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!

Unite the Scene

NMS 4338Unite the Scene is a big collaborative project to unite community groups from around Lincolnshire. There was a celebratory performance evening o9n the 15th November where all dance styles were accepted. NKS was represented by a lot of our students delivering pieces from us along with other dance companies such as RedXco and K'nackered youth dance. NKS performed 2 street pieces, one by the Year 13 BTEC students that was inspired by a company called 'boy blue entertainment', and 'Maneuver' did a piece based on the Terminator 2.

There were also international dance artists and choreographers who provided workshops throughout the day and our students thoroughly enjoyed participating in a popping class and a lyrical hip hop workshop. There was a great atmosphere and provided the opportunity to see what is happening in terms of dance around the county.

Please visit http://www.unitethescene.co.uk/ for further information

Uniform to Nepal!

P1050881As you will recall, our students and parents kindly donated the old style North Kesteven School uniform at the end of July 2015.  On the 10th November it began the 4,500 mile journey to its final destination of Nepal with Lincs2Nepal Charity founder Garry Goddard.

Our Young Journalists helped to load the van with over 1200 green sweatshirts and t-shirts and also interviewed Garry to learn more about how the old uniform will be used and the work of the charity.  Watch their video to find out more! 

Christmas Production Tickets Available!

Christmas productionAs of the 9th November tickets for our Christmas school production are now available from the Terry O’Toole Box Office!

Join us, sit back, watch and listen as our very talented students from across the year groups take you on a theatrical journey of famous and much loved classics from the musicals.

The show runs Tuesday 8th December until Friday 11th December in the NKS School Hall!

We encourage our school and local community to join us for a great evening of entertainment!

Jazzy NKS News!

20151108 222037 resizedFormer North Kesteven School student Andrew Wood joined current NKS students recently to launch an exciting new project which will promote jazz music to primary school students!  NKS students will be performing in a range of jazz styles and the line-up will include jazz classics to modern music with a jazz twist!  

Launch of the Lincoln Festival of Cycling 2016

Martin on bikeWe were delighted to be invited to One NK on the 5th November to attend the launch of the Lincoln Festival of Cycling 2016.  Whilst there guests had the opportunity to celebrate the completion of phase three of the £3.6 million redevelopments with a new spinning studio, gym and dance studios added to the facilities.  Pictured are professional cyclists including Dean and Russell Downing along with Martin Connor, Headteacher at NKS.