It has continued to be a bumper week for KS4 students, with positive comments and achievements literally flooding in for our students. There are some wonderful examples of work this week, both tangible and less tangible.
In PSHE, KS4 students have been continuing to work on revision techniques. It is important that Year 11 continue to work to find the best technique for themselves as the mock examination timetable has almost been completed. Once it is, this will be shared with students. It is also a great opportunity for our Year 10 students to find a technique that works well for them as this will stand them in good stead not only now, but also in the future as their mock examinations come around next year.
Moving forward, our great team of prefects will be looking at PSHE and designing and developing our PSHE curriculum based on their KS4 experiences. I love having students involved in many of the day to day activities within school as they, undoubtedly, have first hand experiences to share, which can only help to benefit students as they move up through the school.
With it now being December, the tradition of advent calendars is being kept alive by the Geogrography department, with daily ‘windows’ being posted on Twitter, and all Geography students have been shared this fun resource. If you don’t already have an advent calendar, and would like one, please feel free to explore the Geography advent calendar here.
Year 10 DT students have been continuing to work on their sunglasses’ designs and, as promised, here a few examples of their finished designs. Which pair would you like? Here are designs from Himansu, Aanavi, Needadh, Aman and Aadi.
The GCSE music students have been working really hard on aural analysis in class this week.
They have made great use of jamboard, with students building on each other’s answers in their own colored sticky notes.
Miss Wynn is super impressed with their attitude to learning in class, and she says they are a pleasure to work with!
In Geography, the Year 10 students have been continuing their study of settlements and this week, they considered the function, or purpose, settlements can serve. Here are their thoughts on the functions of Kathmandu. Can you think of any more?
This week’s student of the week is Needadh in Year 10. Needadh has been praised by his teachers for being flexible, and asking for extra help if there is something he is not sure of. He has been working very well in Drama, DT and Geography specifically. In Physics, Needadh has also been displaying his great sense of humour and entertained the whole class with an amusing GIF about the topic they were studying.
Here is what Needadh has to say: I love seeing my friends in meetings and how we are still connected even though these are such trying times. The teachers always encourage me, and always listen to what I have to say.
I can’t wait for school to re-open so I can see Everton in person again.
It’s good to study and revise, but make sure you don’t study too much, it’s good to do the things you love as well. I was finding English a little hard at the moment in online learning so I emailed Ms. Siuta. She told me to do something I love and take a break from studying for a bit. I am so glad I did because it eased up a bit of my stress. It’s fine to stress at times, but make sure you tell someone. I love volleyball. If you can go outside, make sure you do and go play with your friends. I do this everyday.
As I said, the positive comments for our KS4 students have literally been flooding in this week. Here is a selection:
For Psychology, Shridha, Elana and Joshua in Year 10: All three students took on a very difficult text reading in the lesson. They graciously accepted the challenge without hesitation and fluently read, taking on new vocabulary without hesitation and being unperturbed by the level of difficulty of the text on Moral Development and the research of Jean Piaget. When they needed support with new words, they accepted it and continued reading without a misstep, re-reading the newly explained words without hesitation.
In Spanish, Ms Ajenjo has been impressed by the great work of Shivanshi, Ishan, Nabodita and Jetasri in Year 11.
And Jetasri has again been commended for her work in Physics where she completed lots of work during the independent Physics lesson on Monday. Ms Howell is impressed with her effective use of time and commitment to Physics. Ms Howell has also been impressed by Inseok (Isaac) in Year 11 who made excellent notes to help him understand the process of Nuclear Fission during independent work lesson.While Sachi in Year 10 has been doing her own revision for Physics lessons and she emailed her teacher to ask if an equation was correct.
Emm has continued to impress Mr Piaf in Psychology who says Emm always shows commitment and enthusiasm, but the way they self-regulate their enthusiasm for the rest of the class is what really makes this special for me. Emm has found a very productive and considerate approach in using the chat as a vehicle for enriching the discussion of the lessons in this way. They did this autonomously and without explicit guidance from me, and should be commended for developing this approach to contributing to the learning community while respecting the learning environment needs of their classmates.
Emm confidently and creatively linked the treatment of a transgender community in India with a discussion of the cultural relativism of morality during a psychology lesson on moral development. And all this while making the move from Malaysia to Nepal and settling in to life in Kathmandu this week. Well done, Emm!
It’s been a bumper week, and I look forward to sharing more success and highlights next week!