Question Time N.K.

fos-badge-250European Local Democracy week is an Initiative to promote and foster democratic participation at a popular level. 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of European Local Democracy Week, and the focus this year is on the central motto - "Citizens' participation, consultation and commitment for a living local democracy ".

The overall aim of the annual initiative is to increase people's knowledge of local democracy, their local council and promote the idea of community engagement.

This year at North Kesteven District Council, we are pleased to announce the opportunity to involve young people from the 16-18 age group; a "Question Time" panel style event for 6th form students. Our Questiontime NK event this year has been moved into November to tie in closely with UK Parliament Week, as well as give the schools more time to 'bed in' following the summer holidays.

We are hoping to hold the event on the afternoon of Friday 10th November. The exact time and location are to be confirmed shortly.

There will be a 'Panel of experts'; answering questions from local sixth form students and taking part in discussion and debate. The Panel will consist of a variety of guests such as the District Councillors, local business representatives and other authorities. Students will be asked to submit questions in advance of the event.

The Death of King John

death of king johnDuring the April half term the play 'The Death of King John' which celebrated the 800th anniversary of the King's death at Newark Castle, went to London. The play was directed by Steve Cawte a drama teacher at NK School and featured Mike Gallimore the school's cover manager.

The play had been written by the eminent Professor of Psychiatry Peter Tyrer of Newark and although it started as a small scale community piece of theatre in Newark , rapidly grew in both size of cast and prestige.

Baroness Sheila Hollins quickly joined the cast once the process began. What had started as a small cast of 15 quickly gained local backing and amateur actors swelled its ranks increasing the cast to closer to 50.

Hearing of the play's links to the charity NIDUS-UK the TV Presenter and actor Stephen Fry became involved and ,although he wasn't able to perform live , contributed both his online presence raising awareness about the production as well as providing the voice over for the final scene.

The play first aired on the anniversary of the King's death in October 2016 and was received so well it has been commissioned to perform in London.

Directors Challenge meets InkUbeta

Steve Cawte who is a Lincolnshire Playwright and Theatre Director has also been the lead teacher on this year's Director Challenge project whilst covering at the school on a maternity contract. Director's challenge is a competition where year 13 B-tec Drama students write and direct a short 15 minute play. Steve is also involved in a Lincolnshire script development programme called InkUbeta ,where aspiring writers can receive professional feedback from himself and 'Art Isn't Sexys' Nathan T Dean. A selection of the students' work is now going to be developed into full length plays.

Prima Ballerina!

ELLAPHOTOElla Slingsby, one of our Year 11 students, has been offered a place at the very prestigious Central School of Ballet. It's one of the best schools in the UK offering a foundation and BA hons degree in professional dance and performance validated by the University of Kent. Central is based in Central London, so Ella will be moving to London in September on her own!

"I've trained at Sandy Gray School of Dance and Theatre since I was 3 and train in Leeds at Northern Ballet on a Saturday, and Chantry School of Contemporary and Balletic Arts on Sundays. I cannot believe what has happened as I never thought I'd get into my dream school! It's crazy!! I'm so, so happy and can't wait to start in September."

We are inspired Ella and wish you all the very best. Well done.

Transcendance UDance performance for Tearfund

IMG 3644The North Kesteven School 'Transcendance Girls Dance Company' recently performed their latest work 'Home' at the LPAC theatre as part of the True Motion U.Dance county platform. The piece focused on the plight of refugees in the Middle East. The girls were sponsored to take part in the event with all funds raised going to support Tearfund's 'Middle East Emergency Appeal.' The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day, taking part in an acrobatic workshop before performing that evening. So far they have raised a total of £332.70p of their £500 goal to provide families with safe drinking water and shelter. Tearfund have expressed their thanks and admiration for their efforts and are so impressed with the girls' commitment to better the lives of others. We at North Kesteven School are so proud of their efforts.

What a Star!

Blake Gidley - MedalsBlake Gidley Y13 won a medal in all apparatus at the County Indoor Championships.

Gold – Rings & Vault
Silver – Parallel Bars
Bronze - High Bar, Pommel and Floor

Trip to The Houses of Parliament

A hugely successful trip to Parliament with students from Years 10 and 12... made even more interesting as it was Budget Day and International Women's Day. Students saw protests in action. There was a large demonstration by WASPI's , Women Against State Pension Increase which we had to walk through to get to the Education Centre and other Protests relating to women's issues.We then had a tour of Parliament where we saw the lobby, Westminster Hall and we were able to watch part of the post budget debate in the common's chamber.The students then took part in an hours workshop about pressure groups where , in groups, they had to choose a cause and create their campaign, give reasons for their choice and decide how they would raise the profile of it to make a difference.To end the trip we walked down Whitehall passing landmarks such as Downing Street, The Cenotaph and Horseguards Parade to Trafalgar Square.

School creates Mrs Smith’s video

IMG 0574Youngsters from NK School have been creating a video which will be used as part of the collection of memories of Mrs Smith's Cottage.

Last year, North Kesteven District Council successfully secured money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the largest heritage funder in the UK, to help bring the Navenby tourist attraction back into use.

It is anticipated that the restoration, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, will continue for the next three years, with a re-opening in 2019.

Keen to ensure community participation in the project, NKDC enlisted the help of NK School to create a video of the Friends of Mrs Smith's Cottage, sharing their memories of Mrs Smith, the cottage and volunteering at the tourist attraction.

Four Year 10 students have been working with Pete Fletcher, Head of Media Department at the school, to edit the footage ready for it to be used within the project and for consultations taking place throughout the development stage.

Mr Fletcher said: "I am delighted that we have been given the opportunity to work with NKDC and the local community.

"The students have enjoyed undertaking research into the life of Mrs Smith and have produced some complex video production techniques. We are looking forward to producing more footage as the renovation project continues."

Councillor Mrs Marion Brighton OBE, Leader of NKDC, said: "We are really grateful to NK School for creating this video of Mrs Smith and the cottage and it is wonderful that they have become a part of this renovation project.

"I look forward to seeing the video they have made. I am sure it will be fantastic and I know it will be used a great deal throughout the restoration and in the years to come."

Anyone wanting to find out more about the restoration of Mrs Smith's Cottage is invited to attend a drop-in session at NKDC's Navenby office, in North Lane, from 10am to noon on Wednesday, March 15.

It is free for anyone to pop along and find out about the project, look at information on what is happening, get involved in future volunteering, give their opinions and share any memories of the cottage and Mrs Smith.

Tea and coffee will be available and those working on the project will be available to answer questions and gathering research as part of their consultations.

For more information, please call 01522 811469 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Hola! Hello! NK invites the Spanish to Lincoln!

intercambio-2016 2This May, North Kesteven School's Spanish Department will be welcoming students from the 'Virgen del Carmen ' school in Cordoba. We are looking for students to host one or more of the fifteen students who will be arriving on the 6th May 2017 and staying until 14th May 2017.

There are seven boys and eight girls. Students do not require a separate bedroom, unless hosting the opposite sex. Hosting families would be responsible for giving the students breakfast and a packed lunch and evening meal on occasions (when we are not attending an after school activity).

It is a fantastic opportunity for hosting families to speak Spanish and provide their host student with an insight into life and School in England. There will be a programme of activities provided, including bowling, fish and chip night etc... and costs for hosting students will all be covered.

There will be a meeting as soon as all places are filled to give out student profiles with a picture and description of hobbies so students may pick one with similar interests. The students will accompany their host student to lessons except when they are required to be in English classes.

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Transcendance dance for Syrian refugees

tearfundNorth Kesteven School's 'Transcendance Girls Dance Company' have been busy creating a dance inspired by the Syrian Refugee Crisis. The dancers have taken inspiration from news articles, photographs and information gained from aid agencies to create a piece that addresses the plight of child refugees in the Middle East. Transcendance are being sponsored to perform their completed dance as part of the  True Motion U.Dance Lincolnshire platform, held at the LPAC theatre on Saturday 4th May. All funds raised will go directly to Tearfund's 'Middle East Emergency Appeal.' Their Dance teacher Mrs Daubney said 'I am very proud of the girls and the way they have connected with the message of this piece.' We wish the girls every success and are proud to support the valuable work of Tearfund in the Middle East.

For more information on the aims of this project, or to make a donation please visit the group's JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/transcendancetruemotion