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Ferret racing

The 22 ferrets from the Hampshire Ferret Club will be racing at lunchtime on the field Tuesday 11th July 1pm -2.10pm after they were unable to race on final day of the Arts Festival due to the heat.

Ferrets will race for one of 8 teams: 6 School Houses and teams for Teaching Staff and Non-teaching Staff. The 4 teams with the most points after the preliminary races will proceed to the final race and to the winning prize.

Tapas Evening

Monday evening saw the annual A Level Spanish Leavers' Tapas evening  in the centre of Southampton. As usual, a good amount tortilla, calamares and patatas bravas (amongst other tasty bites) were consumed. It was a lovely evening and a chance to reminisce about all those years learning Spanish together and chat about future plans and trips in which Spanish will no doubt come in very useful. Buena suerte a todos - Ha sido un placer!

Kaleidoscope Day

As well as it being the Arts Festival, today is also dress down ‘kaleidoscope day’ to help us raise money for a very important charity. All monies raised will go towards the treatment of our former French assistant’s daughter who has been diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) which is a very rare form of cancer. If you would like to read a little more about Zoé’s story, please follow the link below:

Second Year glamping

On the hottest day of the year eighteen Second Year pupils went on an activity weekend at Lovaton. They tested their confidence with pony trekking and climbing and improved their independence by doing their own cooking. There were many team games played in the evening and a water fight to cool everyone down! Dr Waymark even threw in a lesson on waterfalls at Lydford Gorge.

Primary Art Partnerships

Last week saw the final Partnership Art Club of this academic year. Throughout the year, a group of dedicated KES students, led by Mrs Moxon, have engaged with groups from three local primary schools: Springhill Catholic Primary School, Wordsworth Primary School, and Highfield CofE Primary School. The primary school students have been inspired to create artwork at a very high standard, and have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to experience working with new equipment and techniques. Thank-you to all KES pupils and staff who have contributed to such a valuable experience for these young people.

Arts Festival Grand Opening

The 2017 Arts Festival opened with a bang this morning as, rockets were launched from the Main School field! The three day event will celebrate a myriad of Arts based activities, workshops, competitions, performances and more.  Today's activities included African dance/ drum workshops, an architecture workshop, live bands, an art and fashion session, a staff and student zorbing competition, a staff flash mob and much more. Tonight also sees the annual Art exhibition take place between 6.30 and 8.30pm in the newly refurbished Art Department.

Citizenship Day

On 14th June the Fourth Year took part in their Citizenship Day; a series of six activities aimed at developing their sense of inate British values like democracy and tolerance. A really interesting and active programme had been put together, including a game that made the students think about the mechanics of capitalism and also a chance for them to write to their local MP.

Staff Tug of War Competition

As a pre-runner to next week's Arts Festival, the KES staff Tug of War competition got underway on the School Field at lunchtime.  Competition was fierce with four teams making it through to the semi-finals later this week, including the reigning champions - the Humanities Team.

First Year PHSE day

As part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme, all First Year pupils followed a carousel of activities on 9th June, looking at basic drug facts, alcohol, money skills, safer social networking, being smart online and improving communication skills. The sessions were designed to be interactive as well as informative for the pupils and good fun was had by all involved.


Mental Health First Aid

On Tuesday 6th June the School hosted its annual Mental Health First Aid course to train pastoral staff from the independent and maintained sectors in Primary and Secondary settings across Southampton and Hampshire. This hugely successful course trains staff to support and recognise mental health concerns in pupils.  It has now been undertaken by all Year team staff at KES and the nursing team and counsellor.

We look forward to inviting more local schools next year to help support children across our region and, as ever we would like to thank Dick Moore for leading the course.

KES Election results

Yesterday the school community held its own dummy election.  Ballot papers were issued to all 69 group bases and 696 valid votes were cast.  This was the equivalent of 97% of the students registered in school yesterday morning.  The results were as follows:

Second Year camp

The remainder of the Second Years enjoyed a weekend away at Lovaton on their Second Year camp during the half-term break.  Students took part in a range of teambuilding activities including raft making, orienteering, cooking on trangias, climbing and problem solving tasks.  They returned home happy but tired with the half-term to recuperate.

Catalonia trip

During the half-term holiday, forty-five First and Second year students spent five days in the Catalonia region of Spain. They visited popular sites such as Parc Guell and Camp Nou in Barcelona, the Dalí Museum in Figueres and the beautiful city of Girona. A lot of time was spent at the beach, in the pool and shopping as well! The students were able to taste some typical tapas, whilst overlooking the sea, during what was a most enjoyable few days!

Understanding adolescent girls

King Edward’s is pleased to welcome back Lorraine Lee tomorrow evening to give the second of this term’s presentations entitled ‘Understanding adolescent girls’. With three children herself and a background in Child Psychology, Positive Parenting Training and Child Development, Lorraine is passionate about informing, equipping and supporting everyone who has a role in the lives of children and young people. Training offers dynamic and inspirational training for parents, teachers, practitioners, children and young people from early years right through to college. The event is open to all current parents and will be held in the Hospitality Suite at 7.00pm.

KES welcomes back evacuees

During the war years, pupils from King Edward's were evacuated to Poole Grammar School to continue their education.  On Sunday a group of these former pupils met for their 19th reunion lunch enjoying their time together to reminisce about their school days.

Bienvenue à KES

KES Third and Fourth Year French students welcomed a group of 40 pupils from Sherborne House this week and helped them to practise their spoken French. After a quick introduction to the theme of shopping, pupils had a go at buying the correct food for an imaginary picnic. They had to ask for the required item and work out the correct amount that they had to pay. Everyone had a good time and French was spoken by all!

Cactus Club visit RHS Wisley

The focus for the recent Cactus Club trip to RHS Wisley was cacti and plant adaptations.  With the help of Kyle McHale, the Education Officer, and Greg Ovendon, the glasshouse expert, the group investigated arid plant adaptations, studied the superb section of varying ferns in the temperate zone and headed off to the alpine houses to develop their understanding of high altitude plants from hot and dry regions along with cold regions from around the world; a fascinating day for the fourteen strong group.

Italy Trip

At Easter, 43 pupils and 5 staff went to Rome and the Bay of Naples. In Rome there were trips to see the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman forum whilst in Naples the group went to the top of Mount Vesuvius and saw the amazing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. A good time was had by all, helped in no small part by a large amount of high quality pizza and ice-cream.

School Chess Championship

Congratulations to Joshua Lam who won this year's KES School Chess Championship. He has also progressed to the next round of the national competition.  We wish him the best of luck.

Second Year Camp

The first of this year's Second Year camps to Lovaton, Dartmoor took place at the weekend. Students spent the weekend camping or staying in the School's Rural Study Centre, whilst taking part in climbing and team building exercises, constructing and racing rafts on the river and learning how to cook on trangias.  Despite the heavy rain at times their spirits remained undampened.

Ski Trip

On Saturday 1st April thirty-four students and six staff departed for the annual school ski trip.  The weather, at the start of the week, was mixed but during the last two days the group skied in glorious sunshine. The conditions at the top of the mountain were excellent but lower down the slopes the snow became very slushy in the afternoon. The level of instruction was excellent and the students remained focused in their lessons thus making very good progress. At the end of the week Ned Clarke received the highest ski award amongst the party; he was also the only member of the party to land a 360 while out with the instructor.  The highlight of the evening entertainment was a visit to the bowling alley, closely followed by the game of Jenga played between Stephanie Judd and Emily Price against Mr Brown and Mr Lewis!  

Geographers visit Iceland

Eighteen geography students travelled to Iceland over the Easter holidays to discover the incredible geology and geography on offer in this amazing country. Iceland is well known for its changing weather and the group certainly experienced this – snow, torrential rain and sunshine! Bathing in the Blue Lagoon was most definitely a highlight for the students and they used the silica mud on the bottom of the lagoon to cleanse their skin. The geographers visited numerous waterfalls, some with water so pure that the students were able to drink directly from them, and Strokkur geysir mesmerised everyone as it sprayed boiling hot water up to 35 metres into the air every 5 minutes. Iceland has a huge amount to offer and everyone was extremely fortunate to be able to experience so many of its geological wonders.

Prague Exchange

Over the Easter holidays, a group of five girls travelled to Pribram, near Prague in the Czech Republic, to take part in the second leg of the Prague Exchange. Their buddies had already been hosted by KES families in September. Whilst there, the girls visited the capital and saw all the highlights including Prague Castle and the Astronomical Clock. Easter was a wonderful time to visit as there were Easter crafts and markets aplenty. The group also helped with running a sports event for a local school for children with special needs.

Easter trip to Cordoba

On the Friday 31st March, seventeen Third and Fourth year students travelled to Córdoba, Spain, to spend five days of glorious sunshine experiencing Spanish life first hand. The students stayed with host families and attended three hours of Spanish lessons every morning. The afternoons were spent sightseeing, sampling tapas, churros and ice cream and dancing Flamenco. On the Sunday they enjoyed a visit to the beautiful city of Sevilla. Everyone had a fabulous time and greatly improved their Spanish skills.

Creative Arts trip to NYC

The Creative Arts trip to New York City took place in the first week of the Easter holiday. In five days, of seemingly non-stop activity, students soaked up the cultural richness and diversity of this most iconic city. Bounding from one end of Manhattan to the other, they took in everything from opera at the MET to late-night diners off Times Square, picnics in Central Park to 'Miss Saigon' on Broadway, gems of twentieth-century art at MoMA to midnight city views from the Empire State building. Between countless other highlights, including a very special violin recital at Carnegie Hall, a dance class at the Broadway Dance Studio and an evening at a Jazz club, students used their free time to explore the streets and cafes in midtown Manhattan and immerse themselves in the magnificence and craziness of the city that never sleeps.

Morocco 2017

Twenty-six Third and Fourth year students enjoyed a fabulous week taking in the sights and culture of Morocco during the Easter holidays. They visited several UNESCO world heritages sites, including the fishing port of Essaouira and the ancient village of Aït Benadhou, the setting for the film, Gladiator. As well as consuming copious amounts of tagine, students also drunk local Berber tea and learnt about Moroccan history and religion. The main highlight for many was the chance to travel into the Sahara Desert by camel and the trip concluded with a visit to Marrakesh.

Montpellier in the spring

A group of Upper and Lower Sixth students travelled to lively bustling Montpellier in the South of France during the Easter Holidays.  They spent the mornings perfecting their French in relaxed and interesting lessons led by native speakers and the afternoons discovering the local area and culture. Trips to Avignon and the Pont du Gard, sessions of pétanque, the tasting and preparation of local specialities, trips to the beach and evenings at local restaurants all helped to make the trip thoroughly enjoyable. C’était magnifique!


Congratulations to all those involved in yesterday's sponsored triathlonathon raising money for this year's Summer Camp.  A substantial amount was raised from the event and 562 kilometres were covered during the day.

Annual Cactus Competition

There were twenty-five entries in this year’s annual cactus competition. Mrs Wood and President of The Cactus Club, James Mitchell, administered proceedings with style and the winners this year were Ankit Nambiar (Solo category), Lucy Giles (Group category), Zak Crane-Whatmore (Succulent category), James Mitchell (Seed category), Tilly Abraham (Cactometer – new category for 2017) and Mrs Mitchell (Lifetime Achievement). An award ceremony is planned for May 2nd.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

A further set of Duke of Edinburgh awards where given out in this morning's assembly.  The following students have achieved their awards:

Bronze: Thomas Mitchell, Abdullah Quraishe and Harmeena Sekhon.
Silver: Charlotte Bassett, Madeleine Collins, Aasta Kendall, Blake Miller, Katrina Penn-Newman, Barnaby Taylor and Eleanor Todd.