Headteacher’s Blog – Week 36 & 37

A school like a tardis?

It’s that time of year where with just a few school days to go; it’s a magical mystery how we manage to squeeze so much into so little time. Summer term school life is certainly like a Tardis.

So I’m squeezing two weeks of blogs in to one because it’s been such a busy time as our calendar turns from June to July.

On 24th to 27th June, Year 10 GCSE Geography students braved the weather to take part in their first field trip. Mr Burniston reported: “The Geography department took over 200 Year 10s to the Edale Valley in the Peak District as part of their GCSE course. Each of the four days provided contrasting weather conditions to test the students’ data collection and teamwork skills. All students responded well to the Peak District Guides who taught them how to collect and record information safely and accurately, especially those who donned wellies and entered the river! An enjoyable and rewarding week of Physical Geography studying river valley characteristics.”

On Tuesday 25th June, Mr Watson took a group of students to Stockport Grammar School to take part in the Sustainable Science Competition. Furqan Choudhry, Izzy Cooke, Ellis Hampshire and Daisy Freeman were set tasks in each of the sciences that focussed on the area of sustainability. Working in a team, they were asked to think about the challenges we face as a global population, regarding using natural resources. In Chemistry they performed a separation experiment on a Biofuel and in Biology they looked at the role of antibiotics in medicine. Mr Watson reported: “The students performed extremely well and represented the school with distinction. Hopefully this will have inspired future scientists to solve the problems we have with overusing our natural resources.”

The Physics department at The Kingsway School is also celebrating great success in the recently held British Physics Olympiad. The competition is held every year by Oxford University, which aims to encourage and recognize excellence in young physicists across the country. This year, over 7000 Year 10 students attempted the Challenge Paper and less than 500 were awarded the Gold Award. Congratulations to phenomenal Kingsway students Ali Hayat, Amy West, Hani Ehtisham and Jibreel Ali who achieved this accolade.

Our congratulations also go to the other participants, especially Hashim Sikander, Muhammad Afzal, Josh Beckett, Chaplin Lee, Louis Martin, Holly Powell and Pippa Woods who all achieved a Silver Award.

We also had an additional 80 students who achieved Bronze and Participation Awards. Let's see if next year's Year 10 can emulate their success.

On a scorching Saturday afternoon on 29th June, myself and Miss Woodyer met Mr Lawton, Mr Wood and some students at Heald Green Summer Festival. There was loads going on from donkey rides to football matches. Our small ensemble performed brilliantly to the crowds in the Village Hall. I was super proud of them and very grateful to them for giving up their Saturday afternoon. They will be joining the rest of the 40+ strong choir in Italy next week - have fun guys!

And then on Sunday afternoon (not quite so hot) another group of terrific Kingsway students joined a fantastic array of local groups at Kingsway to take part in Gatley’s Parade and Festival.

Our girls had been training with children from Gatley Primary School to put on a dance performance at the festival showground to the huge crowds. Well done to Lexie Cookson (Y7), Emma Boaler (Y7), Caitlin Moon (Y7), Faith Francis (Y8), Chaylea Senior (Y8), Helena Chesters (Y8), Keeley Jowett-Duckworth (Y8), Mae McManus (Y9), Liberty Joul (Y9) and Jessica Roberts (Y9). You were amazing!

July was soon here and Monday saw some Year 10 students experiencing a Taster Day at Aquinas College.  Their experience was one of what’s to come. After making their own way to the college, students had an opportunity to visit 5 workshops in subjects of their choice, including Photography, Law and Psychology.  Kingsway were one of many schools there on the day so students also had the opportunity to make new friends.

From 1st to 3rd July, our GCSE Geographers did their second field visit to Salford Quays where students were researching the impact of the regeneration of the area. I joined Mrs Clarke’s group on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed seeing our students gather data on their surroundings and confidently approaching members of the public to gather crucial primary data.

Last week, Miss Littler and Mrs Parkin returned from a visit to Poland, courtesy of Holocaust Educational Trust. They joined teachers from across the North of England to experience a guided visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, and share practical ideas for delivering meaningful lessons in the classroom. Miss Littler said: “The visit to Poland was brief but memorable. In just a day we were shown around Auschwitz and Birkenau camps of mass extermination. Most important, though, was the message about bearing witness and never allowing the world to forget what happened there. I hope the experience can enrich my teaching and ensure we never forget about the Holocaust.”

On Thursday 4th July, we welcomed our new students and their families who will be joining us in September. I’m not sure who was more nervous when they arrived on Thursday morning - the children or their parents! Any nerves soon disappeared as the children took part in some lessons including English, History and Technology. They also chose a meal from the American Diner menu and met their new form tutor. It was a fun packed day and lots of new friendships were made, ready for September.

In the evening, we welcomed parents and carers, who met key staff including their child’s form tutor who gave them key messages to make sure their child’s start in September is a success.

It was lovely to meet all new students and families - I look forward to getting to know you better in the new academic year. In the meantime, if you have any queries regarding your new starter, email our transition team: transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Finally, we welcome back our superstar Miss Hunt, who returned from Hungary where she represented Team GB in the mixed Ultimate Frisbee European Championships where they won the GOLD! Miss Hunt showed true Kingsway grit by carrying on despite dislocating her finger earlier in the competition. Well done Team GB and Miss Hunt -we are super proud!

A reminder of some dates coming up for you to put in your diaries…

  • Wednesday 10th July - Year 9 Celebration Evening (5:30pm Foxland Hall)
  • Thursday 11th July - Year 8 Celebration Evening (5:30pm Foxland Hall)
  • Thursday 11th July - Sports’ Day (students to come to school in PE kit)
  • Thursday 18th July - Rewards Day
  • Friday 19th July - End of term (students depart at 12:00 noon)

The new term starts in September:

  • Year 7 arrive Wednesday 4th September at 8:30am (all students to arrive to Broadway campus)
  • Year 10 and 11 arrive Wednesday 4th September at 11:35am
  • Year 8 and 9 arrive Thursday 5th September at 8:30am

Have a great week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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