News from our Secondary Coordinator Claire Donaldson

The Secondary students have made an excellent start to the new term. Staff are passionate and glad to be back in front of their classes.  All students have attentively engaged with their learning and they have demonstrated resilience, maturity and a commitment to their studies. I will be sending out a letter to parents next week to explain changes to Secondary and share videos of our new members of staff: Mr Jenvey, Ms Taylor and Ms Cooper.  


Year 7 have been using their form time to explore and discuss some of the many changes involved in joining Secondary School. The students have actively participated in a variety of Secondary starter sessions, including sharing worries and concerns, thinking through strategies to overcome these, and visualising their aims for the year, as well as making individual action plans to try to make sure these happen!


In PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Year 8 have been exploring their aspirations and what they can do to overcome obstacles they might face along the way to achieving their short term and long term goals. Their aspirations ranged from going to university to travelling around the world. Keep aiming high Year 8. 


Year 9 have been practicing their observation and drawing through producing self- portraits. They have been challenged to draw themselves without looking at the paper and through continuous line drawings.  In English they have written fantastic poems around the theme of belonging.  We look forward to sharing some of these with you next week.


In Geography Year 10 have started their first iGCSE module- Fragile Environments and Climate Change. They have explored the impacts of deforestation and looked at Brazil as their case study. Here are some of the excellent pieces of work they have produced.  Our Business Studies students really impressed us this week by interviewing our first local business owner (virtually).  Their presentation skills and choice of questions was of a very high quality.