Proud as a Poppy!
Oh my goodness! I’ve just got back from the Remembrance concert in Cheadle Village. It was attended by thousands of people, including over 60 Kingsway students. It was an honour for our students to have been invited to to represent the WW1 101 fallen soldiers from Cheadle. Each of our students carried the name of a fallen soldier including Arthur, Charles and Fred Wrench - 3 out of 4 brothers who did not return to their loving family in 1918 and John E Street, who sadly died in conflict at only 17 years of age.
It was a poignant reminder that then and now, everyone affected by conflict around the world is someone’s child.
The Remembrance service was attended by local Synagogue and Mosque leaders as well as ministers from Trinity Church, St. Cuthbert’s and St. Mary’s. I was immensely proud to lead Kingsway in the parade.
Sunday followed Friday, where every single student and member of staff stood on our Broadway Field, in the wind and threatening rain to show our respects. My muddy high heels were a very small price to pay for the incredible image captured by a drone overhead. It was just amazing to be part of our school community of 1500 students and staff showing their respects for somebody’s child.
A number of our students came to school in Friday in their service uniform: Scouts, Guides, Sea Cadets, Air Training Corps, St John’s Ambulance and many more. It was lovely to see how different organisations are represented by Kingsway students.
If you’re not one of the 30K people who have seen the video on our social media… watch this!
For the past few weeks, we were honoured to be entrusted with a ' there but not there' silhouette by Gatley Village Partnership. Students had chance to see the powerful and moving silhouette at various locations around school. The ' There but not there' project commemorates the centenary of the End of World War 1, representing a member of our local community who went to fight in the war and either never returned or returned a very different person because of the atrocities they witnessed and the horrific experiences they had.
All these remembrance events were the pinnacle of another exciting week at Kingsway.
On Monday, Mrs. Maxey attended a private reception in the House of Commons in support of Anorexia and Bulimia Care and specifically the Pip Foundation. Pippa McManus was a student at the school in Years 7 & 8 who tragically died at the age of 15. It is hoped that through fundraising and charitable donations, the McManus family will be able to open the first independent support centre for eating disorders in Manchester. As a school, we have already raised approximately £5000 in support of what will be called 'Pip's Place' and it is our intention to continue to support this hugely needed resource. If you would like to make a donation privately the page can be found below.
If you need any advice or further information around eating disorders please contact either Mrs. Maxey or Miss. Cropper.
Monday also saw the start of our Year 7 Literacy Intervention week, where students had to use their literacy skills to solve the mystery of Mrs Lowe’s kidnapping! I had the pleasure of joining the students and their parents on Friday to celebrate the progress they had made during the week, thanks to Mrs Heil (English HLTA) and Mr Carr (Librarian).
I also bumped in to students from Gatley Primary School Arts Council who have been attending regular Illustration workshops with Mrs Dunn to turn their designs in to a book that describes their school ethos. Students have practised a number of printmaking techniques including sgraffito, mono-print and poly-block before selecting their choice and creating their illustration.
On Tuesday, I was conducting learning walks around the school with senior colleagues and was delighted to have been invited to join a WISE event for 30 Year 9 girls which was run by one of our Partners in Industry, BASF. WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) is a charity which has been set up to enable people in business and industry to increase the participation and success of women in the STEM subjects.
Ashley, Sam, Paula, Diane and Ali, who are all employees of BASF, presented an inspirational talk called "People Like Me". It was based around the research to encourage girls to consider careers in STEM. A sense of "fitting in" can be reinforced by the careful choice of vocabulary and messages during lessons. One of the tasks involved the girls choosing a list of adjectives which described their personalities and matched them up to the types of jobs that can be found in companies like BASF.
They found out that you don't necessarily need a traditional background in Science to work for companies like BASF and that there were jobs in areas such as Digital Marketing, Sales, HR and Technical Services.
There was a real buzz in the room and the girls commented that they really enjoyed the experience of meeting people from industry, which opened their eyes to possibilities for them in the future.
BASF are continuing with their support to Kingsway by delivering another "People Like Me" event in the new year for another set of Year 9 girls. They will also be challenging our Year 8 STEM club members with a small project about Cosmetic Chemicals. Watch this space for more STEM events coming up.
On Wednesday, we hosted an Afternoon Tea for parents of students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. There was tea and some delicious cakes, but more importantly an opportunity for families to talk to one another and staff about their child’s needs.
We held our annual Sports and Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening on Wednesday night. It was a well attended event, to celebrate students’ success representing the school in sport as well as achieving the Duke of Edinburgh awards. Special guests included Paul Griffiths (North West Duke of Edinburgh Team) and Sam James who plays for Sale Sharks Rugby Club.
More community work lies ahead with our annual Christmas Fayre on Thursday 20th December 2018. Parents are reminded to send their child in to school with an item for our Whole School Bring & Buy stall in the coming weeks, and not to forget to give them some cash on the 20th to purchase some Christmas presents, a treat for themselves or money to throw a pie in my face! (Yes … I don’t know what I was thinking!).
It’s all for a good cause, of course, our sister school Kingsway Kolweny in Kenya. We hope to raise lots of money to help our Kingsway Kolweny students with stationary, books, uniform and improvements to their school.
Finally, can I ask parent’s support with our non-negotiables:
Shoes - we have noticed a number of students are wearing trainer imitation shoes which are not in line with our school policy. Please see below and ensure your child is wearing the correct shoes for school.
The pictures below illustrate the type of school shoes that ARE permitted at The Kingsway School. Whatever style you choose, they must be of black leather only.
Nails: false/acrylic nails are not allowed in school. Girls will find themselves isolated during break times if they are wearing false/acrylic nails to school.
Mobile phones: these are not allowed from the school gates, to the school gates. Students risk having their mobile phone confiscated if they are in breach of this rule.
Thank you for your support of all we do for our local and wider community, and closer to home at Kingsway.
Have a great week everyone,
Mrs J. Lowe