With just 2 more editions of the newsletter before the end of the academic year I’m wondering how we will fit in news of everything that is going on at the High School in the next month. Summer concerts, Sports day, Year 11 and 13 Proms, Technology tournaments, taster days, school open events, History trips to Lincoln Castle or Geography fieldwork and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions all feature. What’s best is that they hopefully restore much of the fun that was missing in the past two years of being a High School student during the summer term.
We also have a fun last day of term planned with Junior Prize Giving in the morning for all students in Years 7-10 and the whole school picnic and farewell to departing students and staff in the afternoon. Do look out for the letter of invitation to parents/carers of prize winners which will be sent out early next week via MCAS.
I am really grateful to current students who have offered to help out as tour guides and in subject areas on Tuesday 5 July from 5-7pm. This is our busy Open Evening for Year 5 parents and carers. Thanks too to any parents/carers who inevitably end up being taxi drivers on that evening. We know that our students are the very best advert for the school and we are always very proud of them on the evening.
Staff are invited to nominate students who have demonstrated a Growth Mindset in the past few weeks. This might have been in lessons, in clubs, in tutor time or simply around school. Please note we already award bi-annual subject badges and merits for good academic work, effort and improvement...
Sleaford schools went head-to-head in an exhilarating technology tournament on Friday 17 June. A total of 27 teams of four students competed to be crowned champions. Teams of four students were challenged to design, develop, build and test a solution to an unknown technical challenge, using material...
Recently the Year 12 CTEC Business Studies students visited Grantham Tennis Club as part of their course. They were very fortunate to be shown around the facilities and gain valuable insights into how it is managed
The Senior Prefects of all 3 Sleaford schools, along with those from St George’s Ruskington, met with Dr Caroline Johnson MP to discuss topical political issues. Students had prepared an excellent list of questions and were also very good at asking follow-ups. Thank you to Dr Carolin...
The Geography Department has been busy taking the Year 12 students on fieldtrips in recent weeks.
By visiting Boston, Skegness and Gibraltar Point, students have been introduced to a range of human and physical geographical fieldwork techniques and data collection methods. This is in preparation...
On Saturday 4 June 2022 three High School students were lucky enough to be in the audience for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Concert in London. The four students were chosen by DofE Coordinator Mrs Walker for their efforts to support DofE and the community during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In the spirit of this month’s school Wellbeing theme of feeling proud, you might have seen that the 20 year 9 students who took part in the River of Hope Art workshop in March had their work paraded down the Mall in the Jubilee Pageant!
Friday 10 June was not a regular Friday for the members of the Young Journalists Club here at KSHS – instead, it was our first opportunity to showcase our journalism skills beyond Sleaford! With microphones, clipboards and chocolate prizes, we set off for an experience day at Cranwell Primary...
The winner has been announced for this year’s Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Children’s Book Awards. October October by Katya Balen is an inspiring story of a young person coming to terms with being separated from everything she has ever known. A peaceful life living off grid with her father ends abruptly after an accident, and life in an unfamiliar city presents many challenges for the titular character.
October October has also won the Shadowers Choice Award- specifically voted for by thousands of young people throughout the UK. Our own KSHS Shadowers Reading Group have been busy reading the 8 books from the diverse 2022 shortlist, submitting their own votes after careful consideration. The group have all contributed to lively discussions about each book and enjoyed reading stories about young refugees fleeing conflict, forging friendships after the Good Friday Agreement, World War II in a London zoo and the powerful Cane Warriors- describing a community of enslaved people who stage a brave escape. Both the longlisted and shortlisted titles are available to borrow from the school library.
Book of the Month Crossing by Manjeet Mann
Crossing is a modern story told in a series of narrative poems and was our Shadowers Group overall favourite from this year's Carnegie shortlist. Following two young people navigating through grief and survival, Natalie has just lost her mum and her brother has joined a far-right gang in Dover, whilst Sammy has fled his home in Eritrea with hopes of a new life in Europe. A twist of fate brings them together in this highly acclaimed and well-crafted book, providing our young readers with the opportunity to discover for themselves the hugely complex and topical subject of refugees and people trafficking in a fictional and age-appropriate format that is both informative and engaging. Copies are available to borrow from the school library.
Returning library books and textbooks
A reminder to students that now the exam season is ending it is important that all borrowed resources are returned to the base school from which they were borrowed. There are boxes conveniently placed in the main foyer at KSHS for students to return their books. Any items that have been secured with a deposit will need to be returned to the library in person for a refund. (Deposits cannot be refunded once school has broken up for the summer break).
Lincolnshire Road Safety newsletter
Please click on the link below for the Summer Term edition of the Lincolnshire Road Safety education e-newsletters
Parents/Carers might like to be aware the following staff will be leaving us at the end of this academic year. Dr Pawley (Teacher of Drama) retires after 34 years at the school and Mrs Moncur (Associate Assistant Head and Subject Leader for Business Studies) is moving to Scotland on an RAF posting. Mrs Hunter (Careers Lead and Sixth Form Administrator) leaves after 14 years with us and Miss Machin's (Teacher of PE) temporary contract has come to an end.
I look forward to introducing you to Miss Ferns (Assistant Headteacher), Miss Adamson (Drama) and Mrs Ramsay (Subject Leader for Business Studies) in September.
I’m delighted to let you know that Miss Duffy (Maths) and Mrs Hunt (PE) both return from maternity leave towards the end of term. It will be super to have them back in school.
Next year there will be some small adjustments to the Heads of Year at KSHS. Mrs Watts who has worked with Year 9 for the last 2 years will have a slight change in her role, she will continue with her Pastoral and SEND role; Mrs Constantine will work with the new Year 10’s and become their Head of Year.
And finally Apologies for any confusion regarding Mr Mapletoft’s role in the last edition of the newsletter, Mr Mapletoft is now Head of current Year 7 (not 8 as printed previously).
The Complete Destinations Platform is for parents and carers too!
Students throughout the school are now familiar with using the UNIFROG platform, a one-stop shop for everything connected to University, Careers and Apprenticeships pathways.
As parents/carers, you may wish to view the information that your child can access on the platform yourself. To do this please visit www.unifrog.org/code and use the new log in parent code of KSCGPARENTS. This code is valid for 90 days when it will expire, however it can be renewed at parents/carers request, via school.
How would you like to help our students understand more about your specific World of Work?
We are looking for Employers to expand our network of companies and individuals who would like to work with us in school or facilitate on-site visits to enhance our Careers programme.
We are interested in all careers, from Engineering to the Arts!
If you would like to help support our students, and are prepared to donate your time and expertise, it would be great to hear from you. As we are now post Covid, it seems a great time for our young people to have the opportunity of first-hand experience.
Please contact, Pauline Hunter Careers Lead, email@example.com with a brief paragraph about your Business and the best way for us to make contact.
Many thanks for your consideration and we look forward to hearing from you.
Please could we ask for support with PE uniform as the term continues. Students may wear skorts or shorts in PE lessons, but they should wear leggings or joggers for the rest of the day, this includes travelling to and from school. Cycling shorts and the Nike Pro style shorts are not part of the uniform and therefore these should not be worn at all.
@redgrave_m@RobertCarreMAT@HullYorkMed Thanks for coming in Mabel. Your experience is invaluable and our students appreciated your time. Always amazing to hear about how KSHS students are getting on too!
This term our Wellbeing theme is 'Be Proud' (of who you are). This theme embraces the concept that being proud of your accomplishments and who you are should be part of your everyday thinking. Tutors will be working with their tutees on a series of activities to help them understand who they are and how they can embrace their achievements.
Pride and self-confidence come from healthy self-esteem, a positive belief in oneself, i.e. talents and accomplishments.
Students should know that low self-esteem can also make it hard to feel proud of ourselves, and may even cause mental health issues.
To improve their ability to feel proud of themselves, they can use some simple strategies to challenge negative thoughts and build up their confidence.
Mental/Emotional Benefits: Patting themselves on the back for a “job” well done can increase their self-love, confidence, and self-respect. Personal satisfaction may boost self-assurance, mood, sleep, self-esteem, and their overall sense of wellbeing.
Physical benefits: A sense of accomplishment has positive effects on the body. It can increase energy and resilience and make us more productive.
Students should consider the concept that imperfection can and should be embraced and be something to be proud of.
This week we have been exploring Refugee week in our assemblies. Refugee Week 2022 is 20–26 June and is coordinated by Counterpoints Arts. In our assemblies we have explored the theme of ‘Healing’. Through creativity and conversations, Refugee Week 2022 is a celebration of community, mutual and self-care, and celebrates the human ability to start again.
The guide below on cross-platform sharing of inappropriate content helps parents/carers understand a little more on how we can protect young people from inappropriate content. Some songs or videos aren’t suitable for youngsters. When things like these begin trending online, it can be difficult to prevent children accidently stumbling across them – especially if they use a range of platforms, like online games, social media, streaming sites or messaging apps. A trend can originate in one online space and rapidly spread to other platforms or via chat apps. The frightening Huggy Wuggy character, for instance, first emerged as part of a game on Steam; now there are parody songs on TikTok, videos on YouTube and more than 45,000 results for #huggywuggy on Instagram. In the guide, there are tips on a number of potential risks such as accidental exposure, inappropriate language and unsuitable videos.
This is part of our Online Platforms and Social Media categories.
‘Metaverse’ is a relatively new term to many, however the concept has been around for some time. Videogames, for example, use many aspects of the metaverse; avatars, digital currency, mini-games, and open communication. A metaverse can also take many forms; Fortnite can be seen as a metaverse, as is Roblox. Put simply, a metaverse is an online environment where people interact, play games and express themselves. Away from traditional videogames, there are newer and more ‘dedicated’ metaverses such as Decentraland, The Sandbox and Somnium Space which are akin to Second Life.
In the Metaverse guide below, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as anonymity, psychological impact and unsafe areas.
Please come along to our Summer Concert in the School Hall at 6.30pm on Monday 18 July 2022. It is an opportunity to listen to some of the extra-curricular music the students have produced over the past term. The concert is expected to finish at approximately 8pm.
The PTA has kindly agreed to provide refreshments for this event, by donation on the night and will be holding a raffle to raise money for school projects.
Tickets are £3 per adult, £2 per student and a £7 Family Ticket (2 Adults +2 children). Families of students performing at the concert who qualify for the Pupil Premium are welcome to collect up to 2 free tickets directly from the Music department at no cost.
Tickets will be on sale at lunch time outside Mrs White’s office from Monday 11 July – Thursday 14 July 2022 between 1pm – 1.20pm.