You can’t have a rainbow without any rain
The media reports that we are the ‘lost COVID generation’ due to the loss of social and economic opportunities. I’m not sure I agree with this conjecture. I believe we are a generation who has shown resilience and flexibility. In particular our students have faced much uncertainty and upheaval from their routine, but the last week in school has shown just how resolute they are - settling back into the rhythm of school like ducks to water.
Like many headteachers, I am immensely proud of our response to the exceptional circumstances we have faced. A favourite quote from Maya Angelou is “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Pre-COVID we were doing our best, COVID showed us what reserves we had in our tank to do even better. There is a great energy in school which is powering us to be even better and do even better for our students and their futures.
I have felt more positive this last week than I have for a while. The sun is shining and I can sit outside and enjoy the company of friends and family. Whilst booking a holiday abroad is not yet in my plans, I have been polishing up my geography and choosing some places to visit in the UK this summer - and there are some fabulous places with beautiful scenery and plenty of culture and history. So whilst this summer may not be lounging by the pool, sipping sangria - it will be a summer of exploration and appreciation of what is on our doorstep.
Yes - COVID has been an unwelcome interruption in our lives - but it has also reminded me that if it wasn’t for the rain, we would never see the rainbows!
One disappointing piece of news this week is that we have had to cancel our Prom for Year 11. This will be the second year running where we have not been able to hold our annual event - a glittering occasion to mark the end of the cohort’s time at The Kingsway School. We remain hopeful that we can celebrate in some way before they leave later this term with a fitting assembly.
Congratulations to Kingsway’s U16 Box Football team who won the equivalent of the FA cup at Box Football on Friday evening at the U16s Football Stockport competition. They are a year young too!
Holly D, Leah C, Ellie B, Anna H, Dakota P and thanks to Emily F who came as reserve in case any got injured.
It was great to see many of our enrichment opportunities commencing this week. We’ve been delighted with the number of students who have been attending. This week also saw a new addition to our sporting enrichment programme with a Marathon Challenge aimed at early birds. Mr Howarth will be running a weekly session, every Thursday at 7:30am to see if our students can complete the equivalent of a marathon in the remaining school weeks. To give us some encouragement we got a special mention on Chris Evans’ breakfast show!
We also continued the celebrations from the end of term assemblies by recognising both the tutor groups and individuals who achieved the highest in the numeracy ninja challenge. Well done to everyone who participated.
COVID Home testing
It has been amazing to see the mature way in which students have responded to home testing, and thank you for all your support at home. The overwhelming majority of students are involved in home testing, and collected their latest batch of test kits this week. We have not been given any indication of when the home testing arrangements are due to end and will continue to issue kits until notified by the DfE to stop. We recommend testing on Sunday evening/Monday morning and Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. Please remember all your results must be reported to NHS Test and Trace, but only the positive results must be reported to school using email@example.com
The most important measure is not to come to school if anybody in the household is symptomatic. Again, please notify us using the COVID email address.
We are mindful of the uncertainty created by Lockdown but our school routines help to provide a framework for students to return to some kind of normality. With the disruption in routine it is worth remembering that school detentions are on a Tuesday and Thursday after school. Students will have had a chance to resolve issues before they reach the Whole School detention. Students who miss detentions will have an escalation in their sanction. Please remind your son and daughter if they have a detention. You will be able to find information about these in the Class Charts app.
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Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.
Mrs J. Lowe