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HIGH TIMES March 2008

AFTER THE BAD NEWS, DO YOU WANT THE GOOD NEWS OR THE BETTER NEWS? CLOSURE THREAT DISAPPEARS We had bad news about our bid for academy status. Then after reeling from the even worse news of possible closure, we were delighted to hear that the threat disappeared again as suddenly as it had appeared. So now we are probably all asking ourselves, is this truly good news and a time to rejoice or is this just a ‘stay of execution’? BUILDING SCHOOLS FOR THE FUTURE

status which will bring us more annual with that better resources.


funding and

So, things really do appear to be looking up for us again. Next term I will be writing to you to ask if any parents would like to be on a parent consultation group to discuss ways in which you might like to see our school become a more significant focus in the Kings Norton regeneration programme.

Prison Me No-Way!!!

In the meantime, may I wish you a wonderful Easter break and thank you again for your amazing support!

Pantomime pics Denise Burns, Head Teacher


Well some good news has certainly given me reassurance! Councillor Lawrence told us in parent and governor meetings that there was no longer any threat of closure, but instead a promise of investment in the school as a community resource.


Now we have just heard from the local authority that Kings Norton High School has been put on phase 2 of Birmingham’s ‘building schools for the future’ programme. This means that we will be getting either a massive refurbishment plus a partial re-build, or simply a completely re-built school on roughly the same timescale as we would have been on if we had achieved academy status!

Another exciting year 11 v staff football match but sadly one team had to lose and this time it was the year 11s!!

This means that, as soon as we have our next full inspection – either July or September is likely we should get the go-ahead to apply instead for specialist

The staff team cruised to an early lead with Mr McCay and Mr Yeomans scoring superb goals. Some dubious offside calls were made opening up an opportunity for Luke Wilcox to pull one back for the year 11s. The second half, although goal less, remained tight and what year 11’s lacked in their ability to score was made up in their determination to equalise. They pushed forward for the full 45 minutes. It was a great match and thanks to everyone who took part.


What’s coming soon?

Primary Athletics Festival

All for charity!

Performances of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ were watched by primary schools, parents and students and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Asia Wray (Sleeping Beauty) and Nathan Dewell (Gerald) gave excellent performances in their lead roles and were superbly supported by Mr Findley, Mr Muntzer, Jake Sykes, Jack Woodward, Thomas Phillips, Daniel Turner, Mr McCay, Leon Stewart, Keelee Ann Rivers, Lovinia Gordon, Shannon Cotterill-Gibson, Amy Moore, Holly Hopkins, Miss Clayton, Stephanie Goulei, Steven Paul, Cherise Stirling, Mr Lovgren, Paige Windridge and Jessica Beard (backstage). The fantastic set, designed and painted by Mr White and built by the caretakers, created a stunning backdrop for the performances. Patricia Buckley expertly led the backstage team.

INTERNET SAFETY Calling parents/carers of year 7 and 8 students ….. After Easter, students in years 7 and 8 will begin a new ICT topic ‘Getting the most out of the internet but keeping safe online!’ Want to know more?? We have 250 ‘Know IT All’ discs specifically aimed at parents/carers to accompany the student module. Call 0121 459 4451 or ask at reception. Call 0121 459 4451 or call in!

Primary Athletics Festival On 4th March 2008, Kings Norton High School hosted the final of the Baverstock School Sports Partnership Primary Indoor Athletics Competition. More than 120 primary school pupils attended and took part in relay races, and athletic events such as the javelin, triple jump and the standing long jump. The festival was a great success. Winners came from Hollywood Primary (boys team) and Hawkesley Church Primary (girls). The event would not have been possible without the help of 12 of our Year 10 Sports Leaders who were responsible for co-ordinating events and recording results.


TAKE THE ‘RAP’ On Wednesday 30th January, the Natural High Schools Tour arrived at Kings Norton High School. Pupils in Year 7 were treated to a morning of singing, dancing and activities designed to show the pupils the dangers of drug and alcohol use. The visit formed part of the PSHE curriculum and was a great success. Part of the morning was to create a rap or poem and we’d like to congratulate the winners.

Kings Norton High School has once again achieved SPORTSMARK status. This award reflects the commitment the school has made to physical education and sport provision, both in the curriculum and through out-of-hours learning.

1st Place – Matthew Moss 2nd Place – Vicky Green 3rd Place – Connor King

Winning Rap ‘Drugs are losers’ toys, you don’t want to mess You know where it leads you don’t have to guess’


Wednesday 26th March 6.30 pm

We are pleased to announce that Mr Paul Bird has joined the governing body of Kings Norton High School as a parent governor. We still have two vacancies for parents—if you are interested, please contact the clerk on 0121 459 4451.

KNHS Assembly Roadshow

Kings Norton High School ‘Our children are stars’ All are welcome Coming to a primary school assembly near you soon!

CALLING ALL YEAR 11’S—EXAM TIME IS APPROACHING!! Year 11 will soon be sitting their summer examinations - timetables for which will shortly be published and sent out. The main body of GCSE exams for year 11 will begin from the 14th May. The next few weeks are incredibly important, and you should start revising now if you haven’t done so already. It is also vital that students attend school every day, and are on time to lessons to maximise potential in these exams. Absence from examinations will not be authorised except in the strictest of please ensure that you know your exam timetable.



so far this year!

As a school we are keen to ensure that all our students are employable and understand the importance placed by colleges and employers on good attendance and punctuality. A big THANK YOU to all of you who supported us over the last two terms thus contributing towards huge overall improvement compared to previous years.

circumstances, so

LEADING EDGE VENTURES OUT Students involved in the Leading Edge Project, run by the Children’s Society, not only attend weekly homework clubs, reading support classes, and tutoring and revision sessions for KS4 students, they also have fun in the holidays! Half-term saw trips to the bowling alley and West Bromwich Albion Football Club to train and meet the players!!

The attendance and punctuality campaigns will continue to run after Easter

Thank you for your ongoing support.

“We would all like to thank the Children’s society for caring about our fun and education.” Neda Keiany

Friday 11th

Thursday 10th

Wednesday 9th

Tuesday 8th

Period 2

ENGLISH READING 1 hour 15 minutes

MENTAL MATHS 20 minutes (2 tiers staggered)

ENGLISH WRITING Longer Writing Task - 45 minutes Shorter Writing Task - 30 minutes

Period 1

Period 4

MATHS PAPER 1 1 hour (Pupils to be brought down in last 15 minutes of period 3)



Period 3

MATHS PAPER 2 1 hour


Period 5

Year 9 Mock SATs - Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th April

YEAR 8’S TRAIN TO TEACH Having recently took part in a workshop at the KNHS CLC, a group of year 8 are becoming amateur teachers of French for local primary students next term. Whilst at the workshop, students prepared teaching tools, French dialogues, posters, French songs, flashcards, powerpoint presentations, and practiced speaking whilst being recorded by video camera. Green screen technology transported the students to the Eiffel Tower, Eurodisney and the Stade de France!!! Both students and teachers were delighted with the workshop. Our year 8 french teachers can’t wait to show of their newly acquired skills and deliver their lessons very soon. We will keep you posted! Au revoir! M.H. Dione, Head of MFL

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YEAR 9 STUDENTS SATS WEEK— TUESDAY 6TH MAY TO FRIDAY 9TH MAY 2008 Year 9 SATS exams take place between Tuesday 6th May- Friday 9th May 2008 Attendance is essential so do not book appointments or holidays during this period. The noticeboard has now been completed (thanks to Ryan Moore and Nicholas Harris). This is situated outside Mr Lyon and Mrs Horton’s office. Any information about SATS exams and preparation will be on the noticeboard. A mock SATS exam timetable is displayed opposite.

REMINDER Revision Club: Every Tuesday 2.50 pm -3.50 pm Easter School: Monday 31st March and Tuesday 1st April Breakfast Club will be running during the SATS week



THANK YOU ... .,‌.. to everyone who has supported the Blue Peter appeal raising money for Barnado’s. Over 150 CDs, DVDs and computer games have been sent to appeal headquaters. The appeal runs until the end of May so keep donating and support young carers across the UK.

Be the face of Work Experience 2008! Year 10 work experience placements coming soon!!

DINING ROOM GETS A FACE LIFT! For the past two moths 12 students have been working with a Birmingham based artist called Faith Pearson to transform the school canteen. Faith took inspiration from food packaging and the super Tudor Fold project which was completed last summer. The students painted and created new willow pattern plates. Negative space images of food and a Tudor freeze taking inspiration from patterns from around their own homes.

We would like to thank the following dents for their participation: Year 7 Shannon Britton Keelee-Ann Rivers Chay White Matthew Moss

Monday 8th Sept 08 - Friday 19th Sept 08 Return your completed forms to Mr Henderson as soon as possible to ensure all the relevant checks are completed.

Year 8 Daniel Turner Jed Astbury Alanah Brookes Grace Branch Year 9 Chloe Matthewson Lisa Collingwood Keely Young Jenneika Francis

Kings Norton EAZ is pleased to announce their 5th Annual Attendance Award Ceremony which will take place on Thursday 10th July 2008. All students with 100% attendance and no more than two lates will be invited to attend the Council House to meet and have tea with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Randal Brew OBE.


PRISON ME NO-WAY!!! The ‘Prison Me No-Way’ event was organised by Mr Ireland in conjunction with our local police officer, PC Fern to enhance the citizenship curriculum

“It was fun and got the message across.” Nicholas Harris

“It was absolutely fantastic, exciting and very valuable.” Mubaarik Waes

“It showed us how to keep safe and healthy.” Denise Worth

Students spent the day in workshops covered hot topics such as firearms, prison life, arson, anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drugs and discussing effect these can have on one’s life and injuries that can be caused.

“Don’t go to prison, it will ruin your life;” Rutendo Nembaware

We aim to help all of our students to become fully rounded citizens by the time they leave the school. Special days, such as ‘Prison Me No-Way!!!’ are an essential way of achieving these aims, raising awareness of important issues and actively engaging students.

“The images of injuries in the ambulance workshop stayed in my mind.” Steve Taylor

Newsletter Mar 2008  

IN THIS ISSUE Another exciting year 11 v staff football match but sadly one team had to lose and this time it was the year 11s!! Pantomime p...