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Paris Trip 2012

Posted in: Letters on Friday, January 27th, 2012

Paris final letter – Jan 2012

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Year 9 Creativity Day

Posted in: Latest News on Friday, January 27th, 2012
Year 9 Creativity Day

The Year 9 Creativity day is about an apprentice style challenge. So you will need to come in business/smart dress!

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Year 7 Creativity Day 31st January 2012

Posted in: Letters on Friday, January 27th, 2012

Creativity day 2 50p food contribution letter

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Awards Evening Letter 25.1.2012

Posted in: Letters on Friday, January 27th, 2012

Year 11 Awards Evening Letter 25.1.12

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Free and Fun ‘BRING and FIX’ event coming up in February

Posted in: Latest News on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Free and Fun ‘BRING and FIX’ event coming up in February

Bring & fix items and pick up new skills at this FREE fun event

Saturday 25th February 2012 from 2pm—6pm

Café, Music, Entertainment, and Raffle!

Bicycle repairs, sewing repairs, gardening advice, computer issues resolved, woodwork repairs, small electrical repairs, musical instrument tuning, gluing/putting something back together, oiling, learn how to use your mobile phone, and more!

The Knight Club, Beacon Lane, Beacon Heath, Exeter, EX4 8LZ

Bring and Fix is an initiative of Philippe Granger from the Rushey Green Time Bank

Download the poster here: Bring and Fix poster

 

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Use of student names and photos in school publications

Posted in: Latest News, Letters on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Use of student names and photos in school publications

At St James we always aim to celebrate and promote student achievement and success. We use a range of publications to share these achievements across the school and with the St James community.

We would like to use the school website, prospectus, newsletter, plasma screens and other publication methods to highlight a larger array of these success stories and promote a positive ethos at all times.

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Homework Information 2013-2014

Posted in: Latest News on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Homework will vary from department to department depending on the number of lessons a student has a week. For example, in Maths students would be set homework once a week as they have frequent lessons. In ICT where there is only one lesson a week, they may only be set homework as a minimum once in a half term.

Planners are provided for students to document their homework and time is allowed for this when the homework is set during the lessons. It is your child’s responsibility to develop independence by noting this homework themselves and meeting the deadline set, however, students identified as having special needs may be offered support with this. To support your child in the completion of their homework some departments run an afterschool homework club (Homework Support Sessions Poster v2) and there is a whole school homework club every night run by Janet Bowden in the library computer suite from 3-5pm.

Teachers are always on hand to be approached (or they can be emailed) by your son or daughter if they need some help or clarification with their homework. They should see their teacher at least 24 hours before the homework is due in. This enables your child to have a go at the homework and to negotiate an extension for completion if needed. Each department also  runs regular homework support sessions  which your child can attend: Homework Support Sessions Poster v2. All staff email addresses can be found in student planners and on the contact information page on this website.

Furthermore, should your child complete all of their set homework, educational research suggests that this would equate to them making an additional 5 months progress, with all the benefits this implies. (http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/approaches/homework-secondary)

Rewards and Sanctions

St James has a clear rewards and sanctions system regarding homework. This can be found in students planners and is detailed below:

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If students do fail to complete their homework they may end up in a subject detention Homework Detentions Poster v2 or a SLT Homework detention on a Friday afternoon 3-4pm. You will be notified of these via a text message and a letter sent home with your child.

Please see our homework flowchart for more detail: Homework Flowchart v2

Key Stage Three

Most subjects at St James create a ‘Best work’ folder for students that stays with them for the duration of Key Stage Three. This folder will contain a student’s final pieces of work – essays, projects, reports etc – and any assessment sheets that teachers will have completed when marking the work. This folder is often shared with parents at parents’ evening; however, if you would like to see it beforehand then please contact the relevant teacher who will be happy to show it to you. All staff email address can be found in student planners and on the contact information page on this website.

Departments have created the homework maps below for year 7 and 8 students. They will give you an idea of the homework tasks that you child will be set each term. Teachers will aim to stick to the maps but the dates which it is set and expected in may vary depending on the pace of each class.

Year 7 Homework Map Autumn1

Year 7 Homework Map Autumn2

Year 7 Homework Map Spring1

Year 7 Homework Map Spring2

Year 7 Homework Map Summer1

Year 7 Homework Map Summer2

Year 8 Homework Map Autumn1

Year 8 Homework Map Autumn2

Year 8 Homework Map Spring1

Year 8 Homework Map Spring2

Year 8 Homework Map Summer1

Year 8 Homework Map Summer2

 

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Year 9 parents evening Thursday 2nd February

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Year 9 Parent's Evening Thursday 2nd February 2012

Year 9 parents evening Thursday 2nd February 4pm – 7pm

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Feedback from parents/carers of pupils in Years 10 &11

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Feedback from parents/carers of pupils in Years 10 and 11

Below are the questionnaire results from parents of students in years 10 & 11 collated from the recent parents evenings

Yr 11 Parent Questionnaire Responses Jan 2012

Yr 10 Parent Questionnaire Responses Jan 2012

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Supersparks test algebra iPad app

Posted in: Latest News on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Supersparks test algebra iPad app

Recently Sparks have been flying in maths classrooms!

In the last two weeks, Supersparks came to the maths department. Over 60 of our pupils helped with the very first testing of the Supersparks iPad app for algebra. Supersparks is a project which aims to make learning fun and addictive at all levels using high powered statistics and technology. Dr Dixon, founder and chairman of Supersparks and the Atass group, worked with some of our year 7, 8 and 9 pupils to roadtest their new iPad app and classroom system.

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