Category Archives: News

Getting Ready for the National Spelling Bee by Shannon

Group photo of students from ARK Kings Academy Spelling Bee team

ARK Kings Academy Spelling Bee Team 2014

This month in school we have been taking part in a spelling bee competition. We have been doing it so that 3 people out of each year group can go to London to compete against other schools in the ARK Schools National Spelling Bee competition!

I loved taking part in the spelling bee competition because I like to spell hard words and compete against other people. I found the word circumstantial hard but I got it in the end.

Sadly, I was not selected for the ARK Kings team that will be travelling to Evelyn Grace Academy in London this Thursday for the National Spelling Bee competition. I hope they do well at the competition and I get the chance to compete in future competitions.


Hatching for Schools Project by Hayleigh

Mr Bagley, Ryan Bird, Hayleigh Groves, Cameron Pedley, Byron-Douglas Freeman and our Principal Mr Punton

Mr Bagley, Ryan, Hayleigh, Cameron, Byron and our Principal Mr PuntonOne of our new arrivalsOne of our new arrivals

The 28th February was the day when the chicks arrived at our school. There were 9 chick eggs and only 7 of them eventually hatched. The first chick hatched on the 3rd March and that chick was a girl called Thunder because it is loud and stubborn. The last one was called Lightening because is can run fast and gets along with Thunder. Nurture at ARK Kings Academy was very welcoming to the new arrivals and the school has been welcoming too. There is one boy that called his chick his son and has named it Redwing.

All of the chicks have got different things about them that we love. But what we love about them most is that they are all different and we can tell which one is ours because they know who we are. Hopefully one of our teachers will take some of the chicks home. If they do, then we will know that they are going to a good home and they will be looked after in the future. The chicks will be going to the farm on 13th March. Hopefully Mr Horner will take them home because he is a good person to look after the chicks and chickens.

The school will be sad to see them leave but we wish them all the best.

By Hayleigh

Thai Boxing by Lois

Our Thai Boxing team preparing for combat

Our Thai Boxing team preparing for combatRyan Bird demonstrating his skills  Ryan demonstrating his skillsOutdoor Pursuits ED3-3

Thai boxing is an after school club that teaches you about self-defence. Miss Redhead is the teacher that is in charge of this club and many students take part every Thursday. Thai boxing is traditional martial art in which the fists, elbows, knees, and bare feet may all be used to deliver blows.

by Lois

Agony Uncle

Agony Uncle's identity is a closely-guarded secret

Agony Uncle’s identity is a closely-guarded secret

Hello, I’m the new agony uncle, I’ve chosen this because I would like to help some of the students with their problems, there will be two boxes which are located in Miss Drayton’s room and Miss Rhodes’s room, you will be able to post your questions and they will be answered the following week.


Year 7 Castle Project Report by Shannon

This term, Miss Drayton and Ms Thompson set us a homework project which was to research medieval castles. We were really excited to build and design our own castles. Here are a few examples of how we brought our castles to life.


Daniel Wyman


Another Daniel Wyman production

Another Daniel production

Cameron Lynch


Lois Brookes



Josh Nura


Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

Shannon McDaid


Ryan Bird, Byron Freeman-Douglas and Cameron Pedley working together on the castle project

Ryan, Byron and Cameron working together on the castle project

First Impressions of the Band Musicianship Project by Cameron

ARK Kings students gaining Band Musicianship skills.

ARK Kings students gaining Band Musicianship skills.

A new thing has been introduced to the school called Band Musicianship and that is a project where some people from London have come to teach us how to play all kinds of instruments like:

  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Singing

The one I have been working on is piano and I was okay. The one I’m looking forward to is guitar because it is my favourite instrument.

By Cameron.

KS3 Enrichment Day Build Up! by Caitlin and Amy


We all know how exciting Enrichment days are…and there’s another one soon! So are you in Year7 or 8? If so your Enrichment activity is The Popcorn Challenge, in which you will explore popcorn flavours and design packaging for it, just like you’re running your own popcorn company! Year 9’s excited? Your enrichment activity is… Adventure Rope Course, where you will be challenged to the maximum.

So what do you think Enrichment day will be like? One said it will be ‘a brilliant day!’ whilst others said it will be ‘exciting’. We think it will be thrilling and a challenging day. Stay tuned for more exciting details on what we get up to.

by Caitlin and Amy