"I am really proud of myself for doing something so difficult. I have also learned that practise makes perfect. Practicing over and over really helped me overcome my fears and gave me the confidence to give it a try." Tyler Macey learned this important lesson on Wednesday afternoon after being part of the Speaking for Success team that visited Medina Primary school to present a presentation to their Year 5 and 6 students. Well done to Tyler, Harvey Newman, Kiana Robinson and Maisy Choate for doing such a good job.
Harvey Rhoden gave me a brilliant explanation of the benefits of box graphs in mathematics earlier this week. As you can see from his book, he had clearly learned how to calculate cumulative frequency, draw the curve, identify the median, upper and lower quantiles and then convert this data to the box method. It was really impressive and well worthy of the head teacher's positive referral.
Another positive referral this week went to Courtney Shrubsole in Year 11 who responded well to the challenge set of creating some engaging chemistry revision materials. As you can see, her origami creation definitely meets the criteria and now she has no excuse for not doing the necessary revision.
"We should be raising more money for starving children in Africa." This was the loud and repeated claim from the students this week who challenged my decision not to grant a non-uniform day for Comic Relief. The power of student voice was overwhelming and I changed my mind. Students responded by showing their generosity and we raised a wonderful £546. Unfortunately, our attendance figure today was disappointing which means future non-uniform days will have to be reconsidered carefully. Well done to Kara Collis who organised many of the other supporting activities which contributed to such a great day.
This week’s assembly program has been thought provoking too. Local entrepreneur, Mark Smith, who founded The Car Finance Company and use to live in Hilsea Road, has a strong connection with the school and visited with Year 7 and 8 to present about what it takes to start your own company and the sorts of decisions you have to take if you want to be successful. Offering the children a twenty pounds cash prize based on a heads or tails competition certainly got them interested!
On Thursday, we were pleased to welcome back Liam King and Gracie Green-Smith who both came back to encourage Year 10 students to sign up for the forthcoming college taster events. Liam and Gracie are both thriving at Portsmouth College, doing well on their A Level courses and enjoying the extra opportunities like the Employability and Enterprise programme. Please see below programme for up coming college taster days or visit our website for more information on careers and apprenticeships.
Tilly Westrope was in the same year group as Liam and Gracie, but she is an excellent example of a different route to a successful future. Tilly started an apprenticeship with Planet Education and is developing her skills as a sports coach. She now regularly delivers sessions for young people in the local area and is back at KRS supporting aspects of girls PE. Her skill levels and enthusiasm are wonderful and she is making a real difference whilst getting paid to learn.
Ms Grundy, who will provide maternity cover for Miss Nutland, started this week and we were very pleased to welcome her to the school. Ms Grundy is an experienced dancer and has been at Portchester in recent times supporting them with their extracurricular programme. I am sure she will continue the excellent work in dance while Miss Nutland is away.
Thank you very much to the parents who came to our attendance forum last Friday. The meeting provided a great opportunity for an informal talk with parents to hear their views about how we can work together more successfully. Mrs House and I took away many sensible suggestions and are going to feedback to parents again on the 17th of May at 9:00.
Mr Webb offered an excellent opportunity to Year 7 this week when they were invited to join the On Board programme at Portchester Sailing Club. This is a great opportunity to participate in a six-session introduction to sailing. Last year's group of twelve sailors had a great time and learned lots of skills, so do please contact Mr Webb if your child is interested.
Finally, there were some great sporting results this week. Well done to the girls’ football team who finished second out of five teams in the Year 7 and 8 girls football competition at Priory school. They drew three matches but lost to the winners, Mayfield, and were beaten by a goal that, I am told by Aimee Chewter, could have been prevented. To add to the success, Year 7 boys thrashed Springfield 6 – 2. So strong was this performance, many of the team are now hoping to get selected to play in the Year 8 team for the cup final on the 25th of April.