Year 8 Update - Autumn 2
As I write my final parent bulletin of my time at North Leamington School it has been a great opportunity to reflect on not just this term but the past year and a half with a fantastic group of young people. This term has been long and action packed and it has been wonderful to see so many students engaging positively in and out of the classroom over the last four months.
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 with a range of opportunities to engage in College activities. These included a quiz, tutor noticeboard competition and the, always keenly contested, inter-college sports.
Well done to Manor College for winning both the Netball and Football events, please see final tables and photos below.
One of the biggest things I am going to miss upon leaving NLS is the fantastic and extensive charity and community initiatives that we run to support a wide range of worthy causes. As part of the lead up to Christmas, our Year 8 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. Early in the half-term we also held our whole school Remembrance Day service, always a poignant time to pause and reflect for our school community.
In the tutor curriculum this half term Year 8 have covered a range of topics, alongside the ongoing literacy, and current affairs sessions, including:
Digital Literacy sessions- Aimed at developing students’ competency whilst using a range of ICT resources that has relevancy across the curriculum.
Anti-Bullying Sessions- With a focus around anti-bullying week and giving an opportunity for students to explore the difference between ‘banter’ and ‘bullying’
International Schools Project- Exploring social inequality and what students can do to become a more positive and impactful global citizen
Careers Curriculum- Further enhancing students’ knowledge of the CEIAG curriculum and looking into different types of employment.
Numeracy and Finance- These sessions aimed to introduce students to the concept of budgeting and trying to find value for money.
Rewards and Recognition
We are really pleased that Year 8 have nearly 40,000 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 further massive well done to the Top 10 students in Year 8 and the top 2 students in each college in terms of progress, who were celebrated and recognised as part of our Celebration Assembly on the final day.
Finally, I would like to wish all students in Year 8 the very best moving forward I am sure they will continue to excel in whatever they put their mind to. I would also like to thank the fantastic Year 8 tutor team at school for all their ongoing support for individuals in their groups and to wish Mr Boyes the very best moving into next term and beyond. A special thanks to all parents and carers for their support over the last year and a half. I am really going to miss working here, especially all the positive daily interactions I have with students and staff alike at NLS. I really do hope everybody has a wonderful Christmas and New Year and good luck for the future.
Head of Year 8