KHALSA SECONDARY SCHOOL WINS HIGH COURT CASE

Khalsa Secondary Academy is delighted that the legal challenge has been unsuccessful and that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision has been upheld and that it is right for Khalsa Secondary Academy to remain in Pioneer House. This provides the much needed certainty for the pupils, parents and staff. We wish to thank all of the local community, parents, staff and pupils for supporting the school to this successful conclusion. We now look forward to commencing the full refurbishment of the existing site to allow us to provide world class educational facilities for our pupils and staff.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Nick Singh Kandola at 01753 662009 or email at info@khalsaacademiestrust.com

 

Parent Forum Wednesday 29th June 6 pm to 7 pm

Dear Parents,

Our next parent forum this year will be held on Wednesday 29th June and the focus will be on homework and Show My Homework.  All parents are cordially invited to attend.  Mr Plahe and Mr Neta will be available to talk you through how to access Show my Homework and how to monitor your child’s homework.  We look forward to seeing you on the 29th June.
Mrs R Codling
Principal

Welcome back letter from Mrs Codling, our Principal

8th June 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to welcome everyone back to the start of our final summer term and take the opportunity to share with you a few things that have happened and also draw your attention to the key events that are coming up. As always, we have a busy half term ahead, so please make sure you make a note in your diaries of the upcoming events highlighted at the end of this letter.

Donation

On the first day of term, I was delighted to accept delivery of well over 100 text books, to support our Sikh studies programme. I would like to thank Ranjit Gill from Virpurandad Publishers Limited for their most generous donation and for posting these all the way from Canada.

Guru Arjun Dev Ji Martrydom Day

We will be holding a special assembly to commemorate Guru Arjun Dev Ji and the sacrifices he made on Thursday, 16th June.  We will reflect on how the way in which Guru Arjun Dev Ji died changed the course of Sikhism forever. Sikhism today comprises love of God and service of humanity. Wahe guru ji ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji ki Fateh.  Many students have been preparing presentations, hymns and prayers to share in an extended assembly during that morning.
New House System

There was much excitement around the school when we announced the formation of our new house system. The students chose the names inspired by a quote from the Guru Granth Sahib 144:

Tigers, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles – the Master could make them eat grass and those animals who eat grass could be made to eat meat. The Force can make them follow whichever way it wills. It can turn rivers to dryland and deserts to bottomless oceans.  It can appoint a worm as king and reduce an army to ashes.

All creatures live by breathing, but he could make us live without breath.

With the Master all things are possible.” (Guru Granth Sahib: 144)

 

We felt that this was particularly appropriate to our school ethos, where we believe that nothing is impossible to reach.   All students and staff have been allocated to one of the four houses, with house colours shown below

House Name Colour
Tigers Yellow
Hawks Blue
Falcons Red
Eagles Green

 

We will be planning a series of inter-house competitions and matches, so watch out for more information.

Banned substance
We have had a small number of students bringing banned items into school. I would like to remind everyone that students are not allowed to bring into the school the following:-

  • Sweets
  • Crisps
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarettes or any type of e-smoking devices such as shisha pens
  • Alcohol
  • BB guns

Please can support us with this by checking your child’s school bag from time to time. Students do not need to bring money to school as this encourages them to buy these things on the way to school.

We will be carrying out spot checks regularly and any student found with any prohibited items will be severely dealt with. We would really appreciate your support in this.

Please find below important dates for this half term and I look forward to seeing you at some of our key events:

W/b 13th June Years 9 and 10 Examinations
W/b 27th June Years 8 & 9 Examinations
Sunday 26th June Summer Mela at Khalsa Primary 12.00 pm –   6.00 pm
Thursday 30th June Year 8 parents evening & governor surgery 4.00 pm –  7.00 pm
Wednesday 6th July New Year 7 parents evening & governor surgery 6.00 pm- 7.30 pm
Saturday 9th July Sports Day with parents & governors 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Tuesday 19th July School play with parents & governors 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Wednesday 20th July End of term assembly with parents & governors 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

Details of the above events will follow, meanwhile please do make a note of the dates so that you are able to join us.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

Mrs R Codling

Principal

Vaisakhi Celebratory Speech by Tayla Mack

VAISAKHI

Value & Self-Reflection

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By Tayla Mack Year 10

Today we celebrate the birth of the Khalsa, which happens to be one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar, but for what reason? In 1699, the Tenth Master chose to challenge each of his followers by asking who, of the many thousand people standing in front of him, would be willing and even eager to sacrifice their own life for the future freedom of others. Can I have a head? he asked, ignoring that no one budged an inch, he asked again Can I have a head? As traumatised as the crowd was, 5 brave idols put their life on the line by entering the tent that stood before them. All that the Tenth Master wanted were Saints and clearly realised that the majority of the crowd that stood before him, were anything but! The 5 beloved were revealed wearing turbans and unique suits for such an occasion. No one died, and no one was sacrificed – but the willingness and dignity of these 5 proves them to be pure idols, as they have now been baptised, that even the Tenth Master himself bowed down and admirably apologised to his people for not having the strength and courage that the 5 beloved clearly guaranteed – he wanted what they had. Equally, when Jesus put his people first by willingly sacrificing himself for the freedom of all Christians. So there you have it, the history of what we celebrate today, but you may still be wondering why the baptism of 5 people is such a great deal!

The Tenth Master grew up learning both Persian and Sanskrit, which later allowed him to be skilled in the arts of war. His so-called job was to uphold sanctity while destroying sin and evil. After the initiation ceremony in 1699, he said “Now there will be no human Gurus” – I’m not saying that he was implying that the evil lay between each leader, but there certainly was evil amongst society especially the inequality of men and women. This world is by no means a perfect planet, and nor is society; there are people that will judge you, torment you, show jealousy towards you, if everyone was perfect none of these would exist. But then again, if people were perfect you would never witness originality within our world, people would appear to be boring or simple, no one would have arguments and our planet would just be plain – that is why some things in life happen for the price of something/someone else. So, that is why we have to appreciate what we have without loathing what we don’t. The Earth spins at an angle, that isn’t perfection whereas some countries have no rain and others are drowning in it, I don’t see perfection there – nature itself has flaws! Men and women were never always been equal as you know, but now as a Sikh school, battling against all the hatred that was thrown at us, we prove that system wrong by having a female head teacher guiding a school of a different religion to herself, showing the strength that some never had.

With the school, I have been able to visit an old age home and even parliament. Before I joined this school last year, my knowledge of Sikhism was poor. I had no clue about your values, why you shouldn’t cut your hair and I didn’t even know that it was such a young religion. Physically, to a stranger outside of school I stand out because of my skin colour and religion but mentally and emotionally, I feel no different to the people I’m surrounded by. At the end of the day we are all people and no matter what you look like, we still function the same. Sometimes people cannot get over that fact, that’s when things such as jealousy and anger fall into play. But never let that put you down, your life has a purpose and don’t let anyone keep you from accomplishing that. Learn who you are and don’t let people treat you with disrespect and walk all over you. Get back up and show that those people are not worth your tears, you are better than society and make yourself known, stand out among others!

Great news ~ Recent HMI Visit

Dear Parents,

I am writing to let you know that Ms Lisa Moore, Her Majesty’s Inspector visited us on Wednesday 24th February, to monitor how well the school has progressed since the last inspection.

You will be pleased to hear that Ms Moore was very pleased with what we have been doing and the key findings of her visit recognise the progress we have made so far:

You, the senior leadership team and governors have taken swift action and focused school staff on improving the quality of teaching. The school’s improvement plan is sharply focused on the areas identified at the last inspection. The plan is the result of staff and governors working together effectively and demonstrates the shared drive and ambition for improvement. The actions that are planned and measures of success you have set are relevant and timely. Roles and responsibilities of staff are clearly outlined. Systems for checking the quality of teaching, learning and assessment are rigorous. Leaders show a secure understanding of the characteristics of teaching and learning needed to ensure that the school becomes good.”

Please see attached a full copy of the monitoring visit letter dated 10th March that she wrote to me.

We are indeed, proud of the journey we have made so far and we will continue to work hard, ready for the next full inspection.

I would like to take the opportunity to extend a warm thank you to you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs R Codling

Principal

Please click here to download a copy of the Report