Headteacher’s Blog – Week 38

Keep calm and carry on

During the war, the nation was advised by the government to ‘Keep calm and carry on’. We call this resilience - something that we have all shown over the last two years.

Sometimes we all need a little bit of help to find that resilience. Aware that some families and young people may be struggling at the moment, the local authority have produced some information to signpost our students and their families to organisations and services available for a range of topics. 

Keeping calm and carrying on with great bravery are the men and women in Ukraine who are living in incredibly difficult circumstances. Over the last month students and staff have been busy collecting bandages and plasters to support the Ukrainian health workers. These have been collected by Mr Stubbs and Mr Perkins, from Veterans in Action, a charity that supports veterans.

Year 10 Post 16 Options Information Evening

We were delighted to welcome our Year 10 students and their families to our Post 16 Evening on the 23rd June. This is the first time in three years we have been able to physically hold this event and it was fabulous to see the enthusiasm from both the exhibitors and students. We were able to offer students information about a number of different post-16 options, from School Sixth Forms, Colleges, Training Agencies, Employers, Apprenticeship Providers and the full complement of the Armed Forces. 

There were plenty of conversations going on during the evening between exhibitors and students/parents in addition to our staff. The feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive and hopefully this event will signify the start of many conversations at home, helping our students to make the necessary Post 16 decisions.

Manchester Bee Monument

Last week the Manchester Bee Monument, which signifies the City’s intolerance of violence, visited the Kingsway School. The Bee has been constructed from thousands of knives and guns that have been handed in to Greater Manchester Police during the “Forever Amnesty”. 

The worker bee is an important symbol to the people of Manchester, signifying a city made by the workers and by the people. The bee represents the idea that together, we are stronger and can achieve incredible goals as a society.

The visit of the Manchester Bee Monument was one part of a series of events which have taken place with our students during the year. As part of our Life Skills curriculum, Key stage 3 students have received specialist training and education about knife awareness. As part of Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction partnership, Kingsway has been involved in a pilot to develop resources which will help students across the country. The aim is to enable our students to recognise the early signs of being lured into risky situations and how to successfully avoid these.

Our students were impressed with the monument and it initiated positive conversations amongst them. Earlier in the year, many had the opportunity to participate in a virtual reality experience concerning gangs. In a safe environment they were able to explore the ways in which young people can be manipulated and exploited. These experiences will hopefully help keep our youngsters safe and prevent them from being future victims. 

Our Detention System is Changing 

Last Friday, a communication was sent home to inform parents that from Monday 4th July our detention system will be changing (please see below). 

So that issues can be addressed immediately, and students supported in making the right choices, we will be introducing a Same Day Reflection Session. If, after two warnings in a lesson, a student continues to disrupt the learning of others they are set a detention. At present, in some cases, this detention may be some time in the future and students are unable to remember what went wrong or may forget they had a detention set. 

In order to support students to address an issue immediately, a Same Day Reflection will be scheduled from 3pm-3:20pm the same day a C2 or C3 is issued on Class Charts. This session is not a ‘telling off’. It is an opportunity for students to discuss what went wrong, what they could do differently and what support they would need in order to prevent the same behaviour from happening again.

Students will be informed during assemblies and in lessons this week about the new system. The support of parents/carers is vital to ensure that issues are dealt with swiftly. It is an expectation that if your child receives a same day reflection that they attend it the same day. We will not be cancelling or deferring corrections except in the most exceptional circumstances.

If you have any questions, staff will be available on Foxland Campus from 3:15pm to 4pm on Tuesday 28th June and Wednesday 29th June. Please feel free to drop in.

Twitter

You can follow us on Twitter, @kw_sch for the latest school news, student achievements, community updates and much more.

We also have several departmental accounts, including one for our PE Department. You can find and follow the PE account using the link below, for weekly updates of extra-curricular activities, school fixtures and results. They also update their feed with the amazing achievements and outstanding work that students have demonstrated both inside and outside of school.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th June, 3:15-4pm Same Day Reflection Support Sessions for Parents/Carers
Thursday 30th June Sports Day
Thursday 7th July Year 6 Induction Day & Parent Information Evening
Friday 15th July Year 11 Prom
Wednesday 20th July School closes at noon for Summer Holidays

Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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