Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Weekly Update : 25th January 2023

Year 9 Options

Year 9 Students have been participating in assemblies throughout this week about their GCSE Options. 

These will be available for parents to view online following our Options Evening on Thursday 23rd February.

Year 13 Town Hall meeting for parents

This will take place through Teams on Tuesday 7th February at 7pm. A link to the meeting will be available on the evening via the KBA website. 

The Town Hall meeting will be hosted by Miss Rao and other key members of the Sixth Form team. Topics will include ‘Countdown to A Level exams and effective revision skills and techniques’, university accommodation support and information about student finance

Sixth Form Valentine’s Cake Sale

Sixth Form students are raising money for their end of Year 13 prom and one of the fund-raising activities will be a Valentine’s themed cake sale which will take place on Friday 10th February. 

If you would like your child/children to support this and purchase some tasty end of term cakes, the cakes will be priced from roughly £1. 

Please note that cash is needed as purchases can’t be made through Scopay

Supporting our local foodbank

Sixth Form students at KBA are organising a collection of food for Kettering Foodbank. The picture shows examples of items that are needed by the foodbank. 

If you would like to support this worthy cause, please take any items to the Sixth Form office – located next to the Food rooms on the N0 corridor before Wednesday 8th February

Year 10 and 12 Art Students Visit To Boughton House

We were delighted to be given the opportunity to take several of our Year 10 and 12 Art students to Boughton Houserecently for a tour of the estate.

KBA has been privileged enough to be asked to design the new sign for the village of Weekley, and several of our talented artists were able to meet with staff from both the estate and the village in order to find out more about the history of our local area, to aid this design process.

Students will now be tasked with designing the new sign, and we are planning to have an exhibition of this wonderful art work during the Easter holidays in Boughton House. We are so proud to be involved in this special project, and we will share regular updates about the design process with you all. 

This week’s PSHE

Votes For Schools   

This week’s Vote Topic focuses on a certain couple who have made the news a lot in recent weeks: Harry and Meghan. In the lessons, voters reflect on some recent headlines and consider the role of the public and the press in driving fascination with the Sussexes. They will then give their definitive verdict on whether or not they are interested in the Royal couple,

Have a look at the lesson – how would you vote?

​pptx icon VFS - 15 min - Harry and Meghan - wk beg 23rd Jan.pptx

Life lessons

This week there is no life lesson session due to the teacher training day on Friday 7th January

Student school council

At KBA we have an active student council who would like to hear your thoughts and opinions – they have placed a feedback box at main receptions for any comments you wish to make.

Keeping Children Safe in the Dark 

As children grow up and become more independent they become more at risk when they start walking themselves to school and are far more likely to become a casualty of a road accident. In fact, recent figures show that 5,838 children aged under 15 were injured in road accidents. Furthermore, the peak times for the number of child pedestrians who died or were seriously injured are the ‘school-run’ periods between 8-9am and 3-4pm.

We have been made aware by some parents of concerns they have when seeing students leaving to make their way home at the end of the day as the dark nights continue.

Be aware 

As any parent knows it can be very difficult to get a teenager to part from their mobile phone. Whether they are talking to friends or listening to music on their mobile, they can be distracted. As a result, they are less aware of dangers in their surroundings such as other people or traffic. Furthermore, the dark conditions increase the risk of danger. If your teenager insists on wearing their headphones, encourage them to opt for the ear bud types and ideally only use one side. Often teenagers walk in packs and are chatting and showing off and simply not paying attention. Sadly it is often on these occasions that accidents can occur.

Dark nights and stranger danger

If your child travels on their own, encourage them to take the safest and best-lit routes and to avoid dark shortcuts. Encourage them to walk confidently, even if they don’t feel it, especially in the dark. Help them work out strategies for dealing with difficult situations in the dark so that they know what to do in an emergency. For example, shouting for help if someone approaches them in an aggressive manner. Ensure they know to immediately give up any valuables if someone tries to mug them. Possessions can be replaced, but lives are lost too swiftly.

General road sense

Children and teenagers should be aware of basic road sense such as ensuring they walk on the road facing the oncoming traffic. The Highway Code states that “If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. Electric cars are quiet, so you may not hear them coming.

Cyclists and the dark 

It is obviously essential for cyclists to stay visible while cycling at night. Therefore, it is vital bikes are prepared for night use. The following advice is useful for parents and carers of children who cycle to school.

Legal lights

If you are on the roads when it’s dark, then your bicycle is legally required to have both lights and reflectors fitted. Your front light must be white and offer 110-degree visibility. This requirement is designed specifically to make the cyclist more visible from different angles.

Rear is red

Your rear light must be red. Both front and back lights are permitted to flash. In addition, each pedal must also have a red rear reflector and BS6102/2 amber reflectors on the front and rear. To give further visibility from the side, you should also consider spoke reflectors.

Check your batteries

Remember that in winter, the light can fade quickly. As a result, a journey that starts in daylight can finish in the dark. Get in the habit of checking your light batteries on a regular basis and replace those that are low.

Keep seen and safe

Once again, high visibility clothing is an effective way to stay visible to other road users. Wearing reflective clothing on the body – in particular on the body parts which move such as gloves or shoes, can help you keep seen and safe. Furthermore, adding a reflective strip on a backpack or jacket increases your visibility too. An extra suggestion is for cyclists to wear a rear light on their backpack or on their helmet. This has the benefit of being at eye level for drivers approaching them on the road behind.

North Northants SEND Team

Please be aware of the information below which we are promoting on behalf of North Northants' SEND team.