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The Knights Templar School

Headteacher: Park Street

Mr T. Litchfield, G.G.S.M. Baldock



Email: admin@ktemplar.herts.sch.uk Tel: 01462 620700

www.ktemplar.herts.sch.uk Fax: 01462 620701

PARENTAL WEEKLY UPDATE – 22nd October 2015 (available on our website) Dear Parents and Carers It seems only a few moments since we started back from our summer break and here we are, a couple of days before half term. It has been a whirlwind half term with so many exciting things happening in our classrooms and in the school in general. This weekly publication is an excellent record of the school and I would encourage you to take a few moments to look back over the Parental Bulletins since September. I would like to thank you all for your continued support.

Next half term sees the start of different year group consultation evenings (Year 13 and Year 12) and the Year 7 standards evening. I cannot stress how important it is that you attend these evenings. They are for you to hold a discussion with your child’s teachers regarding their achievement and some of the key factors which determine the rate of progress towards and in many cases in excess of their targets. Please bring your son or daughter along so they can be part of that discussion.

We will also be holding our 6th form Open Evening, 6th form review, Concerts, Theatre work, Christmas concerts and carol services – these are just a few of the ‘extra’ things that will be happening next term at KTS!

May I draw your attention to two very special events coming up shortly:

 ‘A Concert for Remembrance’ – A joint project between the school and St Mary’s Church Choir. A performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for peace to be held at St Mary’s Church,

7.00PM on Friday 6th November 2015  Our first ‘On-line auction’ which will be launched in early December – the first of a fundraising programme to support the equipping of the Science Centre (scheduled to open in Sept 2016). I am really excited about this event and will not give anything away here – but we have some very exceptional and special auction lots. Perfect for very special Christmas Presents. Watch this space please!

We will be joining the nation and bringing the whole school together on Wednesday November 11 th for two minutes silence at 11.00am. There will be virtually no disruption to the learning on that day. For those of you who are able, the school will be represented at the Remembrance Service for Baldock on the morning of 8th November, where you are most welcome to join us. Students from the school will read the names of the fallen named on the war memorial as part of the service. The service starts just before 11.00am.

Please may I remind all parents that half term is a great opportunity for the students to catch up with work, do that extra research and get ahead in their learning. This is a particularly important week for Year 11 students who will be starting their mock exams later in November – they should already be well into a revision programme and next week is a great opportunity to do lots of work.

Kind Regards,

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Year 11 Study Leave Y11 mock examination timetables were sent to students today via their school email address, it has also been placed on the school website (under both Examinations and the Y11 page). Students will get paper copies after half-term.

Study Leave is now confirmed as Monday, 23rd November – Friday, 4th December. (You will note there is a BTEC online prior to this and the two days for the Mock Art exam on the 7th / 8th December but these fall outside of study leave).

Some students will not be given study leave, these will be informed nearer the time. If you would prefer your son / daughter to say at school whilst mocks are in progress please email Mr White – nwhite@ktemplar.herts.sch.uk.

Art & Photography trip to Amsterdam Sadly we are unable to proceed with the planned visit to Amsterdam due to insufficient numbers. This would have been a fantastic opportunity for our students, however we hope to offer it again next year, so please bear this in mind. All deposits will be refunded as soon as possible.

Drama Department:

Y11 GCSE Drama update – our Y11 students are currently completing their Unit 2 Controlled Assessment, which focusses on the devising process. The theme of the work is The Holocaust. Having created rehearsed improvisations, most students are now developing a monologue as their next assessment item. Half-term will be a good opportunity for them to extend their research and draft ideas.

Y12 and 13 A Level update – it was lovely to welcome back Hannah Reynolds to the Drama Department. A former KTS Head Girl and Theatre Studies A Level student, who also assisted in Drama lessons at KTS during her Gap year, it was wonderful to listen to Hannah speak about the creative and inspiring projects that she is completing as part of her Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies course at Roehampton university.

Use this link to see an introduction to the course http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/drama-theatre-andperformance/ Many thanks Hannah for coming back with an inspiring insight in to Drama at university!

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Amgen Biotech Last Thursday, our Year 13 Biologists were treated to an extended practical using industry-grade equipment to carry out Gel Electrophoresis on bacterial DNA. The students had a fantastic time doing the practical work and achieved some fantastic results. The ‘AMGen Biotech Experience’ was made possible thanks to The University of Hertfordshire and The University of Cambridge and sincere thanks is extended to them for providing such a fantastic opportunity for our students.

Amersham Field Trip On Friday, the A Level Biology Field Trip visited Amersham Field Centre for a study day on Succession and Ecological Sampling. The day was fantastic; students learnt a huge amount and had some fantastic hands-on experience. The team worked fabulously together to collect and analyse their data and also managed to find the perfect ‘Team-Selfie’ pose! A huge well done to all our students for their work on a chilly-but-fun day!

Year 10 Rugby The year 10 Rugby boys took on a new Barnwell team in the district league. KTS proved too strong for an inexperienced Barnwell team and comfortably won 46-10. Tries were scored by Alex Sedgewick (2), Josh Parkhouse, George Farrell, Dillon Flood, Ollie Hodson, Ben Reed.

The score could have been more in the favour of KTS had they not made as many unforced errors. Mr Smith is calling for a renewed effort in training on Mondays after school in order to have a chance of still winning the district league having played 2, won one and lost one.

Year 7 Netball The year 7 girls netball team had their first fixture last Thursday at The Priory school. Our first match against Highfield school was very close, the girls played with great determination throughout the game with excellent defence by Sophie Prior and great attack from Siobhan Reynolds-Graviles and Caitlin O’Connor.

The game finished 2-1 to Highfield.

Our second match against Hitchin Girls School was a little tougher, however all the girls continued working hard with the game ending 12-1 to HGS. Player of the match was Sophie Prior. Well done!

Year 9 football boys continue district league winning streak The year 9 boys recorded another win on the football pitch with an emphatic 10-2 victory over Nobel School. The boys have had an excellent start to the district season and are once again marching towards another end of season final. Well done to the boys involved!

Sleeping Beauty On Thursday 15th October KTS took some GCSE and A Level dance students alongside some year 8’s to watch The National Youth Ballet and their dress rehearsal performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The trip was in support of both Frankie Wright and Nyree Barnes who were performing in the ballet.

To watch the two girls in the performance was an extremely proud moment and they were exceptional in their roles, the commitment and talent shown by the girls has been inspirational to all of the dance students at Knights Templar.

The girls went on to perform three more performances at the Gordon Craig theatre in Stevenage and below are some photos from the evening shows.

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Music News A reminder that there will be a rehearsal for the Mass for the Armed Man at St. Mary’s Church Baldock on Sunday 1st November between 11am and 2.00pm.

Performers should be ready to start at 11.00 am. Please bring a drink and a snack with you as there will be a short break.

Year 12 Business Enterprise Day For pictures and Tweets of the highly successful Business Enterprise Day, go to https://twitter.com/ktsenterprise1 There you will see Tweets and pictures of the day. Don’t forget to click on ‘videos and photos’ in the box on the left of the screen.

Rev Coles Podcast Listen to Bill Bowkett’s interview with Rev Coles at http://www.ktsnewsknight.com/#!music-/c4p On this page is the excellent Podcast page of www.ktsnewsknight.com, the website for students and parents created entirely by pupils at this school, from Years 8 to 13.

Sixth Form News The Counterpoint Choir- a wonderful evening of music I take great pride in writing about the many accomplishments of our amazing sixth form students but this article does truly epitomise how fortunate we are to have such talented, hard-working and community minded students.

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Finally, it was lovely to see so many year 12 students involved with the event who have joined our sixth form from other local schools. Their desire to immerse themselves into the extra-curricular and community life of our sixth form is very pleasing to see and epitomises what we are trying to achieve with our students.

Well done to all of the students involved and congratulations of course to the music department for inspiring such talented performers!

(Written by a very impressed Mr Raymen) Year 12 Enterprise Day Yesterday, our year 12 students participated in the annual ‘Enterprise Day’, competing in teams to accumulate points throughout the day and win the coveted trophy! Students were tasked with designing a unique product and accompanying business model by completing a number of tasks throughout the day. The teams were assisted by ‘facilitators’ with a wide range of business backgrounds and expertise. We were very fortunate to receive the help of 13 facilitators who kindly took time out of their busy schedules help with this event. This event is hugely dependent on students engaging positively with the tasks and as ever, year 12 was up to the challenge. The students were hugely impressive in the way they cooperated as part of a team and demonstrated the discipline to work well independently and often, unsupervised. Robert Cusworth, a facilitator at this event for the 6th consecutive year said; ‘…in the 6 years that I have assisted with this event, this group of students have been by far the most engaged and hardest working- I’ve been very impressed!’

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Mock interview success Last Thursday, our year 13 students were given the invaluable experience of a ‘mock interview’. The students were interviewed by a variety of people with a range of employment backgrounds, who kindly gave their time to assist with this enterprise. The interviewers on the day were very impressed by the overall standard of year 13 ‘applicants’ and found KTS students to be well prepared, confident and engaging in their approach to the process. Many of the students commented that the process was very useful in providing insight into a world and procedure that they have limited experience with. We would like to thank the interviewers for not only giving up their free time to assist with this event but also for the invaluable feedback they provided each student. This feedback will now be reviewed by students during their tutorial period and will hopefully serve them well in their future endeavours.

KTS senior rugby vs. Leventhorpe Yesterday, the Senior Rugby team saw their third consecutive home game of the month, welcoming Leventhorpe School in another friendly game.

The home side, who were still looking for their first win, started strongly and came close to scoring several times through quick hands and great passing to get the ball wide. The first try went to Knights Templar, scored by Will Marshall who finished well to open the scoring. The teams finished the first period with the score remaining 5-0 to the home team.

The second period proved to be an even closer affair with both teams looking like scoring, kept out only by strong defending from either side. With neither team able to break the deadlock the game turned scrappy which halted the run of play on several occasions.

The match finished with Knights defending their try line well against a final surge of attack from Leventhorpe who were yet to score but through a great team effort the boys held on to their lead to claim a well-deserved victory with the match finishing 5-0.

Finally, a big thank you to all the staff and students who came to support the team from the touchline we hope to see you at the next game.

(Written by Alex Bowles- year 13) KTS graduate profile- Jacob Picking Having been at Knights Templar from year 7 to year 11, I didn’t have to think twice about joining the sixth form. In year 12 I decided to study; Maths, Chemistry, Economics and Physics along with a further maths AS level, to be completed across years 12 and 13 during lunch time lessons. In year 13, I opted to continue with; Maths, Chemistry and Economics as full A-levels, and also took up the Certificate in Financial Studies award. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the KTS 6th form and achieved a pleasing set of A Level results;

AAB, along with A’s in the Further Maths AS level, and Certificate in Financial Studies. I’m now enjoying a gap year, working in the Maths department as a Pupil Support Assistant, before starting my degree at Surrey University next year. The general atmosphere of the KTS sixth form is something that will always provide me with happy memories as I move on to the next stage of my academic career.

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