Headteacher’s Blog – Week 42

All good things come to an end.

It always surprises me how quick time flies by in education. Maybe because we work in half termly chunks, or more likely because there’s so much going on and lots to do.

Last week was no exception.

We held our end of year celebration evenings to recognise the achievements of our students throughout the year. Awards were presented to to students who had:

  • achieved the acclaimed Kingsway Certificate
  • been nominated by the Heads of Departments for Effort and Achievement
  • completed the highest number of hours of enrichment during the year

We received some great feedback from our parents who agreed they were lovely evenings and were rightly proud of their child’s success at The Kingsway School.

Sadly we had to postpone the Year 9 Evening due to a clash with some football match! We will be re-arranging the evening early in the Autumn term.

Our year 8 students returned from Paris very late on Monday night. They were all a bit bleary-eyed on Tuesday morning, but buzzing from their experience. Mr Traynor and the staff on the trip were massively impressed with our students’ conduct throughout the trip. They were a credit to our school.

On Tuesday we welcomed our year 5 & 6 local primary students to take part in an intra-school Spelling Bee competition. The primary students were joined by their peers who are now Kingsway students in years 7 & 8. It was a heated competition with some tricky spellings (and a faulty buzzer!) but Outwood primary came out top with some very impressive spellings. Well done Outwood!

Also on Tuesday, we also hosted the EDT Go4Set Award ceremony and exhibition. EDT are a charity who create opportunities for students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & MAths). Kingsway had two teams (H2O and Ufikiaji) up against other high achieving schools in the North West, including Grammar schools. I am delighted to announce that our team ‘Ufikiaji’ won best overall project. What an incredibly proud moment for me and the STEM team at Kingsway.

On Wednesday, we had an Induction Day for our new teaching staff: Ms Burrows (Teacher of Maths), Ms Bowers (Teacher of History), Mr Cook (teacher of History), Ms Mullin (Teacher of English), Ms Ruane (Teacher of Business Studies). They are all really excited about starting at Kingsway and I am confident they will be a great addition to our superb team of teachers.

On Thursday, our Resourced Centre hosted a Garden Party for staff, students and their families. It was another warm day and so out came the floral table cloths, vintage teapots and scones. It was lovely to meet with the families of our current and new resourced students - events like this can help these families to make new friends because often their lives are too busy with their very special children.

On Friday, Mrs Marsh took 3 year 9 students to the Digital Advantage Graduation Awards ceremony at MMU. There were 20 teams involved in the competition to create a business App, mostly sixth form students. Three independent judges from business backgrounds selected 3 of the best Apps. I am delighted to tell you all that we did very well and came in third place. It was a very proud moment for our school and the students were excellent ambassadors for The Kingsway School.

Would you believe it? 52 days without rain and it finally came pouring down on Friday when our Duke of Edinburgh team left for their final expedition! Thank goodness the staff are well used to wet weather conditions and the rain did eventually subside to allow for a warm and successful expedition weekend. Miss Horsey did an exceptional job organising the event, supported by lots of staff, and with  only one sprained ankle to report, it was a huge success. Well done all.

And so we come to the final few days of another great year at Kingsway. I will be sending a letter home this week with the arrangements for the end of the academic year and the start of the next one.

I am particularly looking forward to our end of year celebration assembly on Friday, where the whole school comes together to celebrate students’ achievements. Please keep abreast of all that is going on at Kingsway via Facebook, Twitter and our website.

Thank you for reading my blogs - hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about all the amazing stuff that happens at Kingsway - a school with a lot to shout about!

Wishing you all a lovely summer. See you next year.

Mrs J. Lowe

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