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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

17 May 2016

This week the public examinations begin and continue for the next six weeks.  Year 11 and 12 start with their GCSE and AS examinations followed by Year 13 with their A2 examinations in June.  Thank you in advance to the examination team, led by Mrs Smith, who ensure the students feel as comfortable as possible during the next few weeks, and thank you to all the hard work that has already gone in to ensure the examination admin runs smoothly.  Good luck everyone.

Friday we said goodbye to Year 13 as they moved to becoming Old Maidstonians.  The weather on Friday was wonderful which allowed the students to sit outside and enjoy their BBQ before the Leavers' Assembly.  Ms Kruppa, Harry Webster and Alex Harward reminded the year group of some good memories but there were also tears around the Hall as the students prepared themselves to sing the School Song for the last time as Maidstonians.  The japes around the School during the day were both clever and memorable; the 200 yellow ducks around the site, I'm sure, will take a long time to find!  Good luck Year 13.

Yesterday the U13 Football Squad played Oakwood Park at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium in the Maidstone District Final.  They were playing exactly a week after the U15 Squad beat Oakwood Park 2 – 1 in their respective final.  It was a tense match for all spectators as all the boys played with heart and determination; and I am pleased to say that we brought the win home beating Oakwood Park 3 – 1.   Well done boys, huge congratulations and thank you to Mr Darbey for supporting the team all season.  Tonight after school all of the teaching staff are involved in some staff training looking at Thinking For Learning.  Five different workshops are being put on, led by staff, who are sharing good practice in a variety of different aspects of learning.  This opportunity continues the theme of staff training this year looking at teaching and learning.  It is hoped staff come away with some new ideas about how they can adapt their teaching so as to further enhance the experience the students get in the classroom.

This week Year 10 complete a day's work shadowing away from school and then return to take part in our annual Business Enterprise event.  The boys will spend three days off normal timetable; instead attending a variety of sessions led by outside speakers and presenters from the business world.  Each year the Year 10 boys learn a great deal about business and enjoy themselves in the process.  Have a good week boys.  Finally, congratulations to Cameron Browning of Year 8 who came in overall first place in the Junior Mathematics Challenge scoring 100 points, with William Drury of Year 7 coming second scoring 91 points.  Well done boys.