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 th 27 March 2015 DIARY DATES Dear All The first of the main fund-raising events in school, which I have referred to previously, was the Quiz Evening at the Sixth Form. This was followed by two Dance evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. The profits from the ticket sales of both events will go towards Teenage Cancer Trust, which has been a focus of our fund-raising this half term. In addition to the fund-raising activities that our students have organised, many individuals have undertaken voluntary work in the community, alongside local charities. I would like to congratulate Matt Bednall, Oliver Thompson and Jordan Moores in the Sixth Form for volunteering their time to help with the Lions Furniture shop as part of their Duke of Edinburgh community work. I would also like to congratulate Sophie Morris in Year 12 who won the finals of the Foxcroft Science Essay Competition at Rugby School. Sophie had to present a 10 minute lecture on her essay – ‘Comets – to land or not to land’, and took questions from a panel. Her performance was outstanding in this competition, having beaten stiff competition from other strong candidates. All students sitting GCSE, AS and A level exams after Easter should have received their exam timetable by now. Over the last few weeks, we have organised assemblies for Year 11 on revision and study skills and I hope that students will use their time well during the Easter holidays to prepare a thorough revision plan that will effectively combine independent study with relaxation. We have a wealth of information on our school intranet to support students with their revision. Currently, we have information about stress management techniques, guidance notes on revision, the calendar for exams and links to exam boards with past papers in most subjects. I am taking this opportunity to note just a few tips for study which students may find useful; Short bursts of revision (30-40) minutes are most effective. Concentration lapses after about an hour so short breaks (5-10 minutes) are needed in between revision sessions Ensure that you spend sufficient time on all subjects, not just those that you like Make your own revision notes because you will remember what you have written down more easily Use different techniques e.g. learning maps, post-it notes on cupboards and doors, record notes on tapes, read aloud revision notes, and ask friends to test you Work through past papers or revision tests, using a clock to time yourself with exam questions The texting service that we have introduced is going very well. Can everyone be aware that students who arrive after the close of morning registration must sign in in order for this system to be accurate. During the Easter holidays there will be some revision sessions taking place for Years 11, 12 and 13 and any student who attends these sessions should also sign in or out for reasons of safeguarding. The texting service will not be in use during the Easter holidays but will resume when the new term starts. I hope that everyone will enjoy a good break over Easter and regardless of their background and faith, will enjoy time spent with family and friends and return refreshed for the Summer Term. Thank you for your continued support. Yours sincerely H.H.S. Abbott Headteacher Easter Holidays 30th March to 10th April April 13th School Reopens for students OUTSTANDING OBOE Congratulations to Carrie Hammond 10J who has passed her Grade 8 Oboe exam with distinction! An outstanding achievement. Well done Carrie! Lions Presentations 2015 As a teacher we often see the achievements of our students in terms of exam success but as the DofE award coordinator I have real privilege of seeing our students achieve in many other ways. One of the most rewarding is to see them fully involved in the community working with local charities. This Wednesday was one of those occasions. Kenilworth Lions made a special presentation to three of our students for achieving 100 hours community service. The three boys did this by volunteering their time on a Saturday morning helping with the Lions furniture shop. It was obvious however that they did more than just turn up on a Saturday and the reaction of all of the members present showed that their contribution was really appreciated. The boys really were a credit to themselves, the school and the community of Kenilworth. Well done boys on a massive achievement. Photograph shows Matt Bednall, Oliver Thompson Mrs Spooner & Jordan Moores ORIENTEERING NEWS The next event for the Kenilworth School Team is: WEST MIDLANDS SCHOOLS ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 16th May 2015 Park Hall Country Park – Stoke-on-Trent If you would like to take part, please see Mr Lockren for a letter or collect one from the Orienteering noticeboard outside Mr Lockren’s office (up the stairs next to the Upper School dining room, turn left and go to the end of the little corridor). We normally do really well at this event and we would like to take as strong a squad as possible. New to orienteering? If you are a good runner or enjoy map reading or, ideally both, why not try orienteering – it’s a great family sport too, so brothers, sisters, mums, dads and grandparents can all get involved. The next opportunity to try it is on Saturday (see below) just down the road at Warwick University. There will be plenty of people there to help you – just say you are new and from Kenilworth School and people will be falling over to assist you to make sure you have a good time. Let Mr Lockren know how you got on too, then we can decide if you are ready to join the team for the West Mids Champs. Next local club event (OD’s or Octavian Droobers is our local club) The next OD’s club event takes place at Warwick University Campus, Coventry, on Saturday 28 March, with starts from 10.30 until 12 noon. Full details about start times, courses and costs will be on the club website. Runners and walkers of all ages, 5 – 85 years, and abilities will be welcome to come along to try out this outdoor adventure navigation sport. Help is available to all newcomers. A large scale map and electronic timers are provided; bring a compass if you have one. To find out more see website www.octavian-droobers.org or tel: 01926 632189 SKI 2016 - Current Y9's The third of the monthly ski trip newsletters is now out and available to view on the VLE. I have also sent paper copies to each of the 81 Y9s going on next January's trip and will email a copy parents on the ski 2016 database - I think that should cover it! Don't forget to check out the ski trip noticeboard outside my office (up the stairs next to Upper dining room, turn left to the end of the little corridor) and also the display of photos from this year’s trip on the noticeboard in the entrance to Upper School. Have a good and safe Easter - start thinking about ski fitness with perhaps less chocolate and more exercise. Mr Lockren. INNOVATE BREAKFAST CLUB LOWER SCHOOL CAFE 8:00AM - 8:30AM LOWER SCHOOL DINING ANNEX IS OPEN EVERYDAY SERVING BREAKFAST ITEMS AND DRINKS. OPEN FOR ALL YEAR GROUPS WITH LOTS ON OFFER! WHY NOT GIVE US A TRY!!! SMS Text Alerts The new SMS text alerts for Attendance are working extremely well. These texts are sent automatically to the ‘priority 1’ contact name we have logged. If this is causing any issues then please contact Attendance and we can change the priority contact. The school’s target for students is to have 95% attendance. Sometimes this isn’t possible due to medical appointments or illness. If your child is going to be late into school or will not be in at all then please contact the Attendance Absence Line on 01926 859421 and leave a message as soon as possible. The answer machine is on 24hrs. WARHAMMER WORLD After getting through to the national finals at Warhammer World our team of four students, (two Year 7s and two Year 8s) went up against students from schools from all around the country. We ended up coming ninth out of the ten schools competing, but we all had a great day in Nottingham and we will be battling again next year where we will hopefully do better than this time. If you have an interest in the hobby, come along to L25 on Thursdays after school. James Knight and Ryan French, 8C SIXTH FORM QUIZ RAISING MONEY FOR Teenage Cancer Trust Over 100 people attended the quiz arranged by the Students Council this week. Questions included general knowledge, history geography, music and a well contested picture round. The quiz masters were Harry Salisbury and James Pollard. James said ‘ it was really good to raise £230.00 for such a relevant charity’. YEAR 8 URBAN PROJECT This week, pupils in Year 8 completed this piece of large scale, collaborative sculpture work as part of their ‘Urban’ project, after researching the artwork of sculptor Annalise Rees. Through their project, pupils learned about the range of ways different artists can respond to a single theme. They explored the way artists create different moods and messages in their work with their choices of materials, as well as their use of the formal elements of shape, form and colour. After exploring examples of Rees’ towering cardboard cities, pupils worked together to create their own individual houses, flats and apartments, before combining them to create one collaborative outcome. The finished piece demonstrates the cramped and crowded conditions some people are forced to live in in urban environments. The choice of cheap, mass produced materials reflects the way some people have to ‘make do’ without luxuries, and the structure of the piece represents the way people can sometimes feel they are ‘living right on top of each other’. Well done to all involved for their efforts and contributions!
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