All that glitters...
Did you have a school prom? My school days certainly preceded the Prom;I think a school Disco was as near as we got. I’m not sure if missing out on all the glitz and glamour of the Prom was a good thing (I saved my parents a fortune) or a bad thing (I love a good party!). Love it or hate it, the Prom has successfully travelled across the Atlantic and is here to stay, for now. I was amazed to hear from some of our new year 7 students, that they too ended primary with their very own Prom!
On Friday I delivered an assembly to our current year 11 students, sharing with them the glittering experience that awaits them at the end of their GCSEs and setting out the criteria for them to be invited:
- Good attendance (at least 93%)
- Good punctuality (no more than 5 lates in a half term)
- Good learning (positive merits)
- Good behaviour (No exclusions and no more than one referral to the EU)
I made clear to our year 11 that they are responsible for keeping themselves on track for an invitation, because every year there are students who are not invited. This is most often for poor punctuality and whilst they are fully aware that they have been late to school too often, they still plead to be exempt from the criteria. Apart from of a very small number of students with medical needs, I do not make any exceptions. It’s not that I don’t want all 320 students at the Prom, I’d love them all to be there, but I must show respect to the vast majority of students who get it right every day, every week, every year. They work hard at school, they follow the rules and they deserve to be rewarded.
So, hopefully we’ll have more students than ever at the 2019 Prom, which will be again held at The Mere Resort, Knutsford on Friday 21st June 2019. It really is a beautiful event, full of glitter and sparkle...just how I like it!
The Prom isn’t the only glittering event on our calendar. On Wednesday 17th October 2018, we will be holding our annual Open Evening. An opportunity for families with children in years 4, 5 and 6 to come and have a look around our school before choosing a secondary school for their child. I had an easy choice to make when my daughter was at primary school, because our local secondary school was a good school and all her friends were going there - so I was happy to send her there.
At Open Evening, I want the parents of the children in our local community see that Kingsway, their local school, is a good school where we nurture talent and ability. It is also a school where students are challenged, are happy and develop ‘whole of life’ skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
I love this school, and am passionate about our staff, our students, their families and the communities we serve. I had the great pleasure of meeting the year 5 and 6 children and their families at Lum Head Primary last week, where I shared The Kingsway Promise … to provide great learning, to happy children who will have an exciting time here!
I am very much looking forward to meeting the children and families in our other cluster primary schools in the coming weeks.
Have a great week,
Mrs J. Lowe