Well, here you are in Year 8, no longer the smallest fish in the pond! You are now the role models for Year 7, (and not only that, I hope you can set the benchmark for the other year groups too!) I’m so looking forward to working with you this year to achieve your full potential both in the classroom and also by making the most of the schools vast enrichment opportunities.
It’s my job to make sure each and every one of you is “next stage ready” in preparation for the start of your GCSEs and Key Stage 4 next year. You will be picking your GCSE options in the Spring term. This is a very important choice as you will be studying these subjects for the next three years at school so make sure you choose wisely! Your teachers and the Pastoral Team are, of course, on hand to help guide and support you with this decision. In the meantime ensure you make the most of each and every subject as this may be the last year you will be studying them and you may well miss them when they’re gone!
In Year 8 you should by now be familiar with the routines and high expectations that attending Warden Park brings. These include ensuring your iPad is fully charged each morning and brought to school, looking smart at all times, punctuality is essential to lessons, completing your homework and meeting deadlines and of course behaving at all times. As you are also aware this is recorded on Go 4 Schools which parents have access to. I do, however, very much enjoy looking at the League Tables on Go 4 Schools to see which students in my year group are achieving star and even exceptional students in lessons. So, my challenge to you is can you finish in the top 10 students of the whole school by the end of the year?
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.
Good luck Year 8. Remember, "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today!” H.Jackson Brown Jnr
Mrs Finley, Head of Year