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17th February 2017

I am extremely pleased to be able to tell you that, following all the careful preparatory work, our build project will begin during the half term week.  During the week, our builders, Speller Metcalfe, will be setting out the routes to ensure safe transition around the school site for students.  We will make sure that students are fully informed of the changes to our normal movement around the school so that we can all manage our day to day routines safely and with as little disruption as possible.  I am sure you will agree that while the building work will obviously cause us some inconvenience, being able to see our new building take shape over the next few months is a very exciting prospect.

Also during the half term week, forty students and four members of staff will be enjoying our annual ski trip.  We wish them a safe journey to Folgarida in Italy and hope that they have a great time.

Another of our notable annual trips is the trip to Gambia which takes place at Easter this year.  I would like to congratulate our Year 7 students for their excellent fundraising work in aid of Project Gambia.  The proceeds from their Christmas Fayre, which saw Y7 form groups set up their own stalls selling their own produce and entertainment, amounted to £1,200.  What a great effort by all those involved.  Students used their skills and creativity brilliantly and gained valuable experience in the process.

Two of our Sixth Form students, Imogen Beddow and Ellie Smith represented the school when participating in a trip to the site of the concentration camp at Auschwitz organised by the Holocaust Education Trust.  While this will always be a difficult visit to make in many ways, both students responded very well to the experience and I am sure they will share that experience to the benefit of their fellow students at Kinver High.

I am delighted to reflect on the success of Kinver students in sport where our Under 16 Basketball team won the local league for the first time in around 10 years.  The fact that the team is made up of mainly Year 10 students makes this an even better achievement.  The praise received for the boys’ conduct as well as their skills is equally pleasing.  Our Year 9 debating team have won their way through to the regional finals of the Youth Speaks debating competition organised by the Rotary Club.  This was by virtue of winning the local competition held here at Kinver.  Debating skills are a valuable quality to gain and our students displayed them with distinction.  Well done to all our recent winners!

In closing, we are very much looking forward to the production of Jungle Book coming up in March.  This is a joint venture including children from Foley and Brindley schools as well as those from Kinver High.  I am especially pleased that the students from all Kinver schools are working together.  We anticipate sell out performances on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March.