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19th 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,

This week we received the incredible news that Jessica E in Year 13 was awarded Young Woodwind Player of the Year at the Gregynog Young Musician Competition, in recognition of her superb musicianship in the Final. We are eternally proud of her. The dedication that she shows to her music and her studies are second to none; she is role model to us all and will undoubtedly continue to take her passion for music to increasingly greater heights.

In sport the U13 Hockey squad went to the London Olympic Park to play in the ISA national tournament and finished a very commendable 8th out of 20 schools. For their first involvement at this level they should be very proud and I heard that their short corner goal was outstanding! Congratulations to all the team but a special mention to Kitty B who was our top goal scorer, Poppy B who was voted as ‘Kingsley Player of the Tournament’ and thank you to Miss Windsor and Mr Stickels for accompanying them. We have pupils in the ISA National Schools Open Ski Championships on Sunday and ISA Midlands gymnastics and badminton next week and wish them all the best.

We are so proud of our extraordinary Kingsley community spirit, which has been shown in essence today when two year 9 pupils, Eve A and Annabel K, found two bank cards in the street and helped return them to their owner (with the help of Eve’s Dad!). Well done both on being exceptional and thoughtful role models.

This week we have started to use Evolve as our main trips platform so do look out for emails as this is how you will consent for future trips. The rationale is to make trip organisation paperless and, as a part of this, going forwards all trip costs will be added to the next bill which you consent to as part of the email consent process.

As we have all shared at our Parents’ Information Evening Workshops, E-Safety is an area that we are always trying to keep ahead of. As part of this, for the next ten weeks, The Cornflower will contain some parental information to support you in keeping your child safe online. The resources are written by thinkuknow which is an excellent source and the theme is ‘Ask the Awkward’. Please see below for more information and resources.

As some of you may be aware Mrs Lorraine Payne has been off school unwell. She has taken the very difficult decision to leave Kingsley and begin a new chapter in her life. Lorraine has given so much to the school and its pupils and her vision and dedication has been exceptional. The Sky Room was a concept that she brought to life and is such a special place within our school. We all extend our most sincere thanks to Lorraine and hope that she will stay in touch and continue to come to our alumnae events. Mrs Ravinder Athwal will be Acting SENCo for the remainder of this year during which we will appoint a permanent replacement so please do direct any enquires to her.

As we approach Christmas please can I remind parents when sending in chocolate for the FOK Christmas raffle that it must be nut free. The Christmas Fayre on Friday 26th November is a wonderful event so please do support it and thank you to the FOK team who are working very hard with Santa’s elves to get everything ready for the special day. Please note that buses will leave at 4.45 so pupils can go to the Fayre and that if your daughter/son is not using the bus that afternoon please let Jo Prosser know by Wednesday 24th November 19, 2021.

Please can I also draw your attention to a change to the date of the Christmas Concert; it will now be held on Wednesday 15th December NOT Tuesday 7th December. Thank you.

Mrs Christina McCullough
Acting Headteacher

 

Medical and COVID updates

Please could we remind you to check heads for head lice regularly as part of child’s grooming, both in Prep and Senior School. Thank you

Thank you for your support with all our COVID mitigations. We currently have a very small number of cases however if your child is symptomatic in school we would ask that they are collected from school and that they must have a PCR and not just a lateral flow test.  Please continue to do the LFTs twice weekly as they are very helpful in monitoring the pupils and help enormously in us keeping everyone safe.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your child has symptoms:

If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:

  1. Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if they have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  2. Your child should stay at home and not have visitors (self-isolate) until you get the test result – they can only leave home to have the test. Check if you and anyone else your child lives with need to self-isolate.

 

E-Safety Advice for Parents – Ask The Awkward

In this new series of articles, we share some helpful advice and tips on how to keep your children safe on-line. Over the next 10 weeks we will publish a help sheet that will enable you to broach some difficult and, at times, embarrassing topics with your young people at home.

We start with a series of 3 video clips that show some parents and children letting the camera know their view point on the various topics covered. As you will see there is much giggling and embarrassment. That is perfectly normal but hopefully it will enable you to break the ice in your home environment and talk about some really important issues.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ask-the-awkward/

Letters

News

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, the very popular teddy tombola and some delicious Christmas food and treats from the cafe. Father Christmas will even be dropping by to say hello to the children!

The Christmas Fayre 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.

GRACE’S FIREWALK

Grace in Year 6 has recently completed a firewalk for Myton Hospice with her Granny, raising just over £500! Grace was the only under 18 year old taking part, and her courage and strength of character is so impressive – the ground that sge was walking on was measured to be 600 degrees!

A huge well done Grace, what a super achievement for a brilliant cause.

(…we must of course add that this is not to be tried at home – Grace and the participants were under expert supervision in a controlled environment!)

BUDDY IS PLAYER OF THE MONTH!

Buddy in Year has just been named Player of the Month for her football team, Lillington U12s Wildcats! A fantastic achievement, well done Buddy!

GRACE’S CHALLENGE FOR MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

Grace in Year 10 is currently completing the 100 squats a day challenge to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. Grace is completing at least 100 a day and some days 200! She has currently raised £175 for the charity.

Incredible dedication for such a fantastic cause – a huge well done Grace!

THE KINGSLEY SCHOOL FUTURES FAIR

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome so many visitors into school for the Futures Fair on Wednesday. Students from Years 9 to 13 enjoyed meeting representatives from 27 different organisations and 18 universities, learning about a whole host of industries, courses and opportunities to help prepare them for life after Kingsley. They also enjoyed talks from Warwick University, Amazing Apprenticeships, and alumna and barrister, Charlotte Wheeler-Smith.

We were delighted that our new Headteacher, Mr Mercer-Kelly, was able to join us virtually. His talk on the importance of careers fairs and being brave when taking those next steps was really engaging. The girls certainly made the most of the day, navigating the careers fair stands with enthusiasm and asking some really great questions.

Many thanks to our Head of Careers, Mrs Bennett, for organising another successful careers fair.

JESSICA IS AWARDED YOUNG WOODWIND PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jessica in Year 13 was awarded ‘Young Woodwind Player of the Year’ at the Gregynog Young Musician Competition on Saturday 13th November. The competition is one of Wales’ most prestigious music events, with 17 semi-finalists travelling from the UK and as far away as Hong Kong. Jessica progressed through the semi-finals into the final, before receiving her accolade for ‘superb musicianship in the final.

An incredible achievement Jessica, well done!

Further details on the competition can be read in the County Times article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB WEEK 8: SCATTERED

Last week’s theme was ‘scattered’, which fits in well with autumn weather when the winds are blowing the leaves everywhere. This week’s entries have explored mess both inside and outside, as well as symmetry and order. I particularly like the contrasting red and brown leaves in Poppy D’s photos, the symmetry and asymmetry in Grace’s pictures and the colour wheel in Poppy B’s pictures. Congratulations to the winning entries:

Poppy B Y7
Georgia S Y7
Grace T Y8
Poppy D Y9

Well done!

Next week’s theme will be AUTUMN COLOURS!

Deadline: Tuesday 23rd 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

FOREST SCHOOL AND SEWING DONATIONS

Mrs Norris is putting out a plea for donations of any tree trunks, pieces of wood or other items relevant for Forest School, as well as any scraps of fabric, thread, spare needles and fabric scissors for her new Sewing Club. Any items would be most gratefully received!

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.

12-15 YEAR OLD COVID VACCINATIONS

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now available for children aged 12-15 who have not had their first dose. For more information and details on vaccination clinics, please view the document from NHS Coventry and Warwickshire 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 4.

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,

Thank you for messages of condolence, it was greatly appreciated.

It has been wonderful to return to Prep this week; I have missed it very much. My particular highlight this week was such colourful and original odd socks on Monday to mark the beginning of anti-bullying week. It was certainly a great way to start the week and understand how we can all work together to support each other, and ourselves, if we feel vulnerable in a particular situation. Miss Fennell’s assembly on Wednesday highlighted many ways to keep ourselves safe online also. Thank you for your generous donations and for sending in your Pudsey supporters today.

From Monday the 22nd of November, we are changing our procedures for collection of the children at the end of the day. With the dark evenings now upon us, the potential dangers of such a busy area outside the Prep building have increased. To this effect, all children (except Pre-school) should be collected from the playground. This change in procedure will mean that the playground will be much busier, and therefore, once the children have been dismissed by their form teacher, it is essential they exit the playground area with their parents, promptly. A member of staff will be on duty at the front gate to open and to close it securely. Some parents who have siblings to collect will need to remain in the playground until those classes have been released; please do not allow the children to be out of parental supervision at this time.

If you have an urgent message that needs to be passed to your child’s form teacher, please do so only when all the children have been discharged from their care. It is imperative that form teachers are not distracted whilst dismissing their class.

If you are delayed for any reason, your child will go into Tea Club and should be collected from the Prep Hall doors. All play equipment will be out of bounds.

We politely request that parents wear a face covering when entering the premises.

To facilitate this new approach, the collection times at the end of the day will be as follows:

Monday through to Thursday:

Pre-school Mrs Hayward – leave through the front door at 3.15pm.
Reception Mrs Finnegan – 3.55pm
Year 1 Miss Fennell – 3.55pm
Year 2 Miss Bray – 3.55pm
Year 3 Mrs Norris – 3.55pm
Year 4 Mrs Holmes – 4pm
Year 5 Mrs Adair/Miss Knight Adams – 4pm
Year 6 Mrs Whittle- 4pm

Friday:

Pre-school Mrs Hayward – leave through the front door at 3.15pm
Reception Mrs Finnegan – leave through the front door at 3.15pm
Year 1 Miss Fennell – 3.15pm
Year 2 Miss Bray – 3.15pm
Year 3 Mrs Norris – 3.15pm
Year 4 Mrs Holmes – 3.20pm
Year 5 Miss Knight Adams – 3.20pm
Year 6 Mrs Whittle- 3.20pm

Children attending co-curricular clubs should remain with their form tutor until formally discharged into the appropriate teacher’s care.

We appreciate that with change sometimes comes unforeseen circumstances, so please bear with us while we trial this new system.

Morning procedures will not change for Health and Safety reasons. Thank you for your support with this; the safety of every child is always our priority.

We will shortly be sending a questionnaire to all pupils asking them to help us improve our Co-Curricular offer. This will be their opportunity to make suggestions for possible Co-Curricular options for the spring term. As we are aware that external providers incur an additional cost; we would like to provide the children with a varied and interesting menu of clubs, while keeping costs down. We are open to any reasonable suggestion. If you feel you have a particular area of expertise that you would be interested in using to help with the running or organising of a club, we would love to hear from you. If we can do it, we will do it!

I wish you all a very restful weekend.

Mrs Monica Gamble
Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

This week in Pre-school we have been looking at air travel. We have enjoyed playing with the airport small world, making the aeroplanes taxi down the runway and take off. We have also been using 2d shapes to make vehicles – we had some very impressive lorries, hot air balloons and space rockets!

We read the story ‘Whatever Next?’ by Jill Murphy. The children showed their impressive listening skills by using pictures to sequence and retell key events from the story.

We have also been celebrating Nursery Rhyme Week by making a nursery rhyme box full of toys and pictures that inspire us to sing lots of nursery rhymes. Our favourites have been ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and ‘The Wheels on the Bus’. Nursery rhymes can be a huge benefit to children as it helps them to learn new words, expand their vocabulary and enhances their auditory senses. Both rhyme and rhythm help children to hear sounds and syllables in words.

RECEPTION

Reception Class have had a vehicle themed week! The class have been learning about construction vehicles, looking at key vocabulary such as ‘crane’, ‘digger’ and ‘lorry’, and enjoying books, jigsaws and other games linked to their topic. On Thursday everyone went outside to participate in a local traffic survey, looking at how many cars, bicycles, buses and lorries drove past the Prep School.

YEAR 1

Year 1 have been counting in twos, fives and tens this week. Odd-Socks-Day was the perfect day to start this, and the children enjoyed counting odd pairs of socks. They did well with identifying multiples of two and counting confidently.

1HF continued this theme when counting in fives. They identified multiples of five and put winter gloves into sets, using number-tracks to support.

Finally, the children used silly counting to help them to identify ‘ty’ numbers. Miss Fennell used tea bags to illustrate the fact that each multiple of ten has a zero place-holder. Silly counting helped the children to count sets of ten winter gloves, as well as identifying missing numbers in a sequence.

Miss Fennell is so proud of how confidently her class tackled these challenges. Well done 1HF!

YEAR 2

Nativity practice is well underway over in Prep and Year 2 have been busy in art designing a Nativity Invitation. They have all tapped into their creative sides and have produced some wonderful designs… it is going to be difficult for to choose which one to use!

YEAR 3

Year 3 have been learning about the human body, the skeleton and muscles and how they work together to help us move. In teams, they have created a life-size model of themselves and together, they have discussed where each bone and muscle is in the body and its purpose.

YEAR 4

We are all wondering where the days are going as November seems to be really zipping past! The class have been really generous and donated lots of fabulous items to fill our Helping Hands box. We are hoping that we might have enough items to even start a second box for a child!

Year 4 are feeling really proud of the completed non-fiction presentation board that they created. I am really impressed by how successful the finished work looks but also, by how successfully the class worked together. They managed the research, divided the activities fairly and all contributed 100% to this informative presentation piece.

In maths, the class has been getting to grips with understanding and using decimals. Not only have Year 4 been representing decimals as fractions but comparing and ordering them. They even got to practise their rounding skills before going on to use all the skills they learned on some decimal problems. Here are the pupils, demonstrating their decimal ordering skills!

YEAR 5

Year 5AKA continued their Creative Curriculum topic on Space in the Innovation Station this week. The class have been reading about the Perseverance Mars Mission which resulted in the Perseverance Mars Rover vehicle landing on Mars in 2020. The aim of the mission was for the rover vehicle to look for signs of water and life on Mars. The Year 5 class studied the designs for the Mars Rover and began planning and drawing their own Rover Vehicle design. They will be making their models over the next 3 weeks in their Design Technology lessons.

YEAR 6

Year 6 have been learning about African Tinga Tinga pictures and re-created their own pieces of art by emulating the style – we can’t wait to see the finished pieces.

The class also organised a fantastic ‘Children in Need’ quiz which was enjoyed by the whole school this morning.

PREP SPORT

Years 5 and 6 played against Crackley Hall on Wednesday at St Nicholas’ Park in Warwick, with all pupils playing fantastic matches. Year 6 were defeated 1-0 in a very close match, and Year 5 drew 2-2. Well done all!

Mrs Purdy and Miss Mason’s PE Stars of the Week are:

Alice in Year 3
Mariella in Year 5
Luana in Year 6
Grace in Year 6

Congratulations!

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