Year 10 Update - Autumn 2
Year 10 students have had a fantastic first term displaying an impressive and pleasing attitude towards their learning. It has been great to see students adapt to the increasing demands of their KS4 subjects.
On Friday 10 November, our NLS community gathered for our annual Remembrance Service. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our fantastic students who took on key roles during the service both as part of the wreath laying ceremony (Maisie C, Harry D, Nicole D, Isaac KM and Josh P) and for providing the music for The Last Post, which marked the two minutes of silence (Martin S).
As part of the lead up to Christmas, our Year 10 tutor groups have taken part in the Community Christmas Hamper initiative. It was wonderful to see students considering who they felt were most in need of these hampers and how they could bring joy to members of their community. The students decided on a range of recipients, including local care homes. Students were also invited to wear their Christmas Jumpers on Friday 15 December and it was fantastic to see so many students joining in and raising money for Save the Children.
Each term, we see a focus on our College system at North Leamington School through our College fortnights. Our Colleges encourage a sense of pride, belonging and healthy competition. It was wonderful to see all students engage with our first College Fortnight of the year this half term. Students in Year 7-13 attended a College assembly with their College Leader and Year 12 College Leaders; this presented an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the successes of the College so far and to look forward to the fortnight where there would be a range of opportunities to engage in College activities.
For the specific College activities, the students were able to take part in sports and a quiz after school. Within the College assembly, students also found out the winners of the College noticeboard competition, judged by the Year 9 and Year 13 Marketing Leaders, and the winning tutor group for each College received a prize! The criteria groups were assessed on was tutor group identity, creativity, general aesthetic appeal. Well Done to Binswood 10BW01 & Blackdown 10BD01.
Binswood – 10BW01 Blackdown 10 BD01
Winners for Manor, Park and Croft are below
Manor 7MR01 Park 7PK01 Croft 9CT01
A huge well done to these tutor groups.
Year 10 have explored a range of topics this half term, as part of their tutor time curriculum, this has included Digital Literacy, Careers, Student Self-Reflection and Review, International Schools and Finance. A highlight of the tutor curriculum this half term was when we focused on Anti-Bullying week. The priority for this year was Banter vs. Bullying and as part of this week students were invited to take part in Odd Socks Day to promote tolerance and kindness. It was fantastic to see such a large number of Year 10 students work to raise awareness for this national event.
Rewards and Recognition
We are really pleased that Year 10 have over 30,000 reward points so far this year! Students are rewarded with R1-R5s for a range of positive behaviours in lessons and as part of the wider school community. To recognise some of those students who are such a positive member of our school community, on Thursday 7 December, the top 50 in each year group were invited to a festive cinema afternoon in the main theatre.
A massive well done to the Top 10 students in Year 10 and the top 2 students in each College, who were celebrated and recognised as part of our Celebration Assembly on the final day.
Congratulations to 10MR01 who have the highest reward points in the year group and were also recognised in our Celebration Assembly at the end of term.
Following on from the Christmas break, we have a short but very important half term where the Year 10 students will sit their second RE mock exam. We were really impressed by their work ethic as they built towards this previous mock exam and look forward to seeing their positive progress as we work towards the second mock.
Year 10 students have also started to identify their work experience placements, which will take place in the second summer term. Thank you to parents/carers for engaging with and supporting this.
We look forward to seeing the students return to school in January, rested and ready to take on the challenges of both a new term and a new year. On behalf of the Year 10 Tutor Team, I would like to express our appreciation for all of your support so far this year. It is a real pleasure to work with you and support your child. I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas break and a happy New Year!
Mrs P Clarke
Head of Year 10