Friday, 5 February 2016

5 February 2016

It has been a fun week of fundraising efforts:

Mr. MacFarlane organised a cake sale for Rock Challenge, raising a whopping £94 to go towards the set, costumes and participation costs. Chloe King and Bobbie Jeans (ably helped by Mrs Jervis) baked about 100 cakes for World Cancer Day on the 4th of February and the Student Leadership team have been busy selling Valentine's day hearts for Click Sargent. Thank you to everyone who has supported these worthwhile causes and to all the students who have given of their time and effort towards raising much needed funds.

On Tuesday the 9th of February, at break and lunch, there will be another cake sale - this time run by students who attend the Baptist Church Youth Club who are trying to raise money for their church roof.  Please come along with some spare change and support them in their worthy cause.  

This generosity says a lot about who we are as a community. OfSTED commented on the strong moral values that our students develop and the tolerant ways in which they treat each other.  Once again, our students have been thinking about this theme during the last week as the topic for our student-lead assemblies was Tolerance and Respect.  On Wednesday, I saw Mrs. Bruins' tutor group in action as they pushed the rest of Cedar House to think hard about the way they treat others.

Year 9 spent Thursday thinking about extremism in our society - learning who the extremist groups are, how they behave and why some people turn to extremism. I have said before that the world our children are growing up in is ever more complex and I really want the students to understand as much of this complexity as they can.

Last Friday, a group of Year 8 students went to Southampton University for the day as part of their Learn with Us programme. By all accounts, they had a great time finding out about university life and taking part in some subject based workshops. They also behaved wonderfully and were a credit to the school, so well done to them.

All of our students should be thinking about how they will continue their education after they leave KRS, and university should be a consideration for many. If you want to know more about this option, please contact Mrs. Sear in the Careers office.

It is always pleasing to receive feedback about how well our students behave on their way to and from school and while travelling on the buses.  There have been a number of recent reports from the public about the positive behavior of some of our students.  The vast majority of our students wear their uniform smartly and are civil, polite and thoughtful when making the journey and therefore make a positive contribution to our reputation. Please support this effort by reminding your own child/children of these expectations and letting me know if you witness any behaviour outside of school that doesn't meet these standards.

There have also been many sporting highlights this week. The Year 9 five-a-side football team matched the achievements of the Year 11s in winning their city-wide competitions at Roko. Our girls' football team took part in their first competitive fixture at Milton Cross School, thoroughly enjoying themselves. On Wednesday, local primary schools took part in a netball competition we held which generated much enthusiasm and excitement and we also congratulate Billy Cable in Year 11 who became the Hampshire and Isle of Wight boxing champion last weekend.

Mr Herriot and the PE team run a full programme of after school and lunchtime sporting activities. Details of these are on the website and published weekly in the student bulletin.  Please note that the Fitness Club on Wednesdays will now include climbing and boxing.  Many of our students already take part in these activities, which is great, but we want to encourage more students to get involved and have fun.

Don't forget that our annual school production will be performed at 7pm on Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th of February. Tickets for Oliver are now on sale from the box office.


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