Friday, 8 January 2016

8 January 2016

A happy New Year to all members of the KRS community.  I hope you and your family had a restful and enjoyable Christmas holiday.

The end of Term 1 finished on a very successful note and following are some of the highlights:

On Thursday 17 December we held our latest "Golden Ticket" event to celebrate those students with 100% attendance for the term. Amazingly, over 200 students qualified!  This number is particularly impressive given the prevalence of illnesses during November. Great fun was had by the students who attended the roller disco for an hour. For many this was their first time on skates and I was very impressed with their determination to try something new and take on a new challenge. It was also lovely to see the way they supported and helped each other when it became difficult. Below are some photographs of the day.  More can be viewed on the 'News' page of the website, but fortunately not the one of me falling over at the start of the Year 11 session!








On Friday 18 December we held our Christmas Attendance Raffle. Students with 100% attendance since September, or those with considerably improved attendance, had an opportunity to put a ticket into the prize draw to stand a chance of winning a brand new mountain bike valued at over £300. Congratulations go to Kalvin Lee Potter and Bradley Wolfe who were our lucky winners. I also want to congratulate the other students who were eligible:  the large number who either maintained excellent attendance for the whole term or who significantly improved their attendance - well done! May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in making good attendance at school your top priority. Your efforts really do make a difference.

Another success at the end of last term was our fundraising event.  Once again we were able to make a large donation of toys (over £500 worth) to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal as well as a large quantity of food to the Portsmouth North food bank, in time for Christmas. Thank you very much for your generosity and support. The Student Council has plans for developing our charity work further; more news on this will follow in the near future.

There have been some staffing changes recently which I would like you to be aware of: 
  • Ms Chapman, an experienced teacher from Henry Cort school, has joined our Science team to replace Miss Baldwin. We welcome her to the school and look forward to her making a successful start with us.
  • Ms Findlay returns to the English team after her maternity leave and so we welcome her back.  
  • Mr Bierton has switched from Maths to Geography (he has a joint degree in both subjects) and I look forward to him bringing his experience to this department.
If you have any questions about how these changes affect your child, please contact our Deputy Headteacher, Mr Tucker, in the first instance.

From Monday morning (11 January), the school's OfSTED report will be available on their website.  A link to this can be found on our website under the "Our School" tab. As mentioned in my letter this week, there are many positives in the report and I am particularly pleased with the comments they made about the attitude and outlook of the children.  However, there are also some things for us to improve on. Please take time to read the report in full and do not hesitate to raise any questions you may have. 

If you haven't already looked at the planning application for the new school on Portsmouth City Council's website, then please do so (the link can be found under the 'Our School' tab on our website). This is a major development for the school, as well as the area, and a once in a generation opportunity for us to ensure we obtain the school building and facilities the community needs and deserves. If you have any questions about the plans then please do get in touch.

Also on the school's website is a calendar listing all important dates for the upcoming term.  Please take note of the following event:
  • Year 10 parents consultation evening (14:30 - 18:30), Wednesday 20 January.
This is the first of my blogs designed to keep you informed of things happening in the school on a weekly basis. Please do let me know if there is particular information you would like me to include.

Gareth Hughes

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