Science extra sessions will start for all students next week. They are either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. This round of sessions will focus on content which students have not covered in their expeditions so it is vital all students attend so that they are prepared for their mock exams in January.
Students in Years C21 and C22 have the ongoing compulsory extended study of 10 minutes of daily quizzing on the Tassomai science learning programme. This system works to develop students retention and recall of key science facts and concepts by daily quizzing and interleaved retrieval practice. Tassomai done for a least 10 minutes per day will be massively important in ensuring students are GCSE ready. It is only effective when done little and often over the time until GCSE examinations. It is ineffective when not done and left until before exams.
We have been using Tassomai with students in since Christmas and have an expectation that it is done on a daily basis. However, there have been perhaps a significant number of students who have not used the program for many days and continue to do this sporadically despite reminders from members of staff.
We have therefore decided that students who have missed two days or more of quizzing in a week will attend a compulsory extended study session to catch up. Progress will be checked on a Friday and those students who need to then attend compulsory extended study will then do so on the following Thursday. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could give students a nudge to check whether Tassomai has been completed.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our students develop strong habits of work and learning and in our aim of becoming exam ready.
As mock exams begin for C21 on Tuesday 9th January Choice GCSE will be moved to Monday 8th January (the first day back) so that students don’t miss out on this time. Please make sure you have everything you need for Choice on Monday.
Year 10 will be undertaking fieldwork this week at Yorkshire Museum in York as part of their Raiders and Invaders expedition. Both classes will visit the museum but on different days.
Students will travel by minibus and will depart at 09.15 and return to school in time for lunch, arriving at 12.30.
This means that there will be no change to the normal school day and students are not required to bring a packed lunch.
We politely ask that students arrive with outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear, writing and note taking equipment and devices to take pictures. If you have any questions or queries, as usual please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Send an email to Mrs Batty or Mr Voltaire.
We are doing a blog post about bullying, and in this blog we will be talking about how it is not okay and it should be stopped because it is hurting a lot of people and some of the time people haveexperienced severe bullying and it has ended badly.
In 2016 1.5 million males and females aged 12-18 admitted to being bullied 19% of these were bullied daily, 44% developed depression, 41% developed social anxiety and unfortunately 33% of them have had suicidal thoughts. Due the period of time we are living in we make it even easier to become a victim of bullying, with all the technology we have we can bullied in many different ways.
Saturday 19th December, a cold morning. One of our students did a very compassionate thing, when he saw a homeless man on the street. Instead of walking past him like the majority of people would, he helped him. He went to the local Greggs and bought a pizza slice, the man was silent but he was most definitely shocked at what Ethan did.
This has motivated Wilberforce Crew of XP to do something. We are now setting up a donation ‘bank’ exclusively for toys, essentials and food. When we collect enough items we will donate them to Doncaster and Mexborough foodbank.
A Food Bank is a non profit organisation that focuses on distributing food to those who cannot afford it. They store non-perishable food and distribute it for free to people in need.
This is a plea to our parents and friends of XP to buy one or two extra items in your next weekly shop in the hope that you’ll donate.
If you’d like to make a donation, please send this into school with your son or daughter who can pass this on to Wilberforce Crew.
We’re beginning with a single collection, and if all goes well we’d like to make this a termly event.
What you can donate!
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Fruit juice (carton)
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Rice pudding (tinned)
Tea Bags/instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Biscuits or snack bars
These things are important as they are full of proteins and vitamins for the body and restore your energy.
Students will be taking part in a charity fun run around the lake in fancy dress to raise money for ‘Stand up to cancer’. Students are invited to bring a suggested donation of £1 to wear fancy dress and complete the run/walk. There will also be face painting, hair colouring (non-permanent) and bake sale with all proceeds going to the charity. The fancy dress theme is ‘fairytale’, which just about covers everything!