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Year 11 News - 24th February 2017

24 February 2017

Find out what's been happening in Year 11

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Reflecting On the Mocks

As I said in my last newsletter, the Year 11s received their mock results on 9th January; it is clear that, although we were very proud of their efforts and the results were very encouraging, there is still work to be done for the students to successfully attain their IGCSE target grades.  Since the return of their mock results, Year 11 has been working with renewed vigour. In Guidance lessons they have been completing revision timetables to take them through from now until their final exams, and attendance at after-school revision sessions has been pleasing.

Targeted intervention is also taking place for those students who would benefit from extra help in order to achieve their targets, and I have set up a mentoring scheme to help these students along the way. Each student has a mentor from among the teaching staff who will meet with them regularly to offer support and guidance with the revision process and to ensure that any issues are dealt with quickly, as well as offering advice about how to manage stress. If your child has not been allocated a mentor but you feel that this would be beneficial for them, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will arrange this for them.

Revision Workshop: Saturday 11th March

We would like to invite you and your child to a special Saturday study skills workshop called Learning to Remember, led by Mr Pritchard.

This workshop offers a complete set of ‘learning to learn’ techniques to ensure that families are fully equipped for the upcoming examinations. The workshop takes a holistic approach to self-study, combining learning techniques with reflective practice to enable students to take responsibility for, and control of, their own study process.

It is presented in ‘bite-size’ chunks throughout the day, providing you and your child with a systematic approach to learning, and empowering you with a whole range of innovative learning techniques backed up by good personal care and reflective practice.

Please note: because of the interactive nature of the workshop, the number of participants per workshop is restricted to 30. It is highly recommended that at least one parent attend with each student.

The session will be on Saturday 11th March from 9:15am to 3:30pm. You will be able to register for this workshop by sending an email to Ms Camargo at  

If you would like to attend but are unable to make this date please let Ms Camargo know as we are able to run this at another time if there is enough interest.

FOBISIA Model United Nations Conference

A delegation of six enthusiastic delegates, including Ethan Church from Year 11, represented our school at the FOBISIA MUN conference hosted by BISS Puxi from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th February 2017. They were led by two of our most experienced MUN members who were serving as presidents of two committees. Being the last MUN conference our team was attending this academic year, they were all eager to leave a mark at the conference, and they did not disappoint. After three days of lobbying, networking and passionate debate, their experience and grasp of global affairs was clear with some of them having taken to the floor at every available opportunity. Well done to all the delegates but especially to Ethan, who was the only Year 11 student who gave up his time to attend the conference. Pictures of our delegation including Ethan are attached.

School Production: Into the Woods

Reminder: tickets selling out fast! 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, so don’t forget to get yours soon! 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

6th-17th March: Assessment Cycle 2 for Secondary students

11th March: Revision Workshop with Mr Pritchard

27th-30th March: School Production of Into the Woods

Tuesday 2nd May: IGCSE exams begin for Year 11 students

Friday 16th June: IGCSE exams end for Year 11 students

As I am sure you will agree, this newsletter demonstrates the continuing commitment of our Year 11 students to excel, not only academically, but in all aspects of school life. As the exam period approaches, please keep reminding your child of the importance of balance: of working hard but also getting plenty of exercise, plenty of sleep and eating well, as well as taking some time to relax and participate in extra-curricular activities. Of course this is a crucial time for your child’s academic future, but we must not forget the need to be personally and socially, as well as academically successful in order to become a happy and well-rounded individual.

Thank you for reading and for your continuing support of Year 11.

With best wishes,

Anna Whiteson, Year 11 Leader