NCS "takeover" Cadbury College

The ’Takeover Day’ was held in partnership with NCS for all Lower 6th students on the 4th and 5th October.  The aim of the day was to promote the understanding and development of employability skills through activities led by NCS practitioners.

Activities included:

Daniel exhibiting fantastic artwork in Cardiff

Daneil Yeomans joined Cadbury Sixth Form College in 2003 from North Bromsgrove High.  He achieved ABC in his A-Levels, in Art, Design Technology and Media Studies, and has gone on to achieve fantastic things in the world of art and design.  He went on to study at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, where he trained using a technique known as ‘sight-size’ favoured by many of the masters such as Velasquez, Sargent & Van Dyck.  In-keeping with his training, Daniel continues to paint only from life under natural light, and has a purpose built studio in the Welsh countryside, Montgomeryshire.

Over the next couple of weeks, Daniel's portrait of ‘Montgomery Town Crier’ will be displayed at the Welsh Assembly ‘Senedd’ in Cardiff.

Prior to this exhibition, Daniel's work has been showcased at a variety of exhibitions and events:

Melody Hossaini and NCS inspire students

On 20th September 2016, Melody Hossaini visited Cadbury Sixth Form College to talk to students about reaching goals, dreaming big and achieving all that they set out to do. Previously a star on Alan Sugar's The Apprentice in 2011, Melody is now founder and CEO of InspirEngage International after beginning work in the youth sector at just 13 years of age.  

As part of their #SUCCESStour, Melody joined NCS at Cadbury College to talk to our students about her journey, and how they too can achieve their big dreams if they take opportunities and are determined enough to see it through.  

Students enjoy their KickStart Experience!

The summer holidays are a great time for our students to recuperate after the academic year.  However they are also a fantastic opportunity, particularly for first year students, to build up some experience and prepare themselves for their upcoming second year and beyond.  Four of our students decided to grab the opportunity with both hands, and they signed up for the KickStart Programme run by the Springboard UK charity.  Springboard’s KickStart programmes are open to school and college leavers (16+) who are undecided on their career plans and is designed to help them in their career decision making, which is particularly helpful at a time when gaining a foothold on the career ladder is particularly difficult for young people.

Physics students are flying high!

This month saw our first year Physics students complete the annual Cadbury College air rocket competition, hosted by our very own specialist Physics teacher, Ian Kemp.

Every year, the students are provided with a brief to build a rocket out of paper and card that will fly the furthest distance when propelled by compressed air from the rocket launcher.  The students spend around 4 hours constructing, testing and perfecting their designs, before taking them outside to take part in the competition.

Physicist of the Year Award goes to Marc Rosales!

Each year, The Ogden Trust sponsor each school/college to nominate an outstanding year 12 physics student to receive an award.  

Marc Rosales was this year's award winner from Cadbury College and he was chosen for the outstanding work he produced in Physics throughout the year.

The award was presented to Marc at a special event held at Birmingham University School of Physics and Astronomy by the Ogden Trust.  The award was presented to Marc by Professor Martin Rees, the head of the Nuclear Physics group at Birmingham.

Glisten: The show will go on!

Wednesday 22nd May saw the hard work, dedication and exceptional talent of our Creative and Performing Arts students being showcased in Cadbury College's very own exhibition centre.  The exhibition was run in tandem with our Prospective Parent Information Evening, which was well attended by parents of our applicants.  A fantastic opportunity for parents to find out about the college and what to expect over the coming months, the evening was a huge success.

From a range of A-Level and BTEC Level 3 subjects, including 3D Design, Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics, our students 2 years' worth of work was set up and showcased to parents, students and teachers from local schools.  

Next Stop: Your Future!

On Friday, representatives from Staffordshire University visited Cadbury College to showcase what they can offer to A-Level students.  A super fancy, branded double decker bus with an on-board cinema, bedroom and lounge with hot drinks, give-aways and a competition. Watching a short HE movie with popcorn, delving into a virtual reality experience with an oculus and seeing just where they could be living if they chose Staffordshire University next year, the students had a fabulous time!  

The idea of the double decker bus came in response to many of the difficulities students have attending Open Days.  The experience gives students an interactive opportunity to discover more about University life before embarking on that adventure, even if they are unable to travel to the scheduled Open Events.

Performing Arts students reunite!

Thursday June 16th 2016 saw some of our former Drama & Theatre Studies and Performing Arts students return to Cadbury College for a catch up! Students have been studying Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts here at Cadbury since we opened over 30 years ago, and today we welcome some of our previous students back to the drama studios.The students caught up with one another and shared their exciting experiences since leaving Cadbury.  They reminisced about some of the fantastic shows that have been produced and performed at Cadbury College over the years.  Let's take a look at some of the highlights - click through the slideshow below:

Our students really have put on some cracking shows, and the level of talent over the years has been truly exceptional.

Well done to all involved!

Godspell: all-singing, all-dancing!

May saw our Performing Arts and Drama & Theatre Studies students come together for their end-of-year production of Godspell - the all-singing all-dancing theatrical musical.  Our students got the chance to not only showcase their acting abilities, but also their skills in singing and dancing.
 
Using the whole of the stage area and a wealth of exciting props and techniques, the two groups collaborated extremely well and the show was a huge success.