All year 12 students took part in a Financial Awareness workshop delivered by our business partner PwC on Monday 3rd December... Read more here
Year 12 Financial Literacy Day
All year 12 students took part in a Financial Awareness workshop delivered by our business partner PwC on Monday 3rd December. Students had the opportunity to learn about budgeting and saving, bank accounts, mobile phone deals as a case study, product insurance, gap year and travelling, debit, credit and store cards, loans and overdrafts, council tax and TV licence, scams and cyber security. This what they thought of the event:
I learnt a lot about bank accounts and money management
I learnt that I can save money in many ways and I learnt how to prevent scams
It gave me a better insight into different types of banks
The information I had was very useful and understandable
I understand the world of banking better
I found the session engaging
I learnt about insurance especially
Everything I learnt was helpful and will be considered in the future
Raising University Aspirations Fifteen year 12 students attended a careers fair ‘Raising University Aspirations’ organised by Making the Leap and held at Central Hall Westminster... Read more here
Raising University Aspirations
Fifteen year 12 students attended a careers fair ‘Raising University Aspirations’ organised by Making the Leap and held at Central Westminster Hall. They had the opportunity to speak to representatives from UK exclusive universities such as Brunel, SOAS, UCL, Birbeck, Oxford and many more. The aim was to help them know about the range of degree courses available, entry requirements, university applications and what it is like to be an university student. And ultimately how to prepare for it and increase your chances of getting what you hope for. This is what one of them said:
‘I found the trip to Central Westminster Hall for the Raising University Aspirations event very useful. I was able to know what grades I need to achieve to be able to do the course that I would like to do in university. It also helped me know which universities offer the course I am planning to study in the near future.’ Tanay (year12 student)
PwC mentoring programme launch for 6th form students Monday 5th November saw the launch of our popular mentoring programme ran by PwC and which goes on for the whole academic year... Read more here
PwC Mentoring programme launch for 6th form students
Monday 5th November saw the launch of our popular mentoring programme ran by PwC and which goes on for the whole academic year. This year’s applications were completed online directly to the business and we are pleased that fifteen of our sixth formers have been successful and will be taking part in this very valuable programme. Students will have regular meetings with their mentors and learn study skills, careers routes, business skills and much more. They will also take part in separate employability skills day events held at PwC offices. This is what three of them said about what they hope to gain:
’During this programme, I hope that I learn major skills that are an essential part of our everyday lives from my mentor. This involves how to deal with the pressures and stress of school and also to develop time management skills that can also help with minimising the amounts of stress. In addition to this, I would like my mentor to help me explore options related to my future, to see what ways I can get to where I aspire to be .’ Nancy – Y12 student
‘I am certain that I would like to continue to remain within education, and attend university, however, I hope for my mentor to be supportive in ways in which will help me understand the choices to make to participate in a course that is right for me at university. I am still unaware of where my passions lie, and hope to become aware of them soon with the advice and leadership of a mentor. Support in time management is also an essential life skill that I would like to expand and regulate.’ Anfal –Y12 student
‘I would like my mentor to help me understand my options when it comes to making decisions about what I want to do after school. I would also like my mentor to give me feedback on personal statements, cover letters and my CV. Finally, I would like my mentor to give me advice on questions I may have about university or subjects.’ Summayah – Y12 student
Launch of New Business Partnership and Visit by Dr. Pelletier We had the pleasure of launching our new business partnership with iamYiam and welcoming Doctor and Professor Kenneth R. Pelletier at our school on Friday 5th October.... Read more here
Launch of New Buisness Partnership and Visit by Dr. Pelletier
We had the pleasure of launching our new business partnership with iamYiam and welcoming Doctor and Professor Kenneth R. Pelletier at our school on Friday 5th October. iamYiam propose a personalised health solution that uses biotechnology, psychodynamic and behavioural data to help enhance our understanding of individual health journey and give actionable micro steps to improve life quality. We aim to learn from their expertise to promote healthy lifestyle and healthy living to our school community. Their input in school will also include talks, workshops and in-class support in science, maths and business to link the world of education to the world of work.
Professor Pelletier, a scientist and researcher from the United States of America, spoke at our sixth form assembly about his career route in the medical field and the power of the mind which wrote a few books about. His speech was indeed motivating, inspiring and very much enjoyed by our students who could hardly let him leave the premises.
Prof. Kenneth R. Pelletier:‘Thank you for a most engaging morning. Most of all, I was impressed by the serious interests in genetics and medicine. These are the future of health care and you will all be the ones who create this bright new world of epigenetics’
Shubh (Sixth former):‘Having the opportunity to talk to an expert in the field of biology reinforced my understanding on the school-taught basics and expanded my perspective on the subject. The experience increased my critical understanding on my EPQ topic of immortality, where Mr. Pelletier showed me the varying research present in this field and guided me to an optimal approach to tackling mortality. It was an honour to have this opportunity available to me and thank the iamYiam team for attending.’
Y12 Workshop on Investments at PwC Monday 14th March was a celebration day for our year 12 PwC mentees.... Read more here
Y12 Workshop on Investments at PwC
Monday 14th March was a celebration day for our year 12 PwC mentees. They were invited to PwC –Embankment office to receive their certificate of achievement for taking part in the mentoring programme. The day started with a workshop on investments Led by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, followed by presentations on case studies delivered by students to a panel of judges. Below is Nour’s comment on the day.
‘We took part in a variety of tasks related to the business sector. We were given a case study and had to problem solve business situations. We worked in small groups with different PwC professionals which helped us improve our networking and communication skills. The activity around presenting to an audience was also beneficial and taught us how to work and collaborate as a team. Our research work meant we had to compile a lot evidence-based information to impress our audience and that was a big boost to our confidence and preparation for the world of work.’ (Nour – Y12 student)
PWC Insight Day Saida, one of our Year 12 student describes her account of 'PWCs Insight day.'... Read more here
PWC Insight Day
On our trip to PwC last week, myself and 17 other students partook in an insight day replete with valuable knowledge relative to a career in business, as well as guidance in leading a professional occupation. I enjoyed learning about PwC as a multinational professional services network and the variety of sectors that work in collaboration to assist their clients, offering audit, assurance services, corporate finance and legal services; among other things.
The workshop taught me about the many roles and wide range of opportunities within one business. In addition, we worked with other schools from London in activities strengthening our interview and communication skills and learning about the importance of inclusion and compromise. We were also informed about the different apprenticeships and flying start schemes offered by PwC and the requirements of each pathway and what it entails. This day was very useful and enjoyable providing beneficial knowledge, surrounding PwC and a transition into our future career.
Saida (Year 12 student)
University Aspiration Event – Careers Fair Our year 12 students attend a careers fair organised by 'Making the Leap' at Central Hall Westminster ... Read more here
University Aspiration Event – Careers Fair
A group of year 12 students opted to go out today to attend a careers fair organised by Making the Leap at Central Hall Westminster. They had the opportunity to speak to a number of universities and learn more about entry requirements, university life and how to prepare for it. Three students decided to share what they thought of the day.
‘The experience at Central Hall Westminster careers fair was useful for my future decisions and courses I want to take at university. I am grateful to have had this experience as it furthered my knowledge about university expectations’
Aylin (Y12 student)
‘The trip to Central Hall careers fair really helped me understand all about certain universities and also encouraged me to apply. I am happy I was able to attend.’
Georgia (Y12 student)
‘I really enjoyed the career fair as It gave me an overview of what I need to work on in order to meet university requirements’
Gheed (Y12 student)
Cabinet Office Workshop We were pleased to welcome a team from the public services sector who delivered a careers and employability skills workshop to our sixth formers... Read more here
Cabinet Office Workshop
We were pleased to welcome a team from the public services sector who delivered a careers and employability skills workshop to our sixth formers. The aim was to raise young people’s awareness of public services, the Civil Service and GCS as a possible career. Students found the activity very informative and enjoyed its interactive aspect.
From left to right: Siddikah and Fayez (6th form students) with Patrick Brown and Daveena Solanki (Government Communication Service)
Siddikah (6th form student) said:
‘’I felt that we learnt so much about different departments within the public services, the Civil Service and the Government Communication Service (GSC), and how they work in collaboration with each other to deal with matters concerning the public.
We also learnt about what each department consists of and what they are responsible for. At the same time, It was useful to know about the variety of career opportunities available to us within that sector.’’
Daveena Solanki (GCS) said:
'It was great to be at St Augustine's delivering a workshop to interested young people about a career in the Government Communication Service (GCS), and we were really happy to see that many of the students said they would consider a career in the Civil Service/GCS by the end of the session. We hope they enjoyed the session as much as we did!'
To know more about career opportunities within the public service, please click on the following links:
PwC Mentoring Programme One of our Sixth Form students recalls his first mentoring session. ... Read more here
PwC Mentoring Programme
Following his first mentoring session Rami said:
‘In my first session I discussed with my mentor work experience as well as work shadowing. I have learnt about study skills and how to manage my time and organise my tasks. We also talked about volunteering opportunities and the importance of preparing a strong personal statement.’