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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 5

FAB-U-LOUS!

Who doesn’t love Strictly? It is a dazzling spectacle of glitz and glamour, showcasing the talent and hard work of the contestants.

Well, Strictly stands in the shadow of our Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd October. It was a glorious celebration of our inspirational students and staff.

There was so much going on, it’s hard to know where to begin.

The amazing year senior students gave a confident presentation to hundreds of prospective parents. They prepared their own speeches (which they learnt off-by-heart) and Powerpoint slides. One parent said she felt they were so good that it moved her tears. A huge thank you to (Boys, Girls L to R) Callum, Hassan, Josh, Joe, Lily, Aroush, Sarah, Kirsten and Amy.

Here’s a flavour of what was on offer:

  • Detective work in English to solve the clues to who committed stole Dumbledore’s lemon drops in Harry Potter!
  • Murder mystery in Maths as well as the chance to complete some ‘Doddle’ tasks!
  • Dissecting organs in Biology and chemical creativity in science!
  • Hindu snakes and ladders in RE!
  • Performances by our choir and dance groups!
  • Identifying poos from the past in History!
  • Iron Man and Woman competitions in PE!
  • All finished off with some delicious French cheese and wine in the MFL department

No wonder everyone looked exhausted when they left!

If our Open Evening was FAB-U-LOUS, then there was a glitter ball trophy for the children from our feeder primary schools who came to Kingsway to take part in a visual and performing arts showcase. Students from Lum Head, Meadowbank, Prospect Vale and Gatley Primary schools spent a day at Kingsway completing a range of activities showcasing their creative skills. This included a piece of art work, a song and a dance all around the theme of ‘The Greatest Showman’. The children were incredible and it was lovely to share the brilliance of their hard work with their parents and families who came along in the afternoon to see their performances.

It’s a ten from Kingsway!

And there is more musical magnificence to come. All Year 7 students are currently rehearsing for a compulsory part of their KS3 curriculum: ‘to perform to an audience’. The dates are below. We hope you can make it - I promise it will be one of the best nights of your life!

At the end of last month, our new Head of History, Miss Bowers, took 100 Year 11 GCSE History students to Kenilworth Castle. It was very, very wet. However, despite the rain, students explored the ruins of the castle and were given a tour of how the castle has changed from the 1100s to now. Despite truly terrible weather conditions, our students conducted themselves in a manner that made Miss Bowers and her department very proud. They actively engaged with the tour and the vast quantity of information they were given and many showed off their excellent subject knowledge. Pupils were commended by the tour guide and several pensioner visitors that they interacted with. The department are looking forward to taking Year 10 in June.

Over the past few weeks, Miss Wardle, Mrs Jones, Mr James and myself have been visiting our feeder primary schools (Bolshaw, Cheadle, Gatley, Meadowbank, Lum Head, Prospect Vale and Outwood) to provide prospective parents and students with an insight into life at The Kingsway School. We have spoken to groups of parents after school regarding their priorities and talked to groups of Year 5 & 6 children about what they are looking forward to and what they are most concerned about when moving from primary to secondary school. I would like to thank all our associated primary schools for hosting us. It was great to meet such lovely parents and incredible students.

On a beautiful Autumn Thursday morning, Mr James took some Year 7 students to join the ‘Friends of Scholes Park’, planting flowers in their community planters. The FOSP committee were really impressed with our students, especially the way in which they supported the younger students with the task at hand. Well done guys for making a positive contribution to our community.

Finally, we have a couple of vacant positions at our school. It is a fantastic place to work. If you are interested in any of the following posts, please see our website for more information:

  • Receptionist
  • Learning Support Assistant (Mainstream SEN students)
  • Resourced Support Integrated Assistant (Resourced SEN students)

Dates for your diary:

  • Year 7 Showcase (THEKIN) - Monday 14th October 2019 6:30pm
  • Year 7 Showcase (GSWAYC) - Tuesday 15th October 2019 6:30pm

Have a lovely week,


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Drug and Knife Detector Dogs at The Kingsway School

As part of our commitment to being a drug and knife free school, we occasionally undertake random checks using trained detection dogs. This is a proactive safeguarding measure and is not undertaken in response to any specific concerns.

On Wednesday 9th October 2019, two teams of dogs (Mr Lucky, Max, Tricky and Gelart) passively checked students, their belongings, classrooms and communal areas. The company that we used visit schools across the country (as well as policing major events) and reported that The Kingsway School was one of the most positive and safe environments that they have inspected in recent times.

In total 1125 individual students were checked in a 2 hour period, no student or their belongings were found in possession of either drugs or knives.

If you have any concerns or comments that you would like to make, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

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GCSE Certificate and Awards Presentation Evening

On 14th November we welcome back our Class of 2019 for their Presentation Evening.

Agenda

  • 6:30pm - Light refreshments in Foxland Dining Hall.
  • 7:00pm - The formal part of the evening commences.
  • 8:30pm - Close.

This year we have Stacey Copeland as our guest speaker. Stacey has represented her country in both Football and Boxing and has recently turned professional. She recently spoke at our Sports Presentation Evening a few years ago and we are delighted that she is going to speak at this event.

If you are unable to attend, you can collect your GCSE certificates from Mrs Page, Examination Officer, on Broadway Campus, the week after the evening.

We look forward to seeing as many people there are possible.

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Review Day

Review Day will take place on Friday 15th November 2019. On Review Day, parents/carers are invited into school for an appointment with the form tutor to discuss student progress and pastoral matters.

Students must attend the meeting, preferably with their parents/carers. Students attend school only for the meeting and spend the rest of the day working at home. Please be aware that we can provide supervision in school for families for whom this presents child care issues.

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Open Evening – Discover what The Kingsway School has to offer!

Discover what The Kingsway School has to offer!

Join us for our Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd October, 5-7:30pm on our Broadway Campus.

At The Kingsway School we have outstanding teachers who nurture and develop a passion for learning, delivering an exciting and inspiring curriculum, where students excel.

We are proud of the way that our school community accepts and celebrates the diversity within it and we strive to ensure that every single student is supported to achieve their potential, irrespective of their background or beliefs.

In addition to the academic focus, The Kingsway School offers a broad range of popular enrichment activities and opportunities for students to make a difference to the world around them.

Come and see us in action at our Open Evening where you will be able to:

• Have a guided tour to get a flavour of the Kingsway ethos.
• Meet our staff and students to hear about their Kingsway experiences.
• Take part in a huge range of fun activities including science experiments, cupcake decorating, trampolining and French boules.
• Enjoy a display of our current students' talents, including: musical performances, demonstrations of sporting and artistic excellence, drama pieces and presentations of students’ work across a wide range of subjects.
• Meet the Headteacher, Jo Lowe, and hear about her vision for The Kingsway School.

Experience how The Kingsway School could be the right choice for you.

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