Attendance - Progress Day a big success for parents and pupils!
Having piloted the new style Progress Day last year, GTS hosted the
first Progress Day of this academic year on November 23
All parents were able to have a 15 minute appointment with their
child‘s tutor to discuss their progress and overall development at GTS.
Learning was reviewed and targets set for the coming year.
The Team Leaders for English, Maths and Science were available to
provide guidance in the Core subjects. Teaching staff were further
supported by Heads of Learning and Pupil coaches to ensure all
pupils received the best guidance and support available.
When compared to the average attendance of around 60% at
traditional subject based parent evenings, it is clear that parents feel
the Progress Days present a worthwhile opportunity to discuss and
support their child‘s learning.
Please remember that should you feel you would like to talk to your
child‘s tutor or teacher directly at any time please do not hesitate to
get in touch.
Future dates for your diary:
Year 11 Parents Evening: Wed 23
Jan 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Year 9 Guided Choices Evening: Wed 30
Jan 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Progress Day 2: All parents and pupils 28
March 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Pupils to visit the school with their parents at their allotted time.
Shopping in France
On Wednesday 5
December a group of 46 pupils from Great
Torrington School and 5 members of staff visited Lille, France.
Lille is the perfect place for pupils to experience the authentic
and magical atmosphere of a traditional Christmas market.
Lille hosts one of the most famous markets with over 50 stalls
selling traditional and regional crafts, cuisines and gifts.
Pupils explored the town, studied signs and menus and learned
about local food and culture, with many trying out their French
in the shops and Christmas market. Some were braver than
others at speaking, but everyone had a go and was
pleasantly surprised that they had successfully managed
to make themselves understood.
Mr Matthew Anderson, Head of Modern Foreign
Languages said ―The pupils gained confidence in
communicating in a foreign language and discovered that
learning a language has real value. I hope they take more
opportunities like this to travel abroad and discover new
Pupils from the School once again collected gifts and
essential items to fill Christmas Boxes as part of
Operation Christmas Child. The event is the World's
largest children's Christmas project, run by the Christian
Charity, Samaritan's Purse. They have been sending gift
filled shoeboxes around the world since 1990 to benefit
underprivileged children. The challenge was laid down to
each tutor group to put together a box for the appeal.
This year the School were able to deliver over 40 boxes
to the charity. A great team effort across the school
Operation Christmas Child
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