Headteacher’s Blog – Week 25

Ethos in action!

Welcome back to a new summer term. I hope you all had a lovely Easter.

The Spring term certainly ended with on a high with our amazing Sponsored Walk. Around 1500 students and 100 staff walked thirteen miles to Carr’s Park in Wilmslow and back again for charity. This year we have raised money for the six charities chosen by our students:

  • Gaskell: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Lowry: Mind
  • Pankhurst: Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Rylands: Kidscan
  • Turing: Pip Foundation
  • Whitworth: Anorexia & Bulemia Care

Some of the money raised will also go to our sister school Kingsway Kolweny in Kenya.

Whilst hundreds of students successfully completed the walk, there were a couple of students for whom this was an incredible achievement. Students like Charlotte Jennings (Year 11) and Idris Sherfif (Year 7), who overcame huge challenges to take part in the walk with their friends and family. We are so proud of them and their determination and resilience – a true reflection of our school.

Thank you to all parents, families and friends who supported our students by sponsoring them and a special thanks to those who helped us out on the day by marshalling at key points on the route or walking along with our children. With another walk under our belts, the major job now is to collect in all the sponsorship money… your help with this is much appreciated.

Our sponsored walk is just one example of our ethos in action. Another example that took place last term was the community project with Abney care home. Follow this link to see the fabulous work of our students led and supported by Mrs Heil.

Other examples of Kingsway awesomeness are:

  • Georgie Cavanagh, who won the North West Young Carers award for her short story “If I were an MP for the day”.
  • Our remarkable resourced students, who excelled at the Greater Manchester winter games last term. The tennis team were crowned champions and the Kurling team came a credible 5th.
  • Alice Poole in year 11, who came out in the top 150 of all students in the UK in the Oxford Physics Olympiad Challenge, achieving a silver award. Well done Alice, an incredible achievement.

As you will be aware, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) is a real passion of mine and something that I believe separates Kingsway from other educational establishments. We are constantly building on our successes, which have been recognised by the Museum of Science & Industry and in Parliament, by embracing opportunities to link with local businesses and industries.

Eric Wright is one of our STEM Ambassadors who come in to school to work with our students.  Eric is an Electronics Control Engineer and his 50 years experience in industry has taken him to many countries around the world. He spoke to Mr Nicolaou’s GCSE Electronics students about career opportunities in Electronics, and then moved onto concepts and principles such as communication systems, control, and programming. He brought in project kits and at the end, he was so touched by the warm welcome and respect from our children, that he left all of his kit for Mr Nicolaou to help enhance students’ knowledge. He is true gentleman with a wealth of knowledge and someone we look forward to making stronger links with.

Finally, I would like to say a huge well done to the hundreds of students who received a postcard from me congratulating them on their achievement over the Spring term, performing at or above their ambitious targets across of all their subjects. This achievement is a testament to their hard work and I am very proud of them all.

Keep up the hard work and have a good week everyone,

Mrs J. Lowe

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