Every day is a school day, including adults. This week we had many opportunities for the teachers to expand their learning. Laura Anderson Rice and Justin Hughes, part of the senior team, attended the final residential of Nord Anglia Education’s Senior Leadership Programme. This is a one year course that challenges our leaders through theory, monthly tasks, and academic essays. The weekend also saw a number of teachers attend a Duke of Edinburgh International Award Assessors course. This is due to the rapid number of uptake between the year groups taking the award. 49 students are undertaking the Bronze Award, 37 Silver and 8 Gold. Overall 94 students in the Secondary School.
Year 11 and Year 13 students are currently preparing for their mock exams in December. The Science department will have all Year 11 students next weekend for a revision carousel. This weekend also saw Year 13s in for their formal speaking exams. What impressed me most was their self-management skills. No student was late for their read through, and all of them ended their own 20 minute time, not looking to tease any extra minutes out of their preparation. We are also looking into carrying out some health and wellbeing sessions with the year groups in terms of stress busters before and during exams. If there are any parents that have expertise in this field and would like to support these workshops, please contact me.
An important part of exams is ensuring that you have enough sleep beforehand. This is exactly the same with learning. Speaking to a parental group last week, I found it interesting what time a student's bedtime was. This is a conversation that we have had recently with some parents in order to support their child's progress. Please see below the recommended sleep chart. A further point to this is the access to wifi and phones at ‘bedtime'. This has a real impact on a student's ability to focus the next day and is something I believe families need to consider and take into account.
We are looking forward to the Expeditions Week taking place 16 – 20 December. If you have not received the letter and overview of this, please contact the school as soon as possible. It has a very exciting itinerary that is full of opportunity to develop skills outside the classroom.
Please see some dates below to also be are of:
- Tanzania meeting with parents – 27 November
- Crazy Hair Day (non-uniform) - 29 November
- School movie night – 29 November