King's Academy Ringmer weekly newsletter 21/10/22
This week's message from our principal, Mrs Williams.
Friday 21 October 2022
Success on a Global Stage
We are delighted to announce that due to the hard work of our Eco Coordinators past and present (Mr Green, Ms Pillar, Ms Holmes and Mrs Teague) and our Eco Reps, KAR have won the prestigious award Department for Education for Sustainability at the Education Estates Awards this week.
The judges said the impact of our work is huge not only within the school but also for the community – Our academy is a shining example of ‘a Green School’ and deserves recognition for its fantastic Eco Warriors and staff.
Mrs Williams presented to the judges as part of the final three and, as well as sharing our Eco resources such as the wind turbine and the solar panels, explained how we, through our curriculum and our Eco hub, encourage the student body to ‘think like Environmentalists’. The DfE lead judge said it was this mission and our Eco values that helped them make the final decision. The school’s values encompass sustainability and the environment. It is a true reflection of who we are as an academy:
· Kind: To our environment, to ourselves, the planet and our fellow humans, animals and plants
· Ambitious: Aim high - what can you do to improve your impact on the environment
· Resilient: Don’t give up - small wins make such a difference, especially if everyone does that little bit more
Year 10 Work Experience - 3 - 7 July 2023
All students should now have their logins to the Aspire work placement site and should be making their choices. Please support them with this at home if necessary. The instructions are in their PSHE Classroom area. If they have lost / cannot find their login details they should email Ms Dormer or Ms Hunnisett. The deadline for making their initial choices is 31st October, so that the company we employ to make the placements can begin the task of organising them.
If your child is completing their WEX with you, or sorting out the placement themselves, they must still fill in all the details on the Aspire website under 'Own placement'. Aspire will then follow this up with the company and complete the necessary checks.
Mrs Malik’s SEND Clinic
King's Academy Ringmer are now running a SEND clinic for parents/carers with children who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The 20 minute slots will be with Mrs Malik, SENCO, and will be face to face meetings. Please follow the link for more details and to book a session:
Ronnie will be turning 2 on Tuesday 1st November
If you have any toys or treats that you would like to donate to Ronnie for when she is in school I know she would appreciate it. Many thanks, Miss Beattie (PA to Ronnie)
Cross Country Competition
We had a great time competing and organising this year's inter school cross-country competition. We took competitors from Year 7 & 8, both boys and girls running distances of 1 mile, 1.5 miles and 2 miles. Mr Coulthard and Mr Wood were kept busy cheerleading the students on to the finish line!
Free School Meal Vouchers for October half term break 2022
If you qualify for free school meals you will receive an email in the next few days with the voucher for the October half term break. Please note the expiry date on the voucher as this date cannot be changed
Y11 Work Experience opportunities over half term
Please see the message below from Young Professionals who are offering a range of great opportunities for young people next week:
We have a number of fantastic online Work Experience opportunities coming up this October Half Term for your students to get involved with.
Monday 24th October from 9am - 4pm we’re hosting a virtual Careers in Business, Accounting and Finance Work Experience day. We have Big 4 constituents PwC and KPMG as well as Grant Thornton, Mazars and CIMA joining us to run a variety of workshops and real-life case study activity sessions to give students a taste of professional life at each company. Registration link here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Business-Accounting-Finance-WEX
Tuesday 25th October is our virtual Law Work Experience with Browne Jacobson from 9am - 4:30pm. If you're interested in a career in the legal profession and are looking to secure a training contract, work experience, a Solicitor apprenticeship, an in-house GC role or gain a Pupillage – then attending this event will increase your chance of success.
Following on from the student day time event we are going to be running a shorter parent / guardian event that will discuss the kinds of careers within the legal industry, legal apprenticeships and where to find them with a Q&A to wrap things up. This is from 6:00pm - 7:15pm. The same Zoom link will be used for both events.
Registration link here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Browne-Jacobson-Law-Work-Experience
Tuesday 25th October is our online Careers in Engineering, Construction and Property Development Work Experience. We have Mott MacDonald, Berkeley Group, British Airways, Babcock International and Siemens joining us for a day of interactive sessions and workshops. Registration link here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Engineering-WEX
Our final online event for the week is our virtual Careers in Technology Work Experience taking place on Wednesday 26th October from 9am - 3pm. For this we have BT, PwC, Capgemini, WTW and World Wide Technology joining us again to run various workshops, activities and Q&A sessions. Registration link here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TechTheFuture-WEX
We also have 3 in-person Work Experience days happening over half term with BT in Birmingham (Monday 24th), Manchester (Tuesday 25th) and London (Thursday 27th) from 1pm - 5pm. If you're interested in attending one of these you’ll find all the sign up links here: https://linktr.ee/youngprouk
Certificates of completion will be awarded for all of the events to students who complete the full days.
Volunteer morning – Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust – plant up Ringmers New Wetland
The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust have been working on new ponds to create a wetland in the Cheyney field in Ringmer. They are planting up the area to improve the habitat and are asking for volunteers to help them on Tuesday 25th October 10am-12pm during half term, they will provide gloves and tools. Please see attached flyer for more information. Don't forget your wellies!
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
Photo competition just for fun, open to both students and staff - Animal selfies!
Take a selfie with your pet, a family member's pet, a friend's pet or an animal you come across while you are out and about (please ask permission before taking pictures with someone's dog while out walking !)
Fur, feather, scales and shells are all welcome.
The big challenge is to see if you can link the photo to a book you are reading in school or a topic / case study you are learning about.
Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th November.
Could you help with our Future Day?
We are organising a KAR Futures Day for Year 8 students in March 2023. It will be an opportunity for our year 8 students to have exposure to a variety of careers.
We would like to make sure everyone has the chance to see as many different career paths as possible, especially one’s they had never even considered before. Please could you email email@example.com if you would be interested in offering your time to help support our Futures day.
We encourage you to pass on our request to family and friends if you feel they would be an inspiration to our young people.
Save The Date: Eastbourne Jubilee Green Canopy Team Planting on 19 November 2022 from 10am to noon
This is just a please-hold-the-date to let you know that we, in partnership with Treebourne, 3VA and Eastbourne Borough Council are planning a planting in memory of our late Queen at the Gates of Paradise, where Link Road meets Paradise Drive on Paradise Down, Eastbourne. From 10am to noon on Saturday 19 November in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and sunshine and a warm breeze.
Thank you, Eastbourne Jubilee Green Canopy Team
Safeguarding - Welfare of young people
A third of social media users aged between eight and 17 have the online age of an adult because they sign up with a false date of birth, according to new research. The fake age issue means that young users in the UK are at greater risk of being exposed to harmful or adult content, as platforms presume they are older than they in fact are. The majority of children aged between eight and 17 who use social media have their own profile on at least one of the main platforms, according to research commissioned by Ofcom. See https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/oct/11/adult-online-age-eight-to-17-year-old-social-media-users
Please see below photos of lost property currently being held in Reception at the school. If anyone wants to claim any items please come to reception or email firstname.lastname@example.org. None of the items are named.