This week and next at Frinton Campus our Year 11 students will be undertaking their English and Maths practice examinations. The exams will allow teachers to assess progress and provide advice and guidance to help improve grades. During this time, the stress levels of students may peak, I can assure you that staff at TTC will do everything they can to make the examination process run as smoothly as possible. To help this, could I ask that you continue to encourage your child to arrive on time for College, as any lateness to exams can cause unnecessary stress to many students involved in the exam process. Thank you for your support with this.
Tuesday saw the arrival of two guest speakers at Frinton Campus to deliver a presentation to Year 10 and 11 students. David Cameron (an education specialist - not the ex-prime minister) and Chris Kilkenny, gave a hard hitting motivational talk that was extremely emotional yet uplifting. It is probably best to use the words of Chris Kilkenny himself:
'Unlike some of the distinguished keynote speakers and educational celebrities whom I admire and am inspired by, I do not have decades of degrees and Educational work experience, what I do bring to the table is four failed school placements, a first-hand experience of being in the education system and living in poverty. I spent a large amount of my childhood in care and have lived in rehab twice but never been an addict. Luckily there is a small documentary that was made by the BBC whilst I lived there that will show you in what capacity I lived there, it’s called Chris’s story. I also love and have always loved Education and Learning but I left school with no qualifications.'
The passion for learning and gaining an education burst from his presentation, his story was complicated, and his life story was sad and hard to listen to in places. However, the overwhelming message was clear to all who listened. Use the time at school wisely and gain all the qualifications you can as later in life it is much harder. Both David and Chris have been touring Essex delivering this message to thousands of students and hundreds of teachers across the county. Both speakers commented on how the students at TTC had been their largest audience and by far the best behaved audience. They also commented on how mature and articulate the students were when asking questions during the presentation, they praised all our students for the respect they showed throughout. It goes without saying I was proud to hear such great compliments and wanted to share this with you.
Mr C Collins
Head of Frinton Campus