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3rd December 2021

PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT NOTICES IN INTRODUCTION.

Please use the menu following Mrs McCullough’s introduction to quickly access letters, news and reminders relevant to your year group (s).

Dear parents,

We started the week in a winter wonderland and it was a joy to hear the pupils tell us all about the snowy adventures they had had over the weekend. Fingers crossed that school closures due to adverse weather aren’t going to be a trend this winter, however I will send out a document with information about our procedures in due course.

Additionally, we continue to monitor and review the current Covid-19 situation in school and in the local community. Below is a list of all our Christmas events. Our aim is that all these events will go ahead as planned, however we will amend them as is required and in line with government guidance to schools should we need to. We would be grateful that if you are attending an event at school that you, and your child, conduct a Lateral Flow test the morning of the event and that you wear a mask during the service or performance. The Senior School students are all bringing home test kits today. They are a different brand so please do refer to the instructions of how to use. Please may we also ask to remind students to bring in their own masks to wear in school. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

Today we hosted another ‘sell out’ working open afternoon in Senior School. It was lovely to have so many visitors join us and see the school in full swing. This week Mr Nicholson led Senior School assembly on the theme of advent and the Prep School have been busy with hockey matches and nativity preparations. The senior exam students continue with exams next week and should be very proud of the way they are conducting themselves.

Also, this afternoon four of our talented Senior artists took part in a Round Square conference, along with schools in Pakistan, India, Gloucestershire and London. Annabelle Wykes, Daisy Davies, Lily Milsted and Natasha Thomas represented Kingsley as we undertake a group collaboration between six different schools. Over the coming weeks many of our pupils will be invited to produce a large group collaboration piece on the theme of ‘Grand Horizons’. Seeing the world as a global community is at the heart the Round Square IDEALS. I would like to wish the girls the best of luck with this exciting endeavour. Thank you to Mr Lax for arranging this wonderful opportunity.

I would like to take this moment to wish our LAMDA students who are taking exams this weekend the very best of luck. I know you will all give your pieces your absolute best.

With very best wishes,

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher

DATETIMEEVENT
Thursday 9th December9:00 -10:00Pre-School, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 Nativity Performance
11:45 - 12:30Prep School Christmas Lunch
13:00 - 16:00Prep School Trip to the Pantomime (Spa Centre)
Friday 10 December 18:30 - 21:30Year 11 & Year 13 Fizz and Farewell (Senior School Hall)
Saturday 11 December14:30 - 17:00Leamington Bach Choir's Christmas Concert (All Saints Church)
Monday 13 December18:30 - 20:00Evening Carol Service for Parents & Kingsley Community
(Holy Trinity Church)
Tuesday 14 December14:15 - 16:00Whole School Carol Service (Holy Trinity Church)
Wednesday 15 DecemberALL DAYWhole School Christmas Jumper Day with school uniform
12:20 - 13:45Senior School Christmas Lunch
13:50 - 14:20Shorter timetabled period 4 lesson for Senior School
19:00 - 21:00Christmas Concert (Senior School Hall)
Thursday 16 DecemberALL DAYWhole School Non-uniform Day
09:00 - 10:00Senior School Kingsley Christmas Quiz
11:15 - 12:20EYFS to Year 9 form time for Celebration Assembly (Teams)
Years 10-13 to attend Celebration Assembly (School Hall)
12:20Term finishes.

ASK THE AWKWARD – E-SAFETY ADVICE FOR PARENTS

E-Safety Advice for Parents – Ask The Awkward

In this new series of articles, we share some helpful advice and tips on how to keep your children safe on-line. Over the next 10 weeks we will publish a help sheet that will enable you to broach some difficult and, at times, embarrassing topics with your young people at home.

We start with a series of 3 video clips that show some parents and children letting the camera know their view point on the various topics covered. As you will see there is much giggling and embarrassment. That is perfectly normal but hopefully it will enable you to break the ice in your home environment and talk about some really important issues.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ask-the-awkward/

WEEK THREE: FLIRTING AND STARTING RELATIONSHIPS ONLINE

With new technologies comes new challenges but young people today have worked out how to have meaningful relationships online. This guide helps to make sure that everyone is comfortably informed but that everyone is kept safe.

Letters

News

ALEX’S TAE KWON-DO SUCCESS

Alex in Year 3 has passed his grading to achieve his yellow tag in Tae Kwon-Do. Congratulations on such dedication and commitment Alex!

SELEN IN THE NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA

Selen in Year 5 has had quite a weekend of musical achievements, receiving a distinction in her Grade 1 piano exam, a high merit in her Grade5 violin exam and an acceptance into the National Children’s Orchestra for clarinet following her audition a few months back! Incredible achievements, and a real testament to Selen’s hard work and dedication across her range of musical instruments.

Selen’s sister, Ayla in Year 7, was also awarded a high merit in her Grade 6 violin that she took on Friday too – another fantastic achievement!

Well done to both Selen and Ayla!

NETBALL V ALCESTER GRAMMAR

Last night’s fixture against Alcester Grammar was a wonderful evening filled with some great competitive netball. Thank you to all the parents who came along to support!

Results were:

U15s: Win 8-6
U14s: Win 15-3
U13s: Defeat 7-11
U12s: Defeat 2-5

Well done to all!

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 9: SYMMETRY

Thank you for the great photo submissions this week. It’s amazing how placing a limitation on your photography, such as ‘symmetry’ can actually boost your creativity. I really like the shots submitted by you all. Kitty’s mirror image makes spooky shapes in the sky. Lottie has enjoyed looking for symmetry in architecture, both inside and out. Phoebe has arranged objects and hands to create symmetry, whereas Poppy has found symmetry in boldly coloured beach huts. In many of these, it’s great to see how some of the best ‘symmetry photography’ has elements of asymmetry within it.

Next week’s theme will is ‘Winter’s Here’.

Deadline: Tuesday 7th December

Head over to the website to get some inspiration, and upload your entries. You can also see everyone’s entries from last week: kingsleyart.uk/photoclub

Mr Lax

Reminders & Notices

GO GO MAKERS CHRISTMAS CAMP

Go Go Makers are returning to Kingsley Prep again over the Christmas holiday with a pre-Christmas week of fun activities. For more information and details on how to book a place, please see the flyer attached here.

12-15 YEAR OLD COVID VACCINATIONS

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now available for children aged 12-15 who have not had their first dose. For more information and details on vaccination clinics, please view the document from NHS Coventry and Warwickshire here.

SUCCESS BEYOND SCHOOL CAREERS EVENINGS

InvestIN are offering the last of their free Success Beyond School series of online seminars designed to help parents supercharge their children’s career potential. Parents can now register for:

Wednesday 8th Dec: Level up with Law
Support your child on their journey to becoming a top lawyer.

These events are for parents of students aged 12-18 and completely free to attend!

LUNCH MENUS

Please view our lunch menus at the links below. Next week will be 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 FAO Mr Farrington-Smith.

Prep School Bulletin

PREP SCHOOL WELCOME

I begin this week’s news with further congratulations s to Years 3 and 4 for participating in their first hockey match; the team played with determination and skill and were highly praised for their efforts! Congratulations also go to our Prep skiers who won first place at the Open National Championships. A wonderful achievement!

Year 5s have spent the day exploring and discovering the world of engineering, technology and space and so much more at the Space Centre today. I cannot wait to see how this has deepened their learning and fired their imagination; next week’s STEM lesson should be one to remember!

Next week will see the children from Pre-School to Year 3 at their finest; they will entertain and amaze us in music, dancing and singing in their performance of ‘The Angel Who Nearly Missed it All’. Please do join us on Thursday morning to support this wonderful event.

Thursday will be a very busy day: after the nativity, all Prep pupils will dine on a Christmas feast and afterwards, the whole school will head to the Spa Centre to watch this year’s pantomime extravaganza of Aladdin. Oh yes we are!

Please do have a joyful weekend; I look forward to welcoming you all next week.

Mrs Monica Gamble
Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

This week in Pre-school we have been looking at rail travel and have enjoyed finding out about trains. We read the story ‘The Polar Express’. The children enjoyed playing in our Polar Express inspired tough tray, taking inspiration from the story to recreate their own adventures.

As we are now in the month of December our home corner has been transformed into Santa’s workshop. The children have been busy writing cards and letters to post in our class post box and wrapping presents to go under the Christmas tree.

RECEPTION

Continuing their theme of transport, this week Reception have been learning about different types of transport, from land, to sea, to air. They have looked at a map of the UK, suggesting and discussing the best ways to travel to Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The class have also discussed the ways they travel to school, and looked at other more creative ways they could explore more of Warwickshire… including by helicopter and hot air balloon!

YEAR 1

Year 1 have come to the end of their Superheroes topic and have written some absolutely fantastic Newspaper reports, based on the story of ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey.

There is a link to a YouTube video of the story here:

The children in 1HF were able to recount the key events of the story, using a story map and then identified the key features of a newspaper, before planning and writing their own.

As you can see, the children in 1HF did a marvellous job and managed to include headlines, captions, photographs and even eye-witness statements!

YEAR 2

Year 1 and 2 have combined for a melted snowman activity this week and have had great fun with creating yummy wintery treats with rich tea biscuits, icing, smarties and marshmallows!

YEAR 3

As part of our Ancient Greek topic, the Year 3 children learned about and wrote about the differences between living and growing up in Sparta or Athens. They held a strong but respectful class debate where they listened to each other’s points and were able to put their well-thought out ideas and responses forward. At the end, one team were so persuasive, most of the other team moved across!

At Forest Schools this week, Years 3 and 4 used their newly learned skills of tying ‘clove hitches’, ‘sheer lashing’,and  creating weaving webs to make themselves a Christmas tree.

YEAR 4

As we start to move into the festive season, Year 4 are all getting lots of sparkly and creative ideas. Here is the class showcasing one of their very ambitious makes from Forest School. It is going to make a very welcome addition to our classroom!

It is finally the time to hand over our donation to the Helping Hands Charity Shoe Box appeal. After being so generous with the range of items included in our class box, the group set to work wrapping the box before we placed it under the Christmas tree in the foyer.

This week’s English lessons have seen the class starting to plan and create oral stories that are based on some of the stories from last week that have imaginary settings. Year 4 have used the story planning mountain to help them structure their own version of this type of story. At the end of the week, the pupils had a go at telling their stories orally. After hearing some extracts, I can’t wait to read the full length versions.

This week’s science lesson was very exciting as the class investigated how water changes states. It was a great opportunity to visit Prep’s Cookery Corner. Year 4 completed three experiments involving boiling, evaporation, condensation and melting. From the pictures can you identify the which state was being investigated?

YEAR 5

Year 5 were set the engineering challenge of the term this week by Mr Thompson. They had to build the tallest tower in the room. Each group was given £10,000 pounds to spend on materials. Each straw, piece of paper and metre of sellotape cost one thousand pounds so they had to budget carefully and build their towers with the resources they had bought. The winning team of Mari, Fay and Elizabeth managed a fantastic tower in excess of 120 cm. Well done team!

YEAR 6

This week, in Creative Curriculum, Year 6 have been finding out about the Ndebele tribe in Africa and how they decorate their homes in bright, bold, geometric patterns. They learned about the work of Esther Mahlangu and how her patterns, inspired by Ndebele designs, have featured on BMWs and even the air fin of a British Airways plane. The class recreated her artwork by designing their own 3-D model of a Ndebele house. Well done Year 6 for your beautiful designs.

PREP SPORT

Nothing stops Year 5 and 6, who played an exciting hockey match against Crackley Hall in the rain on Wednesday. Although the team weren’t victorious on this occasion, Mrs Purdy commended them on their attitude, commitment and teamwork in difficult conditions. Congratulations to Mariella, who was named Player of the Match!

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