So, now you’re a Year 8. You’re no longer the new kid on the block, and you know what is expected of you. Yes, Year 8 is hard work, but it is also fun. In March 2018, you will be choosing your G.C.S.E. options, the journey upon which you will embark at the beginning of Year 9.
However, it also means that this is the final year for you to enjoy the diversity of a full key stage 3 curriculum, and the pleasure and opportunities such diversity offers, be it music, drama, computing, geography, history or food tech. Make the most of them: you’ll miss them when they’re gone!
Being organised is essential: the provision of your i-Pad and access to Go4Schools will be invaluable. Treat them both as good friends. And don’t forget that your parents can access Go4Schools too, so they will be making sure that you are up to date with all of your work.
Independent study- wise, you will get 30 minutes a week in each of English, Maths, Science, MFL and 30 minutes a fortnight in your other subjects, apart from ICT, in which you will be given 90 minutes a fortnight. You are also expected to do 30 minutes of English reading homework a week – but I’m sure you will be reading far more than that!
Your parents will receive information home from your teachers once every half-term, informing them of both your progress and attitude to learning in all of your subjects. Prizes will be given for those who are succeeding, and interventions will be put in place for those who need them: the Year 8 team examines all data carefully.
You will be given the opportunity to become a House or Year Prefect, Tutor Captain or Student Council or Kindness Council representative . In addition, there is the Year 8 Student Leadership Award: challenge yourself to take on additional responsibility in a chosen area, for example running coaching sessions in sport or literacy.
We have very high expectations of you as Year 8 pupils and I expect you to represent yourself with pride and honour. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and fulfil the potential you have.
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