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February 2020

  • Book in a Box competition

    Published 19/02/20

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  • TFT Schools Participate at Echo Eternal Horizons Event

    Published 18/02/20

    In January 2020, Parkgate Primary, Barr’s Hill, Stoke Park and President Kennedy Secondary Schools took part in the Echo Eternal Horizons Performance Event which took place at the sumptuous Town Hall in Birmingham. The evening comprised music, dance and spoken word tributes as artists and students shared their work and remembered together.

    Our schools showcased their moving film echoes and exhibited their thought provoking art work inspired by testimony from the Holocaust survivors with whom they have worked. Each school’s response to survivor testimony is made eternal through a short film which articulates learners’ tribute to each individual survivor. The films are grounded in the words of the survivor, each film beginning and ending with verbatim testimony.

    The Echo Eternal is a live project across a network of eighteen schools and The Futures Trust are proud that four of its schools are included within this inspiring initiative.

    Well done to all our schools who participated so impressively at the Horizons Performance event. We are certain that this will be an important memory for all of you who attended the event.


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  • World Champion Gymnast Inspires Students

    Published 12/02/20

    Last week students in P.E from Year 7, 8 and 9 took part in a fitness circuit, witnessed a trampoline demonstration and listened to an inspirational talk from Jaydon Paddock who is a member of the Great Britain Gymnastics team and is a world champion in Tumbling.

    The pupils raised £590 sponsorship money, which will help buy sports equipment for the P.E department and also helped to fund Jaydon with his training and competitions. 
    Well done all - it was a great day.


                                                                                Mr Garlick, P.E Department

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  • Health & Social Care Students Visit Dementia Patients

    Published 12/02/20

    Year 13 students on the Level 3 Btec National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care course, visited Maymorn Day Centre last week.

    The centre delivers day care for people who have Dementia. Students are currently studying a unit focused on Dementia and the visit was intended to further their knowledge in this area.

    They all enjoyed interacting with both clients and staff at the centre.

    "I really enjoyed the visit and meeting everyone at the centre" Amy 

    "It gave us a great insight of individuals with different types of Dementia"- Ria

              Mrs Osborne, Teacher of Health & Social Care

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  • Year 11 PGL Revision Weekend

    Published 12/02/20

    Last weekend Ms Yafai, Ms Fretter and Mr Wood took thirty    Year 11 students to Claythorpe Court PGL Centre in Lincolnshire for an adventure and revision retreat. 

    Alongside Maths and English revision sessions, students enjoyed activities including Aeroball, climbing, a giant swing, as well as a hugely competitive dodgeball tournament. 


    The students also employed their orienteering strategies in a (very cold) game of Ambush. Following a controversial tiebreaker of rock/paper/scissors, Mr Wood’s team clawed back a credible draw on the scoreboard, but all agreed it was a moral victory.


    As always, our students were a credit to the school and were praised by the staff at the centre for their engagement and enthusiasm. The students were particularly engaged in the GCSE revision sessions interspersed with the activities, further demonstrating their commitment and determination to succeed this summer. Several students made a point of saying how ‘delighted’ and ‘thrilled’ they were to be part of the trip.   

                                                                      Mr Wood, Assistant Headteacher

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  • Mr Barton Maths Conference

    Published 12/02/20

    On Friday 31st January, President Kennedy School was the venue for a one day conference, bringing together over 80 maths teachers from across the Midlands and The Futures Trust.


    President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance and ABBC Maths at Parkgate Primary hosted Craig Barton, Maths Teacher, TES advisor and author of the book "How I wish I'd Taught Maths", who delivered workshops on Worked Examples and Formative Assessment as part of this fantastic maths CPD day.

    Feedback from the event was very positive with delegates commenting that the information presented was "extremely useful in moving forward in my classroom teaching" and "the mathematical presentation was clear and easy to link in with".


    The work focused on the best methods to enable students to have more opportunities within lessons, to discover maths for themselves and try to reach outcomes, rather than being told what they were aiming to achieve from the outset.

    You can follow Craig Barton and President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance on twitter @mrbartonmaths and @PresKenTSA


    May Sly,Teaching School Manager

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February 2020