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Quiet by Susan Cain
Review by Ms Chauhan
When you’re at a party, have you ever felt the urge to escape somewhere quiet? Do you feel you work better by yourself than in a group? Do you feel reenergised after being alone in your thoughts for a while? If so, then you may be an introvert. And don’t feel embarrassed about this, at least one third of people are introverts. Some famous introverts include J.K.Rowling, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan and Meryl Streep to name a few.
We live in a society that rewards the loud, most socially confident and quickest on their feet, whereas the contemplative and quietly well-informed tend not to get a word in, or get dismissed as unintelligent or boring. Introverts prefer listening to speaking, they innovate and create but dislike self-promotion, they favour working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts – Rosa Parks, Chopin, Steve Wozniak – that we owe many of the great contributions to society.
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She explores how society often dismisses character over personality and how the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century still permeates the working environment, schools and even job interviews. Quiet is filled with stories of real people and has the power to change not only how we see introverts, but how we can be inspired by them.
Year 10 and 11 pupils will have an opportunity to sit a home language GCSE in Summer 2021.
If any pupils are interested in completing this then please can they send me an e-mail or come and see me in the exams office proving me with their name and the language that they are interested in completing. If the language is offered as a GCSE they will sit a mock reading and writing paper in November 2020 to determine if they will be entered and if they will be entered for foundation or higher paper.
Please note that the deadline for this is Monday 28th September 2020.
GCSES: WHAT CAN I DO TO ACHIEVE/TO HELP MY CHILD ACHIEVE?
Number 1 top tip: GET THEM TO LESSONS!!!
The single, most effective thing you can do to ensure GCSE Results is this-get to all of your lessons this year.
You might think a 95% attendance rate is pretty good...but:
...you will miss half a day of lessons every two weeks
...that's 2 weeks of lessons over the year
That could be the equivalent of half a years lessons for one GCSE subject!
EVERY LESSON COUNTS!
Spanish is allocated roughly 26 days per year (4 x 1hr lesson a fortnight). You will cover most topics only once in this time, so learning it the first time round is key to successful revision and exam results.
Please work with us and get to every lesson so that you are able to smash your exams in the summer!
Good luck! Miss Goswell Head of Y11.
Priority admissions to Baylis Court School
Do you have a sibling, family member or friend who would love to join year 7 in 2021 and has a natural ability for Dance, Drama or Music?
We are able to offer up to 16 guaranteed places to students in 2021 who can show aptitude in these areas. Please have a look at the school admissions page on our website for the application form
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