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Headteacher Newsletter

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Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope you had a lovely Easter break and were able to spend some time together as a family. Our new term has started well, with Year 8 pupils gearing up for exams next week and the GCSE season just around the corner.


I hope you know that we have been doing some work to support pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. The 7 Habits programme is an important part of this; we have also been offering Mindfulness sessions within Year 10 and 11 PE lessons. This is quite a new development for a secondary school and I am pleased to say that the BBC noticed!  Mrs Drakakis, who is the expert, explains:

BBC 1 ‘The Truth About Stress’, Thursday 4th May 9-10pm

“In some rather exciting news, some of our Year 11 girls will be featuring in a documentary on BBC 1 called ‘The Truth About Stress’. The documentary’s production company had heard about the mindfulness classes that we now offer to interested Year 10s and Year 11s and presenter Fiona Phillips visited the school to interview some of the pupils taking part and observe a lesson in action. This documentary is the third in a series of programmes that the BBC are running to support the “Heads Together” campaign initiated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It explores some of the very latest scientific research behind stress and demonstrates a number of techniques designed to decrease common stress factors.
We take the mental wellbeing of our pupils extremely seriously and support our pupils in a number of ways to be happy and healthy. This year nearly 60 pupils have volunteered to attend the sequence of 10 mindfulness lessons that follow the .b curriculum developed for teenagers by the national Mindfulness in Schools Project. The curriculum is designed to help pupils understand more about their brains and minds and how practising mindfulness may help them perform at their best when under pressure. It is a technique increasingly used by top athletes. Whilst mindfulness isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and its effectiveness can’t be guaranteed, the pupil feedback we have had so far from the courses has been very positive with a significant number of pupils finding the course interesting, enjoyable and gaining benefit.
Perhaps you are curious to try a mindfulness practice from one of the lessons? These can be accessed directly through our website at:
Extra-curricular activities

We are very proud of the range of clubs and activities that we offer and we are really keen that pupils try new things. Please find the link to the summer term programme for your child’s year group below – perhaps you could have a look through it with your daughter/son and pick out something they have not tried before.

Summer Term:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10 & 11


Mr Birch adds:
“The summer term sporting extra-curricular programme is now well under way. There are more opportunities for pupils to develop their skills at lunchtime and after school than ever before, so please encourage your children to attend something. The timetable is on the school website and copies are displayed on tutor notice boards. After school sports clubs are for everyone, not just the team players.”

Show My Homework (SMHW)

Time to give yourselves (and your children) a big pat on the back – we had a look at some analysis done by the company that provides SMHW. During March, 30% of Kings’ School parents logged on to SMHW, compared to 9% of parents nationally (in those schools which use it); even more impressively, 95% of pupils logged on, compared to 59% nationally. This excludes those people who just use the app on their phones, so I think we can say that virtually every pupil and an impressively large number of parents are making use of it – thank you!

Safety on the school site

I would like to remind all parents that you should not drive into the staff car park to drop off or collect your children. This is particularly important as our wheelchair users arrive and depart from this area and obviously they are particularly vulnerable. 
Fidget spinners

You should have received a message about these – there was a bit of a craze among younger pupils at the start of this term. In exceptional circumstances, we allow them to help pupils with an officially diagnosed condition that affects their concentration; beyond that, they represent a big distraction to others and so we have banned them. Many thanks for your support in this matter.

Old clothes and shoes

You may know that we have a “Recycle with Michael” bin for clothes and shoes. This is run by The Salvation Army and is located by the school gate/bus turning circle. We have recycled 42kg since Christmas (and raised a very modest sum of money for the school!) It would be great to double this by the end of term.

Sainsbury’s vouchers

A small plea – we raise quite a lot of extra money for the school (especially for PE, but also for Food Tech and other areas) from the Sainsbury’s voucher scheme. Please do say “yes” if you are offered them and send them in to the box in the foyer.

KSA news

On Saturday 20th May the KSA are holding our wonderful annual Summer Fayre.  We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our past and present pupils (especially to the class of 2007), families, neighbours and friends. Rain or shine, the event runs between 11am and 2pm. An exciting range of colourful activities and stalls are organised including live music, dancers, zorbing, a ride-on model railway, inflatables, BBQ and a fully stocked bar. With fun for all ages, it is a good old fashioned day out! Please come and support us raising funds for and with our pupils.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in booking a stall at this event please follow the link:
Mrs Poll adds:
“Don’t forget that we have a very successful cake stall! We love receiving cakes from parents, grandparents and pupils – please start making your plans now.”
Important dates

2nd – 9th May  German Exchange
5th May  Drama GCSE Performance 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
                 Year 10 Reports to Parents
10th May Year 10 Parents’ Evening
11th – 19th May Year 9 Spanish Exchange
16th/17th May  Maths Beaulieu Trips
18th May  Year 11 GCSE Art – Private View
19th – 26th May Year 9 Italian Exchange
20th May  KSA Fayre
26th May  Ardeche Trip
End of half term
Yours faithfully

Mr M Leeming