Last week saw the third and final ‘succeeding at' event. This was for the parents of IGCSE students. They listened to talks from Mrs. Ternan the KS4 Phase Leader, Mrs. Kennedy the Head of Year 10 and Mr. Rayner, the Head of Year 11. Being an evidenced-based school, parents were interested to hear the science behind our learning philosophies. Mr. Rayner was able to share the ‘learning scientists' views on the most effective revision methods. He banned highlighters, highlighting that this was not an effective form of revision. Mrs. Kennedy then talked about smart targets and small achievable goals. She commented on a student that had previously done this well, and as a reward every week, his mum would take him for ice cream. The emphasis in school is on a positive reward. After the Student Council is voted in this week, we will be reviewing our rewards policies and seeing what else we can offer students. A big hit at the moment has been Praise Thursday. Has your son or daughter received a praise postcard yet?
Today's assembly was led by students. First of all, we listened to prospective leaders of the school on how they would like to develop the school further. All students listened attentively and will cast their ballot tomorrow morning. This was then followed by a student presentation to celebrate world tourism day. The students gave an excellent analysis and insight into the effect that tourism has on places, and what we can all do to help.
Thank you for those parents that attended the meet the tutor and school in action. The school was abuzz with anticipation and enthusiasm from both parents and students alike. I had many positive conversations with parents. One has also shown an interest in developing the PTA side of the school, and I would also like to open this invitation to you all. If you would like to participate and support the school events, please pop into my office to discuss further.
We have managed to arrange for an Olympic athlete from London 2012 to come in and talk to the students next week. I hope to have more details on this in next week’s newsletter.