Welcome back! I hope all our families had a wonderful Whit half term. Many of you will have enjoyed the long bank holiday weekend in the sun (what a lovely surprise) with your children.
Did you know Whitsun commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ's disciples and takes place on the seventh sunday after Easter? In England we have been enjoying a second May Bank Holiday after Whit Sunday since 1970!
I spent the Whit weekend with my school friends on the East Coast. Friends I have had since before Whit Bank Holiday existed! I wrote in last week’s blog about the value of relationships and I can certainly say that I value the over 40 years of friendship I have with my 6 school friends. We all got together to celebrate our ‘special’ birthdays and decided to explore the beauty of the North Yorkshire coast. As our weekend neared, we were delighted to hear that the weather forecast was sun, sun, sun!
As with any military operation, there was a planning meeting, and a list of jobs shared out. We packed for picnics, games night, a posh meal out and even for the on-site leisure facilities. However on Saturday morning in Filey, we soon discovered that we hadn’t prepared for the ten degree temperature drop from the West to East coast - brrrr!
Thankfully, it wasn’t throwing it down but it was pretty chilly so we had to rely on our girl guide resourcefulness and ‘layer up’!
So, the morale of this tale is you can never be too prepared!
This is of particularly importance for our students. Our non-negotiable rules are a set of clear rules to help students BE PREPARED for school and ready to learn.
Rules that will bode them well in their futures:
Arrive to school and to lessons on time
Be in full school uniform
Have the correct kit, equipment and homework*
Have a positive attitude to learning
Behave responsibly and respectfully at all times
* Pen, pencil ruler, planner, reading book are compulsory. Scientific calculator and water bottle are recommended.
I expect students to follow these rules from day 1 in September to the end of each academic year. Please help us by ensuring your child is prepared for school each day. On the rare occasions where there is a genuine reason for lack of equipment or uniform, your child’s form tutor or Pastoral Head of year may be able to help, because I don’t want each lesson to start on a negative if your child has forgotten a piece of uniform or equipment.
I have also noticed that trainers are creeping in, and have purchased a selection of sizes of suitable alternative footwear for your child to borrow until the are able to find their own.
There was again much going on in our school the week before half term:
- Mr Hammersley received an award in recognition of his work on inspiring our students to pursue careers in Engineering.
- I had the pleasure of awarding 6 amazing merit total winners with their certificates and badges: Megan Walker 8E (Pankhurst), Emily Foster 7H (Whitworth), Ruby McGowan 8K (Rylands), Rocio McGillvray 8h (Lowry), Lola Howson 7N (Gaskell) and Izzy Chalmers-Morris 7G (Turing). Well done girls.
- The Physics department at The Kingsway School celebrated great success in the recently held British Physics Olymipiad, held every year by Oxford University to recognize excellence in young physicists across the country. This year, over 3000 Year 11 students attempted the GCSE Challenge Paper and less than 500 were awarded the Gold medal. One of those winners was our very own Alice Poole. Our congratulations also go to the other participants, including Faiza Riaz and Oliver Bluff, who were awarded Silver and Bronze awards respectively. Commendations also went to Nazneen Aslam, Hashim Ali, Faizan Nawaz and Hamza Ahmed. Well done all.
- Also last week, myself, Mr Knott, Mr Pirie and Mrs Maxey were put under the spotlight by our student council. In an hour not dissimilar to Question Time, students raised their questions and concerns in relation to uniform, premises, funding, curriculum and other issues. I am always so impressed with the articulate, mature and confident manner of our students.
- Finally, I waved goodbye to the class of 2018 - my special year group who started their Kingsway journey with me. The Leavers’ Assembly is a bitter-sweet event with lots of laughter (mostly at their form tutor presentations) and a few tears. Though their journey with us has not yet ended, with many exams still ahead, I know I will miss them. I think it’s fair to say we have all grown in confidence, knowledge and aspiration since our first day in September 2013.
All in all, a terrific week! Here’s to the next one.
Mrs J. Lowe