There are different emotions rippling through the school at the moment, joy, fear, panic and optimism. By the end of the summer exam sessions, I’m sure there will also be a bit of relief. The Years 13 and 11 Formal and Final exams are now under way at the school and there are past papers being discussed and written in any spare places. Teachers are giving the students timely intervention boosts to what I’m sure will be a solid set of results, and what the students deserve.
The other year groups are observing on what it will be like when it is then. Years 12 and 10 will get a flavour of this later in the month when they have their mock exams in the Sports Hall on the formal desks. We are trying to replicate the ‘feel’ of the exams so that when students eventually take them, they are as comfortable as possible and therefore purely focus on the exam. I have read research that support this throughout a student’s time at school. The paper went as far as saying that the same clock used in the exams should be in all class rooms, so that the students get used to it throughout their time. The problem we have here is that the Sports Hall clocks are very big and wouldn’t fit in the wall in most class rooms. We are doing our best to replicate the rigour and demands of the examination period by having a period of assessments for Years 7, 8 and 9 after Eid.
Recently the Student Council fed back that they would like more games to be available during the period of indoor breaks due to the heat. These have been well received this week and who knew that monopoly now needs batteries and accepts credit cards?
Mr Tom Douch
Head of Secondary, Madinat Khalifa Campus