How to plan

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Preparing to revise

Getting yourself organised to study is effectively the first step in the revision process. Key steps to effective organisation include:

Find a place to study – this space should be a peaceful setting, one which is free from interruptions. You may prefer to stay at school at the end of the day or work from Morpeth Library? If you choose to work in your bedroom, have you removed all distractions? PS4? Mobile phone?

Gather the materials required – do you need a computer or is there too much temptation to visit social media websites? If this is the case, print the resources off and work from your exercise books and textbooks. Remember, you write in the exam so you should practice this rather than typing.

Organise the materials – you are likely to have an overload of paper resources. Try to keep all papers organised in suitably indexed files, making use of a labelling system that is clear and easy to read at a glance.

Identify the best time for you to study- Are you an early bird or a night owl? Everyone is different and you must create a revision timetable that works for you. Build in some ‘me’ time and reward yourself when you achieve your set revision goal.

Develop a support network – fellow year 11 students can often offer help and support on topic areas you are revising. You could develop a study room online or arrange study sessions with one another. But do be careful, sometimes friends can negatively affect your revision.

The Unmumsy Mum

Unmumsy-Mum-Book-ReviewBook of the week is recommended by Ms Johnson who advises us to read ‘The Unmumsey Mum’ By Sarah Turner:

The book is a window to a particular life stage. At times it is laugh out loud funny, crushingly accurate and emotionally uplifting. Charting the ups and downs of parenting a young family in this crazy, modern world. Reading the book is like going for a coffee with your closest friend – it is therapy in a pink cover!

The North East Teen Book Award

IMG_0112Getting and keeping, young people reading.

On Monday evening, eighteen students from King Edwards and the middle schools attended the North East Teen Book Award ceremony at The Centre for Life in Newcastle.  Since October, they’ve been sharing the reading of twenty contenders for the shortlist and helping to whittle this down to just six finalists.

Everyone has been looking forward to meeting the authors of the six shortlisted books and discovering whether their mental images of them match the reality.

The Teen Book Award is aimed at Y10 students. There’s a shortlist of six books which participating students help to choose and at least three months in which to read them, so it’s not too onerous.  The authors may be household names or making their debut but each book is selected to be very different from its rivals.

Not only do students have to read the books, they have to meet regularly to discuss them and summarise their opinions for everyone – including the authors – to read on the NETBA website:

This is always the highlight of the evening and Monday night was no exception!

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Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh

IMG_0427Wow! What a night was had on Saturday 11th February for the second ever Morpeth Partnership Ceilidh. The King Edward VI High School, Dr Thomlinson’s, Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools Ceilidh Bands came together to perform in a wonderful evening of music and dance which was led by a caller. Families enjoyed an evening of superb entertainment, fun, laughter and even a pie and pea supper.

Many congratulations to the joint band of over 60 students and staff who performed on this night and the McGuinness School of Dance, Irish Dancers. A special thanks to Heather Harrison who organised the event.

Thank you to the KEVI PTFA for their support with the event.

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We Should All Be Feminists

bookMrs Cousins recommends ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

You should read it because… it is a short but really powerful message about gender equality.  A multi award wining author, Adichie has had a huge audience – her TEDx talk that the book was adapted from has been watched by 3.4 million people on YouTube and she was sampled by Beyoncé on ***Flawless.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is also one of my favourite novelists – Half Of A Yellow Sun, Americanah and Purple Hibiscus are all brilliant.

The whole text can be read here for free.

Or you can listen to the TEDx talk here.