Friday, 2 February 2018

2 February 2018

Highlights of the Week

Wow, what a week of great activities that have not only demonstrated great learning but also provided opportunities to test resilience and build character.

On Thursday, Year 8 spent the day with the team from Solutions for the Planet and business mentors from SGN and Tarmac to develop and present their big ideas for saving the planet.  The mentors were really impressed with the teamwork, creativity and growing confidence of the students and particularly loved the Bin Bank idea.  There were many other great projects to choose from and Mrs Watford is looking forward to working with the students on developing these further.  Quite a few photos were posted on Twitter yesterday (@PortmsouthKRS) and these can be viewed here

On Wednesday, we welcomed Callum Foad into school.  Callum is an up-coming singer who is tipped to be the next Olly Murs.  He certainly wowed Year7 and 8 students who loved his songs and engaged purposefully with his anti-bullying and e-safety message. Callum was very complimentary about our lovely, polite and well informed students.

On Tuesday, we took 40 students to the anti-bullying conference held at Portsmouth Guildhall.  The conference was organised by ex-King Richard School student, Keiran O'Toole, who brought together 582 students from all over Portsmouth to consider how we can reduce bullying in our communities and schools. Keiran did a great job and our students engaged well with the workshops.  Their ideas will now feed into the work of the Student Council.  As part of the workshop, students were asked to create anti-bullying posters which might be displayed across the city.

On Wednesday, 50 Year 8 students visited the Get Inspired event which was also held at the Guildhall.  This great opportunity, organised by Mrs Sear, provided a chance for students to talk with employers to find out about some of the amazing careers that are available to young people locally.  Portsmouth employers are keen to find local people with the skills necessary to succeed and this event allowed youngsters to start to consider their dreams for the future.

Eight Year 10 students were lucky enough to be selected to take part in the Made in Portsmouth marketing event at Gunwharf Quays which started on Thursday.  The students, who were selected for their enterprising attributes, worked superbly in their two teams and started to develop their ideas which will be shaped by business mentors from Landsec,  owner and manager of the Gunwharf Quays site.

Sporting fixtures were back on the agenda this week as our Year 8 girls competed against Priory and our Year 9 boys against St Edmunds.  The girls lost 2-0 in a spirited performance and the boys lost on penalties having been 1-0 up with literally moments until the final whistle.  Once again, all participants represented the school with pride and commitment and impressed their coaches.

Mr Herriot was delighted this week when the Face Your Fears activities began with visits of three groups to the Peter Ashley Centre where they undertook some free climbing.  This was a real test for many of the students but they took on the challenge with determination and gusto, and succeeded and enjoyed themselves despite having expressed a fear of heights.  The team has some great ideas lined up for the rest of year.

Key Dates
5-23 February       – Year 11 Practice Exams 2
9 February            – School closes for half term
19 February          – School opens - Week 2
27 February          – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
21 March               – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)


Year 11's start their second round of mock exams next week.  Please see their timetable below and remind them that revision is the key to success.

There are quite a few Careers notices this week, so please read carefully through the following information:

If you are stuck for things to do with your child during the upcoming half term, Hampshire Cultural Trust are putting on a range of activities to engage children of all ages.

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