The Year 8 team is led by Mr Joyce and consists of 219 students who are divided into eight mixed ability form groups. Each form is led by a form tutor. We have a house system across the school involving four houses: Caxton, Chaucer, Cobham and Sidney. Each form is linked to a house and competes throughout the year in various events to gain house points for the overall house competition.
The pastoral team for Year 8 consists of:
Line manager of Year 8
Head of Year
Caxton X Mr Baston
Caxton Y Ms Marchioni
Chaucer X Ms Cheema
Chaucer Y Mr Giddings
Cobham X Ms Sporidis
Cobham Y Ms Maslen
Sidney X Ms Odufote
Sidney Y Ms Warren
Every member of the team can be contacted via the main school office on 0208 300 5665.
Staff at Hurstmere are here to support pupils as they make their way through the school. We offer a range of support from informal discussions with pupils to more structured interventions such as Peer Mentoring. We are eager to help our students and rely on open communications to ensure we can quickly deal with any issues that may arise. Please contact your son’s form tutor in the first instance if you have something you wish to discuss with us.
At Hurstmere, we are a telling school and members of staff are only too willing to assist students in resolving any issues they have during their school day. Students can speak with their classroom teachers for issues that occur during lessons. During the 20 minute registration at the end of the school day, boys can also liaise with their form tutors and inform them of any issues they may have in the corridors, between lessons and to or from school. As teachers we can work with your son to get the best out of them, we ask that you support us in what we are trying to achieve and take an interest in what they are studying by assisting them in completing homework and resolving conflicts that may occur during the school year.
Remember “if we don’t know about it, we can’t help you deal with it!”
The school provides a wide range of activities outside of conventional classroom time and it is important that pupils make the most of the opportunities on offer. This helps pupils to settle in to the new school year, make new friends and develop their social skills. Most departments in the school have additional sessions that further engage students and developing their knowledge and understanding. These are a great way to learn more in a specific area and make new friends with similar interests. Activities take place at lunchtimes and after school, and timetables are available in every classroom. It is recommended that all pupils take part in some form of extra-curricular activity to help them feel part of their school.
Achievement and Rewards
Pupil achievements are recognised and rewarded in a number of ways in Year 8. Pupils are registered with our Class Charts system where their teachers can add positive comments. Each week the top ten pupils will receive a reward postcard as recognition of their hard work. Pupils who perform consistently throughout each term will be invited to take part in reward trips. Pupils can also receive points towards the annual House competition. Be sure to look out for opportunities throughout the year to contribute to the success of your house. Pupils in Year 8 can also receive letters and praise postcards from teachers and form tutors for their efforts.
Your son will receive homework from his subject teachers and this should be recorded in his planner. To support the boys, teachers will also place details of homework onto a website called Show My Homework. As a parent, you also have access to this website and please do feel free to consult it regularly to support your son(s) with their homework and organisation.
Home and School Contact
Every pupil is issued with a school planner at the start of the academic year which becomes their responsibility. This is an excellent resource for pupils to keep themselves organised. It also is a useful vehicle for maintaining close contact between home and school. Teachers may use the planner to communicate with you and you are of course welcome to do the same. Please ensure you check your son’s planner EVERY DAY and that you sign your son’s planner every week. All members of staff can of course be contacted on the main school number.
Last year was a busy time for the boys and many activities were organised and run by the school for the benefit of Year 7 students. We participated in the First Give project which was run in Citizenship lessons. Students had to do research on local charities, make communication with them, visit them and feed back to the group via a 5 minute presentation. The whole year group took part in this project and 8 groups were selected from approx. 70. These 8 groups then presented in front of their chosen charities, school governors, SLT and parents. From this project the winning group were presented with £1000 to donate to their charity.
PGL Windmill Hill
During the last week of the academic year, 170 students went to an activities week at PGL Windmill Hill. The students took part in various outdoor adventurous activities including rock climbing, team challenges, high ropes/row ropes, archery, zip wire raft building and canoeing amongst many others. Students were a credit to the school, challenging themselves in each activity the participated in and supported others who found these activities difficult. A big thank you to all the staff who attended the Windmill Hill trip, giving up their time and working hard with the boys to create a genuinely amazing experience for everyone involved with the trip.
At present it has not yet being decided if year 8 will participate in an activities week program in 2020. Should approval be given, we would look to run a trip to Alton Towers. This would be a 4 day trip and is an excellent opportunity for students to gain confidence, independence and strengthen/develop relationships with peers.
Important dates for Year 8
Year 8 Parents’ Evening Thursday 2nd April 2020
Exam assessment period is Tuesday 21st April to Friday 1st May 2020
Head of Year 8