Friday, 24 September 2010

Kenilworth School Newsletter 24 Sept 2010

This week's Newsletter full text, see the Google Doc Version

Dear All,
I am immensely proud of our school where most of our students can reach their full potential and take advantage of the wide range of extracurricular
opportunities on offer. I have reported our excellent pass rates at GCSE and A level in a previous newsletter. We truly deserve our status as a ‘High
Performing school’, particularly in view of the remarkable achievement that almost 40% of grades at GSCE in summer 2010 were either A or A*. Further to this, 10% of all grades at A level were awarded the new A* category. We are an inclusive school in which all students perform well, but we are also a school in which very able students can be ‘stretched’ to achieve their full potential.


I hope that all students who took part in the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for
the Bronze Award enjoyed the occasion last weekend. Over the next few
weeks, several groups will be taking part in similar expeditions and I want to
thank all those staff members who give generously of their time in supporting
our students in this worthwhile enterprise. Whilst outdoor expeditions can be
very exhausting, they undoubtedly provide opportunities that help our young
people to develop their leadership skills and understand the importance of
teamwork and collective responsibility.

Can all students remember that good behaviour in the community is always
important to us, especially to and from school. To this end we encourage all
students to take responsibility for their own behaviour, not only in school, but in
the local community. This includes being courteous in shops, on buses, having
respect for the property of others and avoiding litter and graffiti. We are lucky to
be situated in a safe community and students must ensure that they cycle to
school with care, keep to the pedestrian paths and avoid unsafe or dangerous
play in the vicinity of the school. There are numerous rewards for pupils who
exhibit good behaviour in school and in the local community, but sanctions are
also applied where students let us down in the community. Can parents please
reinforce this message to your sons/ daughters and, on a positive note, also let
us know if any of our pupils behave in a particularly responsible fashion in the
community so that they can be praised accordingly in school.

This week we have been ‘tightening up’ on uniform. Most of our students wear
our uniform well, however, a small number of students take advantage by
wearing incorrect footwear, and multicoloured coats/jackets. We ask all parents
to support us in our drive to improve our standards and ensure that your
sons/daughters leave home in the mornings suitably attired for school.

We have been fortunate to receive generous sponsorship from a local firm, the
Edwards Trust, to enable us to build a new Teaching and Learning Centre in
the upper school. This is an exciting opportunity for our students and teachers
to explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning in our pursuit for
excellence.

Thank you for your continued support.
Yours sincerely
H.H.S. Abbott
Headteacher
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Dates for your Diary
September
30 th Open Evening,
Leyes Lane 6pm9pm
(school closes for
pupils 12.35pm)
October
4 th Open Morning 9.00
– 9.45pm by
appointment only
6 th Open Morning 9.00
– 9.45pm by
appointment only
16 th PTA Quiz Night
7.30pm (8pm start)
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LOST GUITAR
Has anyone seen a
turquoise electric guitar
in a black case?
Last seen in the
Music Room.
Please see Mr Marr if
you know where it is.
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What’s on at Kenilworth Youth Centre? Abbey End Car Park, Kenilworth
Learn to Ski?!?!

Outdoor activities project at Acker’s activity centre in Birmingham
The main focus of the course will be skiing with young people gaining their recreational ski pass whilst
also taking part in other activities. Rock climbing, archery and team building.
The project starts on Tuesday 28 th September 2010 and will run for 12 weeks
The cost will be £2.50 per session and is open to young people aged 14+
The mini bus will be leaving from Kenilworth Youth centre at 6.30pm and returning at 9.15pm
This is a great opportunity to learn to ski, places are limited so contact Sam on 07984659853 or
contact the centre on 01926 855205 to reserve your place
Circus skills workshops Lower
Seniors
Thursday (age 12+) year 8 and 9 Session times 7 9pm
Venue : Kenilworth Youth Club, Abbey End Car Park, Kenilworth.
Starting Thursday 23 rd September 2010
This term we will be learning lots of exciting new skills in the art of circus during youth club sessions,
this will include stilt walking, juggling, tight rope walking, Diablo and plate spinning and lots lots more.
Also all the usual club activities will be on offer, free pool, internet and sport activities on the floodlit
court as well as the tuck shop and coffee bar for refreshments.
Everyone welcome!
For more information contact Sam on 07984659853 or just come along
Babysitting course Earn
extra money
Gain a qualification
This course is ideal for young people who have an interest in a career in childcare or just want to earn
some extra cash!
Venue : Kenilworth Youth Centre, Abbey End Car Park, Kenilworth
Open to young people 14+ Saturday 25 th September 2010 9.30am
– 4.30pm
Cost £10.00
Run by Warwickshire College, young people participating will gain a competent babysitting certificate.
The course covers all aspects of things you need to know about before you babysit for someone,
including first aid, nappy changing, what information you need, how to deal with an emergency and
lots more.
Please ring the centre on 01926 855205 to reserve a place
Email andynorman@warwickshire.gov.uk
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CALLING ALL YEAR 7 GIRLS WHO WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL
It is not too late to get into the school team. If you are interested in training and playing matches you
need to come to training on Monday 27 th September. Meet in the sports hall straight after school. We
will play on the astro and training will finish at 4.40pm.
We have our first year 7 match on Monday 4 th October so you need to be at training to get the
information for your first match!
Please see Miss Knight in the
sports hall if you have any
questions
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WELCOME TO ALL NEW MEMBERS OF STAFF
Each week we will introduce new members of staff

Miss R. Ford
Geography Teacher
This September I am delighted to join the Humanities faculty
as part of the Geography teaching team. I am looking forward
to playing an active role in the department and contributing
to the continuing popularity of Geography within the school.
My previous teaching experiences have been in the South East
of England and in Coventry and I hope to draw on these to
enhance my teaching at Kenilworth School.
I would like to thank staff and students alike for the friendly
welcome I have been given during my first couple of weeks.
This has made a potentially daunting experience really
enjoyable.

Finally, I hope that all my students are prepared for a year of exciting and challenging Geography!

Rebekah Ford
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Christmas Card Competition
Ms Gregg is holding a Christmas Card
competition for all year groups.
Your brief is to design a Christmas Card
incorporating aspects of Kenilworth, the
School, or the local area.
You can only use black and white in any
media on A5 paper.
Please deliver your entry with your name
and tutor group to Ms Gregg in Upper 7 no
later than Monday 18 th October.
There will be a prize for the winner of each
year group.
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Its Back!!!!!.............
Friday Club
In
U20
3.30 till 5pm
Refreshments provided,
support in all areas
Anyone KS4/5 very welcome
See Mrs King for more details
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SPORTS FIXTURES
Day Date Yr Group Sport Opposition/Venu
e
Home
/
Away
Approx Return/Finish
Mon 27/9 U19 Boys Squash Tudor Grange Home 5pm Finish
Tues 28/9 Y10 Football Stratford Away 5.45pm Return
Tues 28/9 Y10 Boys Hockey Lawrence Sheriff Away 6pm Return
Tues 28/9 Y8 Hockey Kingsley Home 5.30pm Finish
Wed 29/9 Y9 Hockey Bablake Home 5.45pm Finish
Sat 2/10 Y7 & 11 Rugby Five Ways Away
Sat 2/10 Y8, 9 &
10
Rugby Five Ways Home
See Mr Peacey/Mr
Cassell for more
details
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APPLE DAY – Upper School
Saturday 2 nd October
1pm to 3pm
Apple Bobbing Apple Prints
Longest Peel Apple Mile
Bug Hunt Green Man of the Woods
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Kenilworth Gym Club Gymnastics
Wednesday
In the Gym at Kenilworth School and Sports College
5.30pm – 7pm
For 5 years to 14 years
Contact Tex Coton on 02476 470012 or 07806700606

Congratulations to
Edward Powell
Hutchinson who has
been awarded a
distinction in his
recent Bronze LAMDA Exam

DANCE MANIA
We are a group of girls in 8f who are going to be
starting a dance, acting and singing group. We will
be performing in USU show. We will be having a
teacher supervising us. This group is for Year 7 and
8 girls. If you want to talk to us come to 8F in tutor
time.
Meet at the Dance Studio Every Tuesday starting
from 28 th September 3.30 – 4.30pm
Emily C, Elli P, Scarlett B and Beth B.

LIVE MUSIC NIGHT
SATURDAY 9 th October
8pm – 12pm
Lower School Hall
£10 per ticket
(includes Deli Platters
from Pizzo)
Featuring Chelsey Walker
&
Analogue Sound
Licensed Bar
Promises to be a great night
Contact Louise
on
07917080210
or
Louise.best@concentra.com
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DANCE CLASSES
3.45 – 5.15pm
In the Gym at Leyes Lane
All girls and boys welcome
(year’s 7 to 13)
All modern styles covered
£5 for 1½ hours
Friday
The Yao Culture
Kenilworth School is linked to Ruyuan School in China.
A group of school performers from Ruyuan will be
visiting Warwickshire this week and they will be
performing music, dance and drama at Stratford College
at 7:30 this evening Friday 24 th September.
Tickets are £5 on the door.

Rugby Season Starts
The school rugby season starts this Saturday with Year 7 – 10
playing Kineton High School at home, all games kick off at
10am.
We are also delighted to announce that the following new
members of staff will be helping with rugby coaching this
year.
Mr M. Tuck SEN
Mr L. Chapman: PE Assistant plays for Nuneaton RFC
Mr T. Burn: Cover Supervisor plays for Dunlop
RFC
Mike Umaga: Head Coach at Nuneaton RFC will
also be helping out
Mr E. White, Mr D. Peacey and Mr L. Cassell will also be
continuing to run teams
A full fixture list is available from the PE office, here’s hoping
for a successful season

S h o e s
Urgently needed
Interesting high heeled
shoes to inspire Applied
Art brief.
If you have any shoes at
the back of your
wardrobe that you don’t
mind donating, please
send them to
Claire Nicoll Art U12.
Thank you
Music ExtraCurricular
events next week:
Jazz Band
Tuesday at 3:40 in the
Music Tech Room
String Orchestra
Tuesday at 3:40 in the
Upper School Hall.
Boys’ Vocal Group
Wednesday at 3:40 in U15 (music hut).
Girls' Vocal Group
Monday at 3:40 in U15 (music hut).
Year 7/8 Vocal Group
Friday at 12:45 in U15 (music hut).
6 th Form Vocal Group
Thursday at 12:45 in the music hut.
6 th Form Dixieland Band
Tuesday at 12:45 in the music hut.

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