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Year 7 Homework Celebration

Armani Nasser, a year 7 peer mentor, reports on this year’s Y7 Homework Celebration.

Over the years Tapton students have excelled in their efforts to better their experience and education during school and this doesn’t stop when they go home.

Armani Nasser, a year 7 peer mentor, reports on this year’s Y7 Homework Celebration.

Over the years Tapton students have excelled in their efforts to better their experience and education during school and this doesn’t stop when they go home. They push themselves above and beyond expectation and these efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Last year members of the leadership team came up with a way of rewarding and encouraging younger members of the school to maintain their high standards; the green reward card.

The idea being that every time a Y7 completed their homework, to a high standard, they would gain a stamp. Get 20 or more on your card and you’re personally invited to the Y7 Christmas party. This didn’t seem a difficult job as over 150 students were invited…and I had the pleasure of joining them.

Lights everywhere, music pulsing through you, the scent of sweets and Pringles (along with a bottle of water just to keep things healthy) and the delightful view of Christmas just around the corner.

This was exactly how it felt when I stepped through the doors. And behind me: Ms Mitchell, Mrs Kirkham and Mr Rippin, (along with Niamh Mitchell from Y12) trying to contain the excitement that was the Y7s.

Each year 7 had their own ticket and had to queue up in an orderly fashion (this was the only thing they struggled with) so that Ms Mitchell could tick their name off the list and let them in. Eventually, and might I say, very impressively after 12 attempts or so, all 156 students were in the hall. They danced, or at least seemed to be rhythmically moving their bodies to some beat (which is more than I can say for some of the Y12s that I’ve witnessed in the past). After this interesting start I asked a couple of year 7s what they thought about the party: “It makes me work harder” and “It makes me feel like I’ve achieved something” are just a couple of the responses I was given. Other comments included “I like parties, and I like Christmas so I did my homework” which was as good a reason as any other.

Within half an hour everyone, including teachers (Miss Mohamed you have some interesting moves) were dancing along to the ‘Cha Cha slide’ with smiles on their faces and friends by their sides. It was certainly a moment to remember.

I also met some of the helpers from other year groups and they joined in on the fun and were ‘busting some moves’, which was nice to see that they had dedicated their time to helping the younger ones and being good role models for them.

Overall the evening was enjoyed by all as each year 7 was still buzzing from all the dancing and chatting. It was a selfie-fest indicating that the event had been such a big success that it needed commemorating. They left the hall talking about how they ‘wish this happened all the time’ and ‘want to re-start the evening all over again’ - the teachers also had an air of excitement but nothing close to that of the year 7’s (probably thinking about the comfort of their own beds) however they were happy that the students had enjoyed themselves.

The idea of bringing together such a large group of students for something beneficial is a wonderful way to motivate them and encourage them to go further with their education. It proves that our students don’t give up and will continue to maintain the high standards they have set.

As for me, it showed that Tapton is still the school it was 5 years ago when I was in year 7: a school that values everyone, cares for each other and achieves excellence… something that the whole country has recently recognised with the best comprehensive school of the year award but something that we knew all along.

 

Armani Nasser, 12DL