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  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Production Auditions

    Published 19/09/18

     

    ‘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

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  • A Warm Welcome to Our New Year 7’s At The Bridge

    Published 10/09/18

    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

        

     

     

     

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  • GCSE Success at President Kennedy School

    Published 23/08/18
    This year’s results has seen another year of outstanding success for students, a reflection of student’s hard work and dedication over the last two years.
    Over half of the cohort have managed to achieve a level 4 or above in both English and Maths. In addition, 13% of our students successfully gained the top marks of 7, 8 or 9 in 5 or more subjects across the curriculum.
    Congratulations should be given to all students, with particular recognition given to Melicka Ghafouri who attained seven grades of level 9 and A*’s, a truly outstanding performance.
    As a result of the GCSE success, the school looks forward to welcoming over 100 students back to the 6th form in September, and wish all over students every success with their futures!
      
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • Building Brighter Futures at Post 16

    Published 23/08/18

    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”

     

     

     

     

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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’Level 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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