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Report to the Parents' Society asking for 'extra' equipment and activities

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'A new year for new goals'....................................................................................... 3 Technical Issues.................................................................................................... 4 Exams and Qualifications......................................................................................... 6 Curricular Goals....................................................................................................... 9 This academic year Beardwood Humanities College has witnessed several significant improvements in the way it operates. One of the most recent, yet noticeable improvement, is the way in which Beardwood has demonstrated that learning can genuinely be fun yet intriguing for pupils at the same time. Evidence of such success is publicized every half-term in 'Humanities Day'. A fantastic suggestion submitted and accepted inside last year's report. These opportunities, along numerous others, would have ceased to exist without the charitable support of the Parents' society. In order to build on and continue these pleasing improvements, please read this year's report and, as you are reading, consider the potential alterations Beardwood Humanities College can have. Together for excellence! Laptops: Over half of the laptops' finger pads are badly damaged with the majority either 'sticking out', broken or even missing. Although we know that pupils are the root of this problem, it is impossible to identify the culprit(s) beyond mere suspicion due to the lack of evidence provided. However, this can be prevented. As of September 2008, pupils will be obliged to use mice whilst working on the laptops. The use of mice will replace the present use of the finger pad. This will stop further damage being inflicted, hence preventing costly repairs in the future. ...read more.

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Unfortunately, in order for candidates to complete the full ECDL Qualification, it is compulsory to take the 'extra' ECDL unit (formally known as 'Unit E'). However, candidates cannot be examined on this unit yet because, according to ECDL, Beardwood is not 'certified' to do so. After corresponding with ECDL and discussing this, we were finally informed about the entry cost. The cost for each candidate for this unit (hence, the complete qualification) is �3. There are at present 34 candidates which we hope to enter for this exam from the option ICT OCR National group; making the overall cost �102. Exam Resources: Exam resources are still causing difficulties this year, particularly in Mathematics. Although it is generally a candidate's own fault if they forget their equipment for an examination, there are unavoidable cases. Failing to provide the candidate with the equipment required would not only result in the failure of the pupil to achieve their optimum potential but will also mean that Beardwood, as a school, would have to take the burden of the pupil's result, leading to third-party and parental complaints. We are currently in need of protractors, compasses, tracing paper and scientific calculators. Our crucial aim, though, is to provide higher level candidates the access to a scientific calculator during their Section B calculator paper. We must, after all, be delighted with our pupils' exceptional effort made, and the minimum we can do is appreciate that forgetfulness is natural - especially during the stressful exam period. ...read more.

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notes are written on pages, or large extracts highlighted). Reading club, the Library and the book-fair: Pupils, as always, have not been intrigued by the supply of books the library has to offer. Asking a stratified sample by year group of pupils revealed why. Books were split into two distinctive categories: 'too complex' or 'too easy', with a few other participants evidently questioning the existence of this facility! A majority, though, have suggested that the library has ought to improve its supply of 'Sci-fi/thriller' fiction narratives as opposed to the current History and Political books, if any improvements in terms of reading are to be witnessed at all. In order to give pupils a chance to acquire a book which would interest them, Mrs Monaghan, The Head of Humanities, will hold a book-fair. It will open during lunch time and looked after by keen Year 10 pupils from Mrs Monaghan's English class. In order to enhance reading in Beardwood, an important skill in life to nurture, a sum of �400 is obligatory to cover the cost of the books' hire. To support reading further, students, as they purchase items, will be referred to the 'reading club', which is held in Mrs Gaughan's room. If successful, this link will not only improve the lingual skill of participating pupils but will also benefit all areas of their curriculum. ?? ?? ?? ?? Riyadh Abdulla 10J4 Writing 2 - Analytical (analyse, review, comment) Teacher - Mrs Monaghan Candidate number - 4185 Page 1 ...read more.

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