For the second year running, CTK Modern Foreign Languages
department had the amazing opportunity to send one of their students to a once
in a lifetime 21-day Outward Bound trip in Canada, fully funded by Stuart Horne
The MFL candidates took part in a language competition. This
year’s lucky winner was Charlie Sharpe. Charlie is a committed student of
Spanish who is also studying Classical Civilisation, Maths and Philosophy.
Charlie has always shown a great interest in taking part in
extra-curricular events and discovering new things. Last year, Charlie took
part in a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and showed a great
enthusiasm for European and international relations. Charlie is also very
sporty and likes to set himself new challenges. He was the perfect candidate
for the Outward Bound Canada trip and was looking forward to visiting Canada,
exploring the country and developing further his sense of adventure. Although
he knew how hard this adventure could be, he was delighted and ready to embrace
this opportunity. Charlie said the trip had changed him in a very positive way.
He now feels more prepare to deal with social interactions and groups. He has
also changed his priorities and pays a lot more attention to his surrounding
and the environment. According to Charlie, if everyone could take part in such
a trip and have the same experience, the world would be a better
The Stuart Horne Bursary has a mission to provide economic assistance and an array of educational, adventurous, and transformational experiences across Canada to teenagers and young adults from the UK who may never have before had either the option or the chance to participate in such an amazing opportunity. The Stuart Horne Bursary seeks to support youth by providing and funding scholarships to universities, schools and outdoor leadership programs.
CTK: Emmanuel was delighted to have Dame Nicola Brewer,
Vice-Provost International, University College London (UCL), launch our
annual External Speaker Programme.
Over 100 students had the opportunity to listen to Nicola’s
inspirational talk about her career as a senior diplomat at the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office. Nicola explained to students how she came
to be British High Commissioner to South Africa, Lesotho and
Swaziland from May 2009 to September 2013.
As Vice-Provost (International),
Nicola talked about her responsibilities for UCL’s Global
Engagement Strategy to achieve fair solutions to global challenges.
Nicola also spoke of her work on Women’s Rights and her role as
Gender Equality Champion on UCL’s Senior Management Team, something she is
extremely passionate about.
Simon Spearman, Principal of CTK: Emmanuel, where the visit took place, said: ‘Dame Nicola Brewer has got our External Speaker Programme off to a brilliant start. She is one of many high-profile visitors from the worlds of academia, politics, and industry who will be coming into our colleges over the next few months. Our students gain a great deal from hearing these inspirational, high-achieving individuals speak about their own education and career paths.
Along with other Catholic schools and
Colleges, CTK Students, Chaplains, the Vice Principal and Chair of Governors
represented the College at the Education Commission’s Beginning of the
Academic Year Mass in St George’s Cathedral on Tuesday 11th September.
Archbishop Peter was the main celebrant who spoke about the importance of Catholic Education that provided the opportunity of developing the whole person. Some of the students pictured below with Archbishop Peter were also involved in the Choir that consisted of a range of schools. It was a joyful and uplifting occasion that cemented the sense of being part of a wider family of Catholic schools and Colleges in the Archdiocese of Southwark.
It was great to
hear Rhia and Jonny from the National Citizens Service (NCS) come to
CTK: Aquinas and talk to students about all the ways that they
can get involved with NCS and embark on exhilarating challenges whilst
building skills for both work and life.
Rhia and Jonny
explained that NCS exists to help tackle some of the biggest social challenges
in our country. The aim is to engage young people both in social
action in their communities and the democratic process, building their
understanding of their responsibilities as citizens.
400,000 young people have already said YES to NCS and this number includes many
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.”