KJAR NewsPOSTED ON - 22nd Nov 2019
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.