Funding for improvements to our outdoor space – vote for Kilgarth!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Funding for improvements to our outdoor space – vote for Kilgarth!

Please vote for Kilgarth School when you shop at Tesco stores around the areas of Birkenhead, Wallasey, Bidston and Hoylake. Please ask your friends and family to vote for us too! Pupils and staff at Kilgarth School in Birkenhead are delighted that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and our project has been put forward to a customer vote in local Tesco stores during July and August 2017. Thousands of groups up and down the country applied for grants from the scheme and these are whittled down to three in each of Tesco’s regions. Your vote decides who should take away the top grant in our region! “The connection between positive outdoor experience & well-being is well documented . The aim of our project is to transform the outside of Kilgarth School so that our pupils, all of whom have special needs, experience both improved learning & positive experiences. We hope to have a sensory garden and vegetable planters as well as outdoor seating for social activities, learning and eating. We also plan to keep livestock such as chicken.” Mr Simpson, headteacher The funding initiative is supported by money from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on our project: BIDSTON MOSSS    CH43 7AA CLAUGHTON EXP   CH41 0DE HOYLAKE RD MORETON EXP   CH46 6DG LISCARD EXP     CH45 4JG MORETON CROSS EXP       CH46 8TH ROCK FERRY METRO        CH42 4QF TRANMERE EXP    CH42 9JG WALLASEY EXP    CH44 4DF WALLASEY KING ST EXP    CH44 0BZ To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. Please vote for us and ask your friends and family to vote for us...

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Otis – My Story so Far

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Otis – My Story so Far

This is me on my first day at school. I didn’t like the car journey to and from school but I liked it at Kilgarth from day one. Everyone said I was adorable! I got to meet lots of people but felt safe in my special office, which I still share with Mr Simpson and Ms Westlake.           I soon made friends at school and there were lots of boys to play with.    I’m told I’m popular with visitors to the school and that I’ve got quite a lot of admirers; this picture of me on twitter got 16 likes and 4 retweets despite me just having a lie down.     I had to have an operation when I was 12 months old and took it easy for a few days.  Everyone at school treated me gently and I am now fighting fit again!     Not long before I could play again!   I enjoy my time at school and have ambitions to develop as a therapy dog, with Mr Simpson as my mentor.        ...

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Trip back in time to Ruthin Gaol

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Trip back in time to Ruthin Gaol

As part of our History topic on crime and punishment, we recently visited Ruthin Gaol.  Both pupils and staff  (including Mrs Dixon, our History teacher) were intrigued by a glimpse into the Victorian prison system, Ruthin Gaol being the only Victorian prison open to the public. There has been a gaol of some sorts on the site since the 15th century.  After the Prison Act of 1865, the gaol was extended  and a new four-storey wing was built, in a similar style to the prisons such as Pentonville prison in north London, which we see on tv programmes. Victorian reformers claimed that rehabilitation was a top priority but this certainly didn’t mean that things were easy at Ruthin Gaol. In addition to being kept in solitary confinement and watched continually, inmates were forbidden to speak to one another. When out in the exercise yard, they were made to cover their heads with cloth masks to prevent communication. Solitary confinement (waxwork model) Lewis & Connor try on the ‘no talking’ masks Zac didn’t mind some solitary time reading When we entered the main part of the 3 storey prison building we could see all the upper floors with the cell doors still intact and it gave us an insight to what it was like to be imprisoned there. Each cell we visited was set up to reflect a different use: female prisoner, bath house and condemned cell, with waxwork figures portraying the prisoners who were confined to the cells. One cell was set up with a machine which seemed to have no purpose  whatsoever; a large box with a handle standing on a pedestal.  Apparently, prisoners could be forced to stand and turn the handle all day long and inmates might be forced to do a certain number of cranks before earning a meal. The crank only went one direction, and could be made more difficult if the wardens adjusted the setting on a friction wheel. This was done by turning a screw, and is the origin of the slang for a gaoler being called a ‘screw’.   This is Miss Jones, dressed as one of the prison warders (and not a waxwork model!)  She engaged us with her stories about how prison life was like back in the day. She told us some sad stories about inmates who were children,  imprisoned for  stealing food!  Men, women and children could be serving time for anything from pickpocketing, house breaking, fraud, theft of poultry or murder.It was hard labour in victorian times  with only watery, tasteless soup and bread to eat (otherwise known as gruel),  punishments and no home comforts.  This really came across during our visit.     Mrs Dixon said it was a ‘brilliant’ history trip!  She said the boys were intrigued by their visit and their conduct was exemplary.      ...

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Case Study: The school that abolished punishment

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Case Study: The school that abolished punishment

Thank you to Emma Lee-Potter, SecEd reporter, for highlighting our work at Kilarth School. Please click the on the link below to read the full article, which confirms our determination to keep on improving:  Case Study: The school that abolished punishment      ...

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Progress Review Day Thursday 4th May 2017 – Notice to Parents

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in News, School Information | Comments Off on Progress Review Day Thursday 4th May 2017 – Notice to Parents

Following the success of our Progress Review Day in January, we are pleased to announce a second review day to be held on Thursday 4th May.  This will be an opportunity for parents/carers to discuss their child’s progress with their subject teachers. School will be closed to pupils for the day to allow for extended discussions, although pupils will attend their timeslot with their parent/carer.

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Consultation Document – Proposal for Federation

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in News, School Information | Comments Off on Consultation Document – Proposal for Federation

Please click on the link to access the formal consultation document relating to the proposal being considered for Kilgarth and Gilbrook Schools to share a Principal and Governing Board from September 2017. We are seeking thoughts and views on the proposed Federation from our stakeholders; this includes the parents and carers of children registered at Kilgarth and Gilbrook School. A response form is included at the end of the link attachment. If you have any comments please respond by the deadline, which is midday on May 5 th. Federation Consultation Document for Kilgarth School and Gilbrook School        ...

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