Category: Senior

Mental Health Matters

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“Wonderful”, “essential”, “inspiring”, “very moving” were just some of the adjectives used by pupils to describe the impact that the Mental Health Week talks had on them. During the week hundreds of pupils heard from staff about a range of topics including depression, anxiety, mindfulness, resilience and supporting friends. “For the pupils to engage directly with people who have either experienced these issues or from people who help counsel through mental health problems has been key,” said Mrs Jo Morgan, Head of Pastoral Curriculum and organiser of the events. “It is our responsibility to open up discussions with pupils about…

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Beyond PGS

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The 4th PGS Universities Fair took place on Tuesday 7th March, attended by over 500 people: pupils from Years 11 and 12, their parents and pupils from other local schools. They enjoyed the opportunity to meet representatives from 42 of the UK’s leading universities… and Sydney University, Australia! PGS’ Deputy Head of Careers and Universities, Alison Cross said, “There was a lovely atmosphere. Pupils engaged enthusiastically with the universities, asking searching questions. Many university representatives commented on how well-informed and mature they found our pupils to be.” The evening began with a talk by Nina White from Leeds University, who…

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Rock for Uganda

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The Pupils’ Uganda Group – affectionately known as PUG – filled the DRT  with music earlier this term to raise funds for our partners in learning, Kikaaya College School in Uganda. The school has been partnered with KCS since for several years with pupils and staff visiting the school over recent years helping with a variety of infrastructure projects, as well as taking part in and teaching classes. Preparation is already well underway for the next trip out to Uganda this summer. Pupils throughout the school have been incredibly engaged with fundraising initiatives, which was exemplified at the PUG Gig.…

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A Language Masterclass

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A small group of Year 10 PGS pupils visited St Jude’s School to co-teach a lesson in Spanish and share their knowledge with the children at this local school. Focussing on greetings and numbers, they enthusiastically delivered this topic using modern technology and played Quizlet and Kahoot on their iPads, enjoying the fast and visual learning games. St Jude’s pupils were totally immersed in learning the language, whilst having fun and it was a very positive experience for all involved. “It was wonderful as it not only improved my Spanish skills but hearing the children actually converse in Spanish after…

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Future Careers

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The 2016 PGS Careers Convention took place in early December, attended by over 500 pupils from Years 10-12 as well as pupils from outside the school. In the Sixth Form Centre, they had the opportunity to discuss career options with nearly 50 professionals representing a range of sectors, from accountancy and finance to medicine, marketing, law, media, engineering, the tech industry, conservation, design, piloting, architecture, the police and the armed forces. Exhibitors were impressed by the level of engagement shown by pupils and the fact that so many had clearly thought carefully about the options open to them, asking interesting…

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Resilience in a Changing World

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“Self esteem is something you have to work on every day,” acclaimed children’s mental health advocate Natasha Devon told an audience of Year 8 pupils at the beginning of her day at school this week. Natasha spoke to pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 about how they needed to create their own beliefs and not let them be shaped by the vast array of messages they receive every day about how they should look, behave and feel. “If we let our beliefs to be shaped by people who want to take our money, what impact does that have on…

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