Headteacher’s Blog – Week 38

Say hello, wave goodbye!

On Tuesday, last week we said hello to our Year 8 students who returned a little bleary eyed,  from their trip to Paris. What a huge success the trip was with students enjoying the Eiffel Tower (climbing to the top!) and Disneyland Paris.

And on Thursday morning, we waved goodbye to our 40+ strong school choir and orchestra who departed for Italy. They will be performing in some of the continent’s most beautiful places including Lake Garda and Venice. I hope they are having an amazing time.

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Venice!

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We also said hello last week to new staff starting at Kingsway in September. They came in on Wednesday for an induction day ahead of the new term. We met Mr Rodgers (Head of Science), Mr McNulty (Teacher of Science) and Mr Wickham (Teacher of Computer science) along with 3 new trainee teachers. who will be undertaking their teacher training at Kingsway.

Also last week, Miss Cropper took our anti-bullying ambassadors. Here’s what she told me:

“We attended an Anti Bullying Ambassador Training Day for our students; it was run by The Diana Award and the host school was St Patrick’s RC High School in Eccles.

We took six of our students, who were trained as ambassadors. They learnt about the types of bullying, the effects of sustained bullying, how to support a peer when they are being bullied and picked up useful advice and strategies to help tackle it as a school. The students learnt about new current legislations and laws too.

Our students worked incredibly well as a team, coming up with an Anti Bullying Support Plan ready to roll out to our students in September. They really were a credit to our school!”

There were more visits to colleges for Year 10. This time they went to Loreto and Xavarian colleges in Manchester. When asked about what they liked about their taster experience, feedback from students included: “The look and feel of the campus” and “Freedom, being treated as adults”. Yet again, the feedback from staff at the college was really positive about our students. They are certainly growing into fine young adults.

Sports Day started well last week, with most of the field events running in the morning. Unfortunately, the track events and whole school sports’ day celebration didn’t take place in the afternoon due to the rain! Hopefully, with a bit of luck, we will be able to re-run before we break up for the summer.

Late Wednesday night, I attended the Cheadle Village Partnership meeting where representatives from various groups across the community talked about what they were doing to strengthen community cohesion. Cheadle is a really vibrant community and there are lots of committed volunteers who make sure the village is well looked after and meets the needs of its residents. Chaired by Rob Munro, rector from St. Mary’s Parish church, we talked about a number of events coming up including Picnic in the Park on Sunday 21st July at Abney Park. Why not go along with a blanket and packed lunch? The event promises to be a celebration of intergenerational community with local acts, stalls and a BBQ!

Finally, I had the great pleasure of attending every one of our Celebration Evenings last week. From Year 7 to 10, each evening was a fabulous celebration of the achievements of our highest performing, most engaged and committed students. Thank you and well done to the Raising Standards’ Leaders who hosted the events along with their Pastoral Heads of Year and form tutors. Each evening was incredibly well attended and it was lovely to see so many friendly and familiar faces amongst our parent body.

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

  • 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

As this is the last blog of the summer term, I would like to wish all our families a really lovely summer holiday.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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