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POSTED ON - 29th Nov 2019

KJAR News

  There will be no blog next week due to our occasional day on Friday 6th December.    I’d like to start by thanking Year 11 parents for attending the Year 11 parents evening this week. As we run into Mock exams it's a really important time for those students. Year 11 have taken a great approach this year and these mocks will really help us identify the key areas to focus on to be ready for the summer.    After serious consideration as a school, Year 7 to 11 will be invited to take part in a mock general election. This will be totally optional and will run during lunch times (timetable to be prepared showing debates taking place). I believe it’s important that we show students how democracy works and actually in a very structured way, at times discuss with them the key issues of our country. We have selected the students who will represent each party and made it very clear that whilst policy might be discussed, it’s important that we model to students how democracy should run and not engage in the negative aspects of politics, which appears to be marring the real election. No member of staff will be making any political commentary or sharing their personal political opinion and lunchtime debates and events will be supervised by senior staff. Year 5 and 6 will do a mock election activity later on in the school year, which will not be based on the political parties or the current election.   Year 5 and 6 students took part in a drama workshop this week. Some of the Twitter feeds show some great video footage of the activities going on. I would advise all parents to consider following some of the school Twitter feeds, as you will see some of the great activities going on across the school. One of my personal highlights this week was the try scored in the Year 7 rugby match.   There are loads of Christmas events coming up and we very much hope some of you will be able to join us for some of these events:   Thursday 5th December, 6.00pm - Christmas Concert (Junior site) Thursday 12th December - Christmas Mini-Fete (Junior site, open to parents from end of school, 3.20pm) Thursday 19th December, 4.00pm - Christmas Carol Service (Senior site)   There is also the Christmas Jumper Day on 13th December where hopefully we can raise lots of money for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I’ve made it very clear to staff that fun Christmas activities in lessons will not start until 19th December, which I’m told helps the English team when they are teaching the GCSE students about Scrooge !!   Have a good weekend.   Mr Farquhar   Musical Theatre – written by KJAR Students On the senior site hall we did a drama and dance piece to a song called Revolting Children from the musical Matilda. We all really enjoyed it. It inspired us all for the future. During it we got to stand on the chairs and do lots of other really cool moves. It was fun and exciting and I felt like I was actually there in the musical itself. All of us really enjoyed it and some of us were singing along to the music. We got to choose some of the moves like at the end we got to make up our finishing poses.   “It was fun.” Jack Drage “It was very active.” Alfie Barnaby “Ryan was amazing.” Charlie Hawker “It was crazy.” Roisin “It was a creative way to get people to enjoy drama.” Alicia   Christmas Concert - Junior Site We are delighted to invite you to a the Christmas Concert which includes any performing arts extra-curricular ensemble and is next Thursday (5th) from 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm.  Tickets are available from the Junior Site office.   Christmas Carol Service - Senior Site The Carol Service (Thursday 19th December) includes all of Year 5 and the whole school community have been invited.  Year 5 have an electronic form to fill in but if you have any difficulties the office have paper copies. Everyone is welcome to that and it will consist of traditional carols and readings and is a service rather than a concert.

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POSTED ON - 27th Nov 2019

Little Shop of Horrors

Senior Students from King James Academy Royston put on a fantastic production last week of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. Described as a comedy, horror, rock musical, this vibrant show takes a tongue in cheek look at how far people will go to gain fame, fortune and love.  Daniel Hawker gave a sensitive performance as the hapless Seymour and encapsulated the awkwardness of the character. He showed an impressive vocal and emotional range as he grappled with each moral dilemma. Poppy Davison sang beautifully as Audrey and showed real musicality in her numbers. The character of Mr Mushnick was played with gusto by Oliver Evans who embraced the role and the tango! Zach Juneja made a spectacular entrance through the audience on a motorbike and combined an arrogant swagger and sadistic glee in the role of Dentist. Audrey II was represented on stage by four different puppets of increasing size, with the final pod being particularly impressive. The audience seemed to love each subsequent ‘death’ and responded with glee when the plant ‘ate’ the different characters. For a relatively young cast to achieve such an outstanding level of performance is no mean feat and the ensemble should feel incredibly proud of what they achieved.   Headteacher, Gordon Farquhar said he was very impressed by the production as a whole and particularly by the professionalism shown by the company when working with the many props; flowers, telephones, body parts (!) that the show necessitates.   ‘A wonderful evening that really showcased the wealth of talent, both on and off stage, that we have at King James Academy Royston.’   Shaunaid Crosby Head of Performing Arts  

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POSTED ON - 22nd Nov 2019

KJAR News

  This week has been action packed to say the very least! We’ve gone from assemblies to TV film crews and from Youth Speaks to own clothes day.    We were extremely lucky to host Jen Beer (Public Health lead for Positive Mental Health) talking to our students across all year groups, over 2 separate assemblies, about young people's mental health and wellbeing. Our student wellbeing group met Jen and had opportunities to discuss our school initiatives. BBC Look East also joined us to report on this exciting opportunity where pupils learned that “it’s OK not to be OK” #justtalk. More coverage of the day can be seen on our school Twitter account @KJARSchool. In addition to the pupil assemblies Viv Ofstedahl and Rachel Lambie, in conjunction with NESSie, hosted a parent forum later in the evening. This event entitled “Supporting young people with Anxiety” was well attended and gave parents a better understanding of feelings along with useful strategies to support children's wellbeing.   On Wednesday we hosted the annual Rotary Youth Speaks event on our Junior site. Schools from Royston and surrounding areas joined KJAR pupils to take part in public speaking and presenting. Pupils spoke very passionately about their topics and the Rotarians were impressed with their knowledge, research and presentation skills. On a personal note that two of my Year 8 history students choose to talk about the Cold War for their presentation. It’s great to see independent learning beyond the curriculum.   Last night saw the opening night of this year's production ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. The students did both themselves and King James Academy Royston proud as they sang their way through their first performance while contending with a blood thirsty plant and unrequited love. Tickets are available on the door for both Friday and Saturday evening’s performances, starting at 7.00pm.    Following last week’s Student council meeting, today pupils had the opportunity to wear own clothes, with proceeds of the day going to Children in Need. We are delighted to raise over £650 for this good cause.   In addition to all of the above last weekend our Friends hosted the first King James Academy Royston Christmas Market. With performances from our choir and a host of stalls all attendees certainly left feeling Christmassy. I must again show my appreciation of our Friends committee who work very hard to give their support to both the school and all the children who attend.   Have a good weekend.   Mr Farquhar  

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POSTED ON - 15th Nov 2019

KJAR News

  This week the school marked Remembrance Day with two alternative style assemblies (snippets of these can be seen on Twitter). Many of our students, and some staff, also marched on Sunday in the Royston parade. All attendees marched with pride and were a credit to the organisations they were representing. Mrs Rawlings begins her maternity leave this week and I’m sure you would like to join me in wishing her well. We all wish her all the best and I for one know I’m really going to miss having my Deputy around for the advice, guidance, support and friendship she offers. Many of our pupils are working extremely hard with weekend rehearsals fine tuning the upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors. A reminder that tickets are still on sale, from Senior site office, for our all performances, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I hope many of you will be able to attend the Friends Christmas Market at the Junior site, this Sunday from 11-3. I was blown away last year by the quality of the merchandise on sale so I’d advise any of you who have never been before to come and see what’s on offer. Our full Student Council met for the first time this week and it was completely run by our Senior Students. We are working hard to embed the culture of the through school and every week when I meet the Head Students I realise how much I appreciate the job they do in driving change and leading student voice. I know today is Children In Need but I have agreed with the student representatives that next Friday will be a non-school uniform day. You’re invited to bring a contribution to donate, all of which will go to Children in Need. Our Student Well-Being Group are also led by three of our Year 11 students and their work is getting some county wide recognition. I’m hopeful I’ll be sharing some exciting news about them next week. It was great to have many of the Royston first and primary schools visit us this week and I would like to thank Miss Williamson, and all of our Sports Leaders, who did such a great job. My final note is a reminder from Herts Road and Safety Team: As the days are getting shorter, you are reminded of the importance of wearing bright and reflective clothing when out and about, to make Students more visible to traffic Have a great weekend, see you on Sunday Mr Farquhar

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