The first surprise this week was the return of the snow… goodness me, it’s the middle of March and the daffodils are out in full bloom! It is certainly interesting weather we’re having this Spring.
The second surprise was to discover that I was mentioned in the House of Commons on International Women's Day (Thursday 8th March). Mary Robinson, MP for Cheadle, gave a speech to mark the centenary of the vote for women. Mary talked about the progress being made in inspiring young girls to pursue careers in STEM based subjects, giving a particular mention to our recent MOSI award for STEM. Having started my own career as an apprentice engineer, this is something close to my heart. Kingsway works closely with local businesses to provide our students with the best experience, education and opportunities, by enhancing and enriching the delivery of the whole curriculum and building the world of work in to education.
Following nicely on the news of our mention in parliament, was the appointment of our year STEM industrial cadets. Mr Hammersley said “The field of candidates was the strongest we have ever had. There was certainly an ambition like no other year for these few places.” The successful year 9 students were Ella Stirling, Adam Charlesworth, Ali Abbas Aslam, Aroush Zia, Connie Gwilt, Daisy Freeman, Dala Guei, Eshal Qureshi, Fiona Salluku, Hafsa Al-Wandawi, Jake Lodite, Kirsten Attfield, Pippa Woods, Rowan McNally, Sarah Morgan, Thomas Brindley-Carter and Umair Daud.
Another special moment last week was to be on the panel for the selection of Head boy and Head girl. The standard of the presentations made by the shortlisted year 10 candidates was incredible. They all had fully embraced the opportunities that school had to offer during their time at Kingsway and this had prepared them well for this moment. Not only did they demonstrate a wealth of experience and a clear understanding of what the role would entail, they each had a personal passion to make a difference at the school. Their ideas included a fashion show for the homeless, financial capability lessons for students and raising mental health awareness across the student body. It really was a tough decision - these students are the best of the best. After much deliberation, we were delighted to invite Jess Crawley to take on the role of Head Girl and Ethan Wilson to be Head Boy. Their deputies will be: Grace O’Shaughnessy, Hannah James, Youmna Al-Rashedy, Judy Al-Jedai and Owen Faulkner, Meji Idowu, George Lawton & Owen Booth. I look forward to seeing them make a difference and put their stamp on our school.
Talking of making their mark, this was something that our year 9 boys’ football team certainly achieved. The everton Football Club 8-aside Festival was an event where our team did not lose a single game throughout the entire day, not conceding a single goal; it was little surprise that they went ahead and won the whole tournament! Well done boys: Oliver Winn, Lewis Barry, Nathan Downes, James Vare, Barney McGurrin, Kai Johnston, Eli Campbell, Brandon Bailey, Jack Bewley & Josh Kindon.
The culmination of a brilliant week at Kingsway was being interviewed by our own BBC School Reporters, 18 year 7 students who spent 2 days working on local issues such as litter in school and wider issues including women’s rights. I’m looking forward to seeing their final presentations which will be posted on our website. Thanks to Miss Daley who led this initiative and provided the students with such a wonderful experience.
Have a great week.
Mrs J. Lowe