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POSTED ON - 24th Jan 2020

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    This Monday, Year 11 students enjoyed a professional theatre company's version of 'A Christmas Carol' in the comfort of our hall.  The production was well designed and performed, and also really helpful in identifying key quotes and ideas for their Literature exam.  There may be an opportunity to see 'Macbeth' in the same way later in the year.   Highlights for me this week were the new activities we have introduced, Cheerleading and Boxercise, both looked like a lot of fun and lots of students were taking part. I was also delighted so many Year 8 to 10 parents came to find out about the proposed trip to Malawi in Summer 2021, where hopefully KJAR students will be helping to build an orphanage in one of the most deprived areas of Africa in terms of GDP. I am sure I’ll be writing to you frequently over the next 18 months about fundraising initiatives these students have come up with to fund the trip.    Can I take the opportunity to thank parents for ensuring student’s uniform has remained at a good standard? With both uniforms and bells there has been a little more ‘Oomph’ in some of the students which is directly transferring to the learning in the classroom. A number of parents have asked about learning strategies that go on in the academy; I’m currently discussing the best way to share that with the parent body.    I’ll finish this week where we started this Blog with curriculum extension, as English was not the only subject who had enrichment activities going on. Many students benefited from having professionals in talking about Wateraid and doing work on water sustainability. This is a great way to enhance their learning. We also had a team of students in the RSC Top of the Bench competition this week, demonstrating their Chemistry knowledge on a regional scale. I will inform you of how they did when I know myself.   It is so often the opportunities like these that give students some of their favourite memories from their school days. I’m sure this has happened for many individuals this week.   Have a good weekend.   Mr G Farquhar  

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POSTED ON - 17th Jan 2020

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  This week we have seen some amazing extra-curricular activities and I am really pleased with the number of students who are taking part in these fantastic opportunities. This week students have taken part in activities across a range of curriculum areas including, STEM, Music / Drama and PE. You can see coverage of these events on our many Twitter accounts which can all be accessed via our school website www.kjar.org.uk   We have also had a number of parental engagement opportunities this week. Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the Year 6 Drop-In Session. During this session a number of you asked about an additional Parents Evening and we are pleased to let you know that the next Year 6 session will be on Thursday 19th March - more information will follow in due course.    Thank you also to Year 9 Parents, Carers and Students for attending the GCSE Options Evening this week. With regard to Options, now that you have had a chance to meet with teachers please take time to consider which subjects would be best for your child and their future hopes and ambitions. If you or your child need any help with deciding, or if you are just not sure, please speak to their Form Tutor or Head of Year. You may also contact Mrs Palmer at k.palmer@kjar.org.uk if you have any queries.   If you were unable to attend the evening your child has been given a pack during registration today, please take the time to go through this with them.   Finally a huge well done to Year 11 Students for a very demanding period of Mock exams, please take the chance to rest and unwind this weekend.   Have a good weekend.   Mr G Farquhar

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