Headteacher’s Blog – Week 21

Pupil Power!

Following the feedback from pupils, we are delighted to announce that we are launching our newly designed PE kit. We have worked with our suppliers to provide a stylish, vibrant new kit which is comfortable, attractive and durable. Further details of this will be available shortly. From September, all kit that is purchased will need to meet the new design, however, we will phase out the current kit ensuring that parents do not have a huge expense of replacing all the PE kit for their children. Monkhouse have asked us to inform parents that they are clearing their current stock and have an offer of 50% discount at the moment. Please note that this offer is only available to current students and if your child is joining Year 7 in September, they will be expected to wear the new kit.

This week, I received two letters from the Chairman of Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association in relation to two amazingly talented Kingsway girls: Grace O’Shaughnessy (Year 11) & Holly Deering (Year 8). The girls have been selected to play for the GMCSFA under 16 and under 14 teams. I was delighted to have awarded them with their pin badges. In his letter the Chairman said: “The players that are selected for the squad have come through rigorous trials and have been selected not only for their footballing ability but also for reaching high standards of behaviour and attitude towards their coaches, officials and opponents”. Well done girls!

Currently, The Kingsway School is taking part in the 2019 elections for the UK Youth Parliament. Elections are completed on a form by form basis, where every student across the school has the opportunity to vote for one of the five UK Youth Parliament candidates for Stockport.

Last week, our Year Councils had the opportunity to meet two of the candidates, Kevin Linton and Libby Morris. All five candidates were offered the opportunity of speaking to the Year Councils and providing us with campaign videos.

Once the Council Members had met the candidates, they were asked to speak with their own forms to explain what the elections were for and who was standing. They also shared campaign videos and speeches. The vote closes on Wednesday 13th February and the Kingsway result will be forwarded to the elections officer.

On Thursday, Year 8 braved the rain and cold winds to visit Chester Zoo as part of their planned Science curriculum.  All Year 8 had work booklets to complete and were able to see nearly every animal at the Zoo. Even the jaguars and tigers came out to see them!  Upon returning to school, they chose an animal to research and are preparing a speech about it to present to the rest of their class. It was a cold but enjoyable experience for students and staff as so many of the animals came out to play!

Following our ‘snow bomb’ last week, I am keeping a closer eye on the weather forecast. It looks unlikely we will have more snow this year, however we rely on being able to quickly communicate with our families in such cases. When we send a text out to our 1500 families, a number bounce back as the numbers are no longer in use. Please, please, please ensure that we are informed of any changes to your contact details. We will be sending home Data Collection Sheets in the next few weeks for parents and carers to check, amend and return to school. Many thanks for your help with this.

Have a great week everyone!

Mrs J. Lowe

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