English Award: Year 6 White
White were awarded by Teacher Rima their English teacher, for their progress in
English over the semester. They have all shown real determination to
improve. Well Done!
Teacher Basma gives one
of the boys his certificate.
DEPT NEWS MARCH 2008 - SECONDARY
After working hard during the last few months in assessment tests
and exams, the pupils have achieved some excellent results. 65% of
Year 10 achieved a grade D or above in the January exam and the dept
are hopeful those results will convert to C’s and above in the
summer IGCSE English as a Second Language exam. Other year groups
have also worked hard and English National Curriculum levels are
rising in Years 7, 8 and 9. Year 11 IGCSE English as a First
Language students achieved grade A’s in the January exam and are
working hard to maintain this level in preparation for the summer.
International Writing Competition
Following on from the success of last year’s International writing
competition, in which all 7 of our entrants were winners and had
their poems published, the department encouraged pupils to enter a
second competition in which they had to write a short story in a
maximum of 50 words. The competition is open to all International
students aged 11-18 years and entries are typically submitted from a
variety of countries in all continents. 17 students from Grades 9,
10 and 12 submitted stories in January and the school has just
received news that 14 of our pupils are winners and will have their
stories published this year. 2 of the pupils are second time
As our students are showing a developing talent in creative writing
– which we are seeing some excellent examples of in the work
produced during lessons - the English Department will be running
whole year group writing workshops for Grades 9, 10 and 11 this
month, which will culminate in students being encouraged to enter a
third international competition. This time round is poetry again
and a number of students have already intimated that they feel
encouraged by the success of their fellow students and feel more
confident about trying out their skills. Students in all year
groups will be encouraged to enter the competition.
LOWER SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB
The Lower School Drama Club (for students in Grades 7, 8 and 9) has
been running weekly for the last month and there are 18 students
representing each year group attending.
The students have been enthusiastically working towards a production
primarily aimed at younger pupils in the school, though no doubt it
will be seen by the whole school.
He is ten pin bowling- isn't
One pupil in Grade 9 has written a short comedic play and she and 4
other girls from Grade 9 are working on dividing the play into 3
scenes which will be shown in the production along with comedy,
physical theatre and musical mime sketches – currently being
rehearsed with great gusto by some rather enthusiastic boys in
Grades 7 and 8!
Last week the girls began rehearsing the first scene of their play
whilst the boys learned choreographed stage fighting and had lots of
fun practicing their skills. Some of the boys have also
demonstrated a flair for gymnastics and we will be incorporating
those skills into a very physical musical sketch. I fear for the
The steam train is coming
down the track!!
It is lovely to see the students enjoying themselves so much,
showing the confidence to contribute their own ideas and developing
the maturity to work together responsibly and safely.
News of production dates will be announced when finalized.
Head of Secondary English
Edited by Jane