Year 11 Revision Information Presentation
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Year 11 Revision Information Evening
A Message from Wallingford School for Parents of Students in Year 11:
Dear Y11 Parents,
The countdown has well and truly begun. After having spent the best part of five years with us at Wallingford, our Y11 pupils, your sons and daughters, will soon be entering the ‘Grand Finale’ – their final KS4 exams. We strongly believe that parental involvement can have a huge impact on student progress in school. We appreciate it isn’t always obvious what you can do to help and several parents have been in contact to ask whether we would be able to give some guidance and further information.
With this in mind, I would like to invite you to an information evening on Wednesday 23rd March, at 6.00pm. The event will last approximately 30 minutes, with time for you to ask questions afterwards. The focus of this will be Revision. The aim is to provide parents with information about what types of revision Y11 students should be doing over the next few weeks and what you can do to support them.
More specifically, we are likely to cover:
- Revision Plans & 'Spacing'
- Practical arrangements
- Way to revise: Quizzing, Mind-maps, Flashcards, Chunking
- Exam arrangements
We will be going through many of these aspects with students themselves in school, but they are still welcome to join you if they would like to.
We want to put parents in a position where you have a greater understanding of what pupils are being asked to do and why it will be effective, so that pupils can be effectively supported at home.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday.
Mr R Griffiths
Year 7 Religious Studies trip to Neasden Temple, London
Year 7 embarked on an adventure to Neasden Temple, London on Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th March. We had the opportunity to find out how Hindus worship their God and by visiting this temple we could experience their place of worship.
On arrival, my first reaction was how beautiful the building was and its size, it was huge! The design was very different to any other place of worship I have been to before.
After going through security, we were asked to remove our shoes to show respect before entering the main hall of worship. We watched a short film describing how and why the temple was made. We found out that it took 3 years to build with marble sent from Italy to India, hand carved in India and then shipped to the UK. This information helped us to complete our first worksheet.
We went upstairs to the main part of the temple to take part in the worship service where they sang a hymn. We were then directed to another room, where we saw religious statues. We were given a second worksheet to complete whilst looking around the Hindu exhibition. I found it interesting to see how the Hindu culture came to be what it is now.
This was a really interesting day trip. I was glad to be able to experience and gain knowledge about the Hindu way of life and how they worship God.
- Alicia, Year 7
The Neasden trip was an amazingly cultured trip, learning many different and very interesting facts about the largest Hindu temple in Britain.
At the start of the trip we all gathered together by the bus stops to await our journey. Luckily we all got to choose who we sat next to. After the "fun" bus confusion we were allowed to stop half way to have our snacks. As we were really excited to see the temple, we swiftly got back onto the coach and drove all the way over to north London. On the way we could see the amazing figure of Wembley (as it was so close to us).
Once we arrived at our destination, there were gasps everywhere as we all didn't expect something so creative to be made in the space of just three years. Once we got inside we had our photo taken, we then had to go through a security scanner, (just in case anything odd came inside). The reason why we had to take our shoes off was because as the man explained to us: the shoes are made from leather that comes from a cow, and the Hindus don't allow that.
Swiftly after our arrival we entered a large hall ready with a short video on how this amazing design was created. It explained that they had 1400 men volunteering to carve inside the limestone features to create the building. The stone came all the way over from Bulgaria. The reason why they chose to bring the stone from Europe was because it is a lot cheaper than having to order it all the way over from India.
After the lecture we all went upstairs to a live service. There was great music and so many features, like the models to search for and read about. Soon after, we had to attempt to finish a booklet about the temple itself and the Hindu religion. This was really helpful because it gave me a Hindu's perspective of how they worship and what they worshipped about. We then had some time to look around ourselves. We learnt that the building was in fact dedicated to: Pramukh Swarmi Maharaj. We also learnt that the full name of the Mandir is: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.
Once we had finished that we had time to go to the gift shop to buy a small souvenir. After that amazing experience we left to go onto the bus and eat our lunch. We arrived slightly early so it was technically home time. I really enjoyed that experience and I would recommend people go. It was a really fun and cultural trip.
- James, Year 7
Merchant Taylors’ Company Associated Schools’ Concert 2016
I had a really fun time in Liverpool over the weekend. It felt amazing to be a part of the Merchant Taylors' schools coming together to perform. My personal favourite part of the trip was going to the Beatles Museum on Sunday. It was fun to learn about the band. Seeing Leon and June from 'Gogglebox' in the hotel was an added bonus!
- Alex, Year 7
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Liverpool. Outside of rehearsals, we had the opportunity to socialise with the other ten Merchant Taylors' schools at the Metropolitan Cathedral, where we had the option to perform and get to know each other.
The bus journeys were as you can imagine - very loud and as Mr Lyons described, "like a Glee bus!" Overall, it was a fantastic trip that was greatly appreciated by all.
- Ellie & Yaz, Year 12
The trip to Liverpool was fantastic experience which I will carry with me forever. Arriving at the Merchant Taylors' schools, the members of the music departments managed the daunting task of pulling together an orchestra and choir consisting of students from eleven different schools from across the United Kingdom, most of whom had never met. Having never played in an orchestra larger than around ten people, this was something of a step up, and learning to play Puccini's Messa Di Gloria was challenging but so rewarding.
We were able to play in the Liverpool Philharmonic hall which made us all face fears and stage fright, but eventually, the exhilaration overcame all other emotions and we all showed just what Wallingford School can do with a rendition of Feeling Good better than we could ever have imagined. Working together with other Merchant Taylors' associated schools, the Puccini piece went seamlessly and there was a real sense of achievement among everyone.
- Edd, Year 13
Geography Field Trip
On the 20th February, the AS Geography students, accompanied by Miss Lee, Miss Walker and Miss Cook, set off (after a small minibus meltdown!) on the annual geography field trip to the Margam Discovery Centre near Port Talbot in Wales for a few days of 'geography fun'!
A Level Decision
Please see the letter below from Mrs F Lewis (Assistant Headteacher) and Mr N Lamb (Assistant Headteacher, Director of 6th Form) regarding changes to A Level provision coming into affect September 2016.
(The letter has been updated to include the Design and Technology subjects and a change to BTEC Health and Social Care.)
On the 20th of January, a few members of our Model United Nations group departed on a trip to attend the ILYMUN conference in Lyon.
After numerous changes and 8 hours of travelling, we finally arrived at Lyon- Part-Dieu station, where we were pleasantly greeted by our host families. On arrival at their homes, everyone was tired from a day of travelling, so jumped at the chance of a good night's sleep.
Thursday began with sightseeing in Lyon, strolling through the city streets, visiting several bakeries on our way. We began lobbying in the afternoon in the General Assembly, where all countries convened, wrote clauses and attempted to gain support for them. We then divided into our separate committees, and lobbied further. The subject for the convention was Climate Change, with many references to the recent UN conference in Paris.
On Friday, we enjoyed a belated opening ceremony, with speeches in both French and English, not to mention a notable junior choir. We then reconvened in our separate committees, providing innovative solutions to climate change related issues. Lucy represented the USA in the Human Rights committee where she stood her ground on a number of issues, including the protection of small indigenous tribes from the effects of global warming. As the delegate for Saudi Arabia in the Development committee, Poppy, came head to head with everyone, but particularly France and China!
After 2 days of diplomatic discussions, it was time to let our hair down at the 'year 6 disco'-esque party, where we left the lobbying aside to make some less formal international relations.
On Saturday, having recovered from the party, it was our final opportunity to have our voices heard. The human rights committee managed to save a pacific island from climate change, and the development committee successfully created a free trade bloc between nations which lowered their CO2 emissions. This was followed by debating within the General Assembly, where Iraq showed particular strength against the USA.
The closing ceremony saw further speeches in both English and French, congratulating us for our efforts to combat global warming and climate change - a display of our interests in the wider world.
We left the following day, taking the same route we had to get there, overcoming some barriers on the Paris metro as our train was cancelled due to a strike. We arrived back at Didcot Parkway at around 5:30 pm, ready for the new week ahead.
All those involved believed it was extremely rewarding and helped many of us gain confidence regarding public speaking. The most challenging aspect for many of us, was being able to adopt the views of the country we were representing and not let our personal views infiltrate into the debate. The current Year 11 and Year 12 are looking forward to experiencing the conference next year and the current Year 13s were happy that their final ILYMUN experience was such a positive one. Those lucky enough to go on the trip would like to extend their gratitude to the individuals that helped in getting us to the conference, especially Mrs Mummery and Mr Harpin, for organising such a rewarding trip.
- Poppy & Sean, Year 12
Wallingford is Oxfordshire’s top performing school - again!
We are rather proud of this achievement. There are a lot of great schools in the county, so to be anywhere near top is worth celebration.
I don't think any teacher gets up in the morning inspired to secure a league table place for one group of students, fun though it is to be top for a while. What makes the staff here work so incredibly hard is the feeling that we are helping as many as possible reach their potential. We are in the top 1% of the country for the value we add to ALL students. This means winning awards for the work we do with Pupil Premium students, while 36% of all GCSEs are A or A*. We really do have a case for being one of the highest performing schools in the country.
The students get a lot of credit, and can enjoy their results. The teachers also deserve huge praise for the hours of hard, unglamorous labour that sits behind their terrific teaching. However, I would like to make special mention of the parents of Wallingford School students. They are so supportive of our high expectations and work hard to get their children to be conscientious when even the best of teenagers can be challenging at times. We receive wonderful support from families with children of all abilities and from all backgrounds, which makes our jobs so much easier.
Perhaps one results day there will be a headline celebrating the tremendous achievements of the parents who support a successful school. I doubt it, but it would be deserved. From those of us who are lucky enough to work with your sons and daughters: thank you. We appreciate your children and understand how hard you work to make them such a pleasure to teach, and the results we achieve here possible.
- Mr Willis, Headteacher
Thank you to all of our parents for their continued support with uniform. At this time of year a lot of our students are growing out of uniform and we would ask that parents double check that skirt length remains at the knees and that boys' trousers continue to be full length.
In addition to the usual suppliers of school uniform, the School Uniform Shop can be accessed through the school website. We really appreciate your support with this matter.
Year 7 PiXL Edge Launch 2016
We would like to welcome all Year 7 Parents to a launch evening for the PiXL Edge programme on Thursday 21st January from 6.30 – 7.30pm, in the main school hall.
This is a combined event where we will be presenting 70 of our Year 8 students with certificates for completing their Apprentice level of the PiXL Edge programme.
What is PiXL Edge?
PiXL Edge is a programme that is becoming increasingly well-known and respected around the country and enable students to develop skills and attributes identified by employers as being important when students move into employment or further education. It is a modern, interactive, online programme that recognises the achievements of students as they complete selected tasks. Students are supported by teachers within school as they set about accomplishing challenges in one of the five skill/attribute areas.
For more information please follow the link: