Year 11 Newsletter – 24th March 2017
Year Group News
Study and Revision
This is the final newsletter before the break, which means that unbelievably, there are now only four and a half teaching weeks left before the start of study leave! I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone and am very proud of the year 11s for all they have achieved so far.
I would like to remind students that they need to keep focused and working in lessons right up until they go on study leave. Although they may feel that the time is approaching when they want to be revising independently, lesson activities and homework are all geared towards revision at this stage and students need to ensure that they are working to the best of their ability. Please encourage your child to make sensible choices at this time: they should be limiting screen time in the evenings, going to bed at a reasonable time, eating healthily and drinking lots of water. A student who is tired will not be able to learn effectively.
Thank you very much to Mr Pritchard for the fantastic revision sessions he has been running for parents and students over the last two Saturdays. These were extremely popular and all the students found the techniques extremely beneficial. I know Mr Pritchard put a great deal of work into preparing and presenting the material and the sessions were a great success.
As the exam period approaches, the students begin to think about study leave and to ask questions about when it begins and how it will work. In the past we have found that it is much more beneficial for the students to attend school for as long as possible; in this way they are guaranteed the time and support of their teachers, both in and out of lessons. With this in mind, the last day before the start of study leave has been confirmed as Thursday 4th May. Up until this point, students are expected to attend school every day as normal; from Friday 5th May onwards, students are only required to attend school if they have an exam, although they may come to school if they wish to study in the library, or if they have been invited in for revision sessions. Further information to follow.
Higher Education Fair: Wednesday 15th March
Mrs Watson organized an amazing Higher Education Fair on Wednesday 15th March. All the year 11 students had the opportunity to attend and to gather information from universities and colleges around the world. Not only did they pick up a bag full of useful brochures and prospectuses, but they were also able to ask questions of the university staff and students, which is of course invaluable. There was a great buzz in the Sports Hall and I know that the year 11 students would like to thank Mrs Watson for her very hard work in organizing this great event.
Students are reminded that Mrs Watson is available at any time for a conversation about Higher Education choices; she has a great deal of expertise in the area and would be happy to meet with year 11 students and parents to discuss their future choices.
School Production: Into the Woods
As you are no doubt aware, many students have been working hard with the help of Mr Bailey, Mrs Bailey and Mr Bradshaw to prepare for the upcoming performance of Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical Into the Woods, which will take place between 27th-30th March. Tickets are selling fast, and the last night has already sold out, so be quick to avoid disappointment! You will be able to see three of our wonderful Year 11 students in the production: Jenny Pang, Joydeep Laha and Sylvia Wintersperger.
Dates for your Diary
27th-30th March: School Production of Into the Woods
Tuesday 2nd May: IGCSE exams begin for year 11 students
Thursday 4th May: Last day before the start of study leave for year 11 students
Friday 16th June: IGCSE exams end for year 11 students
Saturday 17th June: Year 11 Prom at Kathleen’s Waitan
Thank you for reading and for your continuing support of year 11.
With best wishes,
Anna Whiteson, Year 11 Leader