Monday, 29 February 2016

26 February 2016

There can be only one subject this week - Oliver!


It really was a wonderful show full of memorable moments from start to finish and I was delighted to be part of the audience on Wednesday evening. There were so many highlights and everyone I spoke to talked about the show in glowing terms.  I was very impressed by the high quality of singing, acting, choreography and staging which were as good as anything the school has produced in recent years. Well done to everyone involved!

Such high quality performances don't happen by chance. First and foremost they are the product of a large amount of hard work. The cast, crew and directors have put in hundreds of hours to make the show possible and the performance on the night is proof of what can be achieved when you work at it. This is a good message for us all.

I would like to thank all of those staff who were involved in staging such a brilliant production, especially Mr. Walden, Miss Nutland and Miss Halls for their tireless work in directing this years show. Secondly, the final result is down to the combined effort of all the individuals involved, from those who painted the sets and checked the sound to those who sang the final song.

A key part of this team are the families of the performers who support and encourage their participation - thank you, we couldn't do it without you.

Finally, this sort of performance needs courage and determination from the performers themselves. Getting up on stage is hard enough, but harder still is being determined to do so even when things are proving really difficult. I think the cast showed tremendous character and the show was much better for it than it might have been.

So, congratulations everyone. I am already looking forward to next year!

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.

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.