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  • West Side Story Wow Audience at The Albany Theatre

    Published 25/07/18

    Students took to the stage at The Albany Theatre in the production of WEST SIDE STORY on Wednesday 18th July. 

    The young cast (all under 16 years)  performed with such maturity and commitment.  The students wowed the audience with fast paced dances, choral songs and intense acting scenes. The talent on stage was unbelievable and appreciated by the audience. 

    The theatre was packed with family, friends and the general public who ended the performance with a standing ovation! The students worked so hard in rehearsals and really were a joy to teach and direct! 

    Another successful production from the talented students of President Kennedy School. I am extremely proud!

     

     

     

     

     

                                                           Miss Walsh, Leader of Performing Arts 

     

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  • D of E Gold Award Completed!

    Published 25/07/18

    Gold Award Completed !

    A fantastic effort saw eight of our Year 12 students take to the Lake District last week to complete their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition. This involved students being self-sufficient and carrying everything they needed. They walked for 4 days and camped overnight on a previously planned route. All students passed with flying colours.

    Sarah Ramsey (DofE Assessor) said:                                                          The group were a delight to asses and see them develop as teams over the four days”.                                                                                                                                                       Miss Kirkham, Mr Beattie and Mr Boxall

     

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  • A‚ÄôLevel Biologists Visit Coventry University

    Published 16/07/18

    On 5th July all A-Level Biology students visited Coventry University to gain a higher understanding on the topic of gel electrophoresis. 

    The biologists worked in the specialised lab and carried out an experiment using PCR (Polymerase chain reaction).                                                       They were also given a tour around the School of Life Sciences within the university.                                                                                                     

    Kiratpal Virdee went on to say:

    The experience at Coventry University was very insightful and I gained greater knowledge of the science facilities on offer there.                                       

    Overall, this trip was very helpful in allowing students to make a decision on whether they wish to pursue a future in Biomedical Science.

                                       Mrs Mitchard and Miss Morris, Science Department

     

     

     

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  • National Orchestra For All "Music in the Making"

    Published 09/07/18

    Year 7 students recently took part in a unique programme that gives students the opportunity to develop ensemble music making.

    Nine Year 7 students performed with a 32 piece orchestra at the Belgrade Theatre and a 120 piece Symphony Orchestra at the at Cecil Sharpe house in London. They performed pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

    With months of dedication, commitment and practising during lessons as well as in their own time, these students proved more than worthy to play on a World Class Level.

    London Live TV filmed the performance:

    http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2018-06-26/young-musicians-across-uk-combine-for-camden-orchestra

    Kiera Smith. Year 7:

    “My experience at the Belgrade and in London was amazing. We performed four pieces with a group called Orchestras For All. The pieces were, La Rotta, Mambo, Waltz No.2 and Korebienki. Thank you to Mr Channer for taking us to London,we really enjoyed it”.

    Sia Sharda, Year 7:

    “It was an amazing experience being able to perform at the Belgrade Theatre and Cecil Sharpe House with the orchestra”. 

    The students who performed were:

    Jeevan Birdi                                                                                                  Lucy Dillon-Gray                                                                                        Lennon Hendrie                                                                                           Dante Madamombe                                                                                         Lily - May Marsden                                                                                     Nyasha Masarira
    Willow Riley
    Sia Sarda
    Keira Smith

    Thank you to everyone involved for your hard work and commitment.

    Well done!                                                            

    Mr Channer, Head of Music

     

                                            

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  • President Kennedy School Students featured on BBC Midlands Today

    Published 02/07/18

    Earlier this week, four of our Year 9 students were filmed for the BBC Midlands Today programme as they seized the world class opportunity to complete a drama workshop run by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

    Zak Adams, Ebony Flitcroft, Nathan Jones and Courtney Randle are appearing in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Romeo and Juliet in Stratford-upon-Avon later this year and the lead role of Romeo is being played by President Kennedy ex-student Bally Gill.

     

    Bally put the students through their paces as the cameras looked on, and our young people gave an exceptional performance.

    The students were then given the honour of treading the boards (on stage) at the RSC itself, working with the director, cast and crew through a technical rehearsal.

    Courtney called the experience ‘a huge confidence booster. It took me out of my comfort zone’, whilst Nathan added  it was really interesting to be on stage at the RSC and see how it all works behind the scenes’.

    The segment is provisionally scheduled to air during the BBC Midlands Today programme on Friday evening.

                                                                     Mr Wood, Assistant Headteacher

     

     

     

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  • World War 2 History Project at Sherbourne Fields Special School

    Published 25/06/18

    There was a welcome break from their studies for some of our Year 9s, who maintained the long established tradition of helping to staff a History project for Key Stage 3 pupils at Sherbourne Fields.

    With little time to prepare and few resources to use, all of those involved rose to the challenge and made this a memorable week for both schools. This year we were tasked with reconstructing some of the themes and key events of the Second World War, with a particular emphasis on life on the Home Front.

    Faced with the challenge of 35 students with a range of needs, our team of students worked tirelessly to help, entertain and learn with them. The Project is always a challenge and a fun way of learning about history, whilst taking responsibility for other young people. 

    The first challenge, as always, was to get ourselves into homemade period costume.

    We had some amazing evacuated children, Land Army girls, Home Guards, prisoners of war and regular servicemen this year, creating an authentic backdrop to the war years.

    Learning at Sherbourne has to be very sensory, which we tried to create through our activities. There was a range of story-telling, art work, sports, music and games to occupy each day and fire the imagination.

    There was also a chance to use ICT using the “Green Screen” to put ourselves in the middle of the action.

    We felt this was a way of getting the Sherbourne students to remember the events of the Blitz, the Great Escape, Evacuation, Dunkirk and the Home Guard, getting them to think about the issues affecting the people at the time.

     

    The project brought the opportunity to connect with the lives of children in the 1940s. We covered the bravery and danger of living through the Blitz. Yet we did discover a lighter side of life, learning about the “spirit of the Blitz” through some of the songs and dances of the time. We also learnt about the restrictions of rationing, with the absence of any fast food other than fish and chips proving very concerning amongst students from both schools.

    A particularly popular activity was the “code-breaking “challenge. To prevent a bombing taking place students had to discover images of the war which contained a scrambled message that had to be calculated back in their classrooms.

    Another popular part of the project was the craft work. Students made some stunning images of the Coventry skyline during the Blitz and, with the help of Miss Phillips, produced their own Anderson shelters.

    The President Kennedy School students maintained high spirits all week and were praised for their amazing care and understanding by all of the staff at Sherbourne Fields. This was proved on the final afternoon as we entertained Sherbourne with our very own concert party, with all of the entertainment acts provided by our students. We have some hugely talented comedians, singers, dancers and impersonators.

    Rumanjeet and Rohan deserve a special mention for providing the biggest laugh of the afternoon! But everyone was a winner at the end of the project with Mr Finney handing out awards to all of those involved, before we had a special VE Day style banquet and said our final goodbyes.   

     

    A big thank you goes out to the following for their efforts and good humour which went into making the 2018 project such a success:

    Ebony Flitcroft,  Maylee Jeffs,  Sinead Child,  Rohan DhaddaMya Birdee,  Lauren Penzer,  Ellen Boakye,  Spencer Fisk, Lucy Rafferty,  Esha Gupta,  Cassidy Woolaston,  Cameron Scullion,  Aliza Hussain,  Nikola Pawlos,  Riadeep Dhillon,  Zac Adams,  Ojasvi Nag and Rumanjeet  Sandhu

     

     

     

     

     

                                                          

     

     

     

     

     

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  • U13 West Midlands Champion! U13 West Midlands Champion!

    Published 18/06/18

    Congratulations to Rusciano Thomas - Riley in year 7 who competed for Coventry at the Alexander stadium, in the West Midlands Schools Athletics Championships.

    Rusciano won his race to become the 200m U13 West Midlands Champion.

    We were also represented by Brooklyn Vassell in the Junior Shot Putt (5th), Alimat Balogun, Senior Triple Jump (3rd), Simran Gill, U13 Long Jump (6th) and Scarlet Moody, U13 Shot Putt (7th.)      

                               

                                                                                  Mr Garlick, P.E Department

     

     

     

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  • Stranger Sagas - Year 9 Students Published!

    Published 18/06/18

    This week, we were thrilled to find out that sixteen President Kennedy School students in Year nine were published in the Young Writers short story collection, Stranger Sagas: West Midlands Tales. 

    The students had to submit a horror story of no more than 100 words inspired by the Netflix TV series 'Stranger Things'.

    The writing workshop was organised and lead by Year 9 students participating in the Cloud 9 group this year.              

    I am very proud of the student leadership and impressive writing skills demonstrated by all.

    Well done!                                              Miss Stentoft, English Department

    If you would like to read their chilling tales, look out for a copy of the book in the library soon!

    The students involved were:

    Mahisha Khatun, Dharam Sharma, Humaira Shakeel, Ojasvi Nag,          Aleena Asim, Riadeep Dhillon, Ryan Singh, Cassidy Woolaston, Maylee Jeffs, Akeel Jawfer, Nathan Jones, Kavita Sidhu, Solomon Boateng, Nikisha Parekh, Kai O'Neill-de-Smet and Ellen Boakye

     

     

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  • Year 7 Students Qualify for the Coventry Athletics Finals!

    Published 07/06/18

    Congratulations to the following students who have all qualified for the Coventry Schools Athletics finals on June 27th.

    The pupils put in some excellent individual performances and finished in the top 8 of each of their events.

    A special mention to the following pupils who qualified 1st in their event;

    Scarlett Moody - Shot Putt

    Rusciano Thomas -Riley - 150m

    Boys 4 x 100m relay team 

    Good luck in the finals!                                      

                                                                                 Mr Garlick, P.E Department

     

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  • New FROG App Launch - Free Prize Draw for Brand New iPad!

    Published 04/05/18

    Frog App & free prize draw!

    Image result for frog educationWe are delighted to be able to launch the Frog app for Apple and Android. Please search “MyFrog” in the App Store or Google Play, or scan the codes below. Your login details for this are the same as for the main site, and the app is suitable for both students and parents.

    A flyer is in the attachment below on how to use the app. Download the app now!

    Apple:                                     Android:   

    Well done to those of you who have already logged into Frog parent – you have been entered into our free prize draw to win an iPad. The closing date has now been extended to Friday 18th May, due to high demand for logging in, so there is still time to enter. You will be automatically entered into the draw when you successfully log-in to Frog Parent, either at the main website https://pks-portal.pks.coventry.sch.uk/app/os or through the app.

    All parents who have logged in by 3pm on Friday 18th May will be entered into a free prize draw, where one lucky parent will win an iPad!

    You should have received your username on a letter handed to your son/daughter last term, and you should have received your password through the post. If you have not received either of these pieces of information, please contact the school immediately at datacollection@pks.coventry.sch.uk

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  • SSAT Accreditation for our Transforming Teaching Practice

    Published 02/05/18

    President Kennedy School has achieved accreditation for transforming practice under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education.  This means that President Kennedy School met the highest standards of the SSAT Framework for Exceptional Education and that our teaching and learning practice has been judged to be amongst the most effective approaches nationally.

    To achieve an accreditation as transforming in practice, many aspects of teaching and learning at President Kennedy School were reviewed by another high-performing school and an independent moderator from SSAT. Aspects reviewed included The Bridge, student progress, how the school reviews and improves its practice and our highly progressive approach to developing teachers as professionals. SSAT's Chief Executive, Sue Williamson said "for a school to be accredited for transforming practice is a real credit to their team and the quality of the work that they are doing."

    Naturally, we are all very proud to have been awarded the accreditation by the SSAT and are looking forward to attending an Education Outcomes Event to collect our certificate later this year.

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