Kenilworth School & Sixth Form Weekly Newsletter Leyes Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 2DA Tel: (01926)859421 • Email: [email protected] Head: Mr H. Abbott, B.A.(Hons.), M.Ed • Deputy Head: Mr. M. Snape Dear All This year once again we are celebrating Africa Week in school, which embraces a range of events including sponsored events, visiting speakers, poetry readings, music and dance performances. The concerts and Swing Night showcase some excellent performances from many of our talented pupils. We are grateful to everyone who has helped and organised the events and to the Mayor and Kenilworth Uyogo Friendship Link, in addition to other visiting speakers for helping to raise the profile of this important event in school and for making it the great success that it has become. It is always worth remembering the purpose of Africa Week, as we have been celebrating it every year for the last 10 years at around this time. It is the largest fundraising event for charity that we organise in the year. All money raised during the week goes to support underprivileged children in Uyogo, as many of them are deprived of the basics such as clean water, electricity, fresh produce and their local school provides only very basic facilities and little opportunity for young people to achieve success. It is always a wakeup call to us in the modern industrialised world to remember how privileged we are in this country to have the opportunities that we have and these should never be taken for granted. With regard to fundraising for Africa Week, I would like to thank all students for everything that they have achieved this week. I would also like to mention the achievements of James Kelly who has singlehandedly raised over £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation, through a sponsored event. We are developing a database of parental contacts to support our sixth form students with interviews for university and employment. If any parents have any specific expertise and in particular, knowledge and experience of the interviewing process for Oxbridge candidates, we would be interested to hear from you. Please contact Mr Mummery or Dr Parsons in the Sixth Form for further information. In the first week after half term, our Year 11s will have mock examinations for their GCSEs in all subjects. As we wish this to be as close to the real experience as possible in the summer term, students will have their mock results issued to them in one envelope with grades listed in all subjects. We offer varied and rich provision for the most able students here, both inside and outside the classroom. Coming up in the near future, is the engineering project in Science in association with Jaguar Landrover, our regular Maths Challenges and the Alan Turing Computer Science Cryptography Competition in honour of the renowned mathematician and computer scientist. As with SEN groups, our most able students also achieve very positive outcomes at all key stages. In this edition of the newsletter, there is a short article and link to GIFT, an association offering holiday courses for very able students across various subjects. I would like to wish everybody a safe and restful half term break. Yours sincerely H.H.S. Abbott Headteacher th 14 February 2014 DIARY DATES February 17th – 21st Half Term March 13th Year 12 Parents Eve. April 4th Teacher Training Day (School Closed) Parent Governor Vacancy We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor within the School. If you are interested in this role, please email Deena Perry, at [email protected] or telephone 513664 to request a Nomination Form. The closing date is Friday, 28 February 2014. Should there be more than one application, the candidates’ applications will go to a ballot vote. Warwickshire Champions At the recent Warwickshire Schools Cross Country, at Morton Morrell, the Year 7 girls team came third, the Year 8 & 9 and 10 & 11 teams came first . The following athletes have been selected to represent Warwickshire Schools at the ESAA Championships. Ellie Minshull, 8H Asha Chakrabarti 10H, Julie Emmerson 1307 and Tom Butler 10H SUCCESS IN TAE KWON DO FOR BOTH JORDANS Medal winners for Jorda Gold and Bronze medals were on display for Jordan Vaughan 10G & Jordan Nelmes 10L Jordan Vaughan was awarded a bronze medal for individual sparring and she was a member of the tag team who were awarded the Gold Medal. Jordan Nelmes was awarded his medal for individual sparring Ade Mafe 200 Club £25 - Vanessa Pope £75 - Elizabeth Paolone There are a few remaining places in the 200 club (£2 per month - £2200 in prizes per year). Email [email protected] for further details. 0LYMPIAN & PROFESSIONAL FITNESS COACH IS STARTING A NEW EXERCISE CLASS Circuit Training KENILWORTH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM NEXT TO THE P.E OFFICE THURSDAY’s FROM 27th February 8.00 - 9.00pm Make up bag found at Year 10 Parents Evening Please ask at Main Reception MONDAY’s Leek Wootton Village Hall 8.00 - 9.00pm Open to all levels – beginner’s welcome. £5 per person Bring plenty of water!!! U19 Squash Report ORIENTEERING NEWS The U19 boys and girls squash teams played at Tewksbury School in the National Schools Quarter Final. The Tuesday after school training sessions will restart on the second Tuesday after half term - 4th March. All existing members and those new to orienteering are welcome to attend. Full details will be in the next newsletter. Y10 SKI TRIP (for current Y9s) All the games were very closely contested with some outstanding performances from Dan Cochrane Year 10, Dan Haggerty Year 7, and Amy Rogers Year 7. The letters are now available for current Year 9s who wish to apply for a place on Year 10s ski trip to Italy in 2015. There are 70 places on offer and because the trip takes place partly during term time (the first week back after Christmas) the selection will based on behaviour at school - full details of this can be found in the letter. Mr Lockren. Y9 OPTIONS Tewkesbury fielded a very strong team, they won the boys competition last year many of their team were much older than our students. The challenging play was good experience for our students and puts us in good stead for the future. Mr Flowers Thank you to all Year 9s who met the deadline for returning their option forms. I am working through the requests and Mr Snape, Mr Bennett and I will be seeing a number of students over the next couple of weeks where options don't quite fit. If you have not heard anything by Friday 14th March, you can assume your choices are fine. Final confirmations will be given shortly after that. SPORTS FIXTURES Day Date Yr Group Sport Opposition/ Venue Home / Away Approx Return/Finish Wed 26th Feb Yr 10 Netball Bablake Away 5.30pm Wed 26th Wed Thu 26th 27th 1st March 1st March Hockey Football Small Sided Competition Stratford North Leam North Leamington Away Away 6.15pm 5.30pm Rugby Coundon Court Home TBC Hockey Tournament Kings High TBC Sat Sat Sixth Form Yr 9 Yr 9 Yr 7, 8 &9 Yr 10 Football TBC Holiday Courses As well as attending workshops and revision lessons in school during holiday times (see the newsletter from last week), from time to time our students attend other holiday courses and residential workshops. Several students have in the past been involved in courses run by GIFT, and have commented favourably on their outcomes. “GIFT is a company that grew out of a history of over 30 years of continuous provision for the Exceptionally Able, Gifted and Talented child. It is now a specialist consultancy which runs both residential and non-residential courses for gifted children of all ages with a unique resource base of specialists providing over four hundred different extension courses for every imaginable discipline from Archaeology to Zoophysics. GIFT runs age-specific residential and non-residential courses for school students. We work in small groups with a graduate/post-graduate expert lecturer in the field. There is plenty of discussion, individual attention, opportunity to go off at tangents, depth and breadth of learning at the highest level, truth, and networking with like-minded kindred spirits. Pleasure and enjoyment come out of this mixture and out of that come relaxation and equanimity.” More details can be found at http://www.giftltd.co.uk M Snape Outstanding Sports Leaders Our Young Leaders were a credit to the school at the recent School Games Swimming Gala at Warwick University. Their official duties included time keeping and allocation of finishing places. They were specifically invited to perform these duties by the Central Warwickshire School Games organiser due to their excellent leadership skills The photograph shows from left to right: Jamie Roote, Max Dumper, Samantha Salter, Robert Poulter, Harry Davey, Matthew Coleman and Jack Knight. Kenilworth School students competed in the competition and we are still awaiting the final results. We will report further after half term. Money found on Lower Playground The World Challenge Parents' Information Evening, on Wednesday 26th February at 7pm, previously advertised as being in Upper Hall has been relocated to the Sixth Form Gym, at 7pm. If you have lost some money please see Mrs Renshaw at Main Reception. Kenilworth School Sixth Form Team Maths Challenge Nine teams of 4 competed in our Annual Team Mathematics Challenge on Thursday 13th February. Each team consisted of a maximum of 2 Year 13 students. The rounds consisted of a team problem solving round, a constructing origami round and a fast paced relay round. At the end of a close contest, by a margin of one point, the team pictured above (Aine Bennett, Connor Bennett, Tom Pollard and Camille Hnat) emerged victorious. The Mathematics Department would like to congratulate them, and all the talented mathematicians who took part. We hope they enjoy reading their copies of Alex's Adventures in Numberland. AFRICA WEEK A GREAT SUCCESS There will be a full report in the newsletter after half term.
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