King's Academy Ringmer Weekly Newsletter 23/09/22
This week's message from our principal, Mrs Williams.
An exciting and full-on week for staff and students alike. So much going on at Ringmer and so many opportunities.
A spectacular Open Evening last night with our QR code tally recording 860+ visitors. I had some lovely comments about how lovely the school looked and how confident and friendly the year 7 tour guides were. I am so proud of our academy; staff and student volunteers, from all year groups, excelled themselves last night. A thankyou also to all the parents who served as taxi drivers and patiently followed our one way system. You were part of a very successful event.
We had our first Senior Student Council meeting of the year chaired and organised by the students themselves with me as an invited attendee. The agenda considered charity and house events, safeguarding issues that they had spotted and wished to highlight, as well as a very exciting opportunity through the Wealden Partnership.
The Wealden Partnership
This is a group of local schools, including Ringmer ,Heathfield and Bedes who have joined together to network and provide extra curricular opportunities and support. The first event is a joint student council meeting taking place next week which 10 of our senior students will attend. This will be an opportunity for the students to shape the role of the partnership and plan events which they think will benefit the students and schools within the partnership. in its infancy but it looks very exciting.
Duke of Edinburgh
We also have some exciting news about the reinstatement of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at KAR. We are just in the final stages of organisation and will soon be sharing the details with year groups who will be eligible for the Bronze Award. I have warned Miss Smith, who will be the DofE coordinator, that we have been wanting this for a long time and she may well be inundated.
Since the beginning of term some of our year 9 and 10 boys have been working with this initiative. Initially funded by Hastings Clinical Commissioning Group the Maps to Manhood programme empowers young men with the skills, self-belief and courage to challenge existing notions of masculinity, gender inequality and the stigma surrounding mental health.
The impactful workshops are designed to create a safe space for young men to explore the importance of respectful relationships, positive mental health, vulnerability and connection so they can develop a compelling vision of the man they are becoming.
We have selected young men who are already positive role models within the academy to develop their skills even further. The feedback from them has been extremely positive and we are very proud of the work they are doing.
We are also very proud of the continuing work of our Eco warriors and have once again been acknowledged for the fabulous work we are doing. We have been selected as finalists for the Department for Education - Education Estates Award. The award is for sustainability and we are one of three finalists for this national award. I will be heading up to Manchester in October to the wards and representing the academy in our bid to win the ward. I will do my very best! Looking at the website and the other finalists - I think I will have to be on my very best behaviour.
Equipment Reminder – Basic Equipment List for Students
Two pens – 1 x blue or black and 1 x green for peer marking etc
1 x ruler
1 x sharpener
1 x eraser
1 x pencil
1 x calculator: Casio FX-83GT Plus
1 x book for silent reading
Year 11 Post 16 Careers Event
Event date: Thursday 6th October 2022
Event Location: KAR in the hall
Event time: 6-7pm
Local colleges will be attending for students to discuss what courses they offer and there will also be details of T-Levels and Apprenticeships.
We begin the year with safeguarding assemblies for all of our students. These assemblies are essential and enable us to ensure students know who to talk to, how to get in touch with us on the website if they need help and how to keep themselves safe online. Our website also has extensive wellbeing support for students, staff and parents with links to all sorts of help and support.
As we enter the 4th week of Term1 and the daylight hours seem to be getting shorter, a few points on safe travel to and from school for your son/ daughter.
Walking to and from school:
Stop, Look and Listen, don't take risks and avoid using your mobile phone when crossing the road.
Cross only at safe junctions or crossways.
Be vigilant of moving vehicles and traffic whilst walking along pathways, driveways and parked vehicles.
Do not be distracted by other students.
Travelling to and from school by public or school transport:
Always follow the bus drivers instructions.
Be kind to others and yourself.
Standing is only permitted on the lower deck of a bus.
Seating is for all students, please move bags if/ when needed.
Please read the ESCC transportation guidance: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BJXg6Ywr9OOxhV0IIj0HyJLgvqSkxYC3/view?usp=sharing
Duty staff will be wearing high viz vests for easy visibility and stationed at specific areas during breaks, lunches and end of the day.
SLT/ Pastoral staff will be vigilant along the front of the school and around to the side near to Harrisons Lane.
Here is the link to our safeguarding page which enables anyone to report a safeguarding concern with just two clicks from our home page.