Monthly Archives: March 2015

Bright Future for KSA

Bright future for Khalsa Secondary Academy

Many of you may have read in the papers about our continuing battle over planning permission. We are understandably frustrated with the news regarding these further planning complications and were expecting a quicker resolution. However, we are confident that this will be resolved in the due course.

As Principal of KSA, I am pleased to report that, in just eighteen months since opening, the school is now heavily oversubscribed for year seven entry in September 2015. The number of pupils from both Stoke Poges, and South Bucks in general, is rising steadily and we will have around twenty three percent of pupils who are non-Sikh.

This is testament to the hard work of all involved in the school and especially the fantastic pupils who are the best ambassadors for what the school represents. It is clear that the school is valued by parents and pupils alike. As the testimonials from our parents show.

As a new school we have had a wide variety of visitors and I have received many comments with regard to the highly aspirational, supportive and collegiate atmosphere witnessed. We have been building strong foundations and are now looking forward to the future. We have begun to network with other schools in the area and have been building partnerships and sharing ideas and resources with them, in addition to both providing and participating in joint activities such as the ‘Shine’ gifted and talented program ran by Eton College.

Pupils have represented the school at various events – such as the International Peace Conference in London, the Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan parade, the local Remembrance day Ceremony just to name a few. Additionally, pupils have carried out charity activities including supporting children in ‘Operation Christmas Child, where we sent gifts to the orphans and the destitute in Pingalwara in Amritsar, we regularly support the local food banks to help families in crisis, as well as charities such as Children in Need, and Sport Relief . Our students are also involved in a variety of external exams and competitions such as the UKKGK karate tournament, UK Maths Challenge and Spelling Bee in Modern Foreign Languages.

Going forward, and aside from their academic work, pupils are currently looking forward to a number of exciting activities including World Book Day this week, a sponsored walk in Snowdonia shortly and a trip to Spain later this year. We will also be holding our second Multi Faith day soon.
We are a school that is looking forward to a bright future.

Snowdonia Fundraising Event

We are raising funds to purchase equipment required by the pupils so that they can enter the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. This trip boasts a spectacular route, encircling Snowdon, Wales’ and England’s highest peak. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the hospitality of the local people.

Date of walk: Saturday 21st March 2015
Leave KSA: 7am Expected return: 9pm
Please bring lunch and drinks

Please register by sending an email to Ravinder at rav.bhatti@outlook.com.

Download Sponsorship Form (PDF)
Download Promotional Poster (PDF)

We will be travelling by minibus. Everyone is welcome; all students in years 7 and 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Closing date for reserving places: 14th March 2015
Minimum sponsorship to be raised per family: £100

If you wish to make your own travel arrangements please meet at KSA at 7am or at Ty-Nant Car Park for 11am (Car Parking for the day is approx. £5).
Postcode for approximate location only: LL40 1TN

The path we will be following is the Pony Path, Ty-Nant, Cader Idris
Distance: 6 miles (10Km) (there & back).
Ascent: 2,384ft (727m).

Time: About 5 hours (there & back), although you can turn back when needed
Grade: Hard Mountain Walk
Start/Finish: Ty-Nant Car Park.
Parking: SNPA Car park at Pont Dyffrydan

A little about the path…
The Pony Path from Ty-Nant is the main footpath up Cader Idris from the Dolgellau side of the mountain. It is a reasonably safe route, which also offers the most rewarding views.
You can read further details: http://www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/visiting/walking/Hard-Mountain-Walks/Pony-Path-Ty-Nant
Sponsorship can be raised by downloading the form on this page, you may also pick up copies of the sponsor form from the school office.

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