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Ken Stimpson Community School - Newsletter 17/01/2020
KSCS Newsletter January 17th 2020
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Message from the Principal
We all have been heartened by the uptake of Year 11 students and those from other year groups in our booster or enrichment programmes after school.

These included: 

  • Year 11 booster sessions
  • Lego Club on Saturday
  • KS3 Art Club
  • KS3 Science club
  • Homework club
  • PE inter school activities


Many other events take place that we will aim to publicise to you over the next few weeks.  We will aim to promote these on an ongoing basis and hope your child can find the time to take advantage of these opportunities.

Standards and Expectations
Schools are often criticised for trying to set high expectations but equally for when things go wrong.  A strong partnership between the school and families is eight times more powerful than anything else we can act upon in school.  We accept that there are times where we need to adjust and accommodate to support you and your child/ren.  However, we equally require you to work in partnership with us so that we can set high expectations and set a culture of even higher outcomes.  It is simple, we are a team striving for success.  Our uniform standards are very good, thank you for supporting us in ensuring the standards are very high.  However, we need to address the minority of students that do not adhere. Set out in this week’s newsletter there is clear communication of what will happen when our high standards are not met.

Stop Press: Werrington Car Park
On Friday, I learnt that there is a plan to restrict the use of the Werrington Car Park by the beginning of February.  There are a number of key stakeholders, including myself that are deeply concerned about the plans and the potential immediate implementation.  I am unsure if parents and staff will be allowed to use the car park.  There is a distinct possibility it will affect a wider number of users. There is a campaign supported by local councillors and Paul Bristow, Peterborough’s MP.  

Please be assured that there is a plan to vocalise the significant concerns relating to this proposal; we will resist this for the good of everyone.

Best wishes

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Bryan Erwin
Principal

Year 11 Unit 6 Revision
We have had a great first week of revision with year 11 students after school.

Students have responded very positively to the new revision schedule this week. We would like to thank year 11 students for attending and our dedicated staff for giving their time so generously. We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/carers that students are expected to attend from 3.15-4.15pm each day. We will be asking students for their feedback next week in order to provide the best possible support. We look forward to welcoming them to next weeks sessions.

Uniform
We believe that having the highest possible standards and expectations is a key ingredient of success in any organisation.

To ensure we continue to meet these expectations, we need simple processes that deliver consistent results.
From Thursday of next week, we are going to be adjusting our process. Currently we ‘meet, greet and check’ the students at the gate each morning. The majority of students arrive exactly as expected, unfortunately, some students continue to contravene some of the uniform rules. 
The change of process will mean:

  • Students with inappropriate uniform will not be able to attend lessons until they have corrected their uniform.
  • We will ring home to request support in terms of making the appropriate uniform available.
  • If students refuse to correct or are unable to correct uniform, they will continue their learning away from the rest of the school.
  • Alongside this, during and between lessons we will be checking uniform. Any items that are outside of the school rules will be confiscated until the end of the day. 

Trainers remain one of the major sources of concern. We have sought medical advice as to any conditions that require trainers. We are also looking at providing shoes for students to borrow, whilst they wait for a broken pair to be replaced. 

Other key points:

  • Hoodies worn in school will be confiscated.
  • Jewellery and inappropriate piercings will be confiscated.
  • Ties must be worn at all times and shirts tucked in.

Most importantly, we are not trying to catch and sanction anybody, we want everyone to be clear so that learning can commence without disruption. 
This communication is being shared with students, parents and teaching staff so that everybody understands and can work together. 

We are working on the basis that anybody that arrives to school in incorrect uniform will be deliberately defying school rules. 
If this places significant financial implications on your family, could you please make contact with the school, so that we are aware and can try and provide appropriate support. Support will always be considered on a case by case basis.
 
 

Mr D Whales
Vice Principal

Choir Music-a-thon and Jumble Sale - Saturday 22 February
At Ken Stimpson we are extremely fortunate to have many fantastic musicians, none more so than our amazing school choir who represent us throughout the city and beyond.

In July this year the choir and acapella group will be returning to perform on the stage at Disneyland Paris following an invitation based on previous performances in 2016 and 2018. Disneyland receive over 1000 applications every year, so to be asked back for a third time and to receive two performance spots is a huge honour and credit to the young people involved.

A small group of parents run a fundraising committee to help with costs for the choir events, such as this. This year our main event is taking place on SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY. This will take the form of a combined 12-hour sponsored ‘Music-a-thon’ featuring the choir, musicians from the school and friends from outside, performing non-stop from 8.30am to 8.30pm. Alongside this there will be a Jumble Sale with many second hand items of clothing, bric-a-brac and books etc, available at low prices, including some designer wear. We will also be serving refreshments throughout the day.

In 2018 our 'Music-a-thon' and Craft Fayre raised in excess of £1000 and we are hoping to break that figure this year with your help. 

We would be grateful to receive donations for the jumble sale. This can include clean 'jumble' items (Clothes, Toys, Books) as well as Bric-a-Brac. If you are able to donate items please bring them into reception at the school who will pass them to us for storage until the actual day. Any items would be gratefully received. Unfortunately we are unable to accept Electrical items, Car Seats or Crash/Cycle helmets but would welcome anything else.

If you are available on the 22nd why not pop along, enjoy some great music and take a browse through what we have to offer.

Please see the below poster for more details.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.
 

Mr R Norman
Head of Performing Arts

Is your child interested in being in our next school production: Disney’s “Aladdin"
We are looking for the next generation of Singers, Actors, Dancers, Technicians, Costume Designers, Set Designers, Backstage Helpers and Stage Crew to be involved in our next School Production; "Aladdin"(Based on the hit Disney film). Particularly we would like to hear from students in years 7-9.

If your child is interested, they can sign up to take part using the form that will be in the Performing Arts corridor (Block 5) between Monday 20 January and  Thursday 23 January or by e-mailing Mr. Norman on r.norman [at] kscs.org.uk.

 

  • Auditions/Technical Meetings to be held in 5l23 (Music Room) between 3.30 and 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 January.
  • Rehearsals will be on Thursdays 3.30-5.00pm after half term.
  • Performance date is Friday 26 June.

School productions are a massive achievement that you will not forget, so why not get involved?
If you, or your child, have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.
 

Mr R Norman
Performing Arts

Lego League Competition
On Saturday 11 January 4 students who have been working incredibly hard on Wednesday's and Thursday's after school, took part in the Regional FIRST Lego League Competition at Park Air in Deeping.

It was a day packed with robot competitions, project presentation in front of a panel of judges, quizzing from judges and other schools, assessing how they programmed and built their robot and observing how the team worked together.

Richard Coric, Brandon Blake, Jakub Coric, Dovile Kirkairte had a fantastic day and were great representatives of the school, showing amazing teamwork, professionalism and enthusiasm throughout the day.

They did not win the overall day, but they did win the trophy for most innovative presentation!

I am incredibly proud of their perseverance and their resilience throughout the long day. We had a great time meeting the other teams and learning new skills.

We are looking forward to preparing for the new tournament season and are always looking for new students to join the team.
 

Miss E Farrell
Science

Eyes on the Prize at UCP
Year 8 students spent a couple of hours at UCP for an "Eyes on the Prize" workshop.

They had a presentation in the lecture theatre where they learned about careers which need a degree, that there are courses to suit all interests and a typical day in the life of a university student.
They also had time to speak to a number of careers and further education providers at the career fair. It was lovely to see so many interacting and those who at first seemed shy soon grew in confidence and every student came away with some useful information.
Special thanks to Miss Kingston, Miss Horne, Mr Reed and Miss Murfitt for their valuable help and support throughout the day.
 


Mrs L Gregg
Careers and Wellbeing Mentor

Student Acknowledgement
Well done to all those students listed below!

English

  • Joseph Ranson - Always hard-working, increasing in confidence and excellent contribution to class discussions.
  • Enrikas Butkus - Excellent focus, hard-working and conscientious about the work he is producing. He should be proud of his ability to write creatively.
  • Henry Bradley - He partakes in class discussions and contributes some really perceptive ideas to the group - very impressed with his engagement and work ethic.

MFL

  • Richard Coric - Excellent effort and attitude
  • Keelin Powell - Improved effort 
  • Martynas Janusas - Excellent effort and attitude
  • Luiza Kekus - Participating well in lessons
  • Declan Skinner - Excellent work ethic
  • Abigail Franks - Reliance
  • Carrie-Ann Nichols Bandy - Has been extremely helpful in Year 10 PSHE lessons
  • Wiktoria Krowinska - Has been trying really hard in Italian and putting her hand up a lot
  • Krisha Kukaneswaran - Extra effort in French, spending the time to practice and perfect her French
  • Imraan Shirazi – Extra effort in French, inquisitive questions

Art

  • Jack Mcgougan - Great work ethic
  • Lara Silva - Great work ethic
  • Luca S Cooper - Great work ethic 
  • Millie Salisbury and Holly Bannister - Great start to exam work 
  • Toqeer Sherwani - Excellent attitude
  • Evie Matthews - Excellent attitude
  • Reuben Rennie - Fantastic focus and attitude in art lessons
  • Anna Taylor-Koers - Great attitude in art lessons
  • Louisa Taylor- Koers - Great attitude in art lessons
  • Malaika Rasul - Great attitude in art lessons
  • Tristan Rainsford - Great attitude in art lessons
  • Bernard Nielander- Fantastic start to the art exam project
  • Stuart Booth - Always helpful and a pleasure to teach both in Drama club and in his year 9 lessons. Willing to go the extra mile and support both teachers and peers within his class.

Maths

  • Daisy Blakemore Creed – Fantastic attitude in maths this term. Excellent desire to succeed!

Dance

  • Year 9 GCSE Dancers for their fantastic live performance and team work in creating the piece.

Humanities Faculty

  • Adam Radko -Fantastic work in Geography, 
  • Reuben Rennie and Freddie Francis - Have been showing their cultural capital well in Geography in deep thinking discussions about coasts

Pastoral

  • Dyakow Tawfiq - A really positive and engaged attitude in lessons this term.
  • Henry Bradley – Achieving many positive badges this academic year, focused and determined.
     

Mrs J Purdy
Extended Leadership Team

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