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King’s Academy Ringmer Newsletter

December 2017

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Governors,

It’s been another exciting and very busy term at King’s Academy Ringmer. The students continue to work hard, contribute to the school and wider community and generally make us very proud. Year 11s have been working tirelessly preparing for and sitting their mock examinations. Their focus in the classroom and dedication to their studies is commendable. Year 10 have made a successful start to their GCSE subjects and are making strong progress. For year 9, it’s been a term of reflection as they think about their future and academic achievements to inform their GCSE option choices. Year 8 continue to work hard and contribute to the life of the school both academically and through their involvement in extra-curricular activities. Having successfully made the transition from primary to secondary school, year 7 are now well settled into school life and taking full advantage of all the opportunities on offer here at King’s Academy Ringmer.

club run by Ms Hunnisett and they have already tasted success in a competition. The PE department’s school teams have had another excellent run of wins – more on this later in the newsletter. We have also welcomed a number of visitors to King’s Academy Ringmer to work with our students on extracurricular projects and share their expertise – we had the poet Brian Moses visit to run a poetry workshop and some year 11s took part in a creative writing workshop run by university lecturers and undergraduate students.

The extra-curricular life of the school continues to flourish. This term saw the introduction of a school debating









Matt Hillier principal


We said a final good bye to last year’s year 11 at our GCSE Presentation Evening; this was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their exam success again and we were also lucky enough to welcome back Dan Keeley who delivered an inspirational speech. We very much look forward to continuing to work with Dan over the next year and supporting the work he does around raising awareness of mental health issues. Celebrating success is an integral part of what we do here and we have just celebrated the students’ success in our Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Achievement Assemblies; this was a chance for us to reward students for their effort day in and day out at school and show case some of the outstanding work that goes on.


I wish you all a safe and relaxing break over the festive period and a happy and healthy 2018.






Head Boy Chris Whitehead Head Girl Bay Street Deputy Head Student Rachel Richards










KEEPING IN TOUCH A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the King’s Academy! This term ended with a traditional Carols by Candlelight at which we raised over £300. Mr Hillier is keen to support local organisations and as such we will be donating all funds raised to the Ringmer Scouts. We would like to thank the local businesses for their generosity in providing such fantastic raffle prizes. We will be setting up a new PTA this year but in a slimmed down and focussed form. Its role will be to build links with the community and to fund raise for both. Our Senior Marketing Students will be leading on this and we would love to hear from anyone, parent or not, who would like to help with this project. We say goodbye to Mary Smale, from the village, who is retiring after nearly 20 years in our Maths Department. We wish you all the very best and thank you for your hard work supporting so many students. Please keep up to date with the latest news by following our facebook page!

KEY DATES Wednesday 20th December – Last day of Autumn term – school finishes at 12.30pm.

Tuesday 2nd January – INSET DAY

Wednesday 3rd January – Start of Spring Term

Wednesday 24th January –

Year 10 Subject Teacher Parent Evening

Spring Half-Term – Monday 12th – Friday 16th February Wednesday 21st February – Year 9 Options Evening

Wednesday 28th February Year 9 Subject Teacher Parent Evening

Thursday 29th March – End of Spring Term at 3.15pm.

TERM DATES AND ARRANGEMENTS: The last day of this term is Non-Uniform Day, Christmas Jumper on Wednesday 20 December 2017 Please note that there will be an early 12.35pm finish. CHRISTMAS BREAK – Thursday 21 December 2017 - Tuesday 2 January 2018 Tuesday 2 January 2018 - Inset Day Wednesday 3 January 2018 - All Year Groups Return Half Term Break - Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February 2018 Last day will be Thursday 29 March 2018 – normal finish time ie; 3.15pm Easter Holidays – Friday 30 March to 13 April 2018 Monday 16 April 2018 – All Year Groups Return Half Term Break - Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June 2018 INSET Day – Tuesday 26 June 2018


Last day will be Friday 20 July 2018 Please note that there will be an early 12.35pm finish.

GCSE PRESENTATION EVENING On Thursday 9 November, King’s Academy Ringmer held its annual GCSE Presentation evening. Last year’s year 11 leavers were invited back along with their parents and carers to collect their GCSE certificates. The school also took this opportunity to acknowledge students who have contributed outstanding performances over the last academic year in their specialist subjects. Faculty Leaders nominated one student for each subject who stood out from the whole year group as the hardest working and most focused student. The school welcomed back ex-student Dan Keeley, who left Ringmer in 2001, as their guest speaker. Dan, who has become a local celebrity recently for his charity work, had just hot-footed it back from his latest incredible fundraiser, where he ran 1250 miles in 65 days in his ‘Rome to Home’ expedition. Dan Keeley with our own Leader of PE, Athlete, blogger Mr Coulthard who ran the Newhaven and fundraiser Dan spoke about to Ringmer leg with Dan. his life and career after leaving Ringmer, how he has struggled,

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE COBIS – Council of British International Schools in conjunction with The King’s Group invited Ringmer’s Head Boy, Oscar Beale, and Head Girl, Emily Trent to attend an annual leadership weekend to provide training and life skills for senior students from around the world, including the Netherlands, Qatar, Egypt, Spain and Portugal. The conference was not only an opportunity for Oscar and Emily to become more involved in the King’s group but also gain more of a rounded view on what leadership is. The students experienced interactive sessions with trainers and motivational speakers, opportunities to develop self-awareness, interpersonal skills and life competencies. It was the first time both Oscar and Emily had travelled without an adult, so were naturally a little nervous flying on their own, and had similar worries about not knowing anyone when they got there. But their worries soon disappeared once they were collected from the airport and taken to their accommodation, Oscar said, ‘the first thing we noticed was how everyone was just so kind and

Dan Keeley with Ringmer students from left to right, Isabel Jones, ‘Best Attainment Result’, William Hugall ‘Best Progress Results and Maya Mendez who received the Stephen Green Eco Award.

but now manages life with Bipolar; his recent amazing charity run raised £16000 for CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably). Students really connected with Dan and appreciated his very open and honest story involving all the highs and lows that he has been through. His enthusiasm and passion for life, his drive and focus to achieve whatever you set your mind to, alongside hard work, was clear and inspirational to everyone, not just the students. The school would like to thank all students, parents and carers who came on the night and a special thank you to Dan. Please see Dan’s story and how to donate on his facebook page open, which made it easy for us to talk and socialise with everyone, even though most of the other students were over 2 years older than us. All of the workshops were extremely informative; they helped us explore what type of a leader we wanted to be. Coming from a previously closed school, an international view of the world and to network with other students from around the world was an invaluable experience that I will never forget.’ In their down time, they explored the capital city. Emily said, ‘the experience was one not to forget; everyone I met was welcoming and friendly despite an age gap. I have organised to meet with friends I made from overseas in the future. The conference taught me valuable leadership skills that will aid me throughout my life. Travelling, working, learning and socialising independently also opened my eyes massively for the better.’



REMEMBRANCE DAY Thank you to Mrs Moorhouse for a beautiful Remembrance Day; assembly, Mrs Moorhouse spoke about Harry Patch who was the last known surviving British soldier to have fought in the WW l trenches. Two year 11s read poems from WW1

and Mr Green played The Last Post as the whole school observed a minute’s silence in respect to all those who have lost their lives in service.

ANNUAL CAREERS EVENT We welcomed over 20 different organisations and colleges to our annual careers event at the end of September. Year 11 and Year 10 students and their parents/careers came along to the evening to find out more about post 16 options and careers in various industry sectors.


Year 11 students should by now have applied to College or have identified an apprenticeship opportunity. Louise Scott from the Youth Employability Service is coming in to help those whose choices might be a bit more difficult. The students are now looking at interview techniques and making sure that their personal portfolios are up to date for the coming interviews starting in January!

We have just had our first cohort of year 11 successfully complete their Young First Aid Certificate! Lunch time club is very successful with students from all different age groups attending. At our Christmas Carol Concert this year, Oscar Beale & Stanley Olden will be representing the school as First Aiders. PSHE First Aid Students from years 7-9 have been following a First Aid course from St. John’s Ambulance this term. Sessions have included what to do when you come across a casualty, how to put someone in the recovery position, how to recognise and treat someone in shock and how to use CPR.

PSHE & SUSSEX UNIVERSITY Students from Sussex University have been working with Y9 King’s students on ‘Politics in Education’ workshops this term. Sessions have included Political parties (focusing on the main UK parties and what they stand for) • Political systems (looking at meanings of terms such as dictatorship, democracy, left wing, right wing, and examples globally) • Media (looking at the relationship between the media and politics, media bias and finding reliable sources) • Discrimination and oppression (looking at different systems of oppression in society such as racism, sexism, ableism and how they can be structural) • Activism (all the ways we can get involved in politics - from writing to your MP to starting a campaign) This has been a great start to the PSHE course and inspired some students to start campaigning!


Special mention must go to Emily and Angel for their artistic talents, passion and efforts. I would also like to thank Meg Sullivan for the photos of the event and her continued support.

Farley’s Farm Trust Art Exhibition was held on Friday 13.10.17. It showcased artwork form several schools and colleges across EastSussex. Various categories such as Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles, Sketchbooks, 3D and Pencil work showcased entries for GCSE/ Level2 and A Level/ Level3. Many works displayed insightful and meaningful traits, which were recognised for their talents and commitment. Emily Griffiths and Angel Patrick I am very proud of all our art students at King’s Academy Ringmer for their excellent progress and commitment to the art course.

With regards, Mr M Madriaga Head of Faculty: Creative Arts, Technology and PE

were chosen to exhibit their work at the event: Emily’s A1 Acrylic painting of an eye and Angel’s A1 Graphite sketch of her mum. On the evening, Angel’s piece of artwork was awarded ‘highly commended’ and this award was presented by David Dimbleby.


Mr Prado, Head of Spanish, visited King’s College in Madrid, Spain on the 25th October. This provided Ringmer with a fantastic opportunity to set up links and also share good practice. He met Spanish and MFL staff at King’s College La Moraleja as well as visiting classes and observing lessons. He was delighted with the students’ achievements and the wide range of projects that the school is involved in.

Exchange programmes are very rewarding but also very challenging; students who take this once in a lifetime opportunity will learn a lot about themselves, whilst being immersed in the language and culture of their chosen country, living and experiencing what your average family gets up to in their community. They will also gain skills in intercultural learning and understanding, gaining a rich understanding of another culture, also significantly improve their current skills in a language through practical immersion. But most of all, the experience will broaden the students’ education and knowlege and they will have a whole lot of fun as well!

A plan to develop excellent links between King´s Schools in Spain and King´s Academies in the UK and establish the foundations of a long term partnership. Both schools agreed to develop further projects together. As a result of this visit, Mr. Prado and Mr. García (Head of Spanish-La Moraleja) decided to start a new exchange project for the year 9 students in both schools that will be held next academic year 2018/19. The main idea is to offer an exchange visit and cross curricular activities. This will be a fantastic opportunity for both Spanish and English students to look forward to. 5



In the afternoon, they took part in an interactive On 14th November, 22 KAR students from years 7 – 10, workshop focussing upon accompanied by Mr Gibson and Ms Waite, enjoyed a trip how citizens can influence to the Houses of Parliament. the democratic process. The students were As part of an informative tour, students sat in the engaged and well-informed chamber of the House of Lords and then visited the and a real credit to the public galleries in the House of Commons, where a school. Gina Owolabi, debate on the recent tax evasion scandal was in full Year 9, subsequently swing. received a gift package from Parliament as a prize for her thoughtful response to a questionnaire on promoting political awareness in schools. We would like to congratulate year 9 student Gina who was the winner of the UK Parliament visits competition. Gina suggested what should be included in a ‘Curriculum for life’ lesson: life skills, laws around money & tax, what would you propose if elected, applying for jobs and the qualifications required for different careers. Well done Gina!

YOUTH SPEAKS Kings Academy Ringmer were delighted to field three exceptional teams for the Youth Speaks competition, 5th December 2017. Youth Speaks is organised by local Rotary Clubs and is a competition between local schools designed to support and encourage the development of effective communication skills in young people. It requires discipline, confidence and determination to prepare for such a competition, and the students who volunteered and took part demonstrated all of these skills impressively! The roles are as follows: a Chairperson runs the team’s presentation by introducing all the speakers and inviting a question from the judges; the Speaker presents for up to 6 minutes on a topic of their choice and then answers the posed question; the Vote of Thanks reflects on the content and delivery of the speech. Each role is uniquely demanding, although obviously the majority of the work falls on the speaker in planning, rehearsing and presenting their speech. The following students took part: Key Stage 3 Chair: Olivia Wiles Speaker: Rachael Trent - speech title: How Humour Heals Vote of Thanks: Isabel Allen


Chair: Zazi Seamons Speaker: Jess Green – speech title: The Importance of Outdoor Education

Vote of Thanks: Grace Kelly Key Stage 4 Chair: Emma Stone Speaker: Rachel Richards – speech title: How Fair is Fair Trade? Vote of Thanks: Mia Fullerton-Mcintyre All the speakers impressed the judges with their humour, enthusiasm and confident delivery and every competitor received helpful feedback from a panel of judges whose experience in public speaking ranged from giving author talks to working with politicians! We were delighted that Rachel Richards and Mia FullertonMcintyre were awarded Best Speaker and Best Vote of Thanks respectively, whilst Emma Stone should also be recognised for her enormous contribution to the team. At the end of the competition, the students were buzzing with excitement and keen to start planning their next competitive performance. They had clearly all increased in confidence and were ready to take to the stage again! Anyone interesting in taking part in public speaking competitions or debating should see Ms Hunnisett in W05. Look out for the Debating Society starting in the New Year! Ms S Hunnisett


King’s Academy Ringmer students visited the Rampion Wind Farm headquarters in Newhaven today. Rampion is a participant in the East Sussex County Council Open Door 2017 project which educates students about the huge variety of jobs and potential careers in the local area. Lewes councillor, Rupert Simmons, also attended, praising the great work that Rampion have done and the opportunities they have created for local employment.

Students were shown videos explaining the construction of the Wind Farm and how the energy is transferred to the National Grid in Bolney. You can see all this information on the Rampion website, here: https://www. Rampion staff demonstrated the high levels of health and safety they have to adhere on a daily basis, maintenance work they


carry out, the control center for all the vessels involved with the wind farm, including a ship/hotel for the workers. Students were

also shown one of the many boats that takes the maintenance and construction staff out to the turbines. Finally a presentation about the eco side of the company and what education pathway and subjects are best suited for a career in the industry was given to students.

are 116 turbines which produces enough electricity to power 350,000 homes.” The school is a national leader in sustainability and energy management generating around 70% of its heat and 20% of its

The Rampion team included members with very different educational backgrounds with some entering the industry via apprenticeships and BTECs, some doing later Open University degrees and others coming in as graduates from their University

studies. Rampion’s onshore stakeholder manager Sue Vincent, who coordinated the Open Doors initiative, said the team members found it very rewarding to share their experiences with the students and hoped they were able to inspire the young visitors to find out more about offshore wind and the Rampion project. All the students enjoyed their visit and really appreciated all the amazing facts and knowledge that was presented to them. Year 8 student, Bradley Kingman, said “It was very interesting, I learnt there

electricity from renewable energy sources on site. Environmental Coordinator Stephen Green said, “Our students know that renewables play a crucial role in our energy needs. Rampion demonstrates that this can be scaled up to provide a significant part of the electrical needs of East Sussex. King’s Academy Ringmer would like to thank ‘Open Doors’ for the opportunity and Rampion for a superbly presented insight into the many facets of their business. 7



King’s Academy Ringmer welcomed their new intake of Year 7 students on Tuesday 5 September. Looking very smart in their new uniform, the students enjoyed their first day of secondary education. New starter Ethan Quigley, who was at Ninfield CE School, said, “I had a great first day. I knew it would be good and I was looking forward to it. My best lesson was Computer Science.” Starting secondary school can be a little bit scary, so to ease the stress, all the students had their whole first lesson with their tutor and their tutor group. This gave them an hour to settle in and to get to know their fellow peers and form tutor. Tutors and older students made sure they were happy with their timetable as well as knowing where to go for lessons. At lunch time, the year 7 students were allowed a slightly earlier and

extended lunch period so they didn’t have to queue and could find a good spot to have lunch to discuss the exciting day they had experienced so far. The new students come from far and wide: Lewes, Brighton, Hailsham, Uckfield and Ringmer and have spent the day making new friends. Maddison Pert and friends, Sky and Teah Jackson, also enjoyed their first day; they too enjoyed Computer Science as well as History, French and Spanish. The girls were slightly nervous about ‘big school’ but said tutor time gave them the time to organise their planners, timetables and locate classrooms. They were also shown around by the older students. The girls said, “we came for the taster day and open evening, so we can sort of remember certain classrooms and areas. We’ll soon get used to it.” Principal Matt Hillier said, “The new intake are a delight, full of energy,

enthusiasm and look so smart. I know they will enjoy their time here. I’m sure in five years’ time I will be proud of them as much as they will be proud to have come to King’s Academy Ringmer!”

ART VISIT TO LONDON The annual GCSE Yr11 Art trip to London was very well attended. Students visited the 4th Plinth at Trafalgar Square, where we viewed the huge, elongated thumb sculpture by David Shrigley ‘Good Job’. Later, students captured their interests through their sketches and photography of the current displays at The National Portrait Gallery- Trafalgar Square. This will in turn inform and add to their Year10 Project of Portraiture & Identity coursework mark. I would like to thank the SLT at KAR for permitting the trip to take place, the students who attended the trip as they upheld our ethos of ‘In pursuit of Excellence’ through their commitment and excellent behaviour and especially Mr Peacock and Ms Hook for their support through the day.

After a brief interlude at Leicester Square, we visited the Royal Academy- Mayfair. We were very fortunate to experience the life of Jasper Johns through his artwork. Some inspirational artwork of his prints, paintings and sculptures were discussed with the students and will be used to inspire their final exam project commencing January 2018. 8

PS: Note to all Year11 GCSE Art students- Deadline end of Term2 for Project War & Conflict + please purchase an A1 folder and a new sketchbook for January 2018. Many thanks. Mr M Madriaga Head of Faculty- Creative Arts, Technology and PE

Eco News We have had a very positive start to this year with 60% of our new Year 7s volunteering to become Eco Reps. We hope to build on the great environmental work done by our feeder primary schools. Emma Stone, Rachel Richards, James Pratley and Jay Taylor Jones have all been accepted as Senior Eco Reps and will now, along with our Year 11s, be responsible for managing our sustainability work. We have installed a further 30kW of solar panels to our Hall roof. This has been organised by OVESCO who provided a similar number of panels to the Clark Block last year. OVESCO are a not for profit community group and will shortly be offering the opportunity to buy shares in this latest array as part of a community share offer. Further details can be found on their website: https://

As part of our investment in learning, James Packer, our IT Manager, has purchased some 28 new computers to replace older machines and provide an improved learning experience for students. However, instead of purchasing standard machines, he has chosen ultra-low energy machines which have no cooling mechanism. These machines were originally designed to be used where electrical energy is at a premium. At Ringmer, they complement our energy policy and further reduce our reliance on carbon-based fuels.

Four of our Year 10 students were selected to take part in a National debate on sustainability in London in November. The students gave up an Inset Day to come into school to practise their debating skills. Over four hours of debate, the students came up against the top 20 Eco Schools in the country with the judges commenting on their range of knowledge and commitment.

Students have been working hard to maintain the church yard at St Mary’s during their lunchtimes. From clearing paths and gutters to sweeping leaves, our students have demonstrated that they are happy to work in the community and have fun doing so. Church Warden Rosemary Colebourn said, “It’s been fantastic having the students at the church. They’ve worked so hard and have made a huge difference to the churchyard”

Mr Stephen Green Super Eco Warrior King’s Academy Ringmer 9

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT On Thursday 14th December, we held our first Carols by Candlelight. Everyone was welcome, the hall looked wonderful with all the candles creating a lovely warm glow to the festive performance. The choir started the evening with Silent Night which was followed by readings from the Ringmer Dramatic Society and students. The singing ended with The Twelve Days of Christmas, which left everyone well and truly in the Christmas spirt. The Art department presented Sir Roger Fry with a beautiful Christmas wreath that they made. Chocolate truffles were available from the Food Technology department, Chartwells kindly laid-on mulled punch and shortbread biscuits which were well received. The evening finished with a Raffle, prizes were donated from local businesses: The Anchor Inn, Busy Bee Garage, The Old Forge, Ganges Restaurant, Ringmer Village Bakery and Lew Howard and Son butchers. All monies will be given to Ringmer Scouts.


WORD OF THE WEEK This term, we have continued to try and develop our vocabularies by having ‘Word of the Week’ – a selected word shared with staff and students every Monday. In tutor times, we discuss the word and how it can be used in a sentence. However, we also explore the root of the words, the link with other words and prefixes and suffixes. We hope this is giving students the skills necessary to approach unfamiliar vocabulary. Students have nominated words and we have tried to include topical words that students may hear in the media or at various points in the year. Next term, we will tweet ‘Word of the Week’ so students can be supported at home in using it and we are always open to suggestions!

RATHFINNY WINE ESTATE King’s Academy Ringmer took 15 students to visit Rathfinny Wine Estate in Alfriston today as part of the East Sussex County Council’s ‘Open Door 2017’ project. ‘Open Doors 2017’ enables schools to take students to visit East Sussex businesses and organisations so that they can gain a real insight into the world of work and the wonderful opportunities available to them in the county. Recent studies have shown that encounters with employers have a significant effect on young people and can improve their performance at school and raise their aspirations.


makers, project managers, service staff, housekeeping, sales, accountancy, PT/event management, chefs, agronomists, farm workers and other specialists e.g. engineers.

The family owned 600 acres estate is currently only at the halfway point in terms of vines planted. Once the estate has planted vines on 350 acres, expected by 2020, it will be England’s largest vineyard and capable of producing over one million bottles a year of the finest Sussex sparkling wine.

Estate manager, Richard James, conducted the tour, which encompassed the Vineyard, Winery and the Flint Barns, the designated area for hospitality and catering. Rathfinny Wine Estate prizes itself as a local employer, as well as only using locally sourced produce. Students were surprised by the huge variety of job opportunities the estate offers throughout the year. These include vineyard workers, machinery operators, chemists, wine

Year 9 student, Isaac Birch, said, “I really enjoyed seeing where all the grapes are pressed and made into wine. I was amazed at how big the estate is!” Student Keira McTernan added, “It was so interesting; there can be up to 40 bunches of grapes on one small vine and one vine will only make one bottle of wine.

Visit co-ordinator Jamie Peacock would like to thank East Sussex Open Doors 2017 for the opportunity and to Rathfinny Wine Estate, especially Richard James, for a fantastically interesting tour and wishes Rathfinny all the very best of luck for the future. 11

ENGLISH THEATRE VISITS Theatre Trip: ‘When We are Married’. Written by J.B. Priestley, this was a fantastic opportunity for students to see a play that deals with many of the same themes as ‘An Inspector Calls’ (also by J. B. Priestley), which they are studying for their GCSE. To see a stage production of this kind helps them to understand the stagecraft and interaction between characters and this is invaluable for their understanding of GCSE texts. Students were an absolute credit to the academy and we are thrilled to have made a great acquaintance with the Little Lewes Theatre’s manager, who has promised a great partnership with the school going forward.

THE MUSIC DEPT The music department has been very busy recently, especially towards the end of the year. Our students performed a Christmas concert for the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People. Everyone one joined in singing

Theatre Trip: ‘A Christmas Carol’. 19th Century Literature contributes to a significant portion of the new GCSE and at King’s Academy Ringmer, we have chosen to study Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’. We were therefore delighted to be able to take a large number of year 10 and 11 students to The Spire in Brighton to see a play adaptation of this wonderful novel. Our KS4 students did the academy proud and have all agreed that seeing the novel brought to life has really cemented their understanding of the texts themes and difficult language.

in the music industry. Students at the school have participated in national music campaigns and they have also visited countries such as Australia, America, and Europe, performing to members of the public which has contributed enormously to their holistic education. The music department has good links with its feeder schools, offering chances for primary school students to participate in concerts here at King’s Academy Ringmer. In recent years, it has been a tradition that local primary school students have performed in KAR’s Young Performer’s concert in the summer

along to the Carols and had a fantastic afternoon. We also hosted the Carols by Candlelight event previously mentioned in this newsletter. Further performances to the public are planned for early next year.


The school has a long and well established history of music making and performance in the local community and nationally. Many of our students go on to study music post 16 and have forged very successful careers

term. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the year 5 and 6 students who intend to come to KAR to experience performing to an audience at secondary school level and for parents to meet the music staff and other teachers at the school. The music department’s aim for music education is to evolve with current music trends and to combine this ethos with traditional teaching methods and maintain the importance of music education and creativity that all young people should have access to. Miss C Wooton Leader of Music

LOOKING FORWARD TO BARCELONA “We are delighted to offer to the year 10s of Spanish and Art a very exciting opportunity to visit Spain in 2018. We hope to depart in July, but the final dates will be confirm very soon. This visit will give the students a chance to learn about the culture and customs of Spain, widen their

LIBRARY NEWS There has been no “quiet” around the library of late with a flurry of activities and the inception of an exciting new partnership. We are very proud to announce that we have the amazing Much Ado Books, based in Alfriston, working with our school library. Via their ‘Prospero’ project, they have offered funding that is filling our library shelves with wonderful new books.

It will be such a huge boost to our school to have some up-to-date reads for the students.

knowledge of the language, practise speaking Spanish, and discover some of the history and geography of the area. The Catalan capital, Barcelona is one of the most-visited cities in Europe, and there is no shortage of reasons why. It’s ideal for a cross-curricular school trip, because this is a destination where culture, cuisine, art, sport and fun are inextricably linked.

will be used to enhance the GCSE art learning experience and add to the final grade. Prospective Art students will be asked to specifically bring a camera, a small A4 or A5 sketchbook, drawing and colouring pencils. We are working to arrange the final details of this visit and a letter will be sent soon to our Y10 students with all the details about the trip.

We also will be attending gallery exhibitions. We will use the time to photograph Barcelona’s culture, architecture and energy. The trip

Mr Prado and Mr Madriaga are very pleased to be able to provide this exceptional learning opportunity to their students!

We look forward to working with them in the New Year and we hope to collaborate on future workshops and visits for the students. We now have two well attended book clubs running. It is always an enjoyable experience to meet with the students to hear their discussions on the books. Much Ado Books are supporting the book club through their sponsorship.

would otherwise be thrown away. The students have been crafting Christmas decorations and have even created a miniature library! As well as being incredibly enjoyable, the resulting artwork is used to decorate the library and form displays. The School are also going to be part of the Amazing Book Awards (ABA). Students will be able to choose a shortlist of books then vote for the winners. Students will then be able to meet the authors at the ABA presentation evenings. Every Wednesday lunchtime, I have started a book art / paper craft club reusing old damaged books that

Sarah Colbourne Librarian


SUSSEX WRITES ‘Sussex Writes’: creative writing workshop. This month, a group of Year 11 students English at King’s Academy Ringmer took part in a creative writing workshop run by lecturers, PHD students and undergraduates from Sussex University. It was a fantastic afternoon and students were able to develop vital skills for when they write about settings, character, beginnings and endings. We look forward to continuing this partnership with Sussex University.

BRAVERY AWARD FOR YEAR 8 STUDENT East Sussex Police have awarded two girls, Katie Latham and Lettie Young, with their Good Citizen Award. Katie and Lettie, who are in year 8, were witness to a road traffic collision in which the driver of the vehicle survived the crash potentially due to the quick response from the girls as they called for help.

Police said that this was a shocking scene for adults, and therefore very traumatic for two young girls. The award honours exemplary deeds of personal courage, bravery and communication skills. Well done girls; we are very proud! 14

UKMT AT RINGMER Maths will be starting the UKMT club after Christmas. This is aimed at students who wish to enter either the Intermediate (years 9-10) or Junior (years 7-8) individual and team challenges. The competitions are currently entered by approximately 600 000 students from 4000 schools and colleges nationally and is aimed at the top 40% of mathematicians in the country. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 are more accessible whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40% of participants nationally in the Junior and Intermediate Challenges. The most successful participants at each level are invited to enter follow-on rounds. Kangaroos (multiple choice questions) or Olympiads requiring full written answers. Here is one question from the junior and one from the intermediate more accessible section of the paper and one from the junior “food for thought” section: Remember that the only equipment allowed during the exam is a pencil, rubber and plain sheet of paper.

OPEN EVENING SUCCESS Our recent Open Evening attracted some 400 visitors who came to view the building, meet the staff and students and hear Matt Hillier outline his plans to make the academy one of the best in the county. The 20% improvement in GCSE results this year already reflects the significant change in ethos. We sincerely hope that current Year 6 students will want to make King’s Academy Ringmer their choice for secondary education. academic education in association with a caring environment. This is a welcome return to the original values on which Ringmer was founded. Our pupils are looking fantastically smart in their new uniforms and there is a real atmosphere of change throughout the academy.

At our community meeting in April, many members of the various organisations who attended expressed concern about how the King’s Academy Trust would change things. Kings are a small, high quality organisation who manage several schools in the UK and abroad but are totally committed to traditional British values. The academy badge refers to: Honesty, Faith and Courage. Sir Roger Fry, Chairman at Kings, has a very straightforward attitude towards providing the very best of

Feedback from the Open Evening and the Morning Tours were both really positive, with a huge percentage saying that it looks and feels like a completely new school.


This term, Mr Green gave a tour of how the school uses renewable energy in the school to our Year 10 students. Year 10 students are currently learning about energy, it’s uses, the production of electricity and the impacts of different energy resources on the Earth in their Physics lessons.

Dr Neal, Director of Science, said, ‘It is great for the students to get out of the classroom and actually see renewable energy resources being

used in the school. The academy does an amazing job of using renewable energy resources, and it ties in perfectly with the science curriculum. Mr Green is extremely knowledgeable about the uses of different energy resources, and he has been the major driver in how

the school uses renewable energy today. His tour was informative and inspiring. You can’t beat seeing these things for yourself, rather than being shown pictures in the classroom.’ Dr Neal Leader of Science



English – September Brian Moses, Author Visit: This month, King’s Academy Ringmer (in conjunction with Ringmer Primary) invited other local primary schools to attend an exclusive creative writing workshop with Brian Moses. Moses

has over 200 published works and is well known as a children’s poet. Young people from Firle, Laughton, Ringmer and Alfriston primary schools spent the whole day with other able writers from King’s Academy’s new year 7 cohort. The young creatives learnt different techniques for writing poetry and were encouraged to draw on their own experiences and

memories to help them produce some wonderfully moving and even humorous pieces of work. A great day was had by all! Thank you to all involved! Miss L Moss Leader of English



King’s Academy Ringmer will be offering the chance for all students, every Wednesday to see an NHS nurse. There will be a drop-in session available at lunch times in the meeting room by reception.

A school musical is being planned for 2018 and will be a dance, drama and musical collaboration.

An appoint is not necessary and sessions are completely confidential (except with safegaurding issues). 16

Starting in January, year 11 drama students will be directing Dennis Kelly’s ‘DNA’ for year 8 and 9 students. The performance will be later in the year. Miss Williams Leader of Drama and Dance


1st Gifted & Talented Art Workshop King’s Academy Ringmer 03.11.17

This workshop enabled Gifted & Talented Art students across Key Stage 3 to develop their photography and drawing skills. It was a pleasure to support the students’ creative interests outside the classroom environment and enhance their experiences with exposure to Brighton’s dynamic and bustling character. All students were engaged with the activities set and thrived in capturing photographs in the city. We visited the Laines, The ‘Level’ Park, Brighton Pier, West Pier, i360 and Brighton Museum.

Hugh thanks to Mr Peacock and Ms Hook for their support and in particular to K. Street, S. Watkins, M. Swallow, J. Oyarzabal and R. Trent for their enthusiasm and

participation throughout the day. Many thanks, Mr M Madriaga Head of Faculty: Creative Arts, Technology and PE.

Students behaved in an exemplary manner and upheld the academy’s ethos of ‘In pursuit of excellence’.

Students now have the opportunity to extend this workshop by submitting entries for the annual art exhibition to be held in May 2018. 17

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD Bronze Training Day DofE walk Sunday 26.11.17 The walk began very early with both King’s Academy Ringmer and Uckfield Community Technology College meeting at Fords green, Nutley. Although the temperature was very bitter and cold, the forecast was clear skies. The six groups were divided in two and asked to walk clockwise and anti along a route. On the way, our students were asked to navigate and discuss aspects of an expedition.

This was a useful way for Mr Duckworth and Mr Madriaga to view commitment and prior knowledge. It was also a way in which students used their learning conducted during the weekly after school DofE sessions. The 14km walk took us through Sheffield Park and surrounding areas. Students had to ensure they were fully prepared with the

OUR NEW OASIS GROUP The OASIS Group (Offering All Students Independent Support) is made up of a number of committed students, working with the Inclusion Mentor, who coordinates and implements the anti-bullying policy of the school. OASIS Students can also offer support to students who have been identified as in need of short term support with any issues,


relevant Expedition Equipment and also to ensure they have a particular aim along the walk- such as evidencing disabled access along a route or particular foliage along a pathway. Our students upheld our ethos of ‘In pursuit of Excellence’ and were excellent ambassadors for our academy.

such as friendship problems, or exam stress. In January 2018 the New OASIS students will receive specific training in peer listening and in anti-bullying support and strategies. They meet with the Inclusion Mentor once a week to receive anti bullying referrals, and to discuss case work and outcomes. Good luck to all involved

SUSSEX SQUASH SQUAD My Squash Story by Olivia Wiles It all started when my dad wanted to keep kids off the streets and instead playing sport. He started with my brother and his friends; he took them down to the local squash club in Lewes (The Southdown Sports Club). This is where they learnt the basics and became decent squash players. Unfortunately, they couldn’t continue because football had priority over squash. However, after about 5 years, we renewed our membership to the club and started playing tennis every summer. But, once again, football got in the way. When I was about 8 or 9 years old, we returned to squash on a Saturday morning and played in a group lesson with Nic (the coach). I enjoyed this very much. So much so, the next week we played again and again, until a year later Nic told us about the Sussex Closed tournament at Corals, next to the Greyhound Stadium, Brighton. That didn’t go too well for me – I lost all my games as I was up against strong competition. Most of The following year, I tried again. the players were seeded within the But this time, my courage and top 20 nationally! All of which also self-esteem levels were low. As a represented Sussex. consequence, I lost, again. Despite the losses, I realised that with every game I was gaining more and more points. Also, I have started playing team games for Lewes. I won the majority of these and was on a mental high place when it came to the Lewes Open. I had won my first competitive tournament game. I was so happy, I could’ve jumped over the moon. This got me into Sussex squash training sessions and I resulted in playing number 4 seed for the under 13 girls Sussex team. We got to the Plate finals and came 2nd in the intercountry tournament. These Sussex games took me to Nottingham, Swindon and I’ve played on an-glass court at the Home of England Squash, Manchester. This was, so far, the best moment of my life and beyond words.

This year, in the Sussex Closed, I knew that to get a spot in the Sussex B squad and the Under 15 girls Sussex team I needed to come at least 3rd. At 11:30am I had my first game. I won 3-0. Then my second game, again I won 3-0. I was in the final against my friend and mental enemy Emily. Unfortunately, I lost, but I put up a good fight and held my own. As a result of the wins and losses, I am now Sussex Under 13 girls runner up, Under 15 girls 5th seed for Sussex and I moved from feeder / C squad to B squad. Onwards and upwards for me now, with more tournament wins and victorious matches for Under 15 girls (as long as I can fit it all in around my Sussex hockey development fixtures / matches. 19


First Lottie had to qualify at Hickstead in the Disabled’s South East Region’s Dressage Qualifier from about 60 riders. Lottie and Rosie had to ride a specific test with a predetermined pattern in a 20m x 40m arena and also choose to ride a freestyle test. Of course they qualified and won a place at the Championships.

Lottie Mayo, year 7 student, has ridden horses since she was just two years old. Her mum used to take her every week; Lottie loved it so much that her mum started lessons as well and got their own horse when Lottie was six years old called Ellie. As well as riding every weekend, Lottie continued to have show jumping lessons every Wednesday after school at a local riding school. Lottie has Cerebral palsy from having Meningitis at six months old. Cerebral palsy affects movement and co-ordination, so riding a horse and jumping is harder for her than it may be for most. At 8 years of age, Lottie joined the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) at Plumpton College. Before long, Lottie started competitions at Plumpton and after a couple of years she got better and better. Riding an RDA horse, Rosie, Lottie Qualified for the National RDA Championships at Harpbury College. The Championship is bigger than the Paralympics and Para World Championships combined. In previous years, it has proved a springboard for the Paralympics with many of the current Team GB having competed at The Championships.

In the final test of the National Championships, Rosie started neighing and wanted to stop towards the end of the test. Lottie managed to keep her going but they lost points because of it. Even so they finished seventh, which is fantastic. Lottie said, “I’m so proud to be seventh in the whole of Great Britain, I’m really looking forward to competing again next year!”

King’s Academy Ringmer would like to congratulate Lottie and wish her all the best in the competition next year.



On the 24th September, myself, Rosie Hobbs and Ellie Welfare took part and competed in an under 21’s training day and game for the England stoolball team. The day included practising and training in areas of bowling batting, tactical game play and how to react quickly and under pressure. As the girls and I are all very passionate about the sport, it was a real joy to be selected for the day and to take part. Stoolball ls a sport that we all play, for our local clubs. (Ringmer junior stoolball club and Barcombe junior stoolball club). This year is my tenth year playing stoolball, playing in my local junior league and at county level. In the future I would like stoolball to become a more recognised game in the sporting industries so more schools and areas can be involved in teaching and competing. Emily Trent. Year 11.


On the 1st of October and after 10 years of training, I achieved my goal of becoming a black belt in karate. I began studying at Sama Karate in year 2 at Herstmonceux Primary School under Sempai Emma. Karate teaches, at all grades, discipline, strength and stamina in the art of self defence. It’s given me great selfconfidence, physical strength and a sense of achievement through regular grading and I’m very grateful to my instructors. I would recommend karate to people of all ages. Despite having achieved my first goal, I am now working towards my 2nd Dan in karate as well as taking up judo, Ju-jitsu and weapon work (Kobudo). Matilda Nicholls


Here are some of the Archery trophies that Dominic has won over the past 2 years. He holds 3 County Records. Junior Windsor - 40,30 & 20 yds, shot at Eastbourne - scored 825 out of a possible 972 Metric 3 - 50,40 & 40 meters, shot at County Championships 2017 - scored 870 out of a possible 1440. Clout Shoot Record - 90 meters, shot at Eastbourne - scored 144 out of a possible 180. He shoots a recurve bow but as a barebow (no sights or stabilisers allowed). He has shot representing Sussex this year, against Hampshire (Sussex won!)

All details can be found on the Sussex County Archery website. He is currently ranked as Junior Bowman, which is 1 level below Master bowman.

DANCE AT RINGMER Dance will be working with local primary schools in order to produce a big performance evening to celebrate their work. GCSE Dance students will have a performance evening to celebrate their work over the two years supported by Raputure Dance Company. Rapture Dance Company and Junior Dance have been invited to the University of Brighton to perform in the annual ‘Dance Your Way Into 2018’ evening in January. Students will join a number of other local school as well as university students for an evening of dance performances.




Another strong season for our netball teams with some excellent results against Seaford, Seahaven and Peacehaven.

The year 7s & 9s beat Priory and the year 11s had a fantastic game against them finishing in a 22-22 draw. The year 8s have beaten Gildredge House whilst the 7s & 11s are still waiting to play their games.

15 Students went to Twickenham to watch England V Samoa on Saturday 25th November for the Autumn international game along with 82,000 other spectators.


The atmosphere was fantastic. It was a first international match for many of the students who have never experienced anything like it. The students and staff were all absolutely delighted with the final result, England scored seven tries to win the match 48 - 14. England finished the autumn with three wins from three.

Leader of PE Mr Coulthard said ‘ not only was it a great result but the day was made even better due to our students impeccable behaviour, well done guys!’


Rugby – The girls have really taken to Rugby again this year. We have teamed up with Uckfield Vixens and the girls really enjoyed their training night with them. In addition, Xanthe Watkins, Laura Major & Martha Swallow have all joined Uckfield Rugby Club. Xanthe played and won her first league match last weekend. 22


Football- All Year groups for Boys have had football fixtures as part of their leagues in the local sports partnership. Again, we have had different degrees of success with these, the Year 11s probably finishing highest in their league along with the Year 7s. Next week the Year 7s will be attending the Local 6 a side football tournament at a local school. A special mention has to go to Harvey Lamble for refereeing many home games this year and for also going to Firle Primary school to referee a tournament for them. The football club this year has been run by Brighton and Hove Albion FC, which has meant much more continuity of delivery when members of the PE staff have been taking fixtures elsewhere. Year 9 boys Football Team



Also First Aid lunch time club is proving to be very successful with students from all different age groups attending.


We have just had our first cohort of year 11s successfully complete their Young First Aid Certificate with St John’s Ambulance.

At our Christmas Carol Concert last week, Oscar Beale & Stanley Olden volunteered to represent the school as First Aiders. Thanks guys.

Both year 10s & 11s have experienced sessions at Uckfield Trampoline Centre as part of their GCSE PE course.

Clubs have been really well attended this year with some new additions of Judo, Chess and First Aid. Table tennis is ever popular with the numbers for basketball starting to increase. Everyday a club is held in the gym and lunchtime and also many clubs are delivered afterschool with Netball Club & Rugby Club will start in the new year 23

ACADEMY SPORT This year, we are seeing many more students taking part in sport and finding an enjoyment in this. Although not always winning, they are learning the positive values of sport and the teamwork and comradery which this brings.

Cross Country – A very successful partnership event, which we organised and hosted. Record number of schools attended. Over 200 students from local secondary schools attended. Well done to all students who were involved, especially Jay Atkins who came 2nd in his race.

Basketball- Year 7 boys came 4th out of 10 teams in the local 3 V 3 Basketball tournaments which have just taken place.

Swimming- KS4 swimming gala we hosted at the College, with 8 other schools in attendance, had some excellent results with a number of different students winning their events. KS3 gala: we took a team of 8 to compete. There were some excellent performances and we had a competitor in all races with varying degrees of success. It was a tough competition with some county and national swimmers from other schools.

Ex STUDENT, BLUEBELL SCORES AT AT TWICKENHAM Students and staff were overjoyed for ex-student Bluebell Nicholls recently; she achieved the greatest wish of any rugby player in the world by scoring a try at Twickenham in a final! Bluebell was an outstanding student here at Ringmer, where Mrs Peters started a girls’ rugby team when Bluebell was in year 10. Mrs Peters soon realised that Bluebell was a natural and encouraged her to join a club. Bluebell has never looked back and is now a regular player for Cambridge University.

King’s Academy Ringmer students, including sister Matilda, travelled up to Twickenham to cheer Cambridge and especially Bluebell on to victory. Cambridge ladies beat Oxford 24-0 with Bluebell scoring a try! After lifting the winning cup, Bluebell came over to see her sister and the Ringmer students, signing autographs and posing for selfies. Mrs Peters said, ‘I couldn’t be prouder and happier for Bluebell. She is not only extremely talented but has a fantastic attitude. I’m sure this is just the beginning of great things.’

Bluebell Nicholls, Sister, Matilda Nicholls and Mrs Peters

December 7, Cambridge played Oxford University in the infamous Varsity Match at Twickenham.


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Newsletter December 2017  

King's Academy Ringmer December Newsletter All the news and events from this term.

Newsletter December 2017  

King's Academy Ringmer December Newsletter All the news and events from this term.