U6 Activities

Negotiation Course with Tim Cullen MBE

Over the last four weeks, King William’s College Upper Sixth pupils have had the opportunity to learn the art of negotiation from Mr Tim Cullen MBE, Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

Mr Cullen, a former pupil of King William’s College, delivered the same material he teaches to world leaders and MBA students at Oxford. He felt that the group of students were ‘engaging and inspiring and a wonderful mixture of nationalities, so representative of College’s ethos. I pushed them fairly hard, but they responded very well and they did brilliantly on the final negotiation simulation.’

Upper Sixth Form pupil Alex Kirin said, ‘This course helped me understand what negotiating really means, and how to do it with the right mindset. The mindset that negotiations aren’t just ‘win or lose’ and that the best negotiators try and reach a solution for both parties, not just themselves.”

Principal Joss Buchanan commented, ‘This was an amazing opportunity for our students and I am very grateful to Tim Cullen for sharing his expertise with us. In a year when there have been no final exams we have laid on a programme of additional activities for our final year students to ensure that they fully prepared for the next stage in their education and life at university.  The negotiation course was the centrepiece of this programme and I am delighted that the students have gained so much from it and found it so rewarding.’


Wellbeing First Aid with Isle Listen

At Isle Listen our aim is to remove the stigma around mental health by empowering everyone on the Isle of Man to feel emotionally and effectively supported with their mental health.

Isle Listen have been working in partnership with King William’s Collage for over 2 years and we were delighted to run our first Wellbeing First Aid course in a school setting with a number of sixth form students. The full day workshop is packed full of supporting content including tools and techniques to not only support themselves, but act as a point of referral should someone need early intervention support with their mental health. It also included information on ‘spotting the signs’ and exploring responsibilities of what to deal with and when to seek additional support.

By providing education, early intervention and prevention skills, it is our aim to alleviate pressure on statutory health services and to avoid the unnecessary escalation of mental health problems which can make recovery more difficult the longer they go undiagnosed.

Steven Downward, Isle Listen Schools Team Lead said; ‘My colleague Gareth from our Learning and Development team and I thoroughly enjoyed delivering the interactive workshop to the students. All the students were extremely engaged and had a clear passion to learn and were committed to supporting their peers with the skills they have learnt. We are really excited to work closely with other students to create an open culture surrounding mental health.’


CV Writing and Interview Skills with Search & Select

Thank you to Search & Select Recruitment who ran a workshop on CV writing, covering letters and interview skills – key skills they will need throughout their lives. Strong interview technique is an essential tool for students as they enter the world of higher education and employment. We are really grateful to Clare, Debbie and Stuart from Search and Select for taking the time to come in and run the session.


Kayaking with Sea Kayaking Isle of Man

U6 had a fantastic time with Sea Kayaking Isle of Man, learning kayaking skills both in the pool and on the sea in the sunshine.


Kitchen Essentials with Isle Cook

Thank you to IsleCook for coming in to run “Kitchen Essentials” workshops designed to give students skills they will need for independent living including shopping for ingredients, using leftovers and cooking on a budget.⠀


Pizza Making with the Slightly Pretentious Pizza Pop Up

Paul from the Slightly Pretentious Pizza Pop Up shared the art of pizza making with students – from making and working the dough, creating a sauce and selecting toppings – delicious!

Car Maintenance

U6 students learnt how to safely change a wheel, check and replenish oil and water, jump-start a vehicle and be prepared for the road now that many of them have achieved motoring independence – and with many years of traffic jams ahead of them! Thanks to Mr Parry for running the sessions.


Mr Lloyd and Mr Laiz-Rubio took a group of U6 up to the track for some karting – lots of fun had by all!


Venture Centre

U6 students enjoyed the good weather at the Venture Centre, taking part in a wide range of activities from gorge walking to axe throwing. Thanks to Miss Temps and Miss Cummins for accompanying them.


Creative Installation

In the U6 Creative Installation “Finding Home” students created a fascinating, imaginative and thoughtful exploration of their College journeys. A huge well done to the students involved, and thank you to Mr Dawson for his support.

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