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15th 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,

Today has been a day filled with song, laughter and gratitude for the food that we have on our tables every day. A truly wonderful end to this half term.

The Prep School entertained us with harvest plays, poems and songs and they have certainly inspired me to get out in the sunshine and collect conkers! Senior School and Year 6 pupils were treated to a morning with ‘Here At Last’, a boy band who shared with them top tips on maintaining good mental health and ways to prevent cyber bullying, as well as entertaining us with both original and cover songs. James, Pedro, Ryan, Tommy and Zach all spoke very warmly about the kindness, character and approachability of all the Kingsley pupils they had spoken to during the day. Thank you to Mrs Morgan for organising this.

Last night we hosted an evening of celebration for our very deserving Duke of Edinburgh Award winners. Dr Janet Williamson, whose daughter Lily left Kingsley to attend Aberystwyth university last year, is a big advocate of the values and life skills that Duke of Edinburgh teaches. She shared how the values of volunteering and fundraising are some of the extra skills that employers and apprenticeships are looking for. It was a beautiful evening and my thanks go to Dr Williamson, Mrs Laubscher, Mrs Bennett and the students, Bethan and Sophie, who both spoke excellently at the event.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of Year 10 students that the subject consultation evening takes place on Wednesday 3rd November online, using the schoolcloud platform. The invitation letter was shared in last week’s Cornflower and is also attached this week so that you can make your bookings online. In addition, we are hosting an examination preparation and information webinar on Tuesday 2nd November for parents of students in Years 11-13. Here we will share the current DfE and JCQ plans for the 2022 examination cycle as well as guidance on effective revision techniques. The webinar link has been sent to parents and will be sent again closer to the event. There will, of course be an opportunity for parents to ask questions during the event.

Covid -19 update
After half term we will return to school with the same Covid mitigations as we currently have. We would like to remind the girls that they should remember to bring their own mask to school as we all as ensure they do a LFD test on the Sunday night or Monday morning before we return from half term.

Rewards and Sanctions
Following a review of the language used in our rewards and sanction policy we will be using the new system on Class Charts after half term. Some year groups have already been using it and I would like to thank you for your support with this. With regards to sanctions, what was a ‘warning’ is now a ‘sanction’ and rewards have been enhanced with the addition of a REACH merit which has a tariff of 3 merits awarded for exceptional work and/or effort. The aim of this is to inform you of any areas where your daughter is doing especially well or may need support.

The Rose Ball
We are delighted to give you information about the third annual Rose Ball to be held at The Kingsley School on the evening of Friday 19th November, 2021. The ball is open to students in Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 and they may also bring a guest who does not have to be a Kingsley student.

The ball will be held in the Senior School hall which will be unrecognisable as a backdrop to the latest James Bond 007 film. One ‘mocktail’ is included in the ticket price of £25 per person along with a 2 course delicious meal. Further ‘mocktails’ and soft drinks will be available to purchase on the evening.

The dress code is formal evening dress and guests will enjoy music, photographs and games.

All proceeds from the evening will go to the Head Girls’ charities, Young Minds and Myton Hospice.

The Rose Ball is always a fun and enjoyable event and we hope to see as many of our students enjoying themselves as possible. We are also thrilled that our new Headteacher from January 2022, Mr James Mercer-Kelly, will be joining us.

As we draw to the close of another half term that has been filled with hard work and co-curricular activities can I take this opportunity to reflect once more on how special it has been to have the school back open and filled with pupils. I hope all students and staff enjoy a well-earned half term rest and I look forward to next half term as we build towards another Kingsley Christmas.

Best wishes,

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher

Letters

News

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 5: SHADOWS

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

Taking good photos of shadows takes more skill than you realise. It requires you to look more carefully at the world around you, select the right time, the right angle, and think about your composition. Colours can distract you, which is why all of the photos I have selected here are either black and white or almost black and white. It’s great to see how just 6 photos can show such different perspectives of the world, all united by the same theme of shadows. Well done, everyone!

This week’s theme is HALLOWEEN!

Deadline: Tuesday 2nd 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

Reminders & Notices

CHRISTMAS FAYRE – RAFFLE ITEM DONATIONS!

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 Faye 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.

We will send out a flyer with further details about the Christmas Fayre just after half term.

Many thanks,

The Friends of Kingsley School.

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 KINGSLEY LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS!

Would you like a chance to gain a place in the Warwickshire Cross Country Team?

Can you add extra training in over half-term?

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6TH
WARWICKSHIRE SCHOOLS
CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE
STRATFORD UPON AVON SCHOOL
RACES ARE BETWEEN 10am-12 noon

Email s.windsor@kingsleyschool.co.uk if you are interested by Friday 22nd October!

SPRINGPOD VIRTUAL WORK EXPERIENCES

Springpod run virtual work experiences which are an excellent way for older students (years 11-13) to find out more about different careers/sectors in the current climate (when actual work experience can be tricky to arrange). These are free of charge with many taking place during the half term holidays. For more information please follow this link. 

Mrs Bennett
Head of Careers

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. The first week back after half-term will be Week 1.

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

As we bring this half term to a close, in this season of Autumn, it is with deepest pride that I reflect upon our children’s achievements. This morning’s Harvest Festival left every member of staff uplifted, inspired and thankful for the opportunity to work with such incredible young people. It was such a privilege to welcome so many of you into Holy Trinity Church for the first time in two years, and my honour to introduce such a magical performance of singing, recital and acting. We are all truly blessed to be part of The Kingsley Family.

The Harvest donations were collected by Mr Andy Bower, who expressed his gratitude to you all for such a generous assortment of provisions for The Trussel Trust.

On Wednesday, Mrs Adair and the Year 6 House Captains hosted our first House Assembly of the year, on the theme of climate change. Year 6 presented information on the impact of carbon emissions on our planet, followed by a request to design a climate pledge, which is decorated in House colours. The theme continues our art work focus on how to look after planet earth. Once completed, it will enhance our wall displays in the Prep School hall. All of this artwork will be displayed around school but some pieces will be chosen by Mrs Adair to be uploaded onto a virtual Art exhibition platform, to coincide with COP26 – the 2021 United Nations climate change conference.

There are a number of letter attachments this evening for your attention: Parent Consultation Evening Guide for parents, Information on our Enrichment Sessions, and further information on our Co-Curricular Offer. The children will have the Enrichment and Co-Curricular Booklet in their schoolbags. We hope this provides time over the coming weeks for you to discuss these options, and record your child’s preferences.

Mrs Hartog will be leaving us this half term to pursue a personal project with her family. She will be dearly missed and we would like to thank her for all her hard work. Miss Tabby Sinclair will replace Mrs Hartog as EYFS Teaching Assistant with immediate effect. Miss Sinclair is a Kingsley School alumna and we are delighted to welcome her enthusiasm and vibrancy back into our Kingsley community.

EYFS and KS1 children have gone pumpkin picking today so I look forward to hearing many stories of pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and even some adventurous pumpkin curries!

Thank you once more for all of your support and kindness this half term. We very much appreciate it, and look forward to next few exciting weeks in the approach to Christmas.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy half term break.

Mrs Gamble
Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

This week in Pre-school we have been looking at the changing season of Autumn. We have looked at some pictures of autumn trees and created our own using autumnal colours and different printing materials. We have looked at the festival of harvest. We read the book, ‘The Little Red Hen’, which explains the process of planting a seed to producing flour to make bread. We spent an afternoon baking our own bread rolls which we will be showing whilst singing our songs for the Harvest Festival.

YEAR 1

Year 1 have been continuing their investigations into each of the senses. This week’s sense was touch. The children were blindfolded and had to identify a number of different things, including macaroni cheese, soap and Rice Crispies!

As you can see, the children had a lovely time, even though some of the items were a bit yucky! 1HF learnt that we use our skin to help us to touch and feel things around us. Chloe pointed out that our other senses can also help us to identify items. For example, she used her sense of smell to identify the slimy hand soap!

YEAR 2

Year 2 have been on a visit to Tesco on The Parade to buy items from the Harvest shopping list. The group chose their items and paid for them at the tills before adding the items to the collection for the Food Bank. The group have also written a letter collectively to The Trussell Trust explaining what they have done to help to help the cause as well as how appreciated they are as a charity, helping those less fortunate to access food. Well done Year 2!

YEAR 3

The Forest School group this week have finished their picture frames using clove hitches, square lashing and weaving techniques, as well as preparing and enjoying toffee apples around the campfire!

Kitty has written a beautiful poem called ‘A Box of Pens’ at home, with super description, similes and personification. Great work Kitty!

A huge congratulations also to Olivia, who was awarded her red belt in karate this week. Well done Olivia!

YEAR 4

Year 4 have definitely got that end of term feeling and there is very much a celebratory buzz in the air especially as the class has been pivotal in creating an autumn role play which was showcased during the Harvest Festival Service at the Holy Trinity Church this morning. Y4SH were really looking forward to sharing their performance with you and we hope you all thoroughly enjoyed it! Here is the class discussing their ideas about Harvest whilst creating their climate pledges!

The class’ creativity did not stop with the expertise with drama – they have been working very hard to produce artworks that show how important it is to look after planet Earth. All of the artwork produced will be displayed around school but we are hoping that some of our pieces will be chosen by Mrs Adair and uploaded to a Virtual Art Exhibition that will coincide with COP26: the 2021 United Nations climate change conference.

In our English lessons, the class have started to plan their own fable! The pupils will be using many of the ideas and influences from the stories they have read, so far.  We have shared so many ideas so I am feeling very excited about what the finished piece of writing is going to actually be about!

This week’s maths lessons have taken the class a little out of their comfort zone as we have been looking at equivalent fractions. I am really pleased to say that everyone in the class has shown lots of skill, has worked confidently and has extended their knowledge of fractions!

YEAR 5

Year 5 worked in pairs to write autumn poems and used pastels to draw autumn leaf pictures which they presented to parents in today’s Harvest Festival celebration at Holy Trinity Church.

YEAR 6

Year 6 have been busy this week making preparations for our wonderful Harvest Festival – they have collaborated beautifully as one big team whilst rehearsing their script and poem!

On Wednesday, the Year 6 pupils helped to pack all of the kind donations for the Trussell Trust foodbank appeal. Mr Bower, who works for the food bank, also spoke to the girls about the work which the food bank does and the many people it helps within the Leamington Spa and Warwick area. Thank-you to all the families at the Kingsley Preparatory School for your very generous donations.

SPORT

Years 3 – 6 took part in their first house Cross Country Competition on Wednesday afternoon at the Sports Fields. Pupils showed determination and great effort while running the course. Not only did they do fantastic running but they cheered each other on brilliantly, really helping to encourage others to do their best.

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

Grace T, Elia I, Charlie S and Alex T.

Certifications for determination and effort go to…

Buddy D, Harleena G, Olivia M, Elsie P, Lily S and Mariella T.

Well done all!

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