Welcome back dear Ashers! We hope you had a great Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year.
Students vs. Staff Bowling Match
Challenge your teachers next Wednesday 15th after College!
If you are interested, email Dane at [email protected].
Price: £10, please pay in reception.
Rome A level college Trip
Rome Ashbourne A level college Trip
  This year, we are going to Rome!
If you want a taste of the famous capital, its art, culture, history, cuisine, or simply want to spend an unforgettable week with your  friends, then sign up!
Please see Astrid or Sheetal as soon as possible, as places are limited!
Loud Guide to University
Loud is a free online magazine which is available 5 times per year for all 6th formers and college students. It contains vital information about university course opportunities, fees and finance, applying for uni and other options students might consider such as apprenticeships.
Click here to see the website and register.
University Taster Courses
Applications to university taster courses are now open on the University Taster Course Programme website.
Over 160 FREE university taster courses are offered in a variety of subjects taking place at numerous universities across London.
Places are limited, so apply now!
Legal Outreach Spring Workshop
Wednesday 26th February, 1pm - 5pm
The Spring Workshop is an inter-school, interactive programme which gives students a detailed insight on pursuing Law as an undergraduate degree. The workshop will be divided into 4 main sessions, which are:
1. UCAS, LNAT, & Careers Session
2. Taster sessions of university subjects, namely Criminal Law, Tort Law, Intellectual Property Law, Human Rights Law and Contract Law. This would involve an overview of the subject with a problem question involving a set of facts in a case.
3. Mooting Session which would involve a demonstration moot from some of our university’s top mooters                                                                         4. Critical Thinking and Current Affairs Session
If you are interested, please let Jai Virdi know by Wednesday 15th January at the latest.
The Careers Challenge
Pro Arts presents The Careers Challenge. An interactive workshop based on improving Employability skills and Career knowledge for young people. It is fun, interactive, and inspires young people to make positive choices about their future.

And click here to book a place. 
Visit from NCS
On Monday 13th, we will receive the visit of Laura Nelson who will tell you about NCS and The Challenge. The Challenge is a charity similar to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Laura Nelson will be visiting all the Personal Tutoring Groups and PSHE, so make sure you are present!
University of Oxford Events
Materials and Physics Day
Wednesday 22 January 2014
Students in Years 10 and 11 are invited to attend this study day, which will involve two hands-on sessions from Materials and Physics, as well as a talk on studying the subjects at university.
For further information please see the Materials website or email [email protected]
Music Study Day
Wednesday 26 February 2014
This Music Study Day at University College is for Year 12s who are seriously considering reading Music at university.
Participants will experience some of the teaching and learning styles used at Oxford and take a hands-on approach to studying some unfamiliar repertoire, with plenty of opportunity to engage with current Oxford Music students. For more information and application forms, please visit the college website.
Regional Application Conferences
March 2014
Mansfield College will be running four regional application conferences in 2014. These provide prospective applicants with the opportunity to ask questions, find out more about Oxford University and its application process, and help dispel some of the myths which may dissuade students from applying to Oxford.
For more information and to book a place please visit the college website or contact Jenny Medland at [email protected].
Begbroke Science Park Outreach Programme
March, June and July 2014
Begbroke Science Park is now taking bookings for their school event series, aimed at showing students how their studies can lead to career paths that they might not have considered.
The series will open their eyes with practical workshops to spark their interest.
The programme consists of:
The Innovation Showcase, Thursday 13 March 2014 (Years 9/10)
To book your free space please email [email protected] today. For more information on all this year’s events please see the website.
French film essay competition
The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford University is looking for budding film enthusiasts in Years 7-11 and 12-13 to embrace the world of French cinema. To enter the competition, students in each age group are asked to re-write the ending of a film in no more than 1500 words.
There’s a first prize of £100 for the winning student in each age group, with runner-up prizes of £25.
For further details please see the faculty website. Entries must be received by noon on Monday 31 March 2014.
George Bailey has been awarded a place on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme thanks to his outstanding fencing performances, Congratulations!
That's all for this week, look out for more in the next Ashbourne Newsletter!!