Sunday, 25 September 2016

Baraza Blog- 23rd September 2016

Year 8 feedback on OOSHL

This week our year 8s gave some honest feedback about our compulsory OOSHL programme. All students stay at school for an extra hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to get involved in a wide variety of extra curricular activities or what we call Out of School Hours Learning (OOSHL).

Research shows that students that get involved in more activities at school (and outside of school) tend to do better with their studies, are more engaged with their education, are happier and have a more positive self-image. It can often spark an interest that becomes a life-long source of enjoyment. 

Here's what the students said:

Image result for basketball clubQ: Can we have table-tennis club?
A: Yes, once our new outdoor table tennis tables arrive we can get started. Also we are planning to buy some indoor tables that will be available to use after Christmas.

Q: Can we have a basketball club?
A: Yes, again after Christmas when the Sports Hall is completed (with electronic scoreboard!)

Image result for coventry cityQ: Can we have CCFC come to train us for football.
A: Mr Hudson will investigate this

Q: Can the girls play rugby competitions?
A: We would love to and we are investigating if other schools have girls rugby teams.

Q: What about athletics?
A: We have a running track in Green Lane which we will use. Also once the Sports Hall is complete gymnastics and other indoor athletics can start.

Q: We really like the dance studio- can we have another one!?
A: The Refectory and Edwards Keep will be able to be used as well as the Sports Hall

Q: Can we do out of school swimming?
A: Mr Hudson is going to investigate costs for an extended OOSHL

Other comments: Students said they loved the makaton club, rock and pop, choir, chess, library and ukulele club. They also said there is a lot of different clubs to please most students! Students said it was useful to have homework club during school hours. 

Once again- fantastic ideas and comments from our students. We hope we can rise to the challenge.....?
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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Baraza Blog of 2016-17 Academic Year - 16th September 2016

Starting at Secondary School- Year 7 feedback

This week we were delighted to have our very first (proper) Baraza with our new year 7s- who, by the way, have made a superb start to their time at FP2. We asked them about their experiences of their first 7 days. This is what they said:

"I really like the way the new school has just fallen into place." 

When questioned on this, the student said that it was impressive  that the new building had opened on time, that it was really well designed and that all the teachers were really nice.

Q: "Can there be a water fountain in the fitness suite?"
Image result for water fountain schoolsA: We are already looking at this as well as ensuring there is a new one in the Refectory and in the new Sports Hall

Q: "Is it possible to have a lollipop lady on Wolfe Road?"
A: We have already contacted the council re safety measures on Torrington Avenue and Wolfe Rd in addition to what was put in place for September. We will let you know how we get on with this.

Q: "Can there be a map of the school at the school entrance?"
A: We will have one in student planners, but visitors will always be accompanied by a member of staff so we are not sure one is necessary at the moment."

Image result for directions signQ: " Can there be arrows on the directions to classrooms?"
A: At the moment we have most of our lessons on the 2nd floor and everyone know where they are going already (quick show of hands proved this). However, we may look at this when we move into the new building, depending on the need.

Q: "Sometimes the stairs can be busy."
Image result for concrete table tennis tables concrete sportsA: We will have teachers on the stairwells in the short term. Eventually all FOUR staircases can be  used which will ease the pressure.

Q:" Can we have some table tennis tables?
A: They are already ordered and will be set up once the whole school is handed over. We will also buy some indoor ones for Edward's Keep.

Q: "Can we decorate our mentor rooms?
A: Yes, there will be a mentor room noticeboard competition over the next few weeks.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

First Baraza Blog of 2016-17 Academic Year - 9th September 2016

Moving to our new building- feedback so far from year 8

Image result for welcome back to schoolAs Finham Park 2 continues to grow and evolve we now have year 7 & 8 and have moved into our new building on Torrington Avenue. The excitement from both staff and students (as well as visitors) was clear. BAM, our construction partners, have done a superb job of delivering a wonderfully light, bright and professional feeling building on time and in budget.... 

...but what do our year 8s think?

  • "The toilets are really posh!"
  • " I really like the outdoor eating area and The Courtyard"
  • "I love the Refectory- the food has been really nice"
  • " You can see trees everywhere you go even inside school!"
  • "I like it that there are lots of different places to go at break and lunch"
  • "Finding your way around is easy."
  • "I feel very proud of our school"
  • "The corridors are very wide."

What do we still need to do?

The use of the Tennis Courts

Q: Can we have footballs and rugby balls on the tennis courts?
A: Yes we will be filling the ball storage box this week. However, please be careful about kicking balls over the fence. Rugby balls should not be kicked in this area as it is dangerous- we will take a view on the use of rugby balls as we go through the year and see how many students are using the areas. Safety of our students is paramount.

The Refectory:

Q: Can we have Schmoo milkshakes, Radnor fizz or other healthy soft drinks?
A: Some of the drinks we had last year were not as healthy as we would have liked. We will feed these comments back to the Refectory staff who we will invite to a Baraza to comment.

Q: Can we have themed days in the Refectory e.g. 4th July American food? Halloween? 
A: Excellent idea! I'm sure we can do that.

Q: Is it possible to have more vegetarian options
A: We have a selection of vegetarian options everyday already but again we can speak to the Refectory staff to see what they can do

The Building
Q: Can we have more chairs in the Refectory?
A: Yes we will put more in by the end of today- This was done straight away after Baraza!

Q: Can we have more benches outside?
A: Yes we will order some

Q: Sometimes you can't here the lesson changeover bell
A: Students were asked and they said that they could hear it but it was a bit annoying!

Other items

Q: Some student leaders haven't got their badges
A: Please see Mrs Brake

Q: Where is the whole-school picture from last year?
A: This is still to go up on the wall

Q: Can we have a school mascot?
A: Great idea- we will have a competition to do this.
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