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Kiri Te Kanawa KK

KK Staff Leadership

Director of Learning Ms J Johnson j.johnson@highworth.kent.sch.uk
Student Support Manager Mrs C Jones c.jones@highworth.kent.sch.uk

KK Student Leadership

Community Captain Orla Burgess
Vice Captains Sarah Makolli and Reba Mathew

KK Community Mentors

Mr D Keep Mr J Birbeck-Bailes Miss S Gerstlauer 
Mrs E Dodds and Mrs C Banham Mrs J Jeffery and Mrs N Das-Simmons Mrs S McCutcheon and Mrs A Cheesman
Miss F McCartan Mrs L Wells Mrs S Rickett and Mrs S Wakefield

KK Community Ambassadors

New appointments will be made this academic year.


Biography of Kiri Te Kanawa

KK are named after the famous Soprano Opera Singer from New Zealand – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

She has received many accolades throughout her career and she is famous for singing a wide range of works in many languages from the 17th to 20th centuries.  She is particularly associated with the works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Handel and Puccini.  She has also found success portraying a variety of characters on stage. 


KK Charity Work

2021-2022: Dandelion Time

2020-2021: Mind was nominated as the KK Community Charity this year.  As Director of Learning for this remarkable group of students I want to do everything I can to show my support to them and the journey they have all been on this last year. So, this March we are running 27 miles in 27 days in solidarity of the 27% of students who report a mental health problem whilst at university. More students are experiencing mental health problems than ever before. The number of students reporting a mental health problem is five times greater today than it was ten years ago, while the number of students dropping out because of mental health problems has trebled.

Everyone taking part in the 27 27 challenge is sending a clear message: it's time to take our mental health seriously and to support our community.

KK charity 2021

2019-2020: Brain Tumour Charity

2018-2019: We raised money for St Raphael’s Hospice. This charity was put forward by two students in Year 8 and we raised funds by having our non-school uniform day, creating stalls for students to buy snacks and treats at, sponsored silences and a variety of competitions.

2017-2018: We raised just under £2000 for The Paula Carr Diabetes Trust – a local charity that supports families who have children with diabetic children.