The Headteacher's Blog - Monday 14 May 2018

A stunning start to the new school week and in particular, I am wishing the blue skies to be cheering and inspiring for our Year 11 students as the GCSE exams really get underway from today.

It takes me back to my own exams days (back in the day…!). I appreciate there is the inevitable mixture of emotions. Understandable nervousness as the reality of this significant stage in their education hits and nerves kick in. But also rising to the challenge of proving themselves as the conclusion of three years’ dedicated work and knowing how parents, teachers and loved ones want you to succeed. But do it for you as well. Live in this moment of the exam season; but with an eye beyond for the summer ahead of you and as a passport to your next steps - and go for it! Thank you to staff and parents for all you are doing to support, boost and encourage. I hear the R.E. pep talk on Friday was excellent and thank you to key subject teachers for leading these sessions to highlight the essential points.

And a similar recipe of successful thoughts to our Year 10’s who start their PPE’s on Wednesday this week as you follow in the footsteps of your Year 11 peers. But before then – with impeccable motivational timing – Year 10 will be off timetable tomorrow involved in the Key Skill Days. This will be my first event at Kings and I am looking forward to seeing the students working together in tutor groups doing team-building exercises with the RAF/Marines/SYRP, using a spreadsheet to crack codes and find the answers with Lloyds Bank; designing a health juice and presenting ideas with local company Thatchers - and the very intriguing egg drop experiment with SciSys. And more besides! I hope Year 10 really seize this opportunity to work together and challenge themselves to think and problem-solve and learn something new. I wish I were doing the day too! Watch out for the news story to follow.

Welcome back today to Year 12 who return to school from study leave – full of good intentions, no doubt after their PPE’s!

Time for Year 9 now. It is parents’ evening on Wednesday between 5-8pm. I would encourage parents to sign-up online and enter the conversation with your child (ren)’s teachers. We are here to work with you and experience shows that parent-teacher interaction yields happy children and good results.

I would also add my thanks to parents for all you are doing behind the scenes. As part of our consistency drive in school I am noticing, and it is also echoed by staff that students are showing more consistency with their positive attitudes. So yes, to those shirts tucked in and as our lovely citizens, yes; to being polite and trying their best as students match our high expectations

There is still time to enjoy some enrichment activities for some relaxing stimulation and grazie mille to Mrs Brock who has started an Italian Club on Fridays at 1pm in L4. Staff and students are all benvenuti!

In the world of sport House Netball and Football practice are taking place over the next two weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays and thank you to our House Captains who have been organising the teams. On Tuesdays after school,
Students can take part in rounders and athletics. Indeed, aspiring athletes have opportunity to enter this year’s Mendip Athletics event to be held next Monday 21 May 2018 at Millfield School. See Subject Leader for P.E. and House Activities Mr Bennett for more details.

Talking of events – as part of our work with the community, keep Saturday 23 June 2018 free in your diaries for a community fun day event here at Kings between 10am to 4pm. The day is being organised in conjunction with local group, The Space to raise money to support their work with mental health facilities and counsellors for our students here in school. It promises to be a lovely day with craft stalls, farmers market, activities, food and drinks. Watch out for more information to follow.

So, I wish you all a purposeful and enjoyable week (and please, may the sunshine last for us…).

Believe and succeed!

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