Good luck Y11!

The focus has been on Y11 this week, and remains on them until Christmas. It was good to see lots of parents at the evening on Tuesday, and I am indebted to Mrs Coles for the presentations she gave about studying for exams. The mocks begin next week and I’m pleased to see the large majority of our students are taking these seriously. You can find the timetable and lots of advice on our website- please follow this link. Good luck to you all. Things are a bit different for 2019, and most will have lots more papers to sit than has been the case in recent years in the summer so they need to be really well prepared. I am pleased to see a Y11 class has won the attendance award this week- leading by example! Well done 11SP!

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We welcomed Mrs Baskerville back to school this week, following her maternity leave. I’ve visited quite a few science lessons recently and I think this area of the school is really going places! We have been boosted by the arrival of two new teachers in Mrs Davies and Mr Hare, and with Mrs Baskerville back with us and Mr Williams and Mrs Hill completing the team under Mrs Nash’s leadership, and a new science curriculum in the offing, the future looks bright. Science is a really exciting subject, and I’m often  reminded of Carl Sagan’s quote when I visit classes: “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

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The Christmas Concert takes place next week at Moriah Church (see above) and I’m really looking forward to it. That’s when Christmas really starts for me! Why not try our Christmas Literacy Quiz to get you in the mood for the festive season? There are lots of words we use at Christmas but I’m not sure we really all know what they mean. You can find the quiz HERE

The French Department have appointed the language ambassadors for the year, and Miss Johnson tweeted a picture on Thursday (see “Tweet of the Week” below!) I know they will be great representatives for the subject and the school. As a linguist myself I am very keen to see as many pupils as possible learning languages; whatever happens in the future (I won’t mention the ‘B’ word!) we will need people who speak languages to make sure Wales has a voice across the world in trade and commerce.

Pupils in ICT lessons this week have been engaged in coding. ICT is another area of the school which is rapidly developing under Ms Bawler’s leadership. Coding means creating computer programs, and this is becoming an important part of our curriculum in Wales.

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