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TKA Times - Edition 5 - Friday 5th October 2018
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FROM YOUR HEAD TEACHER

On Monday of this week, Kingston Educational Trust (KET) voted in a new Chair of The Board of Trustees following Peter Mayhew Smith's decision to step down from this post after 5 years in office. I'm pleased that Peter has agreed to continue his work with the Trust and he remains as the Member Representative for Kingston College. I want to thank Peter for his guidance, support and direction during his tenure and the instrumental role he has played in helping to shape and develop our Outstanding school.

I am pleased to announce that Graham Willett will now take up the post of Chair of the Kingston Educational Trust. Graham has been an integral member of our project since its inception, having directed much of the early work of the Trust and indeed the blueprint for The Kingston Academy in his previous role as Director for Education Services for Achieving for Children. I look forward to the many developments and exciting new projects the Trust can look forward to under Graham's direction.

This week, Year 8 pupils took part in an extensive programme of activities and lessons to raise awareness of Hate Crime. Visitors from a range of outside agencies, including the local Youth Support Service, helped to facilitate a whole day focused in this important issue.

Auditions for 'Into the Woods' have begun in earnest this week and I've been delighted to see the sheer number of pupils putting themselves forward for what promises to be a superb performance in the New Year. A huge well done to all pupils who have taken the brave step to audition for roles, showing both great resilience and creativity.

House activities for the coming year were also launched this week with the last of our House Assemblies taking place on Thursday of this week. Good luck to all those pupils involved in the Spelling Bee next week.

On Thursday next week, we open our doors to the local community at our Open Evening for Prospective Pupils. A vast array of activities will be taking place across the school in all subject areas and I want to thank all those pupils who will be involved in advance of next week. They will no doubt impress parents and Year 6 pupils with their knowledge of the school and commitment to always 'Go Beyond'. A reminder that pupils and staff will enjoy a later start at 10.00am on Friday 12th October as a result of our late opening on the 11th. 

The majority of pupils continue to come to school well prepared and organised for learning and this includes the fact that pupils are smartly dressed and in full uniform. We will continue to monitor pupil uniform over the coming weeks and appreciate your support in ensuring your child is both smart and organised. 

Enjoy the weekend

Ms S Cavanagh

 

Upcoming Dates for your diary



Thursday 11th October - Open Evening for Prospective Pupils - 5 - 8.00pm

Friday 12th October - Late start for Pupils - 9.45am arrival for 10.00am (P1 start)

Tuesday 16th October - Interim Reports sent to parents

Wednesday 17th October - Year 7 PSHE Day

Thursday 18th October - Year 7 Disco

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October - GCSE Geography Field Trips

Friday 19th October - Pupils dismissed for Half Term - Nomal School finish at 3.45pm

Monday 22nd October - Friday 2nd November - SCHOOL CLOSED FOR HALF TERM

 
Food Menu - Week Beginning 8th October

Next week, we return to Week 2 of the food menu prepared by Cucina. As with previous weeks, and especially as pupils get used to the new catering offer, please take the time to share the menu with your child to ensure they can make appropriate food choices next week. Although we are still awaiting handover of our state-of-the-art kitchen facilities in our new building, we have just installed a new temporary kitchen space this week that will allow Cucina to prepare an even greater range and quality of food over the coming weeks. We will keep you posted as and when our menu and food options change. 

In addition, we have reminded students of the importance of only buying food for themselves and not for each other. We would be grateful if you could reiterate this message to your child. 
FoTKA News
 
  • TKA will be holding it’s open evening for perspective pupils/parents for the 2019 intake next Thursday 11th October.  FoTKA have been asked to provide refreshments and we need current parents to volunteer to help run the stall to make it a huge success.  We will need help between 4 – 8pm so if you’re able to help for an hour or two at any point could you please email FOTKA@thekingstonacademy.org – we really appreciate your continued support.
 
  • Tickets for the Year 7 Disco (18th October) are still on sale - pupils have been reminded this week about this opportunity. Please do encourage your child to come along and enjoy what promises to be a brilliant evening.  They can be purchased via ParentPay for £7 (includes a drink and a snack).
 
  • Our first FoTKA meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 16th October between 6 and 7.00pm. This is a great way to get involved in raising money and developing communication between school and parents. All are most welcome on the evening.
 
  • Finally, if any parents/carers have a current DBS and would like to help out with FoTKA events on an ad hoc basis please do contact the office. 
Duke of Edinburgh Information Evening

Thank you to all those pupils and parents who attended the information evening on Wednesday 3rd October to find out more about the new DofE season at TKA. Our new Year 9s can now start Bronze and Year 10s can start Silver, either as a direct entrant or following on from their Bronze. Enrolment forms are available from Mr Ellison. Completed forms should be returned as soon as possible so that our new participants can make a prompt start to their DofE. The final deadline is Friday 19th October.

Slides from the evening have been updated to respond to key questions which were asked on the evening and are now available on the DofE  page of the TKA website. The kit list and "programme ideas" can also be found on this page.

After submitting their enrolment forms, Year 9 pupils should look out for invitations to initial eDofE sign-in sessions where they will learn how to use the system to upload details of their sections.

Please contact Mr Ellison, DofE Coordinator, if you have any questions.
Year 9 Trip to Ypres and the Battlefields
 
Last weekend, a group of avid historians met in the early hours of the morning to begin their journey to Ypres in Belgium and some of the surrounding sites, to learn more about the importance of this area during the First World War.

Ed Orrell and Daniel Greenwood write about their experiences:


Last Saturday on the 29th September, a group of Year 9 pupils went on a day trip to visit the trenches and war memorials in Ypres, Belgium. It started early at 6:00 when the coach left from school. We were all stocked up in warm coats and with snacks to help us on our journey. As we got on the road everyone started to wake up, so after a quick stop at the Eurotunnel and a trip through France we finally made it there.

We first arrived at the Hill 62 trenches in Sanctuary Woods. We spent time exploring the trenches and imagining what it would feel like to actually be in a soldier's footsteps. Next stop was the Tyne Cot memorial where we walked amongst the graves of  11,956 of fallen soldier's who lost their lives in the Great War and visited the memorial of the 8,369 soldier's who were unidentified and appeared as ‘known unto God. ‘ We then stopped off at the Langemark German Military Cemetery, one of the only four memorials dedicated to German soldier's in Belgium.

In the afternoon we visited the Menin Gate in Ypres town, where thousands of soldier’s would’ve passed when going out to fight in the field.  It is mainly dedicated to the British soldiers who fought in Ypres. It was the town’s decision to commemorate what the British army did for the town of Ypres. We also spent some time in the Cloth Hall Museum looking at artefacts and images tracing the history of Ypres during the war.

At the end of the day, and the last stop of our journey we spent some time in the town centre of Ypres, where after filling up on delicious waffles and an immense amount of chocolate we headed back home.
Sailing to Success!
 
Our very own accomplished sailor in Year 8, Bjorn Handley, was involved in a competition last weekend. Sailors from all across South East England converged on Queen Mary Sailing Club in Surrey to compete in the RYA Regional Junior Sailing Championships.  In the Topper class, 51 sailors aged 11-16 competed for the honours.  After four tightly fought races, Bjorn was tied on points with the leader, finishing second overall on tie-break rules.  

The event was the second of two selector events for RYA regional squads.  The previous weekend, 55 sailors from all across southern England raced at Island Barn sailing club in the first selector.  Bjorn also finished second at this event, and first under-14.  Between the two events,  Bjorn finished first in the selection ranking for South East England.

Excellent resilience Bjorn!
What a Performance!
 
Congratulations to Billy Evans in Year 9 and Noa Dohler (Year 7), who recently sang in two prestigious concerts with the Tiffin Children's Chorus and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Concert Hall.  Both concerts were conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  
New Staff
 
This week, we are delighted to introduce to you another four new members of staff who have joined our highly skilled TKA Team. We wish them all well in their new posts:


Mr Dan Kemp has joined us as Lead Science teacher from Portland Place School where he was Head of Biology. Before training as a teacher several years ago, Mr Kemp had his own garden design business. As well as having a degree in Zoology and a Diploma in Horticulture, he has an MSc in Teaching and Learning from Oxford University.



Ms Shannon Lammiman joined us this term as a part-time Teaching Assistant last year and will be continuing with us on a full-time basis this year.  She has just completed her degree in Physical and Sport Education at St. Mary's University.  She is also a very keen hockey player and coaches at the Teddington Hockey Club.



Mr Richard Parry, our new Business Development Manager, is a retiring British Army Officer who has served most recently as Defence Attaché covering Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. He has a careers’ worth of skills which will be directly transferable to the role of Operations Manager: leadership, organisation, administration and management.



Mr Jack Stapleton is a newly qualified Teacher of History, having completed his PGCE at UCL Institute of Education. He has a joint honours degree in History and English Literature and hopes to eventually teach English as well as History.
Literacy Corner

We celebrated National Poetry Day yesterday in style with the launch of a Poetry writing competition through the National Poetry Day campaign. Year 7 Pupils have been invited to write their own poems inspired by their favourite animals - with the chance to win a selection of amazing books, we want to see as many entries as possible! For more information, pupils should speak to their English teacher.

Why not check out some of these amazing anthologies of poems below if you are interested in reading more poems?
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