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Ken Stimpson Community School - Newsletter 30/06/2017
KSCS Newsletter June 30th 2017
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Message from the Principal
On Thursday last week, a group of students attended the Mayor's Open Day. They had to prepare flower arrangements, help set up the event as well as serve refreshments to a wide range of people invited by the Mayor. I wish to thank all of the students but also share the following feedback that we received from the Mayor's aid who will be visiting the school in the next fortnight to personally thank the students for their excellent duty of service.

"I just wanted to send a personal thank you to the staff and students that came yesterday to help out with the Mayor's Open Day. I have received several emails this morning from visitors commenting on how polite and helpful the children were. I think it's important for them to know how appreciative everyone was. I couldn't have managed on my own yesterday as it was very busy at times. They all did their bit and worked really hard. They are a credit to the school"

Graduation Day
"Wow", "Amazing" and "Stunning" were the opening three words that spurted out of my mouth when introducing the Year 11 Graduation morning on Tuesday! Despite the gloomy weather, the Year 11 students arrived looking spectacular and the morning was such a wonderful moment in time to celebrate the end of this phase of their academic career and to mark the beginning of another. Many of the students had 'clocked' between 750 and nearly a 1000 school days since arriving at KSCS in September 2012.

Year 11

We celebrated the students achievements in many ways, including the prize draws for 97-99% attendance and 100% attendance over the last year. Congratulations to the winners and I hope you enjoy the small sample of photos from the morning which captures, for me, the spirit of our very proud tradition of acknowledging how much we value our students and the staff who have supported them.

* Ki Boom (no negative behaviour points)

* Eloise Hill (97-99% attendance)

* Louise Balanza (97-99% attendance)

* Blazej Chabraszewski (97-99% attendance)

* Emma Stacey (97-99% attendance)

* Ben Brace (100% Attendance)

My mission is to ensure that every student is aware of the career possibilities available to them and therefore make the connection with school and what they need to do to prepare for the next steps beyond school life. I wish to 'sign off' with a big thank you to the staff who supported our Year 10 student visit to one of the biggest careers fairs in the country last week. The students came back full of thoughts about where they may want to travel and this for me generates a real sense of purpose and highlights why this connection is vital.

Best wishes


Bryan Erwin

Year 7 Residential
I was very fortunate alongside Mr Billet, Miss Curtis and Miss Walker to take 46 students on the annual residential trip to Irthlinborough, Northampton. Over the three days the students participated in various outdoor activities such as Canoeing, High Ropes and Mountain Biking alongside more traditional sports and challenges including the log fight.
year 7 res

During mountain biking they learnt a range of skills in order to tackle the various terrains and courses laid out.

In canoeing, students naturally got wet and participated in a range of games, including the one where they had to walk across all the canoes that were in a line on the water.

During high ropes students had to do the legendary leap of faith, jumping from a small square platform to the bar some distance away, as well as various other speed climbs.

Students also went on various mystery walks and of course participated in the "doom ravine" - Walking across a "river" on a very thin log.

The members of staff were awesome and really made the trip eventful for the students, and it was an absolute pleasure to see students of Ken Stimpson in an environment outside of school.

Mr Hughes' best moments were:  Seeing Miss Curtis covered in mud from head to toe; seeing the students run off to find the teachers in the biggest hide and seek game ever; and seeing Mr Billet walking over in the morning holding two cups of tea.

Mr Billitt:  I think Faith Braddock completing the Gladiator run in 37 seconds was a highlight as well as Luca's drama monologue for the 'talent show'.

Miss Curtis:  Highlight/funniest moment for me was Luca's cheering victory just before bailing into the mud on the "ravine of doom".

Miss Walker:  Personal highlight was: seeing the canoes wobbling on the water before tipping over completely, soaking them all! 


Mr Hughes
Head of Faculty, Physical Education

Mayor’s Afternoon Tea Event
On Thursday 22 June Ken Stimpson students were given the honour of serving afternoon tea to the Mayor and the Mayoress, invited guests and members of the public in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall.

All 19 students did a fantastic job making tea and coffee, serving food, clearing tables and assisting with the raffle. They also helped to make 40 fresh flower table decorations.  When the last guests had departed, the Mayor and Mayoress invited us all into the parlour for some food and drink followed by a visit to the Mayor’s Chamber.  Our students have deservedly received many compliments on their hard work and, despite some initial nerves, all enjoyed the experience immensely. 

Mrs Gregg Mrs Patman

Show Cooking in the canteen
Monday 3 July 2017 from 12.45pm



Kati Roll and smoothie or fresh fruit pot

Meal deal - £1.80

A warm spiced tortilla filled with curried chicken strips or Quorn (v), rice and salad

Add toppings of grated carrot and poppy seeds, Lime pickle and a cucumber raita, freshly sliced lettuce and pepper strips

Add a delicious fruit smoothie or a fresh fruit pot!

Watch our Chef Carlo prepare your lunch in front of your eyes!

Return to the Forbidden Planet
Our next school production is just around the corner as we "Return to the Forbidden Planet" from Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 July, 6.30pm nightly.

Join Captain Tempest and his crew aboard the USS Albatross in Shakespeare's forgotten Rock and Roll masterpiece including some of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time.

Tickets available now through or on the door.



"Every Day Counts. Attend today, Achieve tomorrow"

Aspire stay in the lead this week. We still have a lot of work to do until we finish this academic year. Please take a moment to talk to pupils about the importance of attendance for their success in school. There are strong links to attendance and GCSE grade achievement. Please hold medical appointments outside of school time if you are able. If you are not sure if your child is ill enough to stay at home, please send them in to attempt a school day.

Sharon Blackledge
KSCS Attendance Officer

What's happening at KSCS?
Events and visits in the school over the next fortnight:
Monday 3/07/2017
Year 9 World of Work Day
Tuesday 4/07/2017
School Council
Wednesday 5/07/2017
New Intake Day
New Intake Parents Evening 6-8pm
Year 11 Prom
Thursday 6/07/2017
Soke Athletics Competition
Friday 7/07/2017
Post 16 Graduation Year 13
Tuesday 11/07/2017
Return to the Forbidden Planet 6:30pm
Wednesday 12/07/2017
Return to the Forbidden Planet 6:30pm
Thursday 13/07/2017
Return to the Forbidden Planet 6:30pm
Friday 14/07/2017
Reports Distributed
Return to the Forbidden Planet 6:30pm
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