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Mad Science North West

Today we had a special visit from Mad Science North West who amazed over 250 Year 5s from our local primary schools.

One volunteer turned water into cherryade! Miss Williams from Etchells Primary School whirled a cup of water upside down and none fell out!  Two volunteers shook up some rocket fuel in a didgeridoo ready for it to be set on fire and made a fantastic sound. A great morning was had by all - big thank you to Generator John!

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Medical Mavericks

We had a visit from Medical Mavericks in conjunction with Greater Manchester Higher today to run various workshops with Year 9 students.

These workshops are designed to give students an insight into possible career paths in the medical profession and show the wealth of different types of jobs available.

They brought in various types of monitoring equipment and students were able to try their hand at keyhole surgery, ultrasound scanning and taking a 'blood' sample from a dummy arm!

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 25

Ethos in action!

Welcome back to a new summer term. I hope you all had a lovely Easter.

The Spring term certainly ended with on a high with our amazing Sponsored Walk. Around 1500 students and 100 staff walked thirteen miles to Carr’s Park in Wilmslow and back again for charity. This year we have raised money for the six charities chosen by our students:

  • Gaskell: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Lowry: Mind
  • Pankhurst: Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Rylands: Kidscan
  • Turing: Pip Foundation
  • Whitworth: Anorexia & Bulemia Care

Some of the money raised will also go to our sister school Kingsway Kolweny in Kenya.

Whilst hundreds of students successfully completed the walk, there were a couple of students for whom this was an incredible achievement. Students like Charlotte Jennings (Year 11) and Idris Sherfif (Year 7), who overcame huge challenges to take part in the walk with their friends and family. We are so proud of them and their determination and resilience – a true reflection of our school.

Thank you to all parents, families and friends who supported our students by sponsoring them and a special thanks to those who helped us out on the day by marshalling at key points on the route or walking along with our children. With another walk under our belts, the major job now is to collect in all the sponsorship money… your help with this is much appreciated.

Our sponsored walk is just one example of our ethos in action. Another example that took place last term was the community project with Abney care home. Follow this link to see the fabulous work of our students led and supported by Mrs Heil.

Other examples of Kingsway awesomeness are:

  • Georgie Cavanagh, who won the North West Young Carers award for her short story “If I were an MP for the day”.
  • Our remarkable resourced students, who excelled at the Greater Manchester winter games last term. The tennis team were crowned champions and the Kurling team came a credible 5th.
  • Alice Poole in year 11, who came out in the top 150 of all students in the UK in the Oxford Physics Olympiad Challenge, achieving a silver award. Well done Alice, an incredible achievement.

As you will be aware, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) is a real passion of mine and something that I believe separates Kingsway from other educational establishments. We are constantly building on our successes, which have been recognised by the Museum of Science & Industry and in Parliament, by embracing opportunities to link with local businesses and industries.

Eric Wright is one of our STEM Ambassadors who come in to school to work with our students.  Eric is an Electronics Control Engineer and his 50 years experience in industry has taken him to many countries around the world. He spoke to Mr Nicolaou’s GCSE Electronics students about career opportunities in Electronics, and then moved onto concepts and principles such as communication systems, control, and programming. He brought in project kits and at the end, he was so touched by the warm welcome and respect from our children, that he left all of his kit for Mr Nicolaou to help enhance students’ knowledge. He is true gentleman with a wealth of knowledge and someone we look forward to making stronger links with.

Finally, I would like to say a huge well done to the hundreds of students who received a postcard from me congratulating them on their achievement over the Spring term, performing at or above their ambitious targets across of all their subjects. This achievement is a testament to their hard work and I am very proud of them all.

Keep up the hard work and have a good week everyone,


Mrs J. Lowe
Headteacher

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Whole School Sponsored Walk 2018

On Thursday 29th March, The Kingsway School’s students and staff, charity representatives and volunteers from the local community, completed their 13th Sponsored Walk over a 26-year period, walking over 33 thousand more kilometres - 20 kilometres each - to raise money for charity.

In the past 26 years, they have collectively walked as far as the moon (384,400km from Earth) and are now heading back again, in their continued efforts to raise money for charity.

The walkers left Kingsway at 9am, walking through Bruntwood Park and down to Carrs Park in Wilmslow, where they stopped for lunch, before returning to school via Styal and Heald Green.

The Kingsway School have been walking every two years since 1994 – clocking up an impressive total of miles and raising almost half a million pounds for dozens of local, national and international charities. This year alone, the sponsored walk has raised over £29,000!

Every penny raised will be divided between the school’s chosen charities, selected by their students:

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Mind - For Better Mental Health
Teenage Cancer Trust - Supporting Young People with Cancer Worldwide
Kidscan - Children’s Cancer Research
Anorexia & Bulimia Care - The Pip Foundation

Additionally, a portion of the money raised will be sent to The Kingsway’s sister school, The Kolweny Kingsway School in Kenya, which they have supported with over £82,000 of donations, since 2001. For more information about how the money raised by Kingsway is used in the school in Kolweny please visit Rowley Projects.

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