King's Academy Ringmer Newsletter

Children in Need Fundraising Fun & Games Page 10 2019 Graduates return for their GCSE Presentation Evening Page 7 Year 8 English Trip to The Spire for Frankenstein Page 11 Year 11 Art & Photography Trip to London Page 13 December 2019 Ringmer Newsletter A R T I C L E S A N D V I D E O L I N K S I N T H I S I S S U E Dear Parents, Carers, Staff and Governors, As I walked up the street towards the church of St Mary the Virgin, I was reminded of the opening to Dickens’ novel ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope…” The ensuing Christmas Concert was a delight, a season of light and a spring of hope! It was a coming together of warmth, excitement innocence and love; the students were inspirational as they sang, danced and played their way through the evening. As I sat there, full to the brim with pride, it was hard to believe I had been at the school for merely 50 days. It has certainly been a full-on term, with a fabulous Open Evening, Year 11 mocks and my first opportunity to be part of the appointing of next year’s Head Boy, Head Girl and other senior students. Running through all these events was a sense of pride, a desire to succeed and an undeniable belief that King’s Academy Ringmer is the place to be. I was so impressed with the applications and presentations of the Year 10s; they were full of confidence and some were very original. They had plans, ideas and passion for their school and it will be so exciting to see how they work with staff to develop and grow the school. I can flick back to September and see the same pride and excitement in the Year 7s as they showed the parents and Year 6s around on Open Evening and the following Open Mornings. What was astonishing about that week was that the mornings got busier as the week progressed. When I spoke with those parents toward the end of the week, I have no shame in telling you ‘we were the talk of the primary school playgrounds!’ Fabulous! It is the students that make the school but the staff help! King’s Academy Ringmer is a true community. Staff here work tirelessly and care deeply about the students. I have seen engaging lessons, impassioned sports fixtures and exciting trips out this term. This is a vibrant place to be. So with the Christmas concert at an and the end of term approaching, and I look forward to the 22nd of December when the nights get shorter, the days get longer and the ‘spring of hope’ approaches. I wish you all a peaceful holiday full of love and kindness and look forward to even greater things to come next year. Sian Williams Principal MADRID VISIT Our Head Boy and Head Girl recently took a fantastic opportunity by attending a Student Leadership Weekend at our sister school, King’s College Madrid, the British School of Madrid, along with students from all over the world. The Student Leadership Weekend provides leadership training and development for senior pupils in Years 11-13 from COBIS - Council of British International Schools. Head Girl, Martha Swallow, said, “we were placed into groups with people from all over the world and worked with them to produce a presentation about a global issue that we would be able to combat locally. We took part in workshops, such as public speaking and presentation skills, and took part in a scavenger hunt through the centre of Madrid. It was such an amazing experience and one that we have both learned so much from.” click here click here click here click here