Gauri with our special guests after the awards assembly.
Gauri with her proud parents
Gauri with Deputy Principal Mrs Gabrielle Clark (left) and Head of Faculty (Language and Languages) Ms Cathy Feist
The Advanced Learner Year 9 and 10 classes along with all Year 12ENC and 13ENC classes attended the Writers' Festival schools programme towards the end of Term 2. This included a range of lectures and workshops by internationally renowned writers.
Students enjoyed hearing of the authors’ love of their craft. As one Year 10 student stated:
“Our English programme encourages students to read and write, and so did the authors
. I think the best and most beneficial thing from the programme for us, was that encouragement overall. I came home wanting to write some more. I think it boosts students into English.
It would be great to go again next year from school and, if not, I would definitely go outside of school.
This was an event I would love to go to every year to experience different authors and just what they say to help us in writing”.
Year 13 students have some additional support for their many writing assignments this year.
Dr Ian Hunter, the creator of Write that Essay, recently spoke to the year group about adding flair to their essays and reports. Dr Hunter also challenged a group of potential scholarship students to take a clear stand in their writing rather than waffling – a technical term, he insisted!
In addition, teachers attended a session with Dr Hunter to look at their own writing styles and how to write with a range of sentence types.
All Year 13 students have access to the Write that Essay web-based programme. While teachers can set specific assignments to complete, there are also activities for students to work through, specific sentence help, and guides for structuring different types of paragraphs
Feedback from the students, who are facing writing reports in subjects from Classics to PE to Biology, showed they were excited about the possibilities to learn different styles of writing and to have support right through the writing process.
|Potential Scholarship students Erica D’Souza and Nicholas Dobbie with Dr Ian Hunter.