Friday, 10 February 2017

10 February 2017

I was handed some amazing photos by Mr Gill this week. They show the school in the mid-1960s when his grandfather was a pupil here, and it was delightful to get a glimpse of what life was like in our school so many years ago.

As this building reaches the end of its life, I am very keen to capture as many memories of its past as I can so that these are not lost as we move from the old to the new. If you have any photos from your own school days (or perhaps your parents' time) that you are willing to share, please get in touch with Mrs Gajdus at so that we can arrange to make a copy.

Year 7 showed great enthusiasm during Monday's Speaking for Success event. Working in groups, they were challenged to prepare a presentation about life at King Richard School.  The winning groups will be going to the local Primary schools later in the term to share their ideas and help the students in Year 6 get ready for their transfer to secondary school.

The energy in the room was tremendous and the students demonstrated excellent teamwork, cooperation and communication skills to produce some really high quality presentations.

Another group of Year 7s created a stop animation in Geography this week using the Stop Motion app on their iPads.  Their topic was 'Tectonic Plates' and I was particularly impressed by the work of Layla Winning, Kada Jones and Shannon Barham. Their presentation was engaging and really showed off the skills they had learned.

On Tuesday from 5.30pm, our Lecture Theatre was a centre for high quality speaking as female students from Years 9 and 10 met with their mentors to discuss their futures and the skills and qualities they will need to make their dreams a reality.  The levels of engagement were extraordinarily high and as one girl said, "I feel more in control of my future now than I ever did before."

On Wednesday of this week, some of our Year 8 students, who were selected by their peers to be ambassadors, attended an anti-smoking workshop.  The students will have to complete a diary of entries documenting conversations they have had with their peers about smoking and the risks associated with the habit.  They enjoyed team building activities involving active listening and trust games that encouraged self-esteem.  They also discussed the physical, social and economic effects of smoking. Thanks to Karen and Andy from Sorted for delivering the sessions and we'll welcome them next week to review the diaries and reward the students with a £10 gift voucher.

Another group of our students attended the Opportunities Fair at Guildhall Square on Wednesday. The purpose of the fair was for students to gain a real understanding of the broad and exciting career paths that the diverse businesses in and around the City of Portsmouth have to offer. They had a chance to speak to employers about real jobs and even met the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth.

Today, Year 9s were off timetable for an enterprise challenge organised by UNLOC. The task was to think about creating, developing and marketing a new chocolate bar with the opportunity for the winning group to visit a top chocolatier in Portsmouth during half term to make their own chocolate.

As you can see, the students showed incredible team work skills and learned a little of what it might be like to run their own business.  We had two winning groups who called their designer chocolate Bibbly Bobbly Bits and Saucy and Sweet, respectively.

Bibbly Bobbly Bits
Saucy and Sweet

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