We are fully focussed on assessments in school at the moment. Year 13 have completed all their exams and graduated while our Year 11 students continue to persevere. With a gap of a week in the formal exam schedule, Year 10 and 12 are utilising this time to sit formal assessments in the hall. This will prepare them for the real thing in a year’s time. The main objective for Year 10 and 12 assessments, is not the final mark, but what they need to do to improve. Many KS3 assessments have also taken place over the last two weeks and the objective of continuously striving to improve is the same. We have a culture of not sitting back. We will celebrate and reward strong achievement, however the effort level and desire to improve is just as important, if not more. We celebrate this mentality in school with our ‘be ambitious’ awards to students at the end of every term.
Teaching a class last week on UNICEF’s global goals had us discussing the ‘right to education’. Some members of the form felt quite passionate about their rights to do as they wish. For some, this would be their right to stay at home and play ‘Fortnight’, or, more bizarrely, stay at home and watch videos of other people playing ‘Fortnight’ (it’s a computer game for those that don’t know). I shared with students the story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head for simply wanting an education. She subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize and created a charity to help impoverished children to be educated. Following discussions after hearing Malala’s story, the students changed their outlook. Some of our students are going to great lengths to ensure they are attending school at the moment. Ramadan creates many challenges. I spoke to one student today who went to sleep at 05:30am and still came into school at 8:00am. It is this perseverance and desire to learn that we will soon be rewarding in school. Our school term continues to Thursday, 28 June. Assessment is a continual process and every day, every hour, every minute in school counts in terms of learning.