Easter School ~ 25th April 2019
Millie-Mae Hendrie (Year 9) and her family and friends began fundraising in 2017, hoping to raise enough money for Millie-Mae to be able to purchase a BrailleNoteTouch, a certified braille tablet specifically designed for use by blind and visually impaired individuals. This will enable her to access Google, e-mails, audio books and many other apps, which can be downloaded onto a standard tablet or mobile phone.
Millie-Mae and her family organised a summer garden party, had a cake sale, ran stalls at the school Christmas Fayre, held a tombola and sold raffle tickets in a bid to raise £4500. After 18 months of fundraising, they had made significant progress towards the total, but still had some way to go.
A firm of Independent Financial Advisers, MPA Financial Management Ltd, had recently launched a Charitable Foundation and heard about Millie-Mae’s fundraising efforts. They were so impressed that they made an extremely generous donation of £1222 through their Charitable Foundation, which meant that Millie-Mae could finally buy a BrailleNote Touch.
On 18th March, Millie-Mae and her mum went to visit MPA Financial Management, based in Henley in Arden, to meet the Charitable Foundation Trustees; Phil McGovern, Managing Director, Eddie Ball, Compliance Director and Grace Brennan, Office Manager. She thanked them and all of the staff at MPA in person for their fantastic donation and to demonstrate to them how she uses the BrailleNote Touch.She explained what a massive difference it has made to her independence.
Millie-Mae would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who helped her with fundraising or made a donation.
Mrs A Hull, Specialist TA for VI Student
Congratulations to our Post 16 Public Speaking team, Reyna Sandhar, Caidie Samra and Isha Patel who produced a flawless performance in winning the Youth Speaks district competition at North Leamington School last Saturday.
They will now be the Coventry and Warwickshire representatives at the Regional finals with the winners of that competition competing in the National finals in May.
Their topic of 'Marginalisation of ethnic minorities in the media' , was delivered in a very professional and entertaining way which left the judges and the audience enthralled.
Well done girls and best wishes for the next round.
Mr Finlayson, Leader of Student Development
The Year 7 football team created some President Kennedy School history on Tuesday night by becoming the first boys team for 25 years or maybe ever to reach a West Midlands Cup final.
Playing against Caludon Castle, the first half was a hard fought game with few chances. 'Cally' had a golden opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot, but were denied by a fabulous save from
Fabien. Rahim then finished a fine passing move from President Kennedy School to give us a 1-0 half time lead.
The 2nd half was dominated by our boys, who went onto score 3 more goals through Kamran and 2 own goals.
Final score 4-1 to President Kennedy School, well done to all the boys
Mr Garlick, P.E Department
Congratulations to all the students of our Music Orchestra. They are continually working hard to develop their music making skills, ensemble skills, reading music notation and to play in both small and large ensembles.
Recently they were fortunate to work with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which then led to a performance at the Warwick Arts Centre with part of a Symphony Orchestra.
The students were fantastic due to their hard work, commitment and conduct and represented President Kennedy School in the best light. Well done to all!
Mr. Channer, Music Department
On Thursday 7th March, Team Brunel and Cloud 9 students were able to dress up as their favourite book character to visit the Houses of Parliament to meet MPs and perform to other schools.
During the lead up to the day, all students had been rehearsing around 2-3 hours a week on their project, ‘Bringing Reading to Life’. It was decided to subvert the traditions of fairy tales into modern day interpretations. We had themes of gender, race and slavery brought to light and interpreted in a unique and engaging performance. Students worked very hard in all of these sessions to ensure that they would be ready and shine on the day.
Students performed to a group of primary and secondary students whilst involving them in the outcome of their performance. They asked a variety of questions to allow the audience to engage and think alongside their performances. All of the performances were phenomenal. Chris Waterman, MP, emphasised the key issues raised in the performances and expressed how he loved what the students had done. Georgina Newton, Warwick Centre for Teacher Education, also agreed how astounding the students were and how bringing such wide-spread issues to life was thoroughly insightful for World Book Day.
We were then able to listen to our Warwick colleagues and MPs read from their favourite stories whilst they were dressed up as that
character. Chris Waterman also helped us to learn one of his poems from his new poetry collection.
After this, we were all taken on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, where we learnt a lot about the history behind it as well as all of the people who had visited. One of the most exciting and memorable parts of the day was being able to go into the public galleries, where we had a snapshot of the debate going on around International Women’s Day.
Overall, the comments we had from the organisers of the event about our students were absolutely astounding. They loved the effort that the students went to with costumes and their performances. Most of all, they commented on how well behaved our students were at all times throughout the day.
Congratulations to the KS3 Trampolining team, who won the Sainsbury's School Games Level 2 Trampolining competition on Wednesday 13th February at Westwood School.
They will now be progressing through to the Level 3 competition, representing Coventry West.
A very well done to Demi McGregor for scoring the highest number of points for her routine within the KS3 competition and to Mahisha Khatun, who scored the highest number of points for her routine within the KS4 competition. A fantastic effort from all involved.
KS3 team - Demi McGregor, Ella Ross, Skye Host, Emily Smith, Kiera Smith, Gabriella Townsend
KS4 team - Mahisha Khatun, Casey Weston, Mia-Carla Hussain, Cherri Riley
Miss Newbold, P.E Department
For the past three weeks, Year 9 students Amy Cox, Yadunanthan Ravikanthan and Eren Geridonmez have attended the 'Royal Institute of Engineering' masterclasses at the University of Warwick.
They have had the opportunity to build and test crash structures with eggs and program their own autonomous cars. They were introduced to new situations and had only themselves to rely on to problem solve.
There has been a competitive side to each session and our students have been very successful in getting really involved.
There are three more sessions that they will attend this month.
"I really enjoy the way they teach you at University. I like being given a difficult situation and learning from my mistakes"- Yad
"I enjoy the competitive side to the sessions"- Amy
"I love learning new skills and more about engineering"- Eren
Mr Ratcliffe-Law, Teacher of Science and STEM
Congratulations to Jaskuran Hayer in Year 12 who has been selected to play rugby for Warwickshire U17s this season.
Jaskuran started playing rugby in Year 9 at President Kennedy School and has gone on to play for Earlsdon RFC, and Coventry Schools as a Tight Head Prop . Mr Garlick, P.E Department