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Ken Stimpson Community School - Newsletter 17/05/2019
KSCS Newsletter May 17th 2019
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Message from the Principal
I would like to share with you this week the collective feedback that I and other members of staff have gained from engaging with the Parents/Carers and the students of year 8 for the Pathways process

We have been impressed with the maturity of the students in engaging with this process and I am grateful that so many parents have been able to take time out of their busy schedule to attend.  Equally, I fully understand when this is not possible, but I thank you for the very high attendance at the Pathways evening on Wednesday 8 May.

I have also been impressed with the Year 11 students; so many examinations but they have been superb in their ability to cope with the early demands and the rigour that these throw at them.  I know how much effort and dedication has gone in over many years to ensure your son or daughter are best placed to transition onto the next stage of their education.  This includes acknowledgement of both staff and you as parents.  We all wish them the very best and stand confident that they will fulfil their potential.

Finally, I wish to remind parents and students that regrettably some students are falling back into the concerning habit of bringing their bicycle to school and not locking it.  On Thursday we checked and there were 22 bicycles left unsecured.  We were able to remedy this using locks that we have purchased to help students that may have forgotten their own.

A temporary loan of a bicycle lock is available at no charge if your child arrives at school without one. Given that Ken Stimpson is a dual use school any unlocked bicycles will mean opportunist thieves can seek them out and we are often powerless to catch them even with CCTV.

Best wishes

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Bryan Erwin
Principal

HRH Duke of Kent opens Macmillan Woodlands Centre
The Macmillan Woodlands Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG on Tuesday lunchtime.

The Duke visited the cancer ward and was given a tour of the centre’s newly- created garden area which has recently been transformed by The Malcolm Whales Foundation and its team of volunteers. The team, made up of young people including a number of students and staff from KSCS, former patients and local business representatives, have turned a gravel patch into a colourful, inviting and tranquil space for patients and staff to use.

Rob Hughes, Chairman of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “I was really pleased to introduce Damien Whales, Founder of the Malcolm Whales Foundation, who was able to show His Royal Highness the amazing transformation that has taken place in our centre garden, thanks to a huge community effort from local people and organisations. We have already had some very positive comments from our patients, whose appointments will no doubt be brightened by the chance to sit and relax in the garden.”

Mr Whales commented “the students and staff from KSCS have been fantastic! I was delighted that many of our garden volunteers were students that had already raised money via the Dorset Charity Walk last year. Even more pleasing is that a large proportion of these students have already signed up for the 2019 Walk this July and will be continuing their fundraising efforts once again.”

Mrs Price, a parent of one of the students said “well done to all involved. What a brilliant opportunity for my daughter to be part of this project from start to finish and to take part in the walk again this July. Experiences like this help our children understand just how important and rewarding it is to give back. Thank you Mr Whales and your wonderful team.”

On behalf of the charity, the school and myself. Thank you very much.

 

 

Mr D Whales
Vice Principal

Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Evidence shows that three students in every classroom are likely to be experiencing a mental health problem and 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14.

It is for this reason that secondary school is an important time to equip our young people with the skills and knowledge needed to understand, protect and sustain their mental health throughout their school career and beyond. We are delighted to be part of the Peer Education Project, a school-based programme which aims to do this through PSHE lessons. All of the lessons are delivered by Post 16 students, who have completed their training this week and will start delivering the lessons to Year 7 students in the final half term of school.

Congratulations and thanks to Hollie Atkins, Kyle Clarke, Emily Costello, Angelina Renda, Bobby Scialla-Cooper, Harrison Skinner, Aston Whybrow, Deryn Williams and Esther Goodhand.

 

Mrs Patman & Mrs Gregg
Well-being

Year 7 Insight Discover Programme
Insight Discover works with targeted pupils from Year 7 through to Year 8. At the beginning of the academic year we nominated 11 highly able year 7 students to participate on the programme. The aims of this programme are to develop the pupils’ knowledge of Higher Education, help them to identify and reflect upon their personal interests and motivations, and develop both academic and soft skills.

The programme also aims to provide students with the information and tools to make informed choices in the future. Over the course of a few months our students have been completing various tasks, which contributed to the creation of an autobiography with the help of mentors who currently study at Cambridge University. The final part of the ‘All About Me’ project was to create a 'shoe box' which portrayed various elements of their life e.g. family, childhood and hobbies/interests. All the students involved put so much hard work into these boxes and should be very proud of themselves! Jamie J, Emily B and Finley E were all chosen as winners during the Project Showcase on Monday evening and have the privilege of having their shoe boxes on display at Peterborough Museum for the next 2 weeks! Well done to everyone!
 

Participants: Emily Barfield, Maria Brozyna, David Coquet, Amelia Demkiewicz, Sophie Holton, Jamie Johnson, Savannah Kamran, Lily Lethbridge, Joshua Moore, Joseph Ranson, Aidan Whitehead, Finley Eze

 

Miss S Kingston
Careers/Post 16 Administrator

Year 7 Progress Evening
A reminder that Year 7 Progress Evenings are on 21st and 22nd May 2019. To book, please click the image below

May half term revision sessions
Staff have kindly offered the following revision sessions during May half term. Please encourage your child to attend.

Additionally Ms Mayfield will be offering students a chance to improve on their Health and Social Care Coursework on Tuesday 28 May from 9am to 3pm in 3U07

Pre-exam Booster Sessions for week commencing 20 May
The following sessions will take place for year 11 and post 16 students next week, immediately prior to their examinations. Please encourage your son/daughter to attend the morning boosters, as it is their last chance to ask subject teachers any remaining questions they may have.  Students can also claim their complimentary breakfast between 7.30am and 8am prior to any morning examinations.

Pre-exam Booster Sessions for week commencing 20 May

The following sessions will take place for year 11 and post 16 students next week, immediately prior to their examinations. Please encourage your son/daughter to attend the morning boosters, as it is their last chance to ask subject teachers any remaining questions they may have.  Students can also claim their complimentary breakfast between 7.30am and 8am prior to any morning examinations.

Monday 20 May

A2 Economics: Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

AS SociologyPlease meet in the canteen at 7.30am

A2 Psychology : Unit 3 in 3U04 with Mr Newton

Criminology L3: Unit 3 in 3U05 with Ms Mayfield

Tuesday 21 May

GCSE Maths (including the resit group): Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

AS Computer Science: Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

A2 History : Unit 3 in 3L19 with Mrs Hackett

GCSE Geography: Unit 3 in 3L18 and 3L14 with Mr Wilson and Miss Berry

Wednesday 22 May

L3 Health and Social Care: Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

GCSE Science (combined and triple): Unit 3. Mr Gilbey in 1L02, Mr Mantell in 1L10, Mr Dube in 3L25, Ms Perkins in 1L15, Ms Chalmers in 4U07, Ms Farell 1L08

A2 Geography : Unit 3 in 3L14 with Miss Berry

Thursday 23 May

GCSE English Literature : Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

A2 Economics: Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

A2 English Literature: Mr Tingle in 1U14 

Friday 24 May

GCSE Business Studies: Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

GCSE Italian: Please meet in the canteen at 8am

A2 Business Studies : Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

AS Computer Science: Please meet in the canteen at 7.30am

Miss J Harvey

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