If you have been a faithful follower of this blog over the last 12 months, I thank and salute you – It is continuing into the future in a new form, and via a new address:
Just like this one, there you can sign up for email updates, or simply visit it on occasion. You can syndicate it using RSS or if you want to, you can print and read it. This old journal will stay here indefinitely and you continue to be welcome to access the information and materials and use them as you see fit.
In other news:
- Edutronic has grown into a much larger domain with sites for other classes and an increasingly sophisticated set of resources and materials. Via Edutronic you can also access the English Department site where you can accesss moderated exemplars of student work, year plans, policies and information about the research and new learning initiatives the London Nautical School Department of English are engaged in.
- Student Personal Journal 2.0 – it has gone public: This year, the students’ online journals have been developed and now you have the facility to publish, on your own page with its own address, any work you’d like to make available to the wider world. The control is now yours, and the publish/private choice is entirely yours too. We’re in the frontline of education with this initiative and I’m sure it will be of real interest to many people as it gets going
- GCSE Results for last year’s Year 11 cohort exceeded our expectations and in the English Language paper, our over-all result for students who gained at least a C grade, shot up by 14% to 73% over-all. We are tremendously proud of those boys and we’ve got our work cut out for us to embed and improve on that this year, but I couldn’t be more optimistic that we’ve got what it takes to maintain this meteoric improvement.
If you’re leaving us at this stage of our journey, then we thank you for flying with us, and wish you a very good day
Hello Year 8!
I am wondering how you are all doing and what you are up to this term. I am really sorry that I have disappeared again but one of my check up scans showed another nodule on my left lung so they decided to take it out as quicky as possible so as you started your term I was in hospital having an operation.
I was in the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea as they specialise in lung surgery. From my ward window I could see the local church called St Luke’s. I discovered that Charles Dickens was married in the this church so when I went for a check up to the hospital yesterday I went into the church and had a look at the small exhibition in the church about Dickens. What was interesting is that they had a time line showing other things happening at various points in time during his life time – like the start of the first underground railway in London (what we now know as the tube) and the lay out of Trafalgar Square the way we know it today. While Dickens was working in a factory he would have walked across Blackfriars bridge on a daily basis.
I am making good progress and hope to be back with you soon. I feel much better and am trying to use my time to get more reading done. I have just read a very interesting book about the author Angela Carter. When she was living or travelling abroad she sent post cards to a friend. What her friend, Susannah Clapp has done is to write a book called A Post Card from Angela Carter and she uses the post cards as links to give the reader an insight into Carter’s ideas, thoughts and personality. So it is not a conventional biography but gives you an idea of the person and her life. I found it interesting therefore because of the style of writing and the idea of how to put the book together as well as giving me some insight into what Angela Carter was like.
I hope you are using all these rainy days to keep up with your own reading! Enjoy school and I am looking forward to hearing about what you are currently learning in English.
Dear Year 8,
I would just like to let you know how much I loved your messages and massive card. It immediately made me feel better! I have seen my surgeon and he is pleased with my progress and says I can return to work part time in December and I will make sure this includes being able to teach you again.
It was a shock to have to go for another operation so soon but they have taken the tumour out before it could do any damage so I just have to recover from the operation and build up my stamina to return to work. I have loads of exciting plans for you as we head to 2012 with the Olympics and the Queen’s jubilee which will give us the chance to do some exciting projects.
I am using this time to get some reading done and would like to recommend a book called Un Lun Don by China Mieville – I’ll bring my copy in when I am back as it is a good read.
I hope to see you soon and thank you again for your lovely messages. My best wishes to you all, and I can use this blog to send you messages.
This resource site will become an increasingly useful tool in your English learning. You can access it from both home and school and within it you will find a range of helpful material, including:
- Supplementary Information relating to what we do in class
- Details of homework
- Glossaries Links and interesting diversions
- Details of assignments Marking criteria
- Examples of excellent student work
Whether you are a student or whether you’re here to get information that will help a student in my London Nautical School English class, it would make good sense to subscribe to this by email so that you’re always notified when new material appears.
Feel free to use the comment function here to ask any questions you may have – or to give your own point of view or feedback as this site is designed to reflect your needs and interests.
Mr Waugh, Dr Ovenden and Ms Lindsay