Friday, 23 February 2018

23 February 2018

Highlights of the Week

Nine Year nine students spent an amazing day at the local company Helistrat on Tuesday as guests of the Chairman, Bernard Amos.  Helistrat, a waste management company based in Lakeside and employing nearly 100 people, were the sponsors of the LionHeart Challenge back in December and they were so impressed with our students that they invited the winning team to their business to give them a full taste of what they do on a daily basis. 

The students had a really rewarding experience spending time with key members of staff and finding out what they do, hearing how the business got started and, of course, enjoying a fancy lunch in the business cafe (including a fizzy drink!), courtesy of Mr Amos.  Helistrat have kindly offered to continue their partnership with the school by supporting the students with a community project to tackle local homelessness.






Next Thursday, 19 of our Year 8 students will be working with Mrs Watford and business mentors from SGN and Tarmac Construction on their submission for the Solutions for the Planet competition.  Congratulations to all the students involved and I look forward to seeing your creativity and team work in action.


It was Girls Network time again this week and the focus for activities this time was on networking.  The girls learned about how we all need the people around us to help us achieve all that we can and this is true in business and in life.  They started to create their own networks and have been tasked with making contact with potential networkers before their next session.  Once again, the mentors from the Girls Network talked about how amazing our students are and how wonderful it is to work with them. 


Learning Champions
This week Year 11s braved another week of exam practice to ready them for the summer examaminations.  Many prepared really well and came in to school for revision sessions over the half term.  These were well attended and students worked hard on past paper questions in History, English and Maths.





The outcomes from this hard work is already starting to show as Mrs Nutland, Mrs Hill and Miss Findlay are particularly pleased with the quality of many of the English answers.

We have also seen some stunning science preparation.  Mrs Watford asked me to celebrate the amazing homework from Leanne Delacruz and Molly Warden.  Hours of work have gone into their revision summaries and model answers and they are well deserving of the SLT positive referral.

Miss Chering informed me of Connor Wiseman’s outstanding representation of the farm in Animal Farm that he built as part of his English homework.



I would also like to commend the Year 7 and 8 students involved in the Survival Skills enrichment course.  It has been a fantastic success this week as they added to their skills in camp building and knot tying by learning how to start a fire without matches. They showed real determination and resilience to get this right and were then properly rewarded by a marshmallow toasted over their own open fire.





Building Character, Shaping Futures
As part of the British Heart Foundation’s Awareness month, Mrs Levers has been spending time with Tutor groups to train them in how to perform CPR.  An amazing 119 of our students have received certificates so far for completing their training and all of them are familiar with the Call, Push, Rescue technique that can be used to save someone’s life in the future.




A few of our Year 9 students have once again faced their fears this week when they went rock climbing at the Peter Ashley Activity Center as part of the Face your Fears initiative.  They are learning the vital skills of perseverance and resilience and I have no doubt that these skills will serve them well in the future. 




Key Dates
27 February    – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February    – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
1 March           – Conversion to Academy through United Learning Trust
21 March         – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)

 Careers





Sport


Miscellaneous

The conversion of the school to a United Learning Academy has now been approved by the Department of Education and as of Thursday next week (1st March) we will be part of the United Learning Trust and no longer a Local Authority maintained school.  There will be a letter of welcome to all parents on Monday afternoon, so please look out for this communication.

The STEM Returners programme has arrived in Hampshire and they are currently looking for candidates with an engineering or technology background for programmes based in Hampshire.  The programme is fully paid and includes confidence to return training, and mentoring workshops, followed by a 13 week internship.  The aim is that all candidates going through the programme are offered a permanent role at the end.  This isn’t just work experience, but a genuine opportunity to restart your career! The programme is offered to female and male applicants with all STEM backgrounds, with any length career break.  For more information or to register for a programme, click on the image below.





Even though mornings and evenings are getting lighter, please do remember to park safely at the school during drop off and pick up time.  Crossing the road is still hazardous and we all have to play our part to avoid potential accidents.

Friday, 9 February 2018

9 February 2018

Highlights of the Week

It was a pleasure this week for us to be part of the celebrations that mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act in February 1918.  This Act gave some women the vote following the tireless, and occasionally violent, campaigns led by the suffragettes. Five of our Year 9 students joined other Portsmouth students and dignitaries from Portsmouth City Council to unveil a plaque in honour of Portsea born Hertha Ayrton, an amazing woman and pioneering scientist who supported the campaign and worked alongside Emmeline Pankhurst.  You can read more about the event here. 




Last week Saturday, we hosted the annual Dance for Cancer event at school, organized by Kat Nutland and Jack Miller, which saw over 250 guests attend and over 150 dancers perform (4 of whom were our own Year 7 students).  Dare 2 Dance and KRS Dance raised £750 and won Fundraising School of the Year, and an amazing £4500 were raised in total on the night!





It was great to see our sports hall in action for competitive fixtures this week with an indoor 4-way football competition played against the Portsmouth Academy in which one of our teams won and the other placed second.  There was also a Year 7 match against St Edmunds which we lost 2-1 but I’m told our students fought really hard right up until the last whistle.


Learning Champions

This week I would like to celebrate some amazing homework completed by members of 7K1.  The attention to detail, care and effort here is amazing and so is the historical detail.  Well done to Shay Tobitt, Lila Mitchell, Katie Rigby, Connor Wiseman and Jessie Tyrrell for their achievements.






Year 11 started their second set of mock examinations this week with more to follow after half term.  You can see the exam timetable below.  As any student who has sat exams will tell you, preparation is crucial, so please encourage family members in Year 11 to complete some revision over the half term holiday as it will certainly help to secure the grades needed for further success in the future.  The following link can be used to view revision tips that will increase learning by retaining information.


This remarkable African drum below was designed and made by Sophie Barrett as a homework project which forms part of her studies of music from different cultures.  Sophie paid particular attention to detail and it even makes the correct sound!



Building Character, Shaping Futures

We are delighted that Helistrat, our partner in hosting the LionHeart challenge for Year 9 back in December, have invited eleven of our most enterprising Year 9 students to visit their head offices later this month.  They will meet with the Chairman and other senior members of staff, tour the building to understand their business and also get a free lunch.  The main aim of the day, however, is to discuss with the winning team the implementation of a live community action plan on which they will take the lead.  Once again, we are so grateful to Helistrat for the support and encouragement they are offering.





As part of our new Enrichment Curriculum, students have an opportunity to learn new skills that will teach them team work, resilience and patience.  Miss Marsh has been teaching students how to draw things that relate to the face, and below are just some examples of how perseverance and hard work pays off.





Key Dates
9 February            – School closes for half term
19 February          – School opens - Week 2
19-23 February     – Year 11 Practice Exams 2
20      February     – Year 9 Trip to Helistrat
27 February          – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
21 March               – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)


Careers


Miscellaneous

Sadly, we say goodbye to Mr Bixley today who leaves Planet Education to take a post at Redbridge Community School in Southampton.  Chris has been a great servant of PE at the school, using his expertise in a number of sports to enthuse and motivate students.  Chris has also supported the Maths team and played a big part in developing the Health and Fitness exam course at the school.  He will be replaced by Rachel Towler, a qualified teacher who will join us after half term and enable us to give a much needed boost to girls’ PE.

Miss Marsh's Tutor group gave an excellent assembly to Cedar House this week on e-safety.  The key points can be seen in this presentation and video.  If you are worried about your child's safety on line, please do contact Mrs Nancarrow or Mr Webb at the school for further advice

This is another weekly reminder to parents to park sensitively and to encourage your children to cross the road safely.

We break for half term today and return on Monday, 19th February when it will be Week 2.

Friday, 2 February 2018

2 February 2018

Highlights of the Week

Wow, what a week of great activities that have not only demonstrated great learning but also provided opportunities to test resilience and build character.

On Thursday, Year 8 spent the day with the team from Solutions for the Planet and business mentors from SGN and Tarmac to develop and present their big ideas for saving the planet.  The mentors were really impressed with the teamwork, creativity and growing confidence of the students and particularly loved the Bin Bank idea.  There were many other great projects to choose from and Mrs Watford is looking forward to working with the students on developing these further.  Quite a few photos were posted on Twitter yesterday (@PortmsouthKRS) and these can be viewed here





On Wednesday, we welcomed Callum Foad into school.  Callum is an up-coming singer who is tipped to be the next Olly Murs.  He certainly wowed Year7 and 8 students who loved his songs and engaged purposefully with his anti-bullying and e-safety message. Callum was very complimentary about our lovely, polite and well informed students.


On Tuesday, we took 40 students to the anti-bullying conference held at Portsmouth Guildhall.  The conference was organised by ex-King Richard School student, Keiran O'Toole, who brought together 582 students from all over Portsmouth to consider how we can reduce bullying in our communities and schools. Keiran did a great job and our students engaged well with the workshops.  Their ideas will now feed into the work of the Student Council.  As part of the workshop, students were asked to create anti-bullying posters which might be displayed across the city.









On Wednesday, 50 Year 8 students visited the Get Inspired event which was also held at the Guildhall.  This great opportunity, organised by Mrs Sear, provided a chance for students to talk with employers to find out about some of the amazing careers that are available to young people locally.  Portsmouth employers are keen to find local people with the skills necessary to succeed and this event allowed youngsters to start to consider their dreams for the future.






Eight Year 10 students were lucky enough to be selected to take part in the Made in Portsmouth marketing event at Gunwharf Quays which started on Thursday.  The students, who were selected for their enterprising attributes, worked superbly in their two teams and started to develop their ideas which will be shaped by business mentors from Landsec,  owner and manager of the Gunwharf Quays site.




Sporting fixtures were back on the agenda this week as our Year 8 girls competed against Priory and our Year 9 boys against St Edmunds.  The girls lost 2-0 in a spirited performance and the boys lost on penalties having been 1-0 up with literally moments until the final whistle.  Once again, all participants represented the school with pride and commitment and impressed their coaches.

Mr Herriot was delighted this week when the Face Your Fears activities began with visits of three groups to the Peter Ashley Centre where they undertook some free climbing.  This was a real test for many of the students but they took on the challenge with determination and gusto, and succeeded and enjoyed themselves despite having expressed a fear of heights.  The team has some great ideas lined up for the rest of year.

  
Key Dates
5-23 February       – Year 11 Practice Exams 2
9 February            – School closes for half term
19 February          – School opens - Week 2
27 February          – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
21 March               – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)

Miscellaneous

Year 11's start their second round of mock exams next week.  Please see their timetable below and remind them that revision is the key to success.



There are quite a few Careers notices this week, so please read carefully through the following information:






If you are stuck for things to do with your child during the upcoming half term, Hampshire Cultural Trust are putting on a range of activities to engage children of all ages.