Kineton High School held its annual awards ceremony on Thursday 10th April 2014. Following one of the school’s most successful years ever, the evening celebrated the outstanding achievements of students who took external examinations in 2013.
The evening was opened by Mr David Savory, Chair of Governors, who talked about the successes of the school, paying tribute to long serving staff and the journey the school has made to its position on the brink of outstanding.
The main ceremony began with interesting reviews of the year presented by Kyle Marais and Katie Stanton for Years 12&13 and Madeleine Chadwick and Flora Leathart for Year 11.
We were delighted to be joined by our guests of honour the Francis brothers – Jamie, Jon, Nick and Will – all accomplished ex-students who embody the spirit of our school. They took turns to present the awards to our latest group of successful students and then all spoke charismatically and confidently about their time at Kineton High School (18 years between them), their happy memories and the many skills and experiences they have taken on into their lives.
The evening closed with a moving speech from longstanding Headteacher Julia Morris who is retiring at the end of this academic year. She spoke eloquently of her 12 years at Kineton and the pride she has in the students, staff and wider community. She talked about the journey the school had taken, the strength of the family ethos that nurtures and challenges the young people that pass through it and of how leading Kineton had fulfilled her dreams of being a Headteacher.
In the photo is Julia Morris, Headteacher with guests of honour the Francis brothers.
On Thursday 27th March Kineton High School was visited by Lee Stuart ex Royal Marine and veteran of the Afghanistan conflict. The visit was organised under the Peace through Unity project. Lee spoke to Key Stage 4 students (Years 10 and 11) in an Assembly and was then interviewed by the Peace through Unity project students for the film they are making. The film when finished will be sent to all schools in the country.
Lee was a Royal Marine for 11 years before leaving the army 2 years ago. In the Assembly he spoke simply but seriously with the occasional touch of humour about his experiences in Afghanistan and his views on peace and war.
The students listened to Lee in silence. We are a school with close links to the forces, we always have service children within our school so his story and his message had real meaning.
We would like to thank Lee for visiting the school and speaking with the students. It was a great honour to meet him.
During Sports Relief week all students in Years 7 to 9 ran the Sports relief mile in their PE lessons. despite wind and rain everyone participated enthusiastically knowing that their efforts would make a difference. A big thank you to all of the students – you raised £243.
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Siona Robson as new Headteacher for the school from September 2014.
She joins us from Magdalen College School in Brackley and brings a wealth of experience of school leadership both at Brackley and also schools in London and Leatherhead. She is a mathematician by training.
She believes passionately in our ethos of Learning Excellence for All, and looks forward to working with staff, students, parents and governors to build on the strong learning culture and high expectations already in place within the school and lead us on the next stage of the school’s development.
Chair of Governors
We were a week late because of our school exams but we still had an enchanting time and the spooky mist only added to Kineton High School’s World Book Day celebrations. As ever students and staff entered fully into the spirit of our fantasy and supernatural theme. Of course there were classfuls of Harry Potters, Hermiones and other Hogwarts students on hand to cast us a spell, as well as a whole bunch of really strange fairies and a library full of other book characters! Mrs Brittain’s caterpillar costume was something to behold!
During the day Kineton had a number of different book themed activities that started with a drop everything and read session in tutor time that was then followed with different workshops and quizzes.
We were lucky enough to be joined by a very tall author and poet Andrew Fusek Peters, author of The Skateboard Detectives, Ravenwood and Poems with Attitude. Andrew spent the day working with Key Stage 3 students; he performed his poetry, played the didgeridoo and also ran a creative writing workshop with 30 Year 9 students looking at how to write a thriller.
Year 5 students from our linked primaries joined us for a super book quiz which was won by Tysoe Primary School.
Lessons went on as normal although they were a little surreal at times. Have you ever had your lessons delivered by a Wicked Witch or a Zombie?
Mrs Johnson, School Librarian and Wicked Witch of the West, said ‘Nothing beats World Book Day at Kineton High School, it is magic! We always enjoy celebrating books and reading, everyone participates and our students’ creativity is just amazing.’