Year 8 tracking:
This month Year 8 received their spring tracking results. Students have been making progress and many have achieved outstanding results. Students have excelled in Maths and English and have made excellent progress in their practical subjects such as Art, Drama and Product Design. Year 8 students have worked hard throughout the course of the year and have proven themselves to be shining stars!
What are the year 8s studying?
Students have been learning about a variety of different topics over the course of the term. In Music the Year 8s are studying a wide range of genres, from pop music to blues all the way back to The Beatles and their influence on today’s music. In Art the Year 8s have been working hard to create amazing Gargoyle sculptures highlighting the excellent creative talents of our young students.
In Geography students are studying tectonic hazards and how volcanoes and earthquakes have shaped the earth.
In Modern Foreign Languages the Year 8s have been learning how to describe different holidays and how to order food and drink.
In Physical Education the Year 8s have been participating in a wide range of sports such as hockey, netball and swimming in the new leisure centre!
Alice in Wonderland
Congratulations to Adnaan 8H and Tasneem 8S for their excellent performance in the recent showings of Alice in Wonderland. Both students displayed a range of acting skills and maturity and confidence to perform in front of large audiences.
The PE department have a wide variety of activities available to students both at lunch time and after school. We additionally have chess, games and Manga club for students to enjoy. Outside of school there are opportunities available for students such as BMX training, Fairlop rowing club for kids and the 5K run through Ilford in April.
District Athletics Competition
On a wet and windy Wednesday 29th June, representative athletes from year 7 and year 8 participated in the District Athletics meet at Ashton playing fields. Students participated in a variety of both track and field events such as 100m, 200m, discus and shot put. All students behaviour and effort displayed across the day was exemplary; they were a credit to Loxford. There were some great team efforts and individual performances.
Well done to the year 8 athletes Tomoni Malcom who placed 6th in the borough in the 800m; Medson Badika who finished 4th in the 300m; Perrance Bokole who finished 4th in the 100m; Gabija Zakaraite who finished 5th in the 100m final; Jennifer Quansah who finished 4th in the 200m final. A special mention to Derek Adenuga in year 7 who was competing in his first athletics meet and finished 2nd overall in the standing triple jump.
The Loxford PE department would like to say a big thank you to all those students and staff involved in organising this event.
Mr O’Leary and Mrs Heron
Staying Safe Online – Parental Session
On Wednesday 23rd March, a session for parents of year 8 & 9 students was held entitled “Staying safe online.” At Loxford, we wanted to ensure that we helped parents gain a better understanding of the dangers of the internet and what it has to offer. The parents were taken through the advantages of the internet and what they are as well as many of the positive aspects of it. We also talked about how young people can be easily led into giving too much information about themselves over the internet. The session also included a section on cyber bullying and where to seek help if this ever happened to their child.
The parents left the session feeling empowered and knowing what questions to ask their child to ascertain what they were doing online.
Speaker’s School Council Award
The School council made up of students from Year 2 – Year 12, were given the opportunity to enter the School Speakers Council Award. They presented their idea of Disney, and the ways in which young people have to grow up too fast.
The school council were given support by members of senior management in order to go ahead with their projects to get Disney running throughout the school.
We have organised a trip for students to see Disney on Ice at Wembley Arena, this also supports the schools SMSC policy and ensuring that our students are rounded when they leave at the end of year 11 or 13.
We have also organised Disney viewings of films, the most recent being ‘Frozen’ as the student council decided that this would be a film which they would all like to watch. – We also have plans to organise more Disney viewings in the future, to support our project of keeping young people, involved in their childhoods.
We have also supported the school in showing more Disney / pixar animated films during wet lunches, this has supported our idea on keeping students as children and young.
We have also encouraged older students in the school, to sing Disney songs for example ‘Let it go’ to younger students which has helped them with starting the school day in a positive way, as well as ensuring that students are aware that these older students are role models and able to support younger students should they have issues.
The schools assemblies for achievement had the song ‘Let it go’ from Frozen sang, this became a song for all year groups within the school. This was also emphasised as the final song in the Winter Concert, which was supported by the schools orchestra and music department.
- We have been able to get more top up machines located in the school to reduce the time trying to load money onto our fingers.
- We have started out Disney club.
- We have all had the opportunity to vote in Redbridge Youth Election.
- Students have supported the celebrations for Chinese New Year, with Chinese food being served in the canteen.
- We have worked with the police to raise issues which affect young people.
- We have looked at ways to complete the school pledges to become well rounded individuals.