Oh what a night (and week)!
Another busy week at Kingsway last week.
On Wednesday afternoon Mrs Djang and Mrs Burgess hosted a drop-in afternoon for new parents of students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). This was a chance for families to get a sense of the care and support which will be available from our SEND team. It was lovely to meet some of our new families.
Another chance to meet parents new to Kingsway was on Thursday evening when Miss Cropper ran a "Bridging the Gap" workshop - a guide to understanding and overcoming anxiety during the secondary transition. The workshop was aimed at parents of upcoming students in Year 6, who may have been struggling with the idea of joining a new school in September. We worked through understanding triggers, sharing good practice and offered strategies to support during the difficult time. We explored the causes for anxiety, explained how our bodies react to stress, and ideas for how we can eliminate that. Parents seemed to leave feeling much more positive for the start in September, and were signposted to the appropriate staff if they had further questions. They also had the option of leaving each other a "golden piece of advice" in an envelope to share amongst other parents following what they'd taken from the workshop.
On Thursday, nineteen Kingsway students from Year 9 attended The Daresbury Laboratories for the Go4SET regional finals of The Industrial Cadets Programme after 10 weeks of hard work. As I'm sure you can remember from last year, The Kingsway School, not only won this competition with "The Best Overall" project but also went on to win The Big Bang Competition in Birmingham with their project currently being put into production at our sister school The Kolweny Kingsway, Kenya.
Although no prizes were achieved this year (we can't win every year!) all students across 3 teams represented Kingsway superbly with judges being very complimentary about their projects, emphasising that the final decisions had been very very close. It was wonderful to see all Kingsway students graduate and receive their hard earned qualifications. The day was capped off by our own Mr. Hammersley being the guest speaker for the day, addressing all schools and industry present on "How to Increase STEM Capital in your school".
“On Thursday 20th June, the STEM program of students graduated (see photo below) and we all gained our Industrial Cadet Bronze award. After a hard 15 weeks of work, we gathered up all of our data and presented it to the panel of judges who were the backbone of the project. At the start of the project, we were given three choices to base our research on. These were: 'Create Sport' ,'Recycling' and 'My School is an Island'. Luckily, we all chose separate projects so we all accumulated different ideas. At the end of the long yet challenging 10-15 weeks, it was time to present our work to the assessors. It was quite nerve racking but it was an amazing feeling to finalize our work and show off what we were capable of doing. The feeling of graduating was amazing and it was a big milestone that I and many others managed to achieve.”
- Akira Edgson, Year 9
Year 10 students enjoyed a great day out on Thursday 20th June at the Cheadle College Taster Day. Prior to the event, students had an opportunity to select workshops of their choice to sample 'A' Level lessons in subjects they enjoy or completely new ones which they could study post 16. There were over 200 students, the largest number of students ever taken to Cheadle College; the day progressed smoothly with all students being engaged and focused, so much so, that we received an email (see below) from Cheadle College, complimenting our students for how well they had represented both themselves and our school.
“On Thursday we hosted 200 of your Year 10 students, who joined us for a Year 10 college taster day. All of us at The Cheadle College would like to congratulate your students for embracing the day with such a positive and mature attitude. Our teaching staff were very impressed during the subject sessions. Kingsway students were engaged and enthusiastic throughout and demonstrated smart and enquiring minds. From our side it was a real pleasure to spend the day with your students and staff.”
- Carole Vartan, (Head of Transition, Liaison, Communication and Marketing at Cheadle College)