Volume 2 Issue 33

Activities Week  

This week was unique. We had the genuine pleasure of welcoming back our Fifth Year and Upper Sixth students after their exam assessments for a one-off ‘Activities Week’. As with everyone else, these students have had a disrupted year, but for them the pressures have been exacerbated by the uncertainty surrounding how and when they might undertake their GCSEs and A Levels. Of course, in the end they (and we) were given the appropriate instructions, but it is worth remembering that many of the details were only published a matter of weeks ago… in the case of the summer appeal process, we only received the final guidance after the students had already completed their assessments. The fog of indecision created by those in charge of the national examinations process has generated much stress and insecurity. And so, at the end of it all, we wanted to give these young people a treat. Thus – Activities Week!

It has been my pleasure to wander around the activities whenever possible, and even to get away from school to drop in on those taking place elsewhere: just to say ‘hello’ to our fabulous students and to thank my colleagues who have given up their time so generously to organise and supervise this special week. The sense of fun and joy has been obvious. But the group that I particularly want to thank is the pupils who opted for art, and who have been spending this week creating a beautiful large-scale mural commemorating the year and more under COVID, which we will permanently exhibit within the school buildings once completed. It is looking wonderful already, and will pay fitting tribute to the hard work and resilience of our whole community over so many months. I look forward to its unveiling later this year.

Scroll to the bottom of this Bulletin, for images and an overview of all activities across the week.  

Neal Parker

Whole School Notices

Parents' Evenings

As we plan for a, hopefully, more normal 2021-22, we realise that some of the adaptations we have had to put in place over the last year and a half have improved the way the school works and are therefore worth considering keeping in some form.

For example, the measures put in place for the pupils at lunchtime have had a significant impact on reducing queuing times and therefore we are committed to keeping part of the main Hall as a dining area during lunchtimes and installing an additional ‘street food’ counter within the dining area to split the queue. However, we realise that the split lunch timings are not something that we wish to keep due to the impact on lunchtime clubs and locker access potentially leading to lesson disruption.

One area upon which we would value parental thoughts is the way parents’ evenings will run in the school. There are pros and cons to running a remote evening: parents may feel that the ease of talking to staff from home or an office and therefore not having to spend time travelling to the school (and the positive environmental impact of this) outweighs the benefits of speaking to teachers face-to-face in school, or indeed the opposite.

Therefore, please could parents complete this survey, so that we can take your thoughts into account as we plan for next year. Please complete this by 12pm on Wednesday 23rd June.

Please note, whether these meetings stay remote or revert back to in-person, there remains the option to have a longer in-person discussion with a member of staff when required.

Student Lunch Arrangements Reminder

The deadline for changes to school lunch arrangements for the Autumn Term is 4pm Friday 25 June 2021. It will not be possible to meet requests that arrive after the deadline. Please email giving pupil name, tutor group, and the change intended. Any request using the above email will have their request acknowledged. No action is required if arrangements are to continue as at present.

No Lunches during Endeavour 

There will be no lunches provided during Endeavour on the 1st and 2nd of July. Please can pupils make sure to bring in packed lunches on both of these dates.

First Year Notices 

No notices this week

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Third Year Notices 

No notices this week

Fourth Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Fifth Year Notices 

No notices this week

Lower Sixth Notices 

No notices this week 

Upper Sixth Notices 

No notices this week 

Scholars' Talk - Madeleine, Sixth Form 

Mr Lawson, Teacher of Modern Languages, was so impressed by Sixth Former Madeleine's scholars talk, that he's written a short review, below. We also managed to capture the entire talk on video, which can be viewed here.   

"Madeleine, Senior Scholar, delivered a thought-provoking talk to the Scholars in First, Second, Third and Fourth Year. She invited the students to reflect upon who owns the past, both in terms of physical ownership of historical artefacts, and in terms of intellectual ownership: who writes and therefore shapes our perspective on the world. The students were introduced to examples of bias in historical accounts; and were asked to consider whether it is right to retain possession of disputed historical artefacts in our museums, which play such an important role in other people’s heritage and sense of identity." - Mr Lawson

Activities Week Round Up 

Bake Off 

The KES Bake Off took place on Tuesday, complete with our very own bake off tents (we’ve put those marquees to good use!). Students went spoon-to-spoon in the Showstopper Challenge, to make a two-layered cake, representing a ‘KES memory’. The rules were simple, produce a two-layered sponge cake (no larger than 8” diameter) and incorporate a minimum of 3 decorated biscuits. Everyone, including the judges, were amazed at the presented cakes.

Head judge, Mr Parker, Head, said the following: “Judging the KES Bake Off was an absolute pleasure. What could be better than an afternoon of eating gooey, fluffy layer cakes ranging from a frankly delicious carrot cake through to the richest of chocolate sponges, all accompanied by crunchy home-baked biscuits? The winning cake by Mia looked fantastic, tasted marvellous and took us all back to the brilliant ‘West Side Story’ performance from last year which inspired it.”


Students enjoyed a wonderful morning of futsal coaching. Students were able to work on their stepovers and rabonas, before putting it all together in game play situations. Great fun had by everyone in the sunshine!

Music Theatre Workshop

Music Theatre Workshop was another activity available to students as part of our Activities Week. Students were challenged to choreograph and perform a musical theatre number… in just one day! Students created a dance routine, costuming, make-up, singing and lighting from Grease. It was fantastic to see their hard work come together through a spell-binding performance.

Feminism Workshop

The Library offered topical workshops on feminism and activism, giving insight into the historical roots of these movements, encouraging open discussion, challenging stereotypes and exploring the role of such movements in today’s society.

Equipped with how to call out their peers, these students have the knowledge and skills to push for equality! 


The thrill seekers among us travelled to Swanage for a day of outdoor climbing!

Jewellery Making 

Students got creative with resin casting to create some amazing pieces of jewellery. Mr Blow was blown away with the quality of the work produced, considering they only had a few hours. 

Game Jam 

Game Jam was based over two days and gave students the chance to get some experience in game development. The first day was spent learning the basics of the game development engine Unity before the Jam theme was announced, giving our KES gamers just a few days to work in a team to build a game from scratch before coming together again on the second day to share designs and win prizes.

Follow us on social media, via the below links, to see the rest of the activities Fifth Year and Sixth Form students participated in during our Activities Week. 





19 June 2021

Spectators at away venues will be determined by other schools' protocols and we will inform parents each week via this Bulletin of any schools that are not allowing spectators.


Cricket Fixtures 

KES v Embley 

Girls U12A, U13A, U14A, U15A 

Boys U12A, U13A

Spectators are not permitted. 

KES v St Swithun's 

Girls U12B, U12C, U12D, U13B, U14B 

Spectators are permitted. 

KES v Hursley Cricket Club

Girls 1st XI 

Spectators are permitted. 

Internal Matches

Boys U12C, U12B, U13B, U13C 

Spectators are permitted. 


Tennis Fixtures

KES v St Swithun's School 

Girls U12A, U13B, U13A, U14A

Spectators are permitted. Please observe correct social distancing.

Click here to view timings, locations and schedule for Saturday Sport. In addition, the up-to-date training schedule can be found on Summer Term 2021 Sports Team Training Schedule.


Monday 21 - Wednesday 23 June - Science Festival

Friday 25 June - Sports Day  

Tuesday 29 June - A Virtual Evening with the Heads of Stroud & KES 

Thursday 1 July & Friday 2 July - Endeavour 

Friday 9 July - End of Term