Grade 3-8 students visit Sigmund Brouwer

Students in grades 3-8 had a road trip today to Viscount Central School. We were met with warm hospitality and entertained by an amazing public speaker and author Sigmund Brouwer.  He captivated the audience with music and story. The students and staff were able to have several takeaways from the day including:

-anything can be used to inspire us as writers including music

-writing should be done in layers-bringing the reader in—telling a story and bringing the reader back in

-free online literature and he donated 40 books to each school.

Thank you Viscount for the opportunity to see Mr. Brouwer and thank you to the students of Allan Composite School for how well you behaved in another school!

Have a great weekend!

Welcome Back

Welcome back to another school year.  We have many exciting things planned for the 2014-1015 school year.

We have two main school goals that are continuing from last year.  One is our Math goal for grades 1-8 which concentrates on the basic math facts.  The other goal is a Reading Comprehension goal for grades 1-3.

We also continue with our Wellness/Nutrition goal.  We have some new daily servery specials.  Check out the servery link.

Hope you all have a great year!

End of the Year

Well another year has passed and while we are sad to see our students move on to different grades, we are excited to get “new” ones next year.  On behalf of the Allan Staff, we would like to wish you a Happy Summer. See you in the fall.

 

Mr. Wandler

For a class supply list click here.

Final Exams Start Friday

Well it is that time of the year again where students from grades 9-12 will be writing Final exams of some sort. We hope all of our students are successful.  Here are a few tips to help you with that:

Click June 2014 Exam Timetable for  this year’s schedule.

1. Give yourself enough time to study

Don’t leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute ‘cramming’, it’s widely accepted that for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with. 

2. Organize your study space

Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight? Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this may mean almost complete silence; for others, background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.

3Use flow charts and diagrams

Visual aids can be really helpful when revising. At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already know about a topic – and then highlight where the gaps lie. Closer to the exam, condense your revision notes into one-page diagrams. Getting your ideas down in this brief format can then help you to quickly recall everything you need to know during the exam.

4. Practice on old exams

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and – if you time yourself – can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section. 

5. Explain your answers to others

Parents and little brothers and sisters don’t have to be annoying around exam time! Use them to your advantage. Explain an answer to a question to them. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need more work.

6. Organize study groups with friends

Get together with friends for a study session. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.

7. Take regular breaks

While you may think it’s best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive. If you were training for a marathon, you wouldn’t try and run 24 hours a day! Likewise studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps.

Everyone’s different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or if you’re more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you’re ready to settle down come evening.

Try not to feel guilty about being out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain!

8. Snack on ‘brain food’

Keep away from junk food! You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don’t have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. The same applies on exam day – eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem appealing, but it won’t help when your energy levels crash an hour or so later.

9. Plan your exam day

Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam – don’t leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don’t know the way, or what you’re supposed to bring. 

10. Drink plenty of water

As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day. Taken and adapted from http://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/health-and-support/exam-preparation-ten-study-tips