Year 11 Newsletter – 9th March 2017
Year Group News
Revision Schedule and Support
The IGCSE exam period is fast approaching and students are working very hard both in lessons and in after-school sessions to revise and prepare for this important moment in their academic careers. The revision schedule has already been issued to parents and students; please go through it with your child and make sure you are aware which revision sessions they should be attending and when these take place. Students have also bene given time in Guidance lessons to create a revision timetable for themselves; I would like to encourage you to become familiar with your child’s revision schedule and make sure they are revising enough and not too much! Some students have been reporting that they are working very late at night on their revision, but as I have explained to them , this type of study pattern will not be beneficial to them in the long run. Please encourage your child to work hard and avoid distractions during study time, but equally to take regular breaks and make sure they are eating and sleeping well.
Mr Pritchard is running a revision workshop on Saturday for parents and students in Years 11 and 13. Places were limited and I know that this has been in high demand. If you would like to attend, but did not get the chance, please contact Mr Pritchard at firstname.lastname@example.org, as if there is sufficient interest, he has agreed to run the session again until everyone has had a chance to attend who would like to take advantage of this great opportunity. The techniques he teaches have already been shared with teachers, who have been working on them with their classes; see the attached picture for a fantastic example of a revision image map from Youjin Lee.
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
Wednesday 15th March is the day for the Higher Education Fair, with over seventy stalls: from universities, to summer programs, to SAT preparation. All Secondary students will be given the opportunity to browse the stalls and speak to admissions tutors and parents are welcome to join us at any point between 13.30 and 16.00. Come along to Sports Hall B- there promises to be a great buzz and a warm welcome.
Amazing Maths Success!
I am delighted this week to be able to celebrate the achievements of 12 talented Year 11 Maths students. This group of students from Mr Parrish’s Maths set was entered for their IGCSE Maths exams in January, nearly 5 months before the rest of the cohort. They received their results last week and wow! What amazing results they were! All of our students achieved A or A* despite having been entered early. Thank you to Mr Parrish for preparing them and massive congratulations to all the students: Angela Ji, Sarah Thornton, Amelia Murphy, Yu Zhu, Giulia Teobaldi, Reika Azuma, Isabel Burlamacchi, Hosang Lee, Gerald Gan, Pranav Nagarajan, Ticiano Gao and Lovisa Lindquist. Special mention to Sarah and Hosang who both achieved a stunning 100% on one of their papers.
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.
Stage and Screen concert 23rd May 7pm
This musical and dramatic evening will showcase the magic of stage and screen and our students will perform a range of famous musical accompaniments and stage shows from “Indiana Jones” to “Star Wars”. The Drama group will take us on an interactive journey through a haunted house. This really is an evening for all the family and, of course, will be the last opportunity to see the wonderful talents of some of our most senior students. We look forward to seeing you there!
Dates for your Diary
15th March: Higher Education Fair
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