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KING JAMES’S SCHOOL

WHAT’S INSIDE ?

SCIENCE AIM HIGHER COMMUNITY WEEK

CROSSCURRICULAR DAY

WISE DAY ENTERPRISE DAY

MATHS EVENTS ART & DESIGN EVENING GARDEN PROJECT STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

SPORTS EVENTS TRIPS

JULY 2009

Welcome to the academic year’s final edition of the school’s Newsletter and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as the last issue. The Newsletter has a new editor in Nicola Ramsden, our reprographics officer, who has the unenviable task of deciding on which items to include. If she does the job as well as our last editor, Zoe Brunning, then we are certain to have some excellent editions. I would like to thank Zoe, who was the editor for a number of years, for all her hard work and dedication that ensured the continued success of our Newsletter. Every year, our staff organise and run more and more extracurricular activities. The take A Specialist Science College

up, for everyone, is tremendous. In addition more and more events are being organised, designed to enhance our curriculum. This year we have organised a number of cross-curricular days for our Year 7. The success of these days has led us to plan more for next year. The difference will be that every year group will be involved. Since the last edition many exciting activities and events have taken place and reading this Newsletter will give you an idea of our vibrant and exciting curriculum. Since the start of the year the school has achieved two

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accolades. Before Easter we were awarded the highly prestigious ICT Mark by Becta, the governmentfunded body responsible for promoting the use of ICT in schools and colleges. This award recognises the importance we place on the use of ICT at our school. I would like to thank Mrs Kang and her team for all their hard work that has led to the school receiving this award. More recently we were awarded the Artsmark by the Arts Council of Great Britain. This time I would like to thank Mr Fazakerly, Mrs Brook-Benn and their team whose hard work has ensured the success of the Arts at King James‟s School.

The Summer term is always busy with every year group involved in examinations. Year 11 students have taken their GCSE‟s and we expect them to have done very well. They worked extremely hard throughout the year and the quality of their coursework was the best that we have ever had. In addition all Year 10 students and the majority of our Year 9 students have taken a number of GCSE‟s and GCSE Module exams. We are confident that their results will also be good. The end of every academic year is always a sad time as we say farewell to staff who are leaving. This year

is no exception as we say goodbye to five teachers, Amanda Costello, Abdul Sa‟id, Katharine Stiff, Melanie Tobin and Robert Travers. In addition two members of our support staff, Maggie Joyce and Verity Thorne are also leaving. We wish them all the best for the future and thank them for their hard work, dedication and friendship. Finally I would like to thank you all for the wonderful support you give the school and on behalf of the staff and governors I hope you all have a lovely summer. Robert Lamb

King James’s School Awarded the ICT Mark Students at King James‟s School are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work. The school has recently been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark by Becta, the government-funded body responsible for promoting the use of ICT in schools and colleges.It recognises the school‟s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum. Headteacher Robert Lamb said: “It recognises our positive approach to ICT and the benefits it is bringing to our students”. “We believe that ICT can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our students are equipped for the modern world.” The school has six computer rooms and by September every teaching room in the school will have an Interactive Whiteboard. A Specialist Science College

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Your views are important In March we commissioned Kirkland Rowell, the market leader in educational questionnaires, to carry out both a parental survey and a student survey. The aim was to gather your views so that we could identify areas of our work that need improving. Your views and opinions would then help us to improve the standard of education that we provide. Our students returned 703 completed questionnaires representing a response rate of 82.0% and parents returned 613 completed questionnaires representing a response rate of 71.4%. We were told to expect a maximum return of 60%, so we were delighted with the numbers of students and parents who took the time to complete and return the surveys. The students gave the school a good overall performance score, while among the students who had been attending the school for over a year, 59% said the school had improved over the last year while only 10% thought that the school‟s performance was worse.” The parents gave the school a very good overall performance score, while among the parents whose children were not in their first year at the school 36% said the school had improved over the last year while only 2% thought that the school‟s performance was worse. Of the parents of new pupils, 93% said that the school had either lived up to or exceeded their expectations. We would like to thank everyone who completed a survey. We really appreciated your views about our school. Your views have already been included in our new School Development Plan.

ARTS MARK AWARD The school has been awarded the arts mark award which is a nationally recognised quality assurance mark awarded by the Arts Council of Great Britain. The award comes after a lengthy and searching audit of arts provision at the school and a detailed written application.

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Aim Higher Day

Citizenship /Community Cohesion Huddersfield University 17th January 09 The Citizenship/Community Cohesion day was a great success at Huddersfield University. Students worked together in a variety of groups to produce incentives to move on into higher education. Students made life size inspirational models of how they see themselves in higher education. A Specialist Science College

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AIM HIGHER DAY King James‟s students and Batley Girls High School worked together cohesively to produce joint projects. Team work was the essence of the day and students and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves building teams and thinking deeply about their futures in cohesive communities. During the day we agreed to work together in the future in twinning projects based on Citizenship and Community Cohesion.

Year 8 MATHS Puzzle Evening In January the Mathemetic Department hosted the First Annual Maths Puzzle Evening. Attended by 30 Year 8 pupils, who were enthusiastically supported by their parents and guardians. The evening consisted of 5 teams tackling 5 different mathematical puzzles in order to earn points. The teams were all named after famous mathematicians; Fibonacci, Pythagoras, King, Fermat and Euclid. Team King, the only team named after a female mathematician were victorious, much to the delight of Mrs Gouldin. Winning puzzlers were Adam Sykes 8BR, Josh Riley 8BR, Amy Donaghy 8TA and Philip Hepplestone 8TA as seen with their prizes. A Specialist Science College

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COMMUNITY WEEK RS E M I E ALZH PORT SUP

9th to 12th February Community Week at King James‟s was a great success. The week promoted the school‟s Community Cohesive practice. The aim was to help students to learn to understand others, to value diversity, promote shared values, promote awareness of human rights, and to develop the skills of participation and responsible action. The week was also aimed at developing links among families, staff and the users of the school‟s facilities and services. There was a focus on faith, ethnicity and culture. All curriculum and pastoral areas within the school contributed to Community Week. The school also welcomed service users of Homestead Day Care services.

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ARMY VISIT

TIVE IA IT IN N IA T IS R CH

URDU SPEAKER On 10th February, Mrs Bradbury‟s Year 8 and Year 9 groups were in for a treat! Teachers of Urdu, Miss Ali and Mrs Riaz gave both classes a taster lesson in Urdu, the language mainly spoken in Pakistan. We learnt that:The alphabet is made up of different letters to the ones we use in English and European languages.

FAIR TRADE SPEAKER

The alphabet has more than 26 characters. Urdu is written from right to left on the page! We were taught how to pronounce the characters of the alphabet then practised writing them out and finally wrote out our names in Urdu. We enjoyed having a go at learning a different language but thought that French was easier to learn!

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BATTLE OF THE BANDS & PROM DANCING TUITION

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May 11th – 22nd 2009 Year 10 took part in their two weeks Work Experience in May this year. The overall feedback was excellent with some outstanding placements. Some comments from two of our students are below.

“On 11th May 2009 I began my work experience. At first I was a little nervous about going into a work place where I didn‟t know everyone very well, but as soon as I arrived I realised that it was much more relaxed than I thought it was going to be. Over the two weeks I carried out various jobs, including pricing stock, making coffee etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks I spent there and would happily do it again!” Charlie Ruttle – 10RT

For my work experience I worked in a graphics design company called Clayton Creative in Shepley. I thought I had an idea of what working in that sort of area would be like, but how wrong I was. You never really know what it is going to be like until you go out there and try it. I spent my time learning new skills and designing new things. The atmosphere was really friendly and people were always willing to help. It has really helped me decide on the career path I want to choose. All in all a really enjoyable experience.

7IW learn to sign! 7IW were joined by student teacher Miss Kay for the Spring and Summer term. She introduced the class to sign language and after only a matter of a few weeks she had the class signing the alphabet, greetings and phrases. 7IW demonstrated this new skill to the rest of year 7 in assembly.

Simon Hartley In fact, Simon was the first work experience student they ever had, and the comment was that they would certainly have more, especially from King James‟s School! A Specialist Science College

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WORLD CULTURES

Cross-curricular day

Year 7 had a treat on the 27th of March when Wokexpress visited King James's school. As part of a cross curricular day with Performing Arts and Languages they were treated to food from France, Italy, China and India. Music was provided by Mr Fazakely and Mrs Brooke Benn provided costumes. Masks representing the countries were designed and made in D & T and Languages taught us all new vocabulary.

Cross Curricular Day Languages, DT, Music & Drama BY Bradley RAPSON-PAWLIK First Mrs Brooke-Benn showed us how to make hats and masks. I thought of Darth Vader but then I decided to make a bandit mask. It was cool. After that we went into the hall and we had a presentation about different world countries by John and his wife called, „Ooy‟, which means „sugar cone‟ in Thai, (so I guess she‟s sweet). John is English and Ooy is Thai. She was cooking while her husband was talking. We got to taste her cooking from different parts of the world which was exciting! She was a very good cook. After lunch we did French and learnt how to order snacks and drinks. It was fun to act out the role plays and we all had a go. A Specialist Science College

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MultiFaith Days Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th March 2009 The Year 7 Multi Faith Days were designed to give students opportunities to gain a knowledge and understanding of the five world religions, (Hindu, Sikh, Christianity, Buddhist, Islam) The Multi Faith Days also formed part of the enrichment element of Community Cohesion. Throughout each day students visited two of the Faith Centres. Vajrapani Buddhist Centre Huddersfield Parish Church Guru Nanak Gurdwara Hindu Mandirly The visits took place in the morning followed by afternoon reflection workshops. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the two days. Students have developed their knowledge and understanding of why people use Faith Centres and how they help to develop people‟s spiritual side.

GIFTED & TALENTED Easter School 24 Year 6 pupils from our four feeder schools and 23 Year 9 pupils took part in this year‟s Easter School for the G&T. This 2 day event concentrated on the three core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and a series of workshops were planned to raise the confidence and aspirations of these pupils as they prepare for KS2 SATs and GCSE courses. The workshops developed examination techniques, encouraged creativity and deep learning as well as writing, language skills, problem solving techniques and mathematical literacy. Particular thanks go to Rob Howell and Francesca Hoy who organised the English workshops.

EASTER HOLIDAYS Revision Catch-up Clubs Over 40 pupils attended our revision Session and coursework catch-up sessions held during the Easter break.

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STEM DAY Just in Time

40 Yr 10 students took part in a Process Manufacturing „Just in Time‟ simulation where teams needed to achieve demanding production and cost targets. Many key learning opportunities arose such as team leadership, commercial awareness, working positively together, managing variables, problem solving, brainstorming and presentation skills. The organisers of the event went to great lengths to emphasise their pleasure at the positive attitude of the attendees and the excellent atmosphere. A Specialist Science College

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UKMT

Mathematics Challenge

In February year 9, 10 and 11 pupils took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. 9 pupils achieved the Bronze award, 11 pupils gained a Silver award, and one, Tom Stead in Year 9, obtained a Gold award. This is something that only 6% of entrants nationwide achieved. Tom‟s achievement was even more impressive as he gained the top mark in the school! In April year 7 and 8 pupils also took part in the Junior Maths Challenge, for which we are still awaiting the results, however with such a bright and high achieving set of pupils we are confident of plenty of Golds, Silvers and Bronzes. MATHS Congratulations from the mathematics department to all those who took part and all the award winners.

Mathematics Transition Day 9th March 143 Yr 6 students and a few year 5 students from our 4 feeder schools took part in a series of taster events designed to give them an introduction to the key skills and processes they will use when they progress to KJS.

Maths Pop Quiz In March 12 Year 9 pupils took part in a Pop Maths Quiz at Greenhead College. The pupils were split into teams of 6 and were set Maths challenges against other local schools. Our teams came 5th and 18th (out of 20). It gave all the pupils a different view of Maths in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

World Maths Day 4th March 09 179 Yr 7 students and 188 Yr 8 students took part in this year‟s World Maths Day. The aim was to promote numeracy and unite students and schools from around the world whilst celebrating global citizenship

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YR 10 Health Day

1st July 09

Y10 pupils had the opportunity to interact with various agencies from our region. These were Contraception and Health, Police, Band of Hope, Lloyds Bank, Kirklees Youth offending, British School of motoring, Young People‟s service, School nurse, Young People‟s Drugs and Alcohol, The Samaritans, Total Fitness and the Fire Service. As usual, the pupils were a credit to the school, with several of the people presenting saying how interested and polite they were. Activities included, interactive voting about alcohol, tasting alcohol free drinks, Free food – apples and grapes, doing fitness work, preparing to defend yourself against a “hoody”, learning about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.

Success in

Salters Chemistry Challenge

On Tuesday, 9th June, a team of year 8 pupils went to Leeds Metropolitan University to take part in the annual practical chemistry competition. This involves the pupils using forensic science techniques to solve a crime. Our team was very focused and worked with great care and thought. They not only solved the crime but impressed the judges with their safe working methods and took great care not to contaminate the evidence. We have in the past, been second and last year won the competition, so we were very pleased when our team claimed first place yet again and won a variety of prizes. Many congratulations to Alexander Kynaston, David Tunstall, Alice Tones and Kerry Szydelko on a splendid achievement!

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Richard McCann

Inspirational speaker

169 Yr 9 students attended this aspiration / attainment raising talk as part of our Aim Higher programme. His „iCan‟ tools for personal development are about turning negatives into positives and ways to create positive outcomes. This was followed by a workshop for our Year 9 Aim Higher cohort held after school. 35 students attended.

Science Road Show In March we took the Science road show to our 4 feeder primary schools with help from our new Y9 science leaders: Arianne Dermawan, Alex Colbert, Georgia Gates, Natalie Armitage, Luke Walker, Laura McGrath, Toby Leek, Nicola Benn, Teddy Croft, Emily Ibberson and Tom Sykes. The aim of our visit was to enable the Y6 students to get some hands on practical science experience to support their science curriculum and help with their forthcoming science SATs. The science leaders did a fantastic job of drawing out the scientific knowledge and guiding the Y6‟s through the activities. Best of all the y6‟s and their teachers loved the stupid egg trick which the science leaders demonstrated perfectly every time! Mr Sa‟id and Miss Jazwinski even found time to brush up on their skipping skills with some help from the younger ones! Miss R Taylor

Year 6 Science day Once again King James‟s School welcomed Year 6 students from our feeder schools to experience a day of Forensic Science, Flashes and Bangs and Mr Butcher‟s extreme science! Students worked as CSI crew to solve who had carried out the murder with Miss Walton and Miss Dannatt. Dr. Hoyle and Miss Emerson were all about the chemistry – Bunsen burners, hydrogen gas, colourful reactions and blinding lights. Everybody wanted to try out putting their hand through the Bunsen‟s safety flame! Mr Butcher was creating havoc making homemade fire extinguishers and letting them of to see who had made the best – in the process covering himself, the lab and some of the pupils in product. What a mess – but fun was had by all. A Specialist Science College

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AIM HIGHER

ACE DAY On Mon 15th June 09 a group of yr 9 Aim-higher

students

'ACE' day

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This event allowed students the

opportunity to consider what they knew about Higher Education and gave them a real insight into student life and the fantastic facilities at Huddersfield University. Students were involved in many activities, including a campus tour, an advertising competition and looking at how much it costs to be a student. The trip was very successful and raised awareness and aspirations for students at King James's.

Year 5 Performing Arts Day 160 Yr 5 pupils from Lepton CE, Rowley Lane Junior School, Kirkheaton Junior & Infant School and Upper Whitley Junior & Infant School attended our Performing Arts morning. Pupils took part in a range of activities including soft ball, long jump, music, dance, drama and football. Again excellent feedback was received from pupils and staff alike.

Maths Puzzle Tour Following the success of the Maths Puzzle Evening in January the Maths department took the Puzzle Event out to our four main feeder schools in May and June. Pupils from years 4,5 & 6 took part in the activities Feedback was very positive from all the pupils and staff involved .A similar event will run again next year. A Specialist Science College

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Wise Day Women into science and engineering This involved 40 of our Y10 girls They took part in 3 workshops throughout the day. Bradford University did a workshop on bio fuels from a range of oils and fats. Huddersfield University did a workshop on shampoo manufacture and New College and Greenhead put on a sound effect workshop.

It was a very good day as every student learnt something and it may interest some to go into science or engineering “Lydia Harrison.

“Overall I really enjoyed the day and would consider a job in science” Sophie Walsh.

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Each of the sessions were very informative and involved hands on practical work which went some way to breaking down stereotypes and barriers girls often have about these industries. The pupils were very enthusiastic about the workshops and their enjoyment was obvious.

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ARMY CAREERS EXHIBITION

My Money week

June

40 year 9 pupils experienced a day out with the Army at Catterick barracks. Six of the students were chosen to represent the school in the obstacle course race and did us proud. Our students experienced many different activities during the day ranging from Zip-wiring to Laser shooting. All of the students gained a valuable insight into a career in the army.

My Money Week was held Week beginning 29th June – 5th July 2009. Throughout the week students learned about economic well being and financial capabilityPHSCEE objectives. Students participated in many curricular and pastoral activities; in particular students reviewed their own attitudes towards money. Students also enjoyed learning about personal budgeting and money management and considered social and moral dilemmas about how money is spent, for example: What is the difference between need and want? A Specialist Science College

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ENTERPRISE DAY On the 30th June all our year 10 pupils

had an “Enterprise Day”. The day started of with work on what makes a good Entrepreneur. Pupils discovered that an entrepreneur is not just someone who runs business but is enterprising in any role. For example a “social entrepreneur” is someone who takes a risk and raises money for charity, or who organises an event for the sake of the community. Enterprising skills such as teamwork and communication were developed in the “DESIGN a ROLLERCOASTER CHALLENGE. The idea was to design a new ‟coaster. The winners were the group who made a marble roll down their ride in the slowest time. Joint winners were the group who came up with the best looking ride. Group 1 won the first prize with 7.91 secs. In this group were Johnny Thompson, Miles Turner, Ruby Mangat, Jennifer Hirstle, Hannah Gilbert and Becky Eva. The prize for the best looking ride was won by the THRILLER ride. In this group were Chris Simpson, Elizabeth Kepczyk, Luke Jagger and Finty O‟Brien. In the afternoon pupils did work on finance and government spending. They then finished off with a profit making exercise – making a top-up card holder.

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Art and Design evening This year the whole of the design department joined together to produce a wonderful display of work for the open evening event. This was the first of what will hopefully be a long tradition. The art department usually displays year 11 students GCSE exhibitions for family and friends to view. This year they were joined by the resistant materials, graphics and textile students who displayed their work along side the art work. The response from families and friends, pupils, staff and governors was very positive. There were many proud pupils and parents, delighted to see their own and others work in such a fantastic display. Thanks to all who made it

Rags to Riches fashion show A group of KS3 pupils made their own costumes by recycling, and then modelled them on a catwalk style presentation to a paying audience..

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Tutor Ethos winners Summer 09 Year 7

AH AW FH IG IW KE KS

James Raddings Ceiran Keating Rachael Palmer

April Denton Georgia Wilde Corey Taylor

Lucy Morley Ben Butler Thomas Childs Alexander Barnwell

Adam Daffern Danielle Hodkin Anna Harrison Rachel Meachen

Year 8

KC BD BR EA SB TA WB

Luke Crossley Hannah Maybury Josh Riley

Katie Stead Lucy Burns Beth Kirkwood

Sam Noble Shane Asquith Timothy Wondergem Lucy Roberts

Natalie Rowan Beth Sanderson Erica Boswell Fazal Abbas

Year 9

GS TU ZB WH KG RO

Alice Harling Jacob Mear Helen Munro Pippa Kenny Joe Briggs Josef Mir

Greg Watson Lucy Sykes Sapphira Sayles Tom Conroy Bethany Letherland Luke Loyd Year 10

PK CG RT AR

Hannah Lindsay Jermaine Thomas Hayley Toth Gabrielle Benjamin

Jamie Weir Steph Dunk Marcus Wilkinson Adam Saeid

NF RU

Sophie Sykes Sarah Jones

Jack Hirstle Chantelle Surdival

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Summer 2009 Y E A R 7

Y E A R 8

Dept English Maths Science Design Humanities

1st Summer half term Georgia Roberts Freya Thompson Faye Boyles Amelia Dennis Rachel Palmer

2nd Summer half term Bethany Smith Georgina Parry Alex Barnwell Lauren Marsland Isaac Russell

PE Music Drama Languages ICT CZ/IS/RS

Lewis Crank Jon Duell Emily Harling Emma Donkersley Katie Rishman Adam Daffern

Lucy Morley Lily Cameron Ben Butler James Turner Nandeep Virdee Bethany Smith

English Maths Science

Emma Gardner Luke Crossley Gabriella Sedda

Lauren Parr Jacob Harvey David Tunstall

Design

Donna Walker

Ryan Batler

Humanities PE Music Drama Languages ICT CZ/IS/RS

Tia Hanley Joe Atkin Hannah Colagiovanni Ashley Jones Faisal Abbas Emily Casson Darindar Singh

James Kernan Molly Irons Brad-lee Nasey Georgina Gross-Hanley Amy Moss Shane Asquith Emma Brown

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Y E A R 9

Y E A R 10

English Maths Science Design Humanities

Faseha Sarwar Emma Beaumont Emma Gibson Emma Daffern Aaron Charlton

Amy Thornton Shannon Mear Lewis Jackson Davina Lyn Verity Mitchell

PE Music Drama Languages ICT CZ/IS/RS

Jake Mann Georgia Wood Claire Hudson Natalie Armitage Katie Vine Leanne Ferry

Becky Whitfield Lindon Nugent Danielle Mosley Ben Ramsden Joe Fox Kristian Fleetwood

English Maths

Marcus Wilkinson Emma Armitage

Ben Eastwood Lucy Hadfield

Science

Gabby Benjamin

Hannah O‟Brien

Design

Holly Bradshaw

Michael Cameron

Humanities

Akash Bhalla

Gabby Smith

PE

Luke Jagger

Ruby Mangat

Music

Adam Saeid

Annie Johnsey

Drama

Jessica Milner

Amy Murray

Languages

Josh Kernan

Rebecca Ellis

ICT

Sarah Jones

Hannah Lindsey

CZ/RS

Chantelle Surdival

Jason Jenkins

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CSI @ KJS

Forensics Workshop Event We had a Forensic Science day in which we were taught by Mr Bates about what forensic science is and how SOCO‟s work. We had a crime scene to collect evidence from and were given a crime to investigate. We carried out blood patterns analysis, finger print matching and other forensic tests in the morning. After lunch, we turned Lab 5 into a court room, where Sukky was the judge and we acted out a trial to find out which suspect was guilty of the crime. I was a key witness and I was questioned by the lawyer. George Dean and I thought it was a great event and it was a fantastic opportunity to be a forensic scientist for a day. By Daniel Rotherham

TAKE-AWAY THEATRE The workshop consisted of various Forum Theatre activities helping students to identify different forms of bullying and how to combat it. On Friday 24th April, The Take-Away theatre company were invited into school to perform their production of Hope to year 7 telling the story of three young people whose lives are affected by bullying. The piece explored emotional and social health issues of relationships, decision making and friendship and promoted good behaviour and respect for others. After the performance, students took part in a workshop where the students explored the various issues that had arisen from the play and they were encouraged to examine the actions of the characters and how they could have made better choices.

DRAMA CLUBS At the moment our Drama Clubs are working on three very different plays: Sweeney Todd, Alice and Wonderland and Macbeth. Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland will be performed at some point next term dates to be announced. Macbeth is being performed as part of the Shakespeare Schools' Festival at Wakefield Theatre Royal on the evening of Thursday 8th October. It also will be performed in school in the Autumn Term.

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Garden project Pupils begin work on the school entry for „A colourful, edible garden for leisure and pleasure‟ – a communal and educational design and build team challenge for schools. The aim of the project is to enable students and helpers to design and build a themed garden, foster an awareness of nature and the idea of „real‟ food and to bring their new knowledge and skills back to their communities. 20 KS3 pupils are involved in this 6 week project

Environmental Garden Between them 8BD and the Gardening Group are working at transforming the school garden into a haven for wildlife. The once messy, unusable space is being tidied up into a vegetable patch; pond; wood stack habitat for mini beasts and two raised planted areas, as well as attempting to establish a compost heap. 8BD are using registration time to weed out the vegetable plot and plant their own seedlings. Meanwhile a mixture of year 8 and year 9 students have cleared the pond, making it look a lot bigger and smell a lot less! Following the garden competition at Beaumont Park all the plants will be transferred into the Environmental Garden making it an even nicer place to be. Miss Dannatt would like to thank everyone for their hard work so far, especially Sam Roberts who worked extremely hard. A Specialist Science College

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RUGBY TAKES OFF!

The students at King James‟s have had a fabulous season on the Rugby pitch thanks to the hard work of Sean Folan and the 7 teams the school now runs. Here are some of the highlights! Y 8 boys Yorkshire 9's winners for the 2nd year in a row Y 8 boys Kirklees yr 8 champions Y 8 girls at Yorkshire championships Y 9 girls at the national championships Y8 b team won the Kirklees shield final Y9 b team won the Kirklees shield final Y10's reached the Kirklees shield final

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As well as this our year 9 boys were runners up in the Yorkshire 9's championships and the Kirklees cup final! Top performers are;

Year 8 boys Gypsy Black

54 trys in 16 games

Tom Beaumont

34 trys in 27 games

Timmy Taylor

161 points in 28 games

Bradley Powell

23 trys in 23 games

Year 9 Boys Callum Simms

14 trys in 13 games

Jake Mann Sam Gill

12 trys in 16 games 9 trys in 18 games

Year 10 Boys Jamie Weir

11 trys in 5 games

Year 8 Girls

In all this year 142 different pupils have represented the school at rugby!

Hayley Clarkson 12 trys in 14 games Paige Mctighe 5 trys in 13 games Meg Brook 5 trys in 15

Year 9 Girls Tyler Gordon

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ACTIVE Jan & Feb 09 A group of students from yrs 7/8 and 9 took part in 5 hours of sport over the school half term. The sports included Dance mats trampolining, badminton, table tennis and climbing. Yr 7 and 8 girls experienced a taste of being Young Leaders at the key stage one cross country competition which was held at King James‟s school.

MULTI SPORTS DAY JUNE 09 Yr 5 students experienced a Multi Sports afternoon at King James. Over 120 students from our feeder schools spent an afternoon at King James‟s trying out a number of sports. The sports, organized by our young leaders, included : volleyball, step aerobics ,table tennis, athletics, climbing, badminton outdoor trail and climbing. A Specialist Science College

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Multi skills Festival June 09

Over 140 yr 3 children attended the festival at King James‟s school on Tuesday 23rd June. They were organised and taught by our fantastic team of young leaders who were from years 8&9 Thank you to all of the leaders!

YOUNG LEADER DAY 24 YR 7 students applied to attend the course on Friday 26th June. All passed with flying colours. They learned how to set up small games with youngsters and how to lead and organise them into groups.

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JUNIOR FOOTBALL COURSE APRIL 09

A group of our Yr 9 boys have passed their Junior Football Organiser course. The course was run by Mr Dickinson. The boys are: Alex Conroy, Joe Fox, Lewis Jackson, Daniel Kilburn, Aaron Robertshaw, Jo Mc Kevitt, Jo Mir, Mathew Smith, Sam Spencer, Jake Mann, Charles Mitchell, Tom stead and Tom Gledhill. Since then they have used their skills to run the Yr 3 and Yr 1 Multi skills festival. Well done boys. The picture shows the Year 9 boys who passed the JFO course delivering to yr 5 during PE transition day.

MULTI SPORTS NIGHT

YEAR 6 TENNIS All year 6s from our feeder schools were invited to King James for tennis coaching by Mrs Stead.

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HUMANITIES Year 7 YORK June 2009 Year 7 enjoyed two sunny days exploring the Medieval history of York and discovering the modern problems of flooding the city faces today. The students walked the 800 year old city walls from Fishergate to the Minster passing the wonderfully preserved barbicans at Walmgate and Monkgate, soaking up the Medieval atmosphere and information provided by the expert guides (the teachers!!) After ice cream in the Minster gardens, students walked a length of the River Ouse through the centre of the city learning about the destruction that is caused by annual flooding and about the solutions being explored to control the power of nature, especially the flood barrier on the River Fosse.

DRAMA TRIPS

Year 10 HELMSLEY

Since January, there have been two theatre trips.

May 2009 Year 10 History students travelled to North Yorkshire in May to conduct fieldwork at the remains of Helmsley Castle. In wind, rain and hail the students had to try to recreate in their mind what the castle would have looked like when it was intact and in use. The work was part of their GCSE History coursework and will go towards completing their History Around Us coursework unit.

One trip took place in the spring term on Wednesday18thMarch where a group of students attended a performance of West Side Story at the Leeds Grand Theatre and the other in the summer term on Wednesday 3rd June where We Will Rock You was seen at the Manchester Palace Theatre. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of live theatre and were extremely well behaved.

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Bodyworlds Exhibition, London. Not everybody knows that a group of hard working and dedicated students are studying for an extra GCSE after school every Thursday evening. Not only are these students enjoying their Human Physiology course (I hope) but they also had the opportunity to go to London to experience the world famous Gunter Van Hagen exhibition, Bodyworlds. The coach left on Monday morning and by early afternoon the group of 37 Science students were in London, after the culture of Covent Gardens and an evening meal they settled into their hotel for a good nights sleep!!? On Tuesday the group headed over to the 02 arena for a series of informative lectures before making their way around the bodyworlds experience. The pupils saw the muscle structure of real people who has once walked on this planet. After leaving their bodies to Science following their death, they were plasticized and put on display at this fascinating and ever so slightly gory exhibition. An excellent time was had by all and the trip was extremely interesting. Miss Dannatt would like to say Thank You to her fantastic students who were absolute stars on the trip!

YR 7 TRIP HULL & HORNSEA HULL In Hull we went to the William Wilberforce Museum for a History Trip to learn about slavery and how it came about and eventually ceased. William Wilberforce played a big part in slavery abolition. We looked at his early life and what he did to stop slavery. The second museum showed us what shops and streets looked like a long time ago. We got to go in the old fashioned buses and trams, and it gave us an insight into what life was like.

HORNSEA In Hornsea, we were learning about landforms and coastal defences for a Geography trip. Here we saw: groynes, sea walls and rock boulders. It was lovely and sunny when we were in the museum. However, as soon as we got to Hornsea it started raining! But we learnt a lot about how to preserve the sand, and stop it being carried away by the sea.

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Blue Planet Aquarium Sharks! Turtles! Rays! Otters! And 90 Year 8 pupils. Back in March, the Science Department organised a rewards trip for us to go and visit the Blue Planet Aquarium, in Chester. It was an amazing opportunity to see these wonderful creatures close up. The shark tunnel was fantastic and the brightly coloured fish were beautiful. We were lucky enough to watch the divers feed the fish and the baby otters. The best part was being able to touch the sting rays. I really enjoyed the trip, it was fun and informative and I would definitely go back again. Emma Gardner 8WB

Year 7 Reward Science trip to Old Moor, Barnsley Pond dipping, bird watching and minibeast hunting were on the agenda for successful Year 7 students invited on the Science reward trip. Over 100 students made the trip to Old Moor RSPB site in Barnsley where they spent the day observing wildlife and learning about feeding habits and food chains. Thursday proved to be a very hot and sunny day for the first group of students,

with torrential rain forecast for those going on the Friday!! The Old-moor site is a new venue for this year, and the trip was enjoyed by all who attended. Miss Dannatt would like to thank all those who went on the trip and made it a success, and well done Year 7 for so many students being able to attend the reward trip this year! Keep up the good work!

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Alton Towers Rewards Trip 4th June 2009.

Almost 100 year 8 and 9 pupils who had achieved most of their target grades and had put maximum effort into all their subjects were rewarded with a trip to Alton Towers. The sun shone and everyone had a great time on the rides. Most pupils managed to get on 7 or 8 rides because the queues were not too long and a great day was had by all. Current year 8 pupils need to watch out for the Year 9 rewards trip next year!

Science Car Kit Challenge On Wednesday, 1st July, a team of year 7 pupils took part in the Science Car Kit Challenge at the National Mining Museum. Teams from all our feeder schools were there working on solving problems about how to make toy cars perform in different ways. The challenges varied from making cars which go furthest, fastest, climbed steep hills or stopped in exactly the right spot. The group all worked both as individuals and as teams to produce some remarkably successful cars. Their efforts were rewarded with two copies of the latest Harry Potter book for the schools library. The team consisted of Rebecca Armitage, Elliot Kynaston, Jon Duell,Tom Norman, April Moore, Lewis Tjong, Keiran Hardwick, Kyle Plaatsman, Megan Heywood, Jack Pullein and James Raddings. A Specialist Science College

The Mother of all weeks

Mrs Cope Ms Turmell and Mrs Sykes held an open workshop event in the design area to allow pupils to make cards, cross stitch pictures and jewellery for Mothers day. The workshops were informative and productive, not to mention busy and hectic! 34


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Castle Building Competition. Year 7 were set the challenge of building realistic models of Medieval castles as part of their Medieval Realms unit of study. The quality of work was stunning and Mr. Williamson had a difficult task selecting the winners. Special commendation for excellent work goes to David Smith, Paige Rawson, Aaren Knowles and Eleanor Hobson (who even installed working lights in her castle!).

Cake sale for Comic Relief 7IW raised £45 for comic relief with a lunch time cake sale. Thanks to all students, parents and grandparents who helped with the baking.

LOST PROPERTY Over many years that I have worked in the office, Lost Property has taken over with lost coats and P.E. bags etc. The Charity Shop that I use think it's wonderful and I feel it is an awful shame sending all these items because nothing is labelled with a name. Every term I inform pupils that I will show these items in ODH (Old Dining Hall) on one lunchtime but hardly anyone comes. I will be doing this during the last week of term.

PLEASE LABEL ITEMS SO THESE CAN BE RETURNED TO PUPILS. Thank you Nicky Green

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FIRST AID COURSE A locally trained first aid volunteer from the Red Cross delivered training sessions for 148 Year 10 pupils. All attendees received an in -house basic First Aid Certificate on completion of the training. 35


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