Last week saw another evening where students and parents in Years 10 and 11 got to speak to our specialist teachers. Feedback was given from the mock exams and students now know what they need to do to improve. The onus is on them, with some more effort needed in some cases and other cases technical tweaks to their examination technique. We will have a session with staff this week looking at teaching and learning strategies that have been shown to have an impact on exam techniques. Just because you spend time doing something, doesn’t mean it is effective. A recent example of this would be merely highlighting work. Research would suggest feedback and metacognitive tasks are key to students making more rapid and sustained progress. It is these techniques that we will be investigating and utilising for our students.
The secondary roadshows were a roaring success. Students performed and presented at all three primary schools. As well as talking about the strong academic results that can be achieved here, the emphasis was on the all-round character growth that can be achieved. Lamis Bareche spoke from the heart, she is a student that has come through our Gharaffa primary and all the way through to secondary. She emphasised her thoughts on her journey to the Year 5 and 6 students, and what exciting times and opportunities lay ahead for them. She was especially emotional at Gharaffa as the guard there recognised her as he used to walk her from her car each morning.
We are looking ahead to our Sports Day events and activities and have been fortunate enough to obtain the use of the Aspire Dome, which will host this year’s World Athletics Championships.