King's Academy Ringmer weekly newsletter 11/11/22
This week's message from our principal, Mrs Williams.
We are almost there with the Year 11 first round of Mocks and I have to again say how impressed I am with their attitude to study. They should be very proud of themselves. A thank you goes out to all the staff who, wherever I turn, are offering last minute revision help and tackling piles of marking. Students and staff will be able to let their hair down a bit Friday for our Children in Need event. There will be lots of events at break and lunch so bring a bit of extra cash. There will also be the opportunity for parents to contribute directly to us via Parentpay if you would prefer your child not to bring cash into school. Although they will have to pay for cakes and participatory events such as Mr Wood's Penalty Shoot-out, Mr Moffat's Conker Championship, Ms Urquhart's House Boombastic and the Bake Sale on the day with cash!
We are very much aware that the 142 bus is extremely busy and staff, parents and students have expressed their concerns about safety. We have contacted the bus company ourselves on several occasions and asked them to address this as a priority. They have assured us they will, however if you wish to write to ESCC to support us it would add weight to our concerns.
Amazing News – DfE Sustainability Award
The Education Estates Department for Education Sustainability Award was presented by Mrs Williams to the KS3 students at morning assembly on Wednesday 9 November and the KS4 on Thursday (we have to have separate assemblies now as we are so big). Luke O'Sullivan accepted the award on behalf of King's Academy Ringmer's Eco Reps LS4 and Fraser Hammond for KS4. We thanked them and all the Eco Reps for all their hard work, passion and efforts that have helped lead us to winning the award. Mrs Williams spoke to the students about how it's their commitment to the environment, led by the projects and work they feel need to be tackled, that has been key to the school winning the award, and they should feel as proud of their efforts as we do.
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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/send-clinic-tickets-439508871867
Unfortunately, with the weather turning and the clocks changing we have had a number of fixtures cancelled for circumstances beyond our control. We are doing the best we can to ensure that these fixtures will be rearranged as soon as possible.
Lesson News - With the weather changing we will always do our best to be outside for our timetabled lessons. We have noticed that a number of students are not coming prepared for lessons, in wearing the appropriate clothing. To keep warm students are able to wear Under Armour/skins under their kits as well as being encouraged to wear the school PE fleeces, unfortunately we do not allow hooded tops of any sort for safety reasons in lessons.
We have a limited amount of spare kit for lessons, can I please ask if you have any issues with purchasing/providing kit then can you please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please can you ensure that your son/daughter’s PE kit is labelled with their name, as this will make the return of the kit much easier should it be left/misplaced.
Unfortunately, the 12th November gardening morning has had to be postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances. Mrs Teague is working on a new date and will confirm this as soon as possible. She sends her apologies to the Eco Reps and will keep everyone informed on the new date.
Mrs Teague has been speaking to the Eco Reps about a termly Eco Newsletter the Reps will be creating, to provide useful facts and information to both students and parents, as well as providing an update on their Eco activities. Mrs Teague has a list of those Eco Reps who are interested in working on this, if any Reps who haven't signed up would also like to contribute, please contact Mrs Teague at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ringmer Primary School – Fireworks on 18 November 2022
Fireworks, BBQ and Bar from 6pm on 18 November 2022. Fireworks at 7pm. For tickets see link below:
Facebook event https://fb.me/e/1Mx0BASaO
Bird & Bird Law Event – Careers at a Global Law Firm – Tuesday 15 November 2022 from 5pm to 6pm
Thinking about a career in Law? On Tuesday 15th November from 5:00pm - 6:00pm Young Professionals are hosting an online event with international law firm Bird & Bird.
Bird & Bird is an international law firm with a focus on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world. With over 1400 lawyers in 31 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, a career with Bird & Bird could take you all over the world.
The support Bird & Bird provide to aspiring cohorts of diverse potential leaders of the firm is demonstrated through their school-leaver and graduate programme. Join us to hear more about their fantastic programmes they lead within the firm.
If you are fortunate to be part of this cohort you will be given the time and space to focus on what you want from your career and what really matters to you. Bird & Bird spend time thinking about what being a leader of the firm really means and what it takes for you personally to get there.
Throughout the event you will get some incredible insights from top lawyers at the firm and leave with a really great understanding of the many routes into this specialist area of law.
To sign up to this online event click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Bird-Bird-Law
Safeguarding - Coerced online child sexual abuse - Help for parents (UK Safer Internet Centre)
The UKSIC report that more than a quarter of girls who took part in their survey have had some kind of experience of receiving a request for nude or semi-nude photos or videos.
Children can be groomed, coerced or encouraged into sexual activities online. Any child with unsupervised access to the internet is potentially at risk.
To help parents understand this difficult topic and talk to their children, the UKSIC has produced a checklist and resources about online sexual abuse.
Find the information here: https://saferinternet.org.uk/online-issue/coerced-online-child-sexualabuse