Academic and Creative
Academic and Creative Programmes
Cultivate is a practical enrichment activity and its main focus is on the growing of vegetables and herbs throughout the year, using a polytunnel and raised planters. The border will also involve growing pollinators (flowers) to encourage bees to pollinate and make the garden look its best.
It is open to all students and designed for students with no previous experience in gardening or growing, it is intended to be a fun therapeutic learning journey that has practical benefits and hopefully will encourage the next generation of garden and allotment growers.
Anything produced is available for students in the group to take home or donated to the Hackney Food Bank for distribution.
The creative writing enrichment will take a journey into the power of language and the potential of its impact upon our own selves as individuals, our relationships and interactions and indeed our perceptions.
The relationship between our language and humankind may be best understood when we consider letters by themselves, important in their own entity and when placed together becoming even more powerful to become words – giving them substance and meaning. In this instance, human beings may be aligned to letters – each important within our right and when we recognise our own value, we are then able to understand this in context to our relationship to one another. In that moment we are able to have the most profound and positive of impact in our own lives and in the lives of others around us.
The creative writing enrichment will endeavour to explore the different mediums of the way language is used poetry through spoken word, lyrics to songs, film script, plays and everything in between looking at how it impacts upon each of us and the world that we know…join us on our exploration into language beyond classroom academia…
Knowledge is Power
The Knowledge is Power programme is a parallel curriculum of events and creative workshops to discuss some of the major issues facing society and young people today. It is a place for students to share experiences of the world, to make greater sense of those experiences, and to build Knowledge and Power upon them.
We will explore how policing, schooling, sexuality, social media, youth violence and more, shape our lives and learning. We shall explore hidden histories, ancient fables, and untold truths.
Topics this year will include health inequalities around Covid, Trans Rights, Disability Rights, the Black Lives Matter Movement, the environment and alternative living, the Haitian Revolution, and masks of masculinity.
The programme will draw on community expertise, youth initiative, local heritage, and the latest scholarship from universities across the country and beyond to develop the Knowledge and Power to survive and thrive growing up in London
Hackney Shed Young Theatre Company
Do you like performing? If you like theatre, join Hackney Shed’s Young Company for young people aged 16-19.
Hackney Shed is a performing arts company for young people in the community. Our Young Company will meet once a week to learn skills like improvisation, script work and character and story development.
We will work together to create our own performances and whether you have loads of experience or just want to give theatre a go, you are welcome to join!
Do you like taking photographs? Do you want to learn how to use Adobe products such as Photoshop and Lightroom?
The Photography Club will give you basic to advanced level skills in digital photography. You will learn how to shoot on location and in a studio setting. You will also learn how to use lighting and be able to digitally edit your photography.
UCL Science/Programming & Coding
The Science and Coding programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to technology, science, data, and society while covering the basics of programming using python. Sessions include what is programming and how to do it, algorithms, introducing Raspberry pi’s with short coding projects, consolidating the basics of programming, data analysis/ science, an exploration of programming’s role in science and data science, the maths of migration and basic bioinformatics python programming. There will also be talks from current science researchers, software developers and PhD students.
Youth Action Group
Are you concerned about youth violence? Have you or anyone you know been affected? Are you keen to do something about it? Our Youth Action Group was set up to find solutions. This year one of those solutions was to establish a safe space for young people to share and overcome issues. The Get it Off Your Chest Tuesdays on Thursdays is a peer to peer mentoring session set up by young people, for young people. The group also comes together once a month with students from three other London colleges – Lambeth Leyton and Westminster – to share ideas on solutions with the Hip Hop Artist/Writer Akala. If you care about these issues, want to discuss them and take positive action to resolve them, then we want to hear from you.
Music Performance / Production
This enrichment is for students that have a keen interest in Djing, Music production, Recording and performance.
Producers and DJs will get a chance to try out relevant software (Serato, Ableton Live or Logic Pro), vocalists who want to record themselves can use one of the three mini-studios and instrumentalists will have use of the rehearsal room to play live.
Students of all ability levels are welcome.
*live music activities may not run owing to the ongoing situation and will be assessed as we run depending on student uptake
Beginner Languages Club
Do you want to learn a modern language? Do you want to converse in French, Italian or Spanish?
Studying a language enables you to study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. Learning a language helps you to understand other countries’ culture including music, cinema, food, customs and traditions.
The beginner languages club is led by current BSix students.
Student Ambassador Initiative
As a student ambassador a key aspect of your work will be to provide encouragement and motivation to people who may not be aware of the range of possibilities and opportunities available to them if they choose to study at BSix. You will play a key role in the ensuring all new and existing students realise their potential to succeed at BSix.
You will work with a wide range of staff at various events across the year, but your main contact will be with staff within the Admissions and Marketing department.
The ambassador work that you will be asked to do will vary, but may include the following tasks and responsibilities:
· Talking to new and prospective students at college events
· Taking part in presentations to students/parents about BSix
· Supporting teaching staff with subject specific events and workshops
· Open events
· Taster days
· Further education fairs
· School events
· Interview sessions
· College tours
Can you win an argument with a friend/ family member?
Debating skills can be useful in a variety of ways from winning a pay rise, defending an innocent client, winning political office
The debating club is a fun way to developing your ability to deploying rational, reasoned arguments whilst building confidence. Academic research has shown that there are numerous benefits to be attained through developing debating skills. We use different activities to help you with your critical thinking and become more confident in communication. The club could also help you to become more informed about political and global affairs, and provide training for debate competitions with local schools, and at a national and international level.
The Uganda Project
The Uganda Project is an international, collaborative social action project between BSix College students (and staff) and Nyantaboma Schools students (and staff) in Uganda.
To fulfill the ‘Enrichment’ part of your study programme:
International volunteering: you will be working to support a rural schools project in Uganda. This volunteering element of the Enrichment will have BSix students engaging in fundraising activities to support the school, including setting up a Gofundme page, soliciting support from family, friends the public and hosting fundraising events at and outside the college.
International seminar (Decolonising the curriculum): you will be participating in a new collaborative initiative with students and teachers in Uganda to engage in a highly interactive discussion on ‘decolonising the curriculum’.
International exchange visit (virtual/physical): A group of BSix College students (and staff) shall visit Nyantaboma School to meet the counterparts they have been supporting. They will continue the social action project by working with the Nyantaboma students to accomplish together tasks such as building, landscaping, painting, installing water facilities and hosting community-wide events.