When we return from half-term, the days will hopefully start to feel a little longer, perhaps the sun a little brighter and our Year 9 students will be preparing to make an important decision about their future.
Year 9 is an extremely important year for our students. They have already started studying GCSE lessons in subjects such as English, Maths and Languages. In other subjects they are laying the foundations for their transition to Year 10 and beyond. They will also decide on the pathway that they wish to follow when they move into Year 10. Some will want to select an academic pathway studying subjects such as languages, the sciences and the humanities. Some may select a more artist route by selecting subjects from the arts, media or performing arts. Others may select technology based subjects. All children are different and we believe they deserve the opportunity to study subjects that excite and engage them.
With this in mind, we are determined that our students are able to select the pathway that suits their aspirations, interests and academic ability. We are also determined that our students receive the best possible information, advice and guidance when they make these important choices whenever they move on to the next stage of their education. All of our Year 9 students and their parents will have the opportunity to visit Frinton Campus on Tuesday 28 February for our KS4 Pathways Student and Parent Information Evening and I encourage you to attend.
Mr D Woodcock
Head of Thorpe Campus
Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7 February. The campaign aims to encourage young people to use technology positively and creatively, whilst promoting responsibility and critical thinking.
Mr M Muldoon
This week sees the end of the Year 11 trial examinations, for many it will be the end of a very busy two week period where the weeks of preparation and careful planning have paid off and the questions attempted were difficult but not impossible.
For others the examinations have been a shock to the mind and body, and the sooner they can be forgotten about the better. I can honestly say that I have experienced both the pain and frustration of failing exams and the joy of passing an exam or two. There is no question in my mind which one I prefer and absolutely no doubt which outcome I want for our Year 11 students.
Whether they are: trial examinations, classroom tests, works of art or drama productions; they all can be improved by acting upon feedback provided by teachers. The grades achieved in the recent exams should not be seen as the end point of the process, they are in fact the start of the next phase of improvement. To help all our students, there are after College sessions run by all departments at Frinton Campus, why not take advantage of this and start to improve your grades by attending today.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve. - Bill Gates
This week TTC Frinton Campus welcomed Safer Essex Roads Partnership who performed a play entitled ‘Dead End’ the performance highlighted the risks that young drivers and their passengers may face. I would like to thank all Year 11 students who watched the performance with maturity and respect.
And finally...Checkmate - local primary schools are taking part in the bi-annual chess tournament held at TTC this Thursday. I hope all young players have a great day, I have been dusting off my old chess set in preparation.
Mr C Collins
Head of Frinton Campus
TTCS Preparation for Success
A few weeks ago, I set my Year 9 class revision for their homework as they had an end of unit test the following week. When the sighs and groans had subsided, I asked them why they felt so negatively about ‘revision’. The responses were as you would expect: “it’s boring” being the most common thread. I then asked them how they revised, most said that they read through their notes and some said they never bother. This was perhaps more concerning, especially as in a little over two years they would be preparing for their GCSE exams and, as has been mentioned previously, GCSEs are getting harder with a greater need to retain knowledge.
Preparation for exams is key to success. The dictionary definition of ‘revise’ is: reread work done previously to improve one's knowledge of a subject, typically to prepare for an examination. Which is odd as reading notes is arguably the least effective way of acquiring knowledge, it has been suggested that you remember only 20% of what you read. So what can our children do better to prepare for success in exams?
The following acronym may help: TTCS
Teach - Teaching someone about a topic will typically help you remember up to 90% of what has been taught.
Test - Testing each other helps to improve knowledge and identifies areas for further study.
Connect - Connecting sometimes boring facts to vivid imagery, songs, mnemonics, tastes or even smells can be very effective.
Summarise - Condensing notes into revision cards, mind maps is also effective at building knowledge.
We all learn in different ways so what works for one child, may not work for another. It is therefore essential that our children are encouraged to experiment with techniques from the start of Year 7 so that by the time they reach Year 11, they can prepare effectively for success in their exams.
Mr D Woodcock
Head of Thorpe Campus
Welcome back to College and may I wish you all a Happy New Year.
We have certainly hit the ground running with our Year 11s sitting their trial GCSE examinations. With the move to linear examinations, the reduction or removal of controlled assessments and the greater restrictions on re-sits, it is vital that these examinations are seen as an opportunity to revise subject content and to develop examination techniques. It is also a chance to prepare for the real event in the summer. Now is the time to really up the game, success does not happen without effort.
I was delighted to receive an email from PCSO Diss regarding the actions of our students in assisting an elderly woman who had fallen from her mobility scooter at the Triangle shopping centre. Two of our students assisted the lady, they got blankets from local stores, and they spoke to the emergency services using their mobile phones, PCSO Diss commented, “their diction and instructions concerning the injured lady were exemplary.” They stayed with her for at least 30 minutes and before leaving asked if they were needed any longer. PCSO Diss said he felt the need to inform the College because “I am very mindful that at times students are portrayed sometimes in a negative light. It was wonderful for the general public to see for themselves what great young adults TTC is developing and sending out in to the adult world.” The names of the two students involved are Elle Anderson and Charlotte Lancaster.
Well done to John Bransby who sat a naval recruit examination in Ipswich and not only passed the exam but also was one of the youngest recruits with the highest score they have had in recent years.
A successful career lies ahead for John.
There have been reports in the media about adverse weather. School closure will only happen in exceptional circumstances but please use the warning as an opportunity to make sure that we have your up to date contact details.
Mr M Muldoon