Relationships and airships
This weekend sees the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Like me, many of you may be watching their big day and enjoying all the pomp and ceremony of the event.
I hope that their relationship is one that lasts and as a new royal couple they build strong relationships with the public.
Managing relationships is a key part of our role in schools, whether that is a friendship fallout, boyfriend versus girlfriend or even helping our students to appreciate that their parents aren’t the enemy… just being caring and protective!
Eleven to sixteen are certainly interesting ages and our role is to support our students through their physical, emotional and moral development through these years, helping them to learn to respect themselves and others.
What is special about secondary education is that your sons and daughters join us as children and leave as young people who will hopefully go on to live confident, healthy and successful lives, be that independently or part of a happy couple.
As Harry and Meghan walk down the aisle, I fondly remember my own wedding day – not quite Windsor Castle, but just as much fun! I know that marriage isn’t for everyone, but what we ensure our students do know is the importance of a strong, mutually supportive relationship. Whilst family can mean many different things to each of our students, the definition of family will always include care, love and respect.
At Kingsway, we have a mantra “It’s good to talk” and encourage our students to talk to any member of staff if they are worried about their relationships with others in school or outside. If you have any concerns about your child’s feelings, please get in touch with their Pastoral Head of Year or Form Tutor.
From relationships to airships… On Friday, The Kingsway School was Joined by Iain Grant, Head of Sales for the Pacific Region of Airbus and his father Professor Grant, Professor of Medical Biochemistry at Manchester University.
Iain, an ex student of The Kingsway School, visited us as our latest Partnership Working Industrial link, to chat to a new generation of Kingsway Students about his journey from Kingsway student to this most senior position within the largest aviation company in the world. Iain started at Airbus as an engineer and moved in to sales, he now sells Airbus aeroplanes to airlines in Australia, New Zealand and the beautiful islands of the Pacific. Students were keen to learn from Iain about the range of careers available within Airbus, a growing industry due to the meteoric rise in aviation travel over the next 20 years.
Our students were inspired by his lecture and left feeling far more informed as to where a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths could take them in the future. Last week, our Year 9 students were issued with their option choices for next year; I hope some consider STEM careers for their future. Iain made clear that this pathway can open many doors and like Iain, may result in a career selling $33million aeroplanes!
Our thanks go to Iain - we hope to see Iain again at The Kingsway School very soon.
Finally, school leaders and student leaders joined together last week for a photo in the May sunshine. Unfortunately, Deputy Head Girl Grace O’Shaughnessy missed the photo due to representing the school in the Stockport School’s Athletics Championships, where she won first place in the Javelin. Well done Grace. This week we say goodbye to the class of 2018 student leadership team, who leave on Thursday and I hope their role as senior students will assist them on the next stage of their journey. The new senior leadership team are already stepping in to their shoes and I have every confidence they will be the best team yet!
Have a lovely week everyone
Mrs J. Lowe