Menu
translate drop-down-arrow address frog facebook arrow-right-swiper phone arrow-left-swiper scroll-down scroll-up right-arrow-link twitter search email instagram
Nightingale Academy

Learning with truth and love

Interactive Bar

Welcome

Learning with truth and love

COVID-19 Update - Friday 26 June 2020

THE SCHOOL IS OPEN for YEAR 10 Lessons ONLY

Our thirteenth week of school closure draws to an end. This would have been the week 4 of our final half term leading up to the Summer break.

 

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”

Roy T. Bennett

 

A positive attitude can recreate your reality. Much of what we see in the world is a reflection of how we feel inside. The brain is literally creating your experience of life moment to moment, and part of this is by top-down processes. This means that your prefrontal cortex, the newest part of your brain in evolutionary terms, which deals with your thoughts, is relaying information to your mammalian cortex, which handles emotions. These emotions then go on to inform deeper and older parts of the brain, including sensory experience and pain. This means that when we say a positive attitude can recreate your reality, it’s not just a metaphor, it’s a physiological fact! I have on my office desk as smallish black pebble given to me by my children. On it there is writing which says:

 

“Fall seven times and stand up eight.”

 

It is times like now that a positive, forward looking attitude is more important than ever. For me that black pebble on my desk is a constant reminder that our school community grows stronger each and every time we stand back up.

 

As you know year 10 lessons have been taking place this week and I for one was so excited to be back in the classroom teaching – after three months I was beginning to think I had forgotten what to do. Ten minutes into a lesson though and you are back in the zone! A huge thank you to parents / carers for trusting us with the safety of your children once again. Without exception the year 10 pupils attending lessons over the course of the week have done you proud in the mature way they have observed and respected social distancing within the school. It gives us all real hope and encouragement for what may become a fully reopened school in September.

 

We continue to be enormously grateful for the work parents/ carers are doing in supporting their children with home schooling. We understand it is a difficult situation. In response to feedback we have asked teachers to adjust the amount of work they are expecting pupils to complete at home. As a rule of thumb we are guiding staff to allow twice the amount of time it would take to complete a task in a lesson - this will give recognition to the fact, with the absence of a teacher, additional activities (such as research, emailing questions, watching tutorial videos) need to take place needs in order for your child to fully understand what is required.

 

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.

 

ETON COLLEGE – Online courses

A reminder that we have secured FREE quality online training provided by ETON COLLEGE. In the end we decided to send the link via email to all year 11 and 12 students and texted parents to both let them know that this had been done but also encourage your child to sign up. The two courses on offer are:

 

     Reslience–self study    Making an Impact

Click this link to see an overview of the two courses to help you decide which one is most appropriate for you.

 

We are here to help and support

If you are struggling financially in any way please do contact the school in confidence. There are many things we can do to signpost you to support.

 

A Uniform Appeal - reminder

If your child has grown out of their uniform, including pairs of shoes where there is still a good deal of life left in them, we would really appreciate your donations. If you could wash the items you wish to donate (not the shoes of course!), put them into a bag and drop them off outside reception when you are next on one of your socially distanced walks we would be most grateful.

 

Safeguarding

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.

 

If you are worried that someone is in immediate risk of significant harm, please do not use this reporting facility, but dial 999 immediately.    

 

This week in school:

 

Don’t forget:

 

1. Chapter TEAMS meetings for years 7 8 and 9 are weekly recurring event.

 

If parents/ carers haven’t opted their child into these meetings, first give your consent (click here) and then ask your child to email their chapter leader directly through their school email account to discover the time and date of the next meeting.

 

2. Year 10 lessons are taking place.

 

Parents / carers can still opt your child into these lessons at any point – just ensure that you inform the school in good time so we can make the necessary arrangements. We are unable to admit students to the school building if they are not pre-booked.

 

Accessing student work online

Year 9 and 10 pupils should be logging into their school email to check out direct communications from their class teachers. We will now send a weekly reminder text to all year 9 and 10 parents to remind you that your child should be logging into their school email account each Monday morning. We are now emailing work to both students and parents/ carers to help you know what work is being set and enable you to support your child in managing their time to complete the work.

 

Pupils in years 9 and 10 should be logging into their school email accounts on a daily basis in order to access the work teachers are setting for the week ahead. All work is set by the Monday morning of each week and follows a standardised format. In particular, to support parents, we have included success criteria for what a good piece of work looks like as well as supportive guidance notes, which will often include links to useful tutorial videos.

 

Please encourage your child to pose questions to their class teacher if they need help completing a task and encourage them to submit completed work back to their class teacher.

 

Class teachers are constantly on the lookout for outstanding pieces of work from students that they can include the in THE GALLERY showcase.

 

Class teachers are awarding 50 Trackit points for work submitted by pupils that responds to the success criteria indicated for each task. Where they feel a piece of work is of notable quality they are awarding a further 100 points for including it in the weekly GALLERY.

 

Year 7 and 8 pupils should be using the school website to access their school work for the coming week. We will now send a weekly reminder text to all year 7 and 8 parents/ carers to let you know that the work for the coming week is loaded onto the school website.

 

Pupils in years 7 and 8 should be accessing the school website under the STUDENT tab in order to collect the work set by subject teachers for the week ahead. In a similar fashion to year 9 and 10 all work set by subject teachers follows the same standardised format with the same level of supportive guidance. Work set for year 7 and 8 pupils is closely linked to the subject curricula so it is really important that your child is completing the work set to the best of their ability – taking particular note of the success criteria. Please encourage your child to pose questions to their class teacher if they need help completing a task and encourage them to submit completed work back to their class teacher.

 

Class teachers are constantly on the lookout for outstanding pieces of work from students that they can include the in THE GALLERY showcase.

 

Class teachers are awarding Trackit points for work submitted by pupils that responds to the success criteria indicated for each task. Where they feel a piece of work is of notable quality they are awarding a further 100 points for including it in the weekly GALLERY.

 

For technical issues, parents and carers are asked to email their request to our IT team at: ictsupport@thekings.staffs.sch.uk

 

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 ict support. If your child does not have access to a laptop please contact the school in order for us to see what we might be able to do.

 

The following are currently free platforms and recommended for use

 

Duolingo

www.thenational.academy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

 

Head of School Weekly Challenges to challenges@thekings.staffs.sch.uk

 

Many congratulations to Katie Challinor and Harry Cresswell who are joint winners of the £40 Amazon voucher for their entries on ‘Shock and Awe’. They each receive a £20 amazon voucher.

 

If you took time as a family to think about the Desert Island food challenge, then click here for the answers. My favourite food is ‘party rings’

 

Challenge 1: I love being a teacher because…..

Here is another of our family fun challenges where you find out a little bit more about the staff here at The King’s. Members of staff have given us a statement as to why they love being a teacher (click here). We would like you to identify which statement belongs to which member of staff. Do you really know what drives and motivates your teachers……..

 

Challenges two and three stay in place from last week:

 

Challenge 2: Parables – Balcony images

This challenge is tied to winning a £20 Amazon voucher. It is being set jointly by myself, Chaplain Letty and the Art department. We are looking for four different parables to be converted into images that we can then display on the glass panels that surround the central atrium in the school. Winning images are going to be in place for a long period of time, so winners will leave a visible legacy behind after they leave the school.

 

Challenge 3

My second challenge this week is a continuation of the matchstick problem from last week. With 24 matchsticks or similar can you construct:

  • eight squares
  • nine squares
  • twenty squares
  • forty-two squares

 

In each case you must use all 24 matchsticks. Each of these is a separate problem so send in your photos as you succeed with each one.

 

It only remains for you to now click across and check out our Gallery: week 13. Enjoy!

Get In Touch

Information Block

Top