PLEASE READ: IMPORTANT NOTICES IN INTRODUCTION.
Please use the menu following Mr Mercer-Kelly’s introduction to quickly access letters, news and reminders relevant to your year group (s).
I had the privilege this week of attending a blue plaque unveiling ceremony in Leamington Spa. It was commemorating the life and work of Eleanor Doorly, a former Kingsley School pupil who was born in 1880. She was a pioneer, innovator and well-known author who won the Carnegie Medal for her books on Marie Curie, and locally was also the headmistress of King’s High School. It was an honour to learn about her legacy, meet some of her descendants and some of her former pupils from her time at King’s. This was a very powerful legacy to leave and it made me think about the impressions that we give of ourselves to others.
According to research, we are very quick to make initial judgements about people taking, it is suggested, just 15 seconds to make up our minds about a new person that we have just met. This is rooted in our basic human instincts to need to quickly assess a situation for threats or opportunities. Whilst we live in a far safer environment than our ancestors, we still tend to read situations and people we encounter almost instantaneously. This is why it is important that we learn how to be the best version of ourselves and how to present ourselves positively to the wider world. It is not just about trying to do things in the best way that we can, no, it is far deeper. It is about trying to be the best that we can and embodying the good values that we believe. Having that consistency in the way that we live means that at every opportunity we will make good first impressions. Hopefully we will then leave a legacy that will inspire those around us to strive to be the best that they can be too.
With kind regards,
Important notices and reminders
Whole School Photograph
We are delighted that the whole school photograph is being taken for staff and students of The Kingsley School on Monday 28th March. Please could you ensure that your child is wearing their correct uniform on that day as described below;
Preschool and Reception – School uniform with neat and tidy hair, but no blazers or hats
Years 1 to 11 – School uniform including blue jumpers and blazers, with neat and tidy hair
Sixth Form – Smart business attire
We will inform you when the photograph is available for purchase.
Covid-19 and School Nurse
Cases continue to remain at a low yet noticeable level within the school community. The cluster of Year 7 cases has subsided and therefore we no longer need to have the low-level mitigation measures in place that were introduced last week. As always, if you need to report a positive Covid-19 case then please use the following link;
Please note that our School Nurse, Mrs Ball, will not be available for the next 6 weeks. During this period Mrs Parker, who is a qualified first aider and ex-nurse, will be dealing with any medical issues across the School. If you need to contact the School with regards to any medical matters please contact email Mrs Parker at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and a reminder that if your child is poorly then they should be recovering at home.
Roadworks in the local area
You are no doubt aware of the current roadworks in the local area that may be affecting your journey to and from Kingsley School. You may find it helpful to refer to the following Warwickshire County Council website page which details the diversion routes and the further planned road closures in the area;
Reminders & Notices
Parent Volunteers Needed – Help Us Plant Trees
Kingsley Duke of Edinburgh Website
Kenilworth Wardens Girls’ Football Teams
GoGo Makers Easter Camp
Celebrating Success Outside of School
The Latest from Facebook
KINGSLEY WINTER SPORTS AWARDS
The PE Department are excited to be hosting the Winter Sports Awards on Monday 4th April, from 7-8pm, for a celebration of all the winter competitive sport. All pupils and families in Years 5 and above are welcome.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday 30th March.
KINGSLEY RIDING SQUAD TRAINING SESSION
On Monday after school, members of Kingsley riding squad enjoyed a great show jumping training session at Valley Farm Equestrian, Shotteswell. Our instructor, Stephanie Faulkner is an experienced and successful show jumper and a former Kingsley girl. Thanks, Steph, we had a really good time and hope to see you again at Valley Farm soon.
KINGSLEY’S WARWICKSHIRE CLIMATE ALLIANCE ART COMPETITION RESULTS ARE FINALLY IN
Back in October 2020, Kingsley girls were invited to take part in Warwickshire Climate Alliance’s Art Competition, run in conjunction with Warwickshire Open Studios, on the theme of Climate Change.
After what feels like a very long time, the results are finally in, and the girls should all be proud of their creative submissions! The judges were thoroughly impressed with the quality and scale of Kingsley’s entries, claiming all but one of the prize winning spots! They have passed on their congratulations on our tremendous success, both in winning all the prizes, and encouraging our pupils to produce such a fantastic crop of paintings.
A massive well done to the below girls:
Daisy D – First prize.
Erin M – Joint second prize.
Tilly C – Joint second prize.
Lisa RM – First prize.
Eve A – Joint first prize.
Isabel B – Second prize.
Milly R – Joint second prize.
Lucy L – Joint second prize.
Cerys J – First prize.
Gracy B – Second prize.
Information about Warwickshire Climate Alliance and their art competition can be found here: https://warwickshireclimatealliance.org/art-competition/
WSBA AWARD CEREMONY TRIP
On Thursday the Year 7 and 8 Book Group went to The Bridge House Theatre to watch the award ceremony of the Warwickshire Senior Book Awards, where we were joined by book groups from 12 other Warwickshire schools. Our keen readers have been participating in the award this term. The group were joined by all six nominated authors in person or via a live link, and Kate Mallinder, the Kingsley group’s favourite, was there in person. The pupils got to meet her and she signed books and photographs for everyone, as well as posing for a photo!
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – HELP US PLANT TREES
On Friday 1st April, the children from Prep will be up at the field planting all the trees that have been donated by the Woodland Trust ready for our Jubilee Grove.
In the morning from 10.30, Early Years and Key Stage 1 will be planting their saplings and will then go off and continue Forest Schools with the teachers. In the afternoon, all of Key Stage 2 will come to the field to plant their saplings and will then enjoy some time outside.
If you would like to come and help your child plant a sapling then please contact either Mrs Norris A.Norris@kingsleyschool.co.uk or Mrs Lewis K.Lewis@kingsleyschool.co.uk in the office where we can let you know a more specific time. Please bring a spade or fork ready to dig.
KINGSLEY DUKE OF EDINBURGH WEBSITE
A new Duke of Edinburgh page, containing updates, guides and documents for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, is now available to view at this link. We hope that you find it useful!
KENILWORTH WARDENS GIRLS’ FOOTBALL TEAMS
Kenilworth Wardens offer girls’ football training and clubs – a fantastic opportunity for any players at all age groups looking for further training and team opportunities! Please see the attached flyer for more information.
GOGO MAKERS EASTER CAMP
GoGo Makers are returning to Kingsley Prep at Easter with another of their popular camps. For more information, please view the flyer here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org FAO Mr Farrington-Smith.
PREP SCHOOL WELCOME
I am delighted to be back at school today, not least to enjoy the first Mothers’ Day celebration for three years. The whole school was welcomed by Reverend Esther Peers into Holy Trinity Church, where the children delivered a beautiful tribute to all their mums. Their creativity was impressive and their sentiments heartfelt. It was a truly wonderful occasion.
A lot has happened this week in Prep: a second duckling called Squeak has hatched to join Pip and to brighten our days. Year 5 have been very busy preparing for their Egyptian themed Sharing Assembly on Wednesday 30th March, while Year 6 are making plans for their WW II experience at the School Fields.
Early Years continue to enjoy their traditional tales and enhancing their story telling skills; Years 3 and 4 had first-hand experience of “The Secret Garden” novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett by participating in a Forest School session based on the novel. After listening to the story the class went off to create a tree house where they spent some time relaxing during the sunny afternoon!
Year 1 had a special English lesson as they were joined by members of the Sixth Form to be their reading buddies – and Year 2 even managed to have special cuddles with the ducklings during their busy week learning the Makaton poem for Mother’s day.
Please note some dates for you diaries:
• Monday – Whole School Photo – all pupils must be in uniform including blue jumpers and blazers
• Monday 28 March Parents Evening – virtual parents evening system: booking will close at 9pm on Sunday so please remember to book your slot.
• Year 5 Sharing Assembly Wednesday 30 – March in Prep Hall
• Phonics and Reading Evening 30-March 6-7pm in the Preparatory School Hall. The event will provide an overview on how Phonics and Reading is taught in The Prep School. Mr Mercer-Kelly will be in attendance along with all of the Prep class teachers; refreshments of wine and cheese and tea and coffee will be available.
• EYFS and KS1 Easter Bonnet parade and Easter Egg Hunt – Tuesday 5th April – please see the attached letter.
• Prep School Tree Planting at the School Fields to take place on Friday 1st April – further details to follow next week
• Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to the Sports Awards on Monday 4th April in Senior School – 7 – 9pm Senior Hall
A very Happy Mothering Sunday to everyone at The Kingsley Prep School.
Mrs Monica Gamble
Interim Head of Prep
This week in Pre-school we have been reading the traditional tale, ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have made our own gingerbread men out of play dough and created some fabulous counting matching quantity to number.
On Wednesday afternoon we baked our own gingerbread men that then disappeared!
We watched some CCTV of the cheeky gingerbread men running away and we went on a hunt to find them. The children were very excited and made some fabulous wanted posters. With their fabulous detective skills we finally found the gingerbread men, decorated them and, just like the fox in the story, ate them!
I can use talk to organise thinking…
This week we are reading Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have heard two versions of how the Giant’s Causeway appeared in Northern Ireland. In one version, they occurred naturally through volcanic eruptions. In another, there was a giant named Finn McCaul who raged a war on the Scottish Giant. When Benadonner accepted the challenged and strode across the Irish Sea, Finn quickly realised his mistake; he had underestimated the size of the Scottish Giant. Fortunately, his quick-thinking wife came to his rescue with a cunning plan.
Ask your little one to tell you the ending of the story. Can they show you where England, Scotland and Ireland are on a map and can they explain which story was real and which was myth?
Amusing and fantastic drama and role-play by all!
Years 1 and 2 learned about Saint Patrick in their RE lesson on Wednesday. They learned that St Patrick was the Patron Saint of Ireland and was credited with introducing Ireland to Christianity. The classes discovered about how Irish people celebrate each year, with parades, delicious food, wonderful music and lots of green things!
The children made lucky leprechaun hats and moving leprechaun puppets, using a pivot mechanism. They also played a St Patrick’s Day board game.
With the buzz of Spring in the air and the new ducklings that have arrived at Kingsley, members of Year 2 have each prepared a wonderful and unique set of instructions for Mrs Finnegan and her Reception class to assist them with teaching Pip and Squeak how to swim. All members of Year 2 have excelled in their English work this week by including key features in their instructions and decorating their neat copies for Mrs Finnegan.
This week in Maths, Year 3 have been finding sneaky, quick ways to learn the four times table and are using the part-whole model to partition more difficult numbers in order to find the answer.
In English, we have been delving deeper into the epic poem Beowulf, thinking about and role playing emotions that the warriors might have felt when they watched Beowulf dive into the murky lake to fight Grendel’s mother. They have written a letter home to their families to describe how they were feeling.
In Forest Schools this week, I read an extract from The Garden of Dreams where the children could explore and imagine their own safe place and garden. They all created something from the extract that they interpreted using whatever they had around them to use. It was awe inspiring.
Can I also add a huge thank you to the Rotary Club who will be joining us on Friday at Forest Schools. They have donated two trees ready for our Jubilee Grove as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.
What a sunshine filled week it has been, this week! Not only in the classroom is our classroom bursting into life as we see the first shoots from the sunflower seeds we planted but the weather is really making us feel like spring has sprung! The class has been working tirelessly on a very special project which, for me, really does herald the start of spring! It is of course, all of the preparations for Mothers’ Day. Here is the class using their English lesson time on Wednesday to collaborate and develop a very special Acrostic Poem that I am sure you will all enjoy.
In our Art/DT lesson the pupils worked carefully on crafting a pop-up style card to make each of their Mum’s feel very special as it included the Acrostic Poem that was presented at the Holy Trinity Church on Friday morning! Here are some of the class getting creative
To continue the creative theme, here are most of the class showcasing the portraits of the first Shang Dynasty ruler, Emperor Tang. You may notice that these portraits are quite unusual.. that is because pupils used their understanding and knowledge of the Expressionist Art movement to develop their artwork so that they created a very unique version of this important ruler! I hope you enjoy the class’ artistry!
Year 5 have been celebrating their wonderful mothers this week in the style of their Ancient Egyptian creative curriculum theme. In Art lessons, the class have been illustrating and depicting their mothers as a combination of Ancient Egyptian goddesses. Their chosen goddesses included: Isis – the goddess of love, healing and magic; Hathor – the goddess of music, dance, and love; Sekhmet – the goddess of fire, healing and medicine; and Ma’at – the goddess of truth, justice, harmony and balance. On Friday morning, they presented their artwork and reasons to their mothers in our special church. Year 5 have made a lovely surprise to present to the special women in their lives on Sunday as well.
Also, Year 5 have started rehearsing for their Ancient Egyptian assembly to celebrate everything they have learned and enjoyed this term and look forward to welcoming their guests on Wednesday 30th March.
This week, Year 6 have started to explore how the United Kingdom was rebuilt after World War 2. In our English lessons, we shared John Agard’s poem, ‘Windrush Child’, and explored its key themes and ideas. The pupils considered the historical significance of the HMT Empire Windrush and discussed how this journey might have affected the Windrush child in the poem. Next week, we will begin our study of the novel ‘Windrush Child’ by Benjamin Zephaniah.
Congratulations to our Prep Sports Stars of the week -Kitty (y3), Toma (y6), Gabrielle (y6), Grace (y6).
Everyone worked really well outside in the sunshine – we did some Netball, Yoga and Athletics!
Under 12 – Under 15 also played Netball against Campion last night at our sports field. Player of the matches were Amy Cornish (y7), Charlotte Davies (Y8), Lucy Lawton (y9), Issy Mason (y10).
All matches were very close – well done everyone!