Headteacher’s Blog – Week 31

A spectacular sandwich!

It was a cracking week at Kingsway last week.

At the start of the week, over 100 year 11 students attended the English Literature revision session

on ‘An Inspector Calls’. These after school super sessions are run by all members of the English Department who deliver 10 minute recap sessions of themes, context and characters in advance of the GCSE Literature exams. This week they will be focusing on ‘Macbeth’. Well done to all the students who have been attending and going the extra mile, we’re certain it will pay off long term!

The week ended with the final Year 10 exam. After two weeks of hard slog, our Year 10 cohort have completed formal examinations in all their subjects and they have done themselves proud! Just the results to come…

Sandwiched between these two formal study activities were an array of wondrous Kingsway creativeness:

Our remarkable Resource Centre students chose to support a unique charity for the volunteer element of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Toilet Twinning Project enables families living in poverty to have lifesaving loos. To raise money for this special charity all Resource students took part in a fundraising car wash. Staff who supported the event drove home in gleaming cars and enough money was raised to fund two toilets for a vulnerable community.

Mrs Jones and Miss Lavanini and teachers of 7K and 7I supported our community neighbours, Friends of Scholes Park (FOSP) last week. Our Kingsway team joined Jo and Bridget from FOSP, Gatley Primary School, Lum Head Primary School and Brookside Pre School for a busy morning of planting, painting and litter picking.

The Performing Arts department and its BTEC students welcomed Sarah Lockwood, Dance tutor from Salford University into school. Sarah, accompanied by her third year student Luke, was very impressed with our young dancers. Kingsway students loved participating in exercises to improve technique and learning some new choreography. Our students were also invited to Salford University to watch their third years’ final show. In the future we hope to build on these links to help our students grow as dancers and learn about future pathways. Here’s what some of our Year 10 students thought: 

Adele C: The dance workshop was very different to what I have experienced before in dance. It opened my mind to new ways of communicating and floorwork in contemporary dance. Having an external workshop coming into the school for the first time since the pandemic was exciting. I loved it and I am looking forward to the dance trip on Friday where we will get to see dancers from the University of Salford live on stage.

Kiedi E: I really enjoyed the workshop with the lady who was very energetic and inspired me into other influences in the dance industry. I learnt new techniques, which were high level and made me consider further education in dance.

Lilly T: I loved the dance workshop and Sarah really made me realise what I need to work on in my dance ability and technique. She taught us how to add emotion into our dance and how to go to our full ability.

Lexie C: The dance workshop felt like something that would help me in my future in the dance industry as I learnt plenty of new techniques and moves that I would have never tried before. Sarah was very welcoming and extremely comfortable to work with since she and one of the current dance students, Luke, repeated some of the moves when I didn’t quite manage to grasp it after the first time. During the dance trip to the University of Salford, I hope to see more techniques from the dancers and high-level choreography.

Every day last week, Our HLTA Mrs Tudsbury delivered an assembly to year groups on Autism Awareness. Mrs Tudsbury was joined by visitor Jessica Mann, a second year music journalism student, who shared her personal experiences of having autism in school. With one in one hundred young people being diagnosed as having autism spectrum disorder in the UK, the assembly helped our students gain an understanding and appreciation for their peers who struggle with autism in school.

On Friday we were visited by our fabulous Year 5 pupils from Lum Head, Prospect Vale, Cheadle Primary and Outwood. Having walked to Kingsway in the sunshine, they were entertained in the hall by ‘Mad Science’ company, led by mad scientist, Scientific Sarah. The students all learnt about how amazing air can be and how it behaves in different situations.  The experiments included ideas about pressure and forces, and most importantly lots of fun! Many of the students got involved with the demonstrations. Thank you to Mrs Lucas, from our Science Department, for organising this annual event. It was an absolute delight getting to meet the pupils, who were all so polite and respectful, and giving many of them their first look at the school.  We hope all the pupils enjoyed the show and we hope to see them again soon.

Mrs Wardle is currently undertaking a review of homework across the school. We would welcome parent and carers views on this. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this questionnaire, which will close on Monday 9th May. 

Many of our students, staff and families have been celebrating the month of Ramadan and this culminated this weekend in Eid Al Fitr. We wish Eid Mubarak to everyone in our community.

We would like to invite all parents and carers to The Kingsway Association’s ‘Wine and Cheese’ evening on Monday 9th May. As many of you with older students will know, we traditionally host this in the autumn term to welcome our new Year 7 families. Global events made that difficult over the past couple of years, so we have rescheduled this event to welcome parents and carers from all year groups across the school. It will also be an opportunity to say goodbye to many of our long-standing TKA members who have Year 11 students leaving the school. We hope to see many of you there. 

It was a busy, buzzing week in Kingsway - I was glad of the long bank holiday. Nonetheless,  here’s to another week just like it!

Dates for your diary 

Date Event
Thursday 5th May Year 8 Parent Information Evening
Monday 9th May, 6pm The Kingsway Association Cheese & Wine Evening in Foxland Hall
Tuesday 10th May, 5:30pm Year 6 Parent Workshop - supporting your child with numeracy
Tuesday 10th May, 6:30pm Kingsway Showcase

Have a great week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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