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1st April 2022

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT NOTICES IN INTRODUCTION.

Please use the menu following Mr Mercer-Kelly’s introduction to quickly access letters, news and reminders relevant to your year group (s).

Dear Parents,

As the sunshine turned to frost this week we were reminded that nothing in life is certain; just when we thought it was Spring, the Winter has returned. How are we meant to react to these changes and challenges? Our most common response, in particular to the weather, is to grumble in a stereotypical manner! 

I am mindful of this with regards to our Sixth Formers who are embarking on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition to the Peak District this weekend. How should they respond to this current cold snap that they will be camping in? Grumbling may be cathartic for the soul, but it is not a solution the situation. No, these Sixth Formers have planned in advance to have the right clothing, equipment and resources that they will need. They have acknowledged the challenge and have prepared for it so that they can be ready for whatever they face with confidence and independence.  

This is a great mind-set to have and we want everyone at Kingsley to have the same solution-focused approach to life. From Nursery to Year 13, we can all help one another to be positive when we encounter challenges, and the success is all the sweeter when we conquer them. 

I hope you have a happy Easter holiday and we wish all the Kingsley D of E students out on expedition over the coming weeks the very best of luck. 

James Mercer-Kelly
Headteacher

 

Important notices and reminders

Enrichment Programme Summer Term  

We are delighted to launch the exciting new Senior School Enrichment Programme for the Summer Term.  Students in Years 7 to 11 have been e-mailed the link today and will be invited to make their choices early next week. While many of the academic clubs remain, such as for those taking Additional Maths or the Triple Science award, there has been a refresh of many favourites and brand new clubs added. ’Tinkerbelles’ has an amazing opportunity to quite literally ‘tinker’ with a Dyson engineering box to gain a greater understanding of the Dyson design process and the sports programme has moved to its summer timetable including athletics, rounders, cricket and tennis. Opportunities have been created through helping the school community to become more environmentally aware locally; assisting with Warwickshire charities through the ‘Kissing it Better’ scheme, or taking part in some more mindful activities such as understanding and appreciating cloud formations through to perfecting a new yoga pose. There really is something for everyone. 

Please follow this link to view our Enrichment minisite.

The Prep School Enrichment Timetable has also been released today (and attached in the letters section), in its more traditional format for the time-being. Year 6 should be encouraged to look at the opportunities to engage in some of the Senior School activities that are being offered this term. 

 

Summer Term School Billing 

The Summer Term 2022 fee invoices have been sent by email today, Friday 1st April 2022, to the nominated email address you provided to us during the Spring Term.  

If you have not yet received your invoice or should you wish to change the email address to which the invoices are sent to, please contact the Billing Department by email at billing@warwickschools.co.uk and this will be re-sent to you.  

Please note that students with diagnosed SEND issues who access the Reach Up programme to support their academic learning are no longer charged for these lessons. Charges only apply where students without diagnosed or emerging SEND needs receive additional support through Reach Up to improve their academic performance. 

Invoices are due for payment on or before the first day of each school term. If you have any queries on your invoice, please do get in touch with the Billing Department.  

 

Covid-19 Guidance Update  

As of today, the Government has updated their guidelines for Covid-19 illness and absence as follows; 

 

  1. For education and childcare settings from Friday 1st April regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting. 
  1. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend 
  1. For children and young people aged 18 and under with a positive Covid-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days, which is when they are most infectious. 

If your child must isolate as a consequence of testing positive, then they may join lessons remotely via Teams if they are well enough to do so; otherwise they should focus on recovering, and their teachers will support them catching up with any missed work upon their return. 

Cases are rising so we encourage you to be vigilant where you can over the Easter holiday. Covid-19 LFD test kits must now be purchased if you wish to acquire them. As always, if you need to report a positive Covid-19 case then please use the following link;  

https://evolve.edufocus.co.uk/myevolve/covidtestresults.asp?thekingsleyschool 

Letters

News

FUTURE FWD – ENABLING NEXTGEN CONFERENCE

Something of which I hope we can all be proud is the way in which our schools are constantly seeking to develop the education we provide and, indeed, break new ground.

I am therefore delighted that we are hosting a national conference, ‘FutureFwd’, which brings together educationalists and employers, with the aim of ensuring that our young people are fully equipped for life beyond school. More details may be found here: www.futurefwd.org. This is a cross-sector event, with our key partners being the University of Warwick and Warwickshire College Group. The conference also includes a ‘Platinum Jubilee’ conference for Lower Sixth, details of which may be found by following this Link.

It would be a great pleasure to see you there as parents. If you would like to attend ‘FutureFwd’, please do sign-up here: www.futurefwd.org/attend, and be part of this vital conversation.

Richard Nicholson
Foundation Principal

BUDDY IS PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Congratulations to Buddy in Year 6 who won Player of the Match in her U12s football league. Against strong opposition she battled hard and scored a wonderful goal for her team – well done Buddy!

ROUND SQUARE ART PIECE

We’ve been working on this study of David Hockney’s Grand Canyon painting in Art Club this term as part of a Round Square collaboration with several other schools in the UK, India and Pakistan. Pupils have painted a section each on the theme of ‘Grand Horizons’. It’s pretty big, spanning approximately 3 metres across. Soon we’ll be able to combine our contributions with different sections by the other schools. Thank you to fellow Round Square member, Wycliffe Prep, for organising it.

 

HELENA DAZZLES IN CAPELLA ACADEMY OF DANCE SHOW

Helena in Year 8 loved taking part in ballet and jazz performances in the Capella Academy of Dance show at the Royal Spa Centre at the weekend.

ELLA’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCE IN GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM

We wish the best of luck to Ella in Year 10 in her upcoming performance of Goodnight Mister Tom at Rugby Theatre. She will be playing Carrie in this much loved story and will be performing in ten shows over the Easter holidays!

Reminders & Notices

KINGSLEY DUKE OF EDINBURGH WEBSITE

A new Duke of Edinburgh page, containing updates, guides and documents for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, is now available to view at this link. We hope that you find it useful!

KENILWORTH WARDENS GIRLS’ FOOTBALL TEAMS

Kenilworth Wardens offer girls’ football training and clubs – a fantastic opportunity for any players at all age groups looking for further training and team opportunities! Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

GOGO MAKERS EASTER CAMP

GoGo Makers are returning to Kingsley Prep at Easter with another of their popular camps. For more information, please view the flyer here.

LUNCH MENUS

Please view our lunch menus at the links below. Next week is Week 2.

Prep School Menu

Senior School Menu

CELEBRATING SUCCESS OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL

We love to hear about our pupils’ successes outside of school. Please do keep us updated with any news items – sporting achievements, performing opportunities, charity work, and everything in between, so that we can celebrate in school and with our community via online channels. Please send any details through to schooloffice@kingsleyschool.co.uk.

Prep School Bulletin

PREP SCHOOL WELCOME

Dear Parents,

What a wonderful week this has been. On Monday we hosted our parent meetings to share information on your child’s academic progress; thank you for your feedback on re-introducing face to face meetings. We are reviewing this process and how best we can accommodate preferences, which we will share with you next term.

It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents into school for the Year 5 Sharing Assembly. The children gave an excellent insight into their progress and learning, rising to the occasion of a more mature audience!

Thank you for supporting our Phonics and Reading Information Cheese and Wine Event on Wednesday evening. We hope you found it useful and that you feel more involved in your child’s education as a result. As always, we would value any feedback on how to improve or expand our provision.

Today has been gloriously uplifting: the pleasure the children have had in spending the day at Forest School and sharing their tree planting experience with family will be etched in their memories forever. Despite the cold wind, it was such a wonderful occasion in which to participate. An enormous thank you must go to Mrs Norris who has organised this amazing event. We hope in many years to come, when your children’s children visit the sight, they will take great pride in seeing their family name on plaques, represented by beautiful trees.

Attached to this week’s Cornflower is a copy of the letter your child will have brought home this evening. It offers a comprehensive menu of choices for Enrichment in the Summer Term; please tick your child’s choice and return to school on Monday. We hope you find this system more manageable.

Please remember that school will finish for Easter on Wednesday 6th April at 3.20pm. There will be no Enrichment on that day, but Tea Club will run as usual.

I wish you a very pleasant weekend.

Mrs Monica Gamble
Interim Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

This week in Pre-school our traditional tale has been Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have enjoyed retelling the story through role play and with puppets. They have impressed me with their recall from the stories over the last couple of weeks, and we have enjoyed talking about the story settings and characters.

The children created some fabulous houses for the three bears out of Lego and duplo. In Maths we have been looking at size, ordering items and using language of size.

RECEPTION

This week, our ducklings have helped us in Maths. We have been comparing heights and lengths and using informal and formal units of measure to measure the height and lengths of our ducklings. The children have used impressive vocabulary, such as shorter, taller and exactly the same. Some children can even talk about centimetres.

YEAR 1

Year 1 and Year 2 had a crafting afternoon on Thursday and made their Easter bonnets. Before beginning their bonnets, the children heard the Easter story and began to understand the significance of the items that we traditionally add to Easter bonnets. For example: chicks, nests, lambs and eggs.

The children now understand that spring time and Easter are an opportunity to celebrate new life and fresh beginnings.

YEAR 2

Year 2 have been enjoying practising their Mathematics with a series of exercises from a Year 3 text book. All the children in Year 2 have been focused and engaged with their Year 3 level additions, even asking for extra Maths to do at break time!

YEAR 3

At Forest Schools this week, Years 3 and 4 and the Enrichment group made magic potions that will help the bees make honey and the fairies rebuild their fairy houses and make everyone sparkly!

Year 3 are continuing their learning of the epic poem, Beowulf. They have written a letter from the perspective of a warrior watching the battle between Grendel’s mother and Beowulf. They have included emotive language and are learning how to build suspense.

In Maths, we have been learning about multiplying and dividing by 4 and have learnt a new skill using the ‘bar model’. Well done Year 3!

YEAR 4

We cannot believe that we are hurtling towards the end of term! The class is still managing to keep their energy for learning at maximum as we have so much that we still want to fit into our timetable before we break for Easter. One of the milestones in Year 4 is to achieve a Pen Licence and so many of the class are so, so close to doing just that! Here is the whole class practising both their spelling and handwriting so that we can end the term on a high!

Year 4 investigated how sounds change over distance in their science lesson this week. They learned that sounds travel as vibrations. The further the vibrations travel, the more they spread out. As they spread out through more and more particles, the vibrations become smaller and smaller. This causes the sound to get quieter. Year 4 had fun estimating the distance an alarm clock was ringing and they also made string telephones.

In Maths, Year 4 have been really getting to grips with their knowledge and understanding of both 1 and 2-digit decimals. The class has been calculating with decimals, dividing whole numbers by 10 and 100 and they have even been problem solving using decimals.

YEAR 5

Year 5 have worked really hard on their speaking and listening skills this week, in preparation for their Sharing Assembly. They all showed their incredible performance skills in their end of term, Ancient Egyptian themed assembly.

The pupils welcomed guests from Pre-School, Reception, Year 3 and 4 for a special rehearsal on Tuesday before the main event on Wednesday. It was wonderful to see so many Year 5 parents and VIPS in Prep School once again enjoying this special occasion.

The Year 5 pupils have impressed us all with their learning, understanding and enthusiasm for this Creative Curriculum topic. We would like to congratulate the whole class for their hard work and dedication. Well done, Year 5!

YEAR 6

This week in Creative Curriculum, Year 6 have been exploring the problems that faced Britain at the end of World War II and the solutions that were offered by Labour leader, Clement Attlee, in his winning 1945 election campaign. The pupils explored the features of persuasive language, then wrote and performed (with great gusto!) their own persuasive election speeches, in the role of Clement Attlee.

PREP SPORT

Congratulations to our Prep Sports Stars of the week – Olivia (Y3), Mariella (Y5), Martha (Y6) and Buddy (Y6).

A big well done also to our Year 5 Netball Team who played against The Croft and Crackley Hall during a friendly match. Congratulations to Izzy and Charlotte who were awarded Player of the Match.

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