Publications

Volume 2 Issue 24 

One Year On 

Tuesday will mark exactly a year from the date on which we first experienced a COVID lockdown. At the time, we had no idea that we would still be battling against the pandemic in the Spring of 2021. So, one year on… what have we learned here at KES?

We have learned how to teach and learn remotely. In February 2020 many of us hardly knew what Zoom was – but in those first few days and weeks an entire community of teachers and students mastered an utterly different educational approach. Since then, our teachers have challenged themselves daily to refine and evolve their ‘Zoom skills’, so that the students can have the very best of remote provision – academic, pastoral and co-curricular. The pupils too have picked up (and sometimes passed on) tricks and hints on how to enrich a remote learning environment.

We have always known that school is more than just the classroom or exam results, vital and central though they are. But we have been reminded of the importance of all the social interactions and friendships made at school: on bus journeys, at lunchtimes, playing sport and participating in creative activities - to name just a few areas that help to maintain positive mental health. We have all missed these extra things and I hope that we never need miss them again. It is good to be back at school.

We have learned the resilience of the pupils – across all ages, but perhaps especially in our exam year groups, who have had to deal with a mountain of unavoidable uncertainty as they have approached their GCSE and A Level assessments. Despite the many difficulties, they have responded with impressive fortitude and endless patience. They have been an example to all.

One day, in our dotage, we will all tell rambling stories about the years 2020 and 2021. And we will be right to do so: we should each be proud of what has been achieved.

One year on, and we are not there yet. But we have shown that we can, and will, flourish.

Neal Parker

Head

Neal Parker
@HeadKESSoton

Whole School Notices

Self-Test Lateral Flow Test Kits  

All pupils (except Fifth Year and Upper Sixth) were given their Covid-19 self-test packs this afternoon. These contain two packs of three tests and one pack of seven tests with a booklet of instructions for use. As testing in school has now been completed, all pupils are strongly encouraged to test themselves twice a week, once at the weekend and once mid-week for the remainder of this term and during the Easter holidays. This is to help prevent the spread of the virus through asymptomatic carriers. The number of kits the Department for Education has provided will cover weekly testing until at least the end of the first week of the Summer Term (Friday 23 April). This should mean that pupils do not need to undertake mass school testing on their return after the Easter break. We await further instructions from the Department for Education for beyond this date for the Summer Term.

All Fifth Year and Upper Sixth students will be issued with their additional testing kits for the holidays on Friday 26 March.

Summer Term INSET Day

Please would parents note that we will now begin the summer term on Monday 19 April, with a full, normal teaching day. The staff inset day, originally scheduled for Monday 19 April, will instead move to Friday 28 May, immediately before the summer half term break. This will allow our teaching staff to use Friday 28 May for departmental marking and moderation of the completed GCSE and A Level assessments, but will still give every student the same number of days in school next half term. It will also give our public examination students an additional day of preparation for the summer assessments.

Dropping off 

Now that the students are all back at school, please can we take this opportunity to remind parents when dropping off or collecting children from KES, to have consideration for our neighbours in where you park your car. We would also ask you to support our commitment to the environment by ensuring that car engines are turned off while you wait.

KES Charity Hoodies

If you have previously purchased a hoodie, please see Miss McGinn in the Art Department with your KESPAY receipt to collect your hoodie. It is important you have your receipt to confirm the hoodie size you have ordered. All hoodies must be collected before the Easter holidays. 

OBNO Tracksuit Bottoms Plea!

The OBNO shop is desperately short of tracksuit bottoms (they are down to one pair!) and would be very grateful for donations to be brought into reception, labelled up as OBNO. For more details about how OBNO operates and how to donate please go to this link here

First Year Notices 

No notices this week 

Second Year Notices 

Smallpeice Trust - Summer Engineering Programme 

The Smallpeice Trust have launched a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) online courses, which are now available to book for this summer.

For Second Year students, the Science Department recommend the Girls into Engineering course. The course will help you create, design and invent your way in the world by thinking big and learning from engineers who do it every day. To view all courses on offer, click here.

Third Year Notices 

Smallpeice Trust - Summer Engineering Programme 

The Smallpeice Trust have launched a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) online courses, which are now available to book for this summer.

For Third Year students, the Science Department recommend the Girls into Engineering courseThe course will help you create, design and invent your way in the world by thinking big and learning from engineers who do it every day. To view all courses on offer, click here

Fourth Year Notices 

Smallpeice Trust - Summer Engineering Programme

The Smallpeice Trust have launched a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) online courses, which are now available to book for this summer. To view all courses on offer, click here.

Morrisby Feedback Interviews

Fourth Year pupils will have a Morrisby Career Profiling feedback interview next term, which will take place over zoom. Times and dates for these were issued to Fourth Year pupils today along with joining instructions. Parents are encouraged to join their child in this online interview via the same joining instructions.

Fifth Year Notices 

Smallpeice Trust - Summer Engineering Programme

The Smallpeice Trust have launched a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) online courses, which are now available to book for this summer.

To view all courses on offer, including a course on biomedical engineering which may interest those looking for alternative routes into medicine, click here

Lower Sixth Notices 

Smallpeice Trust - Summer Engineering Programme

The Smallpeice Trust have launched a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) online courses, which are now available to book for this summer. To view all courses on offer, including the course 'Girls into Electronics', click here.

Parents’ HE Evening – 11 March

If anyone missed the Zoom or would like to revisit the event, please find a link to the presentation here, and a link to the University Admissions Tutor’s presentation here.

Upper Sixth Notices 

No notices this week 

House hockey & netball tournaments

First and Second Years have been out in the (temperamental) sunshine this week for House hockey and netball. 


Dance Gala

As previously announced, we are thrilled to announce the return of our glittering Dance Gala on Friday 7 May. This event will be performed, filmed, and will be released to audiences at a later date. If any pupils are still interested in performing, please contact Miss Barnett before the end of term to guarantee their spot in the exciting line-up.

Easter Egg Sale

Cadbury Creme Eggs and Easter Eggs will be on sale during break times next week. Each year group will be sent a task to inform them of the day and timings of each sale. All money raised will go towards Parkinson’s UK. Parkinson's is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, with currently no cure. By donating to Parkinson's UK, their vital research will be further funded and hopefully a cure can be found.

Creme Eggs: £1.00

Easter Eggs: £2.50

(Exact change required)

KES Library Literary Review 

The KES Literary Review, issue 9, is here!

Each week the newsletter features guest reviewers to share their opinions on recent or favourite reads. Click on the images below to read the newsletter in PDF format. 


SPORTS FIXTURES

The full after school practice schedule can be found here

Summer Term 

We intend to run normal sport fixtures for the Summer Term. Students will be given more information in their games lessons before the end of term.

Saturday sport 

The Sports Department are delighted to be offering students the following sports sessions on 20 March.  With no fixtures to prepare for these are not compulsory, but we do hope that as many students as possible will take the opportunity to get out and be active.

Hockey 

Hill Lane 

U12:  9 -10.15

U13: 10.15 -11.30

U14: 11.30 -12.45

Wellington

U15: 9 -10.15

U16: 10.15 -11.30

Sixth Form: 11.30 -12.45

Netball 

Wellington 

U12: 9 - 10.30 

U13: 10.30 -12 

Hill Lane 

U14: 11 - 12

U15: 10 - 11 

U16: 9 - 10 

Sixth Form: 9 - 10

KEY DATES 

Friday 26 March - Last day of Term