NCS The Challenge

Year 11 students  are being offered the opportunity to participate in The Challenge, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 15 – 17 year olds that builds skills and confidence and helps them get ahead in work and life.

The Challenge is the country’s largest provider of NCS (National Citizen Service).  The government-funded programme begins with 3 parts that take place over 14 days, with breaks in between, after exams in the summer.

The first two parts of the programme are residential, with all meals, kit and accommodation provided.   First, teams get active by developing their leadership and teamwork skills, create friendships and build confidence by working with some of the best outdoor instructors in the UK.  After a short break, young people return for part two where they stay in university style accommodation and gain new skills in an area they are passionate about.  Finally, teams make their mark with the unique opportunity to design and deliver their own social action project.  Teams then graduate, receive a signed certificate from the prime minister and can join the graduate programme, The Challenge Society.

Each place on the programme costs over £1000, but as it is government backed, all The Challenge asks for is a contribution of £50.  A discounted price of £35 is available if the payment is made online before Wednesday 12th February.  There are no hidden costs – all food, transport, accommodation and specialist kit is provided.  Financial support is also available to ensure that cost is not a barrier.

Representatives from NCS with The Challenge spoke to the students on Wednesday 22nd January and there will be an Information Evening on Tuesday 11th February at 6.30 at school if you would like more information.

We highly recommend this unique and valuable opportunity and hope you will encourage your child to take part.  Further information is available from www.NCSTheChallenge.org or by contacting jodie.beatty@the-challenge.org.



Ross Davenport Works With Year 11 Students

Kineton High School was excited to be visited by ex-professional swimmer Ross Davenport on the 17th January 2014. Ross, who represented Great Britain in his third Olympics in 2012, worked with students in Years 11 and the Sixth Form. Ross is now an athlete mentor who draws on his experiences in life to help young people.

The Year 11 students had the opportunity to reflect on the results of their mock GCSEs which they had sat before Christmas and Ross worked with as the students started to prepare for their real exams later this year. With the sixth formers he looked at the preparation of elite athletes.

KHS is a Specialist Sports College and sport plays an important part in our school as we believe that lessons learnt through sport transfer through to all learning.

Ross had brought along his Commonwealth gold medal and is seen pictured here with some of the students he worked with.


Alice in Sunderland

Don’t miss our drama students’ performances of Alice in Sunderland.  Miss Ellis’s group on Tuesday 28th January  and Mr Mainwaring’s group on Friday 31st January.  Both performances are at 7pm in the School Hall.  Tickets available from Student Services – Adults £4 and Students £2.

Let The Book Fair Begin

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in the Library each break and lunch time from Monday 20th January to Thursday 23rd January 2014.  There will be a large selection of top fiction and non-fiction books plus posters and novelty stationery available to buy at great prices.

Year 7 students have produced posters to advertise the Fair and we have selected the five most fabulous entries.  Those students have each won a £5 voucher to spend at the Fair.  There are lots of  competitions to win great prizes including The Hunger Games,  Spirit Animals and Thorpe Park/The Dungeons prizes, plus we will be giving away ticket vouchers for free entry to Thorpe Park or The Dungeons.

We hope to make this year’s fair as successful as last years!

Fabulous Christmas Fun

It has been a fabulous week of fantastic fundraising here at Kineton with a whole string of special events organised by the Sixth Form running at break and lunchtimes.

The Christmas Carol Service at St Peters was enjoyed by all and included our own ‘ Strictly’ version of the Nativity.

Lessons have continued amongst all the fun but the excitement has been building.  Today sees ‘The Charity Show’ performed to the Houses before we wish all on their way to a Merry Christmas.

We will confirm how much has been raised for the Sixth Form charities after Christmas.

Have fun over the holidays but remember those of you that have exams in January get your heads down after the festivities have finished.