Friday, 9 February 2018

9 February 2018

Highlights of the Week

It was a pleasure this week for us to be part of the celebrations that mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act in February 1918.  This Act gave some women the vote following the tireless, and occasionally violent, campaigns led by the suffragettes. Five of our Year 9 students joined other Portsmouth students and dignitaries from Portsmouth City Council to unveil a plaque in honour of Portsea born Hertha Ayrton, an amazing woman and pioneering scientist who supported the campaign and worked alongside Emmeline Pankhurst.  You can read more about the event here. 




Last week Saturday, we hosted the annual Dance for Cancer event at school, organized by Kat Nutland and Jack Miller, which saw over 250 guests attend and over 150 dancers perform (4 of whom were our own Year 7 students).  Dare 2 Dance and KRS Dance raised £750 and won Fundraising School of the Year, and an amazing £4500 were raised in total on the night!





It was great to see our sports hall in action for competitive fixtures this week with an indoor 4-way football competition played against the Portsmouth Academy in which one of our teams won and the other placed second.  There was also a Year 7 match against St Edmunds which we lost 2-1 but I’m told our students fought really hard right up until the last whistle.


Learning Champions

This week I would like to celebrate some amazing homework completed by members of 7K1.  The attention to detail, care and effort here is amazing and so is the historical detail.  Well done to Shay Tobitt, Lila Mitchell, Katie Rigby, Connor Wiseman and Jessie Tyrrell for their achievements.






Year 11 started their second set of mock examinations this week with more to follow after half term.  You can see the exam timetable below.  As any student who has sat exams will tell you, preparation is crucial, so please encourage family members in Year 11 to complete some revision over the half term holiday as it will certainly help to secure the grades needed for further success in the future.  The following link can be used to view revision tips that will increase learning by retaining information.


This remarkable African drum below was designed and made by Sophie Barrett as a homework project which forms part of her studies of music from different cultures.  Sophie paid particular attention to detail and it even makes the correct sound!



Building Character, Shaping Futures

We are delighted that Helistrat, our partner in hosting the LionHeart challenge for Year 9 back in December, have invited eleven of our most enterprising Year 9 students to visit their head offices later this month.  They will meet with the Chairman and other senior members of staff, tour the building to understand their business and also get a free lunch.  The main aim of the day, however, is to discuss with the winning team the implementation of a live community action plan on which they will take the lead.  Once again, we are so grateful to Helistrat for the support and encouragement they are offering.





As part of our new Enrichment Curriculum, students have an opportunity to learn new skills that will teach them team work, resilience and patience.  Miss Marsh has been teaching students how to draw things that relate to the face, and below are just some examples of how perseverance and hard work pays off.





Key Dates
9 February            – School closes for half term
19 February          – School opens - Week 2
19-23 February     – Year 11 Practice Exams 2
20      February     – Year 9 Trip to Helistrat
27 February          – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
21 March               – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)


Careers


Miscellaneous

Sadly, we say goodbye to Mr Bixley today who leaves Planet Education to take a post at Redbridge Community School in Southampton.  Chris has been a great servant of PE at the school, using his expertise in a number of sports to enthuse and motivate students.  Chris has also supported the Maths team and played a big part in developing the Health and Fitness exam course at the school.  He will be replaced by Rachel Towler, a qualified teacher who will join us after half term and enable us to give a much needed boost to girls’ PE.

Miss Marsh's Tutor group gave an excellent assembly to Cedar House this week on e-safety.  The key points can be seen in this presentation and video.  If you are worried about your child's safety on line, please do contact Mrs Nancarrow or Mr Webb at the school for further advice

This is another weekly reminder to parents to park sensitively and to encourage your children to cross the road safely.

We break for half term today and return on Monday, 19th February when it will be Week 2.

Friday, 2 February 2018

2 February 2018

Highlights of the Week

Wow, what a week of great activities that have not only demonstrated great learning but also provided opportunities to test resilience and build character.

On Thursday, Year 8 spent the day with the team from Solutions for the Planet and business mentors from SGN and Tarmac to develop and present their big ideas for saving the planet.  The mentors were really impressed with the teamwork, creativity and growing confidence of the students and particularly loved the Bin Bank idea.  There were many other great projects to choose from and Mrs Watford is looking forward to working with the students on developing these further.  Quite a few photos were posted on Twitter yesterday (@PortmsouthKRS) and these can be viewed here





On Wednesday, we welcomed Callum Foad into school.  Callum is an up-coming singer who is tipped to be the next Olly Murs.  He certainly wowed Year7 and 8 students who loved his songs and engaged purposefully with his anti-bullying and e-safety message. Callum was very complimentary about our lovely, polite and well informed students.


On Tuesday, we took 40 students to the anti-bullying conference held at Portsmouth Guildhall.  The conference was organised by ex-King Richard School student, Keiran O'Toole, who brought together 582 students from all over Portsmouth to consider how we can reduce bullying in our communities and schools. Keiran did a great job and our students engaged well with the workshops.  Their ideas will now feed into the work of the Student Council.  As part of the workshop, students were asked to create anti-bullying posters which might be displayed across the city.









On Wednesday, 50 Year 8 students visited the Get Inspired event which was also held at the Guildhall.  This great opportunity, organised by Mrs Sear, provided a chance for students to talk with employers to find out about some of the amazing careers that are available to young people locally.  Portsmouth employers are keen to find local people with the skills necessary to succeed and this event allowed youngsters to start to consider their dreams for the future.






Eight Year 10 students were lucky enough to be selected to take part in the Made in Portsmouth marketing event at Gunwharf Quays which started on Thursday.  The students, who were selected for their enterprising attributes, worked superbly in their two teams and started to develop their ideas which will be shaped by business mentors from Landsec,  owner and manager of the Gunwharf Quays site.




Sporting fixtures were back on the agenda this week as our Year 8 girls competed against Priory and our Year 9 boys against St Edmunds.  The girls lost 2-0 in a spirited performance and the boys lost on penalties having been 1-0 up with literally moments until the final whistle.  Once again, all participants represented the school with pride and commitment and impressed their coaches.

Mr Herriot was delighted this week when the Face Your Fears activities began with visits of three groups to the Peter Ashley Centre where they undertook some free climbing.  This was a real test for many of the students but they took on the challenge with determination and gusto, and succeeded and enjoyed themselves despite having expressed a fear of heights.  The team has some great ideas lined up for the rest of year.

  
Key Dates
5-23 February       – Year 11 Practice Exams 2
9 February            – School closes for half term
19 February          – School opens - Week 2
27 February          – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
28 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)
21 March               – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)

Miscellaneous

Year 11's start their second round of mock exams next week.  Please see their timetable below and remind them that revision is the key to success.



There are quite a few Careers notices this week, so please read carefully through the following information:






If you are stuck for things to do with your child during the upcoming half term, Hampshire Cultural Trust are putting on a range of activities to engage children of all ages.



Friday, 26 January 2018

26 January 2018


Highlights of the Week

It was wonderful to meet with so many parents this week at our Year 8 and 9 Parents' Evening on Wednesday.  These evenings are so important and a real chance for us to establish an effective partnership which will help your child succeed. One parent commented, "Brilliant outcome for my child once again. Thank you to all the staff at KRS". While this positivity is wonderful, the evening also provides valuable feedback to us on how we can improve further, and so we will be doing even more with Show My Homework to ensure everyone knows what homework is set and how well it has been completed.  If you would like to fill out a survey, you can find a copy here and return it to us via Mrs Gajdus at agajdus@kingrichardschool.net.

We hired a professional photographer to capture just how much amazing energy, application and commitment there is in our school at the moment and to provide some new material for the website, Facebook page and prospectus.  Here are just two examples of the photos and more of these will be published shortly.



On Monday, we invited a Spanish theatre company into school to performed to Year 9 students as well as GCSE students from Years 10 and 11.  The lively performance was enjoyed by many and provided an excellent opportunity for students to hear Spanish spoken in context and by native speakers.  I know Miss Gilbert is keen to further extend what we provide and has even taken a number of Year 11 students to a university workshop this week to further their skills.

On Tuesday, 30 Year 7 students visited the Pompey Centre as part of their Show Racism the Red Card initiative where they learned more about what racism is and then listened to Chris Lubbe, former body guard to Nelson Mandela, who shared what it was like growing up in an Apartheid South Africa.  Over the next few weeks, students will have an opportunity to take part in workshops to discuss their role in fighting racism in Portsmouth. 





On Thursday, ten Year 7 and 8 students represented the school at the Portsmouth Literature Quiz at Fratton Park.  They competed against other schools in the city and although they didn’t win, I’m told they had a really good time and enjoyed meeting the four authors of the books they read. 




Learning Champions

I witnessed some amazing Year 7 boys dance this week and commendations must go to Bailey Cadman, Cailan Newman and Riley Smith.  Their interpretations of the fairytales Jack and The Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs were dynamic, full of flowing movement and well-choreographed.  They are fully deserving of an SLT positive referral.

I received an example of amazing homework from Mrs Scarcliffe this week.  She was rightly super impressed by Lacie Way's commitment and application in English recently and you can see from the photo below just how high the quality of Lacie’s work is.



Year 11 students have 14 weeks until their exams start and many of them are fully engrossed in preparing themselves as well as possible for the summer tests.  They have their second set of mock exams after the half term and so now is the time to focus on practice questions in class and revision to address the areas of weakness.  There is a lot of help available if you are supporting a Year 11 student which can be accessed by clicking here. 

Mrs Watford’s Tutor groups led a wonderful assembly this week when they talked to Cedar House about the meaning of democracy and then proceeded to give an in depth account of how women got the right to vote in this country 100 years ago.  There are many celebrations taking place in Portsmouth, and across the country, to mark this huge achievement and our students are all ready to take part in these.


Building Character, Shaping Futures

Our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award students had their resolve tested last weekend when they undertook their first practice expedition in the New Forest, despite the torrential rain.  There were smiles all round when one student (unnamed!) showed incredible resilience when she found herself waste deep in a puddle.  Well done to Bobby-Jo Jeans, Asmita Maden,  Clara Surtees, Courtney Bunting, Oliver George, Shane May, Megan Hanna and Islam Abu-Khalaf who took part and good luck with the rest of the award.




Year 9 have begun their Options Planning workshops which aim to raise awareness of the importance of researching which option choices students would like to take in Year 10 and give students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their own likes, dislikes, skills and abilities.  The workshops focus on the importance of them as individuals researching, thinking, examining, exploring and comparing all of the opportunities available to them, so they can make an informed choice about subjects that will help them in the future.





Key Dates
30 January            – Y10 trip to University of Chichester (Flare Event)
                              – Y7/8 Anti-Bullying Workshop at Guildhall

31 January            – Y7/8 EBP Get Inspired trip

5-23 February       – Year 11 Practice Exams 2

27 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)

28 February           – Y10 trip to University of Southampton (Learn with Us)

21 March               – Y11 Parents’ Evening (3:30-6:30pm)



Miscellaneous

The traffic officer from Portsmouth City Council was in school this week to assess the situation with traffic safety at the start and end of each school day.  To say the least, he was very concerned and asked me to remind you to park safely at all times and ensure that your parking is not putting children at risk.  All parents should also remind their children to use safe crossing points and never to cross the road between parked cars.  Below is an example of unsafe crossing in front of a school.



Next week is a busy week with two events supporting the Anti-Bullying workshop at the Guildhall, led by former student Keiran O’Toole, and the Year 8 Big Ideas day.  This fantastic anti-bullying poster from Tallulah Standen shows how significant an issue this can be and we look forward to reporting next week about the impact of the conference and the performance workshop for Year 7 on Wednesday.