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.


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