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Year 11 student Simon is writing a blog for his Duke of Edinburgh's Award - read his latest entry about joining the Sixth form.


14 July

It's me again with my last update of this academic year.

My Year 11 exams finished a few weeks ago which is a relief as I worked so hard towards them.

I am doing my Sixth form timetable now doing Computer Science, ICT and Media Studies. I have been doing those lessons and they have been really good.

It has been a new experience for me being in Sixth form for the first time and I feel happy that I chose to do it.

Well, that is it for this update, have a great summer and goodbye.

6 June 2017

Hello it's me again to say that I have been working really hard for my exams.
I did a lot of exam papers last month and I was glad I had the half term to relax for a while and before going back to doing revision. Normally I like to read books, practice questions and watch videos with my revision and, to be honest, it has been really helpful.

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I have completed most exams: ICT, Spanish, PE, all of the Core Science exams and English Literature.
I have done one of my Maths exams and got two more left and I really need to work hard and get a good grade for Maths.
I have also done the first English Language paper and have one more to do and finally I have got the additional Science exams to do as well.
It feels like it has been a really long process for me but I have worked hard.
Stay tuned for more updates after my exams.



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10 May 2017

I am part of the School Council for my year and what the rest of the council and I do is to decide on what is going to help students in our year.
For example, recently we have been talking about and planning what is going to happen at Year 11's Celebration Evening.
We also talk about how we can help our fellow Year 11s get ready for their exams since they are getting close!
As part of our meetings we normally talk to Mrs Hannaford, Mrs Griffiths and Mr Gill.
I really like being part of the School Council because I like to help my year group decide on things that are relevant to us and we all try to make the school a better place for everyone. 


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25 April 2017

I hope that everyone had a good Easter Holiday because I did.
Exams are very close so during the Easter Holidays I attended the Easter Revision Classes at the College so I can be 100% confident about my exams.
At the end of those sessions I have learned to be focused, to work hard and to put a lot of effort into these exams.
The way I revise is to read through my notes, do past papers and make use of any other resources like videos.
If I do these things then I know that I am likely to succeed.
Stay tuned for more updates. 


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22 March 2017

Hello everyone.

As you know I've been doing my Duke of Edinburgh's Award activities and I'm going to talk about the Physical section I am doing. I'm doing Gym work at the fitness suite - I go on bikes and treadmills to improve my stamina and do leg curls and use the leg extension machines to work on my legs. I do shoulder presses, bicep curls and chin assists to work on my upper body. There are many other things I normally do at the fitness suite and I am making good progress while I am there.

So that's it for this blog entry - keep in touch for more updates after the Easter holidays when I'll tell you about the revision sessions I attended.




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7 March 2017

The Year 11s had their Maths PPEs last week and I would say that it is helping me to become more prepared for the real exams.
I believe that there are other PPEs that will happen so I hope to be prepared and ready for them so I can get good grades in them.
I have been going to revision a lot and to be honest it has helped me to be more confident and ready for my real exams so I will not struggle on any questions at all in the exams I am going to take in May and June - which are very close.
I am going to be 100% ready and prepared for my PPEs and real exams so things don't become hard for me.
Stay tuned for more updates.

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23 February 2017

It's me again with a new update. It has been half term for all of us last week and I hope it has been good for everyone. During the half term, on Monday there was Maths revision and Wednesday was Science revision for year 11s. I attended both sessions last week so I can get extra support. After I have finished both of them, it helped me to know the topics that I need to work hardest on. I'm also revising a lot in my own time for my exams. So, we are back to school again and I hope it is going to be good until the Easter holiday.

2 February 2017

"Hello my name is Simon and this is my intro for my blog.

I am doing this blog for my Duke of Edinburgh's Award (D of E) as part of my Skills Section for journalism.
The reason I am doing my D of E award is so I can go to university in the future and they will see I have achieved a D of E Award on my UCAS form.

Finally, the reason why I want to do Journalism is because I am interested in news and current affairs, I like discussing events in the news and reading more about what is happening.

Year 11 can be a challenging year - I've had my PPEs and I'm preparing for my real exams and attending revision classes after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. I have been doing my best to go through it all as I really want to be successful in the future and I have to work hard for it to happen.

So there we have it - my first entry on my blog. Stay tuned for more updates."

'A Day I'll Never Forget' BBC School Report

Stoke Damerel News Archive 2016-17


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