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POSTED ON - 18th Oct 2019

KJAR News

  I write this as I’m dusting off my disco shoes ready for another night of Baby Shark dancing!  It’s been another busy week with many events taking place across the year groups including students been given the opportunity to take part in additional STEM sessions.  We are very grateful to our Science department for organising these sessions with the Royal Society of Chemistry who approached the Science department to say a last minute opportunity had arisen.  Our Year 11 Business students are currently returning from a trip to Paris, where they have experienced an array of work related, and business, opportunities. Whilst the photos show chocolate, cakes and Euro Disney, I am assured by staff on the trip, and some of the students who have emailed me, that there was lots of hard work being achieved as well. Next week is always a tricky week where half the schools in the country are on half term break, and half are not. As we go into the 8th week, of this 1st half of Autumn term, we will continue to keep the work ethic and high standards that we have been striving for, knowing we won’t be doing 8 weeks in the 2nd half of Autumn Term leading up to Christmas.   Thank you to everyone who took part in Thursday’s Year 5 and Year 7 parental “Drop-In Sessions”. This was a new concept that we decided to try and, as we believe that the relationship between home and school is very important, we will be looking at parent, and staff, feedback to see how we can develop this going forward.  I hope you all have a good weekend; personally I’m going to enjoy watching the rugby now that Scotland has been eliminated and I don’t have to go through the continued pain of another failed World Cup. Mr Farquhar   Royston Rotary Swimathon A huge well done and thank you to the 10 Super Swimmers representing King James Academy at the Royston Rotary Club Swimathon.  Between the two relays teams they completed an amazing 312 lengths.

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POSTED ON - 11th Oct 2019

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Can we start by thanking all those Parents and Students who came to the open evening on the Senior site last night. There was a real positive buzz and energy around the building which was great to be a part of.  This was a great way to end the week which at long last saw the new website properly come online. Please use the contact page to get in touch with the school office.  I also want to thank the Head Students who wrote the blog for me last week while I was away at the Euro School 2000 conference. My time in Germany was well spent and there will be upcoming exchange opportunities in Germany, Belgium, Sicily, Spain and the Netherlands. All these exchanges will have an education focus and will cover a range of subjects including Science, Technology, History, PE and Music. Thank you for your patience with regards to the Hoodies to date. We appreciate there has been a long wait to hear more information. We are now reliably informed that the webshop is in the final testing phase and as soon as more information is available we will be delighted to share it with you.  We are also preparing for the return of the Roysia Fireworks and Bonfire display on Friday 1st November. We have also decided to use this event to have an Inter house Guy competition. The Year 11 Students who are Assistant Heads of House have been promoting this in form time and are looking to put a Guy team together for their house. Students who are interested in this should email their Assistant Heads of House on the email addresses below.    assisthohdragon@kjar.org.uk                                                           assisthohgriffin@kjar.org.uk          assisthohpegasus@kjar.org.uk                                                       assisthohphoenix@kjar.org.uk   I must admit that for me it is very satisfying that I can see our Year 11 Students taking an active leadership role across the Academy. These email addresses are a great example of that working in practice.   Have a great weekend.   Mr Farquhar   Eco-Warrior Club This year I have launched an eco-warrior club for the first time at King James Academy. I have met every Monday with a group of very passionate and enthusiastic children who are ready to save the world one plastic bottle at a time. This half term we have been litter picking and researching the impact turning off lights can make. I am very excited to announce that a few weeks ago we applied for a competition run by the bank of England and we have been accepted to take part. The competition now requires us to make a video showing what we are doing as a community to tackle climate change. If your child is interested in climate change, protecting our environment and working out ways to make a difference, we meet every Monday from 1.35 in room 19, everybody is welcome. Mrs Reed Active Listeners On Monday morning 30 selected year 6 pupils took part in their Active listener training. This is an anti-bullying peer support initiative used at King James Academy. The welfare support pupils from year 11 and two previously trained Active listeners from Year 9 supported the year 6 pupils with the training, it was great to see pupils of all ages supporting each other. It was a pleasure to spend the morning with so many kind, caring and empathetic children. On Tuesday next week, they will be awarded their badges and certificates and the year 5 pupils will learn about the scheme and where to find peer support. Mrs Reed    

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POSTED ON - 4th Oct 2019

KJAR News

In Mr Farquhar’s absence, the control of the blog has been handed over to us for a week! We are the new Head students, all four of us are in Year 11 and we are truly passionate about our new school and the unique and exciting opportunities it presents.    We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all those involved in an amazing performance at the Royston Arts Festival over the weekend, we feel it's really important that the school is involved with the local area as we play a huge part in the environment and have a big presence in the community.    As Mr Farquhar discussed in his blog last week, he is currently in Europe meeting with different schools to discuss exchange and travel opportunities. As many of our fellow Year 11 students will testify, the exchange trip to Villanueva de la Cañada in Spain last year was a very beneficial and fun experience, opening their eyes to new cultures and helping with their Spanish GCSEs.   In other news on Monday, we launched our new School Council plans in a Senior Site assembly, asking for two members from every form in the school to meet with us and represent their form on a whole school level, making us aware of their views and ideas. We plan to meet our Senior Site students on 11 October for the first time, with forms holding mini elections amongst themselves in the run-up. We hope that we get lots of students from all years who are just as passionate as we are and what to help us make the school the best it can be! We will be unveiling our plans in a Junior Site assembly on Monday.   We’re looking forward to implementing changes at KJAR that will benefit all students and working with staff to help everyone reach their full potential at our great school.   We hope everyone has a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you on the Open Evening on Thursday.   Harry, Becky, Rosie and Daniel. KJAR Head Students.

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