Publications

Volume 2 Issue 15

Bad news... and good news   

I am sad to be in my office this morning surrounded not by the noise and bustle of the children, or the good-humoured chat of my colleagues, but instead by the quiet of a near empty school. Of course, there are some people around – some pupils, children of critical workers, are joining in with their Zoom lessons from School, and some of our teachers and non-teaching staff are still needed on-site. But nonetheless, it is sad that everything is so quiet.

You have already seen our plans to make this half term a good one, despite the obstacles we face, so forgive me if I do not dwell on this further today. Instead, how about some good news?

At KES we have a group of students called the ‘Green Team’. They lead on environmental issues, bringing to me a wealth of brilliant proposals to make our School more responsible and sustainable. Last year, they told me that despite our careful separation of general waste from recyclable materials, everything is then burned all together for energy production. As a newcomer to the area, I admit I was a little shocked by this, and promised to follow it up. It turns out to be true.

For me, schools should role-model care for the environment. I was therefore determined to right this wrong. After much research and hard work by my colleagues, I am delighted to say that from this month, KES and Stroud have signed contracts with a local business who recycle and offer sustainable disposal solutions. Even non-recyclable material will be carbon-capture burned for energy, with the ashes recycled in to asphalt for road building. In addition, all of our food waste, previously thrown away, will be converted in to organic fertilizer.

We have big plans to go much further. My senior colleagues and I, along with the Green Team and Mrs Brown, will strive in the coming months and years to reduce our School’s environmental footprint, and I would encourage our pupils and families during lockdown to take the opportunity to try to act with consideration for the environment. I know that the Green Team are planning to send out some tips and challenges for us all to try whilst we are having to stay in our homes. But I believe that this month KES has taken a giant leap forward in this area. We can truly say that we are a school which is focused on looking after the environment. Good news for the planet, and a bit of good news for us all.

Neal Parker

Head

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices 

Calling for student book reviews! 

Miss Speck, Library Manager, is going to be publishing a weekly reading newsletter and would like to hear from you! Any student that would like to be involved, can send their review of a recent or favourite book (fiction or non-fiction) to Miss Speck to be featured. 

KES Art Competition 

In line with Mr Parker’s above notice addressing the schools commitment to sustainability, The KES Art Department have launched an art competition today, inspired by David Attenborough's 'Take Action Through Art Competition'. Art has a vital role to play in both imagining and building a better future. The full brief can be found here. 

All entries should be submitted to Miss McGinn Friday 12 February 2021. More information on how to submit your entry can be found in the full brief. 

First Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Second Year Notices 

Art Supplies 

During the period of school closure, Second and Third Year pupils taking Art would benefit greatly from having coloured pencils and paints at home. These do not need to be of any particularly high standard, but sets such as the ‘MozArt Watercolour Paint Essential Set - 24 Vibrant Colours’ for example available from Amazon, will enable pupils to fully participate in the exciting learning activities planned for this half term in their art lessons.

Third Year Notices 

GCSE Options

Parents of Third Year pupils are invited to read this attached letter from Dr Waymark regarding the GCSE options process that began this week.

Art Supplies 

During the period of school closure, Second and Third Year pupils taking Art would benefit greatly from having coloured pencils and paints at home. These do not need to be of any particularly high standard, but sets such as the ‘MozArt Watercolour Paint Essential Set - 24 Vibrant Colours’ for example available from Amazon, will enable pupils to fully participate in the exciting learning activities planned for this half term in their art lessons.

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

New Lockdown Clubs 

Modelling & Miniatures Club 

If you enjoy building or painting then this is for you. If you would like to start a new hobby that is very ‘lockdown friendly’ – this will work! Meeting on Thursday lunchtimes from 1pm on Zoom for ideas, inspiration and working on projects together. First meeting Thursday 14th Jan 2021. Contact Mr Robinson for Zoom codes and more details.

Book Chat

Miss Speck, Library Manager, will be running a KES Book Chat via Zoom on Wednesday lunchtime at 1:30pm for Lower School and First Years. And Friday Lunchtime 1:30pm for Upper School. This is an opportunity for students to talk about and share what they are reading with Miss Speck and with each other!

Chess Club 

Would you like to take part in the KES virtual chess club?

Open to all students every Friday lunchtime. Please email Miss Ridley to register your interest.

Miss Forsey Plays The Goldberg 

Open to all students interested in learning a Bach Goldberg variation in half a term! This club will take place every Wednesday 1 - 1.30pm starting Wednesday 13 January. Contact Miss Forsey for more information. 


KES CLUBS    

We have put together a clubs program to run while the school is closed. There are some new and exciting clubs for all ages as well as our tried and tested ones. Have a look to see if there is something new to try in this link

Towards the bottom of this Bulletin issue, we have provided more in-depth information on newly available clubs. 


KEY DATES 

Wednesday 27 January - Fifth Year Parents' Evening

Thursday 4 February - Upper Sixth Parents' Evening 

Monday 15 February - Half Term 

Wednesday 24 February - Third Year Parents' Evening 

Friday 5 March - Deadline for GCSE subject choices (Third Year)