In the last edition of the Student Shout, I took some time to introduce to you the seven Student Council members representing each of the Houses in the school. However, at the beginning of the academic year, a variety of departments around the school elected Subject Ambassadors, ranging from Year 7 to Post 16, who have worked tirelessly to promote and improve their subject/faculty.
Performing Arts have elected ambassadors, who have been at the centre of organising showcases, community concerts and open evenings, whilst showcasing to the public how incredible our Performing Arts Department is and just how enriched with talent and devotion It is. Furthermore, the charity ambassadors have helped the school raise substantial funds for charity by organising events for Children in Need and Red Nose Day such as fancy dress contests and Sixth form ‘Bake off’ alongside the popular non-uniform day.
Furthermore, a staggering 14 students from all year groups have dedicated so much of their time to the ICT faculty, being elected digital leaders. These 14 students have achieved so much during this past academic year, from campaigns to virtual tours, one of which has written the paragraph below to further explain their achievements: “As Digital Leaders, we work on a variety of projects across the school. Collectively we have made a new Virtual Tour for the Ken Stimpson Community School website to show parents and future students what the school facilities look like. It has proven useful for students to get an idea of the school campus to avoid getting lost. We presented an E-Safety assembly to each house throughout the week and promoted Safer Internet Week.
We have also made two videos for the Year 7 transition process to show what it is like as a day in the life of a Year 7 at Ken Stimpson Community School. We carried out Student interview panels for teachers applying for jobs at KSCS, not just within Computing but also other subjects!”
Similarly, representing the language ambassadors, Jenna Burns has written a piece to showcase their achievements throughout the year: “We have had many meetings and have discussed how to improve the accessibility to, and interest in languages. We visited William Law Primary school earlier this year to support the French activities going on for the students. Also, we have created plans to start a variety of language clubs in the next academic year at lunch times for both Italian and French students, which we hope will be a success. As the senior languages ambassador, I have also tried to explore languages even more myself and have taken on the role of mentoring a year 11 Italian students with the hopes of spreading my passion for languages and putting my interest to use.” In the future, we hope to ensure that each department has a strong group of ambassadors as the difference they can make is incredible. Hopefully, this is an opportunity that many of you are excited to get involved in.
Finally, with exams approaching at lightning speed, I expect that many of you have prepared revision time tables. Below I have provided some timekeeping tips, that aim to ensure you get the most out of your exam time:
• Know what is expected of you before you go in - In some exams, such as English and Geography, the exam board do not expect you to answer all the questions. Before you go in, familiarise yourself with the format of exam papers and the topics you are required to answer.
• When revising, always practice questions by hand. Do a past paper a few days before and time it strictly – work out a way to write quickly and neatly so that you don’t waste your first exam cracking this.
• Be realistic - Don’t make the mistake of setting the scope of an answer too wide, and then not being able to finish it – something concise and complete will read much better than something broadly conceived and unfinished.
• In an exam divide your time up, plan of how long you need to spend on each question and Stick to it.
• Start with the questions you know you can do, this will mean you can build up your confidence and can end up with a much more realistic view on how much time you can spend on the harder questions at the end.
• Always PLAN long answers – this will enable you to write quickly and confidently.
Be calm, be confident and be prepared! Good Luck!
Post 16 Student