Headteacher’s Blog – Week 14

Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow!

I'm writing this on Sunday morning, having woken with excitement and trepidation for scenes of ankle deep snow! After all the hype and media coverage, it was all a bit disappointing, but not that surprising. Living and working in Stockport all my life, I know deep snowfall is quite rare. Nonetheless, we made sure that our students, staff and parents were prepared on Friday - just in case. It looks like we may have just missed it (unless there's a heavy fall in the next few hours).

I'm assuming that it will be business as usual tomorrow. However, whilst snowfall doesn't appear to have affected Cheadle, Gatley, Heald Green and our surrounding areas, the challenge can be for our staff, some of whom travel a long distance to school from other counties and rural areas. The decision to close school is never taken lightly. It is something that is done very rarely. Whilst many students are able to get to school in the event of snow, the difficulty we face is when we are unable to safely supervise them if we have too many staff unable to get to work. I don't think we will have this problem tomorrow, and hopefully not at all this winter! We will keep our website up to date with information for parents and students in the event of further weather warnings.

We had a very interesting visitor to Kingsway last week. On Monday, we had the pleasure of a visit from Colin Chambers, who was the Chaplain on Robben Island, South Africa. Robben Island is probably best known as the place where former South African President, Nelson Mandela, was jailed for 18 years. Colin was the Chaplain at the prison for 15 years, 8 of them during the time that Mandela was imprisoned. Colin spoke to year 8 and year 10 students about his experience on Robben Island and brought with him his Bible, which is signed by the prisoners including Mandela. Students listened to some fascinating stories, which included how Colin first met Mandela and how he would sit with him in his cell and talk after services. One of Mandela’s famous sayings was, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ Colin challenged the students to never give up and always persevere.

Also last week, the ‘Young Enterprise’ team ventured out to the Xmas markets in Manchester City centre to sell their 'Thinking Pens' as well as customised cards and chocolate sticks. It was a fantastic opportunity for the team to get some experience of conducting business and delivering on customer service. The team thoroughly enjoyed themselves and even made a decent profit at the end. Next stop… The Trafford Centre in February.

I also received a lovely email from Ms Morson last week, telling me how proud she was of her year 10 Health & Social Care students who were asked to produce a creative activity for one of our resource centre students. They planned some amazing activities such as making oobleck (slime), christmas cards, bauble decorating and gingerbread decorating.

The group put in a lot of thought, consideration and preparation in to their work. They were so lovely and kind to the resource students and really enjoyed the project. Outstanding effort was seen from: Maisie, Cosette, Gemma, Mina, Tabitha and Fatou. Well done all!

Have a great week.

Mrs J. Lowe

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