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5th November 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,

While the glorious autumn weather has continued Kingsley has been back in full swing. Sports matches and creative sessions were a Senior School feature and we celebrated sporting representative honours successes for May in netball, Ayla in swimming and Harriett in hockey. The Prep School hosted a sell-out open morning today and I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff on the lessons and activities on offer; it was wonderful.

Parents of Senior School exam classes joined a webinar hosted by Mrs Morgan and her team where we shared the information we currently have on exams this year and some advice on revision skills. Thank you to everyone who attended. If parents were unable to attend, you can view the webinar here and download a copy of the presentation here.

I am delighted to share that following the half term break our COVID case numbers are very low and therefore we plan to return to face to face assemblies in Senior School and remove masks in corridors from next week. Students are welcome to choose to wear masks if they prefer to and all students must continue to use them on the school buses. We will monitor this carefully and make adjustments should we feel the need to.

Nasal flu vaccinations are no longer to be held in December and will now take place on January 11th 2022. More detailed information will come out nearer the time.

Next week we are looking forward to Prep Parents’ Evening on Monday 8th November, Year 7 Parents Information Evening on Tuesday 9th November (see attached letter for more details) and the Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 11th November. An informative week for many parents so, as always, please do share with us any feedback following these events. Then, to round next week off, the Head Girls Emily, Molly and Martha along with our Prep Deputy Head Girl Poppy will accompany members of the senior team in the Leamington Remembrance Service parade. This is always such a special occasion and is a privilege to be a part of.

On a similar note Emily, Molly, Martha and Poppy were excellent ambassadors for Kingsley today when they were invited to join the King’s High and Warwick school communities as they celebrated the formal opening of the Project One Campus by HRH Princess Anne. It was a wonderful occasion that recognised a fantastic achievement, our congratulations to al involved.

Wishing you all an enjoyable weekend,

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher

Letters

News

BELLE AND DOTTIE’S SHOWJUMPING SUCCESS

Sisters Belle in Year 2 and Dottie in Year 1 competed on behalf of North Warwickshire Pony Club Showjumping in Kingsley colours over half term. Belle finished first in one class and third in her second class, and Dottie and her miniature Shetland pony finished in 7th place. Incredible results from both – well done Belle and Dottie!

Belle is competing on behalf of Kingsley in the National Schools Equestrian Association Dressage League.

OLIVIA ACHIEVES A RED BELT

Olivia in Year 3 has been awarded her red belt in karate this week – well done Olivia!

LARA’S DANCING ACHIEVEMENTS

Lara in year 5 has recently taken her dance exams in Street Dance, ballet and Tap and was graded Highly Commended for Street Dance,  Merit for Ballet and Distinction for Tap. Super achievements Lara, well done!

OLIVIA’S DIVING ACHIEVEMENTS

Olivia in Year 8 has achieved her PADI Junior Open Water Diver Certification (up to 21m), an incredible achievement! The photo shown here is from Olivia’s diving during half-term, and is just such an amazing photo! Well done Olivia.

PIPER-ROSE BECOMES A SWIMMING INSTRUCTOR

Piper-Rose in Year 11 spent a whole week in half-term qualifying to become a swimming instructor, putting in a huge amount of hard work. She received her official certification from the STA this week. Well done Piper-Rose!

A TRIO OF COUNTY SPORTING SUCCESSES

Congratulations to:

🏊‍♀️ Ayla in Year 7, who has been selected for the Warwickshire County Pathway as one of the fastest 11 year old swimmers in the county.
🏐 May in Year 9, who has seen selected for Warwickshire county netball.
🏑 And Harriett in Year 8, who has just been selected for Warwickshire hockey!

Amazing achievements girls, well done!

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 6: HALLOWEEN

This last week’s theme was ‘Halloween’ and I’ve selected some of my favourites (see attached). All of these people will receive 2 merits, while everyone else who entered will receive 1.

Halloween is without a doubt the most creative festival in the calendar. People decorate themselves, their pets, their houses, they carve pumpkins and put up installations. But best of all photographers get to capture it all with eerie lighting to create images that may spook people, intrigue people or simply impress them. I have chosen a selection of images that do those very things for me and I’ve tried to make the selection as varied as I can.

Bella G in Year 10 certainly spooked me with her photos. They work really well in black and white and I’ve picked out two that really impressed me. The first is a skeleton artist creating a self-portrait. I like the idea of art bringing the dead back to life through creativity. The second is a skull that appears to be laughing while staring at you with creepy eyes. Both are excellent photos that really show Bella’s confidence behind the camera.

Poppy D in Year 9 has photographed a couple of skeletons enjoying a night out in the garden and they have even brought cake! This image has really good dramatic lighting and the busy composition leads your eye around the scene, making it very interesting to look at.

Mary T in Year 7 also impressed me with her photo of a ‘Keep Out’ sign. The use of a vignette and filter makes it look even scarier, while the leaves on the grass make the scene look unsettled as if a bloody zombie has just walked through.

Avani D in Year 8 has approached the topic from a different perspective, which I really like. By looking at abandoned buildings, she has managed to make a photograph of a window look really spooky and haunted. By adding a blurred effect she has added movement and made it look almost other-worldly.

Next week’s theme will be PAINTING WITH LIGHT! (see the website for examples and some tips)

Deadline: Tuesday 9th November

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

I’ve really enjoyed looking through all your photos – it’s the highlight of my week! So please keep taking pictures and remember to upload them (or email them).

Mr Lax

THE FRIENDS OF KINGSLEY CHRISTMAS FAYRE

The Friends of Kingsley are once again hosting the Christmas Fayre this year – it is wonderful to be able to do so after last year. The Christmas Fayre will take place on Friday 26th November from 3.20pm to 5.30pm at the Senior School Hall.

There will be the usual mix of fun activities and stalls for everyone, including our Christmas raffle and the very popular teddy tombola. Father Christmas will even be dropping by to say hello to the children!

The Christmas Faye wouldn’t be able to take place without your wonderful support and generosity. It would be fantastic if you could donate any bottles, chocolate or pre-loved teddy bears. There will be a box in the reception areas of the Prep and Senior School where you can drop off any items you wish to donate. These boxes will be there on your return to school on the 1st November.

For more information, please view the attached flyer here.

Many thanks,

The Friends of Kingsley School.

Reminders & Notices

PREP MARTIAL ARTS CO-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITY

A Martial Arts Co-Curricular option has been added this half term. Currently, there are still places available and, for the club to go ahead, we do need additional pupils to sign up. Please have a look at the attached flyer for more information!

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.

YEAR 9-13 NETBALL ENRICHMENT – MONDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Netball Enrichment for Yr9-13 on Monday 8th November will not take place due to an U15&U16 netball fixture that evening. Any pupils that are in this fixture have been told and an email has gone home to confirm the details of the fixture so they must bring in their netball kit. A homework enrichment will take place on the Monday as a one off and finish at 4:00pm to go home to all Year 9s and any others who may not in the fixture.

THE YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER CHALLENGE: CHARITY COMPETITION

InvestIn inviting students aged 12-18 to enter ‘The Young Photographer Challenge’ in aid of Stress Awareness Week. Students should submit a photograph of their ‘peaceful place’ along with a title and short explanation. Creativity is highly encouraged!

The competition is free to enter and for each entry InvestIn shall make a donation to Stem4, a youth mental health charity. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 23rd November.

To find out more and see details on how to enter, please visit InvestIn’s website here.

SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING BOOKINGS

We have a small amount of timeslots available for our Sixth Form Open Evening next Thursday, from 5:30-8pm. If Year 11 or 10 families wish to attend to visit the Sixth Form Centre and find out a bit more about A-level subjects from our team, please do sign up ASAP to avoid disappointment at this link.

LUNCH MENUS

Please view our lunch menus at the links below. The first week back after half-term 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

The second half of our autumn term has started with such optimism and enthusiasm. It has been really wonderful to see all of the happy smiling faces of our Prep pupils as they entered the school on Monday. Luckily there has been some sunshine around which has helped ward off any autumnal chills.

At this time of the year, our focus is on remembering and thinking of others. Our Remembrance Day commemorations are currently being finalised and this year, the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl have been invited to accompany the Head of Senior School and Head of Prep to attend the Annual Service of Remembrance, which will take place at the War Memorial, Leamington Spa on Sunday, 14th November 2021. Poppies will be on sale in school and we would like to suggest a £1 donation for poppies as this is such a worthy cause.

Our deepest condolences go to our Head of Prep, Mrs Gamble, who lost her dear father during the half-term holiday. As you can imagine, her sense of loss is unimaginable and she has taken a leave of absence until the end of next week to be with her family in Scotland and to attend the funeral which is due to take place next week.

COP26 artwork is starting to fill the display spaces around Prep and we have all been inspired by our pupils’ creativity and thought provoking climate related images. Mrs Adair will certainly have her work cut out to choose a selection to be included in the virtual COP26 Gallery next week.

Today, we warmly welcomed twelve families into school for our Prep Open Morning. The event was a resounding success and many compliments were shared with staff and pupils during the morning. There was a real buzz around school as our visitors saw how the classes engaged with the exciting learning that was taking place. When they were not guiding tours for families (absolutely superbly!), Year 6 collaborated with Reception to create some very unique diva lamps to celebrate the Diwali. The Diwali theme continued in Pre-School and Year 3 in the form of Rangoli patterns. Year 1 were working in the Innovation Station creating meals for a super hero whilst Year 2 were practising their grammar skills. In Year 4, the pupils were becoming experts at translating 2-D shapes whilst Year 5 were working on some Smartie fractions!

As we move towards winter, it is important that we reflect on those who are less fortunate than we are so I would like to invite families to contribute to our Helping Hands Appeal. The details of how to help are outlined in the accompanying letter and your child will bring a home details of a possible donation to the class shoe box.

This year, to launch our Anti-bullying week, Prep School are joining forces with Senior School, so pupils are invited to wear odd socks on Monday 15 November. Please see the letter that provides further details of this.

As you are aware, our Enrichment and Co-Curricular sessions will be starting on Monday 8 November and I would like to draw your attention to a new Martial Arts Co-Curricular option that has been added this half term. Currently, there are still places available and, for the club to go ahead, we do need additional pupils to sign up. I have also attached the flyer for your information.

A final reminder that on Monday 8 November, we are hosting our virtual Parents’ Evening so if you haven’t booked your slot you have until 10:00pm on Sunday to arrange a time to speak to you child’s teacher. Please view the letter again here, which contains a guide on the booking system and how to invite additional family members.

After such a positive start, we are really looking forward to the rest of our autumn term especially as we have so many wonderful events to look forward to.

I wish you all a very restful and enjoyable weekend with your families.

Kindest regards,

Mrs Suzanne Holmes
Deputy Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

We have had a busy return to pre school after our half-term break. Our new topic, travel and transport, has seen us spending quite a bit of time in our new role play area which has been transformed into The Kingsley Travel Agent.
The children have been looking through holiday brochures and booking holidays – they have also been able to change their currency at the Bureau de Change.

We have also spent some time exploring seasonal pumpkins. We have looked at them closely using some lovely descriptive language and produced some observational drawings of the pumpkins. The children have used their fine motor skills to hammer golf tees and place elastic bands on the pumpkins and finally enjoyed the story Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper, having fabulous fun retelling the story in the tuff tray by making our own pumpkin soup!

RECEPTION

Pre-school, reception and KS1 had the most fabulously sunny Autumnal visit to ‘The Pumpkin Place Wolston’ to round off the first half term. There were touching moments of friendship and kindness with children offering to help others find ‘just the right one’ they were looking for. The determination to lift the biggest in the patch was admirable but everyone went home with a seasonal trophy they could comfortably carry in the end! Weighing and paying for their own pumpkins was an excellent real life opportunity for the children to put their number skills into practice, not to mention their marvellous manners shown to all the staff and each other.

There was also a hay bale maze for the children to navigate and offered a chance for leadership skills to shine through as the children problem solved and worked together to collect up classmates lost in the twists and turns before leaving on the buses. It was a joyous end to the term you will see from the photographs, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

YEAR 1

Year 1 have been learning all about Diwali, in their RE lesson with Miss Fennell and with Year 2. They listened to the story of Rama and Sita and also found out about how people celebrate Diwali in Modern times.

The children loved making Diya lamps, just like Dipal in the story they read and they enjoyed learning about Rangoli Patterns, which are left to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi to homes, in the hope of a prosperous and blessed year.

YEAR 2

Year 2 have been finishing off their arctic topic on this week. In our DT session on Thursday afternoon the children learned about igloos and how they are built, how they keep the occupants warm and all about the engineering that goes into creating them. The class then built their own model igloos out of sugar cubes.

YEAR 3

In Forest Schools this week, Year 3 and 4 mapped out and designed how they felt Forest School should look in the coming years so that it is accessible to children of all ages. They carefully where certain things should go, such as; a permanent fire pit, a willow maze and a bug village to name but a few.

On that note, could we please ask for donations of tree trunks, bricks, large stones, a small rabbit hutch or dog kennel that can be turned into a fairy house and anything else you feel might be suitable for our Forest School.

This week Year 3’s class reader is Medusa’s Curse by A.J. Hunter. The class have created some incredibly imaginative character drawings of the first Ancient Greek creature discovered and have written detailed descriptions of the creature.

YEAR 4

Year 4 have hit the ground running with the new half term, filled with so much enthusiasm about their learning. We have started the term in the spirit that we left it so our focus has very much been on climate change and COP26. Here is the class showcasing their wonderful images to alert us all to the need to look after our very precious planet!

For our new English topic, the class is considering the importance of information writing and how we present this type of text in order to enhance meaning. We have started our learning journey by investigating a wealth of different styles of information books and identifying the key features that are shared across this text-type.

In science, Year 4 have been setting up a practical investigation today into tooth decay. They are using hard boiled eggs to represent teeth! Each pupil thought of a scientific question to test and they all made a prediction. They are testing 5 different liquids: orange juice, apple juice, cola, milk and water. The pupils will observe any changes over the next week. We look forward to reporting what we find out from our investigation. Watch this space.

YEAR 5

Year 5 are continuing to enjoy their STEM activities with Mr Thompson each Friday. Before half term, they investigated pitch and made their own musical instruments with straws. It was very noisy but a lot of fun! The pupils have also been completing wonderful pieces of Creative Curriculum homework. Their theme this term is Space Explorers, and many pupils have chosen to present quizzes on the theme. The class enjoy taking part and answering the questions (and the teachers too!). Well done for all of your hard work in school and at home Year 5.

YEAR 6

Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to ‘show off’ their school today and rose triumphantly to the challenge of serving as tour guides to prospective pupils and their parents. We were very impressed by the maturity all of the pupils demonstrated and it was wonderful to see the passion with which they spoke about their experience of the school! Thank-you Year 6 for being marvellous ambassadors for the Kingsley Preparatory School – we are very proud of you all!

SPORT

The Prep pupils headed to St Nicholas Park this week to play hockey on the astro. This was one of the first times on astro for many of the pupils. All were fantastic and participated fully in the skills and games carried out.

Mrs Purdy and Miss Mason’s PE ‘Stars of the Week’ each week this week are…

Lily S, Holly H, Buddy D and Tallulah C

Well done all!

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