Celebrating a legacy
Thursday 10th June 2021 would have been the 100th birthday of HRH Duke of Edinburgh. We were incredibly proud to have been chosen as one of eleven youth organisations and schools across Greater Manchester to plant a fruit tree to commemorate the life of The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip.
The event was organised to celebrate The Duke of Edinburgh’s memory and living legacy, in partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh, North of England and the Greater Manchester Lord Lieutenant’s office, along with the City of Trees who generously donated the trees.
65 Blue Bell seeds were also scattered at the base of each tree to represent 65 years of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Dignitaries who attended the ceremony included Adrian Nottingham (Mayor of Stockport), Dr Ihsan Allawi (Consular General Iraq), Mr Tariq Wazir Khan (Consular General Pakistan), Assistant High Commissioner Bangladesh Abu Nasar Anowarul Islam, Chris O’Shaughnessy (Chair Of Governors), Councillor Keith Holloway and representing the Queen Robina Shah (Deputy Lieutenant). The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme was also represented by Gill Carton and Matt Woodcock.
Our amazing students were the stars of the show with Year 7 dancers (Ellie E, Lexie J, Emily B, Olivia C, Grace W, Ava C, Faye M), Year 10 flute performance (Molly P, Esme H-P, Katie W, Bethan H) and an amazing reading of poetry by Year 9 (Adele C-R, Lexie C, Mairead R). Three Year 10 DofE scheme participants George H, Khizer and Oscar H-P helped plant our tree.
Also on Thursday, Mrs Khan took a group of students outside the front of Broadway campus in the hope of seeing the solar eclipse which happens when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. Despite donning protective goggles, sadly the cloud was too thick to get a good view. Our Science Technician, Mr Dean did manage to catch a snapshot of the annual eclipse.
On Friday, I had the pleasure of having breakfast with a group of inspirational Year 7 students, all of whom had achieved top scores for Attitude to Learning (ATL). Mr Williams and Ms Ives planned the event to celebrate the achievements of these fantastic students.
You will be aware that Stockport is experiencing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, and we are beginning to see an impact on the number of cases reported in school. In line with the local guidelines we have re-introduced the need to wear face masks whenever in the school building, including classrooms. This is because we are not able to guarantee 2m social distancing and the latest variant of COVID-19 is more easily transmitted between people. Each student should have their own face mask and hand sanitiser.
We are issuing Lateral Flow Device test kits for students this week. It is really important that all students complete these tests twice a week and report results on the NHS app, and positive results need to be communicated to school. A significant number of people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, and these tests are designed to help identify asymptomatic people. We are aware that the number of test results reported from students at the Kingsway school before the holidays was low. Please help us to protect everybody at our school by conducting these tests twice weekly.
During this latest upsurge we are striving to keep the school operating as normal and your help is essential in us achieving this aim. Please do not send your child to school if they show any of the COVID-19 symptoms, and with the recent variant these may now include headaches, sore throat and muscle aches. (British Medical Journal).
Our Year 10 students are well underway with their exam season. This is their first experience of sitting exams formally in our Sports Hall with our team of fabulous invigilators. The year group has been excellent in their conduct. One more week to go.
A reminder that aerosols (e.g. body spray) are a banned item in school. This is because they can cause a severe reaction if sprayed in the vicinity of any student or member of staff who suffers from asthma. Please do not allow your child to bring an aerosol spray into school.
A message from our Safeguarding Lead, Miss Cropper: "At The Kingsway school, we encourage all students to report concerns, and encourage this through our "It's Safe to Talk" policy. If any of our students feel unable to speak with a trusted adult in school, or at home, the NSPCC have just announced a new helpline, dedicated to reporting incidents of sexual harassment or abuse. Please see the attached flyer, with the contact number and email. As always, if you need further advice or guidance, our Safeguarding Team in school are available to discuss further."
Finally, huge congratulations to Jessica L who came second in the Greater Manchester Athletics Championships 75m hurdles achieving a personal best of 12.14 seconds. Jessica has also been selected to represent Greater Manchester in the North West schools combined (pentathlon) events regional qualifiers on Sun 27th June in Telford. This is a huge achievement as only four have been selected. Well done Jessica.
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Have a lovely week, and stay safe and well.
Mrs J. Lowe