Note: this post has been updated to include the presentation given to S4 students.
Included in this post is a copy of the support pack we have put together to help Senior students and their parents understand what resources are available to support learning this year and what good study habits look like:
I went through this pack with S5 and S6 students at assembly this morning. S4 will have a similar assembly a week on Friday.
Mr Robertson (Depute Headteacher)
As has been the case for a number of years now, to mark the end of the Broad General Education phase of their education, over the last few weeks S3 students have been creating an S3 Profile which sums up their key learning and achievements from their first three years in Eyemouth High School.
Most S3 students completed these on Wednesday, saving a copy in school and printing out a copy to take home. Some S3 students were involved in the Athletics Championship on Wednesday and so have the opportunity to finish off their Profiles tomorrow. If students are out of school tomorrow (e.g. because they are on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition), they will have an opportunity to complete their Profile next week.
If you have a son or daughter in S3, please ask them to see a copy of their S3 Profile. It is a document that they should feel proud of.
We are fast approaching SQA exams, which begin towards the start of May. There are still seven weeks until these begin, which is plenty of time for students to be building on what they have achieved in Prelim exams in order to achieve the best results that they can in their final exams.
To help support students, we have updated our Getting The Best Results You Can document, which students and parents should find useful:
It includes new sections relating to the Scholar and Bright Red websites, which offer excellent revision materials.
We have also updated our Study Support and Study Zone programmes:
The Study Support Programme applies from now until the final exam. The Study Zone Programme applies for the first two weeks back after the Easter holiday. We strongly encourage all students to make the most of these programmes.
Mr Robertson, Depute Headteacher
Eyemouth High School is closed today and tomorrow. With Prelim exams starting in 12 days time, this is clearly a very important time of year for all S4-6 students. Students should be ensuring that they are making the most of this time to prepare for exams. I recommend the following resources:
- SQA Past Papers and Specimen Question Papers – these are available to download for free on the SQA website. Just do a Google search for them. Detailed Marking Instructions are also available. Practising questions from these papers is some of the best Prelim preparation that you can do. Quite simply: you can’t practise questions enough. There is a lot of value in going back over questions that you have already practiced (even more than once) to ensure that you have learned from mistakes.
- BBC Bitesize website – this is packed full of revision materials and mock assessment questions for most subjects.
- Scholar: access online support materials for Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, English, Maths, Modern Languages and Physics – including video tutorials – here: http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/Resources/Live_Online_Sessions/Previous_Sessions.html
In addition to the weekly programme of Study Support offered to students (Senior Study Support Programme, 2017-18) all S4-6 students are invited to attend “Study Zone” in the lead-up to Prelim and SQA exams. During Study Zone, students can either go to after-school support sessions with particular teachers or can go to the library to use it as a quiet study area. In previous years Study Zone has been very popular and has received very positive feedback from students. We are encouraging all Senior students to attend.
- Prelim Study Zone starts on Monday 8th January and is offered on Monday – Thursday evenings, 3:45 – 5pm, until Thursday 25th Prelim exams start on Monday 29th January. A timetable for Prelim Study Zone is included below.
- SQA Study Zone starts on Monday 16th April and is offered on Monday – Thursday evenings, 3:45 – 5pm, until Thursday 26th A timetable for SQA Study Zone will follow.
The Study Zone Programme for the period 8th – 25th January looks as follows:
- Biology: 3:45pm on a Tuesday
- Business Management: 3:45pm on a Wednesday
- Chemistry: 3:45pm on a Wednesday (or by appointment with teacher)
- Design and Manufacture: Please arrange with teacher
- Economics: 3:45pm on a Thursday
- Engineering Science: Please arrange with teacher
- English: Please arrange with teacher – each teacher is organising Study Zone sessions for their own classes
- Fashion & Textiles: Please arrange with teacher
- French: Please arrange with teacher
- Geography: 3:45pm on a Tuesday
- German: 3:45pm on a Tuesday
- Graphic Communication: Please arrange with teacher
- History: Please arrange with teacher; lunchtime on a Thursday
- Hospitality: Please arrange with teacher
- Maths: 3:45pm on a Thursday (Mrs Atkinson); lunchtime sessions on a Tuesday and Wednesday for Higher students also available during the Study Zone period with Mr Krievs
- Modern Studies: 3:45pm on a Thursday
- Religious and Moral Education: 3:45pm on a Tuesday and Thursday
- PE: Please arrange with teacher
- Physics: 3:45pm on a Tuesday
- Quiet Study Area (Library): 3:45pm Monday – Thursday
A Study Zone programme, which includes a Revision Checklist, is available to download:
We have also produced a two-part support document for students and parents called Getting The Best Results You Can. This is also available to download:
S1-3 students were issued with their first Progress Report of the year on Friday. There is a parental/guardian return slip which we would be grateful if you could complete and return.
This Progress Report should be read along with the information that students record in their Planner (they keep a daily Self-evaluation Record and also a record of assessed work in their Progress Record). We ask S1-3 students to get a parental/guardian signature in their Planner every weekend. If you haven’t been in the habit of asking your son or daughter to see their Planner at weekends and signing it, we would appreciate it if you could start to do so.
S4-6 students have been issued with their first Progress Point Report this morning. Along with the information they record in their Planner, we hope that is a useful summary of where they are with their learning in each of their Senior Phase courses. You may find it useful to look at this along with the “Progress Record” section of your son/daughter’s Planner.
There is a feedback/comments sheet at the back of the report. We would appreciate it if you could complete that and ask your son/daughter to return it to their Registration teacher. This also serves as a receipt that you have received the report.
Finally, included in envelopes with reports is a “Getting the Best Results that You Can” information sheet. This has been put together based on comments by teachers and students in Eyemouth High School. We hope you find that useful too.
Last Thursday evening we had a Senior Phase Information Evening, which included a presentation called “Getting the Best Result That You Can”. This summarised key messages that have come from teachers in Eyemouth High School, and from students who have previously been successful in exams. A copy of the presentation and hand-out are attached:
S1 & S2 girls are being offered the HPV vaccine on Thursday 16 March. If you have not yet done so please return your forms.
Those girls in S2 have completed a consent form last year which covers consent for this year also.
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