On Tuesday 4th March 2014, 30 Gifted and Talented Geography students visited the Natural History Museum in London. The morning was spent looking at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. After lunch students looked at the rest of the museum but mainly focussed on the Earthquakes and Volcanos Gallery. Students could travel to the centre of the Earth and experience what a real earthquake would feel like in a simulator.
On Friday, Year 8 took part in the Tutor Group Spelling Bee. Organised by Mrs Caulfield and brilliantly hosted by Miss Herbert and Mr Marsh, it was a very enjoyable event and throughout the participants were incredibly enthusiastic.
It was held in the Auditorium and consisted of four tense rounds where contestants and teams on stage had to spell various words out loud and using electronic handsets.
The worthy winners of the challenge were 8CAL. They won a splendid trophy filled with sweets! House winners were Buzzards.
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Year 7 will be given the books as part of the World Book Day Tutor Group challenge and have a choice from the following titles:-
‘Jack Pepper’ by Sarah Lean ‘The Midnight Picnic’ by Lauren St John ‘How I Got Lost in London’ by James Patterson ‘I Am Not a Loser’ by Jim Smith
Year 8 will each receive a copy of ‘Horrible Histories – Terrible Trenches’ to be given out during a history lesson by Mrs Essop. A perfect choice as it is the centenary of WW1 this year and the students will be studying the topic after Easter!
Year 9 have already been given their books, distributed during a special World Book Day assembly given by English Teacher, Mr Marsh. They could choose from a choice of two:-
‘Rock War’ by Robert Muchamore ‘The Boy in the Smoke’ by Maureen Johnson
They saw the world’s most visited tourist attraction – Times Square which was virtually empty due to the weather conditions preventing any international and domestic flights. The adverse weather conditions also made the trip to Central Park all the more exciting as students could partake in some snow fun, making snowballs and snowmen.
Naturally being a school trip there were some more cultural sights to be experienced including the American Museum of Natural History which is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. There was also time to enjoy New York Library which is the second largest public library in the United States. Read more…
It is hard to believe but we are already half way through this academic year! Given the extreme weather and subsequent flooding that much of the county has suffered in the past months, we need to be thankful we have fared so well.Our site team continue to work hard to further improve our school environment. Last half term for example we re-furbished the boys toilets, this half term is the turn of the girls!
Sunday saw the closing of the Sochi Winter Olympics and much could be said for the Olympic motto which is Faster, Higher, Stronger. During my last assembly week I was able to blend in some examples when discussing with students what could be achieved through hard work, determination and commitment. I talked about how Laura Dekker In January 2012 at the age of 16 became the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Overcoming high seas, heavy winds and legal action from the Dutch authorities who thought she was too young, she arrived triumphant in the Caribbean. I also mentioned Bradley Wiggins who : ‘At 12, I told my art teacher, I’m going to be Olympic champion, I’m going to wear the yellow jersey.’
Every half term, the Senior Leadership Team in addition to the normal monitoring and evaluation we carry out in the school also carry out a learning walk week where we pop into lessons to celebrate the learning that is taking place. We speak to students about what they are learning and how this lesson fits into their wider studies; we also ask them about their current level/grade and target level/grade and what they need to work on to make their work even better, so we can see how well they understand the feedback from their teachers. It is such a pleasure for us to see all the varieties of learning taking place at our school, the highly skilled, committed teachers at work and the magnificent attitudes to learning of our students.
The Spring Term, like others, is always busy, active and enjoyable. There are many activities and events that have taken place. I hope you will check the website and support as many of the events as possible. Our students continue to delight and provide magical moments that serve as reminders to us all – teachers and non teachers – why we chose this as a vocation. In a term that is heavily laden with controlled assessments, coursework deadlines, examinations the staff continue to give so much … their devotion is exemplary.
We were delighted at the very good attendance at our new subject based consultation evenings. Parents I spoke to and who completed the online survey on the iPads welcomed the engagement with staff and the advice they received from teachers.
Parent Survey 2013/14
As you will be aware last year Harrow Way started, running an annual Parents’ Survey to gauge parental satisfaction with the school and to gain feedback on subjects that are pertinent to the school’s development. In the next few weeks an on-line survey will be emailed to all parents on the school database via a web link and hard copies sent to those without internet access. A report on the survey results will follow later in the year and support us in looking at the school’s next 3-Year Strategic Plan.
Year 11 Examinations – 10 weeks to go!
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