Publications

Volume 2 Issue 10

COVID Symptom Study  

Throughout this pandemic, KES have tried to do our bit for the wider community. Whether it be making and distributing PPE equipment and clothing, or else helping local residents in the first lockdown to access food supplies, we are proud that we not only looked after our own community, but that we tried to do the same for others.

In the same vein, we would like to encourage our families to participate in a major new study of COVID-19 symptoms amongst young people, led by Professor Tim Spector of King’s College London, in conjunction with the health science company ZOE.

The ‘COVID Symptom Study for School Communities’ research project asks you to take a minute or so each day to record via a free app your child’s current health status, including any COVID or other symptoms they might be exhibiting. Families are linked to the school, so that localised patterns of transmission can be better understood. However, the key purpose of the research is to understand at a local, national and international level the transmission of COVID amongst children and young adults, and whether young people exhibit different COVID symptoms to adults. All data is anonymised and used purely to explore these large-scale trends.

King Edward’s has this week registered as a participant school, joining about 1000 other schools across the country in so doing, and thereby allowing any of our families who wish to join the study to link to KES through the App.

Please can I make it clear that we encourage you to participate purely so that we can all play our part in helping to understand this virus better, especially as it impacts upon children. Involvement is entirely voluntary, and registering for the study must not replace our established King Edward’s reporting systems for your child’s absence and illness. It is vital that we as a School continue to receive timely absence notifications directly from you for your child.

If you wish to participate, please go to your usual App Store to download the free ‘COVID Symptom Study’ app. Then simply sign up (QUOTING THE KES UNIQUE CODE – ‘AMARDXD’), and begin to record your child’s daily health status. The code is submitted via your child’s profile page in the App, in the ‘School Network’ section. The App includes information on how data will be stored and used, and reassurances that it is compliant with GDPR requirements. Please do not share the unique code with anybody who is not a KES parent, so that the information remains accurate to our own School community.

Thank you for your help.

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices 

Student Lunch Arrangements Reminder

The deadline for changes to school lunch arrangements for the spring term is 4pm on Friday 4 December 2020. It will not be possible to meet requests that arrive after the deadline. Please email dinners@kes.hants.sch.uk 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.

Library Christmas Bauble Competition 

This year we’re giving you an opportunity to decorate the library with your own Literary themed bauble!

  1. Collect a bauble from the Library on Friday 27 November
  2. Design and decorate your bauble at home, using paint, pens and anything else!
  3. DESIGN MUST HAVE - A Literary theme; quote, book cover or characters.
  4. Hand into the Library by Monday 7 December 

All baubles will be displayed in the Library and there will be a prize for the best bauble in each year group! Pop into the library for more info, and to collect your bauble. 

First Year Notices 

No notices this week. 

Second Year Notices 

No notices this week.

Third Year Notices 

No notices this week. 

Fourth Year Notices 

GCSE and A Level Non Examined Assessment

Important guidance for the completion of GCSE and A level Non Examined Assessment – NEA (sometimes called coursework or controlled assessment) is published each year. For Fourth Year, please see this booklet. It is important that both yourself and your son or daughter is familiar with these documents.

Fifth Year Notices 

GCSE and A Level Non Examined Assessment 

Important guidance for the completion of GCSE and A level Non Examined Assessment – NEA (sometimes called coursework or controlled assessment) is published each year. For Fifth Year, please see this booklet. It is important that both yourself and your son or daughter is familiar with these documents.

Lower Sixth Notices 

GCSE and A Level Non Examined Assessment

Important guidance for the completion of GCSE and A level Non Examined Assessment – NEA (sometimes called coursework or controlled assessment) is published each year. For Lower Sixth, please see this booklet. It is important that both yourself and your son or daughter is familiar with these documents.

Upper Sixth Notices 

GCSE and A Level Non Examined Assessment

Important guidance for the completion of GCSE and A level Non Examined Assessment – NEA (sometimes called coursework or controlled assessment) is published each year. For Upper Sixth, please see this booklet. It is important that both yourself and your son or daughter is familiar with these documents.

Lunch Menu 

Parents and Students can see the lunch menu here, which is updated by the catering team daily. 

This week at KES...

  1. Medic Day 

    Sixth Form students took part in the Mastering the Medical School Interview course delivered by The Medic Portal. The course was specifically designed for students interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science at University, and delved into the challenging admissions process. The course covered strategies for success at traditional, MMI and Oxbridge style interviews, common interview questions, a full face-to-face mock interview with feedback, and much more. 

    We hope all students that attended found the day useful and educational. 

  2. Duke of Edinburgh 

    In order to catch up with the cancelled expeditions due to COVID, we organised catch up expeditions, throughout October and managed to achieve the following: 

    - 60 participants completed a Bronze & Silver practice

    - 11 participants completed their Bronze qualifying expedition

    - 24 participants completed their Silver qualifying expedition (including 7 Old Edwardians)

    - 9 participants completed their Silver practice expedition

    - 7 participants completed a combined Gold practice and qualifying expedition over the course of a week

    All participants displayed a great attitude in the harsh weather. A massive well done to everyone involved!

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  1. Ballet Rehearsal 

    This week our ballerinas took to the Dobson Theatre for an exciting performance. With students dressed in their festive costumes, a Christmas tree behind them and their elegant moves, it felt positively festive! 


  2. PSHE Day - Second Year

    As part of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme all Second Year pupils took part in a PSHE day on Thursday. The sessions covered Internet Safety, Friendships, Money Skills, Digital Citizenship, Drug Facts and Body Image. Some of the sessions were run remotely by outside agencies and others by School staff. 

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SATURDAY SPORT 

The forecast is looking a lot better for KES Super League this Saturday! The sports department have presented all the information, schedule and details on our Intranet, which can be accessed here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Director of Sport here


KEY DATES 

Tuesday 26 November - LAMDA Examinations

Wednesday 2 December - Fourth Year Parents' Evening 

Friday 11 December - Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 18 December - End of Term

Monday 4 January  - Inset Day