This week's message from Principal, Mrs Williams.
So once again we have new guidance for the use of face coverings in school. What is important to note is that while cases remain low in school, they remain at a steady constant and are not decreasing. I am happy to say that students no longer wear face coverings in classrooms as they are fairly static and we do know that it has an impact on their learning. However, whilst the guidance for communal areas will be removed next Thursday 27th, school leaders have been advised that they can make their own decisions based on the context of the school and what I have decided about communal areas for the rest of this term.
So far we have, as a community, supported each other exceptionally and made sensible decisions, I thank you in advance for your continuing support of the way the school manages Covid.
Young Gentleman’s Project
We have reached a milestone in our Young Gentleman's project. This week students who are participating met formally with each other, the project leader and their parents to express their ongoing commitment to the project and its values. They have been working with 'Standing Ovation’ for some weeks already and this week was a very significant moment for them. I am exceptionally proud of what they have achieved so far and look forward to their graduation at the end of the programme.
Trip to Rampion Visitors Centre
A small group of eco-minded students, with thoughts of a possible scientific or engineering careers, visited Rampion Visitor Centre in Kings Road arches, on Brighton seafront on Monday. The visit was arranged via the East Sussex County Council 'Open Doors Project'. East Sussex businesses literally 'open their doors' for students to visit and learn about career opportunities. Students engaged with interactive displays to discover the importance of offshore wind energy; learn about the Rampion Wind Farm story and explore how this relates to climate change and modern lifestyles. The two-hour workshop session included a mixture of practical activities focused on wind power, renewable energy, and climate change. Practicals included hands-on activities like measuring wind speed and wind direction and using model turbines to see how you can produce maximum power output. The centre uses the latest in interactive displays, games and videos, as well as a 360o virtual reality experience that takes you out to the wind farm itself! Students also discussed career options and how many different types of jobs such a company employs, from the initial application of the wind farm to the present day operation, Rampion have employed over 600 staff. Students were all so surprised by the very mild winter's day, it was so beautiful and so warm they had lunch sat on the beach basking in the sunshine. Perhaps a bit ironic as we had learnt so much about climate change...
End of Summer Term 2022
Please be aware that King’s Academy Ringmer WILL be open as usual for all students on Friday 22 July 2022. However, we will be finishing earlier as follows:
Years 7 and 8 leave at 12.15pm / Years 9, 10 and 11 leave at 12.20pm
Art classes and book club in the LRC
As we start the New Year, just a reminder that there are two art classes taking place every week at lunchtime in the LRC. Run by an experienced art educator these are very relaxed and creative classes with a strong emphasis on creativity for wellbeing. Thursday is creative journaling and Friday is paper art, recycling old damaged books into art. All equipment is provided, students just need to come along.
We are also looking for more students to join the KS3 book club. This is a great time to join as we will choosing our new book next week. The book club takes place on Wednesday lunchtimes in the LRC. Thank you, Mrs Colbourne.
Rapture Dance Company is looking for several new members to be part of the company club. There is a rehearsal after school each week. If you are a dancer or enjoy dance and would like to join the company, please see Ms Braggins in the PE office on Monday lunchtime or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a fantastic opportunity to perform at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne in March. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Braggins on the email above.
Are you eligible for free school meals?
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
• Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guarantee element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
A free school meals application form can be found on the following website:
Are you looking to develop your filmmaking skills? Do you see yourself working in the Film and TV industry?
Screen and Film School Brighton's Level 3 Extended Diploma in Filmmaking is a highly practical vocational program that will develop the skills required to enable you to enter higher education and the wider industry. Study at one of the top film schools in the UK! Attend an in-person Open Evening to find out more about our Further Education offering in Filmmaking! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screen-and-film-school-brighton-extended-diploma-open-evening-tickets-171749807297?aff=Website
Interested in pursuing a career in the Creative Industries?
The UK Visual Effects industry is booming and leading studios are actively looking for the next generation of young talent to get involved. Whether your son/daughter is interested in studying Film, TV, Art, VFX, Computer Animation, IT or even Data Science, there is a place in this industry that will suit them.
Rather than travelling the country to introduce VFX to our school, higher education provider Escape Studios is bringing this FREE VFX Virtual Roadshow, funded by ScreenSkills*, direct to your screen.
Free dentistry conference for students in Year 10 and 11 who are interested in undertaking a career in medical sciences
Please see the letter from the University of Birmingham.
Healthy Eating: Food Scanner App (Public Health England)
The NHS Food Scanner app brings food labels to life and helps you make healthier choices. Simply scan the barcode to see how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in your food and drink then choose one of the healthier swap suggestions.
The app is part of a healthy eating campaign and the 'scan, swipe, swap' take-home pack has plenty of resources to help encourage children to build healthier habits for life.
Find the resources here: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/healthy-eating/overview