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 “I Can’t Do It...Yet”
Dame Katherine Grainger DBE to headline Growth Mindset Conference at Kingston Grammar School
Great Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, is coming to Kingston Grammar School
on Wednesday 7th November 2018 as the keynote speaker at the third annual KGS national conference, focusing this year on the importance of developing a growth mindset. Titled “I Can’t Do It...Yet” the conference has been organised by KGS Head
of Wellbeing Nick Forsyth in conjunction with InnerDrive, the leading UK mental skills company.
The conference is aimed at teachers and educators and will host
expert national and international speakers including psychologists and academics as well as Dame Katherine Grainger DBE.
Speakers include Lucy Crehan, international education consultant and author of ‘Cleverlands - The Secrets Behind Success’, one of
the Economist’s Books of the Year in 2016; chartered psychologist and director of InnerDrive, Bradley Busch, leading expert on how psychological research can best help students and teachers think, learn and perform; Jonnie Noakes, Head of Teaching and Learning at Eton College; Chris Hildrew, Head Teacher at Churchill Academy and author of ‘Becoming a Growth Mindset School’; Dr Pippa Busch, chartered psychologist specialising in Child Development and Educational Psychology. Themes to be discussed include:
• What does growth mindset in schools look like?
• How can schools develop growth mindset, character and resilience?
• How can teachers help disengaged students with a fixed mindset?
Winning design
Sixth form student Florence Colbeck has produced a winning design for the entrance foyer at the new Pocklington School, Yorkshire, Art and Design Technology Centre.
After numerous designs were
submitted by pupils of all year
groups, Florence’s design was
selected from a shortlist of ten by
the architect of the new building,
Simon Mitchell, and Pocklington
School Headmaster, Mark Ronan.
The design was then laser cut into core-ten steel and positioned in the entrance to the new building. Florence’s intricate drawing is a take on the Pocklington School crest with a nod to both art and design in the written expression ‘inspiring creative minds’. Her drawing showed great accuracy and skill which particularly impressed the judges.
Pictured: Pocklington School sixth form student Florence Colbeck, with Steve Ellis, Head of Design and Dan Cimmermann, Head of Art.
Political careers event
Students from King’s Ely Senior and Ely College joined forces for an innovative Political Careers Event.
The event saw Year 9 and Year 12 students from both schools coming together to engage with local political representatives and to participate in a task exploring Government spending.
The event took place at Ely College and was attended by South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer and local councillors Lis Every, Sheila Friend- Smith, Anna Bailey and Tom Hunt.
The guests were asked not to represent any particular personal or party political viewpoint, but they all spoke briefly to the students about their careers and different roles in Government. This was followed by a Q&A session. The pupils then broke into assigned groups before undertaking a Government spending task, where groups of Year 9 students from both schools, accompanied by a Sixth Form student, were asked
to allocate Government spending according to how they believe spending should be distributed. It proved fascinating to see which areas of Government expenditure each group deemed priorities.
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