salesian College participates in the ISA swimming gala and cross-country.
The College offers a strong enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon which uses the magnificent facilities at Surrey Sports Park for rock climbing, scuba diving, aerobic endurance, circuit training, wakeboarding, drama and boxercise. If this is not for you why not try cooking for university, politics, volunteer work or for the girls netball and zumba.
This nationally recognised award (Level 2 award in Sports Leadership) has been run at the College for many years. Open to all members of Year 12 regardless of sporting ability, the course aims to develop the key attributes of planning, communication, team work and leadership through the medium of sport. Students have the opportunity to work with a group of their peers as they develop these attributes before they lead activity sessions for junior school pupils and complete the voluntary leadership hours necessary to gain the full award. As well as being intrinsically valuable, the award is well-regarded by universities when applications are being made.
‘Best weekend of my life!’ is how the lower sixth students describe their time at Tregoyd. This trip involves all our lower sixth students in outdoor team-building and bonding activities designed to challenge them. The students return having forged new friendships and strengthened existing ones. With our emphasis on community and working together at Salesian College, our lower sixth students return confident and energised for the challenges of life in the Sixth Form.
For a number of years Sixth Form students have volunteered at the Grange Nursery and Infant Community School. The school works to promote the education of young children who have less social and economic advantages than children in the surrounding region. At this school you will have the opportunity to read with the children to promote literacy and develop their language skills. The second option is working at the Samuel Cody School for special needs children. The school helps children with a range of special needs. This option involves working as a mentor for slightly older children with special needs.
At Salesian College, we believe in the value of enterprise. Whatever your chosen career, the Young Enterprise Company Programme delivers the chance to experience the values of being creative, entrepreneurial and working in a pressured environment. This year we have two Lower Sixth teams competing with each other and North-East Hampshire schools to come up with a creative, sustainable and profitable idea. The programme runs from September to June and so far this year the two companies have all been busy raising capital to get their product ideas off the ground.
The Share the Light project started at the College six years ago when Sixth Form students raised money for a Porridge Club which provides a daily meal for hundreds of children in Zambia. Since then the College has gone on to support three more projects: City of Hope School in Lusaka - a centre for Girls at Risk, a Scholarship Programme and Big Roma FC which provides children and teenagers with community engagement to keep them away from danger and trouble. In July students and staff travelled to Zambia to work with vulnerable young women in the City of Joy in Mazabuka and the City of Hope in Lusaka as well as teaching and leading cultural exchanges in a number of different schools.
CAFOD Young Leadership Programme
CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, recognizes that young people can make a difference in society. The CAFOD Young Leadership Programme offers students the opportunity to lead and make a difference by meeting new people and being given the opportunity to gain confidence, skills and experience. Throughout the year you will receive training in developing several leadership skills such as team building, project management, problem solving, presentation and communication. You will also gain a deeper understanding of CAFOD and its mission, vision and values.
At the end of the academic year you will receive a certificate to show you have completed the programme, listing the skills you have covered.