Friday, 15 September 2017

15 September 2017

Highlights of the Week

If you walked down Allaway Avenue this week, you would’ve noticed the changes to our new school building.  The canopy by the front door is now in place, as is some of the signage, and the building itself is all but finished.  Inside looks amazing too as furniture is starting to go into classrooms and it is becoming easier to imagine our life in this fantastic new setting.

Below are some current photos, and I hope to use our Facebook page to release more and more as the date for opening draws closer.  Make sure you visit our Facebook page and like us to receive these notifications.

Of course, moving into the new school means saying goodbye to our current building after 65 years of educating the boys and girls of Paulsgrove and Wymering.  If you attended the school in the past, you may wish to join us at our Open House event on 4th October to say your own farewell to the place where you spent your formative years. Tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite by clicking on this link and following the on-screen instructions, but hurry, they are 'selling' out fast.

All parents and community stakeholders should have received a letter regarding the school's decision to apply to convert to academy status with United Learning as our preferred Trust partner.  A period of public consultation has now begun and the letters regarding this can be found here: Letters on Public Consultation

Our new staff have settled very well into the King Richard School community.  Their photos below will help you to put faces to names.  

Eliza Beck - Art
Amelia Marsh - Art

Laura Watford - Science
Michelle Maxwell - Science

Lily McQuilken - Maths
Shaun Reeve - Maths

Laurence Holden - Geography
Ryan Hopwood - Geography

Kirsty Chering - English

Building Character, Shaping Futures

Our Year 7,8 and 9 students started their Enrichment options this week and these were embraced with enthusiasm.  The aim of these courses is to give students a chance to do something of real interest to them whilst also providing more school based opportunities for them to develop the resilience, team work and problem solving skills that will help them follow their dreams in the future.  The program will grow as the term develops (with more courses becoming available), and more details can be had by contacting Mr Tucker at

Year 10 Child Development and Health and Fitness students had their first trip to Southampton University's Life Lab this week. I'm told the girls worked really well together and got to meet Scientists working in Southampton Hospital.  They learned about the impact diet can have on child development and were taught how to do CPR.  They were given a chance to extract their own DNA and watched and listened to an ultrasound of an artery. 


Some of our newly elected Student Councillors met this week to start to design the graphics that will decorate the atrium-canteen in the new school.  They are working with a draft design from Fareham based design company Bonwyke Design who wants to incorporate ideas generated by the student body.  They are inviting suggestions from any student in the following categories:

* Symbols that represent a curriculum subject
* Symbols that represent a dream job for the future
* Quotes that summarise/capture something brilliant about the school

If your child would like to submit an entry, they should do so by the end of the day, next Friday, 22nd September.

College Open Evenings are up and running and we strongly urge all Year 11 students to make a visit to the colleges and talk to the staff there so they are fully informed about the choices open to them.  The full list of the events can be found here:

Football trials will start next Wednesday for the Year 7 boys and they are reminded to bring their kit with them.  Trials will take place between 3:35-4:35pm.

Key dates
3 October – Year 6 Open Evening (from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the new school)
4 October – Open House (final tours of the old school)
13 October – School closes one week early due to move into new building
30 October – School opens in new building


This is a reminder about the new two-week timetable we are now following.  Students have all received their individual timetables and these will soon be available on Show My Homework – a new app on which teachers can record assignments and monitor submission, and parents can track what homework has been set and when.  For more information on how to use Show My Homework, click here for a demonstration.  Students will need their school email address and password in order to login.

Uniforms were generally of a high standard again this week, so thank you for ensuring your children leave the house dressed for success.  As part of their uniform, students are expected to carry a school bag with them which holds a reading book at all times.  There is no specific guidance on what a school bag should look like, but we ask that it is big enough to hold exercise books (in the event of homework) and perhaps a water bottle.

And finally, an employee of Zodiac Kids have been in touch with the school to advertise auditions for a new action adventure game show called Spy School for CITV. They will be filming in November and December this year and are looking for 12-16 year olds to take part. The aim of the show is for contestants to complete various challenges (physical - such as an assault course, and mental - such as code breaking and memory tasks) to obtain clues that send a presenter on a secret mission around London. This mission ends at a landmark where the presenter and the contestants work together to complete the final challenge and hopefully succeed in their mission. Each episode is a different mission with different landmarks and the contestants will work together in pairs. 

If this is something your child might be interested in, you can contact them on the email address listed on the flyer below:

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