UPDATE SPRING 2019 - Varndean College

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UPDATE SPRING 2019 - Varndean College
    SPRING 2019
UPDATE SPRING 2019 - Varndean College
                                     STUDY ‘LA LA LAND’ AT
                                     LEWES DEPOT CINEMA
FILM STUDIES                         Thirty Varndean College A Level Film
                                     Studies students attended a ‘La La
                                                                               the meaning of the film in an
                                                                               enjoyable and profitable way.
STUDENTS IN                          Land’ Explore Film workshop course        Lisa Wardle, Depot Education
DEPOT CINEMA                         at Lewes Depot Cinema in January.         Officer, and Film and Media Studies
SCHEME                               In her lecture, Faye Pirate explored
                                     Chazelle’s modern musical ‘La La
                                                                               Programme Coordinator at Varndean
                                                                               College organises the Explore Film
                                                                                                                     CHEMISTRY UPDATE
Year 1 Film Studies students are                                                                                     CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE
                                     Land’, which was accompanied by           study days.
being invited to apply to join the
                                     a screening of this film that nearly      Pictured are Faye Pirate with         For the 20th successive year, Varndean College’s ChemSoc ran its annual
Young Programmers scheme
                                     won the Best Film Oscar! The film         Varndean College’s Film Studies       Chemistry Conference at the University of Brighton in February. Supported by
at Lewes’s Depot Cinema. The
                                     centres on a pianist and an actress       students, Tom Weaver, Alex Sagar,     the RSC Downland Trust, the conference was attended by all of Varndean’s A
selected group of students will,
                                     who fall in love while attempting         Tristan Houseman, Amelia Whiting,     Level Chemistry students and comprised of a series of talks.
over the course of a year, learn
                                     to reconcile their aspirations for        Phoebe Ralph, Tillsy Pitt, Daisy      Opened by John Luton, Head of Chemistry for Varndean, a welcome address
about programming a cinema,
                                     the future. The focus of the lecture      Corkhill and Joseph Moore             was then given by Professor Andrew Lloyd, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor at
running a film festival, film
                                     was Spectatorship and Feminist                                                  the University of Brighton; followed by talks from Prof David Read (University
marketing and events planning.
                                     interpretations of the film to meet                                             of Southampton) about bio-energies and the importance of energy auditing,
The year will end with a student-
                                     the requirements of the A Level Film                                            a very nice example was the huge amount of water needed to produce
run film festival at Depot.
                                     Studies course. As well as a chance                                             bioethanol; Dr Rachel Bolton-King (University of Staffordshire) who gave an
Current students involved in
the project, Amy Martin, Jules
                                     to re-watch the film, students had                                              impassioned talk about the importance of looking through the obvious to          UCL SURGICAL
Stockwell and Daisy Corkhill-
                                     plenty of interactive activities, which
                                     invited participation and questioning
                                                                                                                     the less obvious when dealing with forensic scenes. Prof Peter Atkins (Oxford    CONFERENCE
Harris, have been involved in
organising sell-out screenings of
                                                                                                                     University) then gave a most profound talk on thermodynamics, looking at
                                                                                                                     how you can consider the dispersal of energy form the sun facilitating the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      In January, a group of Chemistry
films as diverse as Jackie Brown,                                                                                    process of thought. The conference finished with ‘The Bigger Bang’ show by
                                                                                                                                                                                                      students attended the International
Rebel without a Cause and 20th                                                                                       Prof Hal Sosabowski, University of Brighton.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Undergraduate & Foundation
Century Women.                                                                                                                                                                                        Surgery Conference at University
                                                                                                                                                                                                      College London. We started the
                                                                                                                     COMPETITIONS                                                                     day with an introduction, then
                                                                                                                                                                                                      listened to talks from established
                                                                                                                                                                                                      surgeons about their journeys in the
 TRUST VISIT                                                                                                         On Wed 6 March, Laura
                                                                                                                     Taramova took part in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      field. We gained insight from guest

 VARNDEAN                                                                                                            a competition “Heroines
                                                                                                                                                                                                      speakers, with talks ranging from
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the separation of conjoined twins
 Students took their first                                                                                           in Science” at Reading                                                           and the tales of a war surgeon in
 steps into potentially                                                                                              University’s Department                                                          the Israel-Palestine conflict, then
 saving lives back in January.                                                                                       of Chemistry. The event                                                          attended individual workshops
 The Anthony Nolan Trust                                                                                             provides students                                                                by undergraduates and medical
 were in Varndean College                                                                                            from different schools                                                           professionals, including ‘Surgical
 for two days looking for                                                                                            and colleges with the                                                            Knot Tying’ and ‘Women in Surgery’.
 volunteers aged between                                                                                             opportunity to talk about women                                                  We then all attended a talk from an
 16-30 interested in joining         Following a record breaking               Presidents/ Student Governors:
                                                                                                                     from any period of the history of        School who kindly volunteered to
                                                                               Izzy Langhamer & Ethan Hilton                                                                                          undergraduate on how to get into
 the register of stem cell           turnout, 584 student voters                                                     science, who have inspired and           help her demonstrate the CRiSPR         medical school, which equipped
                                                                               (pictured front row)
 donators. Students had              this year against 338 last,                                                     impressed them the most. Laura           method. The Department have also        us with practical tips for the
                                                                               Equality: Ruby Kelleher
 to simply complete a                                                                                                represented Varndean College             entered a team once again into the
                                     the College is pleased                    Wellbeing: Lily Ratcliffe                                                                                              application process. We also listened
 questionnaire, provide a                                                                                            and her heroine was an American          Chemistry Analytical Competition        to presentations by international
 quick cheek swab and one            to announced that the                     Charities: Sophie Jordan
                                                                                                                     biochemist Jennifer Doudna,              at the Queen Mary University,
                                                                               Events: Rose Preston                                                                                                   researchers. Overall, the conference
 day could be a match for            students elected for the SU                                                     who co-invented CRiSPR-cas9              London. The Chemistry Olympiad          was informative about the specifics
                                                                               Democracy: Jake Salmon
 someone who desperately             Executive for 2019-2020 are                                                     technology of genome editing. Her        results are also just in and we have    of being a surgeon and we learned
                                                                               Communications: Zoe Garrard
 needs help to save their life.                                                                                      presentation was awarded as one          an impressive clutch of ten medals
                                     as follows:                               Enrichment & Environment: Gussie                                                                                       a great lot from the specialists who
                                                                               O’Connor & Lucas Yelland              of the best, along with the group of     with three Gold! More details to        spoke to us. Written by Fiyin Oladipo
                                                                                                                     students from Langley Grammar            follow soon.                            & Tom Japes
UPDATE SPRING 2019 - Varndean College
                                                  STUDENTS WIN UK
                                                                                                                          OXBRIDGE AT VARNDEAN
                                                  MATHS AWARDS
                                                                                                                          Eight Varndean College students                                                            Officer at St Hilda’s,
                                                                                                                          have recently been successful in                                                           Oxford. After studying the
                                                                                                                          their applications for Cambridge                                                          IB Diploma at Varndean.
VARNDEAN                                          Three Varndean College international students won prizes in the
                                                  UKMT Senior Maths Challenge in November. Yanlei Chen achieved a
                                                                                                                          or Oxford Universities. Only                                                              Phoebe, who graduated
COLLEGE STUDENTS                                  score of 102 (which was the highest score of all Year 1 participants
                                                                                                                          about one in five students who
                                                                                                                          apply to these most prestigious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   from St Hilda’s with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   First in History, shared her
PARTICIPATE IN                                    from Varndean), winning her a Gold medal and also a place in the        universities receive offers.                                                             experiences of studying at
DUSTY BLUEBELLS                                   British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 (BMO1) ; Jingya Wang,
                                                  who achieved Silver; and Jiawei Bai who achieved a Bronze medal.
                                                                                                                          These eight successful students                                                          Oxford and gave students
PROJECT                                           The three students, who are all from China and currently studying
                                                                                                                          are a mixture of A Level and
                                                                                                                          International Baccalaureate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  valuable advice about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  applying. Students from
Students from Varndean College have been
                                                  A Levels in the UK, are part of the ‘A Star Programme’ at Varndean      students. Four are current IB                                                           Bexhill College and Roedean
participating in the local Dusty Bluebells
                                                  College. This is a high-end programme for Chinese students which        students, one a current A Level                                                         School joined us at the event.
Project, a project initially set up in 2018 as
                                                  provides a series of services                                           student, whilst the remaining
a 12 week pilot funded by The Big Lottery                                                                                                                                                                           On 31 January, Varndean
                                                  such as extra-curricular                                                three are students who left in
Fund, but which has proved so successful it                                                                                                                                                                        College was invited to join
                                                  guidance, study tours, group                                            2018 but have either taken
is now run again, with plans to offer it to all                                                                                                                                                                    Roedean School in a day’s
                                                  lessons, one-to-one tuition and                                         a gap year or further study
care homes and nurseries across Brighton                                                                                                                                                                           visit to a snowy Cambridge
                                                  career planning. It is designed                                         before applying.
and Hove.                                                                                                                                                                                                          University where our Year
                                                  to empower students to raise
The project was a new initiative by Belltree      their potential, helping them to                                        Pictured are: back row left                                                             One students visited Corpus
Music Therapy CIC where traditional stories,      achieve access to the world’s                                           to right:- Caitlin O’Neil (ex-                                                          Christi College. They had
music making and songs provide a common           top universities.                                                       Lewes Priory School) who will read      of Varndean College said, “students             talks from staff, met current
ground for the old and young to be together.                                                                              Classics at Oxford; Joanne Goad         really appreciate the support that       undergraduate students and
The interactive sessions enable children and                                                                              (ex-Downlands School) Geography         our teachers and careers staff           visited the stunning Parker Library
older people to get to know each another                                                                                  at Newnham, Cambridge; front row        provide for them with their university   which houses important Anglo-
as they share ideas, memories and play                                                                                    left to right:- Summer Hemingray        applications; this is particularly       Saxon, medieval and Renaissance
together. Belltree Music Therapy was set up                                                                               (ex-Hove Park School) studying          important when applying for              manuscripts.
                                                                                                                          Japanese Studies at Downing,            top universities such as Oxford,
in 2009 by music therapist, Tina Warnock,
who invited Fleur Shorthouse, professional        MATHS FEST 2019                                                         Cambridge; Hannah Easley (ex-
                                                                                                                          Oathall Community College) studying
                                                                                                                                                                  Cambridge or any of the Russell
                                                                                                                                                                  Group universities.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                           As well as its high-quality A level
                                                                                                                                                                                                           provision, Varndean College is the
storyteller and Philosophy tutor at Varndean      The Varndean Maths Department had a great trip to Maths                                                                                                  only educational provider in Brighton
College, to collaborate with her in 2017.                                                                                 Linguistics at Sidney Sussex,
                                                  Fest at the Royal Institution on 2nd February. Maths Fest days                                                  As well as individual support            and Hove to offer the demanding
                                                                                                                          Cambridge; and Kate Granlund (ex-
Leading up to Christmas, Fleur brought            are for sixth-form students to celebrate and be inspired by                                                     provided to students, the College        and prestigious International
                                                                                                                          Dorothy Stringer) studying English at
the project into the classroom by working         mathematics. Students heard from wonderful mathematicians                                                       also hosts an annual event every         Baccalaureate Diploma as part of
                                                                                                                          Clare, Cambridge.
with the College’s Early Years students,          and online stars about how to melt cars using buildings, how not                                                February led by admissions staff         its curriculum. This internationally-
demonstrating and teaching the art of             to estimate the age of the sun, and how to stack pizza boxes and        The three students who left in 2018     from Oxford and Cambridge, where         recognised diploma gives students
traditional storytelling. Students enjoyed        shapes of constant width. They also explored odd numbers in             and have now received Oxbridge          students can learn more about the        the opportunity to continue six
drawing story maps and working with               Pascal’s triangle and the joy of puzzles. The Royal Institution is      offers are:                             applications process. In addition to     subjects at advanced level, alongside
stories. As part of their CAS (Creativity,        an inspiring place and everyone all left feeling full of interest and                                           being joined by Dr Matt Bullimore        an additional core programme
Activity and Service), the International          questions.                                                              Zoe Alexander (ex-Dorothy Stringer)     from Churchill College, Cambridge,       consisting of Theory of Knowledge,
Baccalaureate Diploma students also                                                                                       studying History of Art at Oxford;      we were delighted to welcome back        Extended Essay and Creativity,
made their contribution by researching                                                                                    Freddie Guthrie (ex-Oathall             Phoebe Menezes-Jones, Varndean           Activity, Service (CAS).
and matching care homes with nurseries in                                                                                 Community College) studying             College alumna and Admissions
Brighton, Hove and Lewes. Year 2 student,                                                                                 Linguistics at Oxford; and Leo
Luca Oppes, matched a staggering 50 care                                                                                  Rogers (home educated) studying
homes and nurseries. The College also has                                                                                 Philosophy, Politics and Economics
                                                                                                                                                                                                           STUDENTS AT
an Erasmus student from Greece who is                                                                                     (PPE) at Oxford.                                                                 CAMBRIDGE
helping Dusty Bluebells put together a new                                                                                                                                                                 UNIVERSITY
                                                                                                                          Applying for Oxford or Cambridge
lottery bid.                                                                                                              involves extra examinations, the
Dusty Bluebells has recently been awarded                                                                                 submission of written work, as well
£1500 from Chalk Cliff Trust, which will be                                                                               as individual interviews. Varndean
used to run workshops and hopes to involve                                                                                College offers support to students
Varndean students with many more projects                                                                                 throughout the entire application
in the future.                                                                                                            process and Phil Harland, Principal
                                                                                                                                                                  PHOEBE MENEZES-JONES
UPDATE SPRING 2019 - Varndean College
                                                                                                                                   ONCE AGAIN RECEIVES
                                                                                                                                   IMPRESSIVE OFSTED
                                                                                                                                   Following their visit in October, Ofsted inspectors have once
                                                                                                                                   again confirmed Varndean College as being a ‘good’ college,
VARNDEAN                                    LEGAL APPRENTICE COMPETITION                                                           where students thrive and achieve. Many aspects of the

LAW GO                                   Dedicated Varndean Law students
                                         have entered a national legal
                                                                                      teamwork and listening skills,
                                                                                      strategic thinking and problem
                                                                                                                                   report received outstanding recognition and praise, with
                                                                                                                                   the College’s major strengths being identified as follows:
NATIONAL!                                apprentice competition run by
                                         international law firm, Kingsley
                                                                                      solving, ability to be creative and
                                                                                      how to provide sound advice. All
                                                                                                                                   • Governors, leaders and managers develop a highly
                                                                                                                                     inclusive culture that allows staff and students to
Varndean Law students have been          Napley, and The Times. The                   teams that submitted their work (24            thrive.
exceptionally busy since September.      competition gives students a unique          students) are through to the next                                                                            College Principal, Phil Harland, said: “I am once again
Over 40 students are involved in         opportunity to find out exactly              heat; which involves an online witness
                                                                                                                                   • Teachers know their students well and have high
                                                                                                                                                                                                   delighted with the Ofsted report which its inspectors
a national lawyerportal scheme.          what it is like to be a solicitor. It also   interview and writing a witness                expectations. They use their own experiences and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   have returned. Again, it has identified that Varndean
Varndean is the first sixth form college offers a chance to understand the            statement for court. If teams get              expertise to motivate students to achieve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   College is a highly inclusive college with a culture that
to team up with The Lawyerportal,        nuances between legal practices              through this round, then one more            • Students have positive attitudes to their learning            allows its students to develop and thrive as individuals,
currently only running in universities, such as Criminal, Dispute Resolution,         task and it’s the live final in London! If     and are proud of their work. They are confident, self-        encouraging them to progress and achieve in whichever
to help students make contacts in        Corporate and Employment law.                successful, there are cash prizes and          assured, courteous and respectful. They feel that staff       direction they choose. Progression is not just about
the legal world. At the launch party,    Teams are able to develop their              a potential for a legal apprenticeship.        treat their health and wellbeing as a priority, which         developing academically, but also emotionally
students signed up and now receive
                                                                                                                                     supports them to learn and achieve.                           and socially, and at Varndean College students are
conference tickets, links to law firm
recruiters, apprenticeship schemes                                                                                                 • A Level and vocational students make good progress            supported in every way possible. Students and tutors
and industry news. Xander Gowler, the                                                                                                and achieve well.                                             pride themselves in working well together and I praise
Department’s Student Ambassador,                                                                                                   • Students on the IB course make outstanding progress.          my staff for their dedication. I know that the students
is working directly with the charity to                                                                                              Their achievement is exceptionally high and well above        who come to Varndean are happy students and happy
                                                                                                                                                                                                   students make successful students.”
                                              LAW STUDENTS
make the content relevant for sixth                                                                                                  the international average. They develop extremely high
formers.                                                                                                                             levels of skill, knowledge and understanding and the very     Janice Robinson, the Chair of Governors added, “Staff
UPWARDS THROUGH                               DEBATE IN                                                                              large majority move on to their first-choice university.      and students have yet again shown what a good college
BUSINESS AND LAW                              THE SUPREME                                                                          • Students benefit from a broad and balanced                    Varndean is. My congratulations and thanks go to
                                                                                                                                                                                                   everyone for their hard work.”
Many of our Business Studies and Law
students were presented with one of
                                              COURT                                                                                  curriculum that meets individual needs.

Varndean College’s ‘Upwards Through                                                                                                                            In February, our BTEC Computer Games
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Development students had the
Business & Law’ awards in December.           For the third year in a row (an unprecedented event), Varndean Law                                               fantastic opportunity of hearing first-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       hand about careers in the games
These awards are decided by the               students were chosen to take part in one of only 10 debate days a year.                                         industry from Ben Board of American video
                                                                                                                                                                                                            game and software company
Business and Law tutors, as well as           The topic this year was ‘Do stop and search powers strike a fair balance                                        Epic. Since its formation in 1991, Epic have
                                                                                                                                                                                                           produced over 50 video games,
the Principal, and given out each term        between the rights of the individual and the interests of society?’ A very                                      including the ‘Gears of War’ series, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       has multiple games currently
to those students on the Business             topical issue with the Terrorism Act allowing stop and search in London                                         under development.
and Law courses to recognise their            without reasonable suspicion. In their teams, students spent weeks
outstanding work, achievement and             preparing their cases and researching key cases to support their arguments.
effort. This could be engagement
in lessons, outstanding progress,
                                              On the day, they impressed the court and the three barristers working with
                                              the teams with their extensive knowledge and the manner in which they                                                                     ECONOMICS
attendance or quality of course work          conducted their case. Whilst the debate was hotly contested, the argument                                                                 STUDENTS
. These latest awards were presented
by the Principal, Phil Harland, on 17
                                              against stop and search reaching a fair balance won the argument based on
                                              the issue of proportionality. Well done to all!
                                                                                                                                                                                        DISCUSS BREXIT
December.                                                                                                                                                                                On 7 December, A Level Economics students spent a day in London.
                                              In other news, 50 law students descended on the High Court, the Old                                                                        Their first stop was a visit to the London offices of the European
                                              Bailey and the Supreme Court to witness criminal and civil cases. They                                                                     Parliament where two students delivered presentations on the
                                              were enthralled with talks from a Court reporter of 30 years who regaled                                                                   possible impact of Brexit on the UK, followed by a discussion and
                                              them with tales of murder, treason and barrister’s antics. Many are now                                                                     debate. They then made their way to The Bank of England where
                                              convinced that law is the right career for them!                                                                                            they visited the museum and listened to talks on monetary policy
                                                                                                                                                                                          and the importance of the Bank of England.
UPDATE SPRING 2019 - Varndean College
FAMOUS ILLUSTRATOR CHRIS RIDDELL                                                                                                                                                                  FOUNDATIONS
VISITS VARNDEAN ART ENRICHMENT                                                                                                                                                                    FOR NEW STEM
As part of the College’s Art Enrichment programme, we
were delighted to welcome illustrator, Chris Riddell, to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  During February Half Term,
Varndean back in December. Chris is one of the UK’s                                                                                                                                               contractors took up residence in our
most successful illustrators, creating political cartoons                                                                                                                                         north car park ready to start work
and illustrating numerous children’s books, including                                                                                                                                             on our exciting new £2.9m proposed
the recent JK Rowling novel ‘The Tales of Beedle the                                                                                                                                              STEM Centre, aimed for completion
Bard’. Chris talked about his career and approach                                                                                                                                                 in Spring 2020.
to illustration, as well as giving some most amazing
demonstrations.                                                                                                                                                                                   As students and teaching staff took
                                                                                                                                                                                                  a well-deserved week’s break, our
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Site Team were busy overseeing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  digging of trenches, the erection of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  fencing and the arrival of diggers
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and bulldozers. Throughout the past

                                                                 ART STUDENTS GET                                                                                                                 couple of weeks, we have seen the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  installation of new underground
                                                                 INSPIRED BY MADRID                                                                                                               power cables being laid to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  college site and the excavation
                                                                 In February, twenty-three Visual Arts students                                                                                   of land to the east of our existing
                                                                 spent five days in Madrid. They went on a Street                                                                                 Hutchins Wing.
                                                                 Art tour, visiting world class museums – Museo                                                                                   Over the next 12 months, contractors
                                                                 Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro                                                                                        will be working to construct the
                                                                 de Arte Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza                                                                                       impressive two-storey centre
                                                                 Museum, as well as visiting an artist’s studio.                                                                                  comprising of four science labs; six
                                                                 Sketchbooks and cameras filled up with drawings                                                                                  teaching rooms; prep room; toilet,
                                                                 and images of life in the Spanish capital, which                                                                                 kitchen and staffroom facilities,
                                                                 the students can develop into final pieces back                                                                                  office/IT space, as well as an
                                                                 in lessons.                                                                                                                      attractive lobby and atrium. There
                                                                 Head of Visual Arts Rob Macdonald said ‘’Madrid is                                                                               will also be an accessible lab, toilet
                                                                 not perhaps as well-known as Barcelona so it was                                                                                 and lift for students with disabilities.
                                                                 great to introduce our students to how exciting                                                                                  At Varndean College, through
                                                                 a city it is and let them get up close to fabulous
                                                                 paintings, photography, architecture, fashion and
                                                                                                                          VARNDEAN COLLEGE TEXTILE                                                our challenging and engaging

                                                                 illustration.”                                           STUDENTS’ SUCCESS AT                                                    teaching, we hope to inspire and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  motivate the next generation of
DESIGN A CHRISTMAS CARD                                          Amber Mullins-Summerby said ‘’I found the trip so        KNITTING AND STITCHING                                                  scientists, technologists, engineers

Back in December, Year 1 student, Evie Dunn, was presented
                                                                 inspiring! I discovered so many artists and saw
                                                                 some of the best art I’ve ever seen. I have fallen in
                                                                                                                          SHOW, LONDON                                                            and mathematicians. Through this
                                                                                                                                                                                                  teaching we encourage students to
with a prize of a £20 Amazon voucher by College Principal,       love with Madrid!                                                                                                                move on to higher level STEM courses
Phil Harland. Evie was the winner of our Christmas Card                                                                   Our A Level Textiles students        at the show, as well as being      and into a STEM career
competition, in which students were asked to design the          I am grateful for how much free time we were             recently attended the Knitting       modelled on their catwalk. The
2018 College Christmas card. Evie, who studies A Levels          given and how this gave us space to make our             and Stitching Show at London’s       visiting public voted for their
in Fine Art, Maths, Classical Civilisation and Early Modern      own way round and discover places we will never          Olympia and a number of              favourite garment and Spencer
History, can be seen here collecting her prize, along with her   forget. I was initially quite nervous as I didn’t know   them entered the show’s              Thornton won! Well done to both
winning design.                                                  anyone on the trip very well, but I soon made some       Dressmaking Competition              Mia and Spencer, with huge
                                                                 great friends and it was such an amazing and             which had three categories:          congratulations to Spencer
                                                                 valuable experience. I will most definitely return.’’    ‘A Dress from your Stash’,           who deserved the win due to all
                                                                 Matilda Smith said ‘’The trip was really                 ‘Go Green’ and ‘Upcycle old          his hard work and innovative
                                                                 inspirational artistically, I felt really lucky to see   into New’.                           garments constructed from
                                                                 such beautiful art so freely. The whole trip left us     We are pleased to congratulate       scraps of used clothing.
                                                                 all feeling pretty blissed out and excited for our       Spencer Thornton (Year 2) and
                                                                 futures and that of our art. The people both in          Mia Brimilcombe-Cowie (Year          Pictured with their dresses are
                                                                 Madrid and on the trip were both so kind, patient        1) who were chosen as finalists      both winner Spencer Thornton and
                                                                 and funny, I can’t wait to return to the city.’’         with their dresses being exhibited   finalist Mia Brimilcombe-Cowie.
UPDATE SPRING 2019 - Varndean College
Congratulations to three of our first team footballers,
Alfie Haggar, Dexter Sherin & Tom Cooklin, who were
selected for the Sussex Schools FA U18’s rep squad and
are now through to the English Schools FA inter county
final against Northumberland. Tom Cooklin was also
selected for the England Colleges Football Association
(ECFA12) mens team and headed out for a tour of
Italy during February half term. Tom also plays for
Newhaven FC outside of Varndean.

Our first year Sport students recently attended
Brighton University for the ‘Value of Sport’ conference,
involving workshops, lab experiences and talks from

                                                                                                                    POLITICS TRIP
existing students.  Back in November, they also
attended a tour of the Amex Stadium, home to the
Brighton & Hove Albion FC, as well as attending the
Varsity Games at Twickenham.                                                                                        On 6 February, 26 A Level Politics        after a quick lunch moved on to         MP’s staff to find out more about
                                                                                                                    students spent the day in London          the Houses of Parliament to begin       what it’s like to work for an MP,
                                                                                                                    putting their classroom learning          the second part of the day, a tour      a possible career path for our
                                                                                                                    to the practical test by visiting         of Parliament. During the tour and      students, giving an insight into the
                                                                                                                    Parliament and the UK Supreme             thanks to the power of Twitter,         daily work of both an MP and those
                                                                                                                    Court. Walking past protesters            we were thrilled that both Lloyd        who work for them.
                                                                                                                    for both ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’,            Russell-Moyle, MP for Kemptown          A quick dash back to the station
                                                                                                                    they were able to see how these           and Peacehaven and Peter Kyle,          and a crowded train journey
                                                                                                                    institutions are grappling with the       MP for Hove and Portslade, were         back to Brighton ended our day
                                                                                                                    biggest issue of today – BREXIT.          able to join us on the tour and take    with students having a better
                                                                                                                                                              time out of their busy schedules to
                                                           STUDENT SUCCESSES                                        During the tour of the UK’s Highest
                                                                                                                    Court, they sat in Number 1 Court         answer our students’ questions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      understanding of just how it
                                                                                                                                                                                                      all works. From now on, what
                                                            IN UK MATHS CHALLENGE                                   where the Article 50 judgement            Later in the afternoon they met         they learn in the classroom will
                                                            Students at Varndean College achieved 4 golds,          was argued and delivered. Then            up with two of Caroline Lucas           hopefully make more sense!
                                                             10 silvers and 11 bronzes in this year’s UKMT
                                                              Senior Maths Challenge. Over 80,000 pupils
                                                                from across the UK returned scripts with the
                                                                     top 10% receiving a gold certificate, the
                                                                                                                  VARNDEAN COLLEGE STUDENT GETS TO WORK
                                                                     next 20% silver and the next 30% bronze.     WITH GREEN MP, CAROLINE LUCAS
                                                                       Approximately 7,000 of the top             Varndean College student Monica Richards has recently           such as replying to diary invites, research, drafting letters
                                                                         students are invited to sit one of the   attained a parliamentary work experience placement this         to Ministers, drafting replies to constituents, working
                                                                         follow-on competitions, the British
                                                                                                                  forthcoming summer, where she will have the opportunity         on parliamentary questions, database development
                                                                         Mathematical Olympiad (BMO1)
                                                                                                                  to shadow ex-Green party co-leader and Brighton MP,             and administrative tasks such as opening the post and
                                                                          or the Senior Kangaroo (SKANG).
                                                                                                                  Caroline Lucas.                                                 photocopying.
                                                                           Dylan Ponsford and Eddy Stevens
                                                                             from Varndean College were           Monica, who previously studied at Blatchington Mill
                                                                               selected to take part in the       School is currently studying the IB, taking Global Politics,
                                                                                SKANG and congratulations         World Literature and Spanish at Higher Level, with
                                                                                  to Emilia Frederiksen and       Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at Standard Level.
                                                                                   Yanlei Chen who qualified      She hopes to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at
                                                                                     to enter the BMO1.           King’s College, London, where she is currently interested
                                                                                                                  in exploring professional avenues such as diplomacy or
                                                                                                                  working within supranational institutions such as the UN.
                                                                                                                  Her placement was secured after having partaken in a
                                                                                                                  half-day trial in London, and her role will involve her being
                                                                                                                  part of the parliamentary team and undertaking tasks
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ROME 2019
To help with their studies in Classical Civilisation, students recently enjoyed
a fantastic walking trip around the city of Rome. We walked for miles, and
around every corner, there was a relevant and interesting site to explore
and investigate. On the first day we found our way to the Coliseum where
over 2,000 animals were killed a day at the height of its fame. It was
mesmerising. The Roman forum where the Vestal virgins kept the hearth             ZOO TRIP
burning via the Via Sacre took us to the Palatine Hill, where the top officials   A group of 40 Year 1 Psychology
lived and could breathe away from the bread and circus living in the centre.      students attended a trip to Marwell
The Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps were all appreciated, especially         Zoo in the autumn. They attended a
as it was really warm and sunny, and on the last evening we found an              half-day conference designed for A
ice cream parlour which was to die for. On the last day we visited Ostia          Level students focusing on types of
                                                             Antica, a large      behaviour (both innate and acquired),
                                                             archaeological       examples of how and why they are
                                                             site, close to the   displayed by animals, and how this
                                                              modern suburb of    is applicable to human behaviour.
                                                              Ostia, that was     Students learned about classical and
                                                              the location of     operant conditioning and how these
                                                              the harbour city    are used by the zoo. The students then
                                                               of ancient Rome.   conducted their own observational
                                                               Students arrived   comparative behaviour study in the
                                                               home exhausted     park. It was a very educational and
                                                               and happy. A       enjoyable trip.
                                                                very good trip

                                                                                  TRIP TO
SOCIOLOGY CONFERENCE                                                              SEVILLE
Early in March, around 80 Year 2          students appreciated his insight        In November 2018 a group of Spanish
Sociology students (and a small           and, if possible, now feel even more    A level and IB students spent a
group from Collyers) attended a           prepared for their summer exams. We     week in the beautiful city of Seville
sociology conference organised by         are hoping to make this an annual       in Andalucia. They stayed with host
Varndean College. Keith Trobe, an         event for future students.              families and got a true experience
experienced principal examiner,                                                   of living in this incredible part of
was invited to talk about skills                                                  the world. Each day they went to
needed for the exam and how                                                       a local language school and had
to achieve the best result by                                                     lessons with very experienced
looking at marginal gains. Keith                                                  teachers and one morning got
was both informative and                                                          the opportunity to go to the world
entertaining and the students                                                     famous university. The group had
were able to approach Keith                                                       a flamenco lesson followed by an
at the end of the conference                                                      incredible performance by local
for some individual advice. The                                                   artists. They also visited the beautiful
                                                                                  Seville monuments: the Giralda
                                                                                  Tower, the Alcazar (featured in
                                                                                  Game of Thrones), Plaza de Espana
                                                                                  and the Cathedral. The trip was a
                                                                                  great success and an opportunity
                                                                                  to expand their language skills and
                                                                                  knowledge of the Spanish culture.

                          Spring 2019
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