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A Level Physics & Chemistry students Embark on fission trip! On a sunny morning in early July 2016, the A-level physics and chemistry students scrambled aboard a coach and headed off to the UK’s newest nuclear power station – Sizewell B on the Suffolk coast. As the coach raced along the A12 towards our destination, excitement on board was clearly mounting, particularly when glimpses of the characteristic mighty airline-collision-proof sparkling white dome first came into view. Once inside the facility, the students were given a talk on the rigorous, and admittedly impressive, safety procedures in place on the site – there have been no serious accidents or injuries since the station was first commissioned in 1995 – a truly impressive statistic. Once inside, and having been festooned with enough health and safety equipment to give an occupational therapist a heart attack – a hi-vis jacket, hard hat, radiation gloves and ear plugs to name but a few – the students headed off to the main security check point. Having been screened, scanned, prodded and searched, we finally made it through the main turnstiles and onto the officially ‘nuclear’ part of the site. What then followed was a fascinating 3 hour tour of the entire facility (with the exception of the nuclear reactor). Perhaps most striking of all was the sheer scale on which the electricity production takes place. The power station consisted of everything from its own on-site armed police force, to a gigantic fish filtration system. In order to provide a coolant, 13 million litres of seawater are sucked in from the neighbouring North Sea every minute, with many unfortunate critters plucked from their cosy briny depths and involuntarily brought along for their own brief tour of Sizewell B. The facility is the only power station in Europe that has its own in-house giant ‘fish sieving’ system; it was indeed a spectacular and rather heart-warming sight to see the likes of cod, haddock, sole and pollock whizzing by beneath our feet on an aquatic rollercoaster ride back out to sea. The tour ended with a much needed hearty lunch, followed by a tour of the Sizewell B Visitor Centre. As they clambered back onto the coach for the journey home, the students were visibly glowing (though fortunately not in the luminous yellow sense). It had been a fantastic day and had certainly given us all plenty to think about in terms of nuclear power as a viable energy source for the future of our planet. ... See MoreSee Less

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Pokemon GO players! Have fun and also be safe! I know there might be a pikachu just a few blocks down, but be careful and alert (especially alone at night)!

Pokemon GO players! Have fun and also be safe! I know there might be a pikachu just a few blocks dow...

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Pokemon GO players! Have fun and also be safe! I know there might be a pikachu just a few blocks down, but be careful and alert (especially alone at night)! I hope you have a great time, fellow Pokemon trainers. :D

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BTEC Performing Arts and BTEC Music Technology students recently saw Les Miserable in London's West End. This trip was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike due to the action packed itinerary and free time to explore London. The students represented the College impeccably at the hotel, at the show and in their general conduct around London. Having worked on Les Mis in performance workshop (Plus More) throughout the year, seeing the show was an excellent way to finish a very successful year. As well as this, the students were allowed backstage to explore the costume and props used in the show and learn about its history as well as the history of the Queen’s Theatre. On day two, the students took part in a workshop led by a member of the cast where they learned the choreography, movement and harmonies to ‘One Day More’ ‘Master of the House’ and ‘At the end of the day’ This looked and sounded amazing and reflected the level of talent that we have in the music and performing arts at College. The staff are already looking forward to running the trip again next year due to the level of success and enjoyment had by all involved! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Lowestoft Sixth Form College A-level Art & Photography Exhibition 'Private View' took place on Friday 1st July. This event is an annual celebration of work by students studying on A-level courses within the Art & Photography department, and this year a total of 46 students completed these courses. The themes for this years exhibition were 'Borders, Bridges, and Barriers', 'Transformations', and 'Truth, Fantasy, and Fiction'. The art works and photographic images on display were selected from individual coursework or exam units by the students themselves, and it is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity, exciting, creative, and imaginative work being made at L6FC. ... See MoreSee Less

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GAME ON! Lowestoft Young Games Designer Competition 2016 2016 was the biggest year for game designers as nearly 70 students from Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics, Long Stratton High School, East Point Academy and Pakefield High School took part in the annual Lowestoft Young Game Designer competition. Students ranging from Year 7 to year 11 took part to either design a game on paper or create one from code. The winners received a £30 amazon voucher, a certificate of awesomeness and a lovely Lowestoft Sixth Form College trophy. Invited guests from University Campus Suffolk (University of Suffolk), The Forum in Norwich, Four Circle Interactive Games and the Norwich Game Festival browsed the entries and offered their tips to the students. A notable fact is that just over 50% of the entrants were female and UCS were quick to praise the work L6FC and the high schools have done to promote this competition to girls. Next year looks to be even bigger with Ormiston Denes Academy, Sir John Leman High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College set to join in with a new inter college challenge for staff and students. The Forum Norwich have offered us a chance to showcase next year’s entries at the Norwich Game Festival in May. The overall best games were… Best game concept Holly Knowles: Escape the Titanic (Long Stratton High School) Many game designers struggle to find the heart of a game.They continue adding more and more mechanics in the hope that the game will become more fun. They will dress the mechanics in a skin stitched from first-level consciousness ideas. Not Holly. Holly’s understanding of some of the most difficult design concepts is staggering. She has all but described and recreated Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘Flow Channel’. Her diegesis is intricately researched and also inherently woven into the core progression and anticipation mechanics that drive the player ever onwards towards a clear goal, the icy water licking vicariously at their heels. Immersion is generated from a wealth of primary and secondary sensory predicates, from engaging interactions, and from the repetition of progression mechanics as the Player Character flees from the lower decks up to the boat deck. Empathy is encouraged through customisation – but not simply the routine customisation of hair and eye colour: Holly invites the player to choose their gender and social status, and dresses the Player Character accordingly and authentically. Finally, with the player cocooned in the agony of suspense, Holly throws locked doors at the player to hamper their progress and turn the screw. And she has mapped all of this onto the Wii nunchuk. This is outstanding design work. Whether it is informed or intuitive, or a combination of the two, is irrelevant given that Holly has so many years ahead of her to master and control these techniques. Best game coding Samuel Townsend: Dragon Killer (Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics) In his game Dragon Killer, Samuel has explored an intricate system of menus and mechanics and has wrestled with a veritable library of code. Whilst he had tamed the mechanics, he has rather lost control over the player’s experience and should remember to metaphorically take the player by the hand and lead them through the experience. Behind the interface, Samuel has employed a variable reward structure and grafted this effortlessly onto a game of quick reactions and mastery, ushering the player towards some of the more difficult-to-elicit emotional responses such as fiero (the fist pump) and excitement. With clear goals presented, Samuel generates anticipation and the player is herded inexorably towards the high score, locking the player in a ‘learn, practice, master loop,’ assembling the foundations of an addictive gaming experience. Judges’ comments - there were 4 ‘one to watch’ awards for great potential: Amy Graham and Neve Winney: Spiritless (Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics) Amy and Neve have presented a frighteningly mature narrative which nods towards the visual style of indie sensation Limbo. Their world is constructed from the raw building blocks of awe and wonder – two extremely difficult emotions to elicit – and the fight-or-flight mechanics grab the player by the scruff of the neck and force them into making life-and-death decisions at every turn. Although the mystery and puzzle components have not been explicitly designed, they would both be highly appropriate additions to a thoroughly interactive experience wrought from treachery, compassion and pathos. Millie Bell and Abi Dye: Bird Song (Long Stratton High School) Such a beautiful world: a world of music and patterned birds and magical environments! Pablo Picasso said ‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.’ As we get older, we find it harder to strip away the layers of our ideas in order to find the emotive heart. Millie and Abi have chosen only the most wondrous mechanics and aesthetic components for their game. As they develop their control over the player’s experience, they should be sure not to lose this unfiltered connection to joy and optimism. A great many players would love to spend time in Millie and Abi’s game worlds. We know that we would! Holly Knowles: Escape the Titanic (Long Stratton High School) (see above) Luca Walpole: Sneaky Spectre (Pakefield High School) Luca has presented an intriguing narrative wrought from lost souls and patrolling guards, set inside a museum. Whilst the player’s, and the Player Character’s, goals and motivations remain ambiguous, Luca’s desire to recreate the stealth and exploration mechanics is clear, and much of the narrative ambiguity is converted to curiosity. The game has been well designed and well coded, although some of the proposed design work has yet to be translated into the game. Upgrades are required in order to progress through the game; as such, the limited in-game resources must be spent wisely. Coupled with the navigation and stealth mechanics, the judges believe there is a compelling gaming experience buried in Luca’s work, waiting to leap out at the player. ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer loading... #Fridayfeeling Wishing all our students a happy and safe summer break!

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We hope everyone enjoyed our visit from 🍬🍬 Sweeties 🍬🍬 to mark the end of term/year #chocolate #summer More photos to follow :-)

Getting all set and ready for the lovely students & staff for their end of term event 🍢🍡🍬...

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Getting all set and ready for the lovely students & staff for their end of term event 🍢🍡🍬🍥lots of chocolate and dips being prepared 🍢🍡🍬🍥 it's so lovely to be back everyone was so pleased to see us 🙊🙊 I wonder why ha ha 🙊🙊

🍀 Good luck 🍀 to L6FC students Callum Gray, Sam Every, Elliot Willgoss and James Harvey who are taking part in the street velodrome in the town centre this weekend. Have fun and safe riding.

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#TBThursday on the photos. Students finish tomorrow - check the atrium board for details.

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Our BTEC IT and Games Design Students visited UCS to experience their campus and tour the facilities @UCS_NEWS pic.twitter.com/KnjxnYxG0H
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