President Kennedy School Christmas Fayre - Friday 13th December
Students, parents, teachers and members of the local community enjoyed a meal together to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of the the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
People from all walks of life came together and enjoyed 'Langar' (free kitchen) with people they perhaps wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to sit with. Langar is served daily in Gurdwaras around the world to anyone who wants a meal without discrimination. This ties in with the key teachings of Sikhism showing compassion to others, treating everybody equally regardless of race, status, religion or gender, seva (selfless service) and most importantly of oneness.
A truly amazing event. A big thank you to students, parents, teachers and the Langar Aid team. Without their help and support, this event would not have been possible or the success it was.
Ms Birdee & Mrs Sandhar, Year 8 Team
This week, Year 10 BTEC students visited Hogarths, a beautifully restored hotel in Dorridge.
Lewis Rollason-O'Connor, Agyapal Jutla, Rais Khan, Ria Kumari, Adam Hussain, Harji Kalsi, Nourayam Boulhaia, Manroop Sandhu, Caitlin Worrall, Noah Eardley and Thierry Fadiya were tasked with researching different holiday destinations and to design a new holiday package. They chose a targeted market and planned activities for the potential visitors to take part in.
The event ended with a “show and tell “presentation to Hogarth employees. The themes students had to choose from were a 'Couple’s Quality Time' weekend, a 'Family Festive Fun' package and 'Big Birthday' celebrations.
After a very difficult decision, it was decided that the best presentation was Thierry's and Lewis' romantic themed package as they produced good graphics, made excellent use of all the facilities the hotel had to offer and used enterprise skills throughout the whole day.
Robert Elliot, Director of Sales at Hogarth said that he would like to "...complement the students on their listening skills whilst on the tour of the hotel and for using the information in their presentations".
Manroop and Nourayam added, “We have learnt that it is important to listen carefully if you are creating a bespoke package for customers who wish to use the hotel facilities at Hogarths. Thank you Hogarths and the Skills Builder Partnership for organising this visit as it will help us with our BTEC Business coursework".
Mrs Petrak, Leader of Enterprise
The Year 7 Othello cast performed at The Belgrade Theatre on Wednesday 6th November for the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
It was an amazing day, involving a technical and dress rehearsal in the afternoon, followed by a well deserved break at Pizza Express.
The cast finally went on to perform at 7pm to a hugely impressed and delighted audience. The show was a fantastic success!
Well done to the hard work put in over the last few months Year 7!
Mrs Arnett, Student Leadership and Character - The Bridge
As part of a nationwide scheme, we have been able to select four Duke of Edinburgh Ambassadors. President Kennedy students Imogen Legg, Amber Norris, Amelia Bassnett and Mohammed Hejaaji and are currently part of our Gold Award group. They have completed their Bronze and Silver awards and will help the award scheme to continue to thrive within the school as part of their new roles.
The students will undertake a day's training later on in the year, where along with other ambassadors from across the city will look at how they can support the award scheme within their respective schools.
Imogen and Amber had the pleasure of attending the launch meeting at the Meriden headquarters of the Uk's largest recruitment agency, Pertemps who are the sponsor for the Coventry and Warwickshire ambassadors training scheme. They met with dignitaries from Pertemps and the Central England D of E office to receive a cheque from Pertemps; The company have donated almost £5000 to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s Ambassador Fund.
Miss Kirkham, D of E Leader
On Thursday 17th October, the U13s competed in the annual EFL cup at the AT7 centre, organised by Sky Blues in the Community.
During the group stages of the competition, the U13s played both Sidney Stringer and Cardinal Wiseman School, beating both with ease and without conceding a single goal.
The U13s then went on to play Ernesford Grange in the semi-final.
The girls played exceptionally well and demonstrated a high level of skill throughout their performance, resulting in another easy win and clean sheet, securing their place in the final of the competition.
President Kennedy School will face West Coventry Academy at St Andrews, the home of Birmingham City FC, in the final.
The winners will go on to represent Coventry in a bid to reach the regional finals, with the ultimate prize being the chance to play the grand final at Wembley stadium.
Congratulations to all involved on an outstanding performance, we wish the girls the best of luck in their upcoming final at St Andrews.
Team: Cassidy Graham, Emily Smith, Cadey Lapworth, Lillia Patterson, Lucia Coakley, Kelly Auluck, Kiera Ferguson, Rebecca Ferguson, Lexie Stabler, Scarlett Perkins
Miss Newbold, P.E Department
Year 12 students had the opportunity to work with 'Enabling Enterprise' to reflect on how they are going to achieve their dream chosen career.
Over the course of the day, students applied essential skills to answer the question: What career is right for me?
They explored different career sectors by trying out industry specific challenges. Students took part in three activities:
Applying Teamwork in Business and Administration by generating ideas to spend and save money in a business; Applying Creativity in Artistic and Creative Skills by designing a new marketing campaign; and Applying Staying Positive in Health and Wellbeing by writing a return to work plan.
As they progressed through the challenges, students reflected on what they have learnt about each career sector and whether they were interested in these types of jobs.
Amadeus Parekh Pross said:
“Thinking about these skills in the context of future careers has been a challenge. I don't yet know what I want to do after studying - but I really recognise skills like team work and staying positive are going to be very important for me”
Tarun Poonia added:
“The Future Focus Challenge has made clear to our students, that no matter what field of study or career path they take, the essential skills are going to be increasingly important to support them in their learning and in securing jobs and career success".
Mrs Petrak, Leader of Enterprise