Super-curricular Opportunities: Nov 2018

Mr C Dodd – Staff Editor

GSAL Opportunities

All departments offer a range of subject enrichment opportunities; please speak to your subject teacher to find out more. The following opportunities may also be of interest:

Model United Nations Society Miss Haigh & Mr Stodolny

Debating Society –Mrs Rees, Mr Morley, Mr Westwood, Miss Simpson

Public Speaking Mrs Kurczij

LEAP (Business Enterprise) –Ms Ward

Extended Project Qualification – Mrs Walker

Aspire & Widening Perspectives (Sixth Form Enrichment) –Mr Rushworth


External Opportunites

These opportunities are in addition to those advertised via subject teachers, year group bulletins and the Higher Education team. Pay attention to all notices and check your school emails regularly.

**NEW** Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

A fascinating range of exhibitions, lectures and other events nationally—check out what’s on now.

**NEW** Modern Languages Schools Essay Prize

Organised by the University of Lancaster and open to all students in Year 12, the theme for this year is ‘Learn languages to speak to the future’. Essays should be written in French, German or Spanish, maximum 500 words. The deadline for entries is Monday 10th December 2018. Speak to Mr Hele or click here for more information.

**NEW** Egyptology and Assyriology Study Day

Hosted by Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on Thursday 17th January 2019. Click here to find out more and book your free place.

**NEW** Oxbridge Academic Summer Study Programs

Applications are now open for summer study programs in a wide range of different subjects including Medicine, Law, Business and Psychology. Click here to find out more.

**NEW** Oxford German Olympiad 2019

Entries are now open for this annual competition, the theme of which this year is ‘animals and monsters’ in the German-speaking world. Individual and team entries accepted. Click here for more information, or speak to Mr Hill in school. Deadline: 15th March 2019.

**NEW** New College of Humanities Essay Competition

Open to all students in Year 12, there is a 1st prize of £1,000 up for grabs; there are seven essay titles to choose from across a broad range of humanities and social sciences topics. Click here for more information and to enter the competition. Closing date: 31st January 2019.

**NEW** Debate Chamber Summer Schools

The Debate Chamber offers a range of fun and challenging Summer Schools for students aged 11-18, giving participants the opportunity to explore some fascinating subjects in a more sophisticated way than is often available at school. The courses focus on developing intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the desire to pursue ideas independently.

**NEW** Student Investor Challenge  

This is an interactive online share trading game open to any students in Years 10-13. The winners get a week long, all expenses paid educational trip to New York. Students don’t need any previous share trading knowledge. Click here to find out more, and also speak to Mr Stevenson (Economics) in school.

**NEW** Mensa: The High IQ Society

An IQ score is a quantifiable measure which can complement GCSE and A-Level results to help you stand out. A Mensa supervised IQ test normally costs around £25. Click here to find out more, or speak to Mr Dodd (geography).

**NEW** Win a Trip to Paris

The University of London in Paris is offering AS/A-Level students the chance to win a weekend in Paris. All you have to do is visit their website, watch a video and answer a few questions.

**NEW** Poetry By Heart

Learn by heart, recite and record a poem from their First World War collection. 18th December 2018.

University Open Days & Taster Days

Check out the full calendar of university open days; for university taster days, click here to browse a wide variety of university courses and gain insight into university life and career opportunities.

Year 11 Subjects Matters

October-January. Each autumn, the University of Cambridge runs practical and informative sessions for Year 11 students. The events, called The Subject Matters, highlight the importance of making suitable subject choices when making an application to a selective, research-led university.

Media Society Talk

Former GSAL student Joe Wallen is visiting us on October 11th before he takes up  post as foreign correspondent in China for The Independent. See Mrs Kurczij for more information.

Cambridge Religion on Film Competition

This year’s theme is RELIGIOUS SPACES. We are looking to reward creative film-makers who are interested in exploring religious spaces – such as religious buildings, sacred places, a natural space or environment, sites of commemoration or memorial, or community spaces. There is a £500 prize fund. Deadline for entries: 10th December 2018. Find more here.

The Marshall Society Conference (Economics)

This is the official Economics Society of the University of Cambridge and their next conference, open to Sixth Form students, will be on Saturday 2nd February 2019. Speak to a subject teacher or click here for more information.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships (Engineering/Computing/Design)

Identifying, inspiring and nurturing future leaders in engineering, computing and technical design. Entries starting in November/December. Provides substantial funding in Year 12 and 13 as well as the sponsorship of an industrial partner for students intending to pursue a career in engineering via a university degree. Applicants need to be in Year 11 and all applications must be made via Mr Bagshaw following a launch meeting after October half term. Click here for the Arkwright website.

Sam Hood Translation Prize & Gladstone Memorial Essay Prize (Classics)

Find out more here, or speak to your Classics teacher for more information. Cash prizes available. Deadlines: 10th July 2019.

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