Headteacher’s Blog – Week 8 & 9

Out and about success!

I hope you all had a lovely half term break. Mine was a quiet one, with day trips out with family and friends - always a good tonic at the end of a busy half term.

Our Kingsway students have been out and about, shining like the Superstars they are!

Miss Fairclough, Miss Horsey, Mrs Watson and Mr Lawton reported that the Iceland trip was a huge success: “The trip started with a walking tour of Reykjavik followed by a jam packed day, which included a glacier walk and visiting two famous waterfalls: Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The famous Blue Lagoon was the highlight of day two and much needed relaxation for all. Next was the golden circle day, which included visiting Geysir, one of only three remaining in the world and the mesmerising Gullfoss waterfall. Pingvillir national park was the next the location where students learnt about how the two plate boundaries meet. Last activity of the trip was a visit to Laugardalslaug - Iceland's largest outdoor heated swimming pool. To top off the trip, we got a breathtaking glimpse of the northern lights over the harbour on the last night.

Wow! What an experience for our students who loved every minute of it. I am so grateful to the staff who make these life-changing experiences possible for our students. Here’s to the next trip!

More magnificent students went to Manchester last week with Mrs Rowley and Mr Carr. Some of our Year 7 students enjoyed a visit to The John Rylands Library, where they were taken on a tour and learned about the history of the building and its importance in improving the literacy of the people of Manchester during the Victorian era. Following this, students found inspiration for their gothic writing in the beautiful architecture of the library. They will be using these skills to support them in the study of the gothic genre next term.

Mrs Rowley said the students were amazing and she will be recording some extracts of their incredible work. They were all a credit to the school and their engagement and curiosity was commented on by the guide and workshop leader, Matt. I hope they were all inspired by real gothic architecture and by the chance to write in a very beautiful setting.

Congratulations to our Under 16 Girls Football Team who have been crowned Stockport Champions. The tournament was held on Thursday 17th October at Woodley Sports Centre. Miss Wildgoose reported back that the girls played exceptionally well, scoring 9 goals throughout the tournament and only conceding one. The team consisted of a range of ages but predominantly Year 9, which bodes well for further success in the future.

It was a pleasure to celebrate the amazing achievements of Year 7 this week in the best subject in the world … Maths! The following students received Numeracy Ninja Grand Master Awards:

Lucy Abbott 7T, Rehan Ishtiaq 7H, Billy Owen 7E, Harry Weatherhead-Faza 7K, Laura Sousa 7I, Sammie Clapham 7N, Laiba Choudhry 7G, Ethan Ryan 7S, Ewan Jones 7W, Anna Baldina 7A, Reece Johnson 7Y and Mark Shenton 7C

With Sammie Clapham crowned overall champion - Well done Sammie!

We held our statutory termly fire drill this week. Whilst the ground on fields was soft (not ideal for my high heels!) at least the rain held off. Our students were all exceptional - they cleared the buildings and lined up silently within 4 minutes. Well done particularly to Year 7 who were sensible and coped brilliantly.

As the weather turns more winterly, please can I remind parents and carers that students should be coming to school in a suitable outdoor coat. Hoodies and sports jackets are not appropriate; a waterproof coat with a hood to provide protection from the rain would be much more ideal.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.

We have now set our holidays for the 2020/21 academic year:

Term Date
Autumn Half Term 1 1 September - 23 October
Autumn Half Term 2 2 November - 18 December
Spring Half Term 1 4 January - 12 February
Spring Half Term 2 22 February - 26 March
Summer Half Term 1 12 April - 28 May
Summer Half Term 2 7 June - 20 July

INSET Days

Tuesday 1 September 2020
Monday 2 November 2020
Monday 4 January 2021
Monday 19 July 2021
Tuesday 20 July 2021

Please note the arrangements for the start of 2020/21 academic year are as follows: 

  • Year 7 ONLY - Wednesday 2 September at 12pm
  • ALL students - Thursday 3 September for 8:30am

Lastly, we received some sad news over the half term that Bernard Clough (ex-Head of Music at Kingsway) had sadly passed away. Dr. Trivedi let me know that “He was Head of Music at Kingsway for a long while. At his Christmas Carol concerts, he made the staff/parents/children jump up at appropriate times during Carols”. We send our thoughts to his family and friends.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Sunday 10 November 2019 Cheadle Remembrance Day Parade - 10:30am
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
Headteacher

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