Friday, 30 June 2017

30 June 2017

Highlights of the Week

Many of our Year 10 students had their first taste of college life this week when they attended the introductory events at South Downs College and Portsmouth College.  They were so enthusiastic when they returned and described the colleges as friendly and welcoming and loved the range of courses that were on offer.  They will now start to think about applications they will make in the autumn because it is never too early to be thinking about the future and making plans.  I do hope this event has helped our students take this next step.

We were really pleased to welcome students from the University of Oxford into school on Thursday of this week to hold a Science roadshow for our Year 7 and 8 students.  Practical demonstrations of how forces work, using magnets to allow trains to hover and seeing how the intestines works to separate nutrients from waste all had the students gripped.

Our new building is literally changing day by day. The lower ground floor is now fully enclosed, the brickwork and render finished on two sides and much of the landscaping underway.  Inside, the work is even faster paced as teams from Humanities, Languages and the Arts found when they visited last week. There is much to be excited about and our plans for moving in are developing fast - 300 of the 2500 packing boxes we will need arrived this week!  I have written to parents about the moving date and this letter will be posted to you shortly.  

Learning Champions

It was the teachers’ turn to focus on their learning this week.  On Tuesday, Mrs Hill and the Learning and Teaching team held our first Teach-Meet where teachers came together to swap ideas on successful classroom strategies.  The event was highly valued by those attending and one teacher was heard saying, “I am so excited to try some of the strategies we discussed.  It will really take learning to a new level in my lessons”. 

Today, the whole staff came together to develop our tutoring and restorative practice skills.  Effective professional development is critical to improving what we do and ensuring we recruit and retain the best staff team in the school and I saw good examples of high quality adult learning this week.


As the British and Irish Lions prepare for the vital second test against the All Blacks in New Zealand this Saturday, Ms Findlay's Year 8 class have been working on motivational speeches that might help Sam Warburton, the captain, get the most out of his players. Their work has been inspired by Henry V's speech before the battle of Agincourt and they are all brilliant!  Well done to Millie Cooke, Justin Slade, Elizabeth Cox, Luke Loader and Connor Grant-Kenney for writing such stirring words.  It will be hard to pick a winner.  Here are two examples of the speeches they wrote: 

Building character, shaping futures

Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators was the strap line for the recent Teentech event organised by EBP South.  The ten Year 8 and 9 students from King Richard School who attended were certainly inspired when they won the Best Design Award for their Helpful Helmet.  Their radical new design for a cycle helmet that provided real time data on locations, directions and risks to the cyclist wearing it sounded amazing and impressed the judges.  Well done to Dylan Willis, James Riley-Langley, Courtney Bunting, Mason Frost, Asmita Maden, Bradley Guest, Demi Lorch, Shane May, Cerys Hunter and Samantha Hutcheon.

This week, ten Year 10 students have been at a three day University of Portsmouth residential where they have gained a real taste of university life as they experienced the range of courses on offer from Psychology to Astro Physics.  We are exceptionally keen to introduce our students to the university and this programme plays an important role in doing this.  Well done to Mirjam Csaki, Lauren Cutting, Ethan Fifield, Hayley George, Robert Grice, Lucie May Gudgeon, Jordan Henaku-Larbi, Jay Martin, Rapolas Puzelevicius and Ellie Welch who all graduated on Friday evening. 

Our annual Employability Week is fast approaching and begins on July 10th.  Speed dating with employers, money management skills with Barclays Bank, the careers fair with over 40 local employers, plus time on job applications and careers planning are all lined up and it should be a great week.  If you want to know more please contact Mrs Sear.

For your Diary

3 July: Inset Day
3-4 July: Year 6 Transition Days (parents meeting at 6:30pm on the 4th)
5 July: Paulsgrove Cup Athletics Tournament
12 July: Wicked Trip
10-14 July: Employability Week
11 July: Awards Evening, PE Trip to Ageas Bowl
19 July: Summer Showcase
20 July: Thorpe Park Reward Trip 

21 July: End of Term (school finishes at 12:50)
4 September: Start of New School Year


My colleagues are continuing to challenge students who are wearing the incorrect uniform and want to work with you to ensure your child is embracing the message of Dress for Success.  If you are unsure of our expectations, please see the uniform leaflet on our website and do please note the new expectations regarding PE kit for the new term.  Thank you for your support in making sure uniform standards remain high.

Awards Evening is on the 11th July and is in a new format this year.  Invitations will be issued in the next few days and the school Governors, local dignitaries and staff look forward to welcoming the families of our winners to the school on the 11th.  There will be refreshments at 6:30pm with the celebration beginning at 7pm.

Please could you take care when parking near the school at the end of the day, especially if you are parking on the pavement?  School pick up is a busy time and students who move in between parked cars are not always aware of cars reversing or moving away.  Please do all you can to ensure everyone is kept safe.

We are delighted to welcome Year 6 children into the school on Monday and Tuesday of next week for their transition days.  We have met many of the parents over the last couple of weeks and are really looking forward to developing our partnership over the coming months.

If you haven't visited our relaunched Facebook page yet, please do so soon.  Hundreds of people have now liked the page and are receiving updates about things happening at the school, so do join them to keep up to date yourself.

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