Highlights of the Week
Courtney Bunting chaired a wonderful Student Council meeting this week and I never cease to be impressed with the creativity of our students. This week, they had great ideas to: further develop our anti-bullying strategy after the bullying conference at the end of the month, set up a talent showcase with local primary schools as a way of raising money for charity, communicate well with the rest of the school via a new notice board and organise a range of display photographs that demonstrate excellence at the school.
Peter Harvey and Ratu Nawai also gave feedback from the City of Portsmouth Students' summit they attended on Monday. They represented the school superbly well, making valid contributions to the group discussions on developing an anti-bullying strategy in the city via school workshops, and raising awareness for dyslexia by encouraging schools to create a hub where students can go for support. For more information on what the student leadership do in the school, visit our website or click here.
Mrs Gill from the Finance team found this old photo of the school on Facebook. I am guessing this is from the early days of the school and so is circa 1958 although the sepia tones make it look older. If you have photos like this, please don't hesitate to post them on the KRS archive page run by former student Debra Welch, or send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do it for you.
We were pleased to confirm this week the details for the Big Ideas day which will take place for the whole of Year 8 on Thursday, 1st February 2018. It is great that we have been selected to work with the charity Solutions for the Planet and to be supported by two generous companies with a local presence, SGN and Tarmac. You can find out more about the organisations here. The ideas generated during the event will be followed by an enrichment group for the most enthusiastic students who will further hone their environmental credentials.
Last week we hosted a training event for trainee teachers from the University of Portsmouth. It was highly successful and the trainees got much from the sessions which included work on managing your first year as a teacher, preparing children for final exams and an introduction to restorative practice. If there are any potential teachers reading, you might want to come along to the Portsmouth Recruitment Fair to be held at Portsmouth College on Saturday, 20th January.
Clara Surtees made this lovely cloud diagram to demonstrate her meteorological understanding in Mr Watkins’ class. She can explain why the different cloud types form at different altitudes and can name and describe the different types of clouds as a result of her recent studies.
I have also been very impressed with Mrs Hubbard’s tutor group who are the first group of students to complete their first aid training on how to do CPR. It is clear from their classroom display that they were fantastically engaged with the topic and their written work shows a clear understanding of what they need to do to save someone’s life.
Ms Hall has started a drama company after school which is run by ex-student, Elijah Lasenby. It runs every Thursday from 3.35-4.30 and is open to Year 8-11 students. Below is a photo of yesterday’s improvisation activity called park bench which is where students have to think of a character they can add to the scene to help tell a story. The students did really well in tapping into their imagination and bringing their characters to life.
Building Character, Shaping Futures
So much has happened this week. Some Year 10 students have benefitted from mentoring from the Girls Network and the University of Portsmouth and several other Year 10 girls successfully completed their induction for their Child Development work experience.
Another group of over 20 students attended the latest Learn with Us day at Southampton University where they attended workshops that focused on an hour in the life of a medic (looking at blood pressure and CPR), an historian (looking at the British Empire) and a geophysicist (looking at the Northern Lights). One of the students walked away from the event saying, ‘University is something I’d like to do’ and this is exactly why we organize trips like these – to help students discover their potential and realise their dreams. These photos give you some glimpses of the great work our students have been undertaking.
23 January – CoPS Summit 2 (at ALNS)
24 January – Year 8 and 9 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)
30 January – Y10 trip to University of Chichester (Flare Event)
– Y7/8 Anti-Bullying Workshop at Guildhall
31 January – Y7/8 EBP Get Inspired trip
5-23 February – Year 11 Practice Exams 2
27 February – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
8 March – School Production - Bugsy Malone
21 March – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)
Please accept my apologies if you tried to visit the school on Monday and had to navigate a huge puddle in front of reception. The building contractor Kier have accepted that the area needs to be better drained and will attend to this disruptive work at half term. In the meantime, let’s hope we don't have too many days as wet as last Monday.
Don't forget we now have fantastic new lockers in school and if you would like your child to have a locker to store their bags/coats during the day, then please see the finance office.
The L.D.D Youth Group asked me to share the following poster advertising activities for young people with disabilities. They meet at the Charles Dickens Activity Centre every Wednesday and Thursday.
Please see below two posters advertising opportunities for students to help them make choices about their futures.