Albeit in a slightly different format but hopefully equally of use. If you have any articles / news items you’d like to share, then please email hn@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk We’d love to see pictures of the work being produced and being kept in the loop about the activities you’ve been up to or submit via twitter (@kingdownschool)

News you should be aware of

6th Form Students – Black Lives Matter

A group of Kingdown Sixth Formers have formed a group to look at the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement, and to evaluate the work of the school in this area moving forward.

Students will be meeting with Mr Locke and other school leaders in the Autumn term to help develop our work on understanding black British history, and to explore new ways in which a school-wide message of anti-racism can be further developed and shared.

Interested students will be invited to join the work of the group in September, information will be shared in the new term. The Tutor theme in Term 1 picks up this topic in more detail for all students.

6th Form Reading Recommendations about Race

These books and resources have been selected by our passionate 6th Form BLM Group ahead of our planned work as a school next year. Please can parents always ensure they are happy with any reading material they choose for their children.

KS3 Books

  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness- Anastasia Higginbotham
  • Let’s talk about race- Julius Lester
  • Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman – Suggested age for reading: 12+

KS4 Books

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race- Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • White Fragility-  Robin DiAngelo
  • Let’s talk about race- Julius Lester
  • Between the World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

KS5 Books:

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race- Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo
  • Between the World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Beloved- Toni Morrison
  • The Colour Purple- Alice Walker
  • Noughts and Crosses- Malorie Blackman

Articles:

  • Talks about disproportionate employment of the BAME community/ lots of statistics about crime and education (link)
  • Meghan Markle encouraging young female activists (link)
  • Talking about cultural impacts (link)

All 4 (Channel 4)

  • The school that tried to end racism – documentary series.

Careers News

No formal Newsletter this week, just a quick update on achievements and events:

  • Silver Industrial Cadet Award – Congratulations to 18, Year 10 students who have been awarded their Silver Industrial Cadet Award.  These students took part in the 1 week Virtual Work Experience with Esteem Pavilion to design their own sustainable, eco-friendly community Pavilion for Dubai. More info on the industrial cadets can be found at: https://www.industrialcadets.org.uk/

Events over the summer:

  • 20th & 27th of July: “Army Officer – A female perspective” webinar evenings online (via Zoom), 7pm-9pm Parents and Years 10-13 (full details in last newsletter for Careers).  Register your interest:   Bit.ly/ArmyOfficer-insights
  • 25th July:   “Virtual Health Careers Conference 2020” for students, parents, teachers; sign up: https://healthcareers.live, supported by NHS, Health Ed. England, General Medical Council.
  • 24th July 4pm: The Big School Bell: A last chance to don your school uniform, take to your doorstep and celebrate the end of the 2020 school year: https://www.ritesforgirls.com/big-school-bell/; https://youtu.be/HSJaO4gpzTo
  • August: 1 week Virtual Work Experience (Year 10, 11, 12 & 13) with JLL, a world leader in real estate.  JLL students the chance to meet team members, learn about the key areas of JLL’s business and complete work and activities. The programme will give students a genuine insight into whether a career in property could be for them and put them in a great position for when JLL’s Apprenticeship opportunities open in the Autumn. You can read the full details here: https://www.springpod.co.uk/opportunities/a-peek-into-property-virtual-work-experience/.  Let Miss Gale know by e-mail if you wish to sign up for this: vjg@kingdownwilts.sch.uk
  • 10th August, 11th August & 12th August: Results day support webinars – For more information & to sign-up: https://www.ukuniversitysearch.com
    You can also see a calendar of virtual University Open Days – happening throughout July and August – to find out more & register: https://www.ukuniversitysearch.com/open-days

Year 11 & 13 (12’s): Results days support from Careers!

I’m available for Careers support during the holidays, around results days, on the following dates:

  • Thursday 13th August for A-Level Results day.  Also available Friday 14th August.
  • Thursday 20th   August for GCSE Results day. Also available Friday 21st& Monday 24th August.
    Please e-mail me to arrange a call or e-mail support: vjg@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk

Miss Gale- Careers Advisor

Felix keeps on riding

During the COVID-19 lock down, students have tried many new activities and hobbies and Felix Well (Year 9 WeHS) is no exception. At the start of the lock down period, Felix decided to get on his bike and set himself numerous targets, starting at 20km, increasing to 40km and then his most recent ride totalled a massive 75km!

Not only has his distance increased, he has also started getting up earlier to complete his rides, which is no mean feat for a teenager! Felix got up at 4am one morning, to ride to the Westbury white horse and watch the sunrise. That must have been a fantastic sight.

Felix has really pushed himself to the limit with these rides and I’m sure he will have developed many personal qualities that will help him long into the future.

Well done Felix.

Lockdown Mathematics

The Maths Dept would like to say a huge thank you to all students who have tried their best to watch videos and complete tasks of the last 17 weeks.(And to parents/carers who have helped and encouraged them!)

Year 7 & 8 on www.mymaths.co.uk and Year 9 & 10 on www.vle.mathswatch.co.uk

Some of the statistics of use of just MathsWatch are amazing!

This is the usage over the Year for all Year groups. There have been over 100,000 assignment questions answered and many students have done extra tasks to aid their learning.

There were a fantastic 84 pupils from Year 9 & 10 who completed more than 1000 mins of work online and here are the best 21 who completed more than 1500mins:

Here are the best 20 pupils for completing the set tasks:

Safeguarding over the summer break

Even over the summer break, student safety and wellbeing remains a priority for us.

We understand that we are still in a time of uncertainty which may be causing you some confusion and worry.

If you have any concerns about keeping yourself safe, you can email Mr Richardson, Safeguarding Lead, at ri@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk during the summer break.

There are also a number of support networks available that may be useful at this time:

  • NHS. You can call 999 in an emergency, or 111 if you have a medical problem and aren’t sure what to do. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • CAMHS is a specialist service providing support for people under 18 who are struggling with poor mental health. Their website is https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/camhs/wiltshire/
  • Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. They are a free and confidential service and can be reached by calling 0800 1111, or by visiting www.childline.org.uk
  • NSPCC works to help keep children safe and more information can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk
  • Kooth provides online and anonymous counselling for children and young people, at www.kooth.com
  • YoungMinds are a charity who work to help youth mental health. Their website is www.youngminds.org.uk and they run a crisis messaging service, available 24/7, by texting YM to 85258.
  • Barnardos are a charity who are struggling or feel at risk. Their website is www.barnardos.org.uk/get-help and their phone number is 0800 1517015

Looking Forward

The summer holiday is almost here and will hopefully present some time to step back and think about taking care of ourselves, reflecting on what we have achieved in this challenging time and how we can begin to prepare for moving out of lockdown.

A useful activity to generate some family discussion around letting go of things we were unable to do in lockdown and to encourage future plans has been produced by the Partnership for Children (external link)

Additionally, the Anna Freud Centre have produced a summer self-care activity for secondary pupils to work through at their own pace and highlights over 90 self-care strategies favoured by young people (external link)

Lastly, learning to practice mindfulness is a great way to strengthen our own self-care.  Newcomers might like the e Smiling Mind app (external link).

See you in September!

Mrs Gordon

Activities over the summer for parents and students

If you are looking for activities for your child during the summer break we can recommend Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Trust and The Mill on the Brue.

Both are outdoor activity centres and will be open during the summer.

As a school we use both providers through the academic year and fully recommend their programmes to you.

Mr S Dudley

Term 6 PE Challenge Journey Current Results

Congratulations to all who took part..

 

Grow Your Own

Kingdown students have been growing their own vegetables over the last few months. In early Spring, the students prepared the soil and planted their crops. These included potatoes of different varieties, courgettes, cucumbers, cabbage and corn. The students have watered the plants and tried to keep the beds weed-free. Recently, the crops have started to flower and the students are beginning to see the rewards of their efforts.

Below is Sean Turner’s new potatoes – Sean said he wants to mash them, but we have suggested they might be nicer gently simmered with butter and mint!

Gardens are special peaceful spaces with restorative qualities that can work wonders when we are stressed and under pressure. We believe the students and staff have gained valuable experience by growing their own. Teaching Assistant, Miss Beattie said: ‘I have enjoyed spending time outside with the students growing our lunch!’.

Students from the Aspire centre have harvested the early potatoes that were donated by Fonthill Garden Centre and planted by the School Gardening Club back in February.

The harvest surprised us all as the potatoes had to fend for themselves through very many weeks of lockdown with no tending or watering.

From the 24 parent seed potatoes over 80 new potatoes were grown with a total weight of over 1.7kg. The harvest was a big reduction on previous years, but that was put down to not being tended. A late planting of potatoes by the students is growing well and being properly watered. We hope to harvest those in the Autumn.

Inspirational teaching recognised at Kingdown School through SSAT Lead Practitioner Accreditation

Teachers Georgia Keloglou and Hayley Keeling from Kingdown have been recognised as inspirational leaders of learning by successfully achieving Lead Practitioner Accreditation from SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network, in the Summer 2020 accreditation gateway.

SSAT Lead Practitioner Accreditation celebrates great teachers who lead their colleagues to develop themselves. The award recognises their skills, experience and qualities; and celebrates how they embed and extend teaching and learning in their school, positively impacting on the lives of students.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT, said: “For a successful school system, you need exceptional teachers and that is why SSAT introduced the Lead Practitioner Accreditation. The programme challenges the thinking and practice of Lead Practitioners and by achieving accreditation, they have demonstrated the impact of their work on students and staff. The part closure of schools due to COVID-19 has highlighted the creativity of teachers, who have adapted to teaching and supporting students online. Our newly accredited Lead Practitioners have completed their assignments in the most difficult of times. They are truly exceptional. Well done to our latest Lead Practitioners.”

Music work

SW – Guitar = Sam has been developing his Guitar skills and has learnt Desire by U2. Look out for those fast chord changes! 

 

CD – GroovePad = Charlie has been learning how to use GroovePad and has created a great piece! 


IG – Florence Price = Mim has researched Florence Price and put together a poster to show her findings. 

Pictures of your learning

Such great work by all…