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End of term newsletter - July 2019

Welcome to the UTC Reading End of Term newsletter. We have had a very busy, exciting term with a lot of activities that have taken place. Here are some of the highlights...

Have a great long Summer break!

UTC Reading students win the Reading University Hackathon!

A group of Year 11 UTC Reading students won the highly regarded Reading University 24-hour student hackathon, competing against students from across the globe.

UTC Reading students, Ben, Oliver and Ilyas took part in the hackathon at Henley Business School. A hackathon is a programming marathon, where small teams put their ideas together to create something exciting in only 24 hours. 

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UTC Reading students came second in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Craftsman Cup

Well done to Year 13 students James Carter and Luke Pond who were runners- up in the REME Craftsman Cup at the Ministry of Defence, Lyneham on 15 May.

Teams from across colleges up and down the country have been competing since September taking part in the inter-college REME challenge, working on projects faced by REME engineers on a daily basis.

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UTC Reading students crowned winners of two categories at Royal Navy Engineering Challenge 2019

This term, students from UTC Reading took part in the annual Royal Navy engineering challenge, designing two vehicles that, working together, could rescue a damaged helicopter from a tropical island.

Two KS4 teams, named ‘Onshore Pirates’ and ‘Titanic 4’, won the prize for sustainability and Best Design!

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UTC Reading students and alumni competed in the Royal Navy Junior Field Gun Challenge this July under the banner of ‘ALET (Activate Learning Education Trust) Warriors.

The week-long event involved students working together to assemble a field gun (small canon), transporting it across the track at speed, firing and then disassembling it.

The challenge is designed to inspire the scientists, engineers and technicians of the future. It helps them to build essential skills for the world of work, including team work, self-reliance, resilience and communication.

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KS5 students take part in final UTC Pipeline Programme session of the academic year

Since September, students in Year 12 and 13 have teamed up with their chosen industry expert for four sessions across the year, to help develop the skills that are needed in the workplace.

The programme is designed to develop a talent pipeline, as students and employers work together on employability skills workshops, technical briefings and work placements.

For their final session of the year, our employer partners each worked with their groups on a wide range of innovative and engaging activities, before working through all of the valuable lessons taught since the start of the year.

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Grazely Park Primary school pupils enjoyed an out of this world rocket-making workshop

Grazely Park Primary school pupils enjoyed an out of this world rocket-making workshop thanks to UTC Reading’s Director of Engineering, Andy Thacker, and Year 12 students – Hugo, Tom, Fraser and Laurence.

The year 1 and 2 pupils had an hour and a half to build rockets inspired by NASA’s and Elon Musk’s spaceships.

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Keir lands prestigious Google apprenticeship at London HQ

BTEC Computing student, Keir, has secured a prestigious apprenticeship with one of most sought-after employers in the world, Google.

Keir tells us more…

“I am really excited about this apprenticeship. Who doesn’t want to work for Google?! It’s one of the best technology companies out there. When I was searching for apprenticeships, I came across this one and knew I had to apply.”

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Josh beats off stiff competition to be offered BAE Systems apprenticeship

Sixth form student, Josh, has secured a highly sought after higher apprenticeship with multinational aerospace, defence and security company, BAE Systems. 

Josh said, “I have always wanted to work in the military in some capacity. I have not been clear of my asthma long enough to join the military directly so my aim has been to work as closely as I can with them.”

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Five Year 10 students graduated at The Brilliant Club

This term, five Year 10 students travelled to Royal Holloway, University of London, to celebrate their excellent results at The Brilliant Club graduation ceremony.

The event celebrated the students’ great achievements and results, which were:

1st Class: Michael Fyfe

High 2.1: Euan Cramptin-Hayard, Buster Jupp, Connor Glanfield, Sam Riccalton, and Henry Burton, who couldn’t attend the ceremony but will receive his merits shortly.

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Year 11 student helped to launch CCF at UTC Reading earlier this year

Year 11 student, Luca, helped UTC Reading to launch its Combined Cadet Force (CCF) earlier this year.

“I joined the air cadets when I was 15, after a friend recommended that I come along. I have continued to do this twice a week, outside of school.”

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Year 10 student, Elise, becomes the UTC’s first CCF Sergeant!

In January 2019, UTC Reading launched its own Combined Cadet Force (CCF), led by Vice Principal and Contingent Commander, Neil Pouney, alongside the support and experience of existing cadets, such as Year 10 student, Elise.

“In March, I took the senior non-commissioned officer course and was successful. I was 14 years old when I joined the cadets, and have been part of the air cadets community squadron in Henley ever since. When I heard about this opportunity to launch the cadets at UTC Reading, I jumped on it straight away!”

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Year 10 students take part in first ever Sports Day!

Year 10 students competed against each other's company to be in with the chance of winning the trophy. They took part in javelin, shot put and various track distance races. The company Brunel were crowned champions with the most points - well done Brunel!

There were three staff vs. students events, including tug of war and relay. Everyone had great team spirit throughout and celebrated with burgers and hot dogs.

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