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HIGH TIMES July 2008
AN AMAZING YEAR!
Year 11 prom
This is has been a pretty eventful one, to put it mildly. We returned last September knowing we had had another really successful set of examination results in 2007 except that our English and maths needed to improve. This was of course because we had been finding it difficult to recruit qualified maths teachers. We began the year optimistically however because we were only one teacher short of a full team. As a result, we think this year’s SATs and GCSE results will show the improvement you would expect with this stronger team. More on that in September - fingers crossed! NEWS After Christmas we had two pieces of news that quickened our heartbeats. The first was our interim (half-way) inspection to see how we had been getting on since the Ofsted inspection in May 2007, and the other was that falling rolls might mean we had to close! The interim inspection went really well and our progress was graded ‘good’. But then we had to concentrate our attention on safeguarding our learners in case closure was unavoidable.
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Everyone rallied. An amazing groundswell of support came from the students themselves, from parents, from teachers, from governors and finally from the local council meeting which voted unanimously to keep us open. OUR NEXT CHALLENGE Having jumped those two hurdles, we knew our next full inspection could not be far behind but we also had to stabilise ourselves and concentrate on ensuring year eleven were on track for the best GCSE results the school has ever had. They are, and I think we should beat the national average again this August – I won’t give any details yet in case I am tempting providence! FULL INSPECTION In June we got a call to say that Ofsted were indeed coming back and, as you know, we were given a really positive report – out of a possible 26 gradings, we achieved 9 ‘satisfactory’s and 16 ‘good’s. On the next page are some highlights from the report which I am sure you will agree are very pleasing indeed and bode well for the future.
There is still room for improvement in our maths/English scores but with fully qualified teams in place for September – and in all other subjects incidentally – we are set to achieve the best ever levels and grades in these core subjects by the summer of 2009. A NEW OPPORTUNITY IN ICT! As if that good news were not enough, we end the year on the brink of a really brilliant opportunity – a laptop for all in key stage three, as long as we have the support of most of you in making a contribution of just £6.50 per month. We believe this will give a real boost to your children’s ability to become truly independent learners. We will have lots of news on that in September and hope to be ‘rolling out’ just a few weeks into the new academic year. It has been a great year – with great SATs and GCSE results to come, and an even greater year ahead. As Ofsted said to us last month, ‘the school as a team has united in its determination to work on behalf of students in this community’ and ‘The school is improving rapidly and has a good capacity to continue with this positive upward trajectory.’
Food glorious food
Have a great summer! Denise Burns, Head Teacher
OSTED 2008 QUOTATIONS
AWARDS EVENING On the 9th July 2008, students, staff, parents and governors celebrated our whole school awards evening. The evening was entitled ‘Reach for the Stars’ emphasising to all of our students that they are stars in their own right and should aim to achieve their very best . Students received awards for effort and attainment, attendance and for their contribution to our school community. For the first time students were nominated for individual faculty awards. The two final awards - headteacher’s award and governors’ award - went to students who had achieved academic excellence and outstanding contribution to the school respectively. These were awarded to Eunice Cornejo (headteacher’s) and Matthew Moss (governors’) The evening had a sense of splendour with an almost Oscar like feel. Everyone who attended was proud to be a member of KNHS and its community. It was a wonderful occasion to round off a difficult and turbulent year . We look forward to celebrating the success of our students next year. It can only be bigger and better!
MEMORIES OF THE YEAR 2007/08 COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT The communications faculty would first like to thank all the students for their hard work this year, with a special word of praise to both year 9 and year 11 who worked extremely hard towards their respective examinations. We wait in anticipation of success. We have had another full year in the communications faculty and we would like to share just some of our memories: The French department has gone from strength-tostrength and next year we will welcome two new French teachers who will also be going into local primary schools to further develop Modern Languages. The French department have made several very exciting visits to the CLC and a group of year 8's have been building up resources for primary school lessons. The library has continued to attract students of all ages during break, dinner and after school all helping to create a vibrant atmosphere. Many of the students have taken part in a book review for Birmingham Library Services, which has not only involved reading a wide range of novels but then adding their comments to a review blog. Even some staff took the novels home! One particular book has proved very successful and that has been a book on origami, so much so that pupils have been taking home bunches of paper roses and swans. Things were particularly busy around Mother's Day when Mrs Tromley was surrounded by paper flowers ready for delivery home. The English department had a very successful visit to the theatre in December, and then another successful trip to Stratford-upon-Avon where students took part in a Shakespeare treasure hunt. This year the English department has also benefited from an ICT suite and students have had great fun developing their skills at creating photostories, and interactive presentations on a wide range of topics. Year 8 have recently produced some excellent magazines and interactive interviews using photographs of themselves combined with music and information on the stars. As part of this â€˜celebrity cultureâ€™ topic, students evaluated a variety of media types focusing on the language of the paparazzi. We are now looking forward to 2008/09 with the exciting prospect of laptops for Key stage 3 students and all the new learning opportunities these will offer.
Skint in the sunshine? The long summer holiday is upon us again. Lazy days in the lazy summer sun… But beware the spectre of the summertime; bad financial planning! If you want to have cash all summer you need to plan to have cash all summer. Reading this guide and filling in the planning sheet at the end you will help you to organise your funds and avoid the spectre of bankruptcy in late August. In order to plan your spending over the summer you need to divide the six weeks into financial periods. The first thing to do is to establish what your income will be, i.e. how much you will get and when you will get it. For instance, fictional Raymond receives £10.00 per fortnight pocket money and £10.00 per week for his paper round. This means that his financial periods are two weeks long and he has £30.00 to spread across each one. Next you need to calculate your outgoings for your financial periods. Outgoings are things you know you will have to spend money on like phone costs and bus fares. Back to Raymond: During his two week long financial periods, fictional Raymond needs £5.00 for bus fares and £10.00 to keep his phone happy, so his total outgoings are £15.00 per financial period. Now you simply subtract your outgoings from your income and you can see how much spending money is at your disposal for each financial period. Raymond, bright spark that he is, quickly calculates that he has £15.00 spending money for each of his financial periods and that this gives him £7.50 each week. If, however, Raymond overspends one week, he’ll have less to spend the next… As well as being a bright spark, Raymond is also a lucky one and he’s going to Devon for a few days at the end of August. In order to make the most of his good fortune he intends to take a small one with him because he’s determined to inflate the local economy of Torquay. Aren’t we all? Raymond realises he’s going to need to save a bit of cash. He plans to do this by using his bike and his feet rather than the bus and by only using his phone when he really has to.
Hi, I found the planning sheet overleaf useful, as may you. …..
Raymond’s Financial Planning Sheet
1st Financial period Week 1
2nd Financial Period Week 3
3rd Financial Period Week 5
Income: £30.00 Previous savings: £0.00 Total: £30.00
Income: £30.00 Previous savings: £3.00 Total: £33.00
Income: £30.00 Previous savings: £6.00 Total: £36.00
Spending Money: £7.50
Spending Money: £7.50
Spending Money: £7.50
Spending Money: £7.50
Spending Money: £13.50
Spending Money: £7.50
Financial Planning Sheet
Income: £ Previous savings: £ Total: £
Outgoings: £ Spending Money: £
Spending Money: £
Spending Money: £
Spending Money: £
Spending Money: £
Spending Money: £
National School Sports Week National School Sports Week was a great success with plenty Also, as part of the of fun competitions which resulted in high participation rates week, students from the whole school. were set a task in their ICT lessons to design a logo for the physical education department as part of National School Sport Week. All The week began with a trampolining competition for Year 10 years took part and came up with many imaginative ideas. girls which was won by Emma Goodwin. Various competitions were held during lessons with many pupils being vic- The winning design (shown below) was created by Stephanie Goulei torious. Inter-form football took place after school on in Year 10 with her simple use of font and clip art. the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The winning forms were 7/8I, 9I and 10N. Well done Stephanie and to everyone who took part. The final day of the week saw a judo competition for a select number of pupils from years 9 and 10 where Ryan Murphy narrowly beat Leon Stewart and inter-form rounders for year 10 - 10N were the champions! Well done to everyone who took place and to all the winners
Winners in other years were: Year 7 - Jack Hobson Year 8 - Grace Branch Year 9 - Steven Paul (1st)/Jake Sykes (2nd)
Year 10 - Stephanie Goulei (1st)/Aaron Ketley (2nd)
Well done to everyone who took place and congratulations to all the winners.
OUR TRIP TO HANDSWORTH FIRE STATION On 27th June 2008, 10 students, Mrs Buckley and Mrs Hayward from the Learning Support Centre visited Handsworth Fire Station along with Mr Pace, the Community Warden who drove the minibus for us. We were told about the real dangers of fire, wasting the firemen’s time by messing about, false alarms and playing with fire because there are more important things and people lives to save. We learnt that when there is a fire we are to get out the room as quickly and as safely as possible and to close the door behind us and to get help. We were also told not to go back in there because if you do you bring in more oxygen which feeds the fire - it’s not always the fire that kills you, it’s mostly the smoke. They told us about how important it is to have a smoke alarm in our homes. These can be fitted free of charge from your local fire station and every home should have one. While we were there we watched a film and the firemen were talking about the terrible fires they have to go to just ers and matches because they may be bored or just don’t understand the dangers to others.
because kids play with light-
At the end of our visit some of us were allowed to go in the fire engine, see the pole that they slide down and how they receive the information on where the fires are. We were given leaflets to take back to school which explained the dangers of fire and some preventions and information about the importance of smoke alarms in the home. I enjoyed this trip. We as a group thought this visit was enjoyable and we learnt about the dangers of playing with fire and prank calls to the fire service. They do not have as many fire engines as we think and it could put other peoples’ lives in danger. While they are putting silly fires out they could be saving somebody else’s life who is in real danger - it could be someone you know! Colleen Burke. Year 8
KINGS NORTON EDUCATION ACTION ZONE CELEBRATE EXCELLENT SCHOOL ATTENDANCE On Thursday 10th July, 12 pupils from Kings Norton High School were invited to attend the Kings Norton Education Action Zoneâ€™s 5th annual celebration of excellent school attendance at the Council House in Birmingham. Students are invited to this event if they have achieved 100% or excellent school attendance with less than 2 late marks during the academic year. The celebration took place in the banqueting suite at the Council House where pupils were presented with a certificate in recognition of their excellent achievement by the Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lady Mayoress. A civic buffet followed the event where the Deputy Lord Mayor and his wife were able to chat with pupils and their parents and carers. The staff at Kings Norton Education Action Zone are looking forward to supporting another year of excellent school attendance at Kings Norton High School in September and would like to congratulate all the pupils invited to the Council House on their excellent achievement. Kay Kershaw Kings Norton Education Action Zone
The following pupils were invited to the event and were accompanied by Mrs Tencheva: Mateusz Weirzba Amy Thompson Shannon Britton Nicola Butler Eunice Cornejo Engjell Gjini
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Hayley Glendinning Nicholas Harris Ropafadzo Muguta Jack Owuodzie Norma Andrews
VALUED YOUTH On the 23rd June a group of year 8 visited the Wragge & Co offices in Birmingham for a Valued Youth Celebration. A good time was had by all and students were a credit to the school. We were able to meet other schools in Birmingham who also take part in the scheme.
Students at the awards ceremony: Billy McLoughlin, Mark Carpenter, Matthew Izon, Daniel Karim, Abbie Tyndall, Victoria Pectover, Alanah Brookes and Grace Branch.
Valued Youth gives students the opportunity students to go into local primary schools on a weekly basis and work in a reception class.
YR 10 Food Technology Group ‘Big Cooks Little Cooks’ In an attempt to solve a problem for funding ingredients, the group decided to turn the cooking lessons into an enterprise project and ‘Big Cooks Little Cooks’ was born. Menus are pre-planned and meals prepared on a Friday to sell to staff. Staff have enjoyed the enterprise initiative and most definitely the food that has been served to them appreciating the hard work and effort that has been shown by the students, Ms McFarlane and Mrs Waterhouse. Linked to this project the same group of students have been visiting Cadburys and solving some of their production problems. Both activities are providing evidence for a range of key skills’ qualifications at Level 2. Cadburys have been impressed with the production solutions our pupils came up with. Their work has been on display in the main reception are at Cadburys for the last two weeks.
Year 11 Prom (Class of 2008) On Friday 4th July 2008, year 11celebrated their final event at school – the Prom. This spectacular evening was held at Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville. Year 11 had clearly spent many hours preparing for the event as they all looked outstanding. Some arrived in style in white stretch limousines, whilst one group went for something totally different and made their grand appearance in a fire engine, all sirens sounding. The venue and tables were decorated in a theme of deep purple, mauve and silver. A hot and cold buffet was served, followed by a disco. During the evening, two students – Hannah Wood and Shaun Keight were presented with cheques for £100 each. They were nominated for these awards as a result of their consistent hard work, perseverance, progress, achievement and team work during the two years of Key Stage Four. The 2008 Prom was a pleasure to attend and thank you to every one who made it a night to remember. I wish all year 11 students every success and good luck for the future. Alison Setchell, Head of Year 11