The Headteacher's Blog - Monday 13 November 2017

Another Monday, but thankfully a bright one as winter begins to hit!

You may, or may not know, but today is the 19th World Kindness Day! Positivity rules! We are celebrating it here at Kings by being EXTRA kind to one another and in the Staff Room staff have opportunity to write lovely things on sticky notes about another colleague or an event and tutees are encouraged to say positive things to each other too. After all, love and kindness make the world go round…

Our Careers Adviser Dr Hall is leading assemblies this week to motivate our young people to think beyond the classroom and understand the many worthwhile reasons for working hard in their studies. My Deputy Miss Hunt is also speaking in the gym assemblies about expectations to ensure all students are keeping smart and thinking smart. This is part of our Employability Agenda to help our young people understand why it is important to have their shirt tucked in; as very, very soon they will be arriving for interviews (and hopefully get the job!) and then be going to work looking smart in order to make the bestest impression. Excellent behaviour, attendance and punctuality and uniform are all central to our pride in being a student at Kings. Thank you to parents for helping us foster this pride too.

A big well done and thank you to our Catering Team who were busy last Friday; not only cooking their usual delicious food, but also preparing an additional 150 extra meals for the HE+ conference when an Environmental Health inspector arrived (no notice). This is the equivalent of a food hygiene Ofsted inspection. (Gulp!). But I am delighted to report that our sometimes unsung heroines excelled in all areas of the inspection and gained the top mark of 5! Congratulations and thank you again!

It’s a busy week for sport this week and I wish all our young sportsmen and women every success in their many fixtures. Year 10 football boys are playing in a cup match against Nailsea School today and the rugby boys are playing against The Blue School on Thursday. Meanwhile some of our Years 10 and 11 students are competing in a badminton tournament on Thursday. On Tuesday, the Year 11 hockey girls are playing against Crispin School and on Thursday again, the Year 10 team are playing against The Blue School. Good luck everyone: play your best and yes, you’ll already know I’m competitive for Kings, may you WIN!

There are lots of P.E. enrichment activities on offer this half term, starting off with girls’ handball at lunchtime today. We all know the benefits of engaging in sport to relax, reenergise, keep fit and get those endorphins flowing; as well as healthy competitiveness. So to all our students, join in and have a go!

A special thank you to Year 11 student Imogen Prewett for her excellent, reflective and detailed report of the Computing and ICT San Francisco trip last half term. As you will see in the news section, Imogen clearly has an eye for detail and clearly loved every moment of this fabulous trip. Reading it, makes me feel like I was there! See what you think too. Well done Imogen! Your aptitude for writing and observation are skills for life!

On a social note, Cheddar Arts@Kings Theatre are hosting a cinema night this evening in our Kings Theatre of recent film “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” set in 1939 Warsaw and which I’m told is a heart-warming story for all animal lovers. If you have yet to attend any of these events I would encourage you to do so. I’ve a few booked in my diary. I’m grateful to the community group of enthusiastic culture vultures who run this highly inspiring series of events and each season put on recent films - and when they can secure them - fabulous musical and theatrical events, all for very reasonable prices. Thanks to Gill Scard and her team for leading the group here in our community. Go along and support if you can!

Believe and succeed!

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