Friday, 27 January 2017

27 January 2016

I was spared the misery of a blue Monday this week, despite the freezing fog that enveloped the school, when I was handed a portion of brocciflower cheese made by Kaylee Lewington-Palmer during a Year 7 catering lesson. It’s a delicious mix of broccoli and cauliflower in a rich and creamy cheese sauce - it really cheered me up!

This superb piece of homework from Fatiah Okubadejo-Koromah really impressed me this week. Mr Gill's music class were set the task of creating their own musical instrument which Fatiah responded to with great effort, care and skill. She is completely deserving of the Headteacher's positive referral this week.

7EHe presented an excellent assembly to the rest of the year group on Tuesday of this week.  Their theme was tolerance and they made several thought provoking points and put their messages across well using a mixture of visuals, sound and speeches.  As Coby Addison-Blofield pointed out, "If there was less tolerance in the world, then there would be anarchy and destruction".

On Thursday the 26th of January,  8 Year 7 and 8 students from King Richard School took part the Portsmouth Literature Quiz at Fratton Park.  It was a good day which gave the students the opportunity to participate in the growing reading culture in Portsmouth.   The students were split into two teams of four, where they were to compete against the other secondary schools in the city. There were four rounds of questions on specific genres and Authors and four visual rounds of questions, again based on various novels.  Despite not winning the event, the students enjoyed the day very much and enjoyed meeting local authors Ali Sparkes, Andy Briggs, Miriam Halahmy and Jamie Thomson who took time to speak to the students and sign copies of their books.

Year 8s had an amazing time at Southampton University last week.  One of the workshops looked at marine biology and the students had the opportunity to study a real shark, taking measurements and learning about its habits and features.  Some of the other workshops included two cognitive experiments and the making of a spectroscope used in the identification of gasses.

30 of our Year 10 students had the wonderful opportunity on Friday afternoon, this week, to attend the Kings Theatre to watch a unique gig by Anne-Marie.  This show was available to Year 10 students in Portsmouth schools with the best or most improved attendance.  Well done to all of those who were selected to go.  The event, which was organised in partnership between Capital Radio and Portsmouth City Council, was a great success and according to Leanne in Year 10 was, "Amazing! I love Anne-Marie and all her songs".

On Saturday the 4th of February at 18:30, King Richard School will be hosting its second #Dance4Cancer event. Last year we raised over £2500 all in aid of Cancer Research UK and the goal for this year is to raise even more. The showcase will feature dancers from all over the UK, including: Dan-i and Sia from ITV's Got To Dance; Darren Thomas from Peridot; IDO Street Dance Champions TMI; U16 Krump Champion, Hannah Matthews; BBC Dancer of the Year, Got To Dance and Britains Got Talent finalist, Keiron Lei, not to mention the many other performers from the local area including some current and ex-KRS students.

Every single penny raised from this event will go straight to Cancer Research as all dancers, lighting and sound engineers have donated their time and resources completely free of charge. Tickets are available from Miss K Nutland for just £6. 

The school has been very fortunate that Lakeside have donated a second white elephant for our students to create a design for.  Splodge Design spent their first day in the school this Thursday working with Year 9 students to create the base layers on top of which scenes from the Portsmouth skyline will be superimposed. Unlike the other elephants, this one can be kept at school and will be an excellent addition to the art work displayed in the new school.  Thank you to Lakeside for their donation and to Mr Toghill for coordinating the project.

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