Last week we had four furry visitors to our school - Tricky, Gelart, Max and Mr Lucky (along with their handlers) were brought in as part of our school’s commitment to being drug and knife free. The team of 4 dogs walked around the entire school on Wednesday afternoon and carried out checks on every student and their belongings during a 2 hour period. The dogs are trained to ‘sniff out’ drugs or knives and were brought in as part of our safeguarding strategy.
Whilst we do not have any specific concerns - we want to be proactive in keeping all our students safe.
During their afternoon at Kingsway, the dogs found no student (or their possessions) in possession of drugs or knives. The handlers also commented that Kingsway was one of the most positive and safe environments they had inspected in recent times. Our students behaved incredibly well and quickly returned to learning after the dogs had visited their classroom. If you would like any more information or have any specific safeguarding concerns, please contact our designated safeguarding lead Miss Cropper.
Other welcome visitors last week were the groups of prospective parents and families who chose to have a look around our school during a typical school day. These tours took place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and started with a cuppa and a biscuit in our library, catered by our new Year 7 students. Senior leaders escorted the parents around school, dropping in to lessons to see how well Year 7 had settled in but also to see how focussed students across the year groups were in their studies. We saw some bleep testing in GCSE PE, heard some Harry Potter reading in English and students learning historical facts in History. The feedback from the parents was really positive with feedback how calm the school was. One parent stating:
“The students are so focused! I can't believe that they've been in the classroom for such a short period of time and have got so much work done already. They're really here to learn!”
Over the last few weeks, we have been taking some time to look at the work in students’ books and how well it is presented. Asking students to keep their workbooks organised and well presented will help them when they come to revise for their assessments later in the year. Whilst most of our students keep their books organised, we have spotted the odd one here and there that are already letting standards slip. Next half term, we will continue our drive on this and class teachers will be asking students to pay special attention to keeping their work books as well presented and organised as possible.
We are super proud of one of our own this week, Mrs Marsh (Art teacher) has written and illustrated her own book to help young people suffering from bereavement. Mrs Marsh brought a prototype of her book in to school - it is a beautiful book that she started writing 13 years ago when her father sadly passed away whilst she was pregnant with her first child.
It was great to celebrate the monthly merit total winners for each house this week. The first of the year. The September merit total winners were:
Emma Boaler (8K) for Turing
Jack Bray (8E) for Pankhurst
Aleeza Sattar (10S) for Gaskell
Joe Bracegirldle (10H) for Lowry
Lewis Bartram (8H) for Whitworth
Grace McKenna (9A) for Rylands
On Monday and Tuesday our Music Department put on two nights of musical magnificence in the form of our Year 7 Showcase. Students across all 12 year 7 forms all sang two songs from the eighties to current day and then collectively performed a Little Mix number called The Cure. I absolutely loved it - the children sang their hearts out, ably supported by Mr Lawton, Mr Wood, Mr Davidson and Miss Jackson.
Students can gain merits for good classwork, homework, contributions to lessons and commitment to enrichment activities. All the merits awarded contribute to the House Cup which is presented to the Head of House at the end of the year.
Here’s the totals so far…
- 6th place with 13852 merits is Mr Howarth’s RYLANDS house
- 5th place with 15424 merits is Miss Slater’s PANKHURST house
- 4th place with 15441 merits is Mr Duffy’s WHITWORTH house
- 3rd place with 15604 merits is Miss Willet’s GASKELL house
- 2nd place with 16685 merits is Mrs Lucas’ LOWRY house
- 1st place with 17289 merits is Mrs Bentham’s TURING house
But it’s all to play for with 5 more half terms to go! Come on everyone, get those merits rolling in!
Dates for your diary:
- Break up for Half Term - Friday 18th October
- Staff INSET Day (students not in school) - Monday 28th October
- GCSE Presentation Evening - Thursday 14th November
- Review Day - Friday 15th November 2019
- Sports and Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening - Wednesday 20th November
- Year 9 Careers Speed Dating - Thursday 21st November
Have a lovely half term break,
Mrs J. Lowe