Giving Nation Project

IMG 3439Ellie Jackson, Keena Wray, Yasmin Spence and Ella Ronan are pictured handing over a cheque to Karen Mason, a representative from the charity Mind. Form 9AA chose this charity as part of the Year 9 PSD Giving Nation Project.  The form group organised a name the teddy competition and ‘mocktails’ were also sold at lunchtime under the canopy. The form chose this charity as they wanted to raise awareness of Mind and all the work that it undertakes relating to mental health.

Sports Sponsorship

Ethan Grace RichesEthan Grace Richards in Year 8 is a very talented swimmer and is competing at regional level with the goal of training at Midlands level in 2017.

He is being sponsored by the Adam Gibbons Sports Foundation which will assist him to continue to compete at this level and reach his full potential. The charity has donated over £55,000 in the past six years and has previously sponsored another NKS student, Georgina Adam in Year 11 who is the national 200m record holder at under 17 level.

The charity was set up in 2008 in memory of Adam Gibbons who was 18 years old when he suddenly passed away. After leaving Cherry Willingham Community School he attended Lincoln College where he completed a Sports and Fitness Diploma and was three weeks into a Sport Development and Coaching degree at the University of Lincoln. He enjoyed playing a variety of sports including football, badminton and judo. The charity aims to help talented young sports men and women in Lincolnshire to reach their potential by making donations which could assist them with aspects of their development, for example, training costs, buying equipment, coaching and travel costs. All of the money donated by the foundation has been collected via various fundraising events that take place throughout the year. For further information on the Adam Gibbons Sports Foundation please visit their website

Pictured is Miss Riches, Ethan and Mr Gibbons, (brother to Adam Gibbons)

Rewarding our students!

IMG 3246Congratulations to ALL the students who took part in the EPraise Prize draw on the 11th December!

Winners were chosen at random with first prize going to Keyley Hartley, second to Molly Inkpin and third to Jordan Berry! EPraise points are awarded to students by staff for following the NKS Values, further information can be found following this link

We really enjoy celebrating achievement and success at North Kesteven School and this was a great event towards the end of term. Pictured is Mr Sandbrook, Assistant Headteacher with Keyley.

Carmina Burana

CarminaThe Lincoln Music Centre have arranged for schools across the county to get involved and sing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana as a mass choir with a professional orchestra and soloists. The big performance is going to be on Saturday 30th January in Lincoln Cathedral and will be conducted by Esther Jones (Director of the Junior Choirs, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain).

North Kesteven School staff & students will be involved in this collaboration by singing and playing instruments and have been practising hard, even over weekends. Tickets are going to be available from the Cathedral Box Office week commencing 7th December.

20th Century History Trip

Duxford visit59 Modern World History students recently visited Duxford IWM as part of their GCSE course.  They attended a lecture which compared the tactics of the US army and the Vietcong and visited the museum which included a range of interactive exhibitions looking at the development of warfare throughout the twentieth century. 

Y12 Engineers visit LINCAT

LincatThe Year 12 engineers from the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form, (NHJSF), were given the great opportunity to visit a local manufacturing company LINCAT. The visit was arranged to enrich their BTEC Level 3 engineering health and Safety unit and included an introductory certificate in manual handling. The tour of the factory gave students the opportunity to see some of the many processes involved in product manufacturing such as laser cutting, large metal presses and robotic welding. The students could see the importance of health and safety in the workplace and gained a valuable insight to how health and safety is managed and incorporated into company policy. Thanks to the health and safety manager, Paul Bilboa, the students were given first-hand experience of an engineering workplace.

Being able to visit local companies is an invaluable part of the learning process and we like to thank LINCAT for allowing the students to visit the company.  Our students were great ambassadors for the NHJSF and took full advantage of this learning opportunity.

North Kesteven School to grow seeds from space!

P1060300 amendedStudents at North Kesteven School are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.

In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.

North Kesteven School will be one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven't been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. The students won't know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the students to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

When asked about the venture Mrs May and Miss Cooke, Science Teachers at North Kesteven School said: "We are very excited to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our students to think more scientifically and share their findings with the school community. NKS Science club members will use the seeds and we intend to work closely with the school's Student Leadership Team involving young people aged 11 to 16 years old. They will have the opportunity to plant the seeds, monitor them and record the necessary data. It will be a team effort and great to be involved in this national project which we hope will enthuse our students to become scientists of the future"

Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission to the ISS and inspire young people to look into careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, including horticulture.

Skills Show 2015

skills show  2015 1Lots of our Year 9 students enjoyed an opportunity to visit the Lincolnshire Skills Show on the 18th November. The show aims to inspire and motivate young people to fulfil their potential. The hundreds of exhibitors helped
bring a huge variety of jobs and career routes to life for our visiting students. They had the opportunity to take part in lots of demonstrations and to meet employers from all industries and sectors as well as listening to motivational speakers.

We hope that the day will assist our students as they decide which options they will move on to study in Years 10, 11, 12. Our independent careers advisor and work experience coordinator are always on hand to offer information and advice
to all our students. Don't forget to follow our careers news on Twitter @nkcareers

Children in Need

P1050928Congratulations to all our students and staff who raised over £1,000 for Children in Need 2015!