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Vanilla features: have your say

As we move to our new boards software, Vanilla, we'll have a few new features at our disposal. We're keen to hear what you all think about them, so head here to have your say over how we'll use (or not use) some of the new features. Fill out the form before Wednesday the 21st to tell us your thoughts and have the option of joining our testing team!
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The Great Boards Migration

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Post of The Month

One-in-a-million is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Just a bit of fun here if you could create an advent calendar what would you put in it and why.

For me you would still get chocolate 😆😆
But inside each door is a task for the day. Something that includes you helping/talking to others, doing something festive and spreading Christmas cheer
For example

1. Tell your parents/carers you love them
2. Say hello when passing an OAP (that might be the only thing someone says to them all week)
3. Watch a Christmas movie
4. Help someone in need e.g put some spare change in a charity box, buy a warm drink for the homeless person who sits on the corner, dothe washing up ha ha ha😂
5 make hot chocolate
6. Visit your grandparents (if you donít already) They will more than likely love to see you.
7. Sing a Christmas song with a friend
8. Dress up in something Christmasy when you do your shopping.

You get the idea 😂😉 my reason for this is to get people in the mood and understand what Christmas actually means.

What would yours have and why."
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GCSE Results Day

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    Hey everyone,

    For some of you, it's GCSE results day today. We want to wish you all the best of luck with your results and also provide you with some helpful resources to help you through the day if you're feeling worried or haven't got the results you wanted.

    For some of us, getting different results to what we wanted can be stressful and scary. However, there's still lots of options out there for you. The Mix have a great article about coping with low GCSE or SQA results. Here's a bit of information from the article:

    Can I resit my GCSEs or SQAs?

    Yes. Here are some things to consider before you decide what to do.
    • Most schools and colleges let you resit GCSEs/SQAs while doing other courses. This may help you to keep moving forwards while getting the qualifications you need.
    • Maths and English are key to most further study and career options, so if you reckon a C grade is within your grasp, then go for it. You can sometimes do resits as early as November.
    • Think carefully before taking a large number of resits. If the reason you didnít do so well in the first place was that you hated coursework and exams, then itís not going to be so different this time round. If it was just exam nerves, itís probably worth giving things another shot.
    I was going to do AS-levels or Highers. Is that still possible?

    In Scotland, you usually need a credit level Standard Grade (also called grade 1 or 2) to take a subject at Higher level. In the rest of the UK, sixth forms and colleges typically want five A-C grades at GCSE for AS-level students. But these are just guidelines Ė thereís no harm asking around.
    If you did badly at GCSE/SQA because of illness or family problems, your college may be sympathetic Ė itís worth asking. If youíre coming back to education after a few years out you may be given special dispensation, but donít rely on this.
    Even if you canít do AS-levels or Highers, it doesnít mean universityís out of the question, if thatís a long-term goal. Plenty of people get there by taking vocational qualifications.
    There's a few other article on The Mix website that might be helpful to read through:
    What should I do after GCSEs
    Results day

    If you're looking for someone to talk to about your results and possible options for you, here's a few people and places you can reach out to:

    Careers Advisors: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own careers service helplines Ė perfect if you need to chat to someone in a hurry. Better still, fix a meeting with a local adviser. Theyíll know all about schemes in your area.

    Teachers: Even if you didnít always see eye to eye, teachers know a lot about you. Donít be afraid to ask them which style of learning would suit you best.

    FE College Guidance Officers: FE Colleges have people who will find a course to suit you. Theyíre on your side. If they donít have anything thatís right, theyíll say so and point you in another direction.

    Friends and family: The people who know you best. Just talking things through can throw up new ideas. But donít be afraid to do your own thing.
    You can also talk to us here about your results. How are you all feeling today? Did you get the results you were hoping for?

    - Aife & the Community Team
    We're Aife, Mike and Emma: the staff team here at The Mix.
    While we can't offer support via this account, if you have any questions about this place, feel free to
    ask over in the
    Help Desk or send us a private message.

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