We have had another wonderful half term within the Upper School with our Year 9, 10 and 11 students continuing to work exceptionally hard and focus on their targets.
This half term has been a half term focused on giving, with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award commending us on the completion of 1274 hours of voluntary hours in the community as part of students securing their Bronze and Silver awards. Alongside this, our Upper School forms also took time to make shoeboxes filled with thoughtful gifts for children in need as part of the shoebox appeal. Students demonstrated how caring and thoughtful they are towards others less fortunate and raised additional money last week on Christmas Jumper Day. A huge thank you to all parents and carers who supported their children with generous donations.
We have enjoyed our Upper School Awards Assemblies this week whereby alongside our subject awards, students have been rewarded for outstanding progress, 100% attendance, and meeting our three school values. Lots of students are now wearing the three principle badges and we look forward to rewarding even more students during the Spring term.
Reflecting on Autumn Term 2, we began in style in the Upper School, with a visit from colleagues at Oxford University who came to speak to a number of Year 10 and 11 students about their University aspirations and what life is like at Oxford University. We have applicants in Sixth Form who have applied to Oxbridge this year, therefore we look forward to seeing further applications from our students in the Upper School in years to come!
We have also had lots of other visitors working with our Upper School students this half term, including an assembly led by three alumni Aldersley students who discussed their careers in Physiotherapy and Information Technology, and how they have developed into successful practitioners in their fields of work. A huge thank you to Mr Patel for organising the event for Year 9, 10 and 11 students.
During the course of the term, Year 11 have once again made us incredibly proud, as they have strived to reach their target grades and perform to the best of their ability in their mock examinations. It was lovely to speak to lots of parents and carers about their child’s progress and attainment at our event in November, and we look forward to sending home their next ROP (Report of Progress) in February. If you were unable to attend Parents’ Evening, then please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Dooner (Year 11 ASL) for a further update.
In addition to this, we have also been supporting Year 11 in preparing for their final exams through a number of additional opportunities. Our Year 11 Music group have been working with Zip Rock this half term, culminating in a final performance at The New Hampton Arts Centre in front of lots of other schools. This was in addition to the fantastic performances at The Amethyst Showcase held at Moreton last week. The students were a credit to us at Aldersley and we look forward to celebrating their final results in the summer.
Our Year 11 PE group have also enjoyed their time at Laches Wood and Wolf Mountain this half term, where they have been developing their climbing skills as part of their PE GCSE. We are certain that these skills will come in useful during our English and Maths revision weekend at The Pioneer Centre in April.
In regards to sport, we also celebrated success with a number of our sporting groups this half term: Year 11 Netball team played their last ever match after five years of playing as a superb team, alongside our Year 10 Netball, Year 10 Football and Year 9 Football teams who continue to develop as teams and show true sportsmanship during every match.
Further to this, we continue to be impressed by the work ethic and focus of our Year 10 students. It was fantastic to see so many students with their parents and carers attend the Amethyst Sixth Form event at Dunstall Racecourse with our Year 11 students. We look forward to supporting them in their course decisions as they continue on their Key Stage 4 journey.
This half term has seen Year 10 involved in lots of extra-curricular activities including lots of Food masterclasses whereby we have been impressed with their pasta making skills and meringues. Two of the students who regularly attend these masterclasses were also talented enough to make it to the UCB Young Chef of the Year Final: we are incredibly proud of them for making it to the final – well done!
We also have a number of published poets in Year 9 and Year 10 this half term who took part in The Young Writers Poetry Competition and impressed us all with their ability to use poetic techniques and produce thoughtful poetry about a range of issues.
Our Information, Advice and Guidance Day in November allowed students the opportunity to learn more about some of these issues, including positive relationships; mindfulness; coping with exam stress; anti-bullying and online safety. We were very impressed with how well Year 9 and 10 engaged with the day, and look forward to their next IAG day in the Spring term.
Finally, we were very impressed with our group of Year 9 and 10 students who planned excellent business opportunities for Wolverhampton Wanders as part of the Molineux Enterprise Day. Students have been working hard to produce a business model to encourage further young people to buy season tickets for the club, and we were very proud of them for presenting these ideas at the football stadium.
Alongside Year 9’s involvement in the enterprise day, our Year 9 Design Technology students engaged in their own charity enterprise through the production of poppies for Remembrance Day. Students designed and produced poppies using a range of materials and sold these at break time for The Royal British Legion: thank you very much to all of the students and staff involved in this.
We are excited about returning on Monday 7th January 2019 for the Spring Term, and look forward to continuing to celebrate the success of our Upper School students and focus on their progress and attainment across all subjects, including the final countdown for Year 11 as they begin their last full term before GCSE examinations commence.
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Enjoy your festive break,
The Upper School Team.