Musical Primary Schools

P1070243The 14th June saw the culmination of weeks of hard work when two local primary schools, Sir Francis Hill and Swinderby performed Disney related pieces in the Terry O'Toole Theatre.

North Kesteven School, using funding from the EMI Music Sound Foundation held a workshop for the primary staff back in February with NKS performing arts teachers offered workshops on the different skills needed to put musical theatre pieces together. The primary staff then worked with their children and put together a piece adding movement and drama. NKS staff teach both schools involved a joint piece, this year being 'Hakuna Matata' which was performed as the finale. Both participating schools did an amazing job, with parents being invited to watch them as they performed. Well done everyone!

The NKS Library Needs YOUR Help!

library 18Please take a moment to help us win £5000 for the North Kesteven School Library and, if we win, the voter will also receive £100 in book tokens! All you have to do is to log onto http://po.st/schoolprize and fill out the entry form with your name, email address (you can use your school email), school postcode, and select North Kesteven School then click to enter. The more entries the school has, the greater chance we have of winning the prize!

The competition is open to anyone who is 13 years and older so please encourage friends and family to vote too!

Thank you for your support.

Goodbye and Best Wishes

IMG 2466At our Student Leadership Team, (StLt), meeting on the 27th May we said goodbye to the Year 11 members. Molly, Tom, Natasha and Naomi have been the leaders and deputy leaders closely supported by the other Year 11 students. They have been a credit to the team and a credit to North Kesteven School. We wish them the very best with the rest of their exams, a relaxing summer holiday and we look forward to seeing them in the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form from September.

Inspiring the next generation of teachers

HarlieWe have recently welcomed back former North Kesteven School student Harlie for a two week work experience placement with our drama department.

Harlie, who completed her studies at the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form last year, is now studying for a 3 year undergraduate drama degree at the Royal Holloway University in London.

Harlie has had a fortnight as a member of the drama team and has got stuck into a variety of tasks including making costumes for the AS drama exams; editing videos of performances, monitoring lighting and sound for rehearsals and assisting with lessons and extra-curricular activities. She said that the experience has been very useful as it has confirmed that she wants to move into teaching when she has completed her degree.

Miss Donlevy, one of our Drama teachers said that Harlie has been a fantastic addition to the team and will receive a glowing reference. Thank you for your help Harlie and we hope to see you again soon!

Inter School Primary Cycling Competition

IMG 2400As part of our popular sporting master classes, local primary school children gathered at North Kesteven School on the 19th May to take part in an Interschool Cycling Competition delivered by East Midlands Go Ride on behalf of British Cycling and Sustainable Transport funded by North Kesteven District Council.

Preceding the event, North Kesteven School had organised for the Go Ride team to visit each primary school and give them an insight into their development programme for young people. This is a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills. Five boys and five girls were selected from each of the schools to represent their primary at the North Kesteven School finals.

With the first race starting at 12.30pm students from South Hykeham, All Saints, Fosse Way, Waddington Redwood, Manor Leas and Ling Moor Primary School donned their cycle helmets, mounted their bikes and prepared to put their skills to the test in a series of qualifying heats! The route led them over a flat but technically challenging course with a tricky area of woodland to negotiate.

There were heats for both boys and girls with the first two from each heat progressing to the final. This was followed by a team relay, all of which provided an exciting culmination to the weeks of coaching. The exciting afternoon ended with medals being awarded and all participants received British Cycling Goodies along with an invitation to their local Go-Ride Cycling Club.

Thank you to everyone for taking part!

Fundraising Challenge

Work Skills May 2016Year 12 students studying Workskills completed their assessed team challenge by organising a charity event in aid of Dementia UK. They organised a cake sale and an event in which teachers volunteered to go in the stocks for students from across the school to pay to throw wet sponges at them. A thoroughly fun and successful lunchtime of fundraising with a total of £138.78 being raised! Thank you to the teachers and students who supported the event!

Skellingthorpe Award

IMG 2285Congratulations to Molly-Ann and Tommy in Year 11 who, on the 11th May, were presented with the Pauline Harley Achievement Memorial Award by Skellingthorpe Parish Council! The two students were nominated for the award for their positive contribution to North Kesteven School and their hard work and dedication to the Student Leadership Team. Well done to you both, and to all the other nominees.

NK Amplified

IMG 0723Our very talented students organised and led this musical event on the 12th May as an important part of their BTEC Music course. The young people performed a variety of songs and music in front of a very enthusiastic and supportive audience.

Spanish Exchange Programme

Spanish visitors May 2016We were delighted once again to welcome Spanish students and staff from the Colegio Virgen del Carmen School near Cordoba.  Our guests spent a week with us, and whilst here experienced all that the British weather can offer, from hail and rain to 25 degree sunshine and blue skies! The students spent two days in classes at NK and used the other days to explore Lincoln and Newark along with having a day in our capital city.  We really value our strong partnership with this school and look forward to our visit to them in 2017!

National School Photograph Awards 2016

Photography
Jamie Stallwood a Year 11 Photography student has had his photograph shortlisted for the FS Design National School Photography awards. Jamie’s photograph entitled ‘Quick Exit’ is one of only 35 to be selected in the secondary school category.

The photo is of a Finnish Air Force (FiAF) F/A-18C Hornet from no.11 fighter squadron pulling away at 500mph from its final display pass at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in 2015.

It was shot using a Canon 70D coupled with a Sigma 150-500 lens shot with a shutter speed of 1/640th of a second at ISO 200 and an aperture of F6.3 with Image Stabilisation turned off. Image editing software was used to sharpen and crop the image as well as turning up the clarity and turning down the saturation making the image black and white.

The results of the completion will be announced at the end of the month. We wish Jamie the best of luck with his entry !