Sixth Form Round-up
What a whirlwind of a half term it has been, our feet have hardly touched the ground! Here is an outline of just some of the exciting things that have taken place over the last seven weeks:
Upon our return in January, preparations began for our Year Six Open evening. Our entire Year Twelve cohort were fantastic volunteers on the evening itself, acting as friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. We were especially impressed by the new students who have joined us this year, all of whom were able to guide parents and students around as if they’d been with us from Year Seven! Their unique ability to talk to Year Six students about transitioning to a new school was invaluable and we’re very thankful to them for sharing their positive experiences.
Just one week later was another important evening in the Ballakermeen calendar: our Sixth Form Open Evening. Whether they were putting prospectuses together, assisting teachers with subject displays or sprucing up the Private Study areas and Common Room, we had lots of student from both Year Twelve and Thirteen offering to lend a hand; demonstrating their pride in our Sixth Form. Special thanks go to our Head Boy, Head Girl and the Sixth Form committee as their help in handing out prospectuses, talking to visitors and serving refreshments during the evening was very much appreciated.
In addition to preparing for our open evenings, our sports teams have been working very hard. Our basketball team had an excellent season, culminating in a well-deserved win in the final this half term. Mrs. Hall’s intensive senior netball team training also seems to be paying off, with wins against St Ninian’s, QE2 and King William’s College so far. Unfortunately, despite the presence of a number of strong players, our football team has not enjoyed the same sporting success. Their season began with two difficult matches, however, things appear to have taken an upward turn with this week’s win against King William’s College. Hopefully all of our teams can continue the school’s sporting success next half term and we look forward to cheering them all on from the side-lines!
Our Year Twelve Junior Achievement teams have all been working hard on their companies and competition was fierce in this term’s Ballakermeen Dragon’s Den event. Despite a shaky start, featuring a battle with their technology and a delay in starting their presentation, the winning team: Ineffable, triumphed in the face of challenge and, against all odds, won the competition. Well done Kaitlin, Freya, Amy, Caitlin and Ellisha and we wish all of our teams the best of luck in the all-island competition next half term.
This half term, 11 students also entered the Manx qualifying round for the International Linguistics Olympiad in Dublin this summer. This prestigious and challenging competition poses challenging linguistic problems in a range of unfamiliar languages and relies on code-breaking skills as much as linguistic knowledge. All of our students were a credit to the school, but two in particular, Catriona Dorrian and Hassan Hameed Sulthan qualified among the four highest scorers. Hassan gained the top score overall and Catriona gained the top score in problem-solving. We wish both students luck when they represent the island in Dublin!
All in all, we’ve had a very exciting half term and everyone definitely deserves a rest! We look forward to next half term and wish everyone a relaxing half term break.