Headteacher’s Blog – Week 10

Last week, I shared the virtual Remembrance Sunday event that was held in Cheadle and that representatives of The Kingsway School were very honoured to attend. Reflection upon this loss and sacrifice continued throughout the week: Ms Bowers (Head of History) held virtual assemblies with all year groups and Mr Lawton led us all in a minute’s silence with the Last Post. We were delighted that so many of our students who were self-isolating were also able to uphold the silence online. Usually, our community ambassadors are actively selling British Legion poppies, both within our school and local community. Despite being unable to do this, our students continued to do us proud and showed their respects by creating their own poppy window displays and sharing this with us all. Take a look at these wonderful images.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

This week is National Anti-Bullying Week, and we are looking forward to Ms Nay’s (Behaviour Mentor and Anti-bullying Coordinator) virtual assemblies. 

If you have any concerns about your child we would urge you to contact the school but you may also find this link to the Anti Bullying Alliance Parents’ page useful

Anti-bullying is a year round commitment as such we were delighted to be able to welcome our new Year 7s to our growing Anti-bullying Ambassador team last week. They are; Brooke, Jaxon, Levi, Ruba, Megan, Zara, Zak & Abdul

I’m certain that alongside every other student and member of staff, they will keep a watchful eye on everyone to help keep The Kingsway Schoola safe and happy place to be.

Remote Learning Updates

As we continually respond to the new world of remote learning, I thought it would be useful to share a few updates:

Initially, we asked students to keep their cameras off but over time, students have become familiar with this new way of learning so we would like all students to keep these on but muted. This enables teachers to check understanding and engagement more immediately. 

Although accessing learning via a computer is more desirable, if your child is struggling to access Google Classroom via a computer or laptop, there are a number of alternative ways.  If your child has access to a tablet or smartphone, the Google Classroom app can be downloaded and used to join meetings and complete work. Alternatively, students who have either Playstation or Xbox are also able to access Google Classroom if their system is web-enabled. 

For students who are self-isolating, we have been trialling streaming lessons from the classroom. We are working on rolling this out further but we will be using the teacher's professional judgement on when this is used. There are many benefits to this system, but equally it does not always fit the intended learning outcomes or the nature of specific subjects and topics. Teachers will send out a message to students if they are intending to use this method and students will need to join via Google Meet - students should check the Google Classroom at the start of each timetabled lesson. Students need to be aware that teachers will share their screen and audio only and will not be able to fully monitor the chat box; sound quality may also vary. We hope that this will help students feel more connected to the class during periods of self-isolation.

School Nurse Services

After 16 years Jayne Seedhouse, our school nurse is leaving The Kingsway to start a new position within Stockport Family/NHS. Jayne joined us in 2004 and has been a wonderful addition to our pastoral care offer. She has asked us to pass on the message: “I will miss the school, the students and the wonderful staff I have worked with. I believe that The Kingsway is a great school with wonderful teaching and support and a fabulous safeguarding, pastoral and welfare team. I have very much enjoyed my time with you.” We wish Jayne all the best in her new role and thank her for all the support and work that she has done with our students over the years - good luck and we will miss you! Alison Renshaw will be joining us shortly, we look forward to welcoming her. 

Reception, on both sites, have reported that they are finding an increasing number of parents dropping off forgotten equipment. Due to COVID safety measures we are unable to allow parents to do this at this time. Please can you help your child with organisation of their bags the night before. Should you child forget any equipment we will try to provide alternatives or adjust the lesson to accommodate this but we will, unfortunately, no longer will not be able to permit visitors on to the school site until further notice.

With the nights closing in much earlier, can we take this opportunity to remind our students and families about keeping safe. A number of parents have started to park closer to the school again, making it very dangerous for our students to leave safely.  Wherever possible can you please arrange a meeting point away from the school. It is also that time of year again, to remind students that all bikes should be locked up, even if you are using the bike shed. Can our cyclists also take a few minutes to provide a service check on their bikes and check their lights and reflective gears #BeSafeBeSeen

On Friday I sent out wishes to all our students, staff, families and members of our local communities who are celebrating the Festival of Diwali. We hope you have all been enjoying the celebrations and that the festival of light has given us all a reminder about the importance of hope.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Friday 18th December School breaks up for students at noon
Tuesday 5th January Students return to school at 8:30am

Have a good week, and stay safe and well.

Mrs J. Lowe

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