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  • Coronavirus - Advice from School November - Letter from the Headteacher

    Published 17/03/20




     


    President Kennedy School Reopening in September 

    For all you need to know regarding President Kennedy School reopening in September, please click here.


    Please click here for Safeguarding advice around children and the use of Social Media 15th July 2020

    Please click for  Latest Letter from the Headteacher 19th June 2020

    Please click here for latest Risk Assessment for Covid-19 

    Please click for ​​​​​​ Covid-19 Safeguarding Policy  


    Coronavirus (Covid-19): Implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings

    Fraud targeting parents of children in FSM:

    The DfE has warned that fraudsters are targeting parents of children eligible for free school meals. Families have received an email requesting their bank details, claiming this will enable their children to continue receiving meals through school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    DfE are urging parents to delete the scam email immediately.

    Children with Asthma:

    Asthma UK published the following shielding advice yesterday for children with asthma:

    "If you are, or your child is, taking:

    · Any biologic therapy, also called a mAb (Xolair/omalizumab, Nucala/mepolizumab, Cinqaero/reslizumab, Fasenra/benralizumab)

    · Steroid tablets or liquid every day

    · Antibiotic tablets or liquid for asthma every week (e.g. azithromycin)

    · Tiotropium

    · A combination inhaler that also contains a long-acting bronchodilator (e.g. Seretide, Fostair, Symbicort) at a high daily steroid dose (see the list …..in the article)

    · An inhaler with a high daily steroid dose (see the list….in the article) AND you are taking Montelukast

    Or, if:

    · You have been admitted to hospital for your asthma in the last 12 months

    · You have ever been admitted to an intensive care unit for your asthma

    Then you should follow the shielding advice which is set out in very helpful detail, including how to register for extra services from the government.”


    Over the next few weeks children may be spending an increasing amount of time online and it is therefore important that they know how to keep themselves safe online.

    To support this https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ will be sharing a series of age appropriate worksheets for parents to complete with children at home - 

    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/


    Please see attachment below of email sent out to parents/carers Friday 20th March 2020 regarding children who are eligible to attend school from Monday 23rd March 2020.

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TKQXSX7

    Please see attachment below regarding Free School Meal provision from Monday 23rd March 2020.


    In light of government guidance, the school is reducing face to face contact with staff and is encouraging parents and visitors not to come into school. If you need to contact a member of staff, please telephone the school in the first instance or email our reception team at reception@pks.coventry.sch.uk

    Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

    President Kennedy School.

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  • Coronavirus: Keep checking this post for latest government information and advice

    Published 02/03/20

    Coronavirus: latest information and advice

    Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

    A new Coronavirus Whatsapp Information Service has been launched allowing people to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.

    To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

    Follow this link for further information:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-coronavirus-information-service-on-whatsapp

    For latest information sent to parents/carers from school, please click on this link https://www.pks.coventry.sch.uk/news/?pid=36&nid=5&storyid=1573

    UPDATED GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE:

    Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

    Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

     

    The DfE are continuing to keep schools updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

    Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

    The DfE have launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

    Phone: 0800 046 8687
    Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
    Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

    The following link can be used to obtain the latest updates from DfE and also contains additional information on travel: 

    https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

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  • New Free Online Library for KS3

    Published 25/11/20

     

    Sora - KS3 Online Library

    Here at President Kennedy School, we are passionate about developing a culture of reading for our students, both in and out of the classroom.

    There is overwhelming evidence that being an active and engaged reader is beneficial for the personal and academic development of young people.

    If you would like to know more about supporting your child's reading at home, or about how they can access our online library Sora, please click on the link below.

    What is Sora?

    Sora is a digital library where you can access a wealth of different fiction and non-fiction EBooks and audiobooks for free for KS3.

    Sora - Online Digital Library

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  • BOOK ONTO OUR POST 16 VIRTUAL OPEN EVENING

    Published 18/11/20

    This year’s events have been designed to enable you to learn about our fantastic curriculum offer, meet our Post 16 teachers and have an opportunity to ask any questions – all from the comfort and safety of your own home.

    These will be taking place via Zoom on:

      Tuesday 1st December  at 5:00pm to 5:45pm and 6:00pm to 6:45pm 

    Wednesday 2nd December at 5:00pm to 5:45pm and 6:00pm to 6:45pm

    Register here

    Ready to apply? –  Download Application form

    Completed application forms should be returned to Lucie Flavell either in person or via Post 16 email:  Post16@pks.coventry.sch.uk

    For FAQ's - click here

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  • World Class Essay Writing!

    Published 09/11/20
    World Class Essay Writing! Each year, students from both Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to take part in the World Class Schools’ Quality Mark Essay Writing Competition. This annual competition gives World Class students the opportun
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  • Post 16 Leadership

    Published 09/11/20

     

    POST 16 LEADERSHIP 

    After a rigorous selection process involving applications and interviews, we have selected four Post 16 students on to the Post 16 Student Leadership team. The following students have being selected:
     

    Head Girl: Amelia Bassnett

    Head Boy: Nasim Sherif

    Deputy Head Girl: Ellen Boakye

    Deputy Head Boy: Mohammed Hejaaji


    Congratulations to all four students. They will act as Ambassadors for President Kennedy moving forward through an extremely uncertain period. They have also highlighted projects they would like to undertake both within school and in the wider community (restrictions permitting) and this will involve working with college councils across the whole school. They will also run Post 16 College Council meetings and represent the student body as a whole. I know they will do a fantastic job.

    Mr Finlayson, Leader of Enrichment

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  • Letter of reassurance from the Local Authority regarding the current COVID-19 situation. Translations available here.

    Published 05/11/20

     

    For translations of this Local Authority Letter in Urdu, Arabic, Italian, Kurdish, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and Russian please see the PDF listed below.

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  • The Bridge Council Announced

    Published 19/10/20

    The Bridge Council have been elected this week and met on Thursday 8th October after school. They are:

    BIRM: Fraser Mudhai 

    BRI: Apinayaa Ramaman 

    CAM: Cole Quin 

    CARD: Osaruese Omogun 

    LEEDS: Maciej Bokowski 

    LIV: Chantal Kissi- Boateng 

    MAN: Zack Probert Kayleigh Mitchell   

    NEW: Daniel Fullford 

    NOTT: Giovanni Di Pietro 

    OXF Emannuella Boadi 

    UCL: Shanice Rogers 

    SHEF: Amina Nisa 

    WARW: Elizabeth Pollard 

    YORK: Ganehaa Guganesan 

    It was a fabulous meeting and they came with lots of ideas to help the new Year 7s. Congratulations to all of them and I am looking forward to the work they will be doing over the next academic year!

    Mrs Arnett, Student Leadership and Character Development

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  • Secret Science Homework Project

    Published 19/10/20

    Science is all about discovery. It is about being able to challenge what you know and propose new ideas. It is about being creative and imaginative about the world around us. With this in mind, this year I am giving the chance for my Year 7 students to do exactly that: to discover, to experiment and to push their limits. 

    I have developed an idea that I called "Secret Homework".
    This is an optional project unannounced in lessons that students can find in a "treasure hunt style" and then carry out of their own initiative. This time, they had to become YouTubers and produce a video to explain the topic of food chains and food webs that we were studying in class. 

    I have to say that I am genuinely blown away by the amazing response this project had. The number of students that have completed the challenge was incredible, despite being a voluntary activity. The results were fantastic, exceeding any possible expectations that I could have ever had! 

    The creativity shown by Freya Pearson, using her own teddy animals to show how food chains and food webs work in different ecosystems (including the Jurassic era) in an eight minute video, full of brilliance and a superb understanding of every single process. The accuracy of Cordellia Akata and Abshara Piratheeban in a video in which they did not leave any details behind, including ideas that I had not even taught in my lessons. 

    A real YouTube-style display produced by Karini Sutharsan, not only applying all her knowledge but also even asking for likes and subscriptions for "her own science channel" at the end of her video. And a super fun video by Ozzy Omogun, explaining food webs riding his segway. 

    My first prize was awarded to the stunning video produced by Ethan Moongo and Fares Mudhai. This was a video of real (and I cannot emphasise enough how real) professional YouTube looks and standards. I have used videos in lessons from YouTube that are not even close to the quality of this video. It had its content perfectly scaffolded; it was packed with images and diagrams that made it easy to follow, even if it was the first time you approached the topic. This video was so good that it even caught Ms Alexander's attention as she was walking through the corridor. Her reaction when she found out that this video was actually produced by these two Year 7 students was memorable. "I cannot believe you made this! This is so impressive! It looks professional!", she said in amazement. 

    Another special mention should be given to Apinayaa Ramanan, who wrote over 300 words about food chains and food webs and asked for feedback, after which she redrafted and upgraded her work to a whopping 700 words before she recorded her video. A true display of determination and perseverance ,pursuing excellence. All the core values in The Bridge shown in just one example.

    I said at the beginning of the year that my R4s would be very difficult to obtain. However, they are giving me no choice so far. It is crystal clear that we have a stellar new Year 7 cohort, full of ideas and creativity, and with the potential to face even the most prestigious YouTubers. 

    I cannot wait to see what these students do next!

    Mr Ferrater, Teacher of Science

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  • D of E Awards Through Lockdown

    Published 22/09/20


    Although many students have not been in school, a number of Year 10 and Post 16
    students have managed to continue to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

    When the country went into lock-down, the awards body changed some of the guidelines to allow students to do their volunteering from home helping family members. Students could also change their chosen activity as many times as they
    wished. This has meant that students which had been helping out in school with after school clubs, could then continue their service at home.
    If a student managed to complete all of their 'Volunteering, Physical and Skill Service', they will now gain a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ which is sent directly to the student.

    Students that have already gained this certificate during the lockdown period are Harman Aujla, Lucy Dillion-Gray, John-William Hinde and Myah Saghir from Year 10.  A number of other students are also very close to acquiring this new award.

    A big well done to all students that have continued to work towards their DofE award.

    Miss Kirkham, Leader in Charge of the Duke Of Edinburgh Award

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  • Year 6 coming into Year 7 Assembly

    Published 15/09/20

    TRANSITION ASSEMBLY 1

    This was the assembly given by the Director of The Bridge, Mrs Alexander-Weller, for the Year 6 students coming into Year 7 this September. 

     

     

     

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