Headteacher’s Blog – Week 36

Speed, strength and stamina

Athletes say that speed, strength and stamina are the key components to fitness. As well as physically fit, we support our students to be academically fit too.

Talking of fitness, this weekend the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition took place, with students cooking, camping and walking across the Peak District. Students were great across the whole expedition, with determination from the very start walking up to the campsite, to the last group’s final 100 metre walk in - they all showed great determination to succeed as they walked over 15km across Mellor, Lantern Pike and Rowarth taking in the scenery. 

Shout out goes to Keidi, Scarlet, Chantelle and Frankie for the best meal I’ve seen cooked on a DofE stove - same again next week! Rest up and we shall see you again this week, trekking across Bakewell for your 2 day, 1 night assessed expedition.

On the back of the DofE expedition, we also received a certificate in recognition of the social value our students have made in their volunteering work, while working towards their DofE awards.

Whether it’s by giving back to their community, developing a passion for a particular cause, or learning a new skill through their volunteering activity, the Volunteering section of the award changes lives and has a positive impact on communities. Participants from The Kingsway School dedicated 676 hours to volunteering between April 2021 and March 2022, with a social value of £3123.12. This is an incredible achievement and we are super proud of our young people.

The Year 11 cohort are continuing to display stamina - they are around half way through their GCSE exams. We have over 50 different GCSE papers being sat this summer season, most students sitting around twenty different papers, each around 1hour 30mins. They have been facing these exams with incredible poise and professionalism. We are all very proud of them and look forward to celebrating their results with them later this summer.

Another group of students who displayed their academic prowess were the Year 9 public speaking competitors. Last week, 32 Year 9 students were selected by their English teachers to partake in the English department's prestigious annual Public Speaking Awards. This year's theme was 'If I ruled the world' and it was inspiring to see students tackle such challenging and diverse topics as climate change, economic inequality and mental health needs. In our eyes, all those who partook are winners and will be recognised in our end of year celebration assembly. However, the judging panel of Miss Dean (Head of English); Mr Sadler (Assistant Headteacher) and Mrs Lowe (Headteacher) selected Joud H. as the star speaker due to her original and humorously delivered take on the issues with elitism in education, and in unprecedented joint first place came two duos: Eliyah B. and Laiba C. who addressed the issue of poverty and Anna M. and Heidi W. who spoke about the impact of discrimination on young people. We congratulate all those who wrote, learned and delivered such epic and thought-provoking speeches.

We pride ourselves on the range of enrichment activities available to students after school and Mr Wood has now broadened this to both break times. From Monday 13th June 2022, students will be able to access some break time enrichment each day. Please encourage your child to attend one of the sessions below:

Broadway
Red Week Break 1 Break 2
Monday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Sketching for Beginners - B34
Tuesday
Wednesday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Thursday Karaoke Sing - B17
Table Tennis - Broadway Hall
Friday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
String Ensemble - B17
Blue Week Break 1 Break 2
Monday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Tuesday Sketching for Beginners - B34
Wednesday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Thursday Karaoke Sing - B17
Friday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
String Ensemble - B17
Table Tennis - Broadway Hall
Foxland
Red Week Break 1 Break 2
Monday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Tuesday Mindful Colouring - F31
Year 8 Art Creative Workshop - F3
Wednesday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Thursday History Ambassadors - F18
Film Scriptwriting - F21
Friday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Blue Week Break 1 Break 2
Monday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Tuesday
Wednesday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Thursday Film Scriptwriting - F21
Year 7 & 9 Art Creative Workshop - F3
Friday A-Star Coaching - Outside A-Star Coaching - Outside
Mindful Colouring - F31

Just before half term our resourced centre students had a big charity car wash. The charity is called Toilet Twinning and we have received a certificate showing us the toilet we have been twinned with! Having a toilet named after us in Mozambique is a first for me - but the purpose is important. The charity aims to flush away poverty - one toilet at a time. Our donation has helped fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives. Here’s our loo…

Scholes Park Railway Arch Project

On Thursday 9th June, Artist Eamonn Holmes came into school to launch the Scholes Park Railway Arch Project with our students. This is an exciting opportunity for our children to contribute to a community art project and work to a live brief. The finished artwork will be displayed under the railway arch near Scholes field. The launch was really well attended and students were excited to see work by a contemporary artist. Students will now research Gatley, its history, architecture and what it means to family and friends. From this they will then design and create their own artwork. We're so excited to see what they come up with! Watch this space for further developments.

Pre-loved uniform request

A reminder that if you are a Year 11 student, or just growing out of your uniform, and you do have any good condition,  pre-loved uniform we would be delighted to receive this to support students who arrive without a full kit. We welcome all aspects of the uniform including PE as long as it is in good, clean condition. Items can be dropped off at any of our reception areas.

Year 6 Transition

Thursday 26th May saw our final Year 6 Parent Workshop on literacy, delivered by our Head of Department, Ms Dean. Ms Dean spoke about the importance of reading and how it is at the core of all our subjects. She provided an overview of the English Learning Journey and introduced parents to our transition project, enabling students to arrive in September knowledgeable and excited about their learning in their English lessons. All Year 6 parents should have also received the latest letter which provided links to a number of online resources and information requests. 

These links included: 

  • An electronic admissions form, which all parents must complete; 
  • A student transition passport which your son or daughter can complete to provide us with some additional information; 
  • A link to the Parent Pay shop to sign up and place the deposit for the Summer School which is taking place 22-29 August. Please can we encourage families to sign up for this as soon as possible so we can confirm numbers and the programme of events.; 
  • The first Transition Newsletter for the Class of 2027;
  • Finally our first ‘Go Big Be Awesome’ online transition workshop to accompany the booklet sent out in April.

A34 Corridor Improvements

We were delighted to receive confirmation of a £33.6million investment from the government to make significant improvements to the A34. Whilst there are plans to improve the junctions, roundabouts and a new cycle route, the biggest impact for The Kingsway School will be the replacement of the subway. We will of course keep you fully informed.

Finally, further to last week’s blog, the Chair of Governors and myself have produced a statement which you can read below:

As always, parents and carers are invited to contact the school directly to give feedback or share concerns.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Thursday 23rd June Year 10 Post 16 Evening
Thursday 30th June Sports Day
Thursday 7th July Year 6 Induction Day & Parent Information Evening
Friday 15th July Year 11 Prom @ The Mere Resort
Wednesday 20th July School closes for Summer Holidays

Have a great week everyone.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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