5 Dec 2016

Pre-Christmas Revision Tips

Dear Y11 Parents,
As we are sure you are fully aware the Y11 iGCSE practice exams will take place from 12th January to 25th January 2017. This period of time for Y11 students can be stressful and they will likely need support from you and us in managing this critical period in their lives.
We would like to recommend the following website and app http://www.stopbreathethink.org/. Y11 students should be familiar with this guided meditation app from GTS lessons and assemblies. It is a useful means of continuing to use the mindfulness course that students completed last year. As with all such approaches it is incredibly helpful if teachers and parents support these initiatives. The following article is a good basis for interested parents to understand this method further:
We strongly recommend that an effective way of alleviating stress is for students to work in a structured and consistent way according to a timetable. The attached article outlines such key tips from experts on revision and these tips complement the guidance which students have received in GTS lessons:
We believe one further key to success that the Guardian article examines is the importance of sleep for academic performance. Students, in order to perform at their best, do need to get to bed at a reasonable time and enjoy sleep that is uninterrupted by the use of phones/tablets/laptops. Therefore below we further attach an article from the sleep foundation for this purpose:
Our primary goal is to guide the students to be happy and successful and your support is vital in achieving this.
Kind regards for the holiday season.
Sian May                                 Greg Thornton                                     Debbie Hanley
Head of Middle School         Vice Principal of Middle School        Head of Year 11