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Working from Home

By clicking on the tabs on the left hand side students parents and carers can access materials different to the standard work being set on Show My Homework. On this page is information from staff other than class teachers, for example, tutors and Directors of Learning assemblies. Also, there is easy access to guides sent by letter or email.

TFTW

Thought For The Week 13th July 2020

Dear students,

I hope you are well and staying safe. It’s been fantastic to see so many of you during these past few weeks and a reminder of what an amazing community we have at Great Marlow School.

These past four months have been a unique, strange and – for some – a difficult period of time but we are hopefully entering into an easier phase now with the easing of lockdown. The lockdown phase has given many people the time to reflect on what some of the important things in our lives are such as the environment and how we might change some of the ways in which we get through parts of our daily routine. Black Lives Matter has also generated many important discussions which will hopefully lead to significant change and a step closer towards equality for all members of society in all parts of the world.

We hope that you feel a little more prepared for the return in September and that you have an enjoyable summer holiday.

Take care and best wishes!


Thought For The Week 6th July 2020

The Entertainment Industry

Hi Students,

This week saw the opening of some hospitality sectors, which pleased many. Yet to open are venues that offer us so much in the form of entertainment. This week the major focus for concern has shifted to the performance industry. Theatres are struggling and many are threatened with closure due to the lack of business. The government has pledged around £1.5 billion to sustain as many venues as possible until opening is possible. Sadly, it is already too late for some who know permanent closure is inevitable.

We probably rely on the entertainment industry more than we think – our tastes in music and entertainment are at the very heart of our culture and form a central part of our daily lives.

The whole notion of crowds attending plays, gigs and other forms of entertainment seems like a logistical impossibility currently; the alternatives being put forward as solutions to the problem, such as live streaming and drive-in events, do not replace the exciting vibe of seeing a live performance.

This first link takes you to a moment shared by the Independent newspaper of a young fan experiencing an astonishing time with his idol Bruce Springsteen in front of a stadium audience. Hopefully, it will remind you of the atmosphere that is unique to a live show and make you smile!

This next link shows the power of live performance in the theatrical setting of the musical Hamilton.

Think about live performances you have enjoyed. From drama class, school productions, pantomimes, theatre trips or music gigs. Is there one performance that stands out in particular? What was special or unique about it? What was it like to experience being ‘in the moment’ of a live event, with a crowd of people? Finally, what kind of live event are you most looking forward to attending in the near future?

Do continue to take care and stay safe.

 

Getting started on MS Teams

Please click here to view a guide on how to get started on MS 365 and Teams.

GMS is very confident that MS Teams offers the best functionality for teaching and learning, remotely and in school. The feedback from the control groups has been extremely positive. The trial has shown many benefits over Show My Homework (SMHW) including:

  • improved communication between students and their teachers
  • improved way of working online and saving the work completed
  • collaborative student to student discussion of tasks, via the ‘chat’ function
  • easy editing of assessments and assignments
  • safe storage of all work completed
  • accessible on a computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

From one single platform all tasks, assessments, assignments and quiz type activities can be accessed and completed online. An important function is the ‘Files’ category, where a bank of subject specific resources can be uploaded ready for students to access and refer to.

GMS encourages all students, who have not yet familiarised themselves with Teams, to do the following:

Download Office 365 onto their devices (this is free through the school)

  1. Download the MS Teams app onto their phone, laptop or tablet
  2. Download MS Word, PowerPoint and One Note onto their phones, laptop or tablet (Click here for guide)
  3. Become familiar with their school email address and password
  4. Watch the short tutorial videos found below;

As with all new initiatives, time is required to embed the new technology. We fully appreciate that some students, parents, carers and staff will find this transition, from SMHW to MS Teams, more daunting than others. Please allow for some settling-in issues, for both staff and students, as everyone becomes more familiar with the MS platform.

Please be reassured that on-going support will be available, to ensure that this move is as seamless as possible, from teachers and the GMS Teaching and Learning group. Therefore, should difficulties arise in accessing MS Teams, please make contact with subject teachers in the first instance, but if the problem persists please email info@gms.bucks.sch.uk with the subject header MS Teams and a member of the Teaching and Learning group will make contact with you.

Top 10 Tips for Remote Learning

Remote learning can be a great way to continue learning outside the classroom, particularly in difficult circumstances. For students, it’s the perfect way to ensure they still receive the education they need, despite not being at school. However, it also requires a level of discipline and careful planning. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help students understand different aspects of remote learning and to support them in ensuring their experience is as safe and secure as it can be.

Show My Homework Information

How to upload completed assignments onto Show My Homework (SMHW). To help understand the process, please follow the instructions on the below link:

There is also a specific area on the website to support students and parents at:

Information & Research Booklets – Summer Term 2 updated 29/05/20

Year 7
Subject Information
Year 8
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Year 9
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Year 10
Subject Information
Year 12
Subject Information

 

Year 11 into 12 Independent Research Booklet
(Updated 28/4/20)
Year 13
Transition & Research
Task Booklet

Additional Support

First News

The library in GMS subscribes to copies of First News every week. This week the publication has offered an online, freely accessible, copy of the publication to help parents, carers, children & schools during this time of school closure.

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds; it aims to engage young adults with the news in an easy to understand, non-threatening way.


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