We have been awarded a certificate from Total Energies to celebrate the fact we are using electricity that is 100% generated from renewable sources.
We are now well into our third block of period 7. This sees us setting a new record for the most period 7 we have ever been able to run in an academic year, COVID having scuppered our previous plans. The second half of the academic year sees lots of new sessions on offer across all three of our Period 7 categories: Mind, Body and Soul.
New sessions include: Sign Language, Ceramics, CSI, Ranger School, Reading, Orienteering, Virtual Reality Creative Writing, Classic Movies, Politics, Chinese Calligraphy, Team Building, Mindful Colouring, Hair and Beauty running alongside many popular favourites like Arabic, Small Animal Studies, Rockets and Spheros.
Two of our new Period 7 sessions are focused around preparing for our upcoming Performing Arts shows – Technical Production who are focused on getting to grips with the lighting and sound, and our Set Design and Construction period 7 who are shaping all sorts of things out of wood currently.
We have been fortunate enough to have an external company, Archimake running a set of Period 7 sessions for our Year 7 students. During the sessions they are learning about some inspirational Architects like Richard Rogers – exploring their work and influences. As well as being guided in how to draw like architects – covering perspective, section drawings and lots more. Archimake run a range of courses for primary and secondary aged students both during term time and as holiday clubs.
Our body options have switched to summer sports, in the anticipation that we can develop some great skills ahead of Summer term competitions. Tennis, Athletics, Rounders and Cricket all in action outside, along with some volleyball, table tennis, dodgeball, dance and yoga taking place inside. Huge thanks to Menace sports who are continuing to run two sessions a week for us – previously Bootcamp, now Tennis.
In addition to Period 7 we have some great new lunchtime clubs that have started up. These have brought in many of those summer sports mentioned above and added in some new opportunities include Badminton, Italian Language, Mindful Crafts and Strategy Games – huge thanks to the staff and parents who give up their time to run these for our students. If any student would like to join an additional club they should contact the member of staff running it.
Thinking forward – if you are a parent, volunteer or local company that would like to offer a lunchtime club or Period 7 for our students in the future, please drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org – we would love to talk to you!
The consensus of opinion from our recent consultation with parents and students was two-thirds in favour of changing the length of the school day. We will therefore be going ahead with the changes from September 2022.
This means that we will re-arrange the school day to finish at 3.30pm from Monday through to Thursday and will continue to finish at 2.30pm on Fridays. The school day from Monday to Thursday will be shortened by reducing morning form time to 25 minutes, shortening lunchtime to 45 minutes everyday and removing the 10 minute ‘break’ between period 6 and 7.
As outlined in our consultation, the advantages of doing this include:
- More productive use of staff and students time in the school day
- Improved staff wellbeing, retention and recruitment
- Continuing Period 7 whilst finishing at a comparable time to other schools
- More time for students to participate in independent study/other activities after school
In addition I would like to address some common questions raised during the consultation:
- Period 7 will remain a key part of our KWS curriculum, running from 3.00pm to 3.30pm Monday to Thursday.
- Students participating in Body options for P7 which require changing into PE kit, will have the option to do so at lunchtime.
- We are currently not using the full serving capacity of our food hall. We have three additional serving hatches which we will use as student numbers increase, along with other potential options to add more capacity, eg. pods in other areas of the site, as used by many other local secondary schools. We will also increase the number of till points in the main serving area.
- We appreciate that the change will cause issues for a handful of families that collect siblings from local primary schools before collecting students from KWS. We would like to reassure you that the school buildings will continue to remain open until at least 5pm and that students can make use of the supervised library facilities to do academic work until at least 4pm.
We have spoken to Herts County Council who will be factoring in the changes to transport, as they commission and co-ordinate external bus services for the next academic year. We hope to be able to distribute new bus timetables by the time we break for the summer holidays in July.
These changes will commence from 1st September 2022 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation.
KWS has been awarded a Modeshift Stars Silver Awards for our commitment to sustainable travel. The school has an active travel plan and travel plan committee that works hard to ensure the way students travel to school reaches certain targets. We now have nearly 90% of students travelling by sustainable means.
At KWS we will be celebrating the Chinese New Year next week with a special themed menu on Wednesday 2nd February. Students will also have the opportunity to make dumplings during their MFL lessons.
We would like to congratulate Sampiseth, Chef Manager at Katherine Warington School as a finalist at the Herts Catering Limited (HCL) awards for Chef Manager of the Year 2022. The prestigious awards dinner is held annually and celebrates catering across Hertfordshire. I am sure you will all join me in congratulating him for his hard work and dedication.
We have reduced our CO2 output by combining deliveries. Our butcher, William Whites, deliver to our main supplier allowing us to reduce emissions. HCL is looking for Sustainability Champions at KWS to support recycling, we would like to join the Eco Team onsite and promote Sustainability throughout the school. Pupils will take part in workshops discussing their vision and mission, HCL will support pupils to introduce new ideas onsite.
Upcoming Theme Day – Monday 17th January Martin Luther King Day (Special Menu Attached)
The Term Dates for the 2022/23 Academic Year have now been published on the website – Click Here