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French Day, Sports Day, MOSI visit, JESC, BMX fun, Summer Banquet and Graduation

What a lot of events to fit into a short space of time. This half term has been jam-packed with fun and work in equal measure.

The French Day was really encouraging, with students practising their French and having a go. There were special lessons and French stories, a midday meal together of croque monsieur and tartes aux fruits, and other enjoyment. The students have made great progress in ability and confidence in one year.

For Sports Day we joined with Covenant Christian School and much hilarity ensued. There was great camaraderie and some excellent competition.

The Lower School visited the Museum of Science and Industry and their eyes and their minds were alight with interest.

The Junior School were aided to prepare some platform and music events for Junior Student Convention (JESC) which we travelled over to Dewsbury in Yorkshire to compete against and share with Branch School. The performances were really moving and successful.

A great end of term treat was had at the velodrome when the Upper School went BMXing and moguls and ramps and various things that this typist didn’t quite understand were a great delight to the students who participated.

Summer Banquet and Graduation have been lovely. As usual we had some wonderful guests, friends of the school and family and one family were able to travel from Canada! The day was very blessed. The worship was led by 2 of the Seniors and one of the Junior students and very well done. The food was delicious and beautiful in great abundance – a real banquet. The performances were excellent. It was superlative. We had a few graduations also. There was a Preschool class, ABCs, Year 8 and ICCE General Certificate graduation. We fellowshipped together, worshipped together, ate and drank together and laughed and cried together (yes, at least one of the performances was that good). A great way to finish the school year.

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 European Student Convention 2017

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We are so proud of our students. The whole school worked together fundraising to send four seniors for a week over the Easter holiday to European Student Convention. The students ran 1,200 m several times a week from January until the end of March and the collective effort was the equivalent of running from Manchester to Brussels. The students who went did not disappoint their fellow fundraisers.  We are delighted with the results below.  Added to this, the students’ behaviour was exemplary and they made many friends and had a great week away at Millfield in Somerset. This is a beautiful setting with Olympic standard accommodation, a theatre and a concert hall.

Four students entered 41 events and won 25 medals:

9 Bronzes

9 Silvers

7 Golds and one plaque.

Academics: Social Studies Exhibit (bronze); Bible Bowl, Linear PowerPoint (silver)

Christian Service: Golden Lamp (3 x bronze, 1 x silver)

Platform: Poetry Recitation (1 x gold), Preaching (1 x gold)

Music: Worship Band (4 x gold)

Art and design: Sketching, Pastels, Cross Stitch (1 x bronze), Pen and Ink

Sport: Long Jump, 100m (1 x silver), 200 m (1x silver, 1x gold), 4 x 100m (1 x silver), (Football (1 x bronze, 2 x silver), Soccer Kick (1 x silver), Badminton, Basketball (2 x bronze), Shot Put, Table Tennis, Physical Fitness (1 x bronze, 1 x silver),

Won 6 medals: 4 bronze, 1 silver, 1 gold

Won 5 medals: 2 bronze, 1 silver, 2 gold

Won 5 medals: 1 bronze, 3 silver, 1 gold

Won 9 medals: 2 bronze, 4 silver, 3 gold (and a plaque for preaching)

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June Open Day Flyer websiteWe are very pleased to invite people to our Open Day on 18th June 2016, 1-3 pm.  Please see the flyer above for more details, or download it to print off (below).

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DSCN4950Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness… our harvest festival was a celebration of God’s gifts to us.

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The students brought a selection of vegetables (which we made intDSCN4960o a meal and ate together), crazy fruit (which they all tried) and food for the food bank.  WDSCN4968e have arranged a trip to the food bank to see the work that people are doing in communities in Manchester.  Our harvest festival assembly included a presentation on the farming year in the North West, a powerpoint of harvest, as well as poems read by students and all of us worshiping God together.  The photos of Autumn above were taken by the students in the playground.

It was great to think about British culture and to compare it to some of the cultures we have been looking at recently.  We have been continuing with our Chinese lessons with Qi Jie and, in connection with Science lessons based on sound, the students visited the audiology department of the MRI and the students were all very excited to be speaking silently when we welcomed Mrs Coupe who taught the children British Sign Language.

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These are not the only languages that we have been studying, however, Miss Judson continues to introduce us to simple Arabic and the customs she was brought up with as she grew up in Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus.  Some of the pictures she showed us explained how different or similar our cultures are.

Mr and Mrs Golamhossen were able to share their stories of a summer in Mauritius, where More cousinsthey had gone to visit their family and Great grandma makes the foodfriends. biryani on the beach again with our familyThey showed photos of the friendly hospitality they received from them and explained how the Muslim culture places great importance on being generous and welcoming.

In a very interesting contrast, our former Head Girl, Karan, came to visit us and joined us for assembly.  We asked her to talk a little bit about life after her degree in Japanese.  Karan told us about moving to Japan and the big differences in culture between England and Japan.  She explained how being isolated as a community can lead to being fearful of other people.  She talked about the different religions of Japan and some of the history. She also spoke about the food, the amazing punctuality and many interesting details of her life for the last few months as she has moved out to Japan.  We were very blessed to have her come in to see school during her 5 day visit to England.  Thank you, Karan!

One of our students’ favourite cultural ‘lessons’ was the most recent.  Last week we were saying goodbye to our Swiss exchange students from La Bergerie Christian school, near lake Geneva.  We had welcomed them with tea and traditional English cakes and brave chats over table tennis and table football.  On their last day they asked if they could come in to pray for our school.  Their teenagers all prayed for us and shared precious Map of Switzerlandthings with us.  Our students responded by asking if they could pray for them too.  It was lovely.  We are very grateful to Covenant Christian School for opening up this opportunity of generously sharing the exchange visitors with us.  The students enjoyed using their French.

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WP_20150703_003Jesus Loves You (Chinese)We’ve been enjoying new Chinese lessons this term.  This is for the whole school and the students are very enthusiastic.  The first lesson included learning to form Chinese characters with brushes. This new enjoyment hasn’t interfered with the Juniors singing French songs at the top of their voices (and in good tune!).  The students in the Juniors are making such good progress, that they are ready for Latin next term.  Meanwhile we have the exciting prospect of our French language exchange in October.  A group of students from a Christian school in Switzerland will be visiting and we are teaming up with Covenant Christian School to host them.  The return trip will be in the Spring and we’re prepping our conversational skills.

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The green-fingered Infants have been very busy and successful this term.  There are tomatoes, beans, chillis, lavender and various other interesting plants here.  We’re looking forward to an activity day with Covenant Christian School this week, followed by our annual Summer Banquet.   We have friends old and new coming to eat, fellowship and enjoy the children’s performances.  They’ll probably get a good opportunity to enjoy the lovely displays that the Infants, Preschool and Juniors have been working on.

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EUROPEAN STUDENT CONVENTION – Mark Golamhossen                            

I volunteer my time each year to be one of the chief adjudicators at ESC. While there I run a team that covers all of the academic events. We make sure that all the events are run properly with an emphasis on the spiritual and character development of the students. ESC is one of the most rewarding experiences I have with great students, teachers and organisers all working together to make Christ known, one child at a time. The evening rallies were inspirational and it was powerful to see past students preaching.

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I went to Word Alive 2015 in Butlins, Prestatyn.  I was there as a steward, part of the team of helpers.  I loved being able to help people in so many ways.  I learned so much and listened to some sound Christian teachings. Two particular highlights, out of so many, were worshiping Him with about 1200 others in the evenings and then the interview with George Verwer, founder of OM, during one of the evening meetings. He told us that even after 60 years of being a Christian, temptations are still there daily and that we need to keep trusting in His forgiveness and love for us. It was wonderful to meet up with old friends, and make new ones, as well as have times wonderful fellowship, food and fun.

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I was so excited to return to S. Africa over the Easter holidays. We had lived there previously and cared for disadvantaged children in our home.

What a joy to see our precious boys again! They had all grown, but the bonds were still there, and we were soon talking together about the “Good Old Days.”  Nearly all the boys are doing well – following the Lord Jesus, and are studying or have jobs. They have developed into well rounded and happy individuals. It was humbling to receive gifts from them as they said, “Thank You.”

One of the boys graduated as a doctor while we were there, another is a pastor, and another is working as a journalist on S. African television. I remember them as little boys, and am so proud and amazed at their progress. God has been so faithful.

While we were in Durban some xenophobic attacks broke out. It was a frightening time; we ended up having to shelter two boys from Uganda. Their lives were in danger, and they were traumatized by the events. We read Psalm 91 together and sang, “In the Name of Jesus, We have the Victory.” The fear left and we were filled with the joy and confidence of the Lord. We proved together that God was with us.

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Congratulations Abigail!  Former King of Kings School student, Abigail Irozuru, took the Sainsbury’s British Indoor Champion title in long jump this weekend, after jumping a personal best. She made it look very easy. We are very excited that Abigail will be coming in to visit the students at King of Kings in the next couple of weeks.  We look forward to seeing her and to celebrating with her. Abigail is a really exciting athlete and, more than that, a really well-rounded, intelligent, lovely, young woman.

Abigail also has become the 3rd all-time best UK indoor long jumper, with a jump of 6.73m, qualifying for next month’s European Indoor Championships in Prague. We continue to follow her career with great anticipation.

Abigail said, “I love the support that the school has given me and the impact of my teaching there – not just formal education, but also great spiritual and ethical grounding!”

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King of Kings School’s 3rd Educating for Eternity Conference was on Saturday 21st June. Venue: Heaton Moor Evangelical Church

Matt HollowayWorship: Matt Holloway, former Christian school student, now homeschool parent. He blessed us with his enthusiasm, humility and skill, welcoming everyone to worship.

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First speaker: Mark Golamhossen spoke on the title, ‘Does God have Grandchildren?’  Mark discussed people’s individual responsibility to accept Jesus for themselves and, therefore, the need for discipleship.  He talked about being persuasive in your evangelism and not assuming that it doesn’t affect the children, or that they will naturally drift into Christianity.

The feedback for Matt and Mark was very positive.  People felt that the worship had prepared their hearts for the rest of the day and that Mark was interesting, informative and challenging.

We invited Pascale Lord to share a testimony, whose children attended Christian school before God led her to homeschool.  Pascale was followed by Christine Lewis, who was talking about her experience of meeting her husband and how she could see the effects of Christian education very clearly and positively in her husband.  She spoke about how broad and strong his education was.

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We had a break with cakes.  We enjoyed the hospitality and the time that people had to share with each other.

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After the break we welcomed Dr Beth Green, who had chosen the topic ‘Against the Flow’.  Beth spoke beautifully on the topic.  People felt she was ‘informative, thought-provoking and relevant’. Beth was followed by the two Christian schools who had sent representatives, Covenant and King of Kings.  Head Teachers, Roger Slack and Brenda Lewis, reported on their schools at the moment.  Mrs Lewis mentioned the current newspaper coverage and adversity and John Lewis, her son, who had that week appeared on Newsnight, debating with Jeremy Paxman, defending Christian Education and the ACE curriculum particularly.

Lunch was a great time to share again and was served very kindly by various teachers and parents from King of Kings.  We started the afternoon session with a song from David Balogun, a former King of Kings student, MOBO Award nominated Gospel singer.  David recently won an award for ‘Best music video of the year’.

Dr LewisPhilip Lewis followed David with his talk.  Philip Lewis had offered at 10 pm the night before to step in, in place of Nigel Steele, the billed speaker, who had suddenly been taken ill.  Nigel was too sick to travel up from Gloucester, but his prayers were with us.  Nigel is well again, praise God, and was very interested to hear how the conference had gone.  Dr Lewis spoke (as if he’d been preparing for quite some time) on the title of this year’s conference, ‘As for me and my house: we will serve the Lord.’  This is a verse that has been up in the hallway of his house for many years and a verse by which he has lived.  He spoke about the pressing need for Christian education and for us to communicate with the pastors on this and to persuade them. This was followed by the testimony of a new student.

We finished with a question panel.  The questions mainly focused on people’s frustrations with trying to get people involved or in not seeing enough done to promote Christian Education, and what especially bothered them was the apathy of the churches and church leaders.  This was the theme of many questions and suggestions in the feedback forms.  It was exciting that people were on the same page. 

It was all a great encouragement.  Many people attended the conference and made it a great day.

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Len and 24 7 team 2014Another great year spent with the ESC students this year.  We were proud to have the students representing King of Kings.  Their behaviour was commended several times by other attendees and they also came away with a medal each.  We are already making great and extravagant plans for next year and the events we will be entering.

Photo of the young volunteers of the 24/7 team appears by kind permission of Len Stolyarchuk.

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Praise God for this school year. We look back and thank him for guiding us and being with us throughout the year.

news13-01It has been a year of babies this year. Mr and Mrs Golamhossen were blessed with Theodore’s birth in March and there have been many other babies in families throughout the school. We praise God for all these precious births and rejoice with all the newly growing families.

As usual we have enjoyed seeing the great improvement in students throughout the school. There have been 2 sets of ABCs classes as children graduated from the Preschool, passing the Reading Readiness Test and progressing forwards. The ABCs classes in turn have worked really well and lots of children have passed their Post Test (gaining 100% as they are tested on their ability to read) and joined and swelled the Infants Learning Centre.

As a product of this wonderful growth, the very solid readers have joined the Main Learning Centre, where all of them have settled inl and are working phenomenally well. We are really proud of their work rate and really pleased with their maturity and great reading.

news13-02John Lewis is marrying Laura Andrade from Vineyard Christian School (using ACE like us!) in Mallorca in August 2013. Laura is studying art in Bristol and John works for a prize-winning company in Swindon. His job involves trouble shooting for business solutions and computer systems and he was head-hunted by his successful Christian millionaire businessman boss whilst serving God working at Maranatha Christian School in Swindon. He is a cell group leader in his church. John was the guest speaker at the King of Kings School 2013 Summer Banquet. He was inspiring, encouraging and impressive.

Seven of our former students and graduates attended the Summer Banquet and we were delighted to see them and fellowship with them. They included Micah Davidson fresh from his first year at university, reading English at Liverpool.

Karan has departed for Japan for her year abroad studying Japanese. She has gained her preferred place at a prestigious university in Tokyo and has continued her amazing progress by gaining firsts for her second year work.

news13-03Octavia Lewis has completed her degree in Music at St. John’s College, Durham University and graduated with a high 2:1 with firsts in several modules. She won college colours in conducting, badminton and football. She has been spending her free time working for Maranatha School in Swindon (as a volunteer) and Christian Education Europe (as an employee). She is applying for a master’s degree in New Zealand to study Korean Music, for ‘tent making’.

We’ve enjoyed some great trips this year including one to York (including the Yorvik Viking Centre), Museum of Science and Industry, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, and 2 lots of A Honour Roll go-carting. There were also the yearly trips to Crucial Crew and European Student Convention (where our students were successful and earned medals, but more importantly, showed great character.)

We had a really successful and enjoyable Sports Day. We were able to open it up to local Christian homeschoolers. Have a look at the photos on the walls around school!