A Day in the Life: Sixth Form
A day in Sixth Form-Ella Hooper Year 12
Just walking through the doors into the Sixth Form Centre in the morning is enough to put a smile on my face as I am usually met with someone belting out the lyrics to the latest Disney movie, most recently it’s been “Frozen”. You could ask almost any of the Sixth Formers and I think they would be able to give you a fairly accurate, albeit discordant rendition of “Do you want to build a snowman?”- In Sixth Form there really is no sense of embarrassment… or shame. Once the bell has gone we go off to Tutor time where the usual procedure, in my form’s case, is to excommunicate the foolish tutee who has forgotten to bring in cake. Seriously, forget cake at your own peril.
My timetable varies from day to day but Wednesdays are always enjoyable. My first two lessons are Classical Civilization with Mr Lawrence. Anyone in my class knows that his lessons are a hilarious mix of weird facts about the Greeks and insulting the poor animation in video clips about the Acropolis. Next up is drama where we are studying ‘The Trial’. With Mr Williams our lessons generally take a turn for the bizarre. Recently I found myself reading one of the parts in the voice of Dobby, the house elf whilst a friend read opposite me in, quite frankly, one of the worst Jamaican accents I have ever heard, much to the amusement of the rest of the class.
Once the bell has gone for break we can go and relax in the Valley when it’s sunny or wander back into the common room to watch whatever the latest activity is to be concocted by various members of the year. This week saw the start of the ‘Rap Battle’; reputations were both created and, more often, destroyed during the events of that fateful break time. Although rapping and Woodbridge School may not be two things normally associated with each other, it’s fair to say that it will go down in the annals of our year’s history.
Triple English follows this, which may sound daunting but the teachers always make our lessons amusing, especially when our task is to reinact the opening scene of ‘The Tempest’. This involved turning a staircase in the English block into our ship, clinging to the bannisters whilst wailing that our lives had been forsaken. This was much to the bewilderment of the year 8 students who were trying to get up the stairs to their next lesson…
After lunch I have Spanish where we learn about the strange world of Spanish film. We also get to have a speaking lesson once a week in which my topics of conversation have ranged from problems associated with the fashion industry to my sister’s crippling phobia of Noo-Noo from the Teletubbies…
After school there is always an activity to keep you occupied, whether its drama rehearsals or a sports team practice. In fact, no matter what you are interested in there will undoubtedly be something going on that you can join in with.
A day in Sixth Form- James Davis Year 12
My typical Tuesday at school begins with a slow trudge downhill, from the turning circle to the Sixth Form Centre. This stroll allows me to divert my thoughts from schoolwork and other seemingly important matters, to the scenic surroundings, serving as a kick-start to spur myself on from my half-dead, sleepy state, which helps get me in the right frame of mind for school.
At the Sixth Form Centre the doors open into the common room, where there is always something going on, from general discussion and (usually heated) debate, to the more light-hearted chit-chat. In addition, students can play cards, ‘rap battles’ (newly introduced) and other obscure and raucous – yet charming activities. This allows an opportunity for me to socialise with the entire year, which in my opinion creates a close-knit year group within a fantastically modern space, fully kitted out with a kitchen (with fridge!) and oh-so comfy leather seating, which you can lose yourself in.
At 8.30 the bell goes for Tutor time and I quickly guzzle my cup of tea, to then hastily bumble along for registration, to get updated with any tasks or activities that I must do during the day. My first class starts just before 9.00 with three periods of lessons (thirty minutes each) in the morning. I have double classics, and I’ve recently been learning about Alexander’s conquest while starting to read through Virgil’s epic ‘The Aeneid’. To have a teacher such as Dr Gilbert who specialises in this field, allows for an extremely detailed yet accessible insight into the ancient world. Next, a free period awaits and the dynamic of the Sixth Form Centre shifts, with the majority of students choosing to work in the silent study area. This demonstrates independent academic work is at a high level of importance among the students, which I feel will serve us well for the future, in our career paths and/or university lives.
After the third period I go to either Tutor time, House Assembly or Chapel throughout the week. In Tutor time there is a chance to do work, eat cake or ask for your Tutor’s help. The Tutor system enables you to have a teacher who will listen, is a sounding board and can advise you if needed, which is a very useful resource. House Assemblies contain pupil-led presentations such as interpretive Indian dance, while Chapel is a crucial time for quiet reflection.
Next is my break, another chance to socialise and ‘rap’, to catch up on work, or to organise meeting times for various committees. I myself take part in the saxophone quartet which is rewarding and has allowed me the opportunity to perform at various concerts in and out of school. All of these activities help to develop my confidence and further enhance skills I already possess.
Three more periods follow; triple economics, which allows me to explore a whole different type of learning, mainly through diagrams and discussion. At 1.10 the bell sounds, meaning the sweet relief of lunch time. I however, must go to Swing Band rehearsal as we are performing at an event this weekend. Of course, generally, there is an abundance of clubs available although others choose to eat..and eat. The final three periods on Tuesdays are games lessons; this term it is tennis on the astro-turf, a chance to hone my serve and backhand against my fellow ‘professionals’, ending at 4.15. For most students the day isn’t finished, instead they will usually be taking part in an array of extracurricular activities, from rugby training to music or drama rehearsals.
Finally, a night of work usually follows, and the next day will start with the same routine, me trudging down the hill, half-dead, to school…