Head Master's Newsletter - Weekly Message
Friday 17 May 2019
The school is very much now in ‘exam mode’, with preparations well underway for the internal Years 7-10 exams next week.
There have, however, still been a number of important events over the past week, including a Musical Horizons Piano Concert and a careers talk from an Avondale Veterinarian.
This term is inevitably a series of ‘lasts’ as we prepare to leave this site. A further step on that journey was the final OId Girls’ Association Committee Meeting, which we marked with a celebratory supper, on Wednesday.
Many congratulations to our many sports women who have competed for the school so far this term. It has been a fabulous start to the summer season over the past week. Lucia Cassidy won the County Combined Events individual title for the Minor girls with the team taking silver. Lucia and Eva Healy then combined at the 108th Midlands School Girl Tournament on Saturday to finish runners up, and Bella Tomlinson and Holly Jaques won the second pair division. Recent athletics fixtures have been especially strong. The Track and Field cup first round was held this week with both the Inter and Junior teams competing. The Inter team finished a credible 4th place but it was the Juniors who stole the show. Amassing a phenomenal 358 points, the highest ever of any King's team, they were crowned County champions. This weekend will see a continuation of the first cricket season for King's as we host our first festival for the U14 age group and our equestrian team competing at Allenshill. Good luck to everyone.
Thank you to all those who have already signed-up to events taking place over our anniversary weekend on 6th-7th July. In highlighting the Gala Concert, which is taking place in St Mary’s, I hope many of you will decide to dust-down your instruments and vocal chords and take part in what will the culmination of our festivities. Further details may be found by following this link.
Finally, I wish all our pupils the very best in their exams, public or internal, sure in the knowledge that all their hard work and industry will be suitably rewarded.
Mr R Nicholson
Friday 10 May 2019
Many congratulations goes to our Young Enterprise teams, run collaboratively with Warwick School, Fresco and Imperium, who were award winners at the regional presentation evening at Coventry University earlier this week. Fresco were awarded a trophy for the company exhibiting the best sustainability for their use of recycled bottles from Ghana as part of their jewellery collection, and Imperium were the overall winners, going through to the West Midlands round.
On Wednesday, we took some 60 girls and boys from Year 5 in local primary schools to Cambridge, the culmination of the ‘Young Scholars’ programme which we run in collaboration with Clare College, Cambridge. The equivalent trip for Year 10 girls in local schools takes place later this month.
We have continued to welcome speakers to school, with a careers talk led by Aimee Wester on the University Air Squadron, and Hobbs Society Lunch with former pupil, Sally Shorthose. Ms Shorthose is a partner at the law firm Bird and Bird and has been advising businesses on Brexit. We were delighted too that Juliette Wallace, also an alumna, and destined for opera stardom, came to work with our Year 10 musicians.
Tomorrow, we are holding a ‘Double Decade Day’, welcoming former pupils from the 70s and 80s. As well as supporting this event through leading tours, this weekend girls are also involved in a bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award practice expedition, and girls in 9K are fundraising by taking part in a 5K inflatable obstacle race.
The summer sporting calendar is well underway, and I am delighted that there are now a full series of cricket fixtures for girls across the school; I look forward to seeing the fruits of a greater focus on this sport. Thank you also to parents who met yesterday to help plan the new equine sports programme.
I hope that you have received the recent e-newsletter highlighting our special weekend at the start of July, when we say ‘Farewell to Smith Street’. I do hope that everyone in our school community will take an active part, enjoying the art exhibition and presentations, recording memories, and taking part in the gala concert at St Mary’s. The following website link will take you to further details about the many events: www.landorassociation.co.uk/calendar/. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Finally, last week we wished Year 11 well as they started their period of study leave, and today, it is the turn of the Upper Sixth to begin their final preparations for A level. Their spark and personality as a year group have shone through the traditional rag week, including a splendid concert last night. We wish them all the very best, and look forward to celebrating their successes in August.
Mr R Nicholson
Friday 3 May 2019
It is a great pleasure to be writing to you at the end of our 140th birthday week. From our Victorian Day on Monday to the Service to commemorate our Founders and Benefactors earlier today, and the birthday lunch currently underway as I write, we have made the most of the opportunities to celebrate what makes our school so special, to reflect on our past and to look forward with confidence to a very bright future.
The week has been busy with a range of other events too. We welcomed Megan Nannfeldt, a specialist brain injury nurse, to deliver a careers talk, and girls in Year 10 from local state schools to a Politics in Action workshop as part of our Clare College Young Scholars programme.
Last night saw a truly spectacular Summer Concert, featuring our major ensembles as well as our senior girls in Upper Sixth. Thank you to the girls for sharing your skills and expertise so joyously, and to our music staff - and indeed parents - in supporting them to perform at such a very high standard.
I am delighted that our U14 Waterpolo team were so successful this week, coming fourth in the National Finals. It seems especially fitting that our Sports Awards Evening takes place tonight, where we celebrate the myriad achievements of our girls this year.
The public exam season is well underway, with this week seeing both GCSE and A level exams. Today, we wish all our Year 11s the very best as they go on Study Leave. As you would expect, support for the girls continues throughout this period but we know too how important it is for the girls to be able to have a solid period for consolidation and revision. They are a tremendous year group and I know will work as hard as they can to achieve their personal bests in their exams.
Next week is the final week before the Upper Sixth also go on Study Leave, with a particular highlight being the Leavers’ Concert on Thursday evening.
This email can only scratch the surface on recent highlights, and I encourage you to follow the school on Twitter or Facebook, where there are regular postings, including about the events at the end of term as we celebrate the Smith Street site and prepare to move to our new school.
Mr R Nicholson
Friday 26 April 2019
A warm welcome to our new-look Friday email. We hope that you find it easy to navigate, and that it includes a greater range of useful information.
The Easter break saw a number of trips, including a study visit to Costa Rica, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Silver Expedition, and the National Concert Band Festival, where the Foundation bands were spectacularly successful.
As you would expect, term is off to a flying start. A highlight of the past few days has been the Landor Association Networking Evening for those in the medical profession, which took place last night. Thank you to parents, alumnae, and friends of the school for leading the event and to all those who attended.
Work on the new school has been progressing well and over the coming weeks we will be sending out a range of information about the practicalities of the move. Pupils from King’s and Warwick will shortly begin work on a shared Code of Conduct which will help frame our relationship when we are together on the Myton Road Campus.
Monday sees our 140th birthday. This will be celebrated with a Victorian Day, and a new school birthday cake, the recipe being created by Lucy Wallace. The end of the week sees our Founders and Benefactors’ Service, and a range of anniversary events for the girls.
In amongst the flurry of activity as we say goodbye to Smith Street and prepare to join Warwick Preparatory School and Warwick School, we should not lose sight of the fact that Project One Campus is a development of national importance, at its heart offering girls world-class, bespoke facilities, and facilitating meaningful collaboration across the 3-18 age range, whilst remaining true to our identities as individual schools. This is such an exciting time for all of us in the Foundation; thank you for the tremendous support we have received as we embark on the final stages of this unique journey.
Mr R Nicholson