Urban Synergy’s ‘Tips to the Top’ Role Model seminar is one of the
highlights of the academic year at Christ the King. The annual cross-site
event, which features panel discussions and speed mentoring sessions, inspires
confidence in our students and gives them an opportunity to interact with leading
Discussions of this kind not only broaden student horizons but
also provide a valuable insight into the qualities of academic and professional
success. The mentoring programmes and inspirational seminars organised by the
charity provide support, guidance and encouragement for young people, and
motivate them to achieve their best.
This year Christ the King was fortunate enough to welcome the
following guest speakers to the panel:
- Andrew Cole, Retired International Footballer
- Oliver Adebayo, Trainee Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Troy Von Scheibner – Magician & TV Personality (CTK alumnus)
- David Olusegun – CEO, Black Diamond Records (CTK alumnus)
- Natalie Scott – Fashion Stylist (CTK alumnus)
The evening opened with an introductory session, in which
the panel discussed their personal journeys and outlined the steps
they have taken to get to where they are today. This was followed by an
insightful Q&A session, in which students addressed personal questions to
members of the panel. Professionals from banking, medicine, technology,
fashion, politics, construction, law, teaching and research based professions
then took part in a speed mentoring session which comprised a string of
five minute talks with small groups of students. We were delighted that among
these professional were another three CTK alumni:
- Seni Fawehinmi: New Business Development Manager – Thomson Reuters
- Jeff Perkins: Executive Director – Storyful
- Charisma Jones: Solicitor – Lime TV
CTK students left the event feeling both inspired and motivated about their future potential!
Christ the King Sixth Form College has been selected as one of
only 73 schools in the UK to take part in the prestigious young translator
competition run by the European Union.
The European Commission’s Juvenes Translatores competition is
designed to promote multilingualism, language learning and careers in
translation. Contestants are asked to translate a text of about one page from
any of the 24 official languages of the EU into any other official language.
The competition is open to second-level students who were born in 2001. One
winner from each Member State will be invited on a three-day trip to Brussels,
with an award ceremony in the headquarters of the European Commission
The competition will take place simultaneously across Europe
at 9am on Thursday 22nd November. Christ the King will be represented by 5
5.Cristina Aguilar Mbula.
We are also taking this opportunity to ask all Modern Foreign Language students to take part in the same contest as part of an internal translation competition. There will be a prize for the best translation in each language – French/Spanish or Italian.
Changes in technology and the labour market mean that students
need to be aware of the career opportunities available to them in the future
and how to best take advantage of them. To support this, the October half term
saw the launch of the fifth annual CTK Fast Track Programme. As in previous
years, the Programme involved 50 students from all three CTK sites coming
together at CTK: Emmanuel for two days of training.
The morning session on the first day was led by Dr Rupert Evenett
(Chair of Governors) who talked to the students about “Developing a
professional work ethic.” During the talk Dr Evenett covered topics
including the importance of time keeping, personal presentation and the skills
needed to work well and succeed in the modern workplace.
During the second part of the first days training we welcomed Seye
Olokede, a former student from Christ the King, who spoke about his own
experiences and what it takes to be a success. During this session Seye talked
about the use of social media in a professional environment and the
benefits of networking through LinkedIn.
The first day concluded with Maria O’Regan along with her
colleagues from Santander conducting two workshops “Building and
presenting a compelling CV” and “Competency based Interviews”.
Working in small groups, students had the opportunity to get advice and
guidance on their CVs and how they could develop their interview
The second days training was run by The Unloc Enterprise Academy
and focused on alternative career routes for students; specifically on
self-employment and entrepreneurship.
Feedback from students and guests was that the training was hugely beneficial and will have a positive impact on their career aspirations and goals.