A group of students of A Level Spanish had the
rare opportunity to watch in London a Spanish masterpiece in the
original language, the acclaimed “House of Bernarda
Alba”, one of the required readings for the class. The language
and literary skills of our students were challenged by this powerful
The House of Bernarda Alba explores themes of repression, passion
and conformity through the depiction of a matriarch’s domination of her five
daughters. Described by the author as “a drama of women in the villages of
Spain”, the deliberate exclusion of any male character from the action helps
build the high level of sexual tension that is present throughout this
Written in 1936 just before the civil war broke out, the play was
first performed in Buenos Aires in 1945. It was banned in Spain until 1963,
partly because of its political implications and partly because the behaviour
and language of the characters was regarded as shockingly immoral. A small
theatre club was allowed to put on a single performance in 1950, but the regime
tried to ensure that it would be given no publicity.
Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) , poet and dramatist, was one of the greatest Spanish writers of the 20th century. He was killed by francoist troops at the age of thirty-eight at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and two months after completing The House of Bernarda Alba.
CTK was delighted to
have twelve students spend the afternoon with Dianne Johnson from Urban
Synergy, and Katherine Chamberlain and Laurence Wolf from Capgemini to
learn more about corporate mentoring and Degree Apprenticeships.
This is the 2nd year that CTK have worked with Urban Synergy and Capgemini and this was the first in a series ofworkshops aimed at helping them to develop life skills as well as introducing them to Degree Apprenticeship opportunities. At the end of the series of workshops, Capgemni hopes to offer a number of CTK students a degree apprenticeship.
Thirty Year 13 Psychology students visited London Zoo. In the
first of two workshops, they applied their skills and knowledge of research
methods to carry out a structured observation of Squirrel Monkeys.
In a walk-in enclosure, close-up to the monkeys, students used i-pads to record the different monkey behaviours they saw. Students really enjoyed this, although some found it difficult with the small and quick moving species! Following this, in a workshop on animal intelligence, students learnt how the theories of behavioural psychology they have learnt at college, are used to train animals. These trained behaviours enable zoo keepers to carry out close-up health checks on dangerous animals like tigers and gorillas, and even administer injections, with no fuss! The rest of the day was spent exploring the rest of the animals, such as butterflies, tigers, giraffes, zebras, camels and lions, to name a few!
Christ the King was delighted to run our
second, daylong event, with Unloc Enterprise Academy which was
held for students wanting to
consider alternative progression routes.
The Unloc Enterprise Academy programme was designed to
inspire, motivate and develop the mind-sets of young people. The day helped
to develop student’s skills in setting up and testing their own
business ideas as well as exploring future apprenticeship opportunities.
Unloc started in 2011 as a small Portsmouth community project run by Hayden Taylor and Ben Dowling who were young entrepreneurs that wanted to see students getting more engaged with local decision makers. Their aim is to help create a highly capable, actively engaged and civic minded generation of young people.
Trevor AQUINASCourse: A Level Business, ICT and English Language and Literature
“My tutors at CTK were fundamental in my academic success. They were always approachable and willing to go the extra mile. I enjoyed taking part in extracurricular activities, including leading the sixth form band and being Director of the Business Enterprise Group, Student Governor and Student Head of Hall. ”
JustinAQUINASCourse: A Levels English Literature, Maths and Physics
“I really enjoy having access to a wide range of extra curricular activities and the student support services. My teachers have helped me with my UCAS application and the management of my work - I plan to go on to the University of Bristol or the University of Bath. I would recommend CTK due to the large support system that is available to the students. ”
JariusAQUINASCourse: A Level Psychology B, Sociology A, Geography
“I joined CTK Aquinas knowing that I wanted to study at a Russell Group university. I am currently studying a degree in BA Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College, London and I hope to proceed into doing a MSc Health & Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I would recommend CTK because the teachers are very supportive and will help you to reach your educational goals.”
RoseAQUINASCourse: A Level History A, A Level Politics A Level Sociology
“I'm going on to the University of Warwick to study Politics and International Studies. CTK was a great environment for me to learn. I've really enjoyed the teaching, all my teachers have been encouraging and supportive. They put in the extra time to help with workshops and revision to ensure we did well.”
Harrison AQUINASCourse: A Level Economics A, A Level Maths, A Level Further Maths
“What I enjoyed most about CTK was being able to meet other like-minded motivated people. CTK is a great environment to develop yourself, as you are surrounded by motivated peers and lectures who strive to get the most out of you. I achieved my grades and went on to study Maths at UCL.”