Business and Economics Conference

FINANCE AWARDThe year 13 business and economics students have enjoyed a Business and Economics Conference held at Lincoln Minster School with keynote speakers from Lincolnshire Cooperative, Software Europe, Barclays and The University of Lincoln. As well as discussing doing business in Lincoln, the challenges of Brexit and Globalisation were also debated. We all then enjoyed a scrumptious buffet. A great morning gaining lots of context for the forthcoming examinations.

Maths Feast Challenge

IMG 0049On Monday 30th January North Kesteven 's Maths Department ran a Maths Feast Challenge and 32 Year 9 students took part. Students spent 3 hours working in teams of 4 to complete mathematics problems – some on topics they had not seen before. This was a very close competition with the final scores showing only 3 points separating the top 6 teams.

Wimbledon visit

Wimbledon-logoThe PE department are hosting another fantastic trip in July 2017. The opportunity is open to students in years 7-9.

This trip will offer the opportunity to experience the world's premier Grand Slam tennis championships held at one of the most prestigious sporting venues within Britain. The students will have the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and watch some amazing tennis, with tickets for seating on the newly refurbished No.2 court, as well as access to all the outside courts and the infamous Henman Hill.

The trip also includes an overnight stay in a London hotel with breakfast the following morning; time in London the following day for a sightseeing tour and the opportunity to visit The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

This trip offers a great experience for all students, not just tennis fans; providing them with the opportunity to attend one of the world's greatest sporting events in one of the world's most famous cities.

The package includes:

• Return travel to London on private coach
• 1 night stay at a London hotel (to be confirmed), based on 2-3 sharing.
• Entry into the Wimbledon championships
• Ticket for No.2 court
• Breakfast on Wednesday
• Private sight-seeing coach tour of London
• Entry into three London museums

The letters are available from the PE office and a deposit of £30 will secure a place on the trip. There are only 40 spaces available!

Excellence in English Literature

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Our fantastic English department held an after school event to improve students' confidence and performance in English literature on Thursday. This session was so well attended we had to accommodate it in our restaurant! A massive well done to those students who came along – with this level of commitment and enthusiasm our students are on course to achieve our highest achievement record ever this summer!

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GOOD SCHOOLS HAVE STRONG GOVERNANCE

Could you make a positive contribution to the education of Lincoln’s young people?
 
North Kesteven School is seeking additional Community Governors to enhance our experienced, professional, and committed Board.  Your role will be to provide strategic leadership and accountability to our large secondary Academy, helping it face the future sustainably and with confidence.

In this Academy, our Governors:
•Set the aims and objectives for the school
•Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
•Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
•Monitor and evaluate the progress we are making
•Challenge and support our Headteacher (as a “critical friend”)

We are particularly interested in candidates who can offer a business or legal background, (especially marketing) or come from larger educational settings.  However, you may come from any walk of life - there are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to commit your time and views.  You must also be over 18.

The role is voluntary and offers a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to young lives in our area.  As much as we will gain from your experience, we are sure you will find your role hugely rewarding.  

The Academy is fully committed to safeguarding its students and all school staff, including Governors, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people within the school.  Successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Interested?  Please contact our Clerk to Governors, Fiona Abbott, in the first instance, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an informal discussion.
 

Joint North Kesteven/ Robert Pattinson Initiative

fos-badge-250North Kesteven School and The Robert Pattinson School Technology Departments have run a Training Session with Primary School teachers From St Michael's Primary School, Thorpe on the Hill. The aim was to develop skills and educational resources for them to take away and apply, with their expertise, within their own school.

Rolling out to Primary Schools the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths will undoubtedly provide enormous benefit to students' transition to Secondary Schools and will be of key importance to future employment opportunities.

This was a positive initiative by our joint Technology Departments who very much enjoyed the experience of meeting with their Primary counterparts . The Primary Teachers who took part can now tailor a scheme of work to enthuse and prepare children from a earlier age to appreciate these very important stem subjects.

Plans are in place to extend this project and invite other local primary schools to take advantage of the skills and expertise available.

Year 10 parents’ evening (Parking)

fos-badge-250Due to the reduced parking space because of the building work at the medical centre, we have obtained permission for parents  to park on the SRPA site for the Year 10 parents’ evening”

Royal College of Psychology

Steve Cawte RCPSYCHOn Friday 6th January Steve Cawte, a local Theatre Director, Performance Poet who is currently fulfilling a maternity cover role with North Kesteven School attended the Royal College of Psychology to discuss his growing concern with the nation's current state of mental health treatment. Steve has over the past 2 years been working with Professor Peter Tyrer where the pioneering approach to psychological treatment 'Nidotherapy' has been applied.

At the Royal College prominent speakers eloquently delivered their case for 'change'. This included the former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy, Alistair Campbell whose brother recently passed away after many years suffering with Schizophrenia. He has since been a very vocal advocate for the need for change. 'The concern at the moment is that we are creating a system that is heavily weighted to awareness. And for all the merits that will have, not awarding the same level of commitment to its treatment leaves the people in the most need without any actual positive change.' declared Steve.

The previous day Steve was also in London attending the House of Lords, again looking at the application of drama within work with adults who are affected by severe learning difficulties. He is now working with the charity 'Books Beyond Words' created by Baroness Sheila Hollins. Steve described the work that 'Beyond Words' does and said 'For someone who struggles with words, there are a lot of barriers to getting the right health or social care and support. Beyond words enable an even playing field and make sure that on vital decisions we empower people to make their own decisions.'

A letter from the Queen

queen-crestAfter a wonderful response from our students to create cards for the Queen's 90th Birthday, we have recently received the following letter from The Queen's Lady-in-Waiting. Thank you to all our students who took part and well done!

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Foodbank

fos-badge-250This Christmas year 10 and 11 have been collecting food for Lincoln Foodbank, students were told about how foodbank helps people all over the country who struggle, often through no fault of their own to put food on the table for their families. Foodbank is run by the Trussel Trust which aims to work with local communities to stop UK hunger. The Trussell Trust's 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of three days' emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2015/16, they gave 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

It has been a great opportunity for the students to support a local charity that makes a difference to the lives of people in Lincoln. Amy Colley the Lincoln foodbank coordinator was very grateful for all the donations 'That's amazing , thank you for collecting for Foodbank, we really do appreciate it.'

We would like to thank all students and parents who have donated at this time, it will make such a difference to people lives. If you'd like to know more about the work of food bank or donate throughpout the year you can visit https://www.trusselltrust.org/

Miss G Betts & Miss L Norris