Weekly Update – Friday 8th September 2017

Latest News and Upcoming Events

Welcome from Ms Kattirtzi, Headteacher

I hope everyone has had a good summer holiday and feels refreshed and rejuvenated after the break! It was wonderful to welcome the students on Tuesday, particularly our new students in Year 7 and Year 12. Everyone looks so fresh and smart ready to start another school year!

We have had some excellent results this year and I am very pleased with the achievements of our Year 11 and 13 students in their GCSEs and A Levels. I am so proud of each and every student and the results they have achieved. Almost all of our outgoing Year 13 students have secured places at their first or second university choice or have been able to find a course through clearing which means that they are all on the next stage of their educational journey; we wish them well and look forward to seeing them at Speech Day on Tuesday 12th December.

A number of new staff have joined the school this year and we welcome:

Miss Rachel Coombes – Chemistry Technician Miss Jennifer Fieldsend – Subject Leader – English Mrs Laura Haldane – Biology and Mathematics Miss Francesca Long – Coordinator of Art Miss Jennifer Parris – Mathematics Ms Caitlin Prouatt – Classics Mrs Christena Shivashanker – Mathematics Dr Helen Smalley – Physics As always the students are beginning to make plans about want they want to do and achieve this year. A few groups of students have already been to see me about charity initiatives they would like to pursue and how they would like to support community groups in Reading. This optimism and desire to do something for others is so encouraging and typical of many Kendrick students.

At the whole school assembly on Tuesday, I set all the students a challenge for the coming year. The challenge is that they should all try to do one small great thing either individually or in groups. The phrase small great things, which some of you may know, is a title of a novel published recently. It is also a quotation by Dr Martin Luther King, the great American Civil Rights Leader. It is said that Martin Luther King said something along the lines of ‘if I cannot do great things in my life, I can do small things in a great way’. In the Civil Rights movement he led in the 1960s, I think we would all agree that Martin Luther King did many great things to try to overcome discrimination and prejudice against black people in the southern states of America. The events this summer in Charlottesville and other places in the world as well as in our own country shows that this work is far from done. I have asked everyone (students and staff) to think about what small great thing they can do this year and I asked them to discuss this idea in their tutor groups and form time. The small great thing, should try to promote equality, diversity, justice, tolerance and understanding, and reflect our Kendrick Pledge. I am looking forward to some of the small great things we will do and offer this challenge to you, our parents.

As you know we will be celebrating our 140th birthday in the next two months with some activities in school and with former students. We have a reunion with old girls on Sunday 1st October and on Monday 9th October there will be a special concert by a former student Chi-chi Nwanoku, classical double bass player. Chi-chi was featured in the Telegraph newspaper in the summer holidays, see link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/classical-music/chi-chi-nwanoku-young-classical-musicians-colour-have-no-role/

Also as part of our school birthday we will be selling some memorabilia to commemorate the event which we will send you details of shortly. One of the items related to the birthday is a book about Kendrick that has just been written by another former students Daphne Barnes-Philips. The book is called Long May our Lion Roar (a phrase from our school song!) and Daphne will be at Waterstones in Reading, tomorrow, Saturday 9th September, between 11.00am-12.pm for a book signing session. You may wish to go along to it.

I would like to finish by saying what I said to the students at our first assembly on Tuesday:

Another new year ahead where no doubt we will study hard, learn lots of things and achieve great things, but I also hope that whilst we focus on our academic aspirations, we never lose sight of the person we are and the people we are with. I want our school to be a place where people feel valued, respected and accepted for who they are’.

I asked everyone to once again to read our Kendrick Pledge.

We, the students, staff and friends of Kendrick School, pledge to uphold the values of friendship, kindness and respect. We promise to stand against prejudice, ignorance and injustice in all its forms, promoting the values of equality, tolerance and justice for all.

With such thoughts, I wish you all a great year ahead.

Heads of Year (Teaching and Learning Coordinators – TLCs)

The Heads of Year (TLCs) this year are:

Mme Sylvie Hulley           Year 7

Dr Steven Field                 Year 8

Miss Sharna Swaine        Year 9

Mr Will Stride                     Year 10

Dr Tamsyn Wilson            Year 11

Mrs Gill Hearn                   Year 12

Mrs Gill Hearn &               Year 13 Mrs Cora Whittaker

If you need to contact any member of staff, please do so by emailing admin@kendrick.reading.sch.uk.

Data Collection Sheets

You should have now received a data collection sheet for your daughter. Please check the information carefully, ensuring all the relevant details are up to date and accurate.  The data collection sheet should be signed and returned to your daughter’s tutor as soon as possible even if you do not have any changes.

Students of Kendrick School and Reading School production of ‘We Will Rock You’

Calling all aspiring actors! We are proud to announce the first student-led musical co-production between Reading School and Kendrick School: “We Will Rock You!” performed in aid of No. 5 Counselling. After a successful round of principle casting in the Summer Term, we would now like to cast the ensembles that will form the wider production. This opportunity is open to all students in Years 7-13 from both schools and is an excellent opportunity to get involved in school life, especially for new students. Rehearsals will begin on Monday 18th September ahead of performances on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd February 2018. Before rehearsals begin, we have organised two events to help with the ensemble casting process:

Parents’ Information Evening – Tuesday 12th September, 7pm, “Big School” at Reading School

We would like to invite the parents of any student at either school who is interested in taking part in this production to a brief presentation by the students who are leading this production, as well as a brief talk by a representative from No. 5 Counselling about the valuable work that they do. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the production and the rehearsal process and ask any questions that you may have.

For those unable to attend, a copy of the presentation given will be sent home after the event.

Open Rehearsal – Wednesday 13th September, 3.30-5.30pm, Reading School

This will be a ‘trial’ rehearsal open to any students who are interested in being a part of this production. This will be an opportunity to try out the various areas of performance and to decide if they are able to commit to the rehearsal process over the coming months. Younger students from Kendrick will be accompanied when walking to Reading School by Sixth Formers. Please note that if your son/daughter is interested in being part of this production, it is essential that they come to this rehearsal.

Please note that at this time we are only looking for students interested in the performance side of things. If your daughter is interested in helping out in Front Of House or Backstage, we would encourage them to keep an eye out for details surrounding this to be released in the coming months.

If you have any questions, we would encourage you to attend the Parents’ Information Evening on Tuesday 12th September.

ParentPay Reminders

Year 10 MFL trip (France & Germany) October 2017 – the full balance of £520 should have now been paid.  Please contact the trip leader or the Finance Department if there are any issues with payment (if you have not already done so).

Please remember to keep dinner money accounts topped up.

Upcoming Week

Admissions Day – Saturday 16th September 2017

Our Admission Test day for entry into Year 7 in September 2018 is on Saturday 16th September 2017.  Thank you to all the Year 11 students who are helping us on that day.


House Football all week

Tuesday 12th September               Year 11 Textiles Trip