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28th January 2022

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).

Dear Parents, 

I have enjoyed meeting parents from the Prep and Senior School over the last fortnight at the Cheese and Wine evenings that we have hosted. The key word that kept being used time and time again by the families that I spoke to was nurture; how the environment at Kingsley has enabled their child to grow in terms of their confidence, character and academic prowess.

This was reinforced to me when I was speaking with some of our Year 11 students this week about their most memorable experiences. A common theme was how through opportunities like the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme they had developed new skills, overcome challenges and learned to serve others.

Nurturing takes time, requires investment and is more than a one-off intervention. It is about providing a consistently supportive environment and seeking to draw out the best in those around us. We all play an important part in this, and when we work together, we can create the greatest impact.

With kind regards,

James Mercer-Kelly
Headteacher

 

Important notices and reminders

Listening@Kingsley Survey

Thank you to those of you who have already completed the feedback survey; there have been a hundred responses so far. I encourage all parents to share their thoughts about what we do well at Kingsley and what we could do even better. The survey is anonymous, but you can include your name and details should you wish the School to follow up with you in due course on any points you have raised.

Listening@Kingsley 2022 Survey

Your reflective comments will then help to inform the future direction and strategy for how we can confidently take The Kingsley School forward to be the very best it can be.

 

Covid

Whilst the omicron variant is reportedly ‘in retreat’ we continue to be vigilant with regards to Covid measures at Kingsley and are tackling local clusters when they arise. I would like to reassure you that we are working closely with the local health authority and taking advice from Public Health England and the Government about how to keep our whole community safe. I do remind you that the best way to inform the School of any positive cases is via the reporting link below;

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

We thank you as a whole community for your support in these challenging times.

 

Filming and Parking Restrictions 4th – 8th February

Please can all parents be aware that on Friday 4th, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th February there will be filming taking place in the vicinity of The Kingsley School. This will mean that there is no parking on Beauchamp Avenue between the zebra crossing and Clarendon Square. The roads will remain open to traffic, however parents should be aware that they may need to wait whilst the cameras are rolling. I recommend allowing extra time for your journey and parking on those dates if you are driving to Kingsley.

 

Email Billing

All families will have received a communication today from the Foundation Billing Department (billing@warwickschools.co.uk) about the move to email billing for School fees. Please kindly ensure that you carefully read and follow the instructions in the message and complete the form by Friday 4th February. Do check your email junk folder if you have not yet seen the message.

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 few weeks we are publishing a very well thought out and age appropriate set of activities that will enable you to engage with your young people at home.

AGES 5-7 WEEK FOUR: TRUST

This is an example to show them how to decide who they can trust on-line.

AGES 8-10 WEEK FOUR: FINDING HELP

Finding out who to go to if something doesn’t go as planned on-line is an important message to get across with this age range.

ASK THE AWKWARD – E-SAFETY ADVICE FOR PARENTS

WEEK SEVEN: NEGATIVITY ONLINE

Being civilised is the glue that holds society together and in the offline world we have developed strategies to deal effectively with people who aren’t being civilised. With the online world it easier for people to hide and sadly some people have taken that as a cue to behave inappropriately. This week’s content gives some advice on how to cope if your young people come into contact with online negativity and there are useful links to follow.

Letters

News

PREP PUPILS’ ART IN WARWICK SCHOOL EXHIBITION

Well done to Holly, Charlie and Liana in Year 5, whose pieces of artwork have been featured in Warwick School’s online Exhibition for Young Local Artists! View the online gallery at this link, or head here to download the exhibition programme.

CHARLOTTE’S DANCING SUCCESS

Charlotte in Year 9 has recently received a Distinction in both her Grade 2 Lyrical Dance and Grade 3 tap exams – two fantastic achievements, well done Charlotte! Charlotte also performed at her dance school’s charity show at Bridge House Theatre before Christmas, after not being able to get on the stage for the past two years due to Covid.

JESSICA’S CONCERT AND OFFER TO STUDY AT CAMBRIDGE

Jessica in Year 13 is performing as a soloist with Bedford Symphony Orchestra at the Bedford Corn Exchange tomorrow, Saturday 29th January. Jessica will be performing Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Oboe in A Minor.

A superb opportunity as part of an exciting programme of music! Tickets and info are available at the link below:

https://www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/bedfordshire-orchestral-society/

A huge congratulations also to Jessica, who was offered a place at Cambridge University to study Music this week, following on from a scholarship offer to study oboe at The Royal College of Music. A fantastic success and a truly exciting week for Jessica – well done!

Reminders & Notices

A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

A reminder to please send any medical updates, including changes in medicine and dietary requirements, to Mrs Ball at nurse@kingsleyschool.co.uk.

PREP SCHOOL MATHS PRESENTATION EVENING – CHANGE OF DATE

The Prep School Maths Presentation Evening will now be taking place on Wednesday 16th March, from 6-7pm.

NEWSPAPER WANTED FOR PREP CRAFT CLUB

The Prep School Craft Club are making papier mache penguins during Monday’s session. If anybody has any used newspaper to donate, it would be very much appreciated by the club!

BROMSGROVE YOUNG MUSICIANS PLATFORM APPLICATIONS

The Bromsgrove Young Musicians Platform is accepting applications until 4pm on Sunday 30th January. The platform is open to young musicians aged 9-17 who play instruments, and singers if aged over 13. For more information and to apply, please visit bromsgroveplatform.com.

LUNCH MENUS

Please view our lunch menus at the links below. Next week 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

Dear Parents,

I would like to start by thanking you for your patience and support this week; I appreciate it has been a very different approach to school life, but I am gratified by being able to keep school open and functioning. It has been challenging and unpredictable for all, but in true Kingsley fashion, we have kept calm and carried on!

Despite the majority of year groups being allocated to different zones, the children have still managed to partake in a variety of physical activities, musical marvels and awesome art inspired learning. Mrs Adair delivered an entertaining and informative assembly on Rabbie Burns which inspired the children to practise their Scottish Country Dancing Skills, which was like music to my ears!

Please continue to be vigilant and mindful of the recommended safety precautions regarding school age children to help prevent the further spread of the virus. Further information is available by following the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#get-tested-and-self-isolate-if-required

If your child is displaying symptoms, please do make sure you test them before sending them into school, and advise school absence as soon as possible:

absence@kingsleyschool.co.uk

Please note the re-scheduled Maths Workshop will be hosted in school on Wednesday 16th March 2022.

I hope you enjoy a restful weekend.

Mrs Monica Gamble
Head of Prep

PRE-SCHOOL

This week in Pre-school we have continued to look at the season of spring. We have been looking at changes that happen during this season, including new life and new beginnings. We have observed the changes to trees and plants and animals who have their young.

To bring some sunshine to these long dull January days; our home corner has been transformed into a beach. The children have enjoyed playing in the sand, wearing sun hats and glasses, writing postcards and ordering ice creams from the beach cafe!

RECEPTION

Year 6 and Reception are excited to begin their combined project to incubate duck eggs. Year 6 have got us off to a tremendous start by writing some thoroughly persuasive letters, convincing Reception of the idea breeds to incubate. Their letters were of an impressively high standard; well researched, considerate and articulate. Year 6 thought about which breeds would take the least time to incubate, which were most cost-effective and easily attained and which breeds were tame, robust and least timid- ideal for a classroom setting. After sharing their research and thoughts on the most suitable breeds, they involved Reception in a vote.

YEAR 1

Year 1 have been learning all about traditional tales and they have been working towards making their own moving-picture storybooks.

Over recent weeks, they have made a lever mechanism, a slider mechanism and a wheel mechanism. They have learned about how to safely use a glue gun and Miss Fennell has shown them how she uses a craft knife safely.

Next week, Year 1 are going to be designing their own stories and will be making moving pictures for key scenes, using the mechanisms that they have practised in their DT lessons. We shall share our finished products with you as soon as possible!

YEAR 2

The children in Year 2 have been revisiting their division and multiplication skills for 2s, 5s and 10s. They have worked their way through a very testing booklet and I can see that those at home as well as in the classroom have been practising hard. Well done Year 2!

YEAR 3

This week in Year 3, we have been creating our own super hero-warrior and looking at how an information text is structured so that we are ready to write out own information text next week.

In Maths, we have consolidated and understood how to add crossing 10 and using 3 digit numbers.

Our Anglo-Saxon topic took us to understanding why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain. Were they all invaders or were some settlers? The children were incredibly thoughtful about the reasons why they might have wanted to come and why they may have needed to leave their own countries.

YEAR 4

Another new beginning in Year 4 as we have another new pupil to introduce you to! We would like to say a very warm welcome to Cynthia who joined the class on Monday!

Year 4 have continued to use the the story, ‘Felix after the Rain’ by Dunja Jogan to inspire their writing. This week we were comparing the story’s themes to a range of carefully chosen poems which included ‘Clouded House’ and ‘Naming Your Days’. Here is the class creating their own versions of ‘Naming Your Days’ to share…

This week our maths lessons have focused on types of angles. The class has tested its knowledge of acute and obtuse angles. Then, they went to explore the types of angles that are present in a variety of 2D shapes. We even managed to revise some of features of both regular and irregular shapes! Here is the class exploring angle types with their angle testers.

To keep our excellent calculation skills ticking over, Year 4 also created challenge questions for their partners to complete! Really, well done for working so hard on your maths skills, Year 4.

YEAR 5

Year 5 have been having fun in their Creative Curriculum art lesson this week by trying a new painting medium called Brusho. Brusho is powdered watercolour paints and when you sprinkle them onto wet paper the pigments in the paint separate and you get exciting colour appearing on your picture. The class drew scarab beetles which were important symbols in Ancient Egypt and painted them with the powdered Brusho paints.

YEAR 6

Year 6 have been learning about the Battle of Britain which was a major air campaign fought largely over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. The Battle of Britain medal is one of the rarest of WW2, because it was given only to aircrew members of squadrons of Fighter Command who flew at least one operational exercise between 00.01 hrs 10th July and 23.59 hrs 31st Oct 1940. After studying pictures of the original medals, the Year 6 pupils created their own replica medals out of air drying clay.

FOREST SCHOOL

Mrs Norris set us the challenge of creating our own obstacle course/zip wire/abseil line. We learned how to tie a ‘timber hitch’ knot (the first knot that should be tied around a tree), so that we could create our choice of course. We made a swing, a zip-wire, a tyre-swing and to top it off, we had a bonfire with toasted marshmallows!

During Enrichment, we learned how to use a bowsaw to saw wood in order to make charcoal.

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