25th May 2017

Dear Parents

We have just gathered as a whole school to hold a minute’s silence in community with the nation and to say prayers for those who were murdered or injured in the Manchester bombing on Monday evening and for their families and friends. Many of us know people who were directly affected and we are supporting all those who need help at this time.

What a wonderful, warm Spring afternoon we had for our EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 Sports Day yesterday. Not only did the sun shine but the children shone too as they raced, hopped, balanced, collected and fell over all in the pursuit of the elusive stickers handed out by our very own Mr Fell. Thanks to Mrs Cowan and the team of dedicated ladies who prepared the children and in some cases ran with them to ensure that everyone took part and earned their medal at the end of the afternoon.

Moving on from our youngest children to our Seniors, I am delighted to congratulate (once again) our Salters Chemistry Festival team. Every year we send a team of Gifted and Talented chemistry students to participate in this festival and they never fail to impress us. This year’s team competed against 11 other schools from across the North West in a series of challenges designed to test their experimental, analytical and problem solving skills. Against stiff competition, our team came first in the University Challenge competition where they had to manipulate the rate of a chemical reaction. Well done to Rose, Millie, Joshua and Joe, all excellent ambassadors for Kingsmead!

Science Week, co-ordinated and organised by Mrs Randall, had a ‘mini-beast’ theme this year. The Early Years and Year 1 to Year 6 children were all fully engaged in experiments, trips and live entertainment in the shape of the Creepy Crawly Show throughout Science Week. Many of the children showed off their creative talents too as the week culminated in a Mini-beast competition. The judges had a very difficult time choosing a winner and a runner-up in each class.

Staying with a Science theme, those of you who have ventured anywhere near Mrs Cowan’s classroom will have heard the cheerful cheep of our most recent hatching of chicks, all part of the children’s study of life cycles. There have definitely been a few extra visitors popping in just for the cute chick factor and a cuddle too.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ESB Presentation Evening put on by some of our Year 7 and Year 9 students recently. English Speaking Board (ESB) examinations are a long held tradition at Kingsmead. We believe that it is very important for our young people to be confident public speakers and this externally marked examination is one of the ways that we encourage excellence in this area. We were delighted that 5 of our Year 9s and 2 of our Year 7s were awarded Distinctions

Our GCSE students are well underway with their final examinations. I would encourage them to use this week of respite from exams wisely and to mix rest, recreation and revision sensibly. We wish them all well for the final push through their last exams and thank Mrs Eaton, our exams officer for her excellent organisation. I am sure that we will again achieve outstanding results with our pupils.

Looking ahead, dates for your diary include:

2.00pm Friday 23 June – Junior and Senior Sports Day

2.00pm Wednesday 5 July – EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 Prize Giving

6.00pm Monday 10 July – Year 3 – Year 6 Prize Giving

2.00pm Friday 14 July – Thanks Giving and Prize Giving. This end of term event will be followed by a BBQ on the field organised by the Friends of Kingsmead, and tickets will be available from reception in due course.

Please remember that term ends tomorrow at 3.30pm for children up to Year 2 (with After School Care available until 5pm) and at 4.15pm for pupils from Year 3 and above.
I wish you all a sunshine-filled, safe half term week.

Mark Gibbons

Headmaster