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Dear Parents,

As I write, it’s a week to the end of term, two weeks

to Christmas, and a milestone for those of us who

are not lovers of winter — the shortest day draws

nigh on 21 December 2016. But for now, it’s time

for me to look back on events from this Autumn

Half Term. But firstly, I bring you a quick headline: this marks the last

edition of the

Kings’ Messenger


(Curious? see the back page

for more details...!).

You might have guessed from the front page and conversations with

your children that we have just been entertained by this year’s Chari-

ties Week. A lively and lovely Kings’ tradition that raises lots of money

for the students’ chosen charities and I hope you enjoy reading the full

report shortly. I thank the Senior Student Team and House Captains

for their fantastic work in creating a thrilling week of activities at

break and lunchtimes and I know the photos will tell the story of all

the hijinks.

Thank you to everyone who took part and for your very

enthusiastic support and generosity!

We also came together in November on a more reflective note for our

Remembrance Day Services held in St Andrew’s Church and I thank

Subject Leader Mrs Shorrock and the History Department for organis-

ing the services and all our student readers and musicians.

We will be going to church again this week to remember the real meaning of Christmas, which I know will be a

special time and there has been more merry music-making with the wonderful Winter Concert in which students

excelled themselves and in this final week of term they have been sharing their joyful singing and playing at local

care homes. I know the residents always greatly appreciate their happy visit.

There have been lots of exciting enrichment activities this term. Languages students practised their German on

the trip to Berlin, as well as other trips and talks; many of which you can read about in this newsletter and on our

academy website.

Looking ahead to the next academic year our Year 11 students enjoyed the Sixth Form Taster Day in November

when they tried out subjects at A Level, and the perks of not wearing uniform, their Sixth Form Common room

and of course free study periods!

Interviews are scheduled early next Spring Term and students can see Head of Sixth

Form Miss Hopwood with any queries who will be pleased to help.

On our return in January, Years 11, 12 and 13 will be sitting their Pre Public Examinations (PPEs). I cannot em-

phasise enough the importance of these exams that will provide vital preparation before the public exams in the

summer; not least as many subjects are now linear exams. Thank you to parents for reinforcing to your child

how hard work now will be beneficial and help them to be prepared and confident in their learning. The PPEs

are also a useful guide for teachers to determine students’ tiers of entry for the summer exams. I know you will

find time during the Christmas holidays to encourage your child to revise, as well as relax and recharge. Students

can find essential revision materials on Firefly, as well as using their notes.

As we began the term on a celebratory note with Awards Evening we will end the

term with our Achievement Assemblies in year groups and I am looking forward

to seeing our young people recognised for their contributions and accomplish-

ments to the Academy.

Well done to you all!

Finally, I end this head’s up by thanking staff and students for all their diligent

work this half term and thank you to parents for

all your support at home and I wish you and your

family a Happy Christmas time.

Yours sincerely,


Executive Headteacher

Head’s-Up from Mr Richardson

Headteacher, The Kings of Wessex Academy

Contents in this edition…

Students are Top of the Pops


Head’s Up




End of Autumn Term Roll of Honour


Praise from Regional Schools Commissioner 13

“We will remember them” 14-15

Our Engineers of the Future 16-17

The Kings Art


Year 12 Driving to Success 21

Sixth Form Taster Day


Cheddar Arts@Kings Theatre


Winter Concert & thank you to Mrs Marshfield


Historians Kip on a Ship 24-26

Scientists investigate Spectroscopy in a Suitcase 27

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


Graffiti Classics


Charities Week


The Kings and Queens Sports Scores 42-44

Friars Spread the love of St Francis at Kings 45

Time for the 10 minute interview




Careers Corner


Our Man in Westminster




A diary reminder!

We return for the start of the

Spring Term on

Monday 3 January 2017

(Week A)