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Most of us want to see things change for the better in our world. We are good at spotting the problems and flaws in systems and institutions around us and suggesting what should be done differently. There is a smaller group of people in the world though who go one step further; they actively do something and bring about the change they want to see; they do more than being a bystander and they roll up their sleeves to get involved; they make a difference wherever they can.
All changes have an impact. Some are immediate and some are sown as seeds for the future. Today we saw the swift response of the Kingsley community to the conflict in Ukraine, and the truly generous donation of key items for war refugees that we have received over the past two days. This morning pupils from our Sixth Form helped deliver the collection which filled two minibuses; it was both a sombre and proud moment as we all knew the immediate difference that this would make.
I feel immensely privileged to see young people being so actively involved. It is my hope that all our Kingsley pupils have both the courage and the conviction to be the change that this world needs. Let us all encourage one another to step up and make a difference, knowing that one small change today can create a powerful legacy for the future.
With kind regards,
Important notices and reminders
Second-Hand Uniform Sale
There will be a second-hand uniform sale on Tuesday 8th March from 3.00pm till 5.30pm in the Senior School Gym.
Mufti Day Friday 11th March
In order to support those affected by the war in Ukraine there will be a mufti day across all the Foundation schools next Friday. The suggested minimum donation is £2 and all proceeds will go towards the UNICEF appeal.
Updated Covid Guidance
Please refer to the letter sent to all families during half term about the updated guidance with regards to Covid. As always, if you need to report a positive Covid case then please use the following link;
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FRIENDS OF KINGSLEY – BEDTIME STORIES
Many thanks to everyone who attended Bedtime Stories. Forty children joined to listen to a selection of stories. We raised just over £130 to go towards improvements at the Forest School site.
Special thanks to volunteers Holly D, Lydia de C, Philip Delaney, Alison Hobbs, Bethany Hobbs and Corrinne Clark for their help on the night. Many thanks also to staff for facilitating the event.
WORLD BOOK DAY… IN SPANISH!
The Prep School Spanish club took the opportunity to read different books in Spanish to celebrate World Book Day this week.
The group paid special attention to a particular one : ‘Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí? (Brown bear, what do you see?) to practise different animals, colours and structures. Everyone received an activity book to read and colour in.
THE KINGSLEY SCHOOL PRESENTS ‘MADE IN DAGENHAM’
The box office is now open for Kingsley’s production of ‘Made In Dagenham’, directed by our guest director, Antony Law.
Made in Dagenham is a musical with music by David Arnold, lyrics by Richard Thomas, and a book by Richard Bean. The uplifting musical comedy is based on the 2010 film of the same name, which in turn was based on the real events of the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968.
Performances will take place on Wednesday 23rd March, Thursday 24th March and Friday 25th March. Performances will start at 7pm in the Senior School Hall, with doors opening at 6:30pm.
Tickets are priced at £9 for an adult and £5 for a child/concession.
If you wish to purchase tickets, please fill out the Google Form at the link below. Tickets can either be paid for via fees billing (if orders are placed by Friday 11th March, the cost will be added to your Spring Term bill, and if placed after Friday 11th March, the cost will be added to your Summer Term bill), or by cash in a marked envelope to the Senior School Reception. Tickets will be sent home with your child.
If you need any additional information regarding tickets, please email email@example.com.
Please note that Made In Dagenham contains language and themes that are of a mature nature. Although we encourage families to come and enjoy, we just want to ensure that parents with younger children are aware.
We hope you are able to come and support us with this fantastic production, and we look forward to seeing you at the performances.
GRACE’S SWIMMING CLUB’S SUCCESS
Grace in Year 8 swims with the Leamington Spa Amateur Swimming Club (LSASC), who have just qualified for the National Arena Swimming League National Final for the first time in the club’s 137 year history!
A huge congratulations to Grace and the Club. For more information, please do read the Leamington Observer’s article here!
OLD LEAMINGTONIANS’ GIRLS’ TAG RUGBY
Old Leamingtonians’ Rugby Club are offering a girls’ tag rugby sessions. For more information, please view the flyer attached here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org FAO Mr Farrington-Smith.
PREP SCHOOL WELCOME
The start of the new half term has certainly been an action packed one. Not only has the Prep School taken part in pancake races for Shrove Tuesday (well done to Milroy for securing the trophy this year) but we have also had a World Book Day extravaganza! This year as it was the 25th Anniversary of World Book Day, Prep School hosted a ‘Bedtime Stories’ that had been organised by the Friends of Kingsley. The event was wonderfully supported and everyone enjoyed being entertained by a plethora of classic tales. A very big thank you to Mrs Delaney and her team of helpers for organising the event. A very special thank you must also go to our sensational story tellers: Miss Fennell, Miss Bray and Mr Mercer-Kelly! The Prep School also welcomed Mr Nicholson, the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation Principal, as he was leading an assembly for the pupils.
It was lovely to welcome pupils back into a very much more normal feeling school. There was certainly a buzz at the front gate as pupils arrived on Monday. The sense of excitement and anticipation for the new term continued as the week progressed and the exciting learning opportunities were revealed.
Year 5 had a special treat as Miss Knight-Adams took the class to the Physics Lab to experience science in the Senior School as they were starting their new topic “Marvellous Mixtures”. In Year 6, the class were extending their knowledge and understanding of angles.
Reception and Pre-school started their new topic, ‘traditional tales’. Pre-school were looking at the story Jack and the Beanstalk, the children found the giant’s treasure and the hen that lays golden eggs in the home corner. The class also planted their own beans which will hopefully turn into beanstalks! On Tuesday, Reception pupils were trying to solve the mystery of the missing biscuits that linked to their chosen fairy-tale, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears. After discovering crumbs outside the classroom, the class questioned a range of teachers about who might have been seen taking biscuits from their classroom!
As I mentioned, World Book Day provided many opportunities to share stories and complete book related activities. In Year 2, the pupils re-designed their favourite book cover to tie in with World Book Day. This was done during the class’ art lesson on Thursday and helped tap into their creative side. Year 1 pupils enjoyed taking part in a Scavenger hunt. They found books in their classroom, with different features or subjects. For example, a book with shouting in it, a book with a happy ending or a book that teaches us something new. In Year 3 and 4, the World Book Day theme, ‘You are a Reader’, was an opportunity to share favourite books in the Prep Library and to create Book Reviews.
The first Prep School Open Morning of the year is going ahead on Saturday so thank you to the parents of Key Stage 2 pupils who are coming in to support the event. It is guaranteed to create a real buzz around Prep and we are very egg-cited about our egg hunt theme! If your child has volunteered to help at this event, they should not arrive before 9:15am.
Please note a number of dates for your diaries: on Tuesday, we have a second-hand uniform sale in Prep; on Thursday, Year 3 have their Anglo Saxon day; also, on Thursday, it is the Prep Teatime concert (4:00 -5:00pm in the Senior Hall); on Friday, it is the EYFS and Year 1 trip to see the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and for Year 2 to Year 6 mufti day with a suggested minimum donation of £2 that will go towards UNICEF– those pupils going on the Friday trip are to wear school uniform as they are having their mufti day on Thursday.
Finally, I would like to wish the selection of Year 5 netballers ‘Good Luck’ for the ISA Netball Tournament.
I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable weekend.
Mrs Suzanne Holmes
Deputy Head of Prep
We have launched our new term with a new topic: Traditional Tales. This week in Pre-school we have been looking at Jack and the Beanstalk:
We have found the giant’s goose who lays golden eggs and a box of treasures in our home corner.
We have completed an experiment with beans which we have placed in a plastic bag so we can observe when the beans begin to sprout.
We planted our own beans which we will look after and hopefully have our own beanstalks in a few weeks.
We look forward to exploring more traditional tales over the coming weeks!
On Tuesday, the Reception children worked so hard on their fact sheets about bears that everyone decided they deserved a biscuit treat after play. The Malted Milks were left safely on Mrs Finnegan’s desk and everybody went outside. When the class returned, the children noticed something suspicious was going on and then discovered the treats had completely vanished! Some children then spotted some crumbs on the floor and more crumbs by the door… We followed the trail which led to the staffroom. Someone had stolen our biscuits and eaten their ‘loot’ in the staffroom!
All week our busy little detectives searched for clues, interviewed witnesses and partook in some forensic science too; dusting for fingerprints around the classroom and on the evidence. After collating their evidence the children decided they wanted to bring Mr Mercer-Kelly in for questioning. However, in the meantime they received a confession from him. Thankfully, the children were very understanding and forgiving. Afterall, who of us could really resist a biscuit?
Mr Mercer-Kelly came to see us with an apology gift this morning. The Reception children have learned a lot about using manners and making sure to ask before they take something that isn’t theirs.
YEAR 1 AND 2
Year 1 have been investigating materials that would be suitable for an umbrella. They were presented with a problem – Baby Buttons got wet, playing outside in the rain! How could we prevent this from happening again?
The children investigated with cellophane, tissue, bubble-wrap and paper. They made predictions, before testing each material, using three droplets of water, from a pipette. The children all concluded that bubble-wrap or cellophane would be best for Baby Buttons’ umbrella, because it is waterproof and either transparent or translucent.
1HF and 2CB got together on Shrove Tuesday. They made vegan pancakes and had the choices of lots of different toppings. Biscoff spread and banana was Miss Fennell’s personal favourite! The children enjoyed learning about the origins of Shrove Tuesday and understand that the name originates from the shriven. This is a period of penance, before Lent begins. Year 1 particularly enjoyed learning the different names for this Christian celebration, including ‘Fat Tuesday’ as the day is known in Denmark and Norway.
1HF and 2CB spent their RE lesson on Wednesday learning about Ash Wednesday. They learned about the meaning of the day and how it is celebrated today. As Lent has now begun, the children made acts of kindness jars with forty acts of kindness inside. They shall pick one for each day of Lent, to make the community a happier place.
In English, Year 3 have been learning about the epic poem of Beowulf. Olivia and Imogen were in hot-seat as warriors hoping to be the next chief warrior to defeat the gruesome monster Grendel.
In Forest Schools this week, using their newly learnt skills, the children laid the fire ready to light. Each of the Year 3 and 4 children had a turn at creating sparks using flint and steels. Once they had mastered striking a spark, they then attempted, with some success, to light a fire cup. When the fire was burning, thanks to Emilia P’s super spark, we then mixed our pancake ingredients in a jam jar and cooked them on the fire. All with the expert help of Miss Woodruffe-Burke.
Welcome back to the new half term, Year 4! The week has been a really exciting start to the term especially as we have had World Book Day to look forward to! To mark this very special 25th anniversary of the event, Year 4 joined forces with Year 3 for some shared reading in the Prep Library. The classes thoroughly enjoyed their celebration of reading…
In English, we have started work on creating non-chronological reports and the class is really looking forward to writing a non-chronological report about a chosen aspect of our Creative Curriculum topic, The Shang Dynasty. Here are the pupils exploring the features of non-fiction texts and testing their knowledge of what is needed to create an effective non-chronological report.
This week’s maths lessons have seen the class become extremely skilled at adding and subtracting mentally. We will have used those skills to create a range of worded two step problems to challenge members of the class with. Here are the class testing out their prowess with problems and mental strategies!
In a special STEM lesson, Year 4 and 5 joined together to celebrate all things that fly. The challenge was to make paper aeroplanes, helicopters and gliders. The pupils enjoyed collaborating together, supporting each other and testing their innovations. Surprisingly, the gliders flew the furthest! This lesson completed Year 5’s learning all about forces and focused on gravity, air resistance and lift.
Everyone can try these activities out, just take a look at this website for more details: https://learning.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/resources/make-it-fly/
This week, in Creative Curriculum, Year 6 have been learning about the work of famous artist, Henry Spencer Moore. In particular, they have studied his shelter drawings which he created after spending time sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz in World War 2. Using chalk on black paper, the pupils have emulated his unique style; anonymous figures are often seated, reclining or huddled in his work. The pupils have worked hard to recreate the eerie atmosphere which characterises Moore’s work.
Congratulations to our Prep Sports Stars of the Week – Aerin (Y4), Cynthia (Y4) and Tara (Y6)!
All pupils did brilliantly this week. It rained the whole time we were out, but all pupils were suitably dressed and participated fully, not once complaining about the weather. We had yoga, netball, football, cross country and games skills going on, so lots to keep them busy and moving!