On Wednesday 4th March we hosted a parent’s information evening titled Tackling Drugs Together. We were pleased to welcome parents and carers to peruse a wonderful display of work created by pupils during PSHE lessons, shared information about drugs and their effects, plus a little networking with some refreshments. Our guest speaker, Nick Tergerdine representing apas (addiction problem advisory service), talked about addiction and how this can impact on individuals and their family. Here is a little info from Nick about apas:
Addictions impact on individuals, families, and communities. Individuals, families and communities are characterised in a negative way when addiction problems are suspected. To deal with the problem in a way that does not further stigmatise those affected is the challenge, and nothing changes until something changes. The unique perspective of apas is borne from the fiercely independent stance of the organisation. All services are provided without the benefit of statutory funds; therefore, the problem can be addressed rather than a target defined from afar. Whether at an individual, family or community level (and the latter includes issues within the workplace) then apas can intervene and provide what will make a difference, rather than a ‘prescribed’ remedy.
Our work includes alcohol, drugs whether illicit or prescribed, and the fast emerging issue of gambling addiction.
Add initiatives designed to prevent problems arising, and a robust policy of challenging the received wisdom of the statutory authorities, and apas can and does make a difference.
Telephone: 0115 8240 550
Other organisations are listed in our signposting directory for parents and carers which can be found on our school website, www.wbs.eu.com. We will highlight some of these in the West Bridgford Post.
From this week and over the next few months, I will first grant access to Go4schools to all our students across the school who will also receive some training on to understand this site’s contents. The next step will be to contact parents & carers to provide them with their log in details and some online training material too. You can appreciate that it will take some time to roll this out to over 1400 students and their parents therefore please, be patient.
I have been developing this online platform over the last term and it is in its infancy is pretty much in its early stages and is taking its first faltering steps. It has taken one term to create online departmental mark books, consequently some departmental areas whose mark book were created first will be populated with more data than those which have been created more recently. Despite this gradual process, I can confirm that the mark books available will contain a range of assessment and homework information that you will find useful.
The diversity of our school subjects, their programmes of study and assessments policies have led to the creation of a range of very diverse mark books whose main foci still remain Assessment and Homework.
Go4schools is, after all, a tool that should help parents/carers to get more involved in their child’s progress.
Our aim as a school is to provide parents & students with full transparency and access to the regular assessment results that are taking place over the academic year. However, it is important to keep in mind that raw data/marks/comments can be difficult to understand without having a full understanding of every single subject exam specifications and context; this is why we are encouraging you to use this online platform as the starting point of regular conversations with your child about his/her progress and potential difficulties across their subjects.
Assistant Head Teacher
Dear Parents and Carers,
Someone said they could already hear the hum of the impending challenges of 2015! This week we launched the Revision Mission in Assembly to explain the 3 lessons of general revision techniques planned to help all year 11 get organised, feel supported and ready for their exams.
Together with this are the 2 remaining Parents’ Meetings for years 7 & 8, (29/1/15 & 9/2/15 respectively) so the early finish gives us all a great opportunity to offer a Study Session. These have been very successful and all year 11 pupils are very welcome. We have a quick lunch provided first and then several departments have already arranged study sessions:
History, Maths, English, the Aspiration group will meet as usual, the Endeavour interviews will continue, 29/1/15 is the last day before the Photography coursework deadline so that may be very valuable too, an Oxbridge meeting is being planned for the second date – 9/2/15 and I am sure this week will see other departments join in.
In addition to this, 2 very experienced Tutors are supporting small groups currently in English and Maths. The English programme runs until the English Mock exam on Tues 10/2/15; the Maths programme until the Maths Mock exam on Wed 11/3/15
May I draw your attention to an important piece of information. Below is the link to the Exam Board’s Rules and Regulations, please do refer to it carefully with your son or daughter. If there are any questions, contact me or the Exams Officer in school, Mrs Ranby in Student Services.
Information for the GCSE Examinations is now collected in a new tab on Moodle – Click HERE
Here you can find the timetable of all the exams in the main period of May & June, as well as advice and rules and regulations from Mrs Ranby, the Examinations Officer. Students will be issued with their own individual exam timetables after the February Half Term break.
So, yes certainly a hum but maybe ‘BUZZ’ is a better word!
Amongst the array of revision materials and advice are plenty of ideas for maintaining a calm, balanced and positive outlook – plenty of deep breathing and quiet reflection. Materials such as
‘ Good & Bad Revision’, ‘Revise less; learn more’, Growth Mindset, ‘Time to Upgrade’, ‘Mind Games’, ‘Help Yourself to English’, and ‘Revision Cracked’ plus lots of freebies!
Confidence and control come through planning and organisation, we’re all here to help.
Regards,Mrs P Goad, Intervention Manager
Student Council recently pointed out that parents often get to read news about the school before students find out due to The West Bradford Post and they wanted something similar for students. Thus today we launch ‘WBS-TV’. WBS-TV is produced by students for students. The first episode features 3 events from the last two weeks however we hope to bring a much more news orientated WBS-TV, very soon in the New Year. In the meantime click on the link below to watch the first episode of ‘WBS-TV’.
Click HERE to see Episode 1