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Several students in Year 12 have successfully gained places on pathways to programmes that will help them reach the top universities in the country for the most competitive degrees.
Zohaib Malik has a place on 'Pathways to Law' hosted by the University of Warwick, and Melicka Ghafouri and Frederico Romba-Martins have a place on 'Pathways to Banking' also hosted by the University of Warwick.
Congratulations are also due for Roseann Joseph, Lachwinder Singh and Reyna Sandhar who have secured places on 'Routes to Medicine' and Dentistry run by the University of Birmingham.
All of these programmes are extremely competitive and received many applications, so well done to these students for gaining a place. They will now have access to bespoke mentoring, work experience and support opportunities to help them fulfil their chosen career.
Mr Hodson, Raising Achievement in P16
Year 8 Students Dante Madamombe, Harriet Fraser, Nana Daffour,Simran Gill, Travis Petty, Panashe Ngwerume, Oliver Morris, Willow Riley, Amy Northall and Issabella Kyere had the opportunity to visit the construction company Laing O'Rourke and Murphy (LM) in Birmingham to develop their Enterprise skills, as part of an Enabling Enterprise team challenge.
LM (Laing O’Rourke and Murphy) are two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies. They have come together to form LM, a powerful joint venture, working to deliver the northern section of HS2's phase one enabling works. Both companies are leaders in rail infrastructure delivery, tunnelling, bridge construction, civil engineering, offsite manufacturing and digital engineering. The combination of skills and strengths means that LM can offer a fully rounded service that builds on the best of each organisation and complements the diverse requirements of 21st century major project delivery.
Students in teams were asked to design and construct a model of a brand new bridge connecting the town of Bogsby with a new development which is planned for construction on the other side of the river. To help them, students had to learn about the company, interview LM employees on how they use the enterprise skills of team work and problem solving in their job roles. Students had to apply and analyse different bridge building construction techniques, so they could construct a model of their bridge. Finally each team had to give a pitch about their bridge to a panel of LM employees who were acting as judges.
"It was a great experience learning about the new project HS2 that LM are working on in Birmingham. We even got the chance to make one of our own bridges. I would like to think Enabling Enterprise and LM for making this experience possible" Amy Northall
Harriet Fraser added "It was a challenging task as we had a limited time and resources. The skills we used were problem solving and team work. These skills will help us when we leave school "
Mrs Petrak, Leader of Enterprise
Last week a group of Year 9 students participated in a project co-ordinated by the Warwick Arts Centre called ‘Play Code Share’.
The focus for the week was to learn some of the key elements required for programming in a creative way. These were taught using traditional programming exploration using processing. This element was delivered by a digital artist, and combined dance which was delivered by a non-digital artist.
The aim was to embed these key elements with a creative approach to prepare students for GCSE Computer Science.
The students were exceptional in the way they participated and embraced this innovative approach to computer programming. Mrs Matharu, I.C.T
Comments from students:
"This project was a really fun and unique experience. I really enjoyed the physical concepts we learnt through dance as they helped me with my programming."
"I enjoyed this project very much. I liked the way we learnt through movement to learn key programming concepts and playing games to learn how to write pseudo code."
"This project has shown me that programming complex programmes isn't difficult."
"The project was great fun and gave me an excellent experience about programming"
On Thursday, the Year 7 and 8 netball teams were treated to a fantastic afternoon at the Ricoh Arena.
The girls participated in many different activities which were ran by expert coaches and Wasps players. They had an exclusive tour of the stadium, changing rooms, and even had a photo with the super league trophy!
The girls thoroughly enjoyed experiencing what it was like to be a Wasps netball player and were truly inspired after seeing what goes into professional match day preparations.
The girls represented the school wonderfully and maybe one day will go on to represent a super league netball team themselves!
Keep up the great work! Miss Truman, P.E Department
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After the hard work, commitment and dedication of our Year 7 actors, they finally got to perform 'Romeo and Juliet' live on a professional stage at the Belgrade Theatre. Alongside two other schools last Thursday, they wowed a packed auditorium with their interpretation of Shakespeare's much loved play.
One of the directors expressed how proud he was of our cast for '...fully understanding and engaging with the language of Shakespeare and performing in such a professional and creative manner, especially alongside the live music'.
A huge congratulations to all involved from Mrs Arnett and Miss Meyrick
‘Performing Romeo and Juliet has been a very positive experience. I have loved every single minute of it and have formed so many friendships. This is an experience I shall never forget!’ - Isla Cooksey
‘We loved the whole experience! Mrs Arnett and Miss Meyrick really made it special. We had so many laughs as a cast. Thank you to Mrs Arnett and Miss Meyrick for making this happen!’ - Keeley Smith
‘Performing at The Belgrade Theatre is an amazing experience! The dedication and commitment that we all had as a cast was wonderful! Thank you to both Miss Meyrick and Mrs Arnett!’ - Jack Kinder
‘Romeo and Juliet has built my confidence and allowed me to make new friends.’ - Saskia Oostveen
‘The Romeo and Juliet cast are like one big family! Mrs Arnett and Miss Meyrick have made us become brilliant actors!’ - Destiny Ruddock and Zuzana Vlcekova
‘We have loved the opportunity to be able to compose our own music to suit the performance of the play!’ - Olivia Luisi and Freya Brown
‘I have really enjoyed being part of Romeo and Juliet. It was an amazing experience!’ - Franklin Maumbe
‘Romeo and Juliet has made me more confident and allowed me to make new friends!’ - Jess Banks
‘I have really enjoyed rehearsing for Romeo and Juliet and the performance was amazing!’ - Mason Clowes
‘After being in Romeo and Juliet, I have now signed up to more drama experiences!’ - Abigale Coulson
‘Romeo and Juliet was so much fun because in the end, we became a family. Mrs Arnett and Miss Meyrick were so helpful and always gave us incredible feedback!’ - Maddie Birch
‘We have had a great opportunity working with our new friends to create a wonderful performance of Romeo and Juliet at The Belgrade!’ - Namreta Dehil, Evie Harkin and Cian Pahlani
On Friday the TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) was launched at President Kennedy School in conjunction with Sport England and Coventry University.
We are only 1 of 16 schools in the country who are offering this scheme. The scheme will run for this academic year and will involve ten pupils from our sixth form. The students will receive a number of workshops based at school or at Coventry University, focusing on their student and athlete development.
Last Friday saw the pupils getting an inspirational talk from Jamal Pelgrave, who is a student at Coventry University and is also part of the Great Britain Judo squad. There was also a focus on the pupils health and well being.
It promises to be a really exciting and interesting scheme for all the pupils involved. Mr Garlick, P.E Department
As part of our on-going role as an accredited World Class School, President Kennedy School is delighted that four of our Year 12 students are now operating as official assessors for the World Class Schools Quality Mark accreditation process.
WCSQM has been accrediting OFSTED outstanding secondary schools in the UK since 2014 using a framework of skills and competencies that young people need to flourish in an emerging global economy. This year, sixteen secondaries, seven primaries and two special schools made it through to the assessment centre stage where students were given the challenge of working together to develop the Riverbank Academy school grounds in Coventry to promote accessibility, independence and a love of learning for their students. They achieved this by redesigning and renovating the 16+Hub area, sensory garden and main reception entrance.
A powerful aspect of the process is that applicant students are assessed by students and staff, drawn from schools who are already World Class. The assessors, which included Zohaib Malik, Isha Patel, Caidie Samra and Reyna Sandhar from President Kennedy School, shadow each applicant student during the process, and assess students’ performance, teamwork and materials produced against the WCSQM framework. This gives the student assessors from accredited World Class schools a chance to refine their already outstanding skills. This included analysis, project management, communication and diplomacy, and gives students being assessed access to World Class role models.
Year 12 commented that they have found the process a very stimulating, sometimes challenging but ultimately rewarding experience. They were required to observe and monitor the applicants through the entire process from the pre-event planning, research, and design work through to the practical work on the day where they completed their challenge, creating display boards, furniture, decoration and learning and relaxation spaces for students, taking into account practical, environmental and learning considerations. Evaluating the work of teams who were sometimes struggling with organisation and time-management was a test of their own leadership skills.
As assessors, Isha, Zohaib, Caidie and Reyna will receive a WCSQM assessor qualification; all student assessors are entitled to bespoke references from WCSQM for life, and the best student assessors are short listed for the WCSQM Individual Achievement Award, the winner of which is announced at the WCSQM Awards Ceremony.
"The student assessors blew me away. They are just operating at the highest level of competence." Alex Green, Schools Programme Manager at Ashden LESS CO2.
"Our assessor programme means World Class students can develop their skills to a professional standard. Staff find out about the best things other World Class schools do. It’s an invaluable process. " Bronwen Tumani, Assessment Manager, WCSQM.
On Wednesday 17th October, President Kennedy School held it's annual Sports Awards.
Two players from Coventry Rugby Club were present to hand out the awards with over 200 parents and students in attendance to celebrate another successful sporting year.
Below are a list of the winners from this years awards.
Year 12 Btec Health and Social Care students had the opportunity to participate with a Disability Sports Day held at the Xcel Leisure Centre in Canley.
The experience had students getting involved with students with various disabilities during a sports day, and to ensure they would have an unforgettable day.
When walking towards the sports hall, the idea of caring for another individual who had special needs, made me a little aprehensive about my volunteering placement. Although I was feeling nervous, it was comforting to know that my class mates were feeling the same way.
As we entered the sports hall, we met with the students who had various disabilities. They began to jump and smile with excitement on seeing the equipment laid out in front of them.
During the day, we kept scores, helped with games such as ‘Connect Four’ (many of the students were not able to place the counters inside the grid), observed them playing darts and simply made sure that they were okay and were happy. Our intention was to help them have a fun filled day.
I had an amazing experience when interacting with the students, talking about everyday situations as we would speaking to our peers. It brought to my attention that we can be a little judgemental without understanding the needs of others. We all have the same desire to be happy and enjoy our lives. Our different qualities make us unique and define us.
I cannot express my appreciation towards my teachers Ms Rooke and Miss Miller for such an amazing opportunity. – Aliyah Saghir
This experience was one of the best I’ve had this year. Before going there, I was really worried because I didn’t know how confident I'd be with the students, but as soon as we got there I found it so easy to support them and I learnt that no one should be underestimated. – Sharon Agyekum
Spending time with the disabled students was amazing. It made me aware of the different areas of work that I could look into in the near future and also helped further develop my skills; I would gladly do it again – Amy Moore
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