On Monday the 18th, the Student Leadership Team met with Mr Allison to discuss what we think are good learners and what are not so. We discussed the importance of having a growth mindset over a fixed mindset. A fixed mind- is where you avoid challenges, gives up easily when things get hard, ignores useful feedback and sees effort as a waste of time. As a group, we highlighted the issues linked to this mind-set. In contrast, a growth mindset is where a learner loves a challenge and keeps going when things get hard. They also learn from feedback and believe that hard work and effort is the key to successful education.
When asked what a fixed and growth mindset student would look like in the classroom, we came up with the following:
Often says ‘I can’t do it’
Not interested in working hard during lessons
Think they know it all
Not always interested in working with and learning from others
Boast a lot about their knowledge, but it’s just a front
Don’t need to try harder as they always get a good grade
As soon as something gets hard, they shut off
They become easily distracted from their work
They’ll make witty comments to hide the fact that they are stuck
Don’t take notes
Acts as if they aren’t bothered
Don’t ask questions, due to a fear of being wrong or laughed at
Don’t work hard to improve themselves outside school
Willing to give things a go
Will ask questions and respond well to the feedback
Participates in the lesson
When working in groups, will give ideas.
Well behaved and interested in the work.
Well presented work
Alert and hard working during lessons
Enthusiastic about the work they are doing and will ask for help if they are not sure.
Want to realise their potential
Will spend time on homework
Focused and concentrating during lessons
They want to excel
Advantages of a learner having a growth mindset are that they seek to expand their knowledge, actively engage in lessons and always improve based on feedback. The benefits of this are as follows:
• Always listening to feedback allows the learner to develop their comprehension and application of knowledge in all subjects. This allows the learner to consistently improve their results and eventually finish their education with grades they can be proud of.
• Actively working as part of a group will develop essential skills, such as communication and leadership, which can prove vital later on in life.
In summary, the Student Leadership Team discussed the main two mind-sets relating to education. As a whole, we decided that a growth mindset is more beneficial to the learner because it develops essential skills, expands your understanding and, most importantly, prepares you for challenges later on in life.
Tom Walker Head Boy
Alex Maraio Deputy Head Boy.
A group of Durrington High students won a Waterstones competition to meet British Novelist Michelle Paver on tour of her new book, The Burning Shadow. We love to give our students the opportunity to meet inspiring people, and one Year 8 winner has written an account of the day:
Meeting Michelle Paver
It was quite exciting, being able to leave school behind and get on a mini-bus for a lovely trip out to meet Michelle Paver.
The trip itself was very interesting. I learnt a lot, and made some great new friends. I spoke to a girl named Imogen about the length of the journey and the crazy things that people talk about when on a mini-bus! After what seemed like a very long drive, we reached our destination.
Once inside Mrs Baker signed us in and we headed down to the atrium, admiring the space-pod looking ICT suite, and had our lunch. The students there were fascinated by the Seahorse logo on our blazers and seemed to find it hard to grasp that we were from DURRINGTON High School, not Sea-Unicorn School!! I don’t know why!
When we had packed up, we made our way into the cinema-like room and made sure we picked the best seats. Of course, there was always one person who wasn’t happy their seating arrangements so we had to shuffle around so he could sit in the “decent” spot! More schools piled in, and then we were finally ready to start.
Michelle Paver began talking about her latest Gods and Warriors book (which I got a copy of on the day- signed!) along with the Wolf Brother Chronicle of Ancient Darkness Series (which I will get round to reading, when I’ve finished Duncton Wood… but that’s another story!)
She went into detail about how she swam with Dolphins and climbed erupting Volcanos just to write about how it would be for her characters in the story. To make it real for the readers, and to be able to write about it the best she could. She told us about all the things that inspire her to write her stories which I, being a writer myself, found very interesting.
Michelle then asked everyone to name any body parts of an animal that they could think of. She then told us what her characters would have use it for, based on what the hunters in Ancient Greece and the Stone Age may have used them for, or even more gruesome, what they taste like! Trust me when I say, we had some crazy suggestions – but Michelle knew her stuff and had answers for each and every one!
Once her talk had ended, and after having the chance to ask some of our own questions, we lined up at the Waterstones stall to buy copies of books to get signed.
While she was signing our books, I had a look at some of the amazing artefacts that she’d brought with her to illustrate her talk. I was impressed by the handmade rope that she had spun out of Nettles – just as Hylas would have done; and the Deer Antler that she had shown us, which really was the ancient people’s Swiss Army Knife, able to do so many different tasks. I spoke with her about how I really looked forward to reading Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness Series) while I had a chance to look through some of the original manuscript for her first book.
All in all, the trip went with a bang! It’s a day I’ll remember and I’ve got some great new ideas to write about. This has been my Author Trip blog, Emily Howard 8ATa – Signing out!
Tonight sees the beginning of an exciting week at Durrington High School – Prospective Parents evening, followed by several open mornings next week. We have made a video of our Year 8 students explaining how they have found settling into the school. They talk about their favourite subjects, clubs and just generally “what they get up to”. This is partly so that we can share what our students are doing in school, but also to allow students who are thinking of coming to Durrington an insight into what they can expect if they are to join us.
We hope you enjoy watching the clips as much as our students enjoyed making them.
Year 8 Student Video
Mrs C Gardner
This blog is about the team building days that Year 8 students have been doing this week including what activities and puzzles we completed.
There are also other deatails like indoor activities, like acting and Drama it was so much fun for us all. Anyway I’m telling you too much so relax and enjoy the blog below:
Wednesday 25th September
Today the students had lots of fun in the outdoors while building their relationships, with the other pupils this was to help us know how we could work better together. We used water pipes, ropes and other fun things. We also did some car building and the parts were made of plastic and I think we all did really well. Also we did an activity involving skis, it was good fun as we had to keep the constant stepping rythym with the skis. Wow! The day has gone so fast like a rocket, still we have one more thing to do….LAUNCHING ROCKETS!!!
It was so fun and me and all my friends really enjoyed it, but its the end of the outdoor day, but tomorrow will be fun too.
Thursday 26th September
This morning was so fun we were talking about bullying and learning about how to report it and why it is so bad we also got told how to stop it and also we played fun games to help us build our relationships with each other and then we had to practice a bit of Drama about bullying some people in our class. We were scared to pretend to bully each other as we’re all good friends but the teacher said it will be fine and beneficial. We then watched the Year 10s do their play about bullying, it was really good, they all acted really well and it made sense to us.
The winner was group 6. Today was an amazing day full of fun and good times and it was great to get to know everyone including our teachers better, I’m sure that everyone enjoyed it too.
Jessica Sharpe 8BCr
The trip to the Bank of England; This was a very fun year 8 school trip. First off a long ride to London 2 hours sitting in the coach. Miss Loftin was touring us through London when we were entering the Suburbs. Everyone was listening very well and was looking as she pointed out the buildings. People on the coach saw the London Eye; Big Ben and lots of buildings that were destroyed in WWII and some amazing buildings that were very new. Some of the brilliant things that we saw were the Gherkin and the cheese-grater. London was very inspiring for lots of us to see the world in plenty of different ways. A great thing was the Shard, It looks unfinished at the top but it is meant to look like that. Then after parking up we stayed for lunch at Tower Place. After meeting up we headed off to the Bank of England completing a Great Quiz. When we were walking along Miss Loftin was showing and explaining to us what we were looking at.
We arrived to the Bank of England and first we were checked to see if we had anything we shouldn’t have for security – luckily none of us did! We were all waiting to go in and we all went to a Hot air balloon, this was meant to show people how inflation goes up of course it’s meant to be at 2% but at the moment we are at around about 2.7% . We then went into the room that had a Gold bar in. Lots of people tried to lift it only a few were able to it weighs 2 stone. After that we went into a presentation and learnt new things some of them were “You don’t have to accept a note (money) if you don’t want to” this is helpful to know if you feel like you are getting handed a fake note. We learnt a lot about the the way banks have to run and about how money is circulated round the country. There were lots of things that we were told that I didn’t know like how money is made and printed and allowed into the economy.
After the presentation we came out and were waiting for Ian (The coach driver) then we all got on the coach ready for a busy ride, when we finally got back to Durrington High School is was 7.10p.m.
Max Francis 8JCO
Finally we did rounders with 9CMe against 9lLFr. Aiden Mallet, Daniel Rowely, Laura Gilbert and Holly Blackmore all getting rounders. Abi Illes makes mistake batting. Score 5 rounders. Change of sides and they begin. Batter drops the bat after hit. New bowler bowls to low. Batter stumped at first base by Toby twice. 2 rounders for 9 lfr. Next couple of batters got rounders. New batter hits it hard and high good rounder. Match ends cme wins.
9EMi won the football y9. We won by basically passing the ball around and finding an opening in the opposition. We had solid defence and good strikers which led to us winning the tournament . Alex Tom , Noah Nathan and Owen Jonah and kamil.we all won medals and got 80 points in total. We all played well and kept our cool under pressure. We were nervous about this but we had a good captain and fast player (Noah hoarne) a good defence with power and movement ( Jonah Williams and Alex Cowling) . We had skilfull midfield (Tom pickles) . Owen cook was fast and scored a Cracker and Kamil Fairs was a good passer and moved well into open positions . We are very pleased with the win.
Everyone played really well and represented Roddick as a team, overall we did good but next time be more confident with shooting and tackling! We hope we got a good result but if not we had a good time and enjoyed competing against other companies! The Roddick
girls football team
The year 9 volleyball teams did very well coming in first and second in their tournaments. The winners winning their final game 26-24. The winning team won an amazing 4 out of 4 matches.the winning team was Stephen McCann, Aiden Mallet,Toby Boxall, Daniel Rowely, Ciran upfield, Ricky Coldwell.It’s time for the 100metre heats with both girls and boys participating. In the first heat Roddick came 3rd and last meaning only one qualifies. The third heat has arrived wow what ahead with the two girls coming 2nd and 3rd an amazing race. The fourth heat has landed what a run to the line as we can’t decide where he came. The fifth heat with one year 9 coming home in 5th. The 6th heat has two contrasting Roddick one fast and the over henry Latham this really good time in his heat. They came in second and a funny last :). The 800metres coming out with stephen McCann, Morgan caiels ,joe McNamara and Lewis freeman competing for the boys. Caitlin Roberts, Emily Tedder, emily boult and Chloe Benham. Roddick came home in 4th,5th,8th and finally 11th. Now it’s time for the boys. the final result was 11th,17th,18th. Now time for the 200metres featuring Abi beadle, Amy suprhan,holly Blackmore and Rachel homes for the girls. For the boys we have Sam smith, Tom Jeffries, George Oliver and Kieran upfield. The results for the first race was abi in 2nd and Amy in 4th.the second race holly blackmore came in 7th. The fourth race and George Oliver came in 3rd and Kieran upfield came in an amazing 4th. The sixth race and Tom Jeffries came in 3rd and Sam smith came in 7th. The final for the girls 100metres is about to start with Emily Tedder coming in 2nd. The final for the boys with tim boulter coming in 4th place. The 400metre final is coming up with Lewis freeman and tim boulter gunning it for Roddick. They came in 6th for lewis and 2nd a close call for tim boulter. Now it’s the 200metre final with George Oliver and for the girls Abi beadle going faster for the green team. The result was a comfortable second for abi beadle and a hard thought second as well for George Oliver.