On Wednesday 14th November, all Yr14 pupils took part in our annual Mock Interview Careers Evening. An extensive range of professionals from a variety of career disciplines gave up their evening to help our pupils gain a better insight into the kind of questions they could be subjected to at both university entrance and graduate level job interviews. This year’s interviewers specialised in a number of areas including; Law, Medicine, Sports Science and even International Relations. After each interview pupils were given individual feedback and careers advice from their interview panel and a significant number of panellists commented on the level of knowledge and understanding the pupils were able to demonstrate during interview, whilst everyone was extremely impressed with the maturity and professionalism demonstrated by all of the pupils on the night. After the interviews everyone was able to unwind and network with some hard earned refreshments in the refectory canteen. An interesting and motivational evening was had by all and a very heartfelt thank-you must go out to all of the panellists and staff who gave of their free time.
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The British Airways Future Pilot Programme will open again for new applicants on the 18th November. The programme provides future airline pilots with an opportunity to train with British Airways in order to become a First Officer with them. And to ensure that only the very best talent is selected for training, BA will, where required, provide the necessary financial guarantee to enable successful applicants to secure the required funding. This year 72 new pilots will be selected and trained for British Airways through the Future Pilot Programme. This is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed, if you have any ambitions on being a commercial pilot after leaving school, apply, but competition will be fierce so don’t leave your application to the last minute. For further information visit: http://www.ctcwings.com/bafuturepilot/finance
The annual History Trip to Rome took place from the 25th to the 30th October this year. The History Department were joined this year by the RE and Art departments. The trip was a great success with pupils and staff thoroughly enjoying the experience.
The pupils visited the four major basilicas of the Vatican state, the Vatican museums, the Colosseum, the Roman Imperial Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Castel St.Angelo, the excavations at Pompeii, the mausoleum of the Emperor Augustus, the Ara Pacis, the Catacombs of St. Calisto and the Pantheon! All in five days! There was also the excitement of travelling on Rome’s public transport, the trip on the 64 bus being particularly memorable and an experience that no one will easily forget. After five days of sights, shopping, amazing ice cream, pizza and pasta, pupils and staff all returned, tired but enthused, with plenty of stories to tell.
On Tuesday 16th October, Mrs Kelly and a group of pupils attended the Armed Forces Careers Exhibition at Kinnegar Barracks, Holywood. The Army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy were all exhibiting and representatives from all branches of the Armed Forces were available to answer questions and provided a captivating insight into a life in the services. All of the representatives made our pupils feel very at ease and offered a lot of useful information regarding their careers and experiences. In addition, pupils had the opportunity to explore the inner workings of a range of military hardware including tanks, and a Typhoon fighter jet. And the crack shots amongst our group even had the chance to try out some air rifles and laser guns in the Sniper area. A fascinating and stimulating day was had by all involved.
A University Education is still the best route to finding a job, despite the tough labour market, says the Higher Education Careers Service Unit.
The employment prospects of graduates are “much better than feared”, despite a tough labour market according to a new report commissioned by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (Hecsu) and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services. The report provides a detailed look at the paths taken six months after graduation – based on the cohort leaving university in 2011. The report highlights that 62% of university graduates have jobs six months after leaving university and only 9% are unemployed, despite a rising number of graduates and a struggling economy.
It echoes previous studies showing that in the long term, graduates are likely to earn higher incomes than non-graduates and are less likely to face unemployment. In terms of salaries for graduates, the typical range of earnings was between £18,000 and £24,000 for those graduates who had jobs six months after leaving university.
The deputy research director at Hecsu, Charlie Ball, says that in a “difficult jobs market” and a struggling economy “over 166,000 of last year’s graduates were known to be working in the UK six months after leaving university – nearly 8,000 more than the previous year” and that “the figures show that even in difficult times, graduates can and do get jobs.”
The report also highlights how the jobs market is changing – with both higher demand for graduates and also an increase in the number of graduates starting up their own businesses – with a steady upward entrepreneurial trend in self-employment. This is now approaching 5% of university leavers – up from 3% in the middle of the last decade.
In addition the report points to how cuts in public sector spending could be affecting the jobs market, with reductions in the numbers of graduates going into a range of posts in health, education and social services. For more information visit http://www.hecsu.ac.uk/
The Sunday Times has made awards for the university which is best in each subject area; based on a combination of student ratings for teaching and assessment, UCAS entry points, 1:1s and 2:1s achieved, graduate employment and dropout rates.
Bath – Architecture, building and planning; Business; Mechanical engineering.
Birmingham – Tourism, transport and travel.
Bristol – Human and social geography; Social work.
Cambridge – Biology; Education studies; European languages; History and archaeology; Law; Mathematical sciences; Non-European languages; Politics; Psychology; Sociology, social policy and anthropology; Veterinary sciences.
Durham – Civil and chemical engineering; Performing arts; Sports science.
Edinburgh – Nursing.
Glasgow – Finance and accounting.
Imperial College London – Electronic and electrical engineering; Subjects allied to medicine.
King’s College London – Media studies.
Leeds – Agriculture.
London School of Economics – Philosophy.
Oxford – Art and design; Computer science; Economics; Management; Medicine and dentistry; Physical geography and environmental science; Physical science.
Oxford Brookes – Communications and information Studies.
Queen’s University Belfast – Medical science and pharmacy.
Southampton – Technology.
University College London – English.
Warwick – Creative arts.
Current students thinking of pursuing a career in teaching after completing their undergraduate degree will now find it even harder to gain a place on a PGCE course. The Department of Education has reduced the number of PGCE places available for trainee teachers by 20%. The department has been trying to limit the number of teachers being trained due to both the high number of teacher redundancies currently taking place throughout the sector as a result of departmental budget cuts and the already high number of unemployed new teachers without permanent jobs in a saturated jobs market.
Due to cuts at the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), Northern Ireland students who choose to Study in the Irish Republic, will no longer be entitled to have university fees paid on their behalf by DEL. Fees at Irish Republic universities currently stand at €2,250. From next yea,r students planning on enrolling at universities in the Rep. of Ireland will have their grants replaced by a student loan, as is the case in the rest of the UK. For more information visit:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18421262
Queen’s University are offering up to 50 students who enrol in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) subject a £1000 Scholarship in their first year of study. In addition to enrolling in a STEM subject, students must also make Queen’s their firm choice on their UCAS application and attain a minimum of three ‘A’ grades at A-level (or equivalent) to be considered for this scholarship.
Queen’s University is also participating in the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship Scheme whereby a number of full-time scholarships of £1,000 will be offered to new, first year UK-domiciled students with the highest academic attainment at A-Level (or equivalent). To be eligible for this award students must enter Queen’s in September 2013 to undertake a STEM subject degree programme and be in receipt of a University Institutional Bursary (these are provided for full-time undergraduate students from families with a household income of up to £24,203).
Prospective students can find information on all these scholarships and more on the Undergraduate Scholarships page at www.qub.ac.uk/scholarships
Several Year 10 pupils were celebrating success last week. At the end of June the whole year group entered a UK-wide competition: The School’s Bible Project Competition. This competition has been running for over a decade and receives thousands of essay entries each year from students throughout the UK.
Over the past few years the Religious Studies department has celebrated a great deal of success in this competition, with many pupils winning prizes of special merit and a few pupils having had the opportunity to travel to London to receive their prize.
This year’s entries were particularly successful, with more pupils having their work recognised by the organisers than ever before. In total, 41 students were awarded prizes – a great achievement!
One of the students, Rebecca McAuley, won joint THIRD PRIZE, with 40 other pupils also being presented with prizes, recognising the very high standard of their work.
The School’s Bible Project Competition aims to encourage students to encounter the New Testament and do some creative writing based on what they have learned. It is a chance for them to explore the thoughts and feelings of people who were actually present at an event in the life of Christ, and to write about it.
Students were asked to write an account of ‘The women find the empty tomb’ from an eye-witness perspective. This year the judges have once again noted that many of the pupils from Dalriada produced an essay of an extremely high standard, showing a thoughtful and reflective understanding of Christ, and the significance of his death and resurrection.
Rebecca has won a cash prize for the school and a Bible and personal prize for herself. These prizes will be presented at a ceremony in London in December and expenses will be covered for Lucy and a parent and teacher to accompany her.
This is an excellent achievement for Rebecca and the other students who have had their work recognised in this competition. A very positive start to a new school year!
Special Merit Prizes:
Toby Treagear, Reanna Craig, Peter Forde, Andrew Hutchinson, Tara McConaghie, Hannah McCurdy, Peter Minihan, Judith Campbell, Jack Currie, Laura Henry, Caitlin McCormick, Caitlin Buick, Sarah Gordon, Joseph Hasson, Rebecca Mitchell, Megan Scott, Nathanael Winchborne, Paulina Marszalek, Megan McBurney, Eve Taggart, Jonathan Waide, Kyle Watton and Louise Wilson
Matthew Armstrong, Eva McBride, Joel McCormick, Amy McKelvey, Beth Neely, Niamh Waddell, Jonathan Witherow, Jack Yates, Thomas Dysart, Peter Emerson, Lauren Gibson, Colin Henry, Sara Jamison, Jessica Johnston, Ben Kidd, Michelle Ko and David Laverty