Term 3 Newsletter

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Do you want to know what has been happening at KOA during Term 3?

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Year 11 Revision sessions

During half term, revision sessions for Year 11 will be taking place at KOA for GCSE and BTEC in the following subjects on the following days:

 

Product Design – Thursday 21st February at 9:00am – 3:00pm with Mr Oxley

Food Tech – Thursday 21st February at 9:00am – 3:00pm with Mrs Collett

Sports Studies – Thursday 21st February at 9:00am – 12:00pm with Mrs Holtby

Sports Studies – Friday 22nd February at 9:–am – 12:00pm with Mr Carter

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KOA Talent Show

Can you play, act, sing or dance?

On Thursday 21st March (6:30pm start) the Year 11 BTEC Music groups are organising a Talent show as part of their coursework.  If you would like to appear, please be ready to audition during the first week back after the holiday, week beginning 25th February.

For further details please speak to any Year 11 musician, see the signs and announcements in the Music Department and around the school, or see Mr Warren.  There will be a raffle in aid of ‘Meningitis Now in memory of Kelsey Smart’ and refreshments available.  If you would like to donate a raffle prize(s), please send your donation to Mr Warren.

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Lost Property

We have a large amount of unnamed lost property including coats, jumpers, shirts, trousers, shoes, PE kits and football boots. Please encourage your child to come to Student Reception to collect any items they have lost. Anything unclaimed by the end of the first week of Term 4 (Friday 1 March) will be donated to charity. Thank you.

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Yamaha Taster Session arrangements

The demand for taster sessions following the Yamaha Keyboard Roadshows has been exceptional – so much so that the initial spaces have now all gone!  Jack has contacted those who have a lesson this week.
He will be in touch shortly offering new sessions between 3.45 and 5.45pm - either next Thursday, 14th February or the first week back after half term on Friday 1st March. Please feel free to contact him on either e-mail: jack.vaughan16@bathspa.ac.uk or call/text 0775 7741978 if you have not been contacted by early next week.
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PE Leaders

On Friday 25th January the PE department had the pleasure of taking 12 dedicated leaders to officiate both the primary and secondary finals at this year’s Sainsbury’s Level 3 School Winter Games. Our students were hand selected from all of the school from South Gloucestershire and North Somerset to lead the day’s events.

Behind the scenes, these students have dedicated hours towards their leadership training and well as officiating the Level 2 Primary School events hosted at Mangotsfield School and the Secondary School events hosted here at King’s Oak Academy in their own time after school.

The day for the leaders started with them having to react to huge changes in circumstances as it was announced that adult leaders from other sports required their assistance. This entailed our students quickly having to learn the ropes when officiating sports covering indoor rowing, fencing and table tennis.

One of the highlights of the day came from the rowing where one of our students had the daunting task of delivering the results to the eager competitors! Little do they know that the gentleman on stage with them is the CEO of Sports England!!

I am pleased to say that all of our fantastic leaders went above and beyond and worked tirelessly to provide the best sporting experience for all involved, regardless of the sport they were delivering.  They are a huge credit to our school and an absolute pleasure to see them lead with such maturity.

Well done team!

Jason CarterHead of PE

Getting to grip with the complicated scoring and software system used in indoor rowing.

Getting to grip with the complicated scoring and software system used in indoor rowing.

Learning how to score fencing.

Learning how to score fencing.

Running the table tennis finals.

Running the table tennis finals.

Delivering results 1 Delivering results 2 Well done team
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KOA Yamaha Roadshow

The KOA Yamaha team had a great day today visiting four local primary schools, including our own Acorn.  The pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3 were given a voucher for a free 45 minute keyboard lesson  here at KOA.

If you have a child in Year 1 or Year 2 who would like a free keyboard lesson,  these lessons will be available to anybody whether or not they were present at the road shows. If you would like a voucher to complete please collect one from the main office at KOA.  These will be available from Monday 4th February, but must be returned to the Music Department by Wednesday lunchtime (6th) to enable us to contact you confirming availability.

The free lessons are only available on either Friday 8th February (between 3.30 and 5.30) or Saturday 9th February (9.30-1.15)

 

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National Reference Test 2019

Each year over 300 schools take part in the National Reference Test and up to 60 students are selected at random from each school.  This year the test will be carried out between 25th February and 8th March 2019.  Year 11 students at KOA have been advised who has been selected to take this test which lasts for one hour and is similar in style to the actual GCSEs they will be taking this summer.  After the test the students will be asked to complete a short five minute survey about their experience of the NRT and their preparation in general for their GCSE exams.  Students do not have to prepare for the test.  No additional work or revision is required.  The marking of the tests will be carried by staff at the National Foundation for Educational Research and the results will be kept confidential.  The results of individual students will not be provided to any of the students’ current or future schools and will not be used in awarding their GCSE.  In addition, the results from this test will not be used in any measures of school performance.  All students that participate in the test will be entered into a draw for a prize of a tablet.

This test only applies to specific Year 11 students and those students were informed on 29th January.  It is important that those students who have been picked are in attendance on Wednesday 27th February, the day of the testing.

There is more information in the links below:

Parent Letter

Student Information

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KOA Open on Monday 4th February

Given the current conditions, KOA will be open on Monday 4th February for all students at the normal time but do check the website for any late changes.

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Predicted bad weather

In the event of snow falling overnight, please check our website and local radio stations regarding any closure of KOA.  We will keep you updated.

Due to the predicted bad weather, the decision has been made to cancel all detentions tonight and there will be no Period 7 for Year 11 students.  All students to be off site at 3.15pm today.

Thank you.

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