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March 2023

  • President Kennedy School Win Coventry Schools Rugby Festival!

    Published 30/03/23

    On Tuesday night, the Year 8 rugby team took part in the end of season Coventry Schools Rugby Festival. 

    This consisted five other schools in who all played each other in a league format. President Kennedy School beat Barrs Hill, Stoke Park, Coundon Court and Finham Park to set up a winner takes all game vs Bablake and King Henry VIII Schools. 
    This proved to be a close and exciting game with BKHS scoring first, before President Kennedy School went into the lead only for BKHS to tie level. As the game entered the dying seconds President Kennedy School broke from their own half and some excellent support play led to the winning try and jubilant celebrations by the Year 8 boys. 

    Well done to all the boys who have played this year. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mr Garlick, P.E Department

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  • Students Play in a Symphony Orchestra

    Published 30/03/23

    A group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students had an exciting opportunity to develop their instrumental, orchestral ensemble and music making skills during their visit the Midlands Art Centre (MAC).

    The event was led by the "National Orchestra For All" whose programme is about giving young people an opportunity to rehearse and play in a symphony orchestra.
    I would like to thank all students involved; you were so engaged, focused, thoughtful, polite... not to mention passionate in your playing! The NOFA team said that they were genuinely blown away by the positive attitude they arrived with, and maintained, throughout an intense but rewarding day. Well done!                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr Channer, Head of Music

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  • President Kennedy Schools Wins First Prize

    Published 22/03/23

    On Tuesday, three students from Year 8 and 9 were invited to a special event at the University of Warwick; this was in recognition of their hard work participating in the after school English club Transformations. 

    Run by the university, the club was based around the theme of 'Voices' in which the students discussed socio-political issues such as the climate crisis, prejudice and identity. At the end of the programme, all students were invited to submit a creative response - either a speech, poem, story or piece of art work - based on their learning. The three school finalists were Ritik (Year 9), Shante and Dheeraj (both Year 8). 
    When we arrived on campus, we were given a tour of the facilities including state of the art technology, the newly opened Faculty of Arts Building and the library. Next, we had a poetry master class with Nicola Hamer and an awards ceremony for the school and competition finalists.

    We were thrilled to learn that out of the ten schools in the competition and with over ninety entries, Dheeraj was the overall winner for the city! Emma Mason, the head of English at the University of Warwick, spoke passionately about how moving she found Dheeraj's poem, praising his creativity, insight and compassion. 

    I was so impressed by the mature and insightful questions our students were asking the university ambassadors, as well as their excellent behaviour throughout the day. As always, they did the school proud! Thank you to all of the students who participated in Transformations this year.                                                                                                                                                  Miss Stentoff, Teacher of English

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  • Macbeth Performance in School

    Published 16/03/23

    Students in Year 11 had the opportunity to watch a production of Macbeth performed for them in the school hall. It was a wonderful experience, which allowed them to consolidate their study of the play, as well as enjoying the text as Shakespeare intended – aloud! 

    The production was a small team of three actors who used costumes, voice and gestures to play a variety of characters, all while still staying faithful to the text. 

    Many Year 11 students commented that hearing the key quotations in the context of each scene really helped them to understand the impact and meanings intended by the author. 

    After the performance, the actors were kind enough to run a Q&A session where they shared more fascinating insights into the psychology of the characters, contextual links and their own personal interpretations of key scenes. Altogether, it was a great afternoon!                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Miss Stentoft Teacher of English

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  • Trees for President Kennedy School

    Published 13/03/23

    President Kennedy School was delighted to welcome colleagues from Hays Education and national charity Trees for Cities to work with selected Bridge and Gateway students to plant a number of trees on the school site as part of the Trees for Schools initiative.

    Trees for Schools is a Trees for Cities programme, which aims to transform urban school grounds into leafy green oases for both the children of today and for future generations. Their award-winning work in schools is delivery-focused and involves transforming school grounds into greener and healthier places to be. They specialise in innovative design, high-quality planting and landscaping, and inclusive engagement of the school community. Working in partnership with children and schools, they create Healthy Playgrounds; urban playgrounds are reimagined and redesigned; with the introduction of trees, forest gardens, food-growing, outside classrooms, woodland play areas, mini-forests and wildlife habitats. Tarmac playgrounds are transformed into natural green environments that are adapted to the changing climate, enabling creative education and connecting children to nature, supporting their mental health and well-being.

    Trees for Cities colleagues were joined by the Hays UK Head of Sustainability, Karen Young, who is working with the President Kennedy School Eco-Council on a challenge to make the school more sustainable over the next 12 months.  Hays Regional colleagues and Rob Bromfield, the school gardener, supported the students in planting a number of young trees within an area of the school identified for 're-wilding' by the Eco-Council and within the Echo Eternal Curriculum Garden featured recently on the BBC 'One Show'.

    The students learnt a great deal about the planting season and care of the trees from Caitlin and Tom from Trees for Cities, who were incredibly impressed with the students' knowledge and engagement, as were Karen, Michelle and Sharni from Hays.

    It is hoped that the relationship with Trees for Cities will continue, and Karen Young will be returning in the Summer Term to assess the progress of the trees and deliver workshops with Year 12 students on 'Ethical Sustainability' as part of their 'Human Dilemma' Ethics Conference in July.

     Mr Mort, Director of the Futures Teaching Alliance

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March 2023