It feels like we have been in our new facilities for a lot more than two school weeks. There is a great deal to do in terms of display in the long term, but it already feels like home. To go back to the old building would feel very strange indeed. There are details elsewhere about an opportunity for parents to visit the new site.
Teething issues remain. External telephones are still not working, despite many promises. As advertised on the website 07792 057 242 is the current school number. Printing is another issue, and as with telephones, it is in the hands of contractors rather than the school. Overall though the new environment is having a significant positive impact on all that we do.
It has been a momentous week.
After the packing and emptying of over 3000 crates and a similar number of bags filled with rubbish or recycling, a new ICT network, new furniture and everything else you can imagine, we are here. There are still some glitches to iron out, not least with telephones. Please check our website for further details.
It feels different already. Wider corridors with natural light and everything being fresh and new has made a significant difference to our learning ethos. Lessons are being taught with doors open all over the school. As members of staff we have spent a lot of time thinking about how we want QK to be different in our new environment. My challenge to students in assemblies this week has been about their aspirations for the new building.
Computing Club has wrapped up for the term. Congratulations to all the members who have already managed to complete their first game!
We handed out gaming related prizes to the most successful game developers this term:
In 1st Place earning Computer Games Developer of the Term is Bilquees El-Ageli, who took home a backpack & notebook.
Matias Musante – backpack
Justin Chan – notebook
Mohammad Rahmaan – goggles
Computing Club will be back in February. We understand there’s high demand, so we’ll have a new application process and find a way for more students to join next time around.
Enjoy your Christmas, see you next year!
This week and, most likely, next week too I will go through some details about the new building. Please see the end of QK News for this. Some information will be given to students next week.
For now please note that:
Friday 12th December – school finishes at normal time, 3.30pm.
The school network is switched off at 6pm on that day. Students should ensure all their work is saved, particularly those in examination classes doing controlled assessments and coursework.
Monday 12th January – is the first day in the new building. All students should go to their tutor room for 8.50. Lessons start period 2.
Will your child’s first lesson be in the Finchley or Marlborough building?
What will be the first event in the lecture theatre?
Who will score the winning points in the first basketball match in the new sports hall?
Who will carry out the first experiment in the 100 square metres science labs?
Who will manage to complete the first week of lessons without getting lost?
What colour is the staircase to get to the next lesson?
Who will be the most excited on results day in the new library?
Who will have their art work hung in one of the three storey high voids?
This and so many other questions will be answered in the weeks and months to come.
The new QK building is coming soon.
This is written before Progress Review, thanks for your attendance and support.
We would welcome your views about our school using this questionnaire.
Please read each statement and tick the answer that best fits your view. Your answers are confidential.
This week I want to go through some important changes to how we are reporting on your child’s progress at Progress Review.
This takes place over Thursday and Friday next week. You are likely to notice some changes to the information you receive. I thought it would be helpful to go through the detail now, although explanations will be available to everyone next week.
In previous editions of QK News I have mentioned the need for the school’s examination results to be higher. Over recent months we have spent a lot of time implementing new systems and expectations about data, including in how we analyse the information that comes through. In the past QK collected a lot of data but only analysed a small proportion of it. This is now going through a significant change.
Last week we launched the new Computing Club. KS3 students will be spending their Thursday evenings learning how to design and develop their own video games.
Congratulations to all those who were successful in the application process:
Matias Musante, Tia Skarin, Shamil Hussain, Mohammad Rahmaan, Ahmed Mohammed, Akram Ali, Lawrence Cataytay, Samuel Abrao, Yacine Sahraoui, Bilquees El-Ageli, Adam Muniree, Justin Chan, Mifta Mohammed, Edward Sun, Shane Rex Dosdos, Tiya Halai and Salim Sharif.
Thank you for all your applications. Places were extremely limited and demand was high. Apologies if you didn’t make the cut this time, but you’re welcome to try again next term.
We’d also like thank the year 7 and year 8 teams for showing such great support for the club. We look forward to demonstrating our fantastic games to you, at the end of the year.
*Logo designed by Matias Musante.