This week we launched our next Enrichment Day which will take place on January 31st. As with previous enrichment days, we are focussing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals - with the focus for this day on Responsible and Sustainable Communities .
As ever, our enrichment days offer a chance for us to do cross curricular, enquiry-based deep learning over a full day. This time we are going to extend the learning opportunities, and attempt to deepen even further the students' understanding of the topics by running a two week home learning project alongside the day itself.
From Monday 22nd January to Friday 2nd February rather than Year 7-10 students being provided with individual subject homework, they will instead use this time towards a cross-curricular project. These projects were launched to the students this week and have been designed to enhance the learning the students are already doing across their normal
Please do talk to your children about these projects - they will take up the complete two weeks of homework and will require research and planning skills to be brought to the fore.
My thanks to all of the teaching staff for their work on this, and to Mr James Shaw for coordinating this project.
My congratulations to our Year 11 students who have been sitting formal mock examinations all week. With only a couple of exams left next week, the end is in sight. I have been impressed with the way that they are coping with the demands placed on them this week, at what is a stressful time. So it was timely that this week we also had our first parent workshop of 2018.
On Thursday, I was delighted to welcome a large group of parents who came to our fifth workshop of the year on “Managing Stress and Anxiety in Students.” As a parent myself, my priority for my own children is for them to be happy - I’m sure there isn’t a parent who would disagree with this.
The workshops - provided by Tanya Ramanah, our School Counsellor, Gareth Owen, Head of Learning Support, and Emma Corkery, Head of Art and Wellbeing champion - discussed the ways that anxiety can manifest itself in children, and the ways that we as teachers and
parents can identify it, and help manage it.
My thanks to my colleagues for running this workshop. The next workshop will be on February 8th, designed for parents of Year 10,11,12 and 13 students on how to support children through their exams. I do hope many of you will be able to join us for that.
I hope you all have a great week ahead.