Literacy is one of the most important skills students need to develop in life. Beyond subject lessons, we have cross-curricular literacy initiatives (including word of the week) and, last term, Mrs Parsons started the Stowupland Debating Society.
The group presently comprises mainly Year 10 and Year 11 students and debates follow the Cambridge Union structure with debaters working in teams to present their arguments. Meeting in A05 each Friday lunchtime, students have engaged in several heated, but purposeful exchanges and the topics have included: Should crime dramas be aired on T.V? Are feminist ideas pro-equality? and Who are the greatest superheroes? As Year 11 students will be fully occupied with exams for the remainder of the term, the Society is keen to recruit enthusiastic Year 9s, so if you are interested, please see Mrs Parsons!
Year 9 students have all received letters regarding their option choices for next academic year. Blocks are being finalised and timetabling for 2017/18 is well underway. If you have any queries or questions about options, these can sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Miss Neal.
At some point, we do hope to be enjoying some summer weather and thoughts are turning to Activity Days which will take place on 19th and 20th July. Progress Leaders are drawing up programmes and Year 7 parents/carers have already been consulted on a proposed trip to Colchester Zoo. We also hope to be trying some new destinations and further details will be forthcoming.