Friday, 17 February 2017

17 February 2017

I would like to finish the half term by celebrating some of the excellent work we have seen in classrooms this week and recognise the way in which students are rising to the challenges they have been set by their teachers.

Molly-May Creamer impressed Mr Tucker with her explanation of why earthquakes have such a devastating impact in poorer countries and communities and Reggie Gwyer demonstrated the benefits of collaborative learning when he produced this excellent piece of writing in English about how Shakespeare portrays Macbeth. Reggie's writing was two grades above his target grade as a result of excellent commitment and making good use of the notes made by his group to extend his response.

Molly-May Creamer
Reggie Gwyer's Work

Emily Lewis-Little had an interesting take on the creative uses for plant pots when she turned hers into a musical instrument for her homework. Some paint, coloured paper, tape and a muslin cloth meant the pot was barely recognisable and put to a completely different use.
Emily Lewis-Little
Well done to all of these students who were rewarded with an SLT positive referral.

Our annual production this year is Fame which will be showing the week after half-term (Wednesday and Thursday, the 1st and 2nd of March) and tickets are available from the school’s box office during lunch time. A full rehearsal this week saw the cast make further progress and they will be back in for more practice over the half-term holiday. The excitement is building and we hope you will be able to join us.

Another date for your diary is our attendance forum on the 17th of March at 10:00.  This will be a for-parents-by-parents event aimed at bringing parents together to discuss ways and solutions to improving your child’s attendance at school and to suggest ways in which the school can support you.  We would love to see you there.

Capturing the Spirit, at 147 Allaway Avenue, are holding a competition to find the logo that will be used on all aspects of their project’s communications.  They have invited students from our school to design a logo that captures what it means to live in Paulsgrove and Wymering.  This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents, so please encourage your child to get involved by taking part.  Entries must be in by the 13th of March and there are Amazon vouchers for the winners. 

Click here to read more about the Capturing the Spirit project and their forthcoming exhibition. 

It was great to see the creative efforts of our Duke of Edinburgh Award students on display this week when they baked cakes for Valentine's Day and sold them to help raise funds for their exhibition training later in the year.  The award is all about encouraging personal responsibility and commitment and these qualities were definitely on display this week.  Well done to all involved.

Two very successful sporting events this week were the table tennis workshop for our gifted and talented players and the rowing endurance challenge.

Brian Hall from Portsmouth Table Tennis worked with Billy Lovell, Connor Revy, Harly Fletcher, Harvey Tazewell, Daniel House, Jacob Laver and Lucas Devey to help them further their skills in this sport.  In response to the success, Brian has asked to run a follow up session in the near future. 

Mr Bixley and Mr Herriot took a group of students to Playzone on Wednesday evening for a Cardio Rowing Challenge in which we competed against two other schools with a team of 11 boys.  The evening consisted of a student challenge followed by a staff challenge. The two distances were added to decide a winner and King Richard School came out victorious at the end! The students were then able to enjoy themselves in all of the Playzone facilities. We congratulate the following boys on their effort and fantastic behaviour: Alfie Newsham, Sam Sadler, Owen Phillips, Logan Smith, Chris Ratcliffe, Nathan Burman, Bradley Wolfe, Harrison Reed, Alfie Lindsay, Ratu Nawai and Bradley Harris.

With the new building looking more and more certain for a September opening, we have got cracking this week with ordering more and more of the equipment and furniture we need for the classrooms and specialist rooms.  Work tops, cupboards, podiums for science labs and, perhaps more excitingly, 55" screens for classrooms are the first items in a complicated but exciting jigsaw.

Well done to the 30 Year 9 girls who showed great enthusiasm at the Highbury College Girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event this week.  Although the event wasn't as hands on and interactive as the girls had hoped, they behaved superbly, showed interest and were a credit to the school.

And finally, as we break up today for half-term, I want to wish you and your families a restful break.  School starts again on Monday, the 27th of February.

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