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Check out the latest edition of the regular newsletter here. It includes all the latest news and achievements from Bishop Laney Sixth Form and our students.

Below are some news highlights taken from it:

In this, our first newsletter of 2018, we have much to report, consider and celebrate. We are currently working our way through applications for September; having received not only the highest number since the launch of Bishop Laney, but the highest in recent years for the sixth form provision at Ely. We are delighted at this recognition of what we have achieved so far, and continue to achieve with the support for our students and you, their families.

Student Council - Our elected student council have been extremely busy, following their training session with the Education Department at Ely Cathedral, their work has gone from strength to strength. Their recent priorities have included supporting with promotion and our internal communications, helping us to deliver the key messages to our students; their peers. Members of the council were instrumental in the tremendous success of our recent PLEDGES Plus day, with the focus on health and wellbeing. More can be found later in the newsletter. We are grateful to them for their work, and it is a privilege to work with young people so committed and involved in their college community.

Public Services visit the Fire Station - As part of the Public Services course, we have engaged in a number of visits and practical activities at Ely Fire Station over the previous months. It has been fantastic to see students challenging themselves and working together to achieve a number of goals. The skills they have required represent those needed in a variety of life situations, not just the fire service, while having an understanding of how the fire service work and conduct their job.

Norwich News - The girls’ squad has been working extremely hard in the gym on Mondays and have worked on various technical training on Tuesdays and Fridays involving finishing 1 v 1 mastery and combination play. It has been excellent to see two of the girls, Amy Callaghan and Morwenna Woodbridge take their first steps into coaching as they have recently supported our community Soccer Schools for 4 to 12-year-old children, assisting the coaching staff and running the camps. Special mention must also go to Ami Pritchett for her dedication to the gym sessions on Mondays.

PLEDGES Plus Day - Talking FreEly - On Monday 22nd January, Bishop Laney Sixth Form students were a part of our PLEDGESPlus day based around mental health. We were honoured to welcome Natasha Devon to Bishop Laney and Ely College to speak to our students, parents and professionals from across the region. Natasha is a renowned speaker; columnist and commentator on issues related to the mental health of young people. With mental health, becoming a growing concern amongst our young people, much of the day was given over to this important aspect of our wellbeing. We were lucky to have local organisation Talking FreEly with us for the day; running activities for students on what is meant by mental health, managing strategies and encouraging students to talk, within the pop-up café. The day started hearing from an inspirational 17 year old from Hertfordshire, sharing her experiences; enlightening students on the concept of mental health and available support.

Drive iQ - All sixth form students have registered on Cambs Drive iQ online programme, to develop and reinforce knowledge of the Highway Code and driving hazards awareness. The online programme has a number of modules students can complete which informs them and tests them on a whole range of safety aspects while driving or as a passenger.