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12th 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,

Over the past few weeks it has been our pleasure to host two alumnae events. Sharing memories with our former pupils and exploring what has changed within school has been an absolute privilege. However, the one thing that kept returning in our conversations was how the school still hosts a feeling of warmth and kindness which they remember so kindly. Thank you to Mrs Bennett for arranging these events and we look forward to many more.

Unfortunately, this week we have seen the return of a small number of COVID cases in the Prep School and I would ask you to remain vigilant. Please do not send your child in to school if they are unwell and continue to engage with lateral flow testing. Please ensure you report these tests to both NHS Track and Trace and Evolve, using the link below:

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

Earlier in the week we hosted the Prep School Parents’ Evening and the Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening which were very well attended and a wonderful opportunity to share student progress and some new school initiatives. Year 7 parents enjoyed some parent workshops on Reach Higher, E-Safety and Assessment and Feedback; thank you to the staff who lead these and to the parents for their positive engagement with these sessions.

Last night the Sixth Form building was filled with visitors for our Sixth Form Open Evening. It was a sell-out event and the atmosphere was vibrant and lively. Many visitors commented on the how knowledgeable and engaging our Sixth Form guides were and on the breadth of subjects on offer.

In assemblies this week we have had a Remembrance focus and are very much looking forwards to taking part in the Remembrance Service on the Parade this coming Sunday where we will lay a wreath on behalf of the school.

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week and so may I remind you that all students are invited to wear odd socks on Monday to mark the start of the week. During the week the students will have the opportunity to complete a survey and discuss the topic in form time and as part of the student voice groups.

Senior School parents please note that this edition contains many additional letters about mock exams, Parents’ Evenings for Year 7, 11 12 and 13 parents and a letter about our Sixth Form Taster Day.

I hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend,

Best wishes

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher

Letters

News

THE KINGSLEY SCHOOL FUTURES FAIR

The next of our popular Futures Fair careers events is taking place on Wednesday 17th November, from 10am-12:20pm, for Years 9-13!

This is a brilliant opportunity for the students to be informed and inspired about life beyond Kingsley, with a huge range of visitors arriving to talk about careers in their sector, highlight opportunities and to generally inform and inspire.

For a full list of who will be visiting, please view the document here.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 7: BONFIRE NIGHT

Thank you to those of you who submitted photos to photography club this week. You all get 2 merits as all of you had a photo selected in my favourites.

I’ll admit I changed the theme from ‘Painting with Light’ to ‘Bonfire Night’ because many of your photos were not really painting with light but were still beautiful photos.

Bonfire Night is a photographer’s playground as the moving lights make for great pictures. Long exposures have helped Lucy to ‘paint with light’, resulting in some really original and creative shots. Meanwhile, Georgia has had fun freezing the movement of fireworks, which contain some really nice smoke effects to add atmosphere. Helena’s sparkler shots have beautiful shapes to them and Bella’s fire pictures are simply mesmerising. Well done everyone!

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

Deadline: Tuesday 16th 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.

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.

LUNCH MENUS

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

I am again astounded by the just how much our pupils have grown in the relatively short time we have been back at school. I mention this after starting our week with an assembly that was focusing on resilience. When I asked what it meant some of our youngest members of the school could tell me that it meant to keep trying and we even had the word persevere mentioned also! I felt so proud of all of them.

Everyone, I feel, will have to continue with the theme of perseverance as the dark mornings and evenings start to take hold. I know it might seem a struggle to get into school at this time of year but the light is definitely switched on as soon as we reach our classrooms. There are so many exciting topic based activities continuing to unfold and plans for the remaining weeks are looking very exciting especially as the rehearsals for this year’s Nativity have started…

Year 6 led a thought provoking Remembrance Assembly on Wednesday so the whole school was primed to observe the two minutes silence at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. EYFS and KS1 had a very special Remembrance commemoration as Mr Smith played the ‘Last Post’ at the end of the two minutes that were observed in Prep. This year, our Key Stage 2 pupils observed the silence during their swimming lesson which ensured they did not miss out on the very important message, ‘Lest we forget’ that ended the poem, ‘Recessional’ by Rudyard Kipling.

A reminder that the Anti-bullying week launch in Prep is happening on Monday so pupils are invited to wear odd socks with the rest of their uniform on Monday 15 November. This will be the first Foundation Schools’ event which makes it extra exciting to think all the schools across WISF will be wearing odd socks!

Another event that we will be supporting at the end of next week is ‘Children in Need’. We all thought it would be a really good idea to invite pupils to wear appropriate non-uniform and accessorise their outfits with as much Pudsey merchandise as possible. Please be aware, if your child is in EYFS, they will be still be going to Forest Schools later in the morning so will need to have their Forest Schools clothing to change into. We are asking for a £1 donation for this event and it should prove to be a very exciting day as our Year 6 pupils will be organising a series of events for pupils to take part in!

It certainly looks like a really action packed week ahead in Prep with lots for us all 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

Following on with our new topic, Travel and Transport, this week in Pre-school we have been looking at land vehicles. We looked at number plates on cars, trying to recognise letters and numbers on the number plates and had a go at making our own. We have enjoyed the story, ‘Duck in the Truck’, by Jez Alborough. We talked about the rhyming words we heard in the story like duck and truck, sheep and jeep. The children showed their fabulous listening skills by completing a quiz about the story.

We commemorated Remembrance Day, by completing lots of poppy related creative activities, took part in the 2 minute silence and listened to Mr Smith playing The Last Post.

YEAR 1

Year 1 continued with their senses investigations in science this week. They conducted an experiment, using the story of ‘The Princess and the Pea’ as inspiration. The children were given three materials, cellophane, paper and felt, and they predicted which material would be best for a Princess’ mattress.

Following making their predictions, the pupils investigated (Using a Jelly-Bean in place of a pea!). They created a simple block graph to illustrate this. They found that the material that required the fewest number of pieces to disguise the ‘pea’ was felt. The cellophane required the most layers!

YEAR 2

Year 2 have been busy learning about Diwali with Miss Fennell in RE and have decorated their traditional diyas for holding candles. The class really enjoyed learning about the festivities and traditions as well as having fun decorating the diyas they made out of clay.

YEAR 3

Year 3 have been learning about ‘Our Amazing Bodies’, and during Science they created a life-size skeleton. They were able to label the bones and muscles and are starting to think about why it is so important to look after all of our body inside and out.

In Forest School on Tuesday, Year 3 and 4 created art in the environment by finding as many colours as they could in nature. They produced some beautiful concentric circles using leaves, berries, stones and anything else they could find.

YEAR 4

This week in Year 4, we have become really immersed in our Creative Curriculum topic and looking for many ways to use what we are learning in our other subjects. For example, we developed our debating skills to try and uncover what it might be like to know that your country was about to be invaded. Here are the class working out whether it was a good idea to succumb to the invading forces or to try and defend your country against them.

In English, the class have been really getting to grips with non-fiction texts, working collaboratively to create an information wall chart that outlines how different animals move. Each pupil has researched the answer to a specific question that related to animal movement and selected appropriate images to accompany the text. This activity allowed the pupils to consider not only the information, illustrations and diagrams that would need to be included but the layout design, too. This project will then lead onto a related project that will involve the class creating an information presentation board that is all about Italy.

In Art and Design, the class have worked hard to complete their Roman Shields. As you can see from the picture, each member of the class has created a fabulous design and learned that the majority of shields were red and yellow, have a central metal boss and have two lines of reflective symmetry. Designs include wings, lightning, shells and arrows. As you can see, the class tried to keep to these rules to create an authentic looking shield.

YEAR 5

Year 5 had a fabulous foodie Friday last week!

In science, the pupils were learning all about the phases of the moon. Many of the pupils had completed their own moon diaries, observing the moon for two weeks at night, prior to the lesson. To demonstrate the different phases, the children used Oreo biscuits to show which sides of the moon are in darkness, and which are illuminated. How many phases of the moon can you name?

In maths, Year 5 have been working hard learning all about fractions. Their learning was focused on finding fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions and ordering. They used all of these skills in a fun maths lesson on Friday involving Smarties with Miss Shemmell. This involved organising the different coloured Smarties into fractions. Year 5 worked really hard and thoroughly enjoyed working with (and eating) the Smarties!

Keep up the hard work Year 5 – you bunch of smarties!

YEAR 6

On Wednesday, Year 6 had the special responsibility of delivering a whole school assembly informing the Prep School children about the significance and great importance of Remembrance Day. The class eloquently explained the purpose of Remembrance Day, why we wear poppies and whom the proceeds raised from the sale of poppies go to help. They spoke clearly and with a mature reverence.

On Thursday, the Year 6 group also wrote a beautiful whole class poem about Remembrance Day.

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