18th December 2018

Dear Parents,

What a feast of festive treats we have enjoyed over the last two weeks!  It all started with Mrs Williamson’s Christmas concert where we enjoyed performances from our talented musicians (and those of us who aspire to be talented), including our exceptional music teachers.  This was closely followed by the endearing performance of ‘Hey Ewe’ from our EYFS and Year 1 and 2 children. The musical ability of our very youngest children, their enthusiasm and amazing memory for words stood out, as will the memory of ’the floss’ becoming part of the Nativity story and Chrisell’s performance as the Curious Sheep.

Finally, the children in Year 3 to Year 6 serenaded us in their Christmas celebration, reciting poems and giving readings with all the confidence we expect from our Kingsmead children and a lovely rendition of Away in a Manger from our Woodwind Ensemble.

To end the term we have our annual Carol Service which takes place at St Luke’s Church in Hoylake on Wednesday afternoon.  For those of you who are new to our school, a brief run-down of how the afternoon proceeds.  The children from Year 3 to Year 12 will walk down to the church accompanied by their teachers.  If you are able to join us for the service it commences at 3.00pm.  Please allow time to find parking as this can be a busy time on the High Street and you are requested  not to park in the Church grounds as our school bus needs to get in and out of the car park.  The service ends at 4.00pm and all are welcome to join us for refreshments in the community room following the service.  The children are available for collection as soon as the service is over.  If your child is travelling on the bus, the bus will leave St Luke’s at 4.15pm.

Our Early Years children end their term a little earlier at 2.00pm and may be picked up from 12.30pm but are very welcome to join us at the Carol Service if that suits your family.  Please note that there is no after school care as we are all at St Luke’s.

This is an important holiday for our Year 11 children and they have all been given clear revision guidance from their teachers.  I recommend that together you agree on a revision timetable that is sustainable throughout the holiday period.  A certain number of hours a day of effective revision is vital if they are to achieve their potential in these very important examinations.  I know that Mrs Eaton has liaised with our Year 11 parents as have subject teachers. Resilience and tenacity are the watchwords for the next 5 months!

Our Year 7s too, have some revision to be covering in preparation for their exams.

Mrs Liddy will be stepping down from being our SENDCo with effect from the start of 2019.  All of us who have dealt with her will appreciate what a wonderful, professional, empathetic SENDCo she has been.  Mrs Liddy will be staying with us to focus on teaching our pupils primarily within the LDU.  Miss Wright, who has huge experience and has been with us since May, will take over the role.  I am sure that the transition will be relatively seamless, not least because Miss Wright and Mrs Liddy work extremely well together.

As I reflect back on this term, I am very grateful for all the wonderful experiences that our children at Kingsmead have.  The sporting events, including cross country, swimming galas, netball and football matches, the opportunities to engage with the wider world that our varied visits provide, the amazing engagement and work ethic that so many have in the classroom.  Of course we are all looking forward too to the opportunities provided by ‘The Wizard of Oz’ production that our drama and music team are putting together for next term.

I hope that our profile both in the local media and on Facebook and Twitter is keeping you all up to date with our news.  These are exciting times at Kingsmead and we look forward to our numbers in Boarding growing as well as our Sixth Form.

We have enjoyed our first term as a boarding school again; peaking with 5 boarders and with others set to join us in January.  We have been delighted with the response and the ethos that the boarders and the boarding staff have created.  Particular thanks must go to Mr Glover and Mrs Thomas for their guidance and wisdom in this area.  Please do make use of our flexi boarding as and when it suits you.

Please note that the new term starts on Wednesday 9th January at 8.30am.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and very happy Christmas break.

Yours faithfully

MARK GIBBONS

Headmaster