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Year 11 News - 8th April 2016

Welcome back and I hope you all had a relaxing holiday! Unbelievably, this is my penultimate newsletter before the Year 11s begin their study leave. I am overwhelmed by the speed at which the year has flashed by! Exam revision is really reaching its peak now, and indeed, the students are, as I type this, busy preparing for their IGCSE speaking exams, which are next week. It is always encouraging to see students revising together, and I have heard many students practising for this exam in registration times. My thoughts are also with the Design and Technology IGCSE students, who have their final deadline for the completion of their product today. All good wishes to the students for these important moments in their education.

  • 11A
  • 11B
  • 11C
  • Ben
  • Filippo

The week before the holidays was a busy and exciting one, as this was the hotly-anticipated International Week. Many activities took place relating to internationalism: for example, huge, colourful flags were put up to commemorate the week and the students took part in competitions to guess the country for each flag. There was also an evening of International Music, and I would like to congratulate all those who took part: MK, Charlie, Louise R, Matej, Eunice, Ahra and Giselle for their participation in the orchestra, and Chloe N, who performed a beautiful piano solo.

However, undoubtedly the most exciting day of International Week was the Dress-Up Day and International Food Fair which took place on Wednesday 23rd March. Students came to school dressed in their national costume or national colours and proudly paraded around the field representing their country of origin. In many schools I have known, it is common for the older students to be less engaged in activities like this than the younger ones; I was therefore delighted to see how many Year 11 students had made a real effort to dress up for the occasion. I have attached pictures of each form group in their international finery!

Also before the holidays, 11C presented a well-planned and thought-provoking assembly on the topic of Drugs and Alcohol. This sensitive topic was presented thoughtfully and with a great deal of care. I would like to thank Mr Groark and the students of 11C for creating an assembly that was both entertaining and informative.

This week has also begun with a bang, with students coming dressed in House colours to participate in the 7-minute Workout Challenge. Filippo and Ben were our Year 11 representatives, and I have attached some pictures of them completing the activities. Well done, boys!

And now we move to our view from the classroom, which is of course revision-focused…

View from the Classroom

Science

In Physics, students have been exploring the ideas of magnetism and electromagnetism that have changed the meaning of energy by producing electricity. Meanwhile, in Chemistry, 11/3 and 11/4 have completed the last topic of titration calculations which was a great revision of the calculations they had started at the start of the year. They are about to embark upon teacher-led revision sessions.

Design Technology

As I mentioned earlier, the students have been focusing intensively on completion of their final product, the deadline for which is today. There are some fantastic products being created and I look forward to seeing them once they are complete. Thank you to Mr Mills for the extra work he has been putting in after school and at weekends to help the students bring their designs to fruition.

English

The English Language papers are the first on the timetable after the start of study leave, and so students have been focusing on the skills needed for these papers. In Miss Jeffery’s class, students have completed revision of narrative and descriptive writing and are about to move on to revise for the Reading papers. The English department would like to urge all students to keep practising at home with the past papers they have been given, as for English, practice in the development of the required skills really does make perfect!

Mandarin

The Year 11 first language class completed a great debate before the holidays on the topic ‘Are favourable circumstances, or adversity, better for someone in achieving a successful life?’ Students researched and analysed the topic before debating it in class. They are now moving on to revision before their final exam.

And in all subjects…

Revision, revision, revision!

Dates for your Diary

Mon 11 April            GCSE Spanish and German Oral exams

Tues 12 April            GCSE French and Mandarin Oral exams

Weds 13 April           GCSE Art exam

Thurs 14 April          GCSE Art exam

Thurs 14 April         Year 11 and 13 Parents – Supporting your children through exams, 8:30 – 10am

Sun 17 April             MUN Conference @ BISS Puxi

Mon 25 April            GCSE PE Practical Exam

Tues 26 April            GCSE ICT Practical Exam A

Weds 27 April           GCSE English Second Language Oral exams

Thurs 28 April          GCSE ICT Practical Exam B

Thurs 28 April          Sports Awards Evening (Years 9 – 13), 6 – 8pm

Fri 29 April               Last day of classes for Years 11 and 13

Mon 2 May               No school except for IB students completing exams

Tues 3 May              IGCSE exams start and continue until Friday 17 June

Thurs 12 May          Stage and Screen Evening

Tues 17 May            GCSE Art moderation and exhibition

Sat 4 June               Summer Fun Day

Thurs 9 June          Dragon Boat Festival – school closed but IGCSE exams continue

Fri 10 June              CCAs end for Term 3

Fri 17 June             IGCSE exams finish, and Year 11 Celebration

Mon 20 June          IB Induction begins (Year 11) until Weds 22 June

Fri 24 June              School ends 12 noon

Thank you for reading.  As ever, please do contact me if you have any concerns about your child in the run-up to their exams.                                                          

Anna Jeffery

Year 11 Leader

 

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