Friday, 18 March 2016

18 March 2016

There are many bleary eyed children (and staff) in school today after last night's Rock Challenge event, but what a night it was! A team of 50 students and 12 stage crew, ably led by Mr. MacFarlane, Ms. Nutland and Ms. Cummings, put on a tremendous performance. The judges agreed and awarded us 12 awards for the outstanding qualities we displayed, including choreography and entertainment and third place overall. The standard from the nine schools taking part was exceptional and the team can be very proud of everything they achieved - well done to all involved!

While on the subject of dance, congratulations must go to Milly Johnsey, Frankie Tazewell and Ellis Ford who finished first in a street dance competition last weekend and have now qualified for the national finals to be held in November.

Congratulations also go to the Year 7 Dane classes - I was drawn into the dance studio earlier this week by the sound of Night Fever playing over the audio system. I discovered Year 7 students choreographing their own disco dances and they told me how they had been learning about dance over time and had already learned the Charleston and Rock and Roll. Their work and effort were exemplary - it was a real treat to see them in action.

We also received some wonderful feedback this week from the Shakespeare Schools Festival following our performance of Much Ado about Nothing at the Theatre Royal earlier this year. The organisers commended our team for their understanding of the characters, their convincing performances and their stage presence - high praise indeed. You can read the whole feedback on our website under the 'News' tab.

On a more academic note, Year 8 have been sitting their annual practice exams this week. GCSE examinations are definitely getting harder and it is vital that all students, even those in the younger years, get used to the rigours of exams, the routines that are needed and the revision that is required to succeed. If your child comes home saying they have revision for homework, please ensure they do it and assist us in getting them to form good habits - it will serve them well in the exams they have to take later on.

Year 11 know this for sure. There are a large number of Year 11 revision activities taking place during the Easter holidays, and your child should have already started signing up for some of these sessions. There are many revision materials, videos and useful links on our website (under the 'Students' tab and the 'Exam Information' link). Please do encourage your child to use these.

Next Wednesday our busy Year 11 students take on Priory school in the semi-final of the Portsmouth Schools Cup competition. We wish them all the best in their attempt to get to the final in their last year at KRS.

We are also holding our latest Golden Ticket Event next week. It promises to be really exciting, although I hope not as bruising as the roller skating, and so watch this space for more information. Don't risk missing out by missing a day next week.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday the Student Council will be collecting Easter eggs as part of our charity collection for children who will be in the QA hospital over Easter. Please support this event by donating any type of chocolate eggs; you can send these to school with your child or simply drop them off in reception. Last week's blog has more information on this topic if you need it.

Well done and thank you to everyone who supported Sport Relief this week. The final figure raised will be about £100 which is an excellent contribution.

On a final note, Unloc (an organisation that supports Student Voice in schools) have teamed up with UnLtd to help budding young social entrepreneurs, aged 16-30, to test our their ideas. Applicants can receive up to £500 from the Do it For Real programme headed up by Unloc in Hampshire. Successful applicants may be eligible to apply to move onto the Do It award and access more funding of up to £5K after completing their £500 'Test It' award.  You can visit their webpage for more information.

I will not post a blog next week so allow me the opportunity to wish you all a very restful Easter holiday. Thank you for all your support this term and I look forward to our continued partnership after the break. Term starts again on Monday the 11th of April at 8:25.

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