Monday, 26 June 2017

Baraza Blog- 23th June 2017

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Competition between our colleges of North, East, South and Westgate is fierce....but in a friendly way! Students are proud of their colleges and work hard to try to win the College Cup. As we move closer towards our Festival of Sport this becomes even more important. 

Here's what our students had to say to the College Leaders:

Q: Can the winning college go to a theme park at the end of the year?
A: We can discuss this for next year. Of  course we would need to think about what the other colleges would do. More student discussions are needed here.

Q: Can we have a college chess championship?
A: This can be arranged for next year.

Q: Can the leading college of the half term have pizza?
A: Again we can look into this as part of a review of awards policy.

Q: It is difficult to get everyone involved in the Christmas tree competition. Can we do something bigger?
A: We also collect for Coventry Cyrenians and could collect toys. Another option would be to do a time capsule at the same time.

Q: Can each college have their own charity?
A: Yes- we will arrange this next year.

Q: Can we have more inter-college competitions? E.g. Bake off, sport
A: Yes we can!

Q: Can the college scores be updated every week?
A: Yes- we will do this next year. We will look at the best place to share them

Q: Can we have mentor group trips?
A: Yes- we will look into doing these next year.

Q: Can we have specific rewards for specific behaviours e.g behaviour, attendance?
A: We have a very positive behaviour policy already and rewards will continue to be given for each of these.

Q: Can we have more mentor leaders?
A: Yes, there will be more student leader opportunities in the new academic year.

Baraza Blog- 16th June 2017

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Student Feedback on the Library

We are very fortunate at Finham Park 2 to have a large library full of books. There is a lovely atmosphere and it is always bustling with students reading and doing work.

Reading is exceptionally important not only for fun and to find out knowledge, but reading expands our vocabulary and actually really helps with our learning.

Here's what the students said about our library:

Image result for finham park 2Q: Can we have drinks in the library?
A: Yes but away from computers.

Q: Can the library be open earlier?
A: We will consider this next year.

Q: Can we use the computers for games that are not school related?
A: No- the computers are for research, completing homework and for learning only. We do now have software that can monitor all computer screens.

Q: Can we have the complete series of some books where we may only have one?
A: Of course we can look at buying series. Please put any suggestions for new books in the suggestion box in the library.

Q: Can we have more books for older readers?
A: We have already spent a considerable sum of money on new books and will do the same for next year- especially more challenging books. This will be linked to a new reading system called Accelerated Reader. This will encourage all readers to try to read more challenging books, what ever their reading ability.

Q: Can the book shelves be organised better?
A: The layout is currently being reviewed as we buy more books.

Q: Can we take out 2 books at the same time?
A: You can take out 3!

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Baraza Blog- 11th June 2017

Student Feedback of their ICT/ Computing Experience

Image result for ict secondary schoolPositives (what went well?):

- We like having access to lesson resources on Frog (Computing is one of the best pages)
- I like the variety of different lesson topics
- I like being able to choose which homework I do
- we like the small class sizes
- lessons are interesting and fun
- I feel like I've learnt a lot this year
- the topics we cover are really important- programming, internet safety

Areas for improvement (Even better if...):

Q: Can we do more 'big projects'? 
A: This is possible in some topics and Mr Rogers will look at this for next year
Q: Could we have more of a variety of tasks and activities in lessons?
A: Yes- Mr Rogers will tweak lessons planned for next year
Q: Can we do more group projects in lessons?
A: As with the first answer- this is possible for some of the topics studied and will be looked at when planning for next year
Q: Can all subjects collect homework via Google Drive?
Image result for maths and computing schoolA: Different subjects have different requirements for homework and Google Drive doesn't work for all subjects. We will share this with them but not all subjects will be able to do this. 
Q:  Can Frog be used more in other subjects? We would like more information on these sites please.
A: Yes- Mr Rogers will speak to all subjects leaders to ensure Frog pages are developed more
Q: Can there be access on Frog to other useful information e.g. our timetables?
A: We will investigate this
Q: Can we do more computing trips?
A: We already have quite a few but mainly for digital leaders- we will look at further trips for next year

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Baraza Blog- 26th May 2017

Kibblestone Residential feedback

Following our week in Staffordshire here is the students' feedback to help us prepare for next year's residential. Once again some really useful and thouthful feedback:

Image result for kibblestone camp siteWhat went well (WWW)- quotes direct from the students:

- we enjoyed the crate stacking- it was really exciting and a bit scary
- room checks (especially in the boys' dorm) as it kept our room clean and tidy
- we had lots of exercise as we had to walk quite a distance between activities- but it was very tiring
- raid and trade was great!
- almost 70% said they would do exactly the same trip again
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- I managed to do things I never thought I could do
- it challenged me to go further- especially with heights
- it was good not to have our phones all the time as we played other games and din't just sit playing with our phones!
- it was lots of fun
- I felt as though I grew up a bit on this trip- it was the first time I'd been away for this long without my parents
- archery was great

Even better if:

- better toast please!
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- more showers
- room checks for girls to encourage us to keep it tidy and clean!
- softer mattresses
- more active time (sometimes we had too much break time)
- longer activities
- less drama, maths and English activities- some were too easy or too hard
- more 'wow' activities
- have all the activities in one place
- more entertainment in the evenings
- camp fires every night
- Kibblestone hoodies

All of the above will be shared with Team Camp, Kibblestone and Mrs Brake who all worked together to arrange this trip.

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