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KAR Weekly Newsletter 25/02/22

This week's message from Principal, Mrs Williams.

Friday 25 February 2022

A bumper edition with so much going on, we really have pressed the reset button. So I won’t take up too much space; I will ask you to check out our ECO section as we are looking for help and volunteers!


Thursday 3 March World Book Day

  1. We are excited to be celebrating World Book Day this year with a dress UP day, as well as holding several literacy-based events during the day.  Students are encouraged to dress up as a recognisable character from a book and will need to register their interest with their tutor beforehand.  This is NOT a non-uniform day, but an opportunity for all students who wish to take part in a celebratory event to do so.  

World Book Day celebrates the past, present and future of children's  literature on its 25th anniversary, with a continued commitment to promote  reading for pleasure and offer every child a book of


  1. World Book day in the LRC

To celebrate world book day on Thursday 3rd March there will be a competition in the LRC.

Inspired by Charlotte Bronte’s miniature handmade books that she wrote in 1830 when she was 14, students will be shown how to make their own. They will then write a short story in miniature. There will be objects and photographs in the LRC to help inspire the imagination. The best tiny short story will win a copy of the graphic novel Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg. This immersive book is based on the imaginary world the Bronte’s created when they were children.

‘’ Glass Town is the perfect combination of clever, crazy, and just a tiny bit creepy, and will appeal to anyone who has wondered about how imagination shapes us.’’



Thank you, Mrs Colbourne



Year 10 Trip to Shakespeare's Globe

It is with great excitement that we are able to offer our Year 10s a trip to see a special school's production of 'Macbeth' on Monday 14th March.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for students, not only to watch a live theatre production of the play on Shakespeare's stage, but to revise the play in preparation for the Summer exams. Tickets are limited so please look out for the letter via Edulink and the payment details on Parent Pay.  If you know your child will benefit from this amazing cultural experience, please complete the Financial Assistance Form found on our website:



Year 10 Work Experience

A reminder for all parents and carers of Year 10 students that the first payment of £20 is due for work experience.   Please login to ParentPay and choose the service called Work Experience 2022.  



Eco Hub News

Change the date! We are hoping for some lovely volunteers (yes we are talking to you Mums/Dads/Carers), to help us dig a pond and plant some bulbs and generally have a tidy up. The date will be Sat 26th March starting at 9:30am. Please get in touch with Ms Pillar and Mrs Holmes if you are interested.

This week we put together our bird table and have positioned it on the decking of the Eco Hut (hopefully out of the wind). Our motion capture camera is now trained on it so we are hoping to spot all sorts of feathered friends. We will keep you posted!





Does my child have SEND?

It is important to remember that all children develop at different times. But if over time your child appears to have greater difficulty in areas of their learning or social and emotional development than other children of the same age or, if your child appears to have some specific difficulties e.g. physically or with their hearing or vision, they may be assessed to have SEND. 

To address some of these initial concerns/worries, ESCC have compiled contact information for a range of support services together in one place, for common areas of concern a parent/carer may have about their child’s health and wellbeing as they grow up.

This document can be located  here:  on the Local Offer.



Catering Update

  1. Year 10 and 11 students can now buy breakfast from the main dining room and take the food to their key stage area 
  2. ParentPay - as we are a cashless school we would prefer parents/carers to "top up" their child's lunch account via their ParentPay account. We have now reopened the "cash re-val top up" machine in the main dining room for the students to put cash on their account if they need to
  3. Pancake Day - 1st March 2022.  We will be having a themed Pancake Day on Tuesday March 1st 2022, please see attached flyer with details



Ronnie competition reminder.

The closing date is Friday 18 March.  Make sure you get your guesses in the box located at reception and please donate any of the following items;

Treats for dogs, cats and rabbits

Good quality wet tinned dog food



Old towels

Let's show the RSPCA our support!  Many thanks Miss Beattie and Ronnie.




Two exciting staff vacancies

We have two posts available 1) Marketing, Transition and Admissions Manager and 2) Teaching Assistant.  Job details and an application form can be found on the school website:


  1. Post 1

Marketing, Transition and Admissions Manager

Permanent 37 hours per week, TTO + 2 additional weeks

Salary: KGA Pay Scale Band 7 ie: £25481pa to £29577pa to be pro-rated

We are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivational individual to undertake the roles and responsibilities of this unique and rarely available position. We are seeking a colleague who will be the face and point of contact at King’s Academy Ringmer in the community, proactively developing the school’s public profile and reputation both in person and through digital marketing communication.  This role presents an exciting opportunity for someone to bring their vision to further develop our thriving school community.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the student recruitment cycle from primary feeder schools as well as in year admissions. You will lead on all aspects of marketing and admissions to meet the schools’ objectives, making sure all functions are performed in a timely, efficient, and effective manner, as well as leading on marketing campaigns, open days and events.


  1. Post 2

Teaching Assistant

Permanent 24 hours per week, TTO

Salary: KGA Pay Scale Band 2 ie: £18329pa to £18562pa to be pro-rated

Teaching Assistant required asap to work within the college to support students with individual needs.  To work one-to-one or with small groups of students to support their individual and collective development, both academically and in their general wellbeing.  The successful candidate will support the SENCO and Teaching Assistant team to help improve student outcomes and raising standards.

Work pattern - 8.30am to 3.30pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  6 hours a day plus an unpaid lunch break



Invite to be part of The Beacon Show – Seaford Contemporary Illustrators and Printmakers (SCIP)

Our students have been invited to be part of a forthcoming public arts exhibition: The Beacon Show, this summer on Seaford beach. 

You can submit entries in two different ways, either as an illustration or as a written story or poem. The winning entries will be selected by our SCIP Youth programme members, the SCIP team and editor Libby Hamilton from Rocket Bird Books, and exhibited on Seaford beach for the entire summer!

The deadline for submitting your entries is the 28 FebruaryIllustration or hand written submissions can be posted to SCIP C/O Seaford Town Council, 37 Church Street, Seaford BN25 1HG.  Written submissions can also be emailed to



Friday Club at St Mary's Church

They are holding a Toy and Bake sale on Saturday 26 March, 10-12 in the church and church room, Ringmer with all proceeds going to Raystede.  They are therefore asking for donations of toys, games or books for this event.

Friday Club is a group of Yr 8 and 9 students who meet regularly for fun and activities and they have chosen Raystede as their project for the spring.

Donations can be left for the attention of Mr Peacock at reception. 

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.  Marisa Hayes, Club Coordinator 



Safeguarding Focus

Allsorts Youth Project

Allsorts Youth Project is a Brighton-based organisation supporting children and families who identify as LGBTQ+.  They are seeking to build a network in East Sussex, and are holding a launch event in Hastings on 17th February.  Please note: if you don't register you won't be permitted into the event.



New self-harm training for educators and parents/carers – supporting LGBTQ+, neuro-diverse, and Electively Home Educated children and young people who are self-harmingAllsorts are supporting the work of West Sussex Mind and YMCA Downslink Group in delivering the Pan-Sussex Self-harm Learning Networks, through additional sessions to aid understanding and effective response. 

Workshops for parents and carers of LGBT+Children/Young People

Please note: these workshops have been informed by the focus groups with parents and carers of LGBT+ CYP

Workshop for Parents/Carers of LGBT+ Children/Young People who Self-Harm

Thursday 21st April, 6-9pm

Workshop for Parents/Carers of Neurodiverse LGBT+ Children/Young People

Thursday 19th May, 6-9pm

Workshop for Parents/Carers of LGBT+ Children/Young People who are not in Mainstream Education

Thursday 9th June, 6-9pm

This is a great opportunity for further learning and to enhance understanding and practice with specific cohorts of children and young people.  The sessions will consist of training and resources, followed by facilitated discussion groups.



Volunteer with Families

Rother Community Support Team are running a free countywide online induction course for anyone who would like to volunteer with families. The course is six sessions over three weeks and topics include Health & Safety, Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding. It’s a brilliant way for parents to gain confidence, especially if they are thinking of getting back to work. 

For further information please see below or email:




Finally, check out local newspaper, The Brighton Independent, they have a 25-page supplement this week, packed with fantastic photographs from Storm Eunice featuring photographs by our very own, photographer in residence, Mr Peacock!



Have a great weekend.


Kind regards


Sian Williams