Volunteering and Mentoring Sixth Form in Oxford
Volunteering and Mentoring allows you to build vital skills for later in life including leadership, speaking to an audience, and organisation to name a few. It also allows children lower down the school to engage with you, look up to you and build great relationships right throughout the school. This is one of the things that makes Rye Sixth Form in Oxford feel so warming when you come to us and gives us the real sense of community that we are known for.
This year, we are excited to launch our new programme – VoluntRYE – which combines volunteering and enrichment and aims to give you tangible proof and recognition of your additional contribution to our community and the skills those contributions have built throughout your time at Sixth Form. The programme is designed to allow each of you to tailor the programme your areas for development or interest – we give you a list of activities or initiatives to engage with and you choose 6 to complete in Year 12 and four in Year 13 – this allows the programme to be bespoke and just right for you.
All members of Sixth Form are assigned as a ‘House Mother’ to a younger pupil in your house. Care is taken to match you to a younger student with whom you have things in common – this is a handpicked process! The aim of the relationship is to allow our Sixth Form to provide support, advice and guidance when needed to children lower down the school. Whilst there is no ‘set’ structure to the House Mentor programme, in the past we have found that each relationship flourishes and builds in its own unique way dependent on the needs and wants of the younger student.
In the coming year, our new Well Being Prefect will oversee a refresh of the mentoring scheme with more opportunities for you to meet with your mentors – so watch this space for more information.
There are a multitude of different opportunities on offer to you in terms of enrichment. This offer changes every term, and an example list can be found here. Whilst there is no expectation on you to attend any of these clubs, we strongly recommend it as another way of exploring different areas and skills outside of the classroom.
Additionally, you will have a 2 hour slot in their timetable each week for sport. This has been a real hit since its introduction and, it is safe to say, often pushes them students of their comfort zone. They have turned their hand to a whole range of sports from paddleboarding to trampolining, and swimming to rock climbing. This time is great for mental health, well being and building relationships. It also presents a dedicated time to switch off from the other, more academic, pressures you may be facing at certain times in the school year.
We also offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s programme to our Sixth Form – more information can be found here.
Being a Sixth Form in Oxford, our enrichment offer is further enriched by the multitude of opportunities presented to us by both Universities – Oxford and Oxford Brookes – including lectures, workshops and the opportunity to attend exhibitions amongst other things. It is one of the unique aspects of being so close to such a vibrant and diverse city.
Sixth Form Open Evening
We warmly welcome you to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 30 September 6-7.30pm.
Your chance to come and experience all our Sixth Form at Rye has to offer, meet the staff and students and experience our facilities.
We look forward to welcoming you.