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10th 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,

A magical and joyous week in so many ways. The Prep nativity was outstanding and each and every one of the pupils and staff involved should be very proud of themselves. Many pupils sat ABRSM exams and this week we can congratulate all of them and their teachers as we achieved a 100% pass week with Lydia, Amelie and Zoe achieving the highest distinction level. And congratulations to our examination classes who have worked very hard and completed the first of their mock assessment weeks with a smile on their faces. Congratulations to you all and well done for your drive and determination.

Kingsley’s ethos of serving the local community was on show this week. We felt very humbled as we delivered a staggering 160 shoeboxes to Helping Hands Community Project and I would like to thank all the families who contributed to these as they will certainly make a difference to local children this Christmas. A special mention must go to Morgan in Year 12, who worked so hard to get a huge amount of Sixth Form boxes with support from her peers – sourcing, wrapping, delivering and galvanising everyone to get as many donations as possible. We also received thanks from the Poppy appeal for the £276.97 raised during November in remembrance of those who served us and especially to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

As we approach our school carol service on Tuesday and our Christmas Jumper Day on Wednesday please can I remind you there will be a collection as we exit church on Tuesday and all donations raised for wearing a Christmas jumper will go to Save the Children.

This term we do say farewell to some treasured colleagues. We will be saying goodbye and happy retirement to Mrs Shirley Bates who has served the school in both the Senior School and Prep in the PE department for 31 years; an incredible level of dedication. We also wish all the best to our SENCO, Mrs Lorraine Payne, and Mrs Charlotte Cocksworth, who taught Spanish and mentored learners in the Sixth Form; we wish them both lots of luck in their next chapters. In addition, we are saying farewell to Mrs Chloe Bowler who is relocating. Though she has only been with us for a short time, she will be missed by pupils and staff alike and we wish her all the very best in her new adventures. We bid farewell to Mrs Ravinder Bhangal and Mrs Debbie Skinner who have both dedicated their time to ensuring Prep pupils have many opportunities to learn and grow both in and out of the classroom. May I take this opportunity to thank all these colleagues for their hard work and dedication to life at Kingsley and welcome the new staff into the Kingsley family. Mrs Ravinder Athwal will be leading as SENCO and Mrs Suzanne Smith will be covering Mrs Payne’s lessons as well as taking up the Learning Mentor role. Mrs Purdy will be extending her role in the PE team along with Mrs Miller for hockey. Mrs Gonon will be joining the Prep team as a TA and Miss Woollard with be joining EYFS. You are all very welcome.

Mr Spillane will be taking on the very special adventure of adding a new member to his family and we wish him a magical paternity leave. Mrs Baker will be missing the first few weeks of school for personal reasons. Both of these temporary absences will be covered by subject specialist staff from within The Kingsley School who will plan lessons and assess progress in the subject teachers’ absence. Mrs Bowler’s timetable will be covered by specialist teachers in the English and drama department who will be welcoming an additional staff member for the remainder of the academic year.

Important reminders:

1. Nasal flu Vaccinations (Rec – Y11)
The EConsent portal will close on 15/12/21. Schools have no access to this portal and all enquiries should be directed to the Immunisation team on 01926353899 or email SOUTHIMMS@covwarkpt.nhs.uk.

2. Parking outside school
We have had a complaint from a local resident about parents parking close to the crossing on the white zig zags, which conceals the view of crossing pedestrians for oncoming drivers. Please refrain from doing this as it is illegal and dangerous to our students.

3. Virtual Parents evenings
Please can we ask that parents ensure that they are not driving while attending these meetings. We understand that parents have very busy lives but safety is paramount.

Testing guidance over the Christmas period
Lateral flow test kits will be sent home with pupils on 15/21/21. Please test in line with guidance as outlined below.
For those in settings closing over Christmas, all staff and students should test over the holidays in line with national guidance. This means that they should test if they will be in a high-risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.

Return to school COVID testing plans
Government guidance shares that we should offer one on site test upon return to school for Senior and Sixth Form students. We will be doing this on Tuesday 4th January. Please see details below and the letter attached.

Year 7: 11.00am – 11:35am
Year 8: 11:30am – 12:05pm
Year 9: 12:00 noon – 12:35pm
Year 10: 13:15pm – 13:50pm
Year 11: 13:50pm – 14:25pm
Sixth Form 2.20 – 3.00

Over the holidays you will receive the Spring term calendar which has details of events for next term, along with our brand new Reach Higher publication that celebrates some of the wonderful work done by pupils in Key Stage 3 during the Reach Higher homework week.

As this is the final Cornflower for this term may I take the opportunity to wish you and your families a happy, healthy and joyful Christmas and our warmest wishes for 2022.

With very best wishes,

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher

 

School opening and safeguarding support during the holidays.

The school office is open sporadically during the holidays and staff will attend to emails sent to schooloffice@kingsleyschool.co.uk as soon as they can. If your email is of an urgent safeguarding nature please go to https://www.safeguardingwarwickshire.co.uk/report-it where you can access support options or you can contact Children and Families Front Door on 01926 414144 Monday – Thursday 8.30am-5.30pm, 8.30am-5.00pm Friday. In an emergency outside of these hours telephone: The Social Care Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 01926 886922. If your email relates to a serious concern for the immediate safety of a student please contact the police on 111 or 999.

ASK THE AWKWARD – E-SAFETY ADVICE FOR PREP PARENTS

In this new series of articles, we share some helpful advice, tips and activities on how to keep your children safe online. Over the next 9 weeks we will publish a very well thought out and age appropriate set of activities that will enable you to engage with your young people at home.

It starts with a series of 3 video clips that introduce the character Jessie and all her friends. Each video cleverly covers a different aspect of staying safe on-line without them being overly scary or threatening. There’s a storybook to follow and fun activities to underpin the key ideas. This then gives you the chance to talk to your children about the theme in the video whilst carrying out the activities.

AGES 5-7 WEEK ONE: SENDING PICTURES

This week’s theme focusses on sending pictures and how sending pictures without thinking can have consequences.

AGES 8-10 WEEK ONE: TAG

The importance of getting adults involved if there is a problem underpins this first session. TAG is the acronym for tell a grown up.

ASK THE AWKWARD – E-SAFETY ADVICE FOR PARENTS

WEEK FOUR: APPS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

This week we are finding out about who is doing what online. Some of the young people out there may be just as amazed as the adults when it comes to who has an online presence and their use of social media.

Letters

News

PREP COP26 ART COMPETITION

Congratulations to Sofia R-H, Miki W, Boe P and Fay S for winning the House art competition to paint a picture showing the beautiful planet Earth. The winning paintings were sent to the virtual art gallery at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow last month. Many thanks to our Prep House Captains for presenting the prizes!

AMELIE’S FLUTE SUCCESS

Amelie in Year 8 has just received a distinction in her Grade 6 Flute – an incredible result, well done Amelie!

EMILY’S SWIMMING SUCCESS

Congratulations to Emily in Year 3 who has just achieved her stage six in swimming lessons. Well done Emily!

ABRSM RESULTS

Congratulations to pupils across the whole school on their impressive ABRSM results – an 100% pass rate, with 25% merit and 25% distinction! Well done to all on your dedication and commitment.

KINGSLEY’S SENIOR CHRISTMAS BAKE-OFF!

Our Christmas bake-off competition is open to all Senior and Sixth Form students and all Christmas-themed bakes can be entered, with prizes for KS3, KS4 and Sixth Form. All bakes will be judged by guest judge, alumna Lucy Bailey from ‘Everything with Custard’.

Bring your bakes to the Food Room first thing in the morning on Monday 13th December!

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 9: ‘WINTER’S HERE’

Such great photos this week. Thank you, all! Have a look at the attached images for this week’s selection.

In Bella’s (Y10) photo of a snowy road, the lovely composition of the curvy path accentuates the depth of the picture leading to the cool misty forest, which comes in contrast with the warmer colours of the houses and red tones in the foreground.

In Georgia’s (Y7) image, the icy theme of snowflakes brings out warmth due to their vibrant beaming yellow colours. At the same time, the slight blur contributes to the feeling of a soft movement.

In Lottie’s (Y7) photo, the usually warm smooth feeling of a cup of cocoa comes in contrast with its very textured-looking froth. It almost looks like a snow-covered mountain that the hiker had to endure before finally being rewarded with a drink.

In Mary’s (Y7) picture, the stillness of the fog is combined with the permanence of the cold and creates a feeling of emptiness, whilst the figure walks vigorously in red trousers brings life to this otherwise lonely and cold scene.

In May’s (Y9) picture the nighttime frost gently melts away by the warm touch of the morning sun. A brilliant contrast of cool tones in the foreground and warmer colours in the background in this serene composition.

Next week’s theme will is ‘READY FOR CHRISTMAS!’

Deadline: Tuesday 14th 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.

MEDICAL MAVERICKS CAREERS GUIDE

For any students interested in a finding out more about medical careers, please see this useful guide from Medical Mavericks – helping students to discover amazing opportunities in the world of health, medicine & STEM.

LUNCH MENUS

Please view our lunch menus at the links below. Next week will be Week 3.

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

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe we have reached the last Cornflower of this term, although the inclement weather certainly reflects the approaching festive season.

I think this week must have been the busiest so far for the children in Prep! Yesterday, the performance of “The Angel Who Nearly Missed It All” was a joy to watch; all the children excelled in their efforts, and it was a pleasure to welcome so many of you back into school. The children’s message of love and hope was an emotional reminder of the privilege we share with them. They showed us the true meaning of Christmas, and their singing, acting and dancing gladdened our hearts. A true spectacle! If you were unable to attend, Mr Farrington Smith has uploaded many photographs onto our social media channels, which capture the magic of the event.

As if that was not exciting enough, the whole of Prep enjoyed their Christmas lunch before setting off for an afternoon of entertainment at The Spa Centre where they booed and hissed in true pantomime fashion! I imagine it might have been rather quiet at home last night!

Your child should have arrived home today with their Interim Progress Report. Please discuss the report with your child, and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact their form tutor, who will be happy to discuss the report with you.

Swimming will continue every week next term with only one change to the time slot for Years 5 and 6. This will move to a Monday morning but Miss Windsor will confirm this change before the end of term. There are no changes for any other year group.

As part of our endeavour to improve our Enrichment and Co-Curricular offer, we have adjusted timetables and choices. Next week, we will host a number of short assemblies led by club leaders, including any external providers, to extend an opportunity for the children to gain a better understanding of any new offers, and indeed any current Enrichment activities. We would like all children to experience a rich and meaningful session and therefore, we will be combining a number of Enrichments with Co-Curricular. After the assemblies, form teachers will discuss at length the options available for each age group. Then, form teachers will assist the children to register their preferences. Should their choice be unavailable, they will be placed on a waiting list for the next available opportunity. Our Spring Enrichment and Co-Curricular brochures will be brought home by the children, which will provide all of the information they should need. Thank you to Miss Fennell, who has decided to step down as Enrichment and Co-Curricular Coordinator, for all of the hard work she has undertaken in this role. Please contact Mrs Holmes or myself if you have any enquiries.

We say goodbye to Mrs Bhangal at the end of term who has decided to spend more time with her family. Mrs Bhangal has supported many children across the school and we are very grateful for all she has done over the years. We welcome Ms Rebecca Gonon into Year 5 in January as Teaching Assistant to support Mrs Adair and Miss Knight-Adams. Ms Gonan has much experience working in schools, not least teaching for a number of years in our partner school, Warwick Prep.

On Monday the 13th of December, KS2 will join Senior School for our Christmas Carol service at Holy Trinity Church. Please see the attached letter providing all of the necessary information for parents.

Please remember Wednesday the 15th is Christmas Jumper Day when the children can wear a festive jumper of their choice instead of their school jumper; with rest of their usual school uniform.

May I politely remind you that school will finish at 12.20pm on Thursday the 16th, and open again for children on Wednesday the 5th of January 2022.

I wish you and your families the very best for the festive season, and the New Year ahead.

Mrs Monica Gamble
Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL, RECEPTION, YEAR 1, 2 AND 3

This week has been a very busy one, with everyone truly getting into the Christmas spirit! The children performed exceptionally well in their Nativity. ‘The Angel Who Nearly Missed It All’ delighted family and friends in a performance that was dazzling, hilarious, and left us all bursting with pride. It was all the more special to have a live performance again after the past couple of years. Well done to all!

YEAR 4

Christmas has arrived in Year 4! Here are the class starting to add a festive feel to our classroom. As you can see, everyone had so much fun decorating our tree and adding some Christmas sparkle to the room!

The class have been busy finishing off our Roman topic. One of the very important pieces of work was to put the finishing touches to our Boudica composition. Here are Elsa and Harriet busily sketching the details of what they wanted to include to celebrate this extremely brave queen.

The pupils are also in the process of putting the finishing touches to their models of Roman aqueducts. They only have the final details to complete before we can test them out to see if they can carry water just like the originals were designed to do back in the times of Ancient Rome!

After all the form time activity, the tree was finally complete and decorated to perfection. So, all that is left for Year 4 to do is wish everyone in the Kingsley Community a very Happy Christmas!

YEAR 5

Year 5 had a wonderful school trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester. They got to experience the planetarium and learned all about discoveries of space and telescopes, including the VLT (Very Large Telescope) in Chile, and the James Webb space telescope. They also found out about the Large Hadron Collider where Big Bang experiments take place. It was very spectacular! Year 5 enjoyed exploring the museum, including driving a model Mars rover, seeing the rockets and testing the gravity effect of baked bean cans on different planets in the solar system. Finally, the class experienced an interactive workshop to discover more about how astronauts survive in space. It was a fantastic trip!

YEAR 6

Year 6 have been practising their performance poetry skills by creating their own dramatic readings of Beverley Naidoo’s poem, ‘They Tried to Lock Up Freedom’. The pupils had to consider how they could vary their vocal intonation, actions and volume in order to create a moving rendition of Naidoo’s powerful poem. There was a lot of enthusiasm and some excellent performances! Well done Year 6.

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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