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Welcome to Johnson House

As the Johnson leader, I feel really proud, excited and enthusiastic to be a part of a great set of students and staff who are keen to ensure we stay at the top of the leader board so we don’t fall behind.  As a keen sportswomen and being a PE teacher, Johnson house for me is named in honour of Amy Johnson. Amy was an ambitious, brave individual who was the first pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

Johnson represents four key values that presented through various competitions and is embedded within my life experiences. I carry these values at all times: Ambition, Courage, Independence and Pioneering’. I firmly believe that competitiveness can help to promote growth within a young individual, not only just commitment but to work as a solid team from start to finish. Through my life experiences, I have always had the courage to be very competitive but also very independent individual who likes to try new challenges. My famous saying that I tell all my pupils is ‘Start Unknown, Finish Unforgettable’. Therefore, working as hard as you possibly can will change a person’s mind set to a positive attitude. With this in mind, the Johnson team go that extra mile in competitions that withhold each and every one of these values for pupils to go above and beyond in their school life.

My ethos for the house is through my committed, hard-working, supportive, bubble sense of humour and ambitious team work ethic that keeps Johnson going. However, I want to help nurture the whole house through upholding the academy’s expectations that every student will succeed to be outstanding through progress in their time with the academy. My main aim for the next year ahead is for every student within the House to compete in at least 2 box entries and 5 Friday competitions every half a term.

My vision for Johnson is to demonstrate to the pupils each and every one of these key values at all times. For pupils to look up to me as their role model to succeed, not only in house competitions but as an independent individual overall that brings independence and the courage to drive forward.

Johnson truly underpins each and every one of these values that is represented by my key roles as a House Leader. So step aside, Johnson are ready to take that winning cup of 2019.

Miss S Styche

sstyche@thekingswoodacademy.org

About Amy Johnson

Britain’s most famous aviatrix, Amy Johnson, was born 1 July 1903, in Hull, Yorkshire where she lived until she went to Sheffield University in 1923 to complete a BA in Economics. Following graduation, she moved to London, working as a secretary to a solicitor where she also became interested in flying. Her flying career began at the London Aeroplane Club in the winter of 1928-29 and her hobby soon became an all-consuming determination to prove that women could be as competent as men in a hitherto male dominated field. Her first important achievement, after flying solo, was to qualify as the first British-trained woman ground engineer, the only woman in the world to do so at that time. Early in 1930, she set her objective to fly solo to Australia and to beat Bert Hinkler's record of 16 days. Amy set off alone from Croydon on 5 May 1930, and landed in Darwin on 24 May, a flight distance of 11,000 miles. She was the first woman to fly alone to Australia and came home to the UK to a hero’s welcome which culminated in her award of a C.B.E. In July 1931, she set an England to Japan record in a Puss Moth with Jack Humphreys, followed in July 1932 with a solo flight from England to Cape Town. In May 1936, she set a record from England to Cape Town, solo, in a Percival Gull, a flight to retrieve her 1932 record. After her commercial flying ended with the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Amy joined the Air Transport Auxiliary, a pool of experienced pilots who were ineligible for RAF service. Her flying duties consisted of ferrying aircraft from factory airstrips to RAF bases. It was on one of these routine flights on 5 January 1941, that Amy crashed into the Thames estuary and was drowned; her body was never recovered. During her lifetime, Amy was recognised many times. She was the guest of honour at the opening of the first Butlins holiday camp in Skegness in 1936. Amy was also the president of the Women's Engineering Society between 1935 and 1937.

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