Headteacher’s Blog – Week 10

The Pride of Kingsway

Last week, I delivered an assembly to all our students about the way in which we can show we care for others, from friends and family close to home to complete strangers. I was joined by Emma Payton in year 10 who shared her story about being diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer at the age of 8 and undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and proton beam therapy in the USA. But her story wasn’t one of sadness; instead, it was one of hope and inspiration because Emma and her family used their experience to do something for others. They introduced end of treatment’ bells to be rung by patients at the end of the course of chemotherapy.  There are now around 300 of these bells in cancer wards across the country (and beyond). If you know anyone who has undergone chemotherapy, you will appreciate the strength of mind-over-matter required to face the side effects of the treatment in order to fight this disease. The ‘end of treatment’ bells are an opportunity for families to celebrate together with the nursing team at the hospital. I was so proud of Emma, not only for being so brave speaking in front of her peers in assembly, but also for her caring attitude towards others.

I would like to continue this theme and celebrate any of our students who are caring citizens out there. If you are aware of a Kingsway student who deserves recognition for their caring and charitable approach, please drop me an email at headteacher@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk. I know we will have many young people who should be celebrated for being the ‘Pride of Kingsway’.

Another moment to be proud of (not only of our Kingsway children, but also of the service men and women who have been caught up in the events of war and conflict) came on Sunday. Myself and some other staff joined a handful of Kingsway students at the service of remembrance at the Cheadle war memorial. As well as the students representing The Kingsway School at the parade, we recognised many faces of our students in Scouts, Guides and ATC (Air Training Corps).

It was a beautiful day with representatives from across the community present, showing their respect for all who have been affected by the consequences of war.

Our students laid a wreath at the war memorial along with wreaths from local political parties, primary school, churches, synagogue and mosque.

Not to labour the point, but I continue to be proud of Kingsway students every day! Last week, Miss Tunnell shared with me the amazing news that a number of our students had entered a competition to have their creative writing published in a lovely book called ‘Mission Chaos’. Students put forward 100 word pieces of poetry, reflecting the fight for the survival of humanity. The students whose masterpieces were included in the book were Seerat Khan, Khalid Ngugi, Callum Kennear, Samra Hussain, Amy-Leigh Ashworth, Haneef Ngugi, Keira India Elise Myers, Omar Asgill, Amber Malik, Libby Leigh Pollitt, Ruben Toyne, Lily-Mae Spilman, Emma Redford, Susan Hashempour, Finlay Grieves, James Price, Owen Holt, Olivia Horn and Aimee-Lee Barlow. Well done to all of our students who took part.

Last week, some Year 8 and Year 10 pupils went to watch "Les Garçons", a play in French and by French actors. In the play, Nathalie and Thierry were babysitting Bruno, which did not go smoothly! Despite being in another language, the students were able to understand what was going on through the actions and some even got pulled out of the audience to participate! The students who watched the play were fantastic and all of the languages teachers were impressed with their listening skills and perseverance with new vocabulary.

Today "Les Garçons", tomorrow "Les Misérables"!

Sticking with the theme of helping others... can you help? Our lovely Learning Support Assistant, Miss Kijewska is collecting items for Stockport’s Foodbank ahead of the festive period. We are specifically collecting Tea bags, coffee, milk (Longlife), sugar, biscuits and juice. Please send any items you have in with your child and ask them to take it to B11, where is will be gratefully received.

For those of you who don’t know, B11 is the home of our Inclusion and Diversity department and Resourced Centre. The team hold regular events for parents and families of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Last week they had a coffee morning for families of Year 7 SEND students, giving parents and carers the opportunity to meet the B11 team, other parents with SEND children and to be informed of the support services available in the locality. If you have a child with SEND and would like more information on how we support them or signposting to other services, please get in touch with the I&D team on ext. 512.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 14 November 2019 GCSE Presentation Evening - 6:30pm
Friday 15 November 2019 Review Day
Wednesday 20 November 2019 Sports Presentation Evening - 6:30pm
Thursday 21 November 2019 Year 9 Careers Speed Dating - 5:30pm
Sunday 1 December 2019 Gatley Village Christmas Markets
Saturday 7 December 2019 Cheadle Village Victorian Christmas Markets
Monday 16 December 2019 Christmas concert at St. Mary’s Parish Church
Thursday 19 December 2019 Charity Day Santa Dash - students finish early
Monday 6 January 2020 Students return to school - 8:30am

Have a lovely week,

Mrs J. Lowe

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