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News from Head of Secondary, Izabella Słoczyńska

End of year exams finished today at 15.00 for Year 7 to Year 12. Year 11 still have IGCSE examinations continuing next week, and year 13 students are now officially on holiday, and will officially graduate from The British School Warsaw school at a special ceremony this evening. It is always a wrench when the reality dawns on our students that their school days are really over for good. We welcome them all as alumni, and hope to keep in touch with
them in future.

Although exams have taken place, the programmes of study for this academic year are not
completed and our students will be able to continue with their usual lessons until the end of the school year on Friday 3 July. This portion of their work will be assessed through assignments set by individual subject teachers.

At present, our teachers are marking up to 250 exam papers each. The grades must then be entered for each student and full reports written. The Polish grades are also being completed, and parents of Polish children will receive provisional Polish grades two weeks before the final Polish report is available.

All parents will receive a full end of year report in July. Please be aware that the grades/levels
achieved in the British system will not necessarily match those given for Polish students as the
Polish grades are set much earlier.

We are not able to produce reports any earlier, as teachers are working to a very tight deadline
between examinations and reports. Just to give you some idea of the reporting process:

The students sit the examination. The teacher marks the examinations and enters the grades
in our tracking system. Marking one examination can take about four hours per set and most
teachers mark several sets. The teacher then writes the report for each child for the particular
subject; for many teachers this can be for around 250 students. The reports are then collated and sent to form tutors. Each form tutor reads the reports and writes the form tutor comment. All of the reports are then checked and signed. The final copy is placed in an envelope and given to the student to take home. At this point, the students look forward to the praise and admiration of their parents and family and everyone looks forward to a well-deserved summer holiday.

To celebrate Children’s Day at our school all students may come out of uniform. The theme is
‘Mad Hair Day’ and we ask for the usual donation of 10PLN. This time we are collecting for the
new Children’s Hospital in Warsaw which is due to open soon. We have worked with the friends
of Litewska hospital for a few years and they are now concentrating on helping the new hospital become one of the best in this region. Our children receive a great number of treats and privileges, so we would like to help make life a little nicer for those who are unwell and have to stay in hospital.

Many thanks to all parents for your support.

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