Friday, 12 February 2016

12 February 2016

Maya Angelou said that her aim in life is to "thrive not survive", and my blog this week is about the many ways that children at King Richard school have been showing they share her aim.

On the sports field this week, our Year 11 football team saw a famous 4-0 victory in the Portsmouth Cup against rivals Admiral Lord Nelson School. This overturns the defeat last year and secures the team a place in the semi finals - one match away from the final to be held at Fratton Park. It was a great team performance!  Well done to all who participated.

The Year 7 five-a-side team performed admirably at the year group competition held at ROKO and the Year 8/9 rugby team carried on their unbeaten run defeating St Edmunds by.... Al these students behaved superbly and learned the value of team work and determination.

KRS is a proud participant in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and, this year, became a registered Centre. It is a fantastic scheme in which young people take on a set of four challenges including undertaking an expedition. Our first cohort were very busy this week selling cakes to raise vital funds for their expedition later in the spring and saw much success - well done to them. Ms. Long, who runs the scheme, is looking for recruits from Year 9 and 10.  Any student who is interested should seek her out in the Technology Department.

The cast of Oliver have been rehearsing constantly (and will be continuing next week during half term too) as the performance dates get ever closer. The final costumes have arrived and it is all set to be a wonderful show - proof that hard work and practice really do pay off.  I do hope you will be able to join us for one of the performances on Tuesday the 23rd or Wednesday the 24th of February. Tickets are available from the box office.

Thriving at school requires excellent attendance.  Well done to the large number of students who will be entered into the House draw the week after half term due to a 100% attendance rate or much improved attendance.

We have seen an increase this term in the number of students being absent for several days at a time when the NHS guidance would suggest they should have been back at school. One in three students tell us their parents let them have an extra day off when they are well enough to come back to school.  Please ensure any time off school is kept to an absolute minimum. Mrs. House, our Education Welfare Officer, and Mrs. Levers, our Welfare Assistant, are both available to give advice on these issues if you would like to talk this through.

The term ends today and we look forward to a return to school on Monday the 22nd of February. I wish you all a restful half term.

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