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Headteacher Talk: Thoughts On The New Year

On behalf of everyone at Spark Academy, our Headteacher Gemma has a few words to help welcome in the New Year.

With the Christmas holidays in full swing I thought I’d turn our attention to the new year ahead.

The end of a year brings reflection of the past and hope for the future and for this reason it is the time when many people will be making resolutions.  However, for our Year 6, 11 and 13 students it symbolises the beginning of the end of their current adventure in education.

Before they can move on to their next new quest in education or the workplace though, there is a lot of hard work ahead.  This can be a stressful and upsetting time, however with a few simple considerations it can be challenging, manageable and rewarding.

What’s the best way to approach revision?

Here are just a few tips to make sure you don’t burn out and actually enjoy your last phase of your journey!

  1. Plan: make sure you have a realistic revision schedule that you know you can stick to. If you always play football on a Thursday at 4pm, don’t include that as a time you will be revising!
  2. Early: Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to revise for your subjects. Do not leave it until the week before! Now is a great time to plan and start your revision. You should have an idea of where your weaknesses are and so can spend more time on those areas.
  3. Achievable: Psychologists have confirmed that any goals should be split into shorter, more achievable tasks. For example, you are more likely to complete 3 hours of Biology revision if you split it up. Try revising for 45 minutes, and then have a break.
  4. Revitalise: You need to step away from the revision and take time to revitalise your brain! Take a 20 minute break, have a chat with friends or go for a quick walk in the fresh air. This will just give you enough of a break to be recharged for your next session.
  5. Eat: Ensure you eat well, this includes fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Try not to consume too many sugary drinks or coffee as these will disrupt your sleeping patterns.
  6. Sleep: revising late into the night is not the best solution! The next day you will be tired and cranky and unable to revise effectively.

Happy New Year!

I hope all of our students come back refreshed and ready for the new challenges ahead. I myself, am excited for the new year at Spark, and being in our new Belgrave Headquarters!

It just leaves for me to say, I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!