Unbelievably this is the end of the school year. Cross curricular week, activities day, year 9 NRA and year 10 graduation have all come and gone, the crane is leaving the site of the new building and the summer holidays are here.
I would like to thank all members of staff for their work over the year, and wish all those moving on good luck. QK is fully staffed for September.
Next term starts for year 7 on Tuesday 2nd September and for everyone else at 8.50am on Wednesday 3rd September in tutor rooms. Early finishes on Wednesday and split lunches start immediately. From Thursday 4th September the day starts with lessons and not tutor time. Please ensure you have read the uniform expectations and that your child is ready.
Good luck to everyone waiting for their exam results in August.
Thank you for all your support this academic year. I wish you and your families a happy and safe summer.
The visit to the new building last week has prompted me to think more about the vision for QK and how this will be expressed around the site. The move is a fantastic opportunity to reconsider the feel of our school and what we want the ethos to be.
This was explored more in the INSET day on Monday about what we want from our future curriculum. A number of key questions were asked, including ‘what are our values?’ In my experience no question provokes a more interesting debate. Are we more interested in ‘aspiration’ rather than ‘achievement’? Do we want new students and families to join a QK ‘family’ or QK ‘community’ and when that choice is made what kind of ‘family/community’ do we want it to be? The word respect always come up on these occasions; there can be a lot of common ground until the discussion begins about a definition and who should be respecting whom conditionally or not ? More on this to come in the months ahead. I do think it is really important to have a small group of core values that bind everyone together in our diverse community, including staff, governors and families, and not something which is just another set of rules for students.
On Wednesday 2nd July eight aspirational Year 12 students went to Oxford to find out more about the admissions process.
First stop was the Churchill Hospital where students met Professor Ashley Grossman, a world expert in Diabetes and Endocrinology. He gave a personal tour of the clinic, wards and laboratories. Next, the students listened intently to Doctor Mike Froggatt at Wadham College who described the applications system and then our students went to various subject talks in Social Sciences, Philosophy, Medicine, Maths and Economics, which were in turn daunting and amazing.
The weather was beautiful and our students really enjoyed visiting other colleges including Balliol and Magdalene. Well done to Usama, Norah, Zack, Omar, Nima, Salman, Yungie and Mohamed.
Our six Jack Petchey Award winners were delighted to be able to put their reward money back into the school, thank-you to colleagues who sent through their ‘spend ideas’. The students chose to support the projects shown below:
Siddarth Rathod (8U) – Sid chose to spend his £200 reward on new costumes for the Drama department, this will support their Autumn term shows and maybe enable more students to participate.
Anisa Gjyshinca (9U) – Anisa chose to spend her £200 reward on buying four brand new 3-man tents so the school can extend its Duke of Edinburgh programme.
Sema Abas (11U) - Sema chose to spend her £200 reward on walking boots for the Duke of Edinburgh programme – the school will now have a bank of walking boots to lend to students so they can partake in expeditions at a lower cost.
Usama Yusuf (12S) – Usama chose to spend his £200 reward on new Trangia cooking stoves so the school can extend its Duke of Edinburgh programme and involve more students with the award.
Mohammad Shika (8S) – Mohammad has chosen to spend his £200 reward money on a new football kit for the school’s U14 girls football team.
Faraaz Razak (8S) – Faraaz chose to buy a portable music box so that the Performing Arts and PE department can set-up a new dance club at school.
The winners will now attend an awards ceremony in January 2015 so their achievements can be celebrated formally. Last year’s winners are shown below…
I visited the new building this week for the first time in three months. It is really taking shape and at the point where it is possible to imagine what life will be like. A sample classroom has now been completed, with carpet, soundproof windows and paint. There is a real sense of the high quality environment we are going to enjoy. Over 150 people are currently working on site to make it all happen, installing cables and light fittings, connecting services such as electricity and water and many other jobs. It no longer feels like a concrete shell, particularly from the outside where some elements are all but finished. The crane will leave the site by the end of term. There will be many opportunities for inspirational display and a very large canvas to fill. In the photograph below are the steps which lead from the main entrance on Marlborough Hill. I’m in the picture along with Mr Williams and three new senior members of staff who will be joining us in September. As of today QK is fully staffed for September which is a great position to be in.
Finally, as things stand the school will be closed on Thursday July 10th due to industrial action. If the situation changes I will ensure you are immediately informed.
Congratulations to the QK DofE students for successfully completing their qualifying expedition this weekend.
The 32 students involved were a credit to the school. The Duke of Edinburgh assessor complimented all 5 groups for their technical navigation and campcraft skills and also for the social skills they demonstrated throughout the assessment weekend.
Feel free to ask the students about their experiences.
Lorik Morina 12A Mo Sghaier 12k Usama Yusef 12S
Mohamed Abdelrhman 12T Saeed Adan 12K
‘The All Nighters’
Ali Osman 12A Salman Uddin 12S Nick Esmaily 12A
Jordan Landu 12T Saif Uddin 12K Josef Pell 12T
Zack Lewis Griffiths 12S Mark Paul 12A Tierney Faucher 12A
Michaela King 12K Tasnia Uddin 12T Wassan Saleem 10U
Naeem Williams 10U
Yassmine Boukaddour 10Q Albina Muzaci 10A Salma Yusef 10A
Mersadie Cooke 10Q Haneen Sakhi 10T Greis Kula 10Q
Negar Bakhtiari 10A
Tudor Simmons 10S Cameron Snow 10S Mohamed Hammeda 10T
Billy Miller 10Q Zak Khiar 10U Stephen Gracia Jones 10U
Adam Abbas 10Q
Our DofE students are nearing the completion of their skill, volunteering, physical and expedition sections. To achieve the award students are finalising their presentations which they hope to present to senior management in 2 weeks.
Congratulations to the 2014 QK Sports award winners
Boys Basketball outstanding contribution: Hussam 9A
Boys Basketball star performer award: Omar 8Q
Girls Basketball outstanding contribution: Sama 9A
Girls Basketball star performer award: Nita 9Y
Cricket team outstanding contribution: Moheidyne 8T
Cricket team star performer award: Faraaz 8S
Year 7 Boys Football, Outstanding contribution: Ali Abdulla 7Q
Year 7 Boys Football, Star Performer: Albin 7U
Year 8 Boys Football, Outstanding contribution: Ayyoub C 8Y
Year 8 Boys Football, Star Performer: Hamza 8N
Year 9 Boys Football, Outstanding contribution: Alfie 9A
Year 9 Boys Football, Star Performer: Arber 9T
Year 10 Boys Football, Outstanding contribution: Orion 10Q
Year 10 Boys Football, Star Performer: Isaac 10U
Year 11 Boys Football, Outstanding contribution: Rinor 11U
Year 11 Boys Football, Star Performer: Mohammed 11N
Girls Football, Outstanding contribution: Muna 9K
Girls Football, Star Performer: Ikram 9Q
Table tennis club, Outstanding contribution: Hadi 8Y
Table tennis club, Star Performer: Sufiyan 7U
Handball club, Outstanding contribution: Mohamed H 10T
Handball club, Star Performer: Said 10A
Tennis club, Outstanding contribution: Lorrin 7Q
Tennis club, Star Performer: Isidore 8Y
Athletics Club, Outstanding contribution: Fawzia 7N
Athletics Club, Star Performer: Elyas 9K
Team of the Year: QK Cricket team
Sports Leaders awards: Anisa 9U, Dillan 9S, Saeed 8A
DofE outstanding contribution award: Haneen 10T
Winner of QK Student poll: Mohamed H 10T
QK Inspiration awards
Year 7: Sufiyan 7U, Fawzia 7N
Year 8: Yasmin 8Y, Ayub K 8S
Year 9: Sama 9A, Parvas 9T
Year 10: Daniel 10N, Catherine 10T
Year 11: Vika 11S, Rinor 11
Sixth form: Sophia 12S, Melos 12T
Click here to see a video of Coach Maitland’s inspirational speech
This week QK was extremely fortunate to have Parween Wafa, A head teacher from Afghanistan, visit QK. She meet with a group of year 8 and year 12 students that had all been involved in previous fundraising activities for Amnesty International.
Parween is an inspirational person, who has fought for the right to education for all children in Afghanistan. Her story is a tragic one as she has had to make many personal sacrifices to stand up for what she believes in. Her emotional talk was incredibly well received by students and staff alike, at times there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. She meet with all of the students after the talk, embracing them as if they were her own. She had a profound impact on all who attended and it was a real privilege to have meet her.
Parween really enjoyed her visit saying that ‘it gave her real energy and inspiration to meet our young people’. Here are what some of the our students said about the visit.
It was so emotional, I felt like I was going to cry
Mishkat Abdulkarim 8Q
I felt honoured to be in her presence, she was truly inspiring and has changed my life for the better
Hawa Nur 8Y
It was a life changing experience because her story was so inspiring and she is such a courageous women that motivates me and inspires me to be the best I can
Rachel Pereira 8N
It was a very moving, you can see how much difficulty she has been through to get her
Kryshna Charles 8A
I learnt that if you put your head down you can succeed
Amna Motasim 8K
Parween was such an inspirational lady, the way she hugged us it felt like she really cared about us
Rzan Faqdlelbari 8A
Thanks Mr McVicar
It has been an unbelievable two weeks at QK, including five major events in less than two days.
There is an old saying that it ‘takes a village to raise a child’. The wonderful NRA ceremony for year 11 on Wednesday afternoon provided ample evidence of this. In their first five years at QK students will have around thirty to forty teachers, contact with at least as many support staff, and a whole variety of interaction with external professionals. It was a very moving occasion with both staff and students speaking from the heart. Thank you to all parents and carers who attended to make it such a special event and congratulations to all prize winners. Looking forward to seeing as many of them as possible in September.