Headteacher’s Blog – Week 23

Growing Up!

On Friday last week, we received confirmation that 319 families have been offered a Year 7 place at Kingsway for September 2019. I would like to offer my warm welcome all new (and old) families to our Kingsway community!

If this is your first child to go to secondary school, you may have some worries about your little child going to big school. At secondary school, our students arrive as children and leave as young people. And how those five years fly by! We completely understand the worries that our families may be having about the transition from primary to secondary school, and want to reassure you we will do everything to make the process as smooth, enjoyable and stress free as possible.

You will have already had a welcome call/email and for those families, who may have missed the opportunity to attend our Open evening last year, there is a ‘meet the team’ event on Tuesday 26th March, at 4:30pm. More information is about this is available on-line. This is chance for those families who don’t really know much about our amazing school to meet myself and the team who will be supporting your child during their transition from primary to Kingsway.

On 4th July 2019, we will be holding our Year 6 Induction Day for children and parents. Year 6 children will come during the day to have a taster of the Kingsway experience, meet some of our senior student team and get to know their way around our school. In the evening, parents are invited to attend an information evening and meet their child’s form tutor and pastoral team.

If you have any worries or queries about the transition process for your child, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We have a dedicated transition team: Mrs Wardle (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Dunn (Transition Lead Teacher) and Mrs Hadfield (Transition Learning Mentor). You can contact the team at: transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk.

Already growing up are our intrepid explorers, who have returned from a week skiing in France. This has been a great learning opportunity for students to not only learn a new skill, but also practice their use of the French language.

Here’s a report from Bethan Holmes in Year 8

“Last week, around 42 of us went on the school ski trip to Risoul, France and it was a very fun, relaxed and entertaining week.

Each day we had cereal, fruit, bread and french pastries for breakfast, followed by a 2 hour morning ski session, a variety of lunches, a 2 hour afternoon ski session then the evening activity, tea, freetime and bed. The food was almost always delicious and a few of us had varying dietary requirements so they provided us with different alternatives according to our needs; they ranged from risotto to strawberry and mango (with kiwi) sorbets!

During the ski sessions, we were split into 4 groups depending on our previous skiing experience and level. Each group was given their own instructor and the slopes were only a 1-2 minute walk away from the hotel. The weather was sunny and REALLY hot with thick, white snow covering the ground and distant mountains.

The evening activities were a trip to the village on Sunday, bingo on Monday, games night on Tuesday, crêpe night on Wednesday, a ‘Big Air’ skiing and snowboarding show on Thursday and luging on Friday. All of these activities were really fun and enjoyable.

At the end of the week, we were all playing in the snow and rolling and sliding down the hill; Mr. Duffy was given a giraffe onesie, by all of us together, and had to wear it when he was skiing on the last day! We also made him shout “I’m a giraffe!” while sliding down the hill on a mini sledge (still in his giraffe onesie, of course)!

I also discovered that Milka chocolate is amazing!!

Thank you to all the trip organisers, and especially the teachers who looked after us and helped make it such a good week!”

I was also absolutely delighted to have received an email on Monday morning from a teacher from Ryedale School in North Yorkshire: “We have just returned from an inspection visit to Risoul in France. During our half term we had the pleasure of sharing our time with a group of students and staff from your school. I would just like to say how impressed we were with the interaction between your students. Their behaviour was outstanding from when we first saw them at Manchester airport throughout the week. It was really lovely to see such a fabulous group of students. They are are a credit to your school and staff. We hope both students and staff enjoyed their week.

You may also be aware, that Kingsway hosts the Rising Stars Cheerleading Club on our Broadway campus. The club is hugely popular and people of all ages travel far and wide to attend after school and at the weekend. There are a number of Kingsway students in the club and last week some of them returned from competing at an International event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Here’s a report from Faith Francis in Year 8:

I cheerlead for Rising Stars Cheerleaders and recently I was lucky enough to be selected to compete in Atlanta, Georgia at Cheersport Nationals 2019, after gruelling tryouts last year. I have been cheerleading since I was 6 years old and for every cheerleader, competing in America is their biggest dream.

We flew from Manchester Airport and stopped at Amsterdam Airport for a couple of hours before a 10 hour flight to Atlanta. It was a long flight but everyone was really excited.

Cheersport is held at Georgia World Congress Centre; it is that big we were walking 12 miles a day inside the building! It was a tough competition and there was 17 teams from across the world in my category. We competed over 2 days and I was so nervous. We came 7th place! We were all so proud as we had worked so hard. We also hit zero on both days, which means we didn’t drop any points or get any deductions.

It was an incredible experience and I was so lucky to be picked; representing your country at 12 years old is something I’m really proud of. When we were there, we trained at our sister team’s (Stingrays Allstars) gym, which was amazing and really big. I will continue to train hard with the hope that I will have the same opportunity next year.”

Following the presentation from The Challenge, provider of the NCS (National Citizen Service) last month, I was delighted to receive feedback from their account manager advising me that 67 year 11 students have signed up for their summer programme. This is higher than any other school in the borough. In their feedback, The Challenge team said “Shout out to The Kingsway School, who have gone above and beyond making sure that we are aware of any students who are struggling with the sign up process”. I hope all the students who have enrolled have a great experience, building their confidence and skills in appreciating, understanding and connecting with others.”

Finally, we had another round of merit total winners, for the month of January. Congratulations to:

  • Harry Darbyshire and Ella-Grace Sixsmith - Pankhurst
  • Emily Foster - Whitworth
  • Amy Berry - Rylands
  • Imogen West - Lowry
  • Charlie Lund - Gaskell
  • Emma Boaler - Turing

As you can see there are plenty of opportunities at The Kingsway School for students to grow and develop the skills they need for later life. Well done to all our students who have made me very proud this week.

Have a great week everyone!

Mrs J. Lowe

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