Headteacher’s Blog – Week 7

Can you believe half term is nearly upon us? It seems only a few days since we were enjoying the summer sunshine. How nice that October is proving to be nearly as warm as August. I hope you all enjoyed the lovely weekend weather.

Last week was our Open Evening and what a night it was! There was so much going on across the campus from exploding confetti in science, to Numeracy Ninjas in maths, a murder mystery in English and gingerbread men in the quad! The atmosphere was buzzing with hundreds of families coming to see what Kingsway has to offer. Our own students acted as tour guides and were an absolute credit to the school. Some as young as year 7 had only been at Kingsway for 5 weeks, however the feedback from parents was amazing, commenting on their politeness, confidence and maturity. The success of our open evening is always a result of a team effort by staff and students and I thank them all for their hard work and commitment to our school.

Another successful event last week was the appointment of a new Deputy Headteacher. Rachael Wardle, currently at Lymm High School was successful after a gruelling two day appointment process, including interviews with staff, students and governors as well as a final presentation. Rachael did incredibly well and I am really looking forward to her joining us in January.

During the week we held a CPR week - Call, Push, Rescue which culminated on Friday 13th with a "Restart a Heart Day" in association with the North West Ambulance Service NHS and The British Heart Foundation. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. Throughout the day students received training and hands on practice using manikins donated to the school by The British Heart Foundation before taking a final examination which lead to certification. Over 120 students from KS3 gained certification in CPR enabling them to restart a heart.

The week and the restart a heart day is a drive by The Kingsway School to further increase STEM provisions within the school and make students more aware of Health & Safety. Students enjoyed the day immensely and staff commented on the merits of such a worthy cause.

Also this week, Prospect Vale Year 6 students enjoyed a mini-project around our upcoming musical Grease. Students created 1950's style screen print posters with Kingsway Art Teacher Mrs Dunn and enjoyed a very musical day learning the song 'We Go Together' with our Music Teacher Mr Lawton. The students also learned an accompanying dance routine with our transition dance teacher Laura Kendall. They performed both routines to the rest of the Prospect Vale students and parents at the end of a fantastic, creative and energetic day!

Finally, many thanks to the families who responded to our school website survey. As a result of the information that we received from you, we have been working hard to incorporate any suggestions and feedback. I am pleased to inform you that the 'new look' website will be launched on the week beginning the 30th October 2017. Please let us know what you think!

Have a great week and a lovely half term.

Mrs J. Lowe

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