Headteacher’s Blog – Week 34

‘We are the Champions’

Stockport Championship

Last week we continued to see Kingsway success in the Stockport Athletics Championship. All students contributed 110% and we had some fantastic results. Well done to everyone who represented the school. Special mention to Jess (100m and Long Jump), Jay (300m) Reuben (800m) Quin (Long Jump) Dylan (Javelin) and Katy (200m) who all came first in their events. Fingers crossed this success is replicated in the next competition on Thursday. 

From this success we are exceptionally proud to announce that the following students have been invited to represent the Stockport Athletics team as part of the Greater Manchester Championships in June: Well done to Jay, Reuben, Dylan, Quin and Jess. No doubt you will continue to make us proud!

Key Stage 3 Softball

Our Year 7s continue to take advantage of the many opportunities that Kingsway offer and last week this included ten of our Year 7's representing The Kingsway at their first ever Softball match. They played with great team spirit and pulled through to win the game 13-11. Well done to all the players: Nancy, Ayesha, Evie, Jess, Grace, Harry, Dexter, Charlie, Lewis and Haider.

Special mention goes to: Harry - for his great plays as shortstop and Grace - for her fantastic hitting and superb pitching. Lewis got a special award (INSPIRE) for his great support of his fellow teammates and also fantastic sportsmanship congratulating the other team when they made good plays.

The next Banksy?

The Kingsway School were delighted to be approached by Friends of Scholes Park to contribute to a piece of public artwork in Gatley, in collaboration with artist Eamonn Murphy. Having secured funding for the project the finished artwork will be on permanent display under the railway archway between Foxland Road and Scholes Park in Gatley. Students who are interested in contributing to this and working alongside the artist should attend the launch meeting in F1 on 9th June at 3.15pm with Mrs Bradbury-Cheetham and Mrs Dunn. 

It is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to an amazing piece of art, whilst improving your local environment and working to a live brief! We will keep you posted on the developments. 

Transition Programme

Time is flying by now and we approach our final parent workshop on Literacy which will take place on Thursday 26th May at 5.30pm on Foxland. Last week we had excellent attendance for our session on Wellbeing and Reducing Anxiety. During this session, Mrs Mann, our operational safeguarding lead and wellbeing coordinator, presented an overview of how parents can work with the school to prepare for transition. Mr James also talked about his role as cultural and behaviour mentor and Ms Nay had recorded a video with our anti-bullying ambassadors to talk about the support available to all students. Slides from the events can be found below.

‘On your bike’

Mr Naughton, a member of our site team, has been promoting bike safety and security on the student noticeboard. It has come to his attention that despite many reminders, about 50% of the bikes brought into school do not have a lock to secure them. Whilst we do have the pods and the secure bike sheds, unlocked bikes can be tempting to people when they see a chance and they are unattended.

Please can you remind your child that they should always ensure that their bike is securely locked. School is not liable for any theft or damage and it would be a shame if they found themselves having to walk home, minus an expensive bike!

Got what it takes to be an Olympic track sprinter?

For those who fancy themselves as the next Mark Cavendish or Bradley Wiggins, an opportunity has arisen for your son or daughter, if they were born in 2007 or 2008. British Cycling is looking for the next crop of talented track sprinters to take to the boards and continue our proud track record of international success at the Olympic Games, following in the footsteps of Sir Jason Kenny, Jack Carlin and Becky James.

If you enjoy sports that are fast and tactical and are currently under 16, why not try your hand at track sprinting? A new and exciting Talent ID initiative will be launching this summer in a bid to identify the sprinting potential of talented young athletes from across England, with those who are successful going on to join British Cycling’s Talent Development Programmes. It would be great if a future Olympian was a member of The Kingsway School. 

The special testing day will be held in Manchester on Saturday 2 July 2022.

Unwanted uniform

With Year 11 about to end their time at The Kingsway School, or if you are just having a clear out, now is the time to see if you have any good quality uniform donations. We are keen to replenish our stocks here at school and would really appreciate any uniform you can offer. Please make sure that it is in good condition and clean. We are looking for all items of the school or PE uniform. 

Items can be dropped at any of our reception areas and as always we thank you for your generosity and kindness.

Caterlink

Can we remind all parents and carers to ensure that ParentPay is fully topped up for students to be able to purchase food and refreshments.

This will be particularly helpful this week as there are special jubilee celebrations being put on by Caterlink on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, including afternoon tea, all day English breakfast and fish and chip supper!

The Kingsway Association

Just a reminder that The Kingsway Association gratefully receives all donations, which are used to enrich the experiences of all our students. Each family is asked to contribute just £10 a term (regardless of the number of students attending the school). Previously this has been done through a Direct Debit scheme, but we are now able to request this through Parent Pay which you should see if you go to your child’s log in. In addition to this we also have a donations page that anyone can send donations to without being a registered user.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 26th May - 5:30pm Year 6 Literacy Parent Workshop in Foxland Hall
Friday 27th May - 3pm School closes for Half Term
Monday 30th May - 10am till 3pm English Language & Literature Paper 2 Revision in Broadway Sports Hall
Monday 6th June - 8:30am School reopens

Have a great week everyone.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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