A full round
up of this
Tom White goes
Getting in the
P1. New Canteen
P2-4. School News
P4-5. What’s the
meaning of Christmas?
P6. Library Make Over
P7. Christmas Deliveries
P8-9. Christmas Films
P13. Festive recipe
From The Head Teacher 1
Our new café facility will open in the new
year- delayed by issues relating to the ageing
drainage network that had to be upgraded. This will
serve the Sixth Form and Year 11. We are building
up to the festive season; delivering over 220 parcels
to the elderly, a charity fund raising non uniform
event and the annual cross country through the
school grounds on the last day of term.
Our school is nearing completion of the new outdoor eating and socialising area for the warmer
canteen. The canteen has been designed and months. It is another step forward to the continuing
built to accommodate the students from Year 9 to development of Kesgrave High School. We are really
sixth form. After construction started on the new excited for its opening in January.
project back in Easter 2016 the final push to get the By: Annabelle Smith Form M8
new canteen open is in sight. The builders had to
make room for the new canteen by knocking down
the very old and dated youth club. It is a modern
purpose built area for students and staff to enjoy
food and socialising. The new canteen also looks to
minimise congestion that the current canteen suffers
from (especially on fish and chip day). The existing
canteen extends into the school’s original hall that
is also used for assemblies and PE. The canteen was
meant to be completed over the summer holidays but
the build ran into some issues. The drainage system
that was originally in place meant there was a risk
of flooding from surface water from the road. It is
hoped this will make lines shorter for lunches. At the
moment the building is complete and it is awaiting
its internal fixtures and fittings. The long-term aim is
that students will be able to work and socialise with
Wi-Fi access and a 65” monitor to display new and
school events. The new design also incorporates an
The School site will be closed over
the Christmas holidays to all staff
Kesgrave Student 3
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or point you in the right direction. (As long as it’s
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We hope to have post boxes around the school where
you can post your letters to us. For now there will be
one outside the S8 From room. We can’t reply to all
letters and any serious issues please continue to seek
the advice of a member of staff. This page should
hopefully sort out any problems you have at school
so check here every issue! If we can’t answer it we will
find someone who can!
Abigail Finch and Daisy-Mai Creed
On Wednesday 30th November we held our
third Young Carers Support Group after school
which was again very well attended. As Christmas is
just around the corner the theme of the group was
of course ‘Christmas’. Most of the group enjoyed
decoupageing Christmas baubles and Christmas
design cross stitch all of which was donated to us
by Hobby Craft in Martlesham. Others just enjoyed
chatting to their friends and listening to music.
Another small group decorated a 6ft Christmas
tree which was kindly donated to us by Tesco in
Martlesham, the tree sits proudly in the school’s main
reception. The young carers also all enjoyed luxury
biscuits and mince pies which were kindly donated
by Marks & Spencer in Martlesham.
We are so very grateful to all the local businesses who
kindly donated goods to our Young Carers Group,
the Young Carers all had a lovely time and all look
forward to the support group next term.
We are all looking forward to Young Carers day
coming up on 26th January and have some plans on
how we can continue to promote and recognise the
challenges that face Young Carers.
200 Club Winners PRE LOVED UNIFORM SHOP UPDATE
Aug 2016: £35.00
R Barkworth £17.50
M Shaw £10.50
S Davis £7.00
Sept 2016: £35.00
C Leggett £17.50
S Gledhill £10.50
C Risdale £7.00
Oct 2016 £41.00 As many maybe aware Kesgrave High School have a pre
K Edhouse £20.50 loved uniform shop. It sells good quality, clean uniform
L Farthing £12.30 and all the proceeds go to charity.
S Linsell £8.20 This year our charities are Young Minds and the Ipswich
L Hume Branch of the Samaritans. We have been able to donate £380 to
each charity this term which is an amazing achievement and
Nov 2016 £41.00 will go towards the fabulous work that they do to help those in
S Robinson £20.50 need.
T Rush £12.50
D Pratt £8.20 For further information about what an amazing job these
C Nicol volenteers are doing giving up their time please see Rachel Dixey.
If you would like to join the KHS 200 By Rachel Dixey
Club or would like more information
about it, please email
What is the Meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is a busy time for many people.
Late nights working, buying gifts, wrapping looking after people is what Christmas means”. Mark
presents and putting up decorations. It can feel Versey said: “Christmas means family, time off and
like one massive pressure. I asked members of the a good community spirit”. We finally spoke to the
Kesgrave community what does Christmas mean Head of English Mr Wheatley who said: “Christmas
to them? Christmas can mean different things to is the best time of the year”. I have discovered that
different people so I asked people of all ages their family, friends and a good community spirit is
opinion of what Christmas means. what Christmas means. Times have changed but
First I spoke to Jo Versey and asked what Christmas has not. Kesgrave High School wanted to
Christmas meant to her? She said that Christmas add to the community atmosphere and so Year 7 and
meant: “fun, friendship and family”. However Jo 8 students went out and delivered Christmas parcels
also said “Christmas has become commercialized to elderly people all over Kesgrave singing as they
went! I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year.
but the spirit of Christmas lives on”. By: Cerys Versey
I then asked a year 11 student the same question
who said: “family, friends, food and helping and
The Science Behind Giving And Receiving Gifts
Science supports the benefits of giving
For example, research by social psychologist Lis Dunn and her colleagues appearing in the
journal Science shows that people’s sense of happiness is greater when they spend
relatively more on others than themselves. In one survey of over 600 U.S. citizens, Dunn and
colleagues found that spending money on others predicted greater happiness whereas
spending money on oneself did not, and this pattern was found across all income levels. In
other words, even those with little money reported greater happiness when their
proportion of spending on others, relative to the self, was greater.
The Public’s Opinion On Giving And Or Receiving
From some research, I have found that most people far enjoy the pleasure of
giving a gift opposed to receiving weather it’s for a loved one, or someone you
just met. Humans tend to enjoy giving because of the reaction of the person
the gift is going to and the known fact that people enjoy spending more money
on others than they do themselves.
By Ruby Ellis - Form M8
The Library Gets A Makeover
Before, I felt neglected, abandoned and Before there were a few chairs scattered around
unused like I was insignificant to the school. and hardly anyone would ever sit on them, and if
I was dreading the six consecutive weeks where they did they left after a short while. Now people
I would sit all alone in the dark. Unexpectedly are always sat here. There is also a reading club.
someone came on one day with a very large idea! Now I feel worthy of my place in school again.
Amazed, I watched them turn me into By: Grace Eley and Jess Jay (MG8)
Now I feel like I am a chamber of words,Of
wisdom with over 2300 books in my reference
center and above the books are my favorite
quotes that I think everyone should live by.
One aspiration of mine was to always travel
the world and to see other cultures and read
where creative ideas come from. Now I can with
displays of books from the world.
Another thing I really like is poetry. And that is
why I love the poetry tree.
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Come and see Mr Barber or Miss Hunwicks in the
Media office at lunch or break time.
Christmas Parcel Deliverys
Delivering Christmas cheer in the comunity
is something Kesgrave students do so well.
It takes a huge effort from students and staff.
Not only do the parcels have to be made and
delivered the whole operation is a big task.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the
Christmas parcels deliveries.
Form tutors, accompanying staff, minibus
drivers and the patient teachers who waited
for latecomers to class lesson 1 – it is all very
much appreciated and for the recipients in our
community really enjoy the students coming and
delivering to them
Particular thanks to Mrs Garnett who is the
logistical mastermind behind the operation!
Words: Ms Breckell
Photos: Daniel Sones and
Vyrom Fadia - Form C8
Festive films to get you
Arthur Christmas Elf Die Hard
Arthur Christmas reveals Buddy was a baby in an NYPD cop John McClane
the incredible, never-before orphanage who stowed away goes on a Christmas vacation
seen answer to every child’s in Santa’s sack and ended up to visit his wife Holly in Los
question: ‘So how does Santa at the North Pole. Later, as an Angeles where she works for
deliver all those presents adult human who happened the Nakatomi Corporation.
in one night?’ The answer: to be raised by elves, Santa While they are at the
Santa’s exhilarating, ultra- allows him to go to New York Nakatomi headquarters for
high-tech operation hidden City to find his birth father, a Christmas party, a group
beneath the North Pole. But who is on Santa’s naughty of bank robbers take control
at the center of the film is a list for being a heartless of the building and hold
story about a family in a state man, and had no idea that everyone hostage, with the
of comic dysfunction and an Buddy was even born! Buddy, exception of John, while they
unlikely hero, Arthur, with an meanwhile, experiences the plan to perform a lucrative
urgent mission that must be delights of New York City heist. Unable to escape and
completed before Christmas (and human culture) as only with no immediate police
morning dawns. an elf can. When Walter’s response, John is forced to
relationship with Buddy take matters into his own
interferes with his job, he hands.
is forced to reevaluate his
u in the Christmas spirit
Love Actually The Polar Express Miracle on 34th
Christmas-themed romantic This is the story of a young
comedy film written and hero boy on Christmas Eve A little girl discovers dreams
directed by Richard Curtis. who boards on a powerful do come true if you really
The film delves into different magical train that’s headed believe. Six-year-old Susan
aspects of love as shown to the North Pole and Santa has doubts about childhood’s
through ten separate stories Claus’s home. What unfolds most enduring miracle -
involving a wide variety of is an adventure which follows Santa Claus. Her mother told
individuals, many of whom a doubting boy, who takes an her the “secret” about Santa
are shown to be interlinked extraordinary train ride to the a long time ago, so Susan
as their tales progress. The North Pole; during this ride, doesn’t expect to receive
story begins five weeks before he embarks on a journey of the most important gifts on
Christmas and is played out self-discovery which shows her Christmas list. But after
in a weekly countdown until him that the wonder of life meeting a special department
the holiday, followed by an never fades for those who store Santa who’s convinced
epilogue that takes place one believe. he’s the real thing, Susan is
month later. given the most precious gift of
all - something to believe in.
Congratulations go to Tom White for his recent
successes in motocross. The photo of his
presentation shows him being awarded the Norfolk &
Suffolk MX Club 1st Place trophy and 85cc Big Wheel
Champion Shield and pit board. It was presented by
local and International MX hero Jake Nicholls.
In addition to this success, Tom has also won the
Eastern Centre Championship making him the first
rider in the 26 year history to achieve it 2 years in a
Well done Tom!
Sports Leadership Course
The following pupils all completed a day’s
training in Sports leadership including; future. They should be very proud of their
achievements and impressions made, and
coaching, organising, planning and officiating. we look forward to supporting them as they
They all learnt many new skills and had the continue to develop and use these valuable
opportunity to apply themselves with their experiences.
peers and pupils from other schools in the
Ipswich area. All pupils received outstanding
praise from the course leaders and have been By Mr Roberts
invited to continue their training in more sport Ben Collins, Ben Mason, Tayler Evans, George
specific roles and assist with the running of Pennick, Jasmine Shackleton, Terry Wasswu,
official Primary school tournaments in the Danny Manning
Area Cross country
44 pupils represented KHS on a cool and windy day at the area Cross country at Royal Hospital school. All
pupils challenged themselves with the demanding course and conditions and should be very proud of their
achievements whether completing or competing. There were 11 pupils who finished in the top 50 in their
age categories and are invited to the next round to begin trials for the Suffolk team. Notable achievements
go to Adel Hamed 2nd Senior Boy, Jack Grady 4th Inter Boy, Matt Snowdon 5th Inter Boy, Ben Syrett 5th
Minor Boy, and Chloe Gilbert 14th Minor Girl. A huge well done to you all.
Mr Roberts and Mr Swales
Basketball News Football Results
Year 10 Girls Basketball Year 7
Kesgrave vs Farlingaye
Afantastic result for the year 10 basketballers who beat
Hadleigh 55-11 to make it through to the county Kesgrave lost 2 – 6
finals in the new year. Great team work and support for Man of match – Toby Dean
new players by the more experienced players. Goals – Logan Boyd and Jimmy Williams
Squad: Year 10
Jasmine Shackleton(capt), Natasha Jarvis, Katie Catling, KHS V Felixstowe Academy
Tayler Evans, Daisy Cooper, Nicole Chandler, (in her first
game), Melissa Montallana KHS won 3-0
POM: Abbie Pelling Scorers – Jaryd Challis and Sam Abbott x
U14 boys Basketball 2
An outstanding team performance against
Huge congratulations to the U14 boys basketball team
who finished second in the area to qualify for the a very good Felixstowe team, well done
county finals. They won all but one game against 7 other everyone!
Ipswich based schools, and competed with commitment,
team work and sportsmanship. They are developing into Player of the match – can’t pick one! The
a very tight and effective team and I am sure will only whole team gets the award.
improve as the level steps up. Mr Roberts
Squad: Archie Hall, Jacob Buck, Myles Foster,
Joe Winder (Captain), Harry Syrett, Jacob Thomas, Matty James Little, Kyle Green, Joe Hunt, Terry
Bloom, Lewis Hunt, Ronnie Harris, Robert Moore, Lewis Wasswa, Sam Abbott, Jaryd Challis, Matt
Brown, Elliot Howell Gardiner, Tom Haste, Frankie Ramsey
Scores include: KHS vs Stanway Academy
KHS vs St Albans Kesgrave won 5 - 1
Kesgrave won 31 – 7
Yr 10 Boys performed really well against
KHS vs Farlingaye a good Stanway side. The team worked
Kesgrave lost 25 – 28 incredibly hard throughout and thoroughly
deserved the win.
Very hard to pick up a man of the match
but the award goes to Sam Abbott for his
excellent contribution and effort!
Primary cross country
163 primary pupils raced in the Kesgrave pyramid X-C on Tuesday 18th Oct. All runners showed great
commitment and courage to complete or compete on the challenging course at Kesgrave High school.
Over 30 high school sports leaders assisted in the smooth running of the event, marshalling the course,
encouraging all runners and helping to collate the scores. Huge thank you to all the support that added to
the atmosphere, and very well done to all that participated. Team results: Yr5 girls – Gorseland, Yr5 boys –
Gorseland, Yr6 girls – Heath, Yr6 boys – Gorseland.
Mr Roberts and Miss Wright
Netball Results Year 9 netball
Afantastic well done to the year 9 netball team
KHS vs Westbourne captained by Lucy Munro!
Kesgrave won 10 – 6 They qualified for the County finals after positioning
POM – Georgie Wynn and Jasmine runner ups in the southern area tournament against 8
Shackelton other schools. On a very wet and cold Saturday morning,
the girls won 2 and lost 2 resulting in playing off for 5th
KHS vs Hadleigh place against Thomas Mills. A fantastic match winning
Kesgrave lost 13 – 6 12-1 to finish 5th in the county! A superb result for a
POM – Nicole Chandler committed team.
Year 8 SQUAD: Lily Hume, Sophie Baines, Niamh Robertson,
Myah Bristow, Emily Dixey, Lucy Munro, Rhoda Oyebade,
KHS vs Farlingaye Nadrin Mahgoub.
Kesgrave won 18 – 10
POM – Abbie Yorke (voted by Player of the tournament: Myah Bristow
Farlingaye) and Makenna Williams
(Mrs Chapman) U16 Table Tennis
KHS Vs Copleston
Kesgrave won 22-4 Matthew Johnson, Luke Roberts, Theo Cordell and
POM – Abbie Yorke & Makenna Harry French represented Kesgrave in the first
Williams round of the schools U16 Table Tennis tournament held at
St Joseph’s college. All boys played superbly, and showed
KHS Vs Chantry great sportsmanship, winning 9 matches in total to fin-
Kesgrave won 29-6 ish 5th overall. This was an excellent performance and
POM - Abbie Yorke & Anna Bearn achievement considering that most of their opponents
were 2 years older. Very well done, and looking forward to
Year 9 next year. Mr Roberts
KHS vs Westbourne U13 Boys Table Tennis Competition
Kesgrave won 29 - 4
POM: Lily Hume and Rhoda 4th place team:
Oyebade Noah Catling
KHS vs Farlingaye Ben Syrett
Kesgrave won 22 - 7 Joe Stapleton
POM: Jess Price and Sophie
Baines 6th place team:
Kesgrave vs Debenham James Evans
Kesgrave won 17 – 7 Elliot Karaalp
POM: Lucy Munro, Nadrin Sam Collins
200g plain flour 1) Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7 and put the
50g ground almonds muffin cases in a 12-hole muffin tin. Mix the flour,
1 tsp baking powder ground almonds, baking powder, bicarb, 1/4 tsp
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda cinnamon, the sugar, marzipan, nuts and dried fruit in
½ tsp ground cinnamon a mixing bowl. Whisk together the eggs, melted butter,
yogurt and almond extract, then pour over the dry
ingredients and very quickly mix with a wooden spoon
until the mixture has just come together – the most
important thing is to not overmix – don’t worry if there
are still a few floury bits.
100g golden caster sugar 2) Quickly divide the mix between the cases and put in
100g marzipan, diced the oven on the top shelf. Bake for 5 mins, then lower
25g pistachios, roughly chopped the heat to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and bake for 15 mins
50g toasted flaked almonds more until they are risen, golden, and a skewer inserted
25g sultanas or raisins into the middle of them comes out clean.
50g dried cherries or cranberries 3) Once they have cooled a little and are firm enough
50g dried apricots, diced to handle, lift out of the tin onto wire racks and cool for
5 mins. Mix the icing sugar with the remaining 1/4 tsp
cinnamon and sieve over the muffins. Serve warm. Will
keep for 3 days in an airtight container.
2 large eggs
100g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
125ml full-fat natural yogurt
1 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp icing sugar
You will need
12 paper muffin cases
A festive recipie
2017 Term Dates Dates for your diary
Sping Term 2017 Wednesday 4 - PD DAY
Wednesday 11 - YR11 Mock
• Thursday 5 January 2017 to Friday 31 Results
March 2017 Wednesday 11 - YR10 Work
• NON PUPIL DAYS (Professional Sat/Sun 14/15 - UCAS Deadline
Development Days for Staff) Thursday 19 - YR12 Economics
• Wednesday 4 January and Friday 10 Tuesday 24 - YR11 Parents
Febuary 2017 Evening
Thurs 26/Fri 27 - Shakesperare
• HALF TERM: Week beginning Monday Play Evenings
13 Febuary 2017 Friday 27 - YR11 (internal)
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• Tues 18 April 2017 to Fri 21 July 2017 Friday 3 - Deadline for 6th Form
• BANK HOLIDAY: Monday 1 May 2017 Mon 6 to Thurs 9 - Musical
• HALF TERM: Week beggining Monday Wednesday 8 - YR11 Photographs
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