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Food for Thought

16th October 2018

There was plenty of food for thought at Heathfield Knoll School during a week long celebration of harvest.

The traditional harvest assembly included contributions from Early Years to Year 11. This year the theme was giving to others in need. The children were particularly generous with their donations, which included food as well as toiletries, for the Wyre Forest Nightstop and Food Bank charities. Judith Ford, manager at Wyre Forest Nightstop, said “Today is World Homelessness Day; what a great opportunity to encourage the children at Heathfield Knoll School to help the homeless and their community all year round”.

Reverend Bridget Woodall from St John the Baptist’s Church, Wolverley, gave an insightful address all about sharing and giving. Reverend Woodall said “What a great morning of singing, celebration, prayers and giving to those in need.”

At lunch the students were able to feed their minds with locally sourced food. This included contributions dug from the allotment that morning! Students were further challenged to eat healthily by a visit from a nutritionist; they completed workshops including making their own hummus wraps.

Mr Collins, headmaster of Heathfield Knoll School, explained that ‘the school was keen to continue to offer support to local charities and would be inviting Judith back into school to talk about the invaluable work they do with young adults locally’. He also commented that the plum pie, using locally grown ingredients, was most delicious!

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Erasmus Project 'The World Is My Oyster'

28th September 2018

Following the success of our previous Erasmus project (2014-2017), the HKS MFL and Futures Departments are delighted to announce that our proposal for another Erasmus Plus project has been accepted by the European Union. We will once again have the pleasure of working with 3 of our previous partner schools from France, Spain and Greece. The primary school of Écueillé, France, also joins our new project allowing increased collaboration with our Lower and Middle School pupils.

 

The title of the project is ‘The World Is My Oyster’ and will centre around careers and preparation for the future. We look forward to some exciting activities and trips to the other 3 countries, not forgetting the chance for us to host a big Erasmus week again.  The inaugural meeting of all four schools will take place in Strasbourg in November. Ten Year 10 pupil ambassadors have already been selected and will be accompanied by Mrs Tidmarsh in her capacity as Project Manager and Mrs White.

 

All trips and visits are subsidised by the European Union. On Monday 24th September Mrs Tidmarsh announced the first of many of the project’s competitions - Design a logo for the project. Five entries will be chosen from HKS pupils to represent the UK and the winner will be decided in Strasbourg.  Every pupil in the school is eligible to enter and we are hopeful of some strong contenders. The winner will not only have the honour of their logo design splashed all over the project but will also win a ‘not to be sniffed at’ prize.  

 

Each phase of the project will focus on a particular module of work relating to careers and future plans and this will reinforce the work that is already done in school to prepare pupils for what lies beyond HKS in terms of lifelong learning opportunities and employment.  The project aims to develop life skills and offer career guidance for all pupils with a European dimension thrown in for good measure.

 

Our first visit to Strasbourg will take us to the seat of the European Court of Human Rights and our Year 10 ambassadors will examine how legislation created in these halls has shaped the world of employment for them and future generations in recent times.  But most of all this project will forge new and strengthen existing friendships which will undoubtedly benefit each and every HKS pupil and member of staff who participates. We are excited to see what doors are opened onto new adventures and unforgettable experiences.

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Raising Money for Leukaemia Care at HKS

10th September 2018

Pupils at Heathfield Knoll School (HKS) in Wolverley swapped their uniforms for ‘something red’ at the end of last term and raised a huge amount of money for a blood cancer charity.

The day was inspired by the work that, parent of a HKS pupil, Kris Griffin has been doing in trying to raise £10,000 over 12 months for Leukaemia Care, a charity that he is a trustee of. Mr Griffin was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) 10 years ago. As well as collecting money from pupils on the non-uniform day, resulting in a grand total of £488 being donated to the #Kris10 appeal, Mr Griffin helped serve ice-cream to every student.

Leukaemia Care is a national blood cancer support charity based in Worcester. They are dedicated to ensuring that anyone affected by blood cancer receives the right information, advice and support.

A spokesperson for Leukaemia Care said: “A diagnosis of a blood cancer can have a huge impact on someone emotionally, as well as physically. We understand that feelings of shock, anger and loneliness are all common at the time of diagnosis, during treatment and recovery and having someone to talk to, as well as the right information available, can be a huge comfort.

“We not only support patients but carers and families too who can often carry a lot of the emotional strain when someone they love is diagnosed with a blood cancer.”

After being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2008 Kris is lucky; he continues to take a medication called dasatinib every morning to keep the disease at bay. Inspired by the bravery of patients around him and a determination to ensure that no patient is ever left behind, he became a trustee for Leukaemia Care. Kris has raised several thousand pounds over the last 10 years but this is his biggest challenge yet. With a ten-mile walk planned and a special concert at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, he is hoping to smash his target by February 2019.

Kris said: “Ten years ago when I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) I wasn’t sure if I was going to live to 33 and now ten years later, I’m still here age 43; pretty good at maths too!

“To celebrate the ten years since diagnosis, I’ve set myself a challenge to raise £10,000 for Leukaemia Care. The money will be spent training more GPs on the signs and symptoms of blood cancer. The money that Heathfield Knoll pupils have raised today will save lives. I’m touched and humbled that the school has come together to support me and I’m very proud of everyone involved.”

Heathfield Knoll School will throw open its doors to prospective students and their parents at its annual Open Events on Thursday 13th September and Saturday 15th September. The school will be open from 5.30pm–7.30pm on Thursday and 10am until 12pm on Saturday.

Heathfield Knoll School is a co-educational independent, school for children aged between 3 months and 16 years old. The school was founded in 1620 and will soon enjoy celebrations marking 400 years. 

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