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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 33

Feast and fast

I would like to wish ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all our staff, students and families who have fasted for the last 30 days for the muslim tradition of Ramadan. For 30 days, our muslim community have not only fasted from food, but they have also refrained from anger and sin, instead focussing on charity and worship. Whilst many of us may consider fasting for 30 days a difficult, even unsurmountable, Ramadan is one of the most important months in the islamic calendar. Here’s what one of our year… students, Malaika Shehzad said: “I fast because it shows respect for my faith and enables me to demonstrate my dedication to my faith. Although it is tricky in the summer term, persevering not only allows me to show commitment but also shows me that I can achieve anything with a clear purpose and focus". I have been so proud to observe our staff and students respect their faith for the last 30 days and hope they had the most fabulous party when they could finally break their fast.

Whilst food and water may have been on short supply for our muslim students last month, there was plenty of rain for our Duke of Edinburgh participants this weekend. Here’s a report from Miss Horsey, expedition leader:

"This was most certainly our wettest expedition to date, with 38 students - walking in the rain, cooking in the rain, taking down camp in the rain and finishing in the rain; we certainly saw the UK's Great British weather on this expedition. Despite the more challenging weather conditions, the students’ determination to succeed shone through and all 38 students crossed the finish line on Saturday afternoon. Another highlight was the pancake breakfast teams, who cooked pancakes in the rain and gained orders from all teachers for a chocolate covered pancake - reminder girls, for some reason, we are still waiting for our pancakes...

A huge congratulations to all and I hope that Sunday's weather was kind enough to let them dry their equipment out, ready for the next group, next week!"

Last week, Ms Dean and Mr Hemmings took a group of students to The Edge Theatre in Chorlton. Ranging from Years 7-10 this is an annual event where students participated in workshops for the English & Drama Day. The theme for this year was “betrayal and forgiveness.” Students worked on an overall piece based on Macbeth, as interleaving and revision for the English Literature study of the play. They then worked in their groups to use a stimulus and create their own performance, which they performed in front of parents/carers in the evening. A Year 10 student was attached to each group to encourage student leadership and allow them to offer their Drama GCSE expertise. Miss Dean said it was “a truly joyful day”.

As part of our continual drive to improve communication between school and home, we are launching a new homework platform for students. As a parent you will already have access to the behaviour management systems on Class Charts so we are delighted that this facility will now offer a clearer more transparent way of tracking and supporting your child's homework. Students will still record homework in their planner, but staff will also electronically log the due date, homework task and even resources for students to access outside of school. Students will have their own log in details which will give them access to the homework area only. You as a parent/carer will be able to see the homework and the rewards and sanctions, giving you greater understanding of how your child is progressing in school. Students will come home with their letter this week, which has additional information and their personalised log in details. They can download the app or access the webpage if they prefer, however students will still be expected to comply with the ‘no mobile phone’ expectations in school. Later in the summer term, we will be seeking some student and parent voice to see how the system has improved.

Last month BBC Radio Manchester launched a new community initiative aimed at improving the local area. We are delighted to say that on the afternoon of Friday 21st June, all our Year 7 students will be taking part in 'Don't Mess with Manchester'. During this time, students and staff will be positioned around our school, in the local community and also at their primary schools, collecting litter as part of the wider ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign. Further details will be sent home next week, outlining all the areas that we will be seeking to improve. At Kingsway we take a great deal of pride in our students and the communities in which they live, so we are delighted that we will be able to show our respects to our local residents and wider community but contributing to its upkeep. We are also hoping for some media coverage… watch this space.

As ever, this half term is always a busy one, but it is also really exciting as we welcome new families. Mrs Hadfield, Mrs Jones, Mrs Djang and Mrs Burgess have all been working very hard building new, and developing existing, relationships with the many Year 6 students who will be joining the Kingsway family in September. In addition to the many fantastic events that have been offered to our local primary schools, ably coordinated by our fabulous Mrs Dunn, we have also a number of exciting opportunities in the next couple of weeks, aimed specifically at making sure that the move between primary and secondary is a smooth and successful one. On Monday 10th June we have a Year 6 parent workshop on 'Supporting your child with literacy and numeracy at secondary' where we are also launching our summer challenge; and on Thursday 20th June Miss Cropper is leading a second workshop on 'reducing anxiety in transition'. All of this is building to our wonderful transition day on Thursday 4th July, where we are welcoming all our Year 6 students and parents who are joining us in September.

All event details are on the school website but if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the transition team on transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

Have a great week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 32

Winner, winner!

Welcome back to the final half term of the academic year. I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday break. I spent my week here in not-so-sunny Stockport, enjoying time with family and friends. I even tried my hand at golf for the first time. Not a bad first attempt, though I can’t see myself winning the Ryder Cup any time soon.

Thankfully, there were lots of winners at Kingsway before the half term break, starting with our top merit winners for March & April, who received their certificates and stars last week. Here’s where I found them...

Charlie Lund was in Food tech with Mrs Guess, where she was carrying out her final practical assessment. Charlie was making lemon and lime cheesecake decorated with fresh fruit slices. Delicious!

Emily Foster was revising for her end of year German test. The class were playing "Das Vermögen der Familie" (or family fortunes). Miss Slater, Emily’s teacher (pictured below) was delighted with Emily’s award: “Emily always works hard in German and I have no doubt that she will be very pleased with her result on her test!”.

Amy Berry was in GCSE RE with Mr Williams where he was teaching Muslim beliefs about crime. Amy was contributing well to the discussion about the causes of crime in society in relation to a person's upbringing and socio-economic circumstances that could lead to hopelessness. Discussion was had whether the responsibility for changing this lay with the government, the education system or the parents.

Double Winners, Ella-Grace Smith and Rocio McGilvary were found in English, working hard on their timed responses. Miss Mullin was pleased to tell me that both girls “are starting to feel more prepared to tackle their end of year exams”.

Finally, Emma Boaler was also busy revising for her end of year Science exam. Miss Murray explained: “we were doing a Q and A session on separation techniques. Students had to tell me based on their practical work what they did, what mixtures they could separate and explain how it worked”.

As well as being a terrific science teacher, Miss Murray is also our Professional Mentor for trainee teachers. Her role is to coordinate the training they receive from their university mentors with school based experience at Kingsway. We were recently visited by MMU to review the school based provision we provide for their graduates and as a result we were accredited as a Leading Partnership School. This reflects our commitment to school based training, not only from Miss Murray, but all the exceptional subject based mentors we have around the school.

More hopeful winners this summer are our Year 11 students from the class of 2019, who are well in to their GCSE examinations. To help stimulate their minds, Mr Sadler and the English department arrived early on Friday morning to write some key quotes from An Inspector Calls and ‘Conflict’ poetry on the school playground. Whatever next … Pythagoras Theorem on the back of the toilet doors?

The Class of 2019 had a winning send off on Thursday afternoon at their Leavers’ Assembly. Hosted by the Miss Cox-Brown and Miss Francis, the event kicked off with students taking part in the age-old tradition of shirt signing and congregating in the Sports Hall where they enjoyed a nice cool ice cream. The year group then assembled in Foxland Hall and the celebrations kicked off with form tutor presentations. Each form tutor created a farewell show for their tutees. The students absolutely loved them - particularly Mr Duffy’s homage to Ed Sheeran and Mr Nicolaou’s ‘Titanium’ tribute! The finale was a staff lip-synch headbang to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody - thank goodness it’s not available for public viewing is all I can say!

It was a really lovely afternoon with lots of emotion from the students and staff. We will miss the class of 2019 and thank them for the stamp they have left at our school. I wish them all the very best in their GCSEs and in their futures where they will hopefully turn their potential into a reality!

Have a great week everyone.

Mrs J. Lowe

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Upcoming Transition Events

Year 6 Parent Workshop - Literacy and Numeracy
Monday 10th June
Broadway Campus

We understand how daunting the transition from primary to secondary school can be and, as a school, we are deeply committed to ensuring that this is as smooth as possible, for everyone including parents and carers. As such we are also running a series of Parent Workshops to help bridge the gap. The first session is on literacy and numeracy skills to support your child and will also see the launch of our summer reading and maths programmes.

Year 6 Parent Workshop - Bridging the Gap
Thursday 20th June
Broadway Campus

Our second Parent Workshop will be delivered by Miss Cropper, our Wellbeing Lead and Operational Safeguarding officer. She will be delivering a workshop on reducing anxieties and supporting your child’s transition to secondary school.

Thursday 4th July
The final date, which should already be in your diaries, is the Transition Day and evening. More details will follow shortly but we just wanted to give you a reminder that in the evening the event is for parents only and will give you the chance to meet your child’s form tutor.

We hope as many of you as possible can attend these events but if you have any concerns or queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the transition team on transition@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

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Yellow School Bus Applications 2019/20

We’d like to invite you to apply for a place for your child on our Yellow School Bus service (Y21).

Applications for the next academic year are being taken from Saturday 1 June and can be made online until Sunday 30 June.

Places are limited and failure to either apply for a new place or renew an existing place before this date could see students miss out on a place.

If there are spaces available after this point the application portal will re-open.

The dedicated services are a great way to travel, providing students and parents with a guaranteed seat and a safe, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to the school run.

To use the service, students must have the relevant Yellow School Bus pass and this will be enforced. Students should also be in possession of an igo pass.

More details about the service, including an FAQ and the application portal, can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

Thank you for your co-operation and please contact TfGM for further assistance.

Below is the proposed route for the Y21 Yellow School Bus.

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Leavers’ Day – #Classof2019

Our Leavers’ Day saw The Kingsway School bid a fond farewell to the Class of 2019. We wish all our students all the best for the future and in the remaining exams, good luck!

Saves the dates

The Mere Golf Resort & Spa - Friday 21st June 2019

Results Day
Before you move on to pastures new, we want to remind you that results for the 2019 GCSE examinations will be published to students and they can collect their provisional statement of results on:

Foxland Hall - Thursday 22nd August 2019, 9.00am - 11.00am

Presentation Evening
Foxland Hall - Thursday 14th November 2019 (provisional)

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