12th July 2018

Dear Parents,

I have so enjoyed celebrating with all the younger children at their respective Prize Giving services over the last two weeks. It is wonderful to see the success enjoyed at so many different levels and in so many different areas of school life, by our children. Thank you to all those parents who enter in to the spirit of the celebrations and so obviously enjoy and appreciate all that their children are learning and experiencing.

Whilst on the topic of success, I was so impressed by the budding thespians who trod the boards during the Junior Production of ‘Mystery at Magpie Manor’.  Not only did they remember (most of) their words and the songs but they also learned to do the Charleston!

Equally impressive were our musical maestros on display at our Summer Soiree.  Most sincere thanks must go to Mrs Williamson for organising this event and we look forward to hearing much more from our musicians in the future.

One of my favourite days of the year is our annual trip up Moel Famau which this year included all of the children from Year 3 to Year 10.  Mr Wilson had assured me that the Year 3 children would cope beautifully as they all attend his break-time Running Club and they did.  This year the winner of the race up the final ascent was Jacob Morrell in Year 9 who pipped Mr Wilson at the post and the winner of the ladies section was Brooke Harkins in Year 5.

Recently our children in Years 7 to 10 have all benefitted from a visit by the author Sheena Wilkinson who gave them a presentation about the ingredients of a good novel followed by a creative writing workshop for the Year 10 children.  Meeting a published author is a unique experience and one that all the children in this cohort will remember.  Sheena’s latest novel ‘Star by Star’ is very popular with teenage and young adult readers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Friends of Kingsmead for the Casino Royale Ball which was held at Leasowe Castle this year.  What a lovely venue and evening of entertainment.

Sports Day dawned unusually bright and clear this year and the children participated in all their events with obvious enjoyment.  The winners this year in the different age groups were Charlie Clarke, Tallula Strong, Nathan Allsopp-Huddle, Katie Davison, Max O’Brien and Rose Rickman.  Our thanks go to all the PE Department and particularly Mr Hope for a flawlessly run event.

The Junior Department residential trip to Barnstondale also took place in unusually dry conditions but by all accounts the children had as much fun in the sun and the dust as they have had in the rain and the mud in previous years.  The photographs on our Facebook page were an excellent summary of a good time away.

I am delighted to welcome several new members to our teaching staff team.  Mr David Clegg to the Senior English Department and Mr Stuart Rathe and Mrs Lauren Scoffield to our Junior Department.

Congratulations to two staff members who will be getting married during the summer break.  Jo Bird our Science Technician will return as Mrs Jo Maycox and Denise Banks who works in the kitchen will return as Mrs Denise Small.  I would like to wish them both much happiness.

A fond and final farewell to Mrs Davies, Mrs Mallery, Mrs Cowan and Mrs Adamson who leave us to begin their retirements – they go with all of our thanks and best wishes.

I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at our Thanksgiving service which starts at 2.00pm, followed by our Prize Giving service which starts at 3.00pm.  Please do join us with your families for our annual barbecue on the lawns after these two events.  As you know, the Infants and Years 1 and 2 close at 12.30pm, but please do join us for the various events.

Please feel free to drop in to reception between 10am and 3pm to browse the second hand uniform shop which will be on display on 19th & 20th July and again on 28th & 29th August.

I do hope you all have a very happy, restful, sun-filled Summer holiday. I look forward to welcoming the children back on Wednesday 5th September.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Gibbons