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Year 9 student Amy Cox started painting the pictures featured above at the end of last year as a special request from Mr Clayton.
When coming up with the ideas, she knew she wanted to rework the well known PRIDE statement, so instead of the usual meanings behind the acronym, she changed it to: P for Peace, R for Remarkable, I for Inspire, D for Dream, and E for Education. She painted these portraits of people who have become well-known around the world for their humanitarian acts.Therefore she has reworked the acronym which is related to the achievements and their contributions to our society.
However, two of them are of people of whom you may not recognise: Callum Wilson (Remarkable) and Bally Gill (Inspire). Callum Wilson is a Premier League football player for Bournemouth, and Bally Gill is the first ever Asian actor to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company and had the lead role as Romeo in a recent adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The two were educated at President Kennedy School and were taught by some of the teachers you see every day; this just proves that ‘Kennedy Kids Can!’
On Friday 5th October, Year 7 students had an amazing opportunity to participate in a workshop linked to their English curriculum on ‘Greek Tragedy’ which was delivered by Dr. Morgan from the University of Warwick.
Students learnt about Aristotle, his theories on tragedy and how they could relate this to their study text, ‘Antigone’.
Miss Meyrick, Higher Attaining in the Bridge
Here are some comments from our students:
"During the session, we did a variety of activities linked to ‘Antigone’. We studied Greek theatre and it was amazing finding out what it was like in this era." Zara Shah
"We had a wonderful session learning about Antigone and Ismene as characters. We were able to discuss Ancient Greece and use our knowledge from lessons to support the work done during this workshop. I would love to be involved in a similar session again!" Sienna Diaz
"We had a unique experience from a lecturer from the University of Warwick who came to speak to us about ‘Antigone’. It was really interesting to find out more about Ancient Greece and Amphitheatres." Madeleine Birch
"I really enjoyed the workshop because we got to learn more about Greek terminology and Aristotle’s theory." Franklin Maumbe
"It was very interesting to see what the theatre was like in Ancient Greek times, how plays were performed, as well as learning about the different elements of Greek plays too." Millanpreet Grewal
90% of employers focus above all on the attitudes and aptitudes that will enable graduates to be effective in the workplace. "Education and Skills" - CBI 2017.
Bearing this in mind, all Year 8 students had the opportunity to develop their essential soft skills effectively, by making decisions about how to spend a client’s money as a Stock Market Trader.
Students had to consider and learn about the world of finance/trading and the skills of teamwork, problem solving and listening needed to succeed.
Working in teams with ‘Enabling Enterprise’, students had to invest £25,000 for their client Dr Taylor, on the stock market. Dr Taylor wanted her stock broker to make her as much money as possible in just one day of trading.
The stock market proved to be very jittery, and share prices fell, as well as rose in price as confidence in the markets changed. However most teams were very successful and made a profit, one team made over £1 Million profit in one day!
Mrs Petrak, Leader of Enterprise
Ciara Flaherty said:
"I have learnt about the stock market and how to buy shares. I also learnt about the importance of teamwork. I have had a really good experience and have enjoyed learning how to use money wisely. Thank your Enabling Enterprise for coming into our school".
"I have learnt that the prices of shares go up as well as down". added Aaliyah Ansar
On the 3rd October Year 12 Physics students were given a virtual tour of CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research).
The scientists from CERN linked up via the internet to give the students a lesson in Particle Physics which was followed by a question and answer session. It was really interesting and students really enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions to research scientists.
Mr Ratcliffe, Teacher of Science and STEM
"It was interesting learning about the scientists talking through their jobs and the diagrams and maps helped our understanding of how the Large Hadron Collider works"
Thomas Peters,Year 12
A city wide consultation on term dates is taking place.
Please see both options in the attachments at the bottom of this page.
The link below is the survey regarding the consultation on the 2020/21 term dates and will close 2pm Wednesday 31st October.
Since June, the STEM club has been working tirelessly on the Hupla project for the Imagineers Festival.
They were given 250 hula hoops to design in any way they wanted. They decided on making the hoops with the school logo on and with gold ribbon around the edges. It was a lot of work but the students managed to get it all completed in time for the ‘Imagineers Festival’ which ran from the 17th-22nd September where the final sculpture was displayed in Coventry Cathedral.
A special thank you goes to Arup who designed the project and got us involved!
Mr Ratcliffe, Teacher of Science and STEM
‘Romeo and Juliet’ Production Auditions
The Shakespeare Schools Festival offers an amazing chance for all students to experience a taste of the theatre.
This opportunity allows our Year 7 students to become involved in theatre studies within The Bridge early on in Year 7. Students become familiar with Shakespearean language and can perform on stage at the Belgrade Theatre alongside other schools in the Coventry area. The final production will be performed to the public on Thursday 8th November 2018.
We have been really impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the Year 7 cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
Well done to all students who auditioned and a huge congratulations to our cast!
Mrs Arnett, Student Leadership and Character
Miss Meyrick, Literacy and High Attaining
On Wednesday 7th we welcomed our Year 7 students to President Kennedy School.
The Bridge was oversubscribed again this year with a waiting list.
Looking extremely smart, students arrived ready to start their educational journey with us.
They were warmly welcomed by The Bridge Team outside the school and spent the rest of their day settling in with their tutor groups.
By lunchtime everyone looked relaxed, happy and made plenty of new friendships.
We know our students will never forget their first day at secondary school and it was absolutely brilliant to see them settling in so well.
The Bridge Team look forward to an exciting year with many memories and achievements with our new Year 7’s. The Bridge Team
"On the first day of secondary school, I was scared, but by the end of the day, I was really excited about the next day" Rayn Jagatiya
"My first day went well. Science was fantastic and maths was amazing. I am really excited for English". Madeleine Birch
"On my first day, I felt excited to go to a new school and find new friends. I went to a variety of lessons and had a really enjoyable day!" Favor Tamajong
President Kennedy School staff and students are once again celebrating the A Level grades and Vocational qualifications achieved this academic year. The percentage of students securing the very top grades has increased and the vast majority of students have been able to secure their first choice university; a number of them at Russell Group Universities.
Some examples of individual successes include:
Muhammad Riaz who secured A* grades in Maths and Further Maths, an A in Physics and a B in Chemistry and will progress to Imperial College London to study Physic with theoretical Physics.
Matthew Tilt who achieved A* grades in Maths and Further Maths, a B grade in Physics and will move on to study Maths at Durham University.
Shazmeen Bi who secured 3 Distinction star grades in Business Studies and will progress to The University of Warwick to study Law.
Ruth Asiedu who achieved a grade A in Italian, A in Psychology, B in Biology and C in Chemistry and will study Biomedical materials science at Birmingham University.
Bhupinder Khera who achieved 2 Distinction Star grades in Business Studies and a B grade in Maths will go on to study Maths and economics at Aston University.
Leader of Post 16, Mr Farrell commented:
“I am very pleased that the students in Post 16 have been able to secure grades which enable them onto pathways to Build Brighter Futures. The grades achieved by students this year are very pleasing, as a result they have been able to secure courses at excellent Universities. We are especially pleased that the vast majority of our students have secured their first choice place at university. They have worked hard during their time at President Kennedy School and deserve their success. We wish them every success in the future”
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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