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8th October 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,

It is hard to believe that this is the penultimate Cornflower for this half term. Time does fly when you’re having fun!

It was excellent to see the Prep School performing well on the hockey pitch again this week, as well as the Senior School showing their dominance on the netball court. The hall has begun to fill with Senior School show rehearsals which is always the start of an exciting new chapter in Kingsley’s performing arts history. Congratulations to all who auditioned and thank you for the hard work that everyone puts in to these events. I look forward to the curtain going up later in the academic year.

We now have confirmation of our rescheduled Nasal Flu immunisation for Reception – Year 11, which was disrupted due to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations in schools for 12-15 year olds. The revised date is Tuesday December 14, 2021, and information regarding consent will be forwarded to parents in due course.

With regard to school uniform, Stevensons are still offering their click and collect service. However, please be aware the pickup day is now on a Thursday and the delivery often arrives in the afternoon so I would suggest you plan to collect on a Friday if you have placed an order. On a similar note please can you ensure that everything brought in to school is clearly named so we can return any lost property. Thank you for your support with this.

Last week I wrote to you about pupils in Year 3 to 13 who are at home and accessing our remote learning. Please can I remind you that it is the responsibility of the child to call in to the lesson. If you have any issues with this, please email your child’s form teacher who will investigate as soon as they can rather than call the school office. In the meantime, work will be placed on Class Charts so that children can continue to access their work.

Parents of Key Stage 3 pupils please read carefully the attached letter and bespoke year group information packs for our first Reach Higher homework week which is after half term. This is set to be an exciting opportunity for all to stretch and challenge their academic skills and we would be grateful for any feedback you have regarding our first week which starts on November 8th.

Tonight sees the return of the much loved Friends of Kingsley Quiz/Fish & Chips night. We are looking forward to welcoming teams of parents and staff alike and I am sure it will be a tightly fought occasion. Good luck to all involved and a huge thank you to our highly valued Friends of Kingsley parent committee for putting on this event.

This week we celebrated National Poetry Day which is always a special event in the Kingsley community so I hope you were able to find some poetry time in your week too.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher

Letters

News

ISA NATIONAL INDOOR SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Our three teams of skiers represented Kingsley in our first time competing at the ISA National Indoor Ski Championships at Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre on Monday, alongside 80 other skiers from 11 schools. Fantastic individual and team successes from all – a huge congratulations to everyone who participated!

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 3: COLOUR

Photographers often obsess about light, as having the right lighting can make an image a success and the wrong lighting can ruin an image. But colour is almost as important and this week’s theme has made everyone take a closer look at the world around them. I have picked out just two of my favourite images this week because they really stood out to me:

The first one is by Lottie in Year 7 who has created a montage of yellow photos. It is not just the fact they are yellow that make it a success. There are tight crops, interesting textures and the arrangement of the photos has been carefully considered.

The second one is by Grace T in Year 8 who has chosen the colour pink. It’s a lovely photo, but what I like about it is the range of pinks. some objects are vibrant pink, while others are more beige. Together they make a great composition.

This week’s theme is SHADOWS.

Deadline: Tuesday.

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

Reminders & Notices

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARDS EVENING

Thursday 14th October 2021, 6:30-8:00pm

We look forward to welcoming all participants who have completed their Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards (plus two guests) this past year. All students who have completed their award will be given tickets to attend the evening. If your daughter has not yet completed all of her eDofE sections, can you please encourage her to do so, as we would love to see as many people there as possible to celebrate the students’ achievements!

ENGLAND NETBALL YOUTH CAMP

England Netball are running a Netball Youth Camp for the October Half Term. Details are:

• Tuesday 26th October
• 10.00 until 15.00
• Walsall Campus Sports Centre, University of Wolverhampton, Gorway Road, WS1 3EZ
• For children aged 9-11 and 11-14 years old
• £35 for England Netball members and £40 for non-members

England Netball’s official Netball Youth Camps provide netballers the opportunity to take to the courts during the school holidays for a nothing but netball experience. With top quality coaching, fun games, and match play, it’s the ultimate day for junior netball lovers!

Packed full of top-quality coaching, a range of match play opportunities and tonnes of brand-new games, activities, and team-building sessions they are the perfect boredom-busting holiday activity.

For more information and to book, visit this page and search for the Walsall Campus camp under ‘Netball Youth Camps’ in the session section. There are courses available for ages 9-11 and 11-14.

CALLING ALL SPORTING STARS!

Next Tuesday lunchtime we are holding a photoshoot for our Senior School Sporting Stars board. If you regularly take part in sport inside or outside of school, whether it’s playing on school teams, county teams, or taking part in horse riding, skiing, fencing, or anything else in between, we’d love to include you! Speak to Miss Windsor or Miss Mason for more information.

GOGO MAKERS HALF TERM CLUB

GoGo Makers are returning to the Prep School at half-term to run their popular holiday camp once again. If you would like to find out or register, please download the flyer here.

PERFORMING ARTS OPPORTUNITIES

Please download our Performing Arts booklet below, which details all instrumental music lessons available, along with LAMDA and drama and dance clubs. Registration forms are included at the end of the booklet.

Performing Arts Booklet 2021-22

EVOLVE LOGIN DETAILS FOR TESTING

A reminder of the Evolve link for lateral flow test results – save this into your notes or bookmarks!

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

Instructions on logging your results can be downloaded 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 FAO Mr Farrington-Smith.

Prep School Bulletin

PREP SCHOOL WELCOME

I have had such a fabulously busy and wonderful week in Prep, being impressed and awed by the talent and enthusiasm of the children as we have celebrated World Space Week. After a fabulous assembly, Mrs Adair set us some challenging activities from aliens made from hands or footprints to designing our own rocket. I particularly enjoyed celebrating the successes of women astronauts and their trips to moon.

The children looked very smart on Wednesday in their full winter uniform, when having their photograph taken. I would like to express my gratitude for your support in making sure the children come to school in full uniform, including hats; it reinforces their respect of themselves and for our wonderful school.

Yesterday was National Poetry Day, and after a very encouraging discussion about choice, I had the pleasure of co-creating a Year 6 class poem using rhyming couplets, alliteration and thought provoking action words; I cannot wait to see if we can perform this next week without even the tiniest snigger! The rest of school was awash with poets indulging in acrostic, themed and performance poetry in a uniquely remarkable way. It was truly uplifting.

Today, the school is uplifted in another way by the colour yellow to celebrate World Mental Health Day; thank you for all your donations to support this very worthwhile cause.

Tuesday’s hockey match against Carrdus School encouraged the very best of efforts from all who participated, and as such fantastic improvements in everyone’s play were reported.
Year 5 drew 2-2 with Holly H scoring both goals and Zoe A selected as player of the match.
Year 6 won their match 3-2: Francesca B scored 2 goals and Boe P 1. Player of match was Grace T.
Thank you to Sofia H-R for such a comprehensive match report in assembly.

Next Friday we will be celebrating Harvest at Holy Trinity Church and would like to invite all parents who are able to join us, to please do so. The children have worked hard to produce something extra special this year, so it really does promise to be quite marvellous. Please refer to the letter in your child’s bag for more information; all donations will be gratefully accepted until Monday the 11th of October. I look forward to welcoming you then.

It is hard to believe, but next week will draw this half term to a close. The ensuing half term is incredibly busy with rehearsals, fixtures and preparations for celebrating Christmas; please do refer to the school calendar to make sure none of these events are missed. They all feel extra special this year after their sorely felt absence in the last eighteen months.

I wish you all a very pleasant and peaceful weekend.

Mrs Gamble
Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

This week in Pre-school we have been looking at our sense of touch. We have been using our sense of touch to feel different textures. The children had to put their hand in a feely box and describe what they could feel. We had some lovely language of “hard, soft, rough, bumpy and smooth.”

We also had different textures to feel around the classroom, like water beads, ice and a sensory farm yard.

The children have enjoyed listening to the books ‘Oi Frog!’ and ‘Oi Dog!’. We discussed the rhyming words in the book and have been playing matching eggs with rhyming words.

RECEPTION

Reception have counted down to blast off for Space Week this week. They worked on number recognition and sequencing and had very enthusiastic rockets sounds to boot!

They have also been working on autumn themed artwork, using leaves collected at Forest School to create leaf families. They were given faces and the children talked about how their creations felt.

Keep the creativity coming Reception, fabulous work this week!

YEAR 1

Year 1 got started on their Super-Hero vehicles this week. Their first step was to design their models. The children then created a shopping list of the materials that they would need. After that, they began to assemble their vehicles, using masking tape, hot glue and sticky tape. The next step is to paint and accessorize each vehicle. Miss Fennell is thoroughly impressed with the creativity shown by all of 1HF and cannot wait to share the finished products with you!

YEAR 2

Year 2 have been busy designing posters on ‘saving mother earth’ which will go to Mrs Adair for her to enter into a competition. The prize is to have their artwork displayed at a very important event… watch this space!

YEAR 3

Forest Schools and Green Fingers made ‘nature garlands’ after finding all the things the children loved about nature. They were able to reflect on what they had chosen and why.

YEAR 4

Where has the term gone? I cannot believe we are almost at the end of our penultimate week. Even though this is the fifth week of term, Year 4 have not lost their energy and enthusiasm for learning. The classroom is starting to be filled with lots of artwork and creative writing, along with ideas for enquiry questions for our current topic which is all about The Romans.

Our English lessons continued the focus on Aesop’s Fables and here is Elia sharing one of our favourites. In this week’s lessons, we were adding sophistication to sentences that had been taken from a selection of fables and joining additional clauses, using conjunctions to add extra details. Here are a few examples, can you guess which fable they are from?

The hare was running along the edge of the lake until he met the tortoise.
The tortoise challenged the hare to a race so they could see who was the fastest.
The hare mocked the tortoise for being so slow because he was quite boastful.

This week’s maths lessons have returned to our focus of times-tables and the class have shown real expertise with the 9x and 6x tables. We even learned a special trick, using our hands to help us remember the 9x times table. Here are the class demonstrating the technique. Can you work out what they are doing? If not, ask and I am sure they will demonstrate it for you!

YEAR 5

It has been World Space Week this week and the theme this year has been Women in Space. Y5AKA prepared and presented a wonderful Prep School Assembly via Teams on Tuesday and the class explained that World Space Week was started on the anniversary of the launch of the first satellite into space, Sputnik 1.

Y5AKA told the Prep School about the first female astronaut, Valentina Tereshkova, who was launched into space in 1963. They also talked about the first British female astronaut, Helen Sharman, who visited space in 1991 on board the Soyuz TM-12 rocket. Helen Sharman has a close connection to The Kingsley School! Does anyone know how? Year 5 will reveal the answer in next week’s Cornflower.

There have only been 65 female astronauts to visit space and Y5ear 5 discussed why this is so and what can be done about encouraging more women to study STEM subjects and train to become astronauts.

If you have any ideas come and tell the Year 5 pupils.

YEAR 6

Year 6 have had a busy week of preparations ahead of Harvest Festival, creating and practising poems, making posters and organising collections for the Food Bank. They have also been continuing to develop their African drumming skills with Mr Smith in Music, and pupils have been auditioning, drawing, interviewing and presenting for their scholarship applications in Senior School!

SPORT

Years 5 and 6 had some exciting hockey fixtures this week against Carrdus School. Fantastic improvements seen across the board, with final scores a 3-2 win for Year 6 and a 2-2 draw for Year 5.

Years 3-6 have also had a great time playing Royalty Ball in their houses at the end of their hockey games session, with everyone playing really well in their teams.

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

Lydia DC, Elsa P, Annabelle G-B and Poppy T.

Well done all!

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