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. On March 16th 2017, you will be choosing your G.C.S.E. options, the journey upon which you will embark at the beginning of Year 9. That means that you’re going to need to impress your teachers so as to ensure you get the options you want!
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 SMHW will be invaluable. Treat them both as good friends. And don’t forget that your parents can access SMHW 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 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.
My own personal watchword as a Head of Year is ‘pride’. I expect you all to take pride in what you do. Pride in your appearance, pride in your efforts, and pride in your behaviour. I expect you to do your best and to become ‘world -class’.