Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the highlights from Year 8 since the start of term and some future events to look forward to.
As I have previously mentioned, the Year 8 boys won the Central Fixtures Football League and congratulations go to:
Leyton Beavan, Mackenzie Campbell, Jaydon Rowe, T-Jay Marshall, Malik Meghaoui, Joshua Mills, Jack Owens, Oliver Rowe, Dan Stimpson, Allan Tercjak, Roman Wilson, J-J Honeywell, Noah Taylor and Jaydon Rowe.
I know that Mr Smart is very proud of all the players and this win is very well deserved. We have a strong football focus in Year 8 and I was impressed to hear that Amelia Nation has been selected to play for Plymouth Argyle FC. During lunchtimes we run a football club in the sports hall which regularly has over 60 Year 8 students attending and, from the 21st
March, they will be able to show off their football talents in an inter-house football competition organised by Mr Cota.
Not only do we have a year group of enthusiastic sports boys and girls, they also have the lowest absence rate of the whole College. Miss Warring and Mrs Davies are immensely proud of the Year 8’s high standards of uniform, their low absence rate and how the students have excellent attitudes towards their studies.
Stars of the Week:
- Luke Ford was selected for being a great ambassador for Year 8
- Wayne Sandercock and Dillan Smith were recent motivation card winners
- Our two week praise challenge was won by Brandon Ellison, Kyla Hatrey, Billy Pope and Blake White
The praise challenge is reset every two weeks so that students have the opportunity to impress their teachers with their excellent efforts.
I regularly visit lessons and, during visits this term, it has been pleasing to see the Year 8 students fully engaged in learning and, when I speak to them about their aspirations, they tell me their hopes and dreams. In a maths lesson this week, students had the chance to see the relevance that maths has to a range of careers. Students met with an engineer, a forensic scientist, an architect, a civil engineer and a statistician. We have received excellent feedback from these professionals on the range of questions that students asked.
What is also impressive about our Year 8 students is how organised they are: we have received 100% of options forms before the deadline!
If your son/daughter takes part in something outside of the College that we could share and celebrate, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Warring (firstname.lastname@example.org
), Year 8 Pastoral Leader, as we would love to highlight their achievements.
I know that it can be challenging at times to try and find out what your son or daughter has been doing at College and would like to suggest some ways of doing this: you could ask about the book they are reading in English – ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ or, for next week, we are celebrating Science Week and Year 8 will have the opportunity to take part in a range of lessons and activities that include: rockets to Mars, transport across the water and exploring the impact that plastics have on our oceans. At the end of April, Year 8 will have the chance to take part in the junior Maths Challenge, a competition in which we are always successful.
As you can see, there is plenty going on in Year 8 and when you ask your son or daughter what they have learned or done in school and you get the reply ‘nothing’, ask them about sports events, homework club, books they have read or the Science challenges and I am sure that will get them talking.
As always, it is a pleasure to meet and work with parents and, if you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch.