The Kimberley School Newsletter December 2014

News@Kimberley Founded 1925 A record of the life of the school, its duties and pleasure, its work and play; a chronicle of endeavour and achievement Dec 2014 Issue 41# Head’s Lines Showing our thanks to those who gave so much for our freedom The centenary of the First World War has focussed minds nationally on the horrors of war and the ultimate sacrifice made by so many. Only those that have been involved can truly understand how awful and absolutely terrifying it must be to be involved. It falls to the rest of us to do all we can to promote tolerance and work to avoid conflict. The centenary has been marked in school by special lessons in Year 8 relating maths, English and all our other subjects to the 1914-18 period. It became clear that a significant proportion of our students did not realise that the centrepiece of our school badge is the Kimberley War Memorial. This led me to thinking that we could encourage our children to understand the importance of the badge by drawing attention to it. As a result, the School Council ran a competition to redesign it for the centenary period, 2014-18. The winner is a combination of two designs, one by Lara Hind and Olivia Davis, the other by Angelos Rousou. Governors have agreed that the badge will replace the embroidered blazer badge for our new Year 7 students from 2015-18 (click here to view the new embroidered logo). Any other students requiring a new blazer are welcome to purchase one with the new design, of course, although the original sew-on badges will remain available. Above all, this is not about the glorification of war. History teaches us that human beings seem incapable of sharing this planet without fighting, but that does not mean we should give up hope. An important part of that hope for a peaceful future lies in the respect and gratitude we show through remembrance. I hope you have a very Happy Christmas. Chris Teal - Headteacher Last Day of Term Arrangements The school will close at the end of Period 3 (12:20pm) on the last day of this term, Friday 19th December. Buses have been arranged to pick up those students who would normally travel home by bus. A lunchtime service will be provided by the catering staff for students who wish to remain on site for lunch. However, the school is unable to provide supervision arrangements for students after this time. Newdigate Street • Kimberley • Nottingham • NG16 2NJ • 0115 938 7000