News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Kings ends the Autumn Term on a happy note

22nd December, 2018 by Jude Owens

The student Big Band, staff band, staff choir, poetry, Round Table Awards… These were only a few of the favourite things when students and staff from The Kings of Wessex Academy were all together in the Sports Hall for the final whole school assembly in their Houses on the last day of term (Friday 21 December 2018).

Rev. Burns opened with prayers for peace and joy; before the Head Boy and Girl, Sam Kail-Dyke and Lucy Bishop and their Deputies Dan Benjamin, Olivia Dolcezza, Jamie Harris and Eleanor Stephens - complete with Christmas hats and jumpers - led the assembly. In keeping with the Arthurian theme of the four Houses (Avalon, Camelot, Lyonesse and Tintagel), the Round Table Awards for excellence in the subjects were read out by Subject Leaders, who praised the individual awardees for their effort, and contribution, focus and willingness to learn, as well as many more attributes.

Rev. John Angle started his address with a few corny cracker jokes before he explored the concepts of omniscience, and questioned how do we know God exists. For him, Christmas is a big celebration time as it celebrates the birth of Jesus born to show people what God is like as his son on earth.

The Senior Student Team read Maya Angelou’s poem “Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem,” a poignant choice given the current uncertainty in the world. It tells of the “Glad season,” a time for forgiveness and how “Hope is born again in the faces of children’ and “spreads around the earth.”

Executive Headteacher Mr Ball praised all the students and said how proud he was, not least as recent data shows that Kings is a top school in Somerset, in the region and in the country! Mr Ball likes to be the best.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Mr Ball’s predecessor Mr Richardson and his former deputy Mrs Marshall who both retired in summer 2017. Chair of Governors Mr Kirkup led the tribute and noted they had given nearly 40 years’ combined service to Kings. Mr Richardson oversaw major building works that helped to make the Academy what it is today. Mr Kirkup recognised Mrs Marshall as an outstanding Teacher of R.E., Ethics and Philosophy who showed great drive in her championing children. They shared “dedication, diligence, desire for success..." Mr Richardson thanked Mr Kirkup and reminded students that “education is a special thing” to be cherished.

There was a competitive edge to proceedings with the House Cup reveal as Deputy Headteacher Miss Hunt removed the House colour ribbons one-by-one to find out which House was in the lead at this point in the year. Head of House Mrs Lowis was delighted that Tintagel were the winners with a fabulous 9,662 House Points. Who will it be next time in the spring?

Music was provided by the Big Band with their lively rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock” with bells, trumpet, trombone, sax and piano, all creating a fun and catchy feel, as the audience swayed to the music. Things really got going with the Staff Band’s rock star “Santa Clause is coming to town” performed by teachers Mrs Armitage, Miss Hall, Mr Putman, and Sixth Form students Dan Benjamin, Sam K-D, Josh Tatton and Nina Tyrrell. To end the assembly the staff choir took some members of the audience back to 1984 (before any of the students were born - and some of the staff) to Band Aid’s legendary “Do they know it’s Christmas?” By which time all the students and staff were singing and clapping along. A fitting and fabulous end to a successful term at Kings.