Today Year 11 received their mock GCSE exam results. There was a range of emotions but what was amazing to see was the resilience of our students. Here are some quotes from them:
“I’m not going to give up; I know what I need to work on.”
“I’m happy with my Maths, Science and Health and Social Care results. I’m not going to stop trying to get all of the grades that I want.”
“I’m going to work with my teachers to make sure that I do better in the Summer exams”
GCSE exams will commence in just under eight weeks time with the first exam on Monday 15th May 2023. Staff will be working hard to support students to close any gaps in their knowledge and skills that are identified from the mock exams and will be exploring revision techniques during tutor time.
If any students did not bring their results home with them then please let Miss Burrows know as copies can be posted or emailed!
Our former pupil Aaron has now achieved Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths to secure an apprenticeship in teaching and learning. Aaron has shown great determination in coming back this year to achieve the qualifications needed to progress in his chosen career path. We’re all rooting for you Aaron, good luck!
What a week it has been at The Beacon Centre this week!
Firstly a huge well done to our Year 11 students who have sat their mock GCSE examinations this week; they have demonstrated maturity, resilience and determination while sitting their exams. Mock exams will continue on Monday and Tuesday of next week and pupils will receive their results on Tuesday 21st March.
In Maths Miss Burrows’ Learning Legends of the Week are Caitlin and Chuks for their outstanding effort in this week’s lesson on inequalities.
Mrs Graham’s Chef of the Week goes to Daniel for his fantastic fish and chips that he cooked from scratch in Food Technology.
In the Oaks class Laura finished her DT project; did you guess that she was making an apron? Fantastic craftsmanship Laura! Well done!
This week saw the launch of our new rewards incentive in which the three students with the most positive behaviour points go into a draw to win a £10 Amazon voucher. This week’s winners are Mark at Primary and Dylan M at Secondary.
At Primary Savannah was celebrated for her efforts in completing her English work independently and demonstrating beautiful handwriting.
Lastly, leading the way to a brighter future does not stop for The Beacon Centre even when our students have left us; Aaron, one of last year’s Year 11 pupils wanted to further his qualifications in order to broaden his horizons. The Beacon Centre are working with Aaron to enhance his qualifications for him to be able to succeed in securing a place in a Teaching and Learning apprenticeship. Aaron has now passed Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and is well on his way to passing English reading and writing. Keep up the good work Aaron!
We are proud to announce that we have achieved the first section of the Rainbow Flag Award which is ‘Skilled Teacher’; this section recognises that our staff, including Senior Leadership Team and non-teaching staff, can recognise and consistently challenge and report LGBTphobia, and are confidently using positive and appropriate language around LGBT+ identities.
We have been incredibly proud of how our Year 11 pupils have conducted themselves during their mock GCSE exams so far. These will continue until Tuesday 14th March. Unfortunately we have had to make a small tweak to the timetable which means that pupils will only need to be in school for their morning exam session on Friday 10th March, however, please note that the start time for this exam is 9:15am.
We would like to celebrate the successes of our pupils this week:
Oaks: This week the Oaks have been working on the Mexican day of the dead; they have investigated what Ofrenda is and then created some beautiful posters in response. Laura and Leo went out into the environment and created expressive abstract art in the style of Sophie Tee, an abstract artist we have been looking at.
Well done to Laura in the Oaks. 100% attendance and star of the week award for always trying her best every lesson.
Bonsais: Well done Kelvin, Maths Learning Legend of the Week and Star of the Week in English and tutor group. Keep up the good work Kelvin.
Maths: This week’s Learning Legends in Maths are Kelvin and Liam. Kelvin has demonstrated an amazing ability to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages and then use this knowledge to then compare and order them! Liam has shown resilience in tackling some tricky algebra work solving equations involving brackets; when the going got tough he didn’t give up! Miss Burrows and Miss Carty are incredibly proud of these two students this week! Well done Kelvin and Liam!
All the primary site pupils took part in book related tasks all day today; the pupils listened to audio stories and wrote book reviews, designed and created character biscuits and listened to staff doing the masked reader; identifying who was reading. Pupils took part in a scavenger hunt in the outside area; finding clues to spell out ‘We are readers.’ We also held a competition to send in a photograph of reading in the most unusual place and although we had many entries, Jacob from Yellow Class was the winner reading at the swimming baths!
To promote Reading for Pleasure, staff at the Beacon Centre Secondary site have dressed up to inspire and promote reading for World Book Day. Students were not asked to participate in the dressing up event this year given the current cost of living crisis, however, the event has not gone uncelebrated with some of our teachers dressing as Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey from Matilda, Jacob Marley from a Christmas Carol, Professor Snape from Harry Potter and A Woman in Black. Each pupil received a £1 National Book token which can be redeemed against special World Book Day books.
Pupils completed a range of maths and number challenges across the whole curriculum throughout the day to show off their number knowledge, including orienteering challenges, using measuring skills to bake cakes and their symmetry knowledge to decorate them. They made number shaped cookies which they paired up in a number bond challenge before eating them. They enjoyed the story ‘How Many Legs?’ and our older pupils successfully solved the puzzle. There were LEGO challenges set and completed and number games played where pupils demonstrated not only their maths knowledge, but also their self-awareness and teamwork skills.Great job everyone!
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