Several year 7 students from Fort Hill Community School have been very lucky to be involved with the BBC News School Report live project !!!
Since the beginning of 2009, we have been working on a number of news items and we finally decided to include the following in our report:
- Awards and praise
- How healthy is our School
- Fantastic Facilities for Fort Hill
- High Praise for Hill School Musical
- BBC News - Fort Hill Community School Video
We were trained in filming, editing, interviewing and presenting, which made us all feel very professional.
We have all enjoyed this amazing experience and would like to thank the BBC for giving us this opportunity. Please click on the inks above to see what we have achieved!
This is work in progress on Thursday 26/03/09. Please come back at 16:00 on 26th March to see the final fruits of our labour.
Awards and Praise
Praises and Rewards Investigated
Do awards and praise actually encourage students to do better at school?
At Fort Hill Community school there are lots of ways in which students are praised and recognised by their tutors and other teachers for doing something well. So far, this seems to be working.
Students are praised daily by being given MVP’s; a merit that recognises a “Most Valued Player¿. Students can be given an MVP for good homework, trying hard in lessons, contributing in class and good behaviour.
Teachers’ record students’ MVP’s on the computer or sign the students’ planner. Once the students have gained a certain number of MVP’s they receive a certificate at assembly: 50 MVP’s means that they get a bronze certificate, which is handed out by the student’s head of year; 100 MVP’s results in a silver certificate, which is handed out by their Achievement Co-Coordinator in a celebratory assembly; 150 MVP’s means the student will get a gold certificate, awarded by a Deputy Head and an opportunity to go on a Golden Time trip at the end of the year; 200 MVP’s is awarded by the Head Teacher in a celebratory assembly, the student will sign the Head Teacher’s Achievement book and they will definitely go on a Golden Time trip at the end of the year.
Students are also praised monthly by being Student of the Month. This is a certificate that is given to a student who has been recognised for doing something special in their tutor group. Pupils can be given Student of the Month by being kind to other members in their tutor, doing well in lessons and doing something special. Tutors award Student of the Month to one student, which is awarded in assembly.
At the end of each term a report is sent out to parents to show what level their students are at. When a good report is sent home, students are invited to a celebratory Praise Breakfast. Students from all years can only attend if they have a good report, high attendance and no demerits. The Praise Breakfast is held in the Spencer room. One of the students at a recent Praise Breakfast, Robyn, Year 7, stated: ‘I think that having a Praise Breakfast is a good idea because it is fun and it sometimes improves other students’ behaviour even more’. Sam, Year 10, explains how he feels about MVP’s: ‘I think that MVP’s do encourage students to do well in school but I also think that treats, like sweets, should be given out’.
Fort Hill Community school have been investigating whether the system of awards and praise encourage students to do well. Mrs Ridley, a tutor and History teacher, and Miss Greenwood, a tutor and French teacher, both said that they are proud of their students when they are given awards. This was supported by a parent, Mrs Braithwaite, who stated: ‘I think that MVP’s do encourage pupils to do well in school because students appreciate getting awards and they will behave better to gain more’.
On the other hand, another student Megan, Year 7, commented: ‘I like getting MVP’s but I don’t think that it encourages students’ to do well in school because they are given daily so it doesn’t seem such a big reward, like Student of the Month’.
While this method may not work for all pupils overall, students, teachers and parents think that awards and praise do encourage them to do better at school.
How healthy is our school?
By Maisie and Lauren.
It is important for students to learn about the benefits of healthy eating and to ensure that they consume a balanced diet.
‘Having a positive attitude towards healthy eating and a willingness to learn about how to eat well are both very important’ say the Healthy Eating Alliance. They also stated that ‘Students can also play a valuable role in educating their parents/guardians and other family members about eating well.’
Students at Fort Hill learn about healthy eating, and nutrients in many different subjects such as and Food Technology. Mrs. Humberstone, one of the food technology teachers at Fort Hill explained how she includes Healthy eating into all of her lessons: ‘There is a scheme of work for each year group, each year focuses on different aspect to do with healthy eating.’ She also said: ‘On balance KS3 food technology has about 75% emphasis on healthy eating’.
Sara, a year ten student, explained how she learnt about healthy eating in different subjects; ‘In food technology I learnt how to prepare a balanced diet; In science I learnt about the additives, preservatives and sweeteners that are in the food I eat; in P.E we learnt how to keep healthy by keeping fit.’
James another year ten student described what he learnt in a recent Fair Trade lesson: ‘I didn’t just learn about healthy eating; I learnt how the food we buy affects people in other countries.’
‘It is important to teach young people about healthy eating and promote good habits early on. This is often taught in subjects across the curriculum’, said Ms. Sullivan an English teacher at Fort Hill community school. ‘I have noticed that students are much more aware of the effect of food on their health and behaviour.’
According to the Healthy Eating Alliance: ‘Discussing healthy eating is important for students. By making healthy choices for snacks and lunches, students can act as positive role models to peers.’
Both students and staff at Fort Hill School are becoming more aware of why it is important to learn about and consume a healthy, balanced diet.
Fantastic Facilities for Fort Hill
Twelve months ago, Fort Hill had: a cramped library, outdated food room and nowhere for Media studies. But how have the facilities changed?
Now they have a state of the art Media suite, a new food room and an updated resource centre. Here is how the transformation has happened.
In July and August, what used to be English room has now been turned into a Media and Music suite. Since its opening, Fort Hill can now offer a GCSE Media Studies course. It is used for a range of student media activities including a student television news broadcast and local paper reporting. Additionally the suite has improved the experience of GCSE music students who can record and edit their own compositions. With new Apple IMACs learning can be enjoyed by anyone who wants the opportunity. Miss Quinn, Head of Media is very happy with the new room and is looking forward to expanding in the future.
Miss Quinn commented: “I am excited by the opportunities that such wonderful new technologies have brought so many students at this school. Particularly the media students have produced fantastic pieces of coursework that would not have been possible without these computers."
Across the school, with its new updated cooking instruments such as: new cookers, individual preparation space and a light and breezy classroom, the food technology room has also been refurbished. Main Food Technology teacher Mrs Humberstone was very happy with the new layout. She said: “It’s fantastic it’s lighter, there’s more space, easy to keep clean and better storage. Students have also appreciated the difference."
The final improvement made in the last year has been the Library. It has a brand new layout to make the books more accessible, a community café area; a full set of palm book laptops and interactive whiteboard facilities. The library has been recently named after Richard Osborne, the schools former Chair of Governors, who recently passed away due to cancer.
Mrs Lawson, the head Teacher, explained why they named it after him: “He had been an outstanding Governor and Chair of Governors who was proud to be associated with the school. He gave tirelessly of his time, even when he was seriously ill and he was fully involved in the life of the school. He enjoyed all of the achievements of both students and staff.
As well as a new Library, it has a new library manger, Mrs Woods. She was asked what educational impact the library/ resource centre has on students. Mrs Woods stated: “The library has made a vast improvement including to the parents. The library has brought many more students to the library and the school. The resources at the library have improved immensely. Also the students like the library. In doing this it has made the library student friendly."Overall, after many changes and updates, Fort Hill Community School has become more educational and rich in opportunities for young students wanting to learn valuable life skills
High Praise for Hill School Musical
By Scott, Jordan and Ronnie
Coming soon on the 21st - 23rd April to Fort Hill Community School, is Frank Norman’s musical: ‘Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be’. This is a story about petty criminals, gangsters, teddy boys and girls, prostitutes, and other cockney low-life of Lond