Headteacher’s Blog – Week 41

Let’s celebrate!

As we reach the end of another academic year, I hope all our families have a wonderful summer and enjoy spending time with the young people we have had the pleasure to teach and guide over the last twelve months.

Our staff are ready for a well deserved break as are our students who have worked hard and faced a range of challenges over the year. Even though we are reaching the end - we are not slowing down! Here’s some news from our last full week in school.

Head students

Myself & Mr Wood had the great honour of interviewing our Year 10 Senior Students for the role of Head Student. The process was a gruelling one, from staff nominations, student applications, presentations and interviews. I am delighted to inform you that we have a magnificent student leadership team for 2022/23 with two head students: Emma B and Luke R who will be supported by the ten Deputy Head Students and 40 Senior Prefects.

Year 6 Baking Workshop

Miss Butler had the pleasure of teaching the Year 6 students from Gatley Primary last week. They all came really prepared with smiles on their faces and ready to learn. It was a lovely way to start the day, they listened, followed instructions and tidied up extremely well, it was like they had done it before. They produced some excellent biscuits by the end of the lesson and should be really proud of themselves. Miss Butler was very impressed and is looking forward to seeing these eager bakers in September.

Chicken Wire Workshop

Students in Year 5 joined us from Prospect Vale, Gatley, Lum Head and Cheadle on Tuesday for a chicken wire bird workshop. Will, from Chicken wired led the sessions that involved students cutting and bending chicken wire using a number of tools before decorating and personalising with coloured tissue paper.

College trips

We had a busy week with Year 10 students and College Taster Days. On Tuesday we took 70 Year 10 students to Loreto college where they enjoyed 3 workshops of their choice. Students had an opportunity to explore the campus and ask questions about Loreto and the opportunities that are available there. Friday saw a different group of Year 10 students visiting Xaverian college which is another high achieving Manchester College. Again students experienced familiar subjects at 'A' level and also ones which were completely new to them!

Feedback from college staff was extremely complimentary about our students who represented themselves and The Kingsway School very positively. We also received some great feedback from the students who enjoyed the experience of visiting college. There is an expectation that students will visit all colleges of interest in October, this will enable them to be able to compare the offer, campus and opportunities.

Anti-bullying

Well done to our Anti-Bullying team who raised over £1700 for charity! In April, they organised a staff head and beard shave for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Rewards

Last week, each year group had a great start to the day with a rewards assembly, celebrating the achievement of many, many students during the course of the year. Awards were given out for attendance, achievement and attitude. There were also some special awards presented. These included:

There were also House awards:

  • Sports Cup went to Lowry
  • Charity Cup went to Lowry
  • House cup went to Turing

Well done to all students who contributed to these amazing awards.

Industrial Cadets Bronze Award

Our students are able to gain the prestigious Industrial Cadets Bronze award inspired by the Prince of Wales. There are a variety of virtual programmes and courses running this month and next which aim to educate young people about the variety of opportunities in the STEM economy and to enable them to make more informed choices about their future. The Industrial Cadets Bronze award is recognised by many industries and employers.

These are aimed at students in Years 9 and 10 who may have an interest in Technology, Science, Maths, Engineering or Design. Last year Kingsway students were one of the main groups participating in Greater Manchester which placed them in an ideal situation for college applications. Please see the attached flyer for further information.

#BeeWell

Last Autumn, The Kingsway School took part in the #BeeWell survey. The survey focussed on the wellbeing of secondary aged students across Greater Manchester and the outcomes plan to deliver positive change in all our communities. Last week we received a letter from Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, thanking us for all our work to support young people’s wellbeing and prepare them to lead our city-region in the years to come.

Prom

Last Friday, staff joined the Class of 2022 to celebrate in style the end of their time at Kingsway with a fabulous Prom at The Mere. It was just lovely to hold this event again, after a two year break. There were dinner jackets, kilts, dicky bows, sequins, silk and sparkles filling every corner of the room. I was so proud of our students who are all clearly growing into wonderful young adults, ready to take on the world ahead of them.

We crowned our Prom Queen (Emily G) and Prom King (Jean M) and recognised the contribution of the senior students and head students (Charlie L and Tanzeela C) by presenting them with a gift. Mrs Clarke, who was unable to make the event, shared a beautiful speech including the following quote:

The things that you think are disasters in your life and not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around; out of every ditch, there is a path, if you can only see it.

If you would like to purchase photos taken from the evening you can see a gallery on NakPhotography.

I truly hope that our young people have left Kingsway not only with the academic success they need for the future, but also the skills to be able to face whatever challenges and opportunities life throws at them. 

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Finally, as we bid farewell to the class of 2022, we also say goodbye to some staff who are leaving us this summer. Our best wishes and thanks go to Mrs Bradley, Miss Brennan, Mrs Glover, Mrs Mugg, Mrs Paisley, Miss Littler, Mr Soles, Mr Sarkissian and Mrs Wardle.

Dates for your diary

Date Event
Wednesday 20th July School closes at noon for Summer Holidays
Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd September Staff INSET Days
Monday 5th September Year 7 & 11 start at 8:30am
Year 7 to arrive at Broadway
Year 11 to arrive at Foxland
Tuesday 6th September All year groups start at 8:30am

 Have a wonderful summer everyone - see you in September!


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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