Battle of the Somme

IMG 3545North Kesteven School was honoured to be among a small number of schools invited by Paradigm Arts to take place in an event at Lincoln Castle on the 1st July to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.

Preceding the event, an external professional from Curiosity Creators visited North Kesteven School and held a workshop with a number of Year 7 and Year 8 students assisting them in making large red poppies. These were then transported to the event on the 1st July where NKS played a part during the early morning ceremony. There was a flypast, two minutes silence, prayers, speeches and the moment that the students got to hold their poppies aloft surrounded by students from various local primary schools. All the students felt very privileged to take part, with Joshua in Year 8 saying that he would remember the moment for the rest of his life.

Partnership Impact Expedition

PIE Rock climb 1Partnership Impact Expedition students who are working really hard fundraising for Africa made a fabulous £310 in the Cornhill in Lincoln on Sunday 26th June with a Rock Climbing wall, busking and tombola. Thank you to everyone who supported them!

Lincolnshire Show 2016

Ellie and JessNorth Kesteven School was well represented at the Lincolnshire Showground on the 22nd and 23rd of June.

Music students and the North Hykeham Joint Band entertained the crowds once again from outside the Lincolnshire Life Marquee. Business Studies students had the opportunity to visit for one day as part of their course while Science and the Student Leadership Team were competing in the Schools' Challenge.

Our congratulations to the Student Leadership Team who, out of a high number of secondary schools were placed third for their entry 'Farming Through The Ages' which focussed on the Women's Land Army in World War Two. The team had a great display full of authentic memorabilia and chose to deliver a short play for their presentation. The judges were full of praise for our students and said that they had represented North Kesteven School very well. Congratulations everyone!

Musical Primary Schools

P1070243The 14th June saw the culmination of weeks of hard work when two local primary schools, Sir Francis Hill and Swinderby performed Disney related pieces in the Terry O'Toole Theatre.

North Kesteven School, using funding from the EMI Music Sound Foundation held a workshop for the primary staff back in February with NKS performing arts teachers offered workshops on the different skills needed to put musical theatre pieces together. The primary staff then worked with their children and put together a piece adding movement and drama. NKS staff teach both schools involved a joint piece, this year being 'Hakuna Matata' which was performed as the finale. Both participating schools did an amazing job, with parents being invited to watch them as they performed. Well done everyone!

The NKS Library Needs YOUR Help!

library 18Please take a moment to help us win £5000 for the North Kesteven School Library and, if we win, the voter will also receive £100 in book tokens! All you have to do is to log onto http://po.st/schoolprize and fill out the entry form with your name, email address (you can use your school email), school postcode, and select North Kesteven School then click to enter. The more entries the school has, the greater chance we have of winning the prize!

The competition is open to anyone who is 13 years and older so please encourage friends and family to vote too!

Thank you for your support.

Goodbye and Best Wishes

IMG 2466At our Student Leadership Team, (StLt), meeting on the 27th May we said goodbye to the Year 11 members. Molly, Tom, Natasha and Naomi have been the leaders and deputy leaders closely supported by the other Year 11 students. They have been a credit to the team and a credit to North Kesteven School. We wish them the very best with the rest of their exams, a relaxing summer holiday and we look forward to seeing them in the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form from September.

Inspiring the next generation of teachers

HarlieWe have recently welcomed back former North Kesteven School student Harlie for a two week work experience placement with our drama department.

Harlie, who completed her studies at the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form last year, is now studying for a 3 year undergraduate drama degree at the Royal Holloway University in London.

Harlie has had a fortnight as a member of the drama team and has got stuck into a variety of tasks including making costumes for the AS drama exams; editing videos of performances, monitoring lighting and sound for rehearsals and assisting with lessons and extra-curricular activities. She said that the experience has been very useful as it has confirmed that she wants to move into teaching when she has completed her degree.

Miss Donlevy, one of our Drama teachers said that Harlie has been a fantastic addition to the team and will receive a glowing reference. Thank you for your help Harlie and we hope to see you again soon!

Inter School Primary Cycling Competition

IMG 2400As part of our popular sporting master classes, local primary school children gathered at North Kesteven School on the 19th May to take part in an Interschool Cycling Competition delivered by East Midlands Go Ride on behalf of British Cycling and Sustainable Transport funded by North Kesteven District Council.

Preceding the event, North Kesteven School had organised for the Go Ride team to visit each primary school and give them an insight into their development programme for young people. This is a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills. Five boys and five girls were selected from each of the schools to represent their primary at the North Kesteven School finals.

With the first race starting at 12.30pm students from South Hykeham, All Saints, Fosse Way, Waddington Redwood, Manor Leas and Ling Moor Primary School donned their cycle helmets, mounted their bikes and prepared to put their skills to the test in a series of qualifying heats! The route led them over a flat but technically challenging course with a tricky area of woodland to negotiate.

There were heats for both boys and girls with the first two from each heat progressing to the final. This was followed by a team relay, all of which provided an exciting culmination to the weeks of coaching. The exciting afternoon ended with medals being awarded and all participants received British Cycling Goodies along with an invitation to their local Go-Ride Cycling Club.

Thank you to everyone for taking part!