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29th April 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 trust you have all had a good break over the Easter holiday and have had a chance to recharge and refresh ahead of the Summer Term.

Resilience

The Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburgh teams went on their camping expeditions over the Easter holiday. The students demonstrated extraordinary grit and resilience as they battled through some very wet and cold conditions. Having assisted with D of E for many years myself I know how hard it can be when the weather is inclement, your feet are wet and sore, and there are still miles to walk ahead of you. Several times I recall the phrase “if it’s not raining, then it’s not training” being quoted to weary looking walkers. Whilst they would initially grumble about the hardships they were facing, there is something of real value in that saying though; it is during the most challenging of situations that one learns to persevere and exceed one’s own expectations. This coming weekend our Year 10 students will be out on their Bronze D of E expedition and I hope that they have a positive learning experience over their two days, whatever the weather – good luck!

Communication

In response to feedback from parents last term I am keen to improve how we communicate with you, as it was a common theme mentioned by many families. Having reviewed this, we are going to be making the following improvements from this week;

The Cornflower – each Friday you will continue to receive your weekly communication from The Kingsley School containing all the important notices, letters and reminders that you need. This will also have a link to our online calendar as well, plus key dates that are coming up. The intention is that the Cornflower will be your primary information source and we encourage you to spend time ensuring that you read information that is relevant to you and your child.

We will be producing a brand-new newsletter that will celebrate pupil successes, share stories and give feedback on events from across our community. This lighter communication will be much more visual and interactive for you to read at your leisure and will be produced every three weeks or so, starting in a few weeks’ time.

We hope that this will give you a more streamlined communication channel from the school about important information, and allow for the celebration of Kingsley moments to be enjoyed in a more visual and engaging manner.

With kind regards,

James Mercer-Kelly
Headteacher

Important notices and reminders

Covid-19 Guidance Update

As you will be aware, the Government has issued its Living with Covid-19 plan:

www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-sets-out-how-to-live-safely-with-covid-19.

Testing is no longer recommended to detect/confirm asymptomatic or symptomatic cases of Covid-19 and it is not recommended that children and young people are tested for Covid-19 unless directed to by a health professional. In addition, the Government has withdrawn school specific guidance.

Amongst other things, the updated guidance seeks to balance prioritising face-to-face educational provision with managing the ongoing health situation. From the start of the Summer Term, we will no longer be providing remote learning for most pupils affected by Covid-19.

If a pupil is unwell, they should be resting until they are well enough to return to the classroom.

If they are not unwell and do not have a high temperature, then advice is that they remain at school.

We will keep this under review. In the event of a major outbreak at one of our schools, it continues to be the case that we may be advised to take additional measures, including a temporary return to remote learning for some pupils.

PREP SCHOOL WELCOME

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all had a lovely break and feel well rested.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Miss Knight Adams and her family all the very best of Kingsley wishes as she begins her maternity leave today to await the new addition to their family.

I would like to extend a warm welcome back to Miss Megan Shemmell who will assume Miss Knight Adams’ teaching commitments while she is away.

We are all very much looking forward to the Gymnastic and Dance Showcase taking place on Wednesday, 4 May.

I also look forward to welcoming Year 4 and Year 6 parents to the Information Meeting on Friday, 6 May at 15:20 until 16:00 in The Prep School Hall.

Kind regards,

Mrs Monica Gamble
Head of Prep

Letters

Reminders & Notices

SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY TIPS

As you well know, many children have access to social media platforms, but some may be unaware of some settings that carers or children themselves can take to keep them as safe as possible online.

Take a look at the poster attached here to explore some of the privacy settings that can be set on some of the most popular social media platforms. You may find this a useful guide to share amongst your school communities.

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. 

LUNCH MENUS

Please view our lunch menus at the links below. Next week is Week 2.

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.

Key Dates

WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY: PREP SCHOOL GYMNASTICS AND DANCE SHOWCASE

Kingsley Prep are looking forward to the Gymnastic and Dance Showcase on Wednesday, which will begin at 3.45pm in the Senior School. Invites have been sent to parents by the PE department.

THURSDAY, 5 MAY: YEAR 11 PARENTS’ EVENING

The Year 11 Parents’ Evening is taking place online from 4:30pm – 8:00pm.

FRIDAY, 6 MAY: RESIDENTIAL TRIP PARENTS INFORMATION EVENING

The Residential Trip Parents Information Meeting for Year 4 and Year 6 parents will take place from 3.20pm – 4.00pm in The Prep School Hall.

4 – 5 JULY: FUTURE FWD NATIONAL CONFERENCE

I am delighted that we are hosting a national conference, ‘FutureFwd’, which brings together educationalists and employers, with the aim of ensuring that our young people are fully equipped for life beyond school.

This is a cross-sector event, with our key partners being the University of Warwick and Warwickshire College Group. The conference also includes a ‘Platinum Jubilee’ conference for Lower Sixth, details of which may be found by clicking here.

It would be a great pleasure to see you there as parents, if you would like to attend ‘FutureFwd’, please do sign-up and be part of this vital conversation.

Richard Nicholson | Foundation Principal

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