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Ken Stimpson Community School - Newsletter 01/07/2016
KSCS Newsletter July 1st 2016
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Message from the Principal
You will be aware that industrial action is being taken by the NUT on Tuesday 5 July. However, Ken Stimpson Community School will be open as usual on that day.

Year 11 Prom

With the final preparations in place, the Year 11 Prom is now only a matter of days away.  I look forward to the red carpet welcome for the partygoers at the event, their stunning arrivals in a range of vehicles and to seeing our students celebrate together in style.  Photos of the Prom will be shared on our Facebook page next week.

Best wishes

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Richard Lord
Principal

An early boost to Year 9 into 10 achievement: European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
Over the course of this half-term the Computing Faculty gave two cohorts of Year 9 students the chance to achieve a GCSE qualification before moving into Year 10 lessons by completing the ECDL. This was completed over 3 days of intensive sessions where students were based in an ICT classroom and worked through the online modules developing their skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Improving Productivity in IT.

The group achieved great success with 93% of the students securing an A or A* grade, enabling them to begin studies in Year 10 with their first GCSE grade already secure. All of the students expressed that the experience was very positive and below are some quotes taken from student feedback on the course:

“I now have a qualification to put down on my CV before I even start Year 10!”

 

“I learnt new things that I didn't know before and probably would've ever known if not for doing ECDL. I discovered that I could achieve an A* if I put my mind to it and it has given me a boost in confidence, which I needed.”

 

This opportunity is going to be offered to other students in the same Year group in the form of an ECDL focus days on the final week of the Summer holiday. Letters will be sent home shortly.

Congratulations to all students involved – an excellent achievement from all!

Mr Swift
Head of Faculty: Business Studies & Computing

Introducing the 2016 Let Teachers SHINE winners
This time of year always puts a smile on my face as SHINE (Support and Help in Education) reveal the inspiring winners of their Let Teachers SHINE competition.
The competition is focused on bringing brilliant ideas to fruition by developing projects to support disadvantaged young people across the country in English, maths and science. We are proud to be supporting the competition for the third year and were delighted to assist in the process of whittling down 125 applicants to ten winning projects. With a vast range of wonderful ideas to support disadvantaged young people, it’s fascinating to see the creative minds of teachers from all across England.
The funding to bring the 2016 winner’s ideas to life reached a grand total of £112,000. The money they receive will be used to get their project off the ground by funding a year-long pilot programme to demonstrate that it can achieve measureable improvements in the classroom.

The winners are…

This year’s winners cover a range of different ideas, from musical maths robots to a woodland-based curriculum. One of this year’s winners will look to turn students into DJs through an innovative spelling programme. Michelle Lockwood from Saint Bernard’s Catholic High School in Rotherham will help children learn spelling rules in a highly engaging way using rap, rhyme and funky beats.

Suraj Rai from Ken Stimpson Community School in Peterborough has devised ‘Created by Schools’ to help children in all three of the core subjects. Disadvantaged students will work together with professionals to build English, maths and science resources for schools using an online request queue, which is open to teachers everywhere.

We’re pleased to welcome all of this year’s winners to the SIMS Annual Conference in Staffordshire, where they will be awarded their cheques.  It’s also a pleasure to have 2015 winner Gavin Summerfield attending the conference to talk about his innovative project, which encourages children to be creative using Nao Robotics technology.

I certainly can’t wait to see some of these projects in action and hopefully, we will be seeing some of this year’s cohort presenting back to us at our 2017 conference on their inspiring projects.

To find out more about Let Teachers SHINE visit their website.

SHINE

Say cheese! Here’s the winners being presented with their cheques at the SIMS Annual Conference in Staffordshire on 22nd June.

Year 11 Graduation Day
Wow, Amazing, Stunning! These were the three words I used to describe how smartly dressed and mature the students presented themselves at the Year 11 Graduation Day held on Tuesday morning.

Mr Lord, Mrs Holland and the Heads of House acknowledged the graduation and subject achievements of all the students that attended the event.

There were prizes given out for high attendance and the lucky students were drawn from a prize draw. Congratulations to Sam Davies, Amber Bollons and Rebecca Sansom who received prizes for their high attendance over 1 year and more.

The morning culminated in a wonderful buffet and lots of photos to mark the end of the Year 11 examinations and moving into studying at Post 16.

We wish all the Year 11 a wonderful summer holiday (after the Post 16 induction) and look forward to celebrating with them on August 25.

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Congratulations to the following students who have achieved 100% attendance over this academic Year. 

  • Deborah Airey
  • Sam Anderson
  • Viktor Balchev
  • Liutauras Bereznevicius
  • Ashley Bird
  • Amber Bollons
  • Billy Boor
  • Michael Christie
  • Ethan Chuter
  • Courtney Covell
  • Matthew Denton
  • Chloe Dowse
  • Michael Dunne
  • Tayla-Jayne Eldred
  • Christopher Foster
  • Elizabeth Gutteridge
  • Jesse-Lee Hicks
  • Zoiyah Jahangir
  • Dharma Kirk
  • Erin Leahy
  • Logan Marriott
  • Shirelle Miller
  • Joseph Moore-Young
  • Abigail Parkin
  • Georgia Popple
  • Arcadea Rayner
  • Rebecca Sansom
  • Jasmine Simpson
  • Ethan Smith
  • Lisa Sornngam
  • Jacob Tuttle

In particular, I wish to pay special recognition to the following students who have 3 or more years of 100% attendance. 

  • Deborah Airey
  • Sam Anderson
  • Liutauras Bereznevicius
  • Amber Bollons
  • Billy Boor
  • Michael Christie
  • Courtney Covell
  • Tayla-Jayne Eldred
  • Kayla Green
  • Logan Marriott
  • Shirelle Miller
  • Rebecca Sansom
  • Ethan Smith
  • Lisa Sornngam

Bryan Erwin
Vice Principal

Attendance
Well done again to Success who still holds onto the lead. Competition between Houses has been very close with only 0.39% between the lead and 4th place. Can another House catch and overtake Success, which has been in the lead for the whole school year so far? Anything is possible...

Here are six steps to smarter studying:

Pay attention in class.
Take good notes.
Plan ahead for tests and projects.
Break it down. (If you have a bunch of stuff to learn, break it into smaller chunks.)
Ask for help if you get stuck.
Get a good night's sleep!

Sharon Blackledge
KSCS Attendance Officer

Aspire: 95.00%; Excellence: 95.64%; Success: 95.89%; Integrity: 95.50%;

 
What's happening at KSCS?
Events and visits in the school over the next fortnight:
Saturday 02/07/2016
FOWL Community Spring Café
Monday 04/07/2016
Yr 8 RE Morning
Tuesday 05/07/2016
Yr 11 Prom
Yr 9 World of Work Day
Yr 7/8 City Sports
Wednesday 06/07/2016
New intake day & evening (Evening 6pm start)
Thursday 07/07/2016
Post 16 Graduation
Art Exhibition KS4/5 Assembly Hall 4-5pm
Friday 08/07/2016
Yr 9 HAL Employability Workshop
Saturday 09/07/2016
D of E Qualifier (2 Days)
Monday 11/07/2016
Primary School Maths Challenge at KSCS
Tuesday 12/07/2016
New intake Y7 Excellence/Aspire Uniform 3-6pm
Friday 15/07/2016
Upper School Rewards Visit
Y8 Sustainable Development Goal Conference Day
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