COVID-19 Update - Friday 1 May 2020
THE SCHOOL REMAINS CLOSED
The school continues to provide a childcare service to those parents and carers who are key worker and those students who are most vulnerable students. That said, our message remains clear, those children who are able to remain at home, must stay at home.
Our sixth week of school closure draws to an end. This would have been the week 3 of our Summer term.
Please watch out for an email from your child’s chapter leader this week. We are emailing all pupils to ask how they are getting on. Please encourage your child to respond, even if it is to only say that they are ok.
I am heading up this week’s news round up with some amazing opportunities available to our older students, including year 11s.
MORGAN SINDALL Construction are offering a virtual work experience over the course of a week working alongside industry experts - click here to take a look.
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS with some top flight careers and they include the opportunity of 1-2-1 career coaching - click here to take a look.
You snooze – you lose. You will have to be quick because these offers will be snapped up quickly by pupils from other schools.
As a reminder the PETXI accredited courses are available for one more week:
Customer Services Level 2: 4-Day
Personal Development for Employability Level 2: 4-Day
Health and Social care Level 2: 10-day
IT User Skills Qualification NCFE: 5 day
Take a look here for more info.
6th Form Applications
Applications are now welcome to join the Sixth Form at The King's. The King's Sixth Form relaunched in 2019 and has expanded its range of courses for 2020-21. There are distinct advantages to attending The King’s Sixth form:
- Small class sizes
- A Bespoke curriculum
- Bespoke university and careers guidance
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award at bronze, silver and gold levels
- A free Chromebook on enrolment
- Free on-site gym access
- Dedicated Sixth Form areas
- Work Experience
If you have been considering Sixth Form at The King's, now is the time to apply. Follow this link to fill out an online application form (click link), or for more information visit the Sixth Form section of website or contact Mr Worthington directly.
If you are worried about any member of our school community, please either visit https://swgfl.org.uk/whisper/twf1 or send a text message (anonymously) to 07860 021 323 starting your message with TWF1. This facility can be used by students, parents, carers and other family members.
We are pleased to announce the launch our virtual transition website. Parents/ carers of pupils joining the school from September 2020 will have received a welcome email and a link to this website. Our transition programme will now move forward, so keep an eye out for further emails and updates to the transition website.
Accessing student work online
The following guidance for accessing work set by teachers remains the same:
All pupils should be using their Office365 account and have received an email with a link to their own work folder from which to access all subjects. If your child is struggling to access their Office 365 account or specific subject material there are two avenues of support:
- help in accessing the Office365 account is available her: https://thekings.staffs.sch.uk/online-learning/.
- For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended online platforms:
- MyMaths (school subscription)
- SAMLearning (school subscription)
- GCSEPOD (school subscription)
- Musicfirst https://thekings.musicfirst.co.uk (school subscription)
Again if there are any issues accessing platforms where we have a school subscription (e.g. forgotten login names/ passwords) contact out IT Support team.
The following are currently free platforms and recommended for use:
This week we have added the online audible books platform. This is currently free to use and a great tool if you don’t particularly enjoy reading to yourself. Here you can have someone read to you. Miss Williams has chosen two books for this week, one for upper school and one for lower school, take a look here for more info.
We have included this week a useful guide for parents on how to interact with your child’s reading and encourage this very important habit.
To support conversations at home on the importance of keeping a structured routine we have included a short video and a checklist document - click here to view both. We hope that you find these useful.
Year 10 parents / carers
Please remember to encourage your child to login to their school email each day. Year 10 class teachers are using their class distribution emails to communicate work that needs completing.
Challenge 1: City in the Sky
My first challenge this week is centred around a documentary on BBC2 called ‘City in the Sky’. The challenge I am setting you is to watch the programme and then to present a summary of the key facts/ information shared in the programme. You can present this in whatever way you see fit. All entries will be potential winners of a £20 Amazon voucher. The school governors will decide the winner from all the entries submitted.
Challenge 2: Rolls Royce Young Designer Competition
Check out this web address for more information
If you do decide to enter then please send a copy of your entry to us as well as Rolls Royce.
Challenge 3: VE Day Friday 8th May 2020
The Royal British Legion have launched their ‘Tommy in the Window’ campaign. This is about ensuring that every household marks VE day in some visible way. So The King’s challenge is to decorate the front of your own house in any of the following ways:
- Create your own Tommy soldier figure to display in your front window – dedicate it to a past family member who fought in any of the wars across the world.
- Create some bunting. We have included instructions on how you can do this here.
Before you put your decorations up send in a photo of what you have created.
Challenge 4: TOILET ROLL CHALLENGE
Mr Worthington’s toilet roll challenge remains live for this coming week as the attempts are still coming in thick and fast.
We hope as many students, parents and carers as possible take up these challenges. We would love to hear and see you success stories. We’ve set up a dedicated email address so you can do just that - email@example.com. We will share some of your replies at our next Friday update.
Home Schooling Challenges – Years 7- 9
We have updated the home school challenges for next week. They are there to supplement material posted on the school sharepoint and for all the family to get involved in.
If you complete any of these challenges then send your responses to you class teachers. We will include some of the best ones in next Friday’s news round up.