Over the last two weeks, I have been going into many lessons looking at how our students have been settling into the new academic year, and what they are experiencing in each subject.
I have been delighted with what I have seen and have spoken with many students about how they feel their lessons are going. Most students have said how enthusiastic their teachers are and how much they care, and I can understand why. I have seen a variety of teaching activities which have included students carrying out experiments in Science, and critically evaluating their findings. I have seen role-play activities - where students played different characters seeking to gain entry into Canada - with other students playing the parts of the immigration officers. This was within Geography in the unit of work on migration. I have witnessed students in other lessons having to apply themselves to complex problems that are related to real world situations - one Maths lesson saw the students trying to work out the variable equations needed to understand baggage allowance on a famous airline.
In all the lessons, the students have been given specific language targets to aim for, and they have been asked to evaluate their own and others’ progress. In short they are being engaged, enthused, challenged and inspired.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we welcomed parents of new students to the school to evenings where they could meet the teachers and discuss the first progress of their children as they settle into school. I know that many parents were grateful for this opportunity, and that they too gained an insight into the experience their children are getting at BVIS.
On Wednesday, we also had our first Live Lunch of the year. Broadcast live over Facebook, we had four superb acts perform a variety of musical styles. As always the performance was also relayed into our dining hall, so that everyone eating lunch could enjoy the music on the big screen. My thanks as always go to Mrs Pogson and the Marketing and technical teams for pulling this all together.
I hope you all have a great week ahead.